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The Perfect Mill Valley Rental, 10 Min. N. Of San Francisco over The Golden Gate

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Single Family Home, With a separate Guest Cottage. The Property Is Fully Fenced


There is a $50.00 deposit to hold your reservation. We accept personal checks, money orders, bank transfer and PayPal Daily rate, $295.00 per night, $2065.00 weekly for a party of 4, party of 5 $2275.00, party of 6 $2485.00. $100 discount for two week rentals. We are very prompt in returning the breakage/phone/cleaning deposit. Minimum rental 7 nights.

We have been renting our house out since 1999 and we have excellent reviews and references. We are very prompt in answering all requests for information. If you have tourist questions, I am more than happy to answer any questions that you have.

We will e-mail more photos and information upon request.

This is a well appointed, comfortable 2000 square foot single family home. The style is American/European country. There are 7 rooms with a separate guest cottage that is included in the rental. There are three full bedrooms in the main house, (guest cottage with a twin bed is the fourth bedroom). All of the beds have cotton linens with feather beds and down comforters. There are no trundles or pull out beds...all real beds. The beds consist of 1 California King, 1 queen, 1 double and two twins. There is also a front room, full kitchen, garden room, and formal dining room and along with two baths. The house is spotlessly clean and maintained in excellent condition.

The property is private and fully fenced in. Outdoors there are two patios, a deck off of the master bedroom . There are rose and flower gardens on three sides of the house. There is a gas grill in the garden. During the summer there are fresh tomatoes in the garden.

There are stores that are within walking distance. There is a whole foods market, restaurants, cleaners, drugstore, Starbuck's, etc.

There is one computer with DSL/high speed wireless and the internet available for use, or you can use your own laptop, cell phone or tablet. There is also a printer available . There is a 47 inch LCD TV in the Front room, and a 42 inch Plasma TV in the Master bedroom and 22 inch LCD TV in one of the guest rooms. All with Dish High Definition programming, offering 250 channels and Netflix. In the guest cottage there is a TV with Roku.

When requesting information, or availability, please state the total amount of guests there will be, including adults and children. This home accommodates a maximum of 6 guests comfortably. Please let me know your arrival and departure dates.

We look forward to having you as our guests and we will our best to make your stay comfortable.

More Details

Sonja Dohse
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, spanish, swedish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Sonja Dohse

We have been residence of Mill Valley since 1977. We are of European decent..English, Swedish, German and Spanish speaking. We have really enjoyed having guests from all over the world. We always try to be certain that our guests are happy with our rental. We check in with you the day after your arrival and always answer any questions that you have in a prompt manner.

Sonja Dohse purchased this house in 1977

Why Sonja Dohse chose Mill Valley

When we lived in San Francisco, we would come to Marin frequently. When ever we came to Mill Valley, we would always say, 'I would really like to live in Mill Valley'. We are so happy that we made the choice to move to Mill is really a special place.

What makes this house unique

The house is surrounded by beautiful garden and full of light coming in from the outside. When you are here you feel like you are at a home with all of the comforts that a home offers. Every morning after I get up, I get my cup of coffee and walk around the house to enjoy the gardens.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much Sonja and Ranier For extending a warm welcome to you perfect home, it was a delight, to awake each and every morning to the sweet smell of the magnificent roses. They were taller than me! Your home was just perfect...... everything one could expect from the two of you. I will miss you dearly and will see you again in the fall. I will never....... look any further for my home away from home. Our vacation was a perfect 10 and then some. Location could not have been better..... close to everything San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Stinson Beach. The restaurants were wonderful WE WORRIED ABOUT THE WEATHER BUT IT WAS GREAT. What a charming home and most of all for me..... it was spotless clean! The gardens were spectacular !!!!! See you soon.... Joanne and Robert

Sonja Dohse

Owner's reply:

Dear Joanne and Robert,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I was our pleasure to have you as guests! Thank you for leaving our home so nice and well taken care of. It has been so nice to develop a friendship with you. You are welcome back any time. Sonja and Rainer
Apr 2016
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Mill Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Seperate guest cottage.
  • The Garden room has a day bed that is a twin bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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The Perfect Mill Valley Rental, 10 Min. N. Of San Francisco over The Golden Gate
average rating of 4.9607844 based on 78 reviews

The vacation of a lifetime

  • 5 of 5

When my father turned 70, we decided to go on a vacation, together with my sister and mother. It was a long flight from Sweden, but definitly worth it!

We had a marvelous week - real nice weather and a lot of interesting places to see.

We stayed at Sonjas and Rainers house and is was perfect. Good equipment, great rooms and the perfect placement - 15 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge, 15 minutes to Muir Woods, 45 minutes to Wine Country.

But I have to say that the best thing about choosing Sonja and Rainer, was their friendliness! They helped us with tips and links to things we were interested in - hiking, Muir Woods, stores near by, Wine Country etc. Very fast and very friendly. Thank you for that!

