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The Beach Cottage-A Simple Sanctuary - 4th house from the beach

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Immaculate, romantic, sweet, cozy, comfortable sanctuary, seconds from the beach

The beach is just outside the front gate---40 paces. "Fresh, immaculate, peaceful, tranquil, romantic, magical, and with the most incredibly comfortable bed"--These are the words our guests have used to describe The Cottage in their reviews. Please be sure to read the reviews of The Cottage from all of our guests. They seem to better capture the essence of The Cottage more accurately than any description I can provide. But here are the facts:

The Cottage is about 40 paces to the beach and a 5-minute walk to town. A 600 SQ. ft. space; newly renovated. 1 or 2 adults only. We are sorry that we must stand firm on the "No children, no pets" rule. Please do not ask about exceptions. No smoking anywhere on the property. ONE CAR ONLY (or make arrangements with us).

The Cottage is a separate dwelling, sitting on its own lot. The Cottage consists of a charming bedroom with an exquisitely comfortable queen size bed, TV (in an armoire at the foot of the bed), radio, Wi-fi, sitting area, armoire, and closets, NO DVD. The living area -- sofa, chair, dining area, kitchen area with coffee maker, toaster oven, toaster, microwave oven, 2 burner stove top, very small ("dorm room size") refrigerator/freezer, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, and some condiments.

The bathroom is newly built, with Italian glass tile floor, shower over tub, all new fixtures, hair dryer. Everything is new, fresh, and clean. We supply beautiful E.O.bath products. There is a Bbq grill in the yard.The front yard is great for sitting in the sun, or by the bonfire at night. There are two folding chairs and beach towels to take out onto the beach, and comfortable chaises to sit on in the yard.

You will have all the privacy in the world, but if you should need us for any reason, we are right next door on the adjacent property.

Sorry- but we do not allow children. Please do not ask about exceptions.


ONE CAR ONLY. You will have your own reserved parking space.

check-in: 3:00 Self check in. Just arrive and come on in.(We will gladly give you an earlier check-in time if circumstances allow)

check-out: 11:00 (We will extend your check-out time if we are able)

1 or 2 guests only

You are welcome to have day guests, but NO OVERNIGHT GUESTS


NO PETS-please do not ask about making an exception





If you are making a reservation for you and another guest, please include their name so that we may welcome them also. Thank you.

More Details

Barry and Dawn Harris
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Barry and Dawn Harris

Barry and I have lived in Stinson Beach for quite a while, Barry, for about 25 years, having been born and raised in Canada, then moving to Hawaii, then here. I have lived in Stinson/Bolinas for 50 years, am 5 generations from Marin County, with my father's family roots going back 5 generations in Hawaii. We love traveling. Barry has traveled extensively throughout Asia, and I having lived and worked in Kenya, Somalia, and visited The Dem. Republic of Congo. Barry and I love living in Stinson Beach. We have turned what was once a Willow Camp tent platform (the original dwelling structures in Stinson, then a Pilates Studio for me to teach), into a sweet, charming, romantic get-away. Of all the places we could live, we find our happiness here in Stinson Beach. We hope our guests will find The Cottage, and Stinson Beach, as special as we do.

Why Barry and Dawn Harris chose Stinson Beach

Once you see the location of this property you will know why we choose to stay in Stinson Beach. It has everything. We can be reclusive. We can walk on the beach in the dark of the morning; there are no words for the feeling of standing on the beach, seeing the moon glistening like mercury on the silken peeling waves. The hiking trails are our 'workouts', and our meditations.

It is the best community to be a part of. There is lots to do if one wants to get involved, and many ways to stay quiet and peaceful.

What makes this cottage unique

Stinson Beach has hiking trails that go on and on and on. Really, one could hike to Oregon from here. Depending on the trail of one's choosing, one could hike up and up for hours, or traverse, or bomb downhill. There are fern-lined trails, redwoods, creeks all along the way--waterfalls and bridges. Depending on one's choice of trails, there are vistas of the ocean the whole way, or canopies of trees.

And then there is the equivalent of those trails for mountain bikers.

Traveling North from here is Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and the great, fun town of Pt. Reyes--with fabulous stores, restaurants, and bakery. A little further and there is the wine country...and Mendocino. Of course, traveling in the other direction, is San Francisco, just across the GG Bridge. No need to tell you about that beautiful City.

Hiking, biking, kayaking, surfing, walking on the beach...

just to name of few of the things that make Stinson Beach so wonderful.

As far as the Beach Cottage goes: It is just very special. Something about it. Everyone falls in love with it. It is small (600 square ft). impeccably clean--having just been restored--so all newly painted (if not replaced) walls, floors, completely rebuilt bathroom with beautiful Italian glass tile floor. The cottage is fresh, sweet, romantic, tranquil, cozy and inviting. We love it, and it brings us so much joy that all of our guests have expressed that they love it too. We hope you will.


