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Luxurious Garden Suite Enjoys the Best the Bay Has to Offer

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

The historic town of San Rafael is located in the banana belt of marvelous Marin County where near perfect weather can be found from May through the end of of October. The weather at our home is on average 20 degrees warmer than in the city and with its proximity to the attractions of Marin, San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma wine countries offers the best of all Bay Area worlds. Our retreat puts you close to any action you could wish for while giving you the feeling of peace and tranquility that is often only found while on holiday.

Our lovely mountain estate offers a spacious bedroom with a Queen sized bed dressed in the finest linens, French doors overlooking a beautiful english style garden and luxurious marble bathroom with heated floors, large Jacuzzi tub and separate glass shower offer you a spa-like getaway. A large television in the bedroom is hidden inside a spacious walnut armoire and is equipped with full cable and features a DVD player should you wish to view a movie or video.

The apartment offers both indoor and outdoor living areas. The indoor living area of the apartment is very large and features a window front dining area set to accommodate up to four people. The suite has a luxurious marble topped wet-bar and **** a brand new fully equipped kitchen with stove, oven, microwave and a full sized refrigerator in addition to the one in the bar. No more hand washing here, we have a dishwasher too.

Drink your morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine; while relaxing on the plush window seat or out in the garden wrapped in one of the plush terry cloth robes provided for you. On the rare occasion the weather isn’t cooperating or after a long day exploring or relaxing light a fire in the large marble fireplace and snuggle on the down filled couch.

Our home is located on almost 1.5 acres and has been extensively landscaped and terraced and offers many areas for reading relaxing or enjoying the beautiful weather in San Rafael. Our grotto style pool and hot-tub are kept at a nice temperature and offer a refreshing and relaxing escape with a view of the San Francisco Bay and 2 of our lovely bridges.

Enjoy our home as:

• A home base for exploring the beautiful Bay Area

• A temporary home for students looking for a permanent apartment

• A comfortable alternative to hotel living for parents visiting their children that attend Dominican University

• A sanctuary for overflow wedding guests

• Executive' temporary housing

• Honeymoon

• Spa weekend

• Sheer relaxation

Keywords: Garden flat, In-law suite, vacation condo, vacation apartment, country getaway, vacation rental, wine country getaway, marin county getaway, bay area vacation rental, vacation suite, full kitchen, dishwasher, private, swimming, jacuzzi tub, San Rafael, San Francisco Bay Area retreat, hiking retreat, San Rafael apartment, Dominican University, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, private patio, Mill Valley, Sausalito,

More Details

Melissa Loev Lewy
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, swedish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Melissa Loev Lewy

My wife Birgitta and myself have enjoyed living in the Bay Area for over 40 years. I originally moved to the Bay Area from Philadelphia as part of the Navy Dental Corp. back in the early 1970's. I was taken by it's beauty, activities, and wonderful people. After the service I decided to make the Bay Area my home and opened up my dental practice in San Francisco's Union Square. Soon after that, I met my Swedish wife Birgitta a former Pan Am and later United flight attendant. After a few years in San Francisco we moved to Sausalito where our first child Melissa was born. Wanting more space then our cliffside condo could offer we found our home in San Rafael. We have spent the last 35 years making improvements to and expanding our house into a truly delightful and welcoming home to accomodate our two sons Jason and Andrew.

Now that our children have grown we are really taking the time to enjoy what the Bay Area has to offer. We have adopted a wonderful dog named Bogey and can often be found hiking the trails that surround Marin. When not walking the dog I can be found at my dental practice or at the golf course. Both Birgitta and I are avid golfers that try and hit the course at least 2-3 times per week. In addition, to our love of the outdoors we love to travel the world and have recently begun cruising to exotic ports as often as possible.

Melissa Loev Lewy purchased this apartment in 1976

Why Melissa Loev Lewy chose Country Club

We are proud to be sharing our home with our guests. We moved to sunny San Rafael over the last 35 years and raised our children in our home. Now that they are grown and have left the 'nest.' We are proud to share our home paradise and our beloved San Francisco Bay Area and wine countries with our guests.

What makes this apartment unique

Our home is perfect for almost any visitor. From an executive looking for a short-term rental to call home away from home to a family or couple looking to experience all that the Bay Area has to offer; to a student who wants a nice place to lay his or head that is close to school (Dominican University is 4 minutes away). Our proximity to everything from Six Flags Theme Park to world-class wine regions; to Majestic state parks such as Muir woods to the cable cars and sights of San Francisco our home offers you a trip with access to the best the bay has to offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Ed & Birgitta-

We loved staying here! Thank you for a great vacation place to stay! We hope to see you soon!

