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Cheerful Cottage on Petaluma River near Wine Country & San Francisco

Bedrooms Studio
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

'Junior One Bedroom' with peaceful view in great location

A great location to relax and getaway, or as a home base for your Bay Area Adventure. Enjoy watching the birds in the marshes of the Petaluma River. Just 1/10 mile down the road is a boat launch for kayakers, boaters and fisherman. A short drive to Sonoma and Napa for winery visits. Novato has a fabulous downtown with quaint shops and excellent restaurants. Sonoma Raceway is only 6 miles down the road for any race fans. San Francisco and Oakland are less than an hour away.

The Boathouse has a fully equipped kitchen, large bathroom with shower, and a living room/bedroom with a pull-out couch, a pillow-top queen bed, a LED flat screen TV and wifi internet.

Just outside the cottage is a private deck bordering the marsh with dining seating for 6.

The Boathouse is located at the bottom of approximately 2 1/2 flights of stairs. Access is by foot only.

More Details

Randi Bakken
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Randi Bakken

Although we have lived here for over 3 years, coming home still feels like being on vacation! We look forward to sharing our cottage with you.

Randi Bakken purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Randi Bakken chose Black Point-Green Point

After living in suburban neighborhoods our whole lives, we never realized how amazing an undisturbed view into nature really is. One look out the window had us convinced we couldn't be anywhere else!

What makes this cottage unique

The Boathouse has a definite away-from-it-all, country feel - but is still just a few minutes from downtown Novato, Safeway, Target, and Costco.


Black Point-Green Point Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size pillow top bed with fluffy down comforter. Full size pull-out couch.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing


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Cheerful Cottage on Petaluma River near Wine Country & San Francisco
average rating of 4.904762 based on 42 reviews

Thank you Randi and Jim for a lovely restful stay while we were training at the Novato Institute.

  • 4 of 5

Thank you for endeavouring to provide a more continuous internet and for making us welcome. Karen and Brad

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Charming house just as advertised

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 3 and had a very enjoyable stay for 5 nights in Dec. The property was just as advertised with a fully equipped kitchen. Randi was nice enough to get us some essentials since we were arriving on Christmas eve and the stores were going to be closed. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cedar Rapids IA

Clean, quiet, beautiful scenery

  • 4 of 5

So grateful for the hospitality of the hosts! We were lost our first night in San Francisco and Jim not only guided us to the cottage; but when we got there hadn't had anything to eat except nuts & pretzels on the plane. He brought us sandwich makings, milk & cereal for breakfast, yogurt and sparkling water - it was a feast as hungry as we were! The cottage was clean, comfortable, and in a great location. The only downside was that we could not walk out on the dock that you see in the pictures assuming it is part of the cottage. We were there during the record breaking heat and although grateful for the air conditioning; it was very loud when it kicked on. The third night we found a way to prop up the standing fan and turned the air off and aimed the fan at the bed (otherwise, it didn't oscillate properly). Also if the bathroom door is shut all the way, the door and handle sticks and it is hard to get out. It was just me and my husband so not a big deal for us (not worried about someone coming in while using) and we learned not to shut it all the way; but it could probably be fixed with a new handle or door. We couldn't get the grill going and it had cobwebs in it and the beginnings of a wasp or hornet nest so we cooked our steaks and hamburgers inside. All in all - the good outweighed the slightly bad and we enjoyed ourselves immensely! The hosts were very gracious in laundering our towels for us when we ran low.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jefferson, WI

convenient to winery and trees!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had very limited time to visit a few wineries and go to Muir Woods. This rental location was very convenient. We went to 3 wineries and would recommend 2: Hamel Winery/ Sonoma: VERY friendly staff, GORGEOUS views, DELICIOUS sweet wines with a small appetizer as part of the tour. V. Sattui/St. Helena, for no charge they let you pick two wines to taste, then you can buy a bottle, go to their GREAT deli to get small amounts of lots of cheeses, meat and bread and eat/drink at a picnic table outside. Muir Woods was nice, easy walk. Rental was very clean and comfortable. 2 surprises: the dock that is shown is not accessible to renters and very close on left side is a huge overpass with traffic noise. Neither bothered us as we were barely there but we didn't expect this! Owners are right next door but we never saw or heard them. Very quick to reply to questions.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, cozy, and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Waking up to a beautiful view every morning was so wonderful! Great location-the ocean, redwoods, Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco are all nearby with amazing views along the way! The owners thought of everything! It is so nicely decorated and comfortable! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bellevue, WA

We loved our stay in the boathouse!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed at the boathouse while in town for a horse show. It was very clean and comfortable, and it was really nice after long days each day to have our little place to come home to. Randi was great with communication and made sure we had everything we needed. The neighborhood was very quiet and it was peaceful to wake up to the view on the river each day.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
San Francisco international
Nearest Ferry
14.5 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 37
Car: necessary

Halfway between San Francisco and wine country - it's the ideal location for a getaway! Take the ferry from Larkspur to San Francisco. Napa is 24 miles and Sonoma 16 miles. Sonoma Raceway is just 6 miles down the road. Excellent kayaking and boting with the launch 1/4 mile down the road. Easy access to Point Reyes.




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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