Stinson Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has just been rebuilt- Beautiful Italian Glass-Blue-Tile floor, new tub/shower, sink, toilet. About 80 sq. ft. Sweet. There is very little you need to pack as far as your travel kit goes. We supply: hair dryer, q-tips, cotton balls, emery boards, feminine hygiene supplies, disposable razor, tooth brush and toothpaste, mouth wash, first aide kit, EO: shampoo; hair conditioner; shower gel; body lotion.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bedroom has a brand-new, exquisitely comfortable, queen-size bed w/ beautiful bed linens. At the foot of the bed is an armoire with tv. The room has a sweet, small desk beneath the window that looks out into the sun-drenched, or fog softened yard, inspiring any writer. The are two small closets, a cozy chair for reading, and a full-length mirror. The bedroom is about 300 Sq. ft..--roomy, airy, sun-filled. The bedroom is sweet, romantic, fresh, and immaculately clean. One of the reasons we do not allow children or dogs is so that we can keep the promise of 'immaculate', and you can rest assured that it is.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Being on the beach, whether just sitting/lying/relaxing, or walking for pleasure or exercise, is as good as it gets here in Stinson Beach. The Beach is about 3 miles long, and one of the prettiest in all of Northern California. Also---the hiking trails are the epitome of the best of Nature here. Bicyclists have the choice of road or trail. This is just a wonderful place to be. We hope you will experience this. This Cottage is not for everyone. It is not a party destination. The Cottage if for the person or couple looking for a quiet, peaceful, cozy and comfortable place to relax while at the beach. To our surprise (and joy), many couples have gotten engaged here--at The Cottage, and returned to have their wedding here in Stinson, and remain at The Cottage for their Honeymoon


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The Beach Cottage-A Simple Sanctuary - 4th house from the beach
average rating of 4.988764 based on 89 reviews
Brooklyn, NY

Perfect Cozy Cottage at the Beach!

  • 5 of 5

I had a perfect, relaxing weekend getaway at the cottage. The hosts thought of everything for guests: from cozy bedding and great bathroom amenities to a prepped fire pit and a binder full of local recommendations. Definitely planning a return!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This cottage is paradise. It is beautiful, well-cared for and the owners are remarkably kind and caring. I will return again and again.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denair, CA

Hidden Quiet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time! The cottage is truly a hidden gem close to the ocean. We were not bothered by anyone, (which we were looking for) and everything is within walking distance. The cottage was very clean and tidy. It was just the right size for a two person getaway. This place had all amenities we could ask for, plus the little things you may have forgotten. We took the short drive to Point Reyes, (highly recommended) and the light house. While there we were very excited to see a whale swimming near the shore. We stopped in Inverness on the way back and tried the deli counter at The Inverness Park Market, we were blown away. Over all our trip was all we could ask for. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and good location. Perfect getaway.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic Stinson Beach Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Dawn and Barry's cottage is simply wonderful. The location couldn't be better, just steps from the beach, a short walk into town, and easy access to the trails of Mt. Tam without even getting in the car. The cottage is not only cozy, but beautifully appointed and with great attention to detail. Dawn was a wonderful host. The cottage had everything we needed, so we never had to call, but we bumped into her a couple of times and she made us feel very welcome, like the place was really ours. There were towels and beach chairs and boogie boards, a nice place to sit outside, and even a fire pit, ready to go. We could not have been happier with our stay. The only question is when can we go back again.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stinson Beach home was so relaxing for us!

  • 5 of 5

The house, yard, and ambiance was so refreshing and healing for us. We really enjoyed our stay. Will visit again when we can since meeting our cottage owners was such a blessing. Great place, very comfortable, so close to the beach. We enjoyed a fire in the outside fire pit, relaxed on the patio and in the house. The shower was tremendous! Kitchen suited our needs, and we had a quiet restful trip. Thanks so much!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Point Reyes National Seashore
Bovine Bakery
Point Reyes Outdoors
Osteria Stellina
This is great local-source food- we found it to be a little "loud" for conversation.
Pine Cone Diner
Samuel P Taylor State Park
Marin Sun Farms
Olema Farm House
Toby's Feed Barn
This is a fun place--and has a great Farmers Market on Saturdays during certain seasons. gr...
Old Western Saloon
Palace Market
wonderful market- fresh produce wonderful wines, and cheese
Stinson Beach
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
up the street
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Sausalito, CA./Larkspur, CA.
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
San Francisco/San Geronimo Golfcourse
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
We are ON Hwy.1. Then Hwy.101
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
up the street
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Lake Tahoe, CA.
Nearest Beach
This IS the beach.
Car: not necessary

Muir Woods is on the way to Stinson Beach--home of the giant Redwoods.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

MOST IMPORTANT HOUSE RULE: ONE CAR ONLY-if you have a guest they must park off the street.
2 night minimum stay year round.
2 guests maximum. No children. No pets. NO SMOKING No shoes in cottage. No noise after 9 p.m.
Not included in rates: $100.00 cleaning fee; 10% TOT tax; $500.00 refundable security deposit.
Rates vary based on season/holiday.
check-in 3:00 p.m.
check-out noon

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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