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Bedrooms 5
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Beautiful yet comfortable for all ages, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Great Room

Year End Savings!!! Pick 4 nights and just pay for 3! Any open dates through the end of 2017. Get in a special and relaxing time before the holidays take over. Views, fresh air, good times for all. Book soon!

Come play in the beautiful area of Dillon Beach, on the Marin County Coast. Our vacation beach home sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms. Views are gorgeous, area is awesome! Fun for any age.

We love families and retreat groups. Book a visit for your reunion with your family, a Girls Weekend, special occasion or a corporate retreat. This is a beautiful and special place. Many of our guests return every year, booking the same week each year. Reunions, Corp. Retreats, Family and Friend time, our home is perfect for any occasion.

We first found our home that way, my in-laws gave us all a week in this very house. We all coordinated our summer vacations, spent the spring planning the fun we would have, and then all gathered for a great family week of fun! We loved it so much, we bought the house!

Every season is beautiful at the coast, fog can surround you one minute, then sun the next. You never know what to expect, even in the next 10 minutes! Beautiful views and a family friendly house - You can't believe how quiet and beautiful it can be on the California Coast.

Come vacation in Dillon Beach! Our property sits atop a mountain overlooking the beautiful whitewater of the Pacific Ocean and to the other side, Tomales Bay, famous for Hog Island Oysters. Our Dillon Beach vacation property is on a corner at the top of the hill, with both bay and ocean views. From the great room, there are nearly 360 degrees of views.

The coast is just gorgeous no matter what time of year. The weather can be warm or cool, even in the same day! Fog or clear skies, you never really know, but it's all wonderful in our California Beach vacation rental home, Almost Paradise.

A huge deck comes off the kitchen, directly connected to the dining room. The deck has incredible views of the area, a BBQ, and space for quite a few people. Off the deck is a staircase leading to the fully fenced yard, fun for kids and Fido alike. Also on the lower level is a wonderful little hideaway, our greenhouse. You can sit and getaway from it all with a cup of tea, and kids love to dig in the dirt and explore all around.

We have plenty of parking which is usually quite a problem for folks in the Oceana Marin area of Dillon Beach. We can take 4 cars in our driveway, plus one in the garage.

We sleep up to 12 in our 5 bedroom home, with 3 full bathrooms. The house is very big, with most of it being taken up by the great room. We have Dish TV, a Wi-Fi network, DVD and VHS players and movies, and a wonderful library collection of books in almost every room.

This is one of the largest, and most comfortable vacation homes Dillon Beach has to offer. Kitchen is a chef designed cooking heaven. There is an antique chopping block, microwave oven, stove and a huge over-sized fridge with side freezer.

Beautiful views are just out the front door, go for a walk at sunrise or sunset for a real treat. Or, head down the hill to spend the day at one of the best beaches in Northern California - the only dog friendly beach I know of, as well as the only one I know that will allow BarBQue's, wine and fire pits. Watch fog roll into Bodega Head from this stunning Dillon Beach vacation rental!

Head down to the beach for a BBQ, and watch lovely sunsets. Walk along looking for seashells, bird watching, and just smelling the great ocean air. Dillon Beach is a magical place, come see why!

This home is really amazing and gorgeous! It was crafted to be a retirement dream home, so the house is really a step above a lot of the available homes here, yet very comfortable and family friendly. The owners have 7 young grandchildren who often enjoy the beach house. It is also very easy to have a retreat or multi-generational gathering, plenty of room for all, plus most of the main living area is very accessible for anyone with disabilities.

Keywords: Beach Rental Home, House, Getaway, Business Location, House for Large Group, Condo, Vacation Home, Beach House

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2018

About Lori

We first stayed at Almost Paradise as renters, in the summer of 1999. Our family had always held a family reunion at Tahoe, but that year decided on the beach. It was love at first sight! We spent a lovely week, our first visit to Dillon Beach, and by the end of the week, we had decided to buy. We were living in Santa Rosa at the time, and continued to rent it out as a vacation rental. However, after a year, we decided to make the Beach House our permanent home. We moved out to Dillon in August 2000, and began renovating and remodeling in 2001. We lived there full time until 2006, when life brought us to Orange County. We now enjoy sharing our home again and hosting families, couples and groups in what we consider to be the most beautiful place on earth! We know you will enjoy your visit.

Lori purchased this house in 1999

Why Lori chose Dillon Beach

Dillon Beach is a magical place. Many people have come here to heal from injury, bond with their families, and enjoy the beauty of Dillon Beach's landscape. There is indeed an energy that can be felt upon arrival, and when we visited this town for the first time years ago for a family reunion, we felt it, and decided to move here.

