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Sleeps 8 Family Friendly Home in Beautiful Marin County

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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About the property

Nestled between San Francisco and the stunning California Wine Country, this comfortable four bedroom home is at the foot of Mt. Burdell with beautfiul views from all over and several hiking trails. This two story house has a queen size bed in the master suite, two additional rooms with two twin beds each and a large, comfortable double-bed futon in another bedroom. All bedrooms are upstairs with two full bathrooms. The spacious family room has plenty of room for everyone, with a large eat-in kitchen. Additionally, there is a formal living room and dining room for more romantic dinners. A beautifully landscaped, fenced backyard, complete with trimmed blossoming flower beds, stone walls, neatly trimmed hedge and a charming fishpond with a view of the mountain is the perfect spot to sit out and enjoy the fabulous weather. The house is located in Novato, a historic California town with a fun downtown, and is only 22 miles from the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Nearby locations include San Francisco itself, complete with the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury and the Mission, as well as Berkeley, the famous hometown of the highest-ranked school in the UC system, and the Sonoma-Napa Wine Country, with rolling, golden hills and the finest wine in the United States. Locations within Marin County itself include Muir Woods, a national forest monument featuring gigantic coastal redwood trees, unique to California, Point Reyes National Seashore, featuring a rolling agricultural landscape several long, wide beaches on the Pacific Ocean, with few tourists and a lighthouse further on, and the various cities of Marin, including Sausolito, San Rafael, Tiburon and Larkspur. A visit to the fascinating San Francisco Bay Area won't leave you disappointed.

Property Manager
Joanne Higginbotham
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Joanne Higginbotham

This is the house I grew up in, I loved living here as a child and I love staying there as an adult.

I am a Science and Math teacher in Virginia. My husband and I have 5 children and we love to travel. We met and married in the Bay Area. We lived in North Yorkshire, England for 7 years before we moved to Virginia.

Joanne Higginbotham purchased this house in 1967

Why Joanne Higginbotham chose San Francisco Bay Area

The Bay Area is the best place, so many things to see and do, and great weather year around.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks so much for renting your house to us......The house really works

great for our family. The space and beds are great. The fenced back yard

is beautiful and so great with the dog. Love the location near the hiking

Oct 2014
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Sleeps 8 Family Friendly Home in Beautiful Marin County
average rating of 4.8125 based on 17 reviews
Portola Valley, CA

Great Big Home, Perfect for our needs

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed with our family at this house which was very large. Lovely neighborhood, beautiful back yard which our kids and dog enjoyed playing in. There is a nice market and deli less than 1 mile away that was great. Communication from the owner and property manager was great. Overall we had a great stay and hope to stay there again next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

The house is beautifully located with an unobstructed view and easy access to hiking trails on the beautiful mountain behind the property. The neighborhood is quiet. The house is wonderfully equipped with a nice mix of beds and quiet spaces. The furniture and general decor are a little dated and charming. This is a perfect location from which to explore Sonoma, Napa, Petaluma, and Pt. Reyes. It is a 20-45 minute drive to Larkspur (depending on traffic), from which you can get on a ferry that goes right to the Giants' baseball stadium in San Francisco - a perfect place from which to explore the City by cable car, bicycle, Segway, or on foot. This was my first VRBO experience and I was very pleased.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Perfect for a large family

  • 4 of 5

This house was perfect for the 6 of us to attend a graduation at Dominican. There was plenty of room for all of us to comfortably get around and not be under each other's feet while we were there. The views were amazing and it is convenient to everything.

I took one star off because the light switches were very confusing. A couple of them were labeled, but they were very inconvenient, and since we came in late most days we were there, it was difficult to figure out how to get the lights on. Many lights were not working, or at least we could not figure them out. That is a small inconvenience, but it can be very frustrating at the end of a long day.

Overall, a wonderful place to stay and I would definitely recommend it!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Austin, TX USA

Great home in a beautiful area.

  • 5 of 5

Loved it. Excellent location, took us less than an hour each way driving time to and from Oakland airport. The house sits on the edge of beautiful protected rolling hills, so the views from the windows or back patio and garden are spectacular. Looks like great hiking trails right out the back gate, but we saved our legs for the Pt Reyes National Recreation Area 1/2 hr away. Big comfortable house. Wonderful collection of vintage Pan Am Airlines posters and memorabilia, plus a Queen's Loo downstairs lined with 1952 Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee photos. Great experience all around for us, and we feel like owner Joanne is a pal now.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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A perfect home for our reunion.

  • 5 of 5

We were 7 senior siblings, out in Novato to attend a wedding, and thought we'd extend the occasion to a seniors reunion. This was the perfect house.

Awesome location, private, quiet, close to everything you could want or need, and with beautiful views of those magnificent golden Marin hills from the patio and every room.

The decor may have been a little dated but so were we, and we found it to be charming, very well appointed, perfectly clean, and far more comfortable for our five day reunion than any hotel could have been. We highly recommend Joanne's house for an outstanding 'home away from home' experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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nice home in lovely neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Loved the retro decor of the house including the "Queen's Loo" with royal family photos. Very spacious and clean home, nice backyard next to beautiful Mt Burdell open space preserve. Not right in the heart of wine country, but only 45 minutes to an hour+ scenic drive to most Sonoma/Napa wineries and natural areas (Jack London historic park, Muir Woods). Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will stay again if we're in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Rates & Availability

Novato House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cleaning Fee for weekly/monthly guests is $100.00 per week.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Novato House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , downstairs powder room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom has seperate toilet/tub area. Two sinks.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bathroom attached to master bedroom. Two sinks.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bathroom with 2 sinks and seperate shower attached.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Two very comfortable beds, large closet and dresser
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable double futon, large closet and writing desk.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Very comfortable twin beds, two windows, closet and dresser
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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