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Garden Cottage btwn SF/Wine Country, Heart of San Rafael

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Picnic Valley Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 BD Near Downtown SR, WiFi 4K UHD Smart TV

In the heart of San Rafael, Gerstle Park. Private, sunny, quiet, freestanding, remodeled cottage - 1 separate bedroom with skylight and big windows, granite bathroom with tub/shower, Living Room w/ 4K Hi Def TV with premium channels and new Temperpedic Twin Sleeper Sofa, Sunny with 2 skylights, big windows and sliding glass door opening to garden/patio w/3 outside dining areas, webber gas grill, and hot tub.

Cottage features a fully equipped kitchen with black granite/stainless, Saltillo tile, 2 ceiling fans, 2 large flatscreen cable TVs, (living room TV is 4K Ultra High Definition Samsung Smart TV with Premium Channels) desk, dining table and chairs, high speed wireless internet.

Private entrance, Cozy and Cute! On corner with tree view and fenced private garden yard.

Marin County offers beaches, golf, hiking, and biking. Local scenery includes Mount Tam, and Muir Woods, sightseeing in Sausalito, Mill Valley and Tiburon, Wine country and much more. 12 minutes to Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2016
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Why Eda chose San Rafael

Walking distance to Downtown. San Rafael is so central, has great restaurants and shops and has events all year long. Visit the cityofsanrafael website for a list of events. Or go to

Downtownsanrafael for map a of town. The Mission and the Rafael Film Center (home of the Mill Valley Film Festival) are both here also!

What makes this cottage unique

Location, Location, Location - minutes to 101 and everything!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This guest cottage is private and charming - from the moment I entered the gate the scent of the foliage and a large orange tree in the garden welcomed me. Even though the weather was cold, the owner arranged the main room and bedroom to be warm and cozy upon arrival. The location is perfect for strolling or short walks to the center of town and close to excellent markets for food shopping. The bed is very comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. Large flat screen in living room and smaller in bdrm. It's in a quiet area which was important. So was the non smoking policy. The owner makes one feel very welcome.
Jan 2013
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Garden Cottage btwn SF/Wine Country, Heart of San Rafael
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews
Fair Oaks, CA

Missing the serenity of the gardens

  • 5 of 5

The apartment has such a great energy about it. Everything was very comfortable and cozy and I really felt at home there, in fact I miss it after I left. The bed is extremely comfortable and at night you can look through the skylight as the sounds of the crickets lull you to sleep. The star of the property is the yard/gardens. Eda did such a fabulous job with the garden that I took every moment I could to gaze out into the courtyard and enjoy the serenity and calmness it made me feel. And be sure you sit out at night with the twinkle lights in the garden as it makes you feel like you are in another world of wonderland. The location is great - it's on a really pretty tree-lined street and is within walking distance to 4th Street shops and restaurants. Eda, herself, is also the star of the property and she is such a delightful host and will do everything to make your stay a pleasant one.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Perfect Cute Cottage, Great Location All Amenities

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Eda's cute cottage and enjoyed everything about it. It was the perfect place to come home to after visiting our family in the area. This lovely, relaxing, fully equipped cottage was ideal. We even cooked a family dinner, complete with a Turkey, in the kitchen which had everything we needed. It is very clean and well decorated. It is light and bright with skylights and windows. The bed is super comfy for napping. Eda brings you clean towels and linens regularly. She is very caring and seems to enjoy hosting. She asked if we needed more blankets or anything and offered advice when asked. There are 2 wall hung TVs and a beautiful garden with outdoor dining tables. When we weren't relaxing in the garden under the giant beautiful oak tree, with Eda's lovely landscaping and herbs and fruit trees, we were enjoying the hot tub or walking to Downtown San Rafael's many great restaurants, shops and films at the Art Theater. We had a perfect stay and will return again and again when visiting family. We highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy place with lots to do

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect for our stay in the SF bay area. The unit itself is beautifully kept, very clean, and so cozy. The charming yard area is a wonderful place to enjoy your breakfast before heading out to the many, many great things to do in the area. It's close to everything! We wanted to see San Francisco, the wine country, and take some great hikes. This place is central to it all. The best part was Eda. She is a lovely host, very accommodating and full of great suggestions. I would highly recommend this place to anyone planning to visit the Bay Area.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Place!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect! Immaculately clean, and the kitchenette had everything I needed. Great location for traveling to the Wine County and San Francisco. The owner of the property was really nice. Be sure to check out the brochures of things to do. Check out the Bay Model in Sausalito and hiking in Pt. Reyes. I highly recommend this place!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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It was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay with Eda. She couldn't have been more accommodating, introducing us to plenty of fun things to do in the area and checking in to see if we needed anything extra. It is a cozy little house with a lovely back garden. I highly recommend the location so convenient to get to San Francisco and the wine country. The property is clean and well maintained at all times and it was a pleasure to stay there.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Cozy Cottage Is Perfect for Two

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed in the cottage in July. San Rafael is lovely and the weather was perfect. The cottage is the perfect size for two people. It was a tad warm, typical July weather, but the ceiling fans cooled things off. Eda was sweet and even supplied us with beach towels for the hot tub. I recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Car: recommended

In Marin County, in Historic Gerstle Park close to Downtown San Rafael (County seat of Marin), and freeway. Blocks to hiking and biking trails, Farmer's Market, every type and price of restaurant, movie/film center, bakeries, bookshops, clothing, sports, grocery, parks, community center, bocce courts, tennis courts, Baseball games, transportation center, etc.

Year-round mild climate, (sunny with no fog) in central location of San Rafael, with easy access to San Francisco to the south (20 minutes across the Golden Gate Bridge), the wine country of Napa, Sonoma, and Alexander Valleys (40 minutes north), Muir Woods (20 minutes), Berkeley (30 minutes), Stinson Beach (40 minutes), Point Reyes (20 minutes) Resort/Casino (40 minutes) Ski areas (2.5 + hours) Biketrails, walk to Transportation Center.

Easy access in and out of San Francisco by ferry, bus, bike or car.

San Rafael has the oldest mission (founded 1817). It also features a civic center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (his last civic design) and a refurbished art deco theater, the Rafael Film Center, which shows art & independent films and hosts the Mill Valley Film Festival every fall. All in a charming, revitalized downtown minutes from this bungalow.

Other Activities: 7 Golf courses, numerous Hiking trails, Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa, Tennis, Basketball, Horseshoes, Mini Golf, Hot Air Balloons


Rates & Availability

Picnic Valley Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100

(If stay is 4 weeks or longer lower rate applies)
A 50% deposit to secure reservation billed to your credit card. Balance due upon arrival.
Pet fee. (Pets only upon approval.) Holiday surcharge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Picnic Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heat lamp/fan, Granite Counters
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Sleeper Sofa with Twin Temperpedic mattress in Living Room
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
4K Ultra High Definition Samsung Smart TV. Washer and Dryer shared with owner. Telephone: Ask, if you have no cell phone or computer, we can provide one. Quiet, Sunny, Skylights, Windows, Ceiling Fans. Smoking Not Allowed: No smoking outside either, period.

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