Almost Paradise is a comfortable family home, decorated with our collections of antiques, art, quilts and books. Yet, we are perfectly set up for kids and teenagers, as well as a corporate retreat group.

We encourage you to use our collection of dishes and glassware to enjoy a beautiful dining experience. Or, you can just as easily bring paper plates and still enjoy the beauty of the home.

What makes this house unique

Relaxing on top of a mountain overlooking the Bay and the ocean is an experience in and of itself. With an incredible beach just down the hill, leisurely walks in the neighborhood, and great hiking just a block away, this house serves the needs of all who enter.

There is enough room in the house for everyone to have their own space, or gather all together in the Great Room area or the deck. We even have a crazy 'Dr. Suess' spiral stairway down to the lower level where there are 2 bedrooms, a full bathroom and a family room.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for letting us have a great place to stay at the coast. Your home is easy, comfortable and a nice place to land after a long day of wine tasting. Love the deck and the views.
Aug 2017
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Dillon Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 12 ...
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Off of Family room, shared with 2 bedrooms
    Upper Level Hall Bathroom - toilet , shower , Great tile, good step in shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 clean and comfortable bathrooms with easy shower access. One bath tub.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main Level Quilt Room - 1 double , Features a round window with street view, shared bathroom
    Main Level Masterbedroom - 1 queen , Large Master w/ private bathroom, views and deck access
    Lower Level Armoire Room - 2 twin/ single , Ask about the story of the armoire!
    Main Level - The 'Tree Room' - 1 double , This has deck access, a large closet and shared bathroom
    Lower Level Music Room - 1 queen , Lower level off of family room, shared bathroom
    Lower Level Family Room Sofa Sleeper - 1 double , Family Room has a double sofa sleeper with shared bathroom
  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 Bedrooms have Queen Beds, Double Beds (2) 2 Bedrooms have double beds, plus there is a double sofa sleeper in the lower level Family Room, Twin or Single Beds (2) One bedroom on the lower level has 2 twin beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Family Room has a double sofa sleeper
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Beach chairs and beach toys are available, Large Green House outside has a sitting area. Incredible hiking begins just a block away and our surf here is known worldwide...but is almost never crowded. You can rent surf/boogie boards and wetsuits at the local store down the street. Small deer and rabbits graze on our property daily and are fun to watch as well. Occasionally you may be able to see a whale! Use our binoculars to view the 'green light' at sunset.


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average rating of 4.7619047 based on 59 reviews

Almost Paradise

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Large living room/kitchen which gave us plenty of room to visit.. Great views & a lot a wildlife right out our windows. Wonderful deck! We were 10 people - 3 generations! Would go again in a minute. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love hearing about family groups who have loved their time in our home. That is how we first found Dillon Beach, and we have such great memories of our own family reunion. Multi-generational groups are so special! We do hope to have you all back soon.
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Yearly Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Almost Paradise and we intend to come back again. The location, amazing views, character, and size of the house suit our family. There are unique antiques in almost every room and my 8 year old nephew loved the inside spiral stairwell. He called it the vortex. We look forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We especially love our returning guests! We have many families and people who hold retreats who have been coming for 4 years and more! It is truly a blessing to be able to share our home.
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Brother and sister get together

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and all the antique furniture. The house has alot of character which adds to the fun. Perfect amount of space and fantastic views. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place, but not well-maintained

  • 3 of 5

The rental home is fairly large, and it has a nice view of the water. It's not far from the beach, which has great access for dogs off-leash. You'll see a lot of wildlife in the neighborhood, including deer and rabbits. Even so, there were aspects of this vacation home that our family found unsatisfactory:

--The stairs between the two levels is a very steep, narrow, circular set of stairs. One of our families didn't want their young daughter using the stairs, so they stayed upstairs. Similarly, one member of our family is a senior citizen who would have had a great challenge using the stairs, so she also had to stay upstairs. It's really a poor design for very young children, older folks, and anyone with disabilities or mobility issues.

--The first day we were there, water leaked from the refrigerator. I reported it to the owner, who said they couldn't get anyone out to fix it. So we spent the week with wet, smelly towels on the floor.

--The house itself hasn't been well-maintained. The exterior hasn't been painted in years, and looks drab (esp. compared to the neighboring houses). The front fence is falling in, and there were exposed long, sharp screws sticking out where the wood had fallen off. The back patio doesn't look that nice, either, and the "greenhouse" in the back yard has been allowed to fall apart into a state of semi-ruins. Some people might call this "rustic," we call it poorly-maintained.