It was great meeting you both! We will miss your place!
Aug 2013
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Country Club Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • This bathroom is a spa retreat. The floors are heated and clad in a beautiful marble. An over-sized jetted spa tub and separate glass shower add to its allure.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1) The luxurious bed features a pillow top mattress, high thread count sheets in addition to down comforter and pillows., Twin or Single Beds (1) A roll away bed is available and our down filled day bed makes a perfect bed for a small child., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1). Our suite while large is best suited for a maximum for 3 individuals due to space concerns.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Multiple separate garden areas to relax in, dedicated gas grill just for unit, 2 separate outdoor dining areas, hiking and biking available directly outside of property, exapansive views from pool area and hiking trails. limited catering may be available, personal grocery shopping may be available, high-thread count sheets and egyptian cotton sheets, bubble bath and spa salts available for true relaxation in the large jacuzzi tub.


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Luxurious Garden Suite Enjoys the Best the Bay Has to Offer
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 45 reviews

Peaceful Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Truly beautiful over 2 acres of land that has been loving created and cared for many years. You are surrounded by trees, bushes and tons of flowers you feel like you are on a secluded island. Both Ed and Brigitte are wonderful people who are very engaging and helpful. I recommend this home away from home. Thanks, Teresa

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Teresa, I am so happy that you enjoyed our place. We enjoyed having you here as well and hope to see you again sometimes in the future. All the best Birgitta
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Beautiful luxury garden retreat

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely guest suite in Ed and Brigitta's beautiful home in San Raphael, CA. You have your own private entrance to your suite, but Brigitta may come down the stairs from her room into your living area without warning. It's a beautiful comfortable place, but it's difficult to completely relax there knowing that there are at least 2 entrances to the suite that you have no control over: one from Brigitta's room upstairs and one from their garage. If you could lock out those two entrances, then you'd feel more secure.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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My Second Stay Here

  • 5 of 5

Everything about staying here is perfect: location, beautiful landscaping, quality accommodations, and the warm hospitality of Birgitta and Ed. I know that my husband and I will return again.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private, luxurious and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights in late October. Birgitta and Ed were gracious hosts. The suite is even bigger than it looks in the photos. The bathroom is huge with a big tub for soaking and a heated floor. Location is close to downtown San Rafael, but very private. It took us about 20 minutes to drive to Sausalito for dinner. My husband and I will be staying here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Over the top!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about this beautiful property. The accommodations were far beyond any expectations and the gardens are absolutely lovely. The owners are two of the most wonderful people on the face of the earth and go out of their way to make you feel special. The location is perfect, with very easy access to all the area activities. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub after a long day of cycling the many picturesque roads nearby. We will miss the stellar hosts and can't wait until we can return!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Chris, thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so happy that you enjoyed our home.We loved having you as our guest as well. Looking forward to your next visit. All the best Ed Birgitta
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Beautiful suite!!

  • 5 of 5

We were treated royally at this lovely, large garden suite!! Our flight being delayed we arrived late!!

Our hosts were so concerned and gracious, they are truly hospitable

people!! Great location, so quiet. Hope to visit again soon!!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Ferry
3.2 Miles
Larkspur Ferry Terminal
Nearest Motorway
0.8 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sol Food, Il Davide, Crepevine & Many More
Nearest Beach
1.8 Miles
McNear's Beach
Car: recommended

2 Minutes from Dominican University, 4 Minutes to historic downtown San Rafael and the Mission San Rafael Arcangel, 5 Minutes from China Camp State Park, 8 Minutes from Marin County Civic Center designed by legendary Frank Lloyd Wright, 12 Minutes to charming European village of Mill Valley, 15 Minutes from Muir Woods & Stinson Beach , 15 Minutes From the hiking, biking and scenic outlooks of Mt. Tamalpais, 15 Minutes to Historic Tiburon, 15 Minutes to the shops, cafes and restaurants of Sausalito, 20 Minutes from Infineon Raceway, 20 Minutes from the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, 25 Minutes San Francisco's attractions- Alcatraz, Cable Cars, China Town, Japan Town, North Beach, Union Square, Museum’s –De Young, Lawrence Hall of Sciences, SF MOMA, Asian Art Museum, & Legion of Honor, Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, Haight Ashbury, 30 Minutes to Napa and Sonoma County Wine District, , 40 Minutes from Point Reyes Regional Seashore, Marin County and the surrounds of San Francisco and Nap


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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