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Studio Cottage, 5 Star amenities in Stunning Garden Setting

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage is a studio, Carriage House a one bedroom with private deck.

We have TWO RENTAL options available on this property:


The upper story of our carriage house, The Springfield, is a home we created for ourselves while we renovated the main house on the property. It is sophisticated yet warm and cozy at the same time. You will enjoy your privacy inside or on the deck, and can look out at the beautiful trees which surround the property. It will be your oasis in which to relax from the outside world, yet only a 5 minute walk (on level ground) to the center of Mill Valley. If you feel more adventurous, you can explore the majestic nature of Cascade Canyon or Mt. Tam which begins just down the block.

The apartment is composed of a living room, open kitchen, bedroom, bathroom with glass-tiled European shower which is beautifully lit by a diffused glass window in the shower, and a deck off the bedroom. The bedroom has a queen size bed, feathertop mattress, and the linens are 'second to none'. It is outfitted with wireless internet and a modern AV system which includes digital cable, flat screen TV, and DVD/CD player. The kitchen has a gas stove, large refrigerator, Nespresso coffee system. Parking is always available right in front of the house.


Nestled into a lush, beautifully designed garden, flanked by cherry trees and a majestic fig tree, this garden cottage is the quintessential Mill Valley retreat for a visit to this gorgeous area. The front of the cottage features a cute porch that faces the garden. Inside, 'center stage' you will find an incredibly comfortable queen size bed with fabulous European sheeting. The carrera marble bathroom has a glass enclosed European (Hans Grohe) shower and its window faces the fig tree, just renovated to include the new heated marble floor, too. The kitchen area is small but well appointed with a large refrigerator, a four burner gas stove, and sink. You will also find a coffee machine for your morning java and a microwave for a quick meal. And there is a fabulous fire place perfect for cooler evenings curled up with a book.

A cute round mirror-topped bistro table with two chairs sits in front of a window facing the garden.

There are of course WiFi and cable TV.

Snuggled into the yummy sheets and surrounded by nature you might have your best sleep ever.

Contact us to find the best option for your stay!

Shorter stays than 3 nights are possible, please inquire.

More Details

Joel Rosenberg
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

About Joel Rosenberg

We've lived on both coasts (NY and CA) and have been back in the San Francisco area for quite some time now. Mill Valley is a treasure but we love to travel (Europe, Asia and South America) to take in different cultures, meet people, and experience the local food, music, art, architecture and nature. This is a special location from which to explore the trails of Marin County or to drive a short distance to San Francisco, Berkeley or Napa Valley...and if you need suggestions don't hesitate to ask.

Why Joel Rosenberg chose San Francisco Bay Area

This is one of Mill Valley's most unique properties with perhaps the best location possible. You can enjoy a lush garden filled with roses, dahlias, rhododendrons, camellias, and succulents that is screened by beautiful mature trees and still gets lots of direct sun. You will love being so close to downtown Mill Valley or the hiking trails, without being in the middle of it all.

What makes this apartment unique

When you approach this property the first thing you notice is that while very conveniently located close to the center of Mill Valley, it has unusual privacy due to the lush landscaped gardens that surround the Cottage, Carriage House and our home. You're also just a few steps from the Dipsea stairs or other trails in Cascade Canyon. But, unlike Cascade Canyon, you can enjoy sunshine here because the majestic redwood trees are also just a few steps away from our property. We have taken our time over the past 8 years to meticulously renovate, decorate and landscape for comfort, beauty and enjoyment.


Mill Valley Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Glass inclosed shower
  • Remodeled European Marble and Glass Bathroom with Hans Grohe Plumbing. Incredible Shower!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Bedroom has access to private deck.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 3 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Studio Cottage, 5 Star amenities in Stunning Garden Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

Chuck & Judy, Ann Arbor, MI

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the Carriage House. It was well prepared and nicely appointed, to create a comfortable casual feel. The provision of wine, cheese and artisanal bread was welcoming. The unit included a nice sitting area, kitchen with small table, bedroom and private deck. The grounds were well tended. The privacy was very good with the unit separate from the house. All communications and check in went smoothly. The location is excellent, easy walking to downtown Mill Valley and many pathways. Street parking was always conveniently available. We certainly hope to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful studio cottage for Mill Valley stay