--Because the house is so close to the coast, there is high humidity from the coastal fog and marine layer. Thus, parts of the house smelled like mold/mildew, and there were dark, moldy spots above the shower stall upstairs. The walls/ceilings inside of the house don't appear to have been thoroughly cleaned and/or painted in a long time.

--The shower/bath section of the master bedroom upstairs wasn't really functional, so the family in that bedroom had to use the other upstairs shower along with the rest of us. That master bathroom also was missing a toilet paper holder from the wall.

--The blinds in the bedroom behind the kitchen did not raise or lower properly.

--The thermostat for the main area upstairs is ancient, and you can't even read the adjustment knob to see temperature settings. When you do turn on the heat, the heater near the dining room makes a lot of noise.

--One of the dining room chairs has a broken/bent leg that is dangerous to use.

Overall, this vacation home was not well-maintained.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, guess you can't please all of the people all of the time! In over 10 years of renting, this is the only poor review we've had. Let me address each issue so future renters know how we take care of our home and what others have experienced. The first complaint is about our staircase. This is what our listing says: We even have a crazy 'Dr. Suess' spiral stairway down to the lower level where there are 2 bedrooms, a full bathroom and a family room. If they were concerned, they could have contacted me prior to renting and I would have been able to answer any questions. As an aside, we have 7 grandchildren, ages 10 and under, all of whom (except the 6 month old baby go up and down the stairs with no problems - also, my 87 year old mother went up and down on her last visit in Feb, just to check things out. Oh, and she has neuropathy and a foot brace.) there are also 2 exterior staircases that access the area. Regarding the refrigerator, as we are located in a remote area, we couldn't get anyone out during their stay, but it is now fixed. Unfortunately, the renter didn't let me know about the towels. I would have been happy to send my housekeeper up to launder the towels. Or, it would have been easy to wash them in our nice laundry room, just down the hall from the kitchen. The exterior has never been painted, as it is done in cedar shingles, which are left natural, as are many other beach houses. We didn't know about the front fence, it is now fixed. Many people love the greenhouse, kids and dogs especially! As I said, you can't please all of the people all of the time, but we have reviews and comments from the renters before and after these renters if you'd like to see them. ( they are on another website, or I would provide then here). We do maintain our home, and think we have something special. It is very family friendly, a fun place to be. We hope these renters enjoy another place next time, but we think they maybe don't really enjoy much !
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Delightful Time for Ten (plus one toddler)

  • 5 of 5

My family of ten celebrated our 60 years of marriage at Almost Paradise. There was more than enough room for all of us to be comfortable, while maintaining a feeling of coziness. The views are exquisite, the kitchen is a chef's dream, and our great granddaughter loved peeking into all the nooks and crannies. The younger members of the family went on hikes and we all went cheese tasting in nearby areas. A weekend to remember.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to host your family for such a special celebration! We love hosting such celebrations as yours. So glad you enjoyed our kitchen, it is great for multiple cooks. We hope you'll join us again sometime!
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Christmas in January

  • 4 of 5

This was a great place for our extended family to celebrate our Christmas in January. The house holds our family just right. The kitchen is perfect for all the cooks and plenty of seating at the dining table. The view is wonderful and plenty of room inside on rainy days. We hope to return in 2018 as we alternate with Lincoln City in Oregon.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Dillon Beach is a beautiful Dog Friendly Beach, and no leashes are needed at water's edge. You can have fires on the beach which is not allowed elsewhere. There are great rocks to climb at the shoreline, and tide pools to explore as well. We provide a free beach pass for our renter's use. Have fun exploring the bay with a visit to Lawson's Landing. There is an entrance fee. Fish or crab from the pier, or dig for clams.

World famous wineries are not far, just over 30 minutes will take you into Sebastopol and loads of small, fun wineries along the Gravenstien Highway. Bodega Bay is a beautiful drive along the Bodega Highway, where you can explore the marina, or golf at a world famous championship course.

Investigate the charming town of Petaluma, where you can go antiquing, shop at interesting shops, and find a great place to dine. A fun drive is along the Tomales Bay Road, down to the quaint town of Pt Reyes Station. Not far from there is the lighthouse, and places where you can pull over to the side of the road to see the Sea Lions bathing on the rocks.

The small town of Tomales has a great restaurant, The William Tell, and without a doubt the world's best bakery. Buy local cheeses at Diekman's Store. There are two old churches in town, the Catholic Church overlooks Highway 1, and the Presbyterian is just up the road.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning/Linen Fee $275

We do offer last minute discounts when possible, inquire about dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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