My father told me on the way home that this was the best vacation he's ever had.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Swedish Family, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our rental and that we were able to help guide you to interesting place to see in the Bay Area. It is always fun for us to have guests from other countries and especially in your case, since I am of Swedish descent. We hope to see you back for another vacation in the Bay Area.
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Temecula CA USA

Fantastic stay! Ideal location - super nice owner!

  • 5 of 5

Our family, consisting of two teenagers and my inlaws, had a WONDERFUL time staying at Sonja's home. Her Mill Valley home is a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is beautifully decorated, comfortable with lots of room for all six of us to spread out. Ideal location to run into the city for the day, go to the Muir Woods, Russian River, explore Marin, or just relax and enjoy the peaceful/tranquil home. We are SO happy we stayed at Sonja's home. Might I add, finding a place that pleased my in-laws (in their 80s) AND pleased two teenage kids (ages 17 and 19) is no easy feat! Her home hit the mark for all of us! We hope to return again!

I almost forgot - Sonja was super attentive and easy to work with!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lynette, Thank you so much for your kind review. It means a lot to us that you and your family enjoyed your stay at our rental. We try our best to be sure that people feel at home and are comfortable. Also, thank you for pointing out how convenient we are to sights in the Bay Area. You and your family are welcome back any time! Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer
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A Most Charming Home in Mill Valley, CA

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful 7 days at The Perfect Mill Valley Rental. The home is very welcoming and we were provided with all of the amenities we could ask for. It's the perfect location for day trips to the wine country and all of the attractions that San Francisco has to offer . The owners left plenty of brochures to help us make decisions on what to do on any given day.They even left us their discount card so that we could save money at the supermarket and kept in touch with us to make sure we had everything we needed. Overall, I would say that I would highly recommend spending your vacation in this lovingly cared for home.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Debbie and Guests, The pleasure was all our! Rainer and I are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our rental. Thank you for leaving everything so nice and in order. You are welcome back anytime in the future. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer
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Perfect Family Vacation in Mill Valley

  • 5 of 5

Dear Sonja and Rainer,

Thank you do much for sharing your lovely home with us this week. We did so much from whale watching to Muir Woods, to Napa and Sonoma all that San Francisco has to offer. We loved the comfort of you beautiful space and found the people to be amazingly friendly and kind. Everyone of us said we would love to come back and see more. I hope all of your guests are as happy as we are that we came here .

Jeff & Maggie Martin

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Maggie and Jeff, Thank you so much for your nice review of our rental and the area. Also, thanks for being such great guests. When we returned home, my husband and I said that the house looked almost the same as when we are welcome back any time. Warm regards, Sonja and Rainer
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Great home in great location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and three children were very comfortable in this home for the week. Sonja was easy to work with, and very helpful with sending suggestions for things to see and do during our trip. Beds were comfortable with plenty of sleeping options. Great location in Mill Valley with very good restaurants and walk to grocery, diner, and coffee options. You will be pleased you picked this home.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joe and Family, You all were wonderful guests!! Thank you for pointing out the comforts and different sleeping scenarios of our home. You and your Family are welcome back anytime. Best Regards, Sonja and Rainer
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Great location in San Francisco Bay area.

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed staying in your comfortable home. We loved the gardens and patio areas. It was so nice to come home after a long day of sightseeing to be able to relax outside while listening to the fountains. Your home was very inviting and comfortable. Having the comforts of home was important to us and your home fulfilled that. We all loved our beds and the space to roam. We were centrally located to many attractions. Loved downtown Mill Valley and Sausalito. Short drive to the big city was convenient. We also enjoyed listening to some local music from your patio from a local place across the road on Friday night. Your place was a Great find for us. Thanks for opening your home to us and for being so attentive to all our questions. Your recommendations were very much appreciated.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Janet and Family, Thank you for your wonderful review of our rental and the area that we live in. You and your family were just the, "Perfect guests", for our, "Perfect Mill Valley rental". Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Mill Valley municipal golf course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
California 101 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Dipsea Cafe
Nearest Ski
170 Miles
Sierra At Tahoe
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Muir Beach
Car: recommended

We have a great central location for sightseeing in the Bay area. Muir Woods is 4 miles away. San Francisco is 10 minutes away, across the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. You can walk to Sausalito. The Napa and Sonoma Wine Countries are 40 minutes to the North. Golden Gate National Recreation Area is just across the valley from us, with lots of beautiful hiking trails. There an easy one mile hike to the beach. Point Reyes National Seashore is a scenic drive up California Highway One. Sweet Waters, the home of the Original Jefferson Airplane is in Mill Valley. We have beautiful beaches near-by. There are hiking and biking trails all over Mill Valley/Marin.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

The fees quoted are all inclusive. The $500.00 refundable deposit is for breakage/phone/cleaning. There is not a cleaning fee, but we do ask that you leave the house neat and tidy as you found it. We are very prompt in returning the deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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