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The Coastal Paradise

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom One Bathroom Enchanting Cottage And Gardens With Full Ocean Views

Mole's Cottage with it's full ocean views, is next door to The Cottage At Muir Beach separated by it's enchanting private succulent gardens. Both cottages are private residences but are also close enough to accommodate friends and family members who want their own space but enjoy vacationing together.

Mole's Cottage is owned and operated by locally renowned interior designer Victoria Hamilton-Rivers. This is a beautifully decorated property that accommodates 3 people: living room with ocean views and dining, 1 queen master bedroom with garden and partial ocean views, 1 twin bedroom with beach and ocean views, fully equipped kitchen which looks out on to the succulent gardens, bathroom with shower, laundry and closet room.

Spectacular succulent gardens surround Mole's Cottage making it the ideal honeymoon or ocean retreat destination for that much needed rest and relaxation that we all yearn for.

Muir Beach is within easy walking distance from Mole's Cottage - you can hear the sound of the waves from the property and it's set in the spectacular surroundings of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area where the views and local hikes are some of the most stunning in the world.

The property has it's own private off street parking for two cars and is within easy driving distance to Muir Woods, Mill Valley and other parts of Marin County, Stinson Beach and San Francisco.

Mole's Cottage is an extremely special place for those seeking to be close to nature and the ocean but within easy reach of city life.

More Details

Owner
Victoria Hamilton-Rivers
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 29, 2017

About Victoria Hamilton-Rivers

Originally British (recently an American Citizen!) I have been living in the San Francisco Bay Area as a permanent resident here since 2003. I am an Interior Designer and Home Stager by profession and have lived in Muir Beach since 2008. I believe this place to be among very few left in the world that are as unspoiled so close to nature and a major metropolis such as San Francisco. I find it deeply inspiring to call Muir Beach and it's wonderful community my home.

As the daughter of a British Army Officer, initially I travelled extensively to other parts of the world following my father's career and then subsequently my own. I fell in love with the San Francisco Bay Area when I first visited here in 1997 and I was captivated by the beauty of Muir Beach particularly, fairly early on in my visits to San Francisco from London.

I bought two cottages in Muir Beach in 2008: The Cottage At Muir Beach and Mole's Cottage named after my dearly beloved Labrador companion of 15 years and the characters in a book I grew up with entitled 'The Wind In The Willows.' Mole was a leading character in the novel by Kenneth Graham - always up to mischief and adventures on the river bank with friends.

Since launching The Cottage At Muir Beach in 2009, I have delighted in sharing this little slice of heaven with my guests from all over the world. It is an exceptional privilege to find this place and I hope by now offering Mole's Cottage as an adjacent property, that I will be able fulfill on the many requests I've received over the years from guests who have stayed, to broadly expand the accommodation I offer.

I have taken several years to develop beautiful succulent gardens at Mole's Cottage and lovingly renovated it's simple structure with imaginative ocean-inspired decorating that I trust will inspire.

Victoria Hamilton-Rivers purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Victoria Hamilton-Rivers chose San Francisco Bay Area

Charm and close to everything that inspires us all, is the only way to describe this place!

What makes this cottage unique

Hiking, beach combing and designing interiors inspired by nature.

Amenities

Muir Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 1 Master Queen Bedroom with garden and partial ocean and San Francisco views 1 twin bedroom with full ocean views
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Mole's Cottage is located in the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area which is renowned for it's spectacular hikes and views and the National Monument of Muir Woods. Muir Beach is a small village community on the edge of the Pacific about 30 minutes drive north of San Francisco. You can see the city from Mole's Cottage and Muir Beach. It's totally magical!

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

The Coastal Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews
5

Magical cottage, lush locale

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful visit - a remarkable retreat for the mind, body and spirit! The drive is not for the faint of heart, given the ups and downs of the shoreline approach roads, but the payoff is mighty, and made our stay even more special. Not far from San Francisco, it's easy to feel many hours away from the city even as it is visible on a clear day from windows and mirrors alike.

As an architect, I will elaborate a bit more than I normally would out of appreciation and admiration.

The magical experience of the cottage begins at the street, with sculptural driftwood signage, fencing decorated with waterfront motifs and gated arbor. The grounds are lush, colorful and exotic, and are an integral part of the experience. The lighted entry path and surprising, surreal outdoor spaces resonate while inside the cottage. The interior is designed for comfort, calm, view and delight. All the necessities are there, plus maps, recommendations for dinner, dvd's and found objects - shells, rocks, sea glass - that by the end of our stay we might have thought we collected. The Owner is very well organized and responsive, and totally behind the scenes at the same time. It felt like we were visiting a property that we owned.

