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1906 Bolinas Country Cottage in Idyllic Pastoral Setting

(26 Reviews)

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Last updated: 03/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Circa 1906 one-bedroom cottage was once part of the Briones Mexican Land Grant. The Briones' married into the Lauff Family and this was the home of Jack Lauff. The Cottage was a caretaker cottage. Tucked in an orchard garden., it features a sun porch, separate office/studio; sunny, peaceful, & private location. Or you may be inspired y to bake your favorite cookies and pies. The house just has that feeling. Wildlife abounds...quail, blue herons, deer, blue birds, soaring hawks, and hummingbirds as you bathe in the outdoor tub surrounded by honeysuckle, jasmine and roses.
Just a mile from Bolinas Beach and a couple miles from Agate Beach. Many hiking and bicycling options in State and National Parks. Beauty abounds. If you are not already, you will leave a photographer!

There is a queen size bed in the cottage bedroom and 2 twin sized beds in separate studio bedroom. Additionally there is a full sized futon in sunporch. The ideal number of guests is 4 since there is only 1 bathroom which has a stall shower. There is an outdoor tub in the garden.

Owner lives on the property in another house. There is ample privacy afforded guests as the cottage has its own yard with fence.
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/23/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    Fenced in yard; Sunny and level. Lots of places for Children to explore. There are Chickens on the property and horses on the neighboring properties, kids love to see the animals....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    There are regular visitors who have allergies and are grateful to have a place to come to that is free of dander and fur. Though the cottage is cleaned thoroughly, those with allergies can detect the smallest amount. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Circa 1906 one-bedroom cottage tucked in an orchard garden. Features a sun porch, separate office/studio, and outdoor tub surrounded by honeysuckle, jasmine and roses; sunny, peaceful, & private location; At night hear the sound of 1,000 frogs, the night sky is filled with streetlights. 1 mile from downtown and the beach...moreless


  • Stereo


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Bay/Sound
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    This cottage is in a pastoral, sunny, & warm area of Bolinas. There are chickens and honey bees well away from the cottage but fun to view, nevertheless. When available, fresh organic eggs provided.....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    propane wall heater; electric space heaters...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    3 cars....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Some items such as vinegar, oil, spices, variety of teas....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden


Write a review 5
from 26 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$200 $250
Fri, Sat
$1,300 $3,400

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $100
  • Booking Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 10%


$400 for weekly cleanings during month-long rental

Security Deposit for month-long rental is $1000.

No reservation confirmed until terms between owner and renter are agreed upon, contract is signed, and payment received.

Owner reserves the right to negotiate with several travelers; whom to book on calendar is at discretion of Owner.

Credit card pmt: Add'l 3% (US) & 4% (Int n'tl) convenience fee.

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/23/2017
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42 Miles
Nearest Airport
SFO or OAK (Allow at least 1.5-2 hrs)
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Smiley's Saloon
21.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
San Geronimo Golf Course/ Meadow Club
41.2 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
State Route One
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Coast Cafe
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bolinas Beach

Car: Necessary

50 Minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Bird watching, Camping, Astronomy, Tule Elk, Environmental studies, Eco-systems, Slow Food, Organic Food, Farming, Marine Reserve, National Park, State Parks, Hiking, Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Beach Combing, Tide Pooling, Fiber Arts, Pleine Air, Photography! The Bolinas Museum, Art Galleries, Artist Studios, Abundant wildlife, Astronomy, Marine Studies, Wildflowers, Kite Flying, Yoga., Retreat, Meditation, Farm Tours, Stinson Beach, Muir Woods, Inverness, Point Reyes Station, Point Reyes National Seashore, GGNRA.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2000

About: When I moved to West Marin from Chicago I knew that I had landed someplace so special. This is paradise! But when I drove down Horseshoe Hill Road and saw this little red farmhouse, I stopped the car. It looked a bit like a Little House on the Prairie as it was set back in a pasture. The cottage was built in 1906 and was part of the Lauff Ranch. I live in the Barn that is also on the property. Flowers and fruit trees and beauty all around. Horseshoe Hill is protected, thus making it warmer than the rest of Bolinas. Most of the surrounding properties have multiple acres so there is privacy. It is about a mile away from downtown and the beach, yet the surf can be heard in the distance as the ocean is just to the west over the ridge. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I have seen coyotes and bobcats, blue herons and snowy egrets, the hummingbirds, honeybees, woodpeckers, several kinds of owls, and other night creatures call in the night. If there is a full moon and weather is clear, there is no need for flashlights to light your way.

Why Bolinas, CA, USA:
This property is out of the fray of the downtown Bolinas which can be filled with out of town surfers and visitors. While Bolinas Beach and Downtown can feel festive, it is great to be able to leave the beach or return from long hikes to relax on this quiet and light cottage. There is hammock for reading that novel and sip lemonade. In fact there are 4 Meyer Lemon Trees bearing fruit from which to make your fresh lemonade! When they are laying there are fresh, organic eggs from happy hens living on the property. On clear nights, away from streetlights, a zillion stars, meteor showers, planets, and moons have the celestial stage. On New Moon Nights you can go up to the Mt Theater the Mt Tam Lecture Nights and San Francisco Amateur Astronomers (Apr-Oct) where after the lecture, Astronomers will help you view then night sky through their high powered telescopes. See other galaxies, nebulae, constellations. Children love this property as they are safe, away from traffic.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Perfect for family retreat or a romantic getaway. The setting is peaceful and quite beautiful. The gardens are old and well-maintained.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/23/2017

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  • Country Orchard Cottage

    Country Orchard Cottage

  • The private drive from road

    The private drive from road

  • Afternoon light in orchard

    Afternoon light in orchard

  • bedroom


  • Spring time blossoms and cala lilies

    Spring time blossoms and cala lilies

  • Cala lilies

    Cala lilies

  • Fruit trees

    Fruit trees

  • Bolinas Channel at sunset and low tide.

    Bolinas Channel at sunset and low tide.

  • Agate beach Low Tide Sunset.

    Agate beach Low Tide Sunset.

  • Wolf Moon Rising...

    Wolf Moon Rising...

  • Little House on the Prairie...sort of...

    Little House on the Prairie...sort of...

  • Dappled morning light

    Dappled morning light

  • sun porch with futon.

    sun porch with futon.

  • Gaze out the window while washing dishes...

    Gaze out the window while washing dishes...

  • Separate bedroom for the kids

    Separate bedroom for the kids

  • Old grape stake fences

    Old grape stake fences

  • Apples falling to the ground.

    Apples falling to the ground.

  • Sunrise from Surfer's Outlook

    Sunrise from Surfer's Outlook

  • Wharf Beach at The Groin pre-dawn.

    Wharf Beach at The Groin pre-dawn.

  • Wolf Moon rising over Bolinas Ridge

    Wolf Moon rising over Bolinas Ridge

  • Wolf Moon Has Risen...

    Wolf Moon Has Risen...

VRBO #366913

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 23, 2017

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