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Quiet Cozy, Free Standing Cottage - Close to ~SF~, Wine Country & Hiking!

Almonte, Mill Valley, CA, USA
  • Cottage530 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

! Bedroom/1 bath/ with Office Close to Hiking, ~SF~ & Wine Country

This lovely, quiet, private, free-standing cottage has lots of light and feels like a tree house in the redwoods. Fully furnished and newly re-done, this one bedroom has a very comfy king size bed, wood floors, bathroom, kitchen (gas stove), living room, full-size washer/dryer and a small office with a desk and picture window. Perfect for a couple’s retreat, or as a temporary relocation/transition home. Great place for a writer seeking inspiration and solitude. Mill Valley is a charming village with shops, great restaurants, and live music. It's close to the quaint European style town of Sausalito, and only 15 minutes from San Francisco. In minutes you can be on beautiful hiking and mountain biking trails on Mt. Tamalpais, in Muir Woods, and in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It's 40 minutes to the Wine Country, one block from the biking/walking path from Mill Valley to Sausalito, one block from the bus stop to San Francisco and connections to SFO and Oakland airports; 10 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge; 10 minutes to Sausalito (and a lovely ferry ride on the Bay to San Francisco) Dedicated parking is in a carport beneath the cottage.



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Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Rusty

My family has been in the Bay Area for generations and survived the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. My grandmother owned a cottage on Mt. Tamalpais in the 1920's. My father helped put up some of the original hiking trail signs on the mountain. I came back to Mill Valley when I was working as a CNN correspondent in San Francisco. I've traveled all over the world and Mill Valley is one of the most wonderful spots on earth.

Rusty purchased this Cottage in 1995

Why Rusty chose Almonte

Mill Valley is so close to one of the world's great cities, has numerous great restaurants and charm, yet it's minutes to be on hiking trails with gorgeous views and no one around. Trips to the wine country in Napa and Sonoma Valleys are 40 minutes away. This is the cottage on the property of my main house but is separated by trees, stairs and a deck. Because there are two redwoods just feet from the windows and small deck, you feel like you are in a tree-house. But there are many windows and LOTS of light. It feels very private yet, so close to everything by walking or by car. There is also a small spa walking distance down the hill where you can get a massage. Mill Valley has a film festival every October featuring international filmakers and their work. There are also a number of small coffee houses,art galleries and boutiques in town. For entertainment, the Throckmorton Theater has a variety of music, plays, and comedy. Also Sweetwater is a club which features a variety of musical acts. Nearby is the Green Gulch Farm, a Buddhist retreat featuring classes and organic produce. Sausalito is only a couple miles away and you can walk or drive to this charming town right on San Francisco Bay which is very European in feel. There is also a great art festival there every September. There are several state and federal recreation areas for hikers and bikers within ten miles of Mill Valley. Not only is there Muir Woods, with it's gorgeous huge redwoods, but Mt. Tamalpais where some of the first mountain bikes were designed to ride on the fire trails. Stinson Beach and Muir Beach are both quaint beach towns just over the hill from Mill Valley.

What makes this Cottage unique

I fell in love with the property because it was SO close to where I worked in San Francisco, yet I felt like I was miles away from the rest of the world. The cottage is very private and quiet with soaring redwoods outside, yet lots of windows make it very light and cheery.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Full size gas dryer
                    • Garage
                      Parking in open carport
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Open living room and dining
                    • Parking
                      Off street
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Full size washing machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Fully outfitted with dishes, silverware, cooking utensils, and pots and pans
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          A welcome bottle of wine, coffee, olive oil and a few spices
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          New Gas stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Dining pub table folds down for two or up to 4 people
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Music Library
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                  Television features family channels only and DVDs.
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                      Small balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Small porch/deck


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • museums
                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • cinemas
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • winery tours
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • photography
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • surf fishing
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • wind-surfing

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          52 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Convenient, quiet, and cozy!

                                                          Scattered LifeClearwater River, Idaho

                                                          We've stayed many places in the area but we loved it here and hope that it is available next time we return. Nice Safeway store nearby, close to everything, comfy bed, and had everything we needed!

                                                          Doesn't get better than this. Superb!

                                                          Chery C.

                                                          The location, the tasteful home environment, the solitude, plenty of room for two. Just what I was looking for. Home away from home. Thank you.

                                                          The cottage is just as described and pictured on VRBO.

                                                          BARBARA H.

                                                          Lovely setting and nicely furnished, this is a great place to have as headquarters for visiting the San Francisco Bay area. We really enjoyed our time being near our daughter. Perfect weather didn't hurt either! Rusty was easy to reach and very prompt to answer any questions. Only the lack of a dishwasher and a very tricky driveway keep me from giving five stars. If you come, make sure you walk up Ring Mountain near Tiburon for spectacular views of San Francisco and the whole Bay Area.

                                                          Lovely, quite flat. Tastefuly furnished, great bed and fluffy down cover. Great location

                                                          Idit R.

                                                          Loved it. Convenient, super clean, cozy. Will definitly look it up on our next visit.

                                                          Perfect cottage

                                                          Jill S.

                                                          We loved Rusty's place and will stay again.

                                                          perfect Thanksgiving getaway

                                                          gerard d.Los Angeles

                                                          we very much enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage. the bed was very comfortable and the bedroom super quiet.

                                                          the well-equipped kitchen allowed us to prepare our meals, which is important for us. the good earth grocery store nearby is a big plus!

                                                          we loved the location, the morning walks on the bay, and how close and easy it was to get to san francisco


                                                          Almonte, Mill Valley, CA, USA

                                                          Marin County just north of San Francisco, is filled with quaint towns and beautiful scenery. The giant redwoods of Muir Woods are a 'must see', both majestic and humbling, and right over the hill from the cottage. Mill Valley has a film festival every October featuring international filmmakers and their work. There are also a number of small coffee houses, art galleries, restaurants and boutiques in town. For entertainment, the Throckmorton Theater has a variety of live music, plays, and comedy. Also Sweetwater is a club which features a variety of musical acts. The towns of Mill Valley and Sausalito are unique but quite different from each other. There are several state and national recreation areas nearby featuring world renowned hiking and mountain biking. Pt. Reyes National Seashore features oyster farms where you can sit outside and picnic and barbecue your own oysters. Close by San Francisco has everything one of the world's great cities can offer; museums, galleries, shopping, historic sites, world-renowned restaurants, parks, breathtaking views and much more! Also close, via a short beautiful drive, are Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Valleys featuring world class wineries. For those who love the water, you can rent kayaks and paddle San Francisco Bay or rent a sail boat. Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge with it's incredible panorama of San Francisco is an incredible experience. A short walk down from the cottage and you are on a walking and bike path through a picturesque wetland which is part of San Francisco Bay. There is also a small spa within walking distance where you can take a hot tub and get a massage. There is also a horseback riding stable located in Tennessee Valley and less than 3 miles from the cottage.

                                                          Rates & Availability

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                                                          Damage Deposit

                                                          ANY additional guests must be listed with the owner. There will be a $50 per person/per night additional fee for additional guests.

                                                          52 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.8/5
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