The cottage is a magical tour de force - thank you, Victoria! I hope we can meet the next time Regina and I come to visit:-)

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My sincerest thanks to you for so beautifully sharing your experience of staying here. None of that is taken for granted by me even though I don't tend to reply to posts on-line because I'd rather it was you who had the last word! I did however want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all my wonderful guests who come to stay, who take such great care of my beloved cottages and who do post comments. Not only is your feedback valuable to me in understanding what you've found special about the place but it's also incredibly useful to future guests who are trying to select somewhere to stay that will meet their expectations. I hope you will return and share your experiences with friends and loved ones visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. It doesn't get much better than Muir Beach in my opinion! With kind regards, Victoria.
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5

Treasure found in a stunning environment

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Mole's Cottage was a real treat! The gardens, outdoor spaces and views from the property were stunning, and the cottage, its furnishings and décor, truly beautiful! Everything we needed for a comfortable stay was thought of and made available; we enjoyed every minute we spent at this lovely retreat. Thanks to our host for creating such a treasure and sharing it with others.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

Prettiest view. Great hiking. Lovely cottage

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Stunning property!

  • 5 of 5

The owner of this property has an incredible eye for design. The location is perfect and the house was immaculate. Cannot wait to return!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento
5

Perfection

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is truly absolute perfection. My husband, daughter and I visit this area frequently and have stayed in several different accommodations -- VRBOs, hotels, motels. This is the best of the lot.

When you pull up on this quiet, private street and see the incredible view, your stress immediately begins to dissipate. Walking up the pathway to the cottage through Victoria's amazing succulent garden is a delight. Inside, everything is clean and beautiful and anything you might need (I really mean anything -- umbrellas, grocery bags, beach towels) is right at hand. The bedrooms are comfortable and if you sleep with the windows open, you can hear the surf. The multiple outside spaces just add to the experience.

One can easily walk to both Big and Little Beach in a few minutes, and on the other side of Big Beach are several wonderful hikes/walks. Don't miss a walk through the Green Gulch Zen Center's incredible property. The Muir Beach overlook is just a short drive or a little bit longer walk, and it is truly a "bucket list" view.

Victoria herself is wonderful and very easy to deal with. The wireless Internet was out when we arrived due to a power outage from a storm and when we couldn't fix it ourselves, I texted Victoria. She had it fixed within minutes. Overall, you can't go wrong with Mole's Cottage. The cottage next door can easily be added to accommodate more family members, but if you're looking for privacy, you will not even know anyone is there. If you're looking to stay at Muir Beach, stop searching now.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5

Peace and quiet in a stylish and well equipped cottage by the ocean

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous as always (this was our third visit)! We find the cottage to be a very peaceful refuge from the hurly burly of everyday life, and we greatly appreciate the care and attention that has been applied to making it and the gardens so lovely and relaxing. The cottage itself is comfortable and very well-equipped, and there are stellar views from the sofa down to Muir Beach, the ocean and some bits of San Francisco. There are ample opportunities for great walks (be prepared for some hills!), with well marked trails that are accessible either across from the Pelican Inn or from the beach. If you want to get out and about by car, the cottage is also a great base for exploring the California coast (e.g. Stinson Beach (great bookshop), Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station (another great bookshop) etc), Sausalito, and the Marin Headlands. Mill Valley is nice to wander around in, and provides several great foodstores where you can stock up for a few days before retreating back to the peace and quiet of the cottage. All in all, we highly recommend this property if you're looking for a relaxing getaway by the ocean.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Mole's Cottage and it's enchanting private succulent gardens, has full ocean views within close walking distance of Muir Beach. Muir Beach and the surrounding areas are part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area also encompassing Muir Woods National Monument. This area is known for it's un spoiled natural beauty and spectacular views. Among local attractions are Muir Beach (Big and Little beaches) Muir Woods and the Muir Beach Overlook with uninterrupted 180 degree views across the Pacific. The Zen Center, Slide Ranch, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes and San Francisco are all within easy driving distance.

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Rates & Availability

Muir Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,925
$6,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$275
$1,750
$6,975
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

All guests need to sign a Rental Agreement prior to stay and Booking Confirmation. Security deposits are refunded 3 days after departure less cleaning fees. Prices quoted are for up to 2 people staying only. There is an additional fee for more than 2 person occupancy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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