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The Coastal Paradise

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


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.

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Victoria Hamilton-Rivers
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 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.


Muir Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • See rental agreement for house rules.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with shower
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • 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
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!


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The Coastal Paradise
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 38 reviews

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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Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Mole's Cottage was perfect for our family of 3! Perfect setting, perfect view, perfect decor inside and out and perfect location! We wanted to spend time in San Francisco, but also don't like the crowds. Mole's Cottage was just a short drive from the city, but seemed liked worlds away once you were there. We also spent time at Muir Woods and the Muir Overlook and this was the perfect location for our visit as it was just a short 5-10 minutes down the road. Victoria was great - from her prompt response from my first inquiry to promptly refunding our deposit. My favorite meal on our vacation was the one cooked on the patio grill, setting under the stars in the beautiful garden and listening to the waves crash on the shore :) We also loved sleeping with the windows opened every night, feeling the cool breeze and listening to the sounds of the ocean. Thank you Victoria for offering your little slice of paradise to us. We hope to come back again!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas

Great spot away from it all

  • 4 of 5

My family, including my 4 year old, stayed here for 4 nights over July 4th. We LOVED the views - we even got a crystal clear day like in the photos! The house was fairly kid friendly, there were only a couple decorations we put out of reach. Having a kitchen and washer/dryer was very helpful when traveling as a family. The beds were comfortable and curtains made it nice and dark for sleeping in.

The only only only reason I gave it 4 stars was the "away from it all" piece. It took 15-20 minutes to get to the grocery store or Starbucks as the 5 miles leading up to the house are very windy and you can't top 30 mph. If this is what you are looking for, then perfect! It was what we wanted most of the time but there were a few times when being able to run to the store faster (we forgot coffee creamer for example) would have been really nice.

Overall a great location and excellent backdrop to our family vacation. Victoria was very easy to work with and helpful, including storing a package that arrived 3 days before we did. We really appreciated her.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful week

  • 5 of 5

We saw whales, dolphins and pelicans fishing. Humming birds were constantly flitting about the beautiful garden outside our window. The cottage was great with everything we needed. We had a great time. Jeanene and Jim

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We have decided that this will be yearly adventure. Outstanding!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Mole Cottage last summer and decided to make a return visit this summer because of the great experience we had. It is now confirmed by the family that Mole Cottage needs to be a yearly tradition. Thanks Victoria!! Well done. My only concern is that others will find out about your gem and there won't be any days available for us next year. Shhhh. Don't spread the word :).

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Valrico, Fl

Didn't want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful cottage! I spent 4 nights with my husband and 2.5 year old daughter. The home is beautiful, even better than the photos. So great to wake up to ocean views! It was a perfect size for the three of us. I put a few of the breakables out of the reach of my little one, but it was overall very kid friendly. It feels secluded while being close to attractions. We did day trips to Muir Woods, SF and Stinson beach, then spent the late afternoon (after nap time) on the beach. We ate lunch out but had dinner in every night. The kitchen was perfectly stocked with everything we needed. This is a place I will visit again!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: 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.


Rates & Availability

Muir Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

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.