|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
A description of my much-treasured house follows but first some information on its location. Stinson Beach, population 632, is bordered by a gorgeous beach and Mt Tam State Park. People flock here on weekends and holidays because it is so close yet so far from urban life. The house is up the hill “in the village". There is some kind of magic that happens up here around 10 pm - the hills absorb all sounds but the waves. The coyotes, foxes and deer take over the streets. In short – we really have the best of it all up here on the hill but we have to do our part. Most of all respect the neighbors. Hold your parties at the beach or bars. On busy days tell your friends to leave the cars where they are and walk the 0.4 miles from the beach. And then enjoy the peaceful retreat that is so close and yet so far from the holiday crowds.
This beautiful retreat is hidden from view by a rose covered fence. Each side of the Cape Cod style house offers a unique outdoor experience. The back deck gets wonderful, warm sun during the day. Two lifeguard chairs offer a view of the waves. A nice large hot tub is perfect for relaxing after a long hike, ride or surf, or for stargazing at night. The outdoor fire pit is around the corner and looks out on a small lawn surrounded by bushes and trees. The front porch has an Adirondack loveseat for enjoying the evening light on Mt. Tamalpais.
The porch door opens into the living room. The open living area has many large windows with deck, garden, mountain and partial ocean views. The large brick fireplace is the cornerstone of the living room. The comfy, big couch is great for lounging. The kitchen area is small but well equipped with a convection oven and two dishwashers. A coffee grinder and a choice of French Press or drip cones are provided to make sure you can start your morning with a wonderful cup of coffee. Dine inside on comfy Maine Cottage chairs, or outside on the deck.
The bedroom is at the far end of the house and the sounds of the waves are the only sounds you hear. Wake to a view of the flowers and hummingbirds through the glass doors and bedroom window. Furniture in the bedroom includes a European SleepWorks king bed, rocking chair, a table with desk lamp (which is perfect for computer work or writing), two nightstands, a dresser and a large closet for your use.
The bedroom is separated from the living area by a bonus room that features a sleeping nest perfect for a child or friend. The sleeping area has its own ceiling lights for reading, and can be closed off by a curtain for privacy. The room has two closets; one contains the washer and dryer.
The bath is small but tidy. The shower has good pressure and lots of hot water.
My husband and I met at UC Berkeley many years ago. After a stint in New York, we were able to move back to San Francisco. We have a two sons who have flown the coop. We have always loved west Marin for its scenic beauty, wildlife and incredible beaches. The Stinson house has moved me closer to many of my dreams. I completed docent training at the Martin Griffin Preserve and now have the pleasure of introducing fourth graders to the wonder of the area. I look forward to the time when I can spend more of my days paddling the lagoon, hiking the trails and doing what I can to preserve this treasure. Until then, I hope to share this truly multifaceted rejuvenating home with others.
The Owner purchased this house in 2007
We always dreamed of having a place in West Marin. I love Stinson because there is so much to do and see without having to get into a car. The town is friendly and meets all basic needs. Almost everyone of any age enjoys a day at the beach. Hiking trails are right outside the front door. And I fell in love with the house. It is bright and sunny, quiet and peaceful and the hot tub makes it better than a day at the spa. I also love Pt. Reyes Station, which has become the hub of the sustainable food movement, and which has interesting, unique shops. But it is just a beautiful 13-mile drive or bike away.
The benefits of a vacation at this home are many and varied. You can experience one or all of the four S’s – sun, surf, sleep and shall we say romance. I would also add sustenance for the spirit, opportunities for socializing and if desired, exercise and challenges for the physical self. The location of the home is wonderful, but it is also a good base for exploring the San Francisco Bay Area and wine country.
Loved this spot from the first moment we opened the door. Very bright, relaxed cottage. Lots of great indoor and outdoor space. My husband, daughter and I were equally delighted with the vibe and took advantage of everything--hot tub, comfy couches, kitchen, the whole place. Great for a family getaway, and close to all our favorite spots.
The cottage was chic and comfortable, the owner very easy to work with and responsive. We enjoyed the wood fireplace nightly, and the very new and clean hot tub at all hours of the weekend. Visits to Pt Reyes, Limantour Beach and Stinson Beach, hiking in Muir Wood and cozy evenings - we loved every minute. The cottage sits in an amazing garden, well planned and super private, and we were thankful for the two private parking spaces. Our party had three adults, and we were so pleased we extended to four nights. Thank you, Catherine.
Comfortable, casual, sunny, relaxed. A great, clean, friendly Stinson Beach stay. The spacious, charming cottage is up the hill, surrounded by lovely gardens, with off-street parking and quiet neighbors. Trails are accessible right off the streets by the cottage and all of Marin and beyond awaits. We walked the beach to overlook the town of Bolinas and hiked trails on Mt. Tam with breathtaking views. We walked down to Steep Ravine campground for fun. Point Reyes National Seashore is closeby. Cathy is trustworthy, helpful, and generous with her beautiful place.
My husband and I had a lovely time in Stinson Beach if though the weather wasn't exactly lovely. Really enjoyed the Apple TV with HBO Now! Thanks so much for everything!
Our 3rd stay, this time for a full week. The most relaxing vacation I can think of. The house is comfortable and quiet with lovely places to sit on the deck, front porch and expansive side yard. Beautiful landscaping. Hot tubs in the evening, daily walks on the beach, side trips to Pt Reyes and Bolinas. It is a cozy and quiet nest. Everything has been thought of for the tenant's comfort.
I found that my experience of staying in the cottage exceeded my expectations from the VRBO photos of it. The main reason my son and I chose this cottage is that we wanted to be away from urban areas, by the sea and close to Mt. Tamalpais trails. Thus, our choice of Stinson Beach. After a long day of hiking it was pure pleasure to make a fire in the the fireplace, make and eat a big meal and then soak in the hot tub a while before going to bed early and getting a solid night's sleep. The next day we were ready for another day of hiking.
I can't think of a better beach area than Stinson Beach to be surrounded by spectacular nature and yet close to San Francisco. I know that I will want to stay at the cottage again the next time my wife and I are in the Bay Area.
Walk to the best beach in northern California or to the trails of Mt Tamalpais. Muir Woods is a hikeable distance. Close proximity to Pt Reyes and Olema. Easy, scenic day trips to wine country and San Francisco.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
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