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Honey Bee Guest House: High-End, Sunny Gardens, Walk to Downtown, Laundry, Wi-Fi

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 a high-end 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, 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; like your own vacation island. Built in 2010 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.

Voted Best Marin Town in 2011 -- the quaint village of Fairfax is lively, with one main intersection, lots of great places to eat (health food, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian, 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:
July 20, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 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
-High Ceilings. -Ceiling fans in Living Room and Bedroom. Natural A/C from coastal influence. Building is well insulated. 2 Dyson bladeless portable fans. -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.


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Honey Bee Guest House: High-End, Sunny Gardens, Walk to Downtown, Laundry, Wi-Fi
average rating of 4.9268293 based on 41 reviews

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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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Honey Bee Cottage is just what my husband and I needed for an anniversary retreat. It is a well thought out, clean, VERY quiet and functional vacation home. Hosts Amanda and Doug are available when you need them, but do not interfere is you just want to spend some quiet time. The setting is serene, but still close to everything we enjoy doing in the north Bay area. We are sure to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our second stay at this lovely hideaway in Fairfax.

  • 5 of 5

It's as good as it looks in the photos. In the heart of Marin County, but quiet and private, and close to restaurants and an excellent market (Good Earth).

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Cottage Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Honey Bee. It was just what we hoped it would be: clean, cozy and modern with the comforts of home. The bed was so comfortable that my husband wound up sleeping in every morning! We loved that it was just a 10 minute walk to downtown and enjoyed walking to dinner twice during our stay. It was our first time to the Fairfax area and were pleasantly surprised. It's a short drive to the surrounding towns so there is a lot to explore. We were also really excited to find an exclusively gluten free bakery with the best treats and bread we've tasted so far(in San Anselmo)! We wish we could have stayed longer as there is still more to explore but that gives us a reason to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Great first time VRBO experience

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Honeybee. Was exactly as advertised/pictured. Everything very clean, comfortable and in good repair. Lots of extra touches and conveniences. Unfortunately it was quite cool while I was there so couldn't enjoy the outdoor settings as I might have wished, but the grounds are very pretty and private. Wifi and cable worked well and the booster for AT&T cell service was a great help. Parking is at a premium in Fairfax and it was wonderful to have an off-street space. Definitely recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 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

Fairfax Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $250

No cleaning fee for monthly stays.
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% less a $100 cancellation fee. (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

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