  • 5 of 5

Located within ~1 mile walking distance of downtown Mill Valley but half a block from Cascade Drive, a winding "country" road flanked by tall straight redwood trees and small walking bridges, the cottage is a cozy, comfortable studio, with a freshly renovated bathroom and a tiny but complete kitchenette. It is totally independent, set at the back of the main house garden, beautifully cared-for and full of interesting details. Joel and Jane were great hosts: considerate (refreshments and fresh flowers waiting for us), friendly and ready to assist but respectful of our privacy. Today, Joel wrote to ask if we had left behind a necklace and sent a photo along -- we had, and this captures his sense of responsibility and attentiveness towards his guests. It is a well-deserved 5 stars.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vancouver BC

Excellent location- great host!

  • 5 of 5

Joel was a wonderful host and we loved the location of the property. The Carriage House was very nice and we were provided with fruit, yogurt and milk for our late arrival. We were able to cycle from the property, as well as walk to the main street for great coffee and dinners. We will undoubtedly return.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hilton Head Island, SC

Beautiful and very comfortable! Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at The Carriage House, it was perfect for our getaway. Very clean and comfortable. Property was close to downtown Mill Valley and next to beautiful redwoods - which made our morning walks stunning. Easy drive to Petaluma and into San Francisco. I would absolutely recommend this property. Loved it! Joel was accommodating and a pleasant host. Thank you for sharing your place.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect mill valley location and property, fantastic hosts

  • 5 of 5

My only hesitation in writing a glowing review for the carriage house - and the Joel/Jane's warm hospitality - is that others will find this gem...!

Long story short: the property is beautiful and the private, secluded carriage house is nestled up against the redwoods, providing total peace and quiet.

The entire space - bed, bath, kitchen, living room - is immaculate and the design is current, comfortable, and tastefully decorated.

Joel and Jane are phenomenal hosts and you won't be lacking for the small amenities that make travel easier - fresh linens, coffee, water and juice upon arrival - all thoughtful touches that allow you to begin exploring the city, mill valley, and all or marin county.

For (less) than the price of most area hotels, you'll get to live like a local in the heart of Mill Valley and Marin...Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's nice to attract guests that appreciate the privacy, serenity and beauty of what we attempt to offer in this special area just minutes from the center of Mill Valley. Whether you're a cyclist, a hiker, a yogi, a practitioner of tai chi or an interested grandparent, we hope you will enjoy you stay here. It's especially rewarding to have so many guests return to visit...thank you Eli. Joel and Jane
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Lovely garden setting, comfortable and well-appointed, great location, great stay.

  • 5 of 5

I had the pleasure of staying at the carriage house for three days while I was working in Mill Valley. I very much appreciated the setting. The house and property are beautiful, and it takes just a few minutes to walk to downtown Mill Valley. A lot of the walk is adjacent to Old Mill Park, where there is a stand of redwoods. Joel and his wife are wonderful hosts, and the carriage house is beautifully decorated, well-appointed, and very clean. I also appreciated their hospitality – in my case, fresh tulips, some lovely snacks, and multiple coffee options (always a winner for me). The wireless connection was very good - another feature that I really value. I will definitely look forward to staying there again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Mill Valley Beerworks, Vasco, Piazza D'Angelo
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Larkspur Landing
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
San Rafael
Nearest Train
10 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Piazza D'Angelo, Vasco, Molina, MV Beerworks,
Nearest Ski
160 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Stinson Beach
Car: recommended

Mill Valley is becoming the hub of Southern Marin County, just a 10 minute drive across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. It is known for its bounty of outdoor sporting trails and roads (hiking and biking) and has a lively art, restaurant and evening cultural events (Sweetwater, 142 Throckmorton) scene. Mill Valley hosts an annual international Film Festival each October. It is also a short drive or bicycle ride to West Marin and the Coast, including Stinson Beach, Bolinas and Point Reyes Station.


Rates & Availability

Mill Valley Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 12.0%

RATES: Please note that posted rates are for the Cottage (studio) and the Carriage House (one bedroom apartment with large private deck) has higher rates ($209.00 Mon-Thurs, $249 Fri-Sun; cleaning fee $80; weekly rate $1,432). Damage Deposit of $250.00.
CHECK IN: 3:00 P.M or later, unless other arrangements are made.
CHECK OUT: 11:00 A.M. unless other arrangements are made.

Minimum deposit of 50% to secure the reservation. Balance is due no later than two weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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