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Fairfax-Walk Downtown: Large Sunny Gardens; Laundry; Wifi -- Premium Property

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Guest House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Beautiful inside and out! This sunny, garden guest house is an upscale vacation property -- nothing old or funky about it; modern construction, with high quality appliances and fixtures (built in 2012). It is situated on a large, flat, sunny lot landscaped with gardens and patios to feel like a resort. The Honey Bee was designed with privacy in mind -- from both the main house and the neighbors, and has its own private patio with furniture and a bbq.

Built to code, including a fire suppression sprinkler system. The furnishings were purchased new, and the art is locally sourced. You'll love the high ceilings, fireplace, granite counters, and natural light, -- a generous 650 sq. ft. with lots of closet space. It even has it's own laundry area, as well as off-street parking. You won't want to leave.

Please check out our reviews; we get wonderful 5-star feedback about both the guest house and the gardens. Even if you are visiting on business, you can feel like you are on vacation.

The quaint village of Fairfax is lively, with one main intersection, lots of great places to eat (Brew Pubs, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Health Food and more), a 6-screen movie theater, several live-music clubs/bars, multiple coffee houses and bike shops, grocery stores, a weekly farmer’s market, several yoga studios, and a large new, upscale health food store. The town is surrounded by nature and miles of hiking and biking trails on and around Mt. 'Tam' (the birth place of mountain biking over 30 years ago).

Centrally located in sunny Marin County's best weather area, Fairfax is a destination in it's own right. And it offers easy access to the entire Bay Area -- San Francisco (by car, bus, or ferry), 'the Bay,' Mount Tamalpais State Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, West Marin and Point Reyes National Seashore, the Pacific Coast beaches at Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, or Bolinas, and the world-famous Napa/Sonoma Wine Country. And don't forget the other charming towns in Marin, including Sausalito, Mill Valley, San Anselmo, Larkspur and San Rafael.

Keywords: Cottage, granny unit, in-law unit, guest house, casita, bungalow

More Details

Amanda Martin
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

About Amanda Martin

My husband and I love living in Fairfax. We raised 2 girls who loved growing up here. We feel so lucky to live in a place that really has it all. Our favorite toast to each other is 'Living the Good Life.'

Amanda Martin purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Amanda Martin chose San Francisco Bay Area

The sunny mild weather (Fairfax was originally a community of summer homes for people from San Francisco) and walking distance to downtown Fairfax. The large, private, flat lot. The quiet neighborhood with large trees. The friendly community vibe.

What makes this cottage unique

Fairfax is unique. Fairfax's motto on t-shirts and bumper stickers is 'Only in Fairfax.'


Fairfax Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Claw-foot tub with shower. Celing light fixture has built in heater, vent fan, and night light. Blow dryer, soap, shampoo, conditioner provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1) Simmons (pocketed coils with 2.5" memory foam top layer). Not too firm and not too soft. Ceiling fan with remote control. Plenty of closet space. Sleeper sofa in Living Room (with ceiling fan). We have a memory foam topper to go on top of the mattress, for extra comfort.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
-Check-in as early as 12 noon, and check-out as late as 3 pm if another renter is not departing on your arrival date, or arriving on your departure date. Otherwise 3 pm check-in and/or 11 am check-out, to allow time for the cleaning. -High Ceilings. -Ceiling fans in Living Room and Bedroom. Portable Swamp Cooler and 2 Dyson bladeless portable fans. Building is well insulated. -Private patio in sunny, garden setting. Honey bees, butterflies, birds and lots of flowers. -Claw foot tub -Original working hand operated pump in the fig garden. - 2 and 1 night stays okay if short notice or fills a 2 or 1 night gap in the reservation calendar. Otherwise, 3-night minimum.


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(45 traveler reviews)

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Fairfax-Walk Downtown: Large Sunny Gardens; Laundry; Wifi -- Premium Property
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 45 reviews

The Honey Bee cottage is lovely.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is surrounded by gardens, patios, trees, flowers and bees! It's clean, well stocked with all the essentials for an easy and comfortable stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Connecting With Family

  • 5 of 5

We are repeat guests here and will return again. Convenient location for our needs; quiet street; well-maintained & comfortable cottage; kind hosts.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Franklin, TN USA

I love Honey Bee! I stay every yearl

  • 5 of 5

Far superior to a hotel. I stay to hike from out the door. Owners are wonderful. It is clean, spacious and functional for extended stay. I return every year.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply Adorable

  • 5 of 5

We rented this for our daughter, who married her partner at Deer Park Villa.

They LOVED it. Charming, welcoming, private.

Amanda Martin an absolute PEACH to work with. Cannot recommend this Fairfax choice highly enough.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent property. Clean quiet and well appointed. It will be our first choice when visiting Marin

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the cottage. Very nice gardens. Nice neighborhood

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Deal...Big bang for the buck!

  • 5 of 5

This is so much more than your average rental unit. The unit itself, the beautiful setting, and the great location all add up to a fabulous experience -- and so reasonably priced that you don't expect it to be sooo nice!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Francisco and Oakland
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
123 Bolinas, Fairfax
Nearest Ferry
7.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
San Geronimo, San Rafael, Mill Valley
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Deer Park Villa
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Tahoe/Donner Summit: Sugar Bowl,Boreal,Royal Gorge
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Car: recommended

The Bay Area has it all!!! Fairfax is a destination in its own right (with great weather), and also an excellent home base for visiting and vacationing in the Bay Area. Enjoy SF culture, natural beauty galore, the Bay and Ocean, explore Marin, and tour the Wine Country -- or stay 'home' and nap on the garden patio.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60
Damage Deposit $250

-2 and 1 night stays okay if short notice or fills a gap in the reservation calendar. Otherwise, 3-night minimum.
-Check-in as early as noon and check-out as late as 3 pm if another renter is not departing on your arrival day, or arriving on your departure day. Otherwise, check-in is 11 am and/or check-out is 3 pm, to allow time for cleaning.
-Reduced rate for month of Feb. = $3550.
-3 person maximum.
-The main house is $2500/wk., $7200/mo. (see last photo)
CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel more than 30 days in advance I refund 100%. (If I’m able to re-book all your dates I don’t charge the cancellation fee.)
If you cancel 30 to 15 days in advance, I refund for the dates I am able to re-book, or 50%, whichever is more.
Less than 2 weeks in advance, I refund based on the number of nights I’m able re-book your reserved dates.
Of course the $50 cleaning fee and the $250 damage deposit is fully refundable no matter when you cancel.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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