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

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

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.

ABSOLUTELY THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL:

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 SMOKING ANYWHERE ON THE PROPERTY.

NO PETS-please do not ask about making an exception

NO CHILDREN.

NO PARTIES.

NO NOISE AFTER 10:00 P.M.

NO SHOES IN THE COTTAGE

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

Owner
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 a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 8, 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 are 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.

Amenities

Stinson Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • 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 ...
  • one car only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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

Reviews

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5

Five Stars in Everyway

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is everything described and even better. Dawn and Barry are great hosts. They made sure I had everything I need. There are nice touches of decorating and functional things everywhere. I love the fresh flowers. I love the privacy and I used the kitchen a lot and it was perfect.

Being someone with joint pain, parking right in front in my assigned spot and no stairs was great. Also the beach is literally about 15 seconds away with no stairs to get to it. This is perfect for the elderly or someone that is not a young active hiker.

I used the fire pit on my last night and it was mesmerizing. I sat there for hours with a glass of wine.

The place is sooo relaxing and has a meditative atmosphere. I could write and write but just know that everything should be perfect in every way. Thanks Dawn and Barry!! Paula

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The BEST place to stay!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was the BEST Cottage we could even imagine. It exceeds all our expectations!!! We were enjoying every minute staying in this amazing, cozy, neat and clean Beach Cottage. There was no old and musty smell in the lodge. There were fresh and beautiful flowers all around the house. It has the exceptional bed that make you sleep as a baby. The Cottage has everything you need thanks to the thoughtfulness of the hosts. Especially, the great bath products give special silky feelings to your body. The stunning yard with comfortable chairs and the fire pit will delight your eyes. The owners’ hospitality -you cannot wish for better!!! Their kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity are very appreciated!!!

Alla & Pavel

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute Beach Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at The Beach Cottage! It is in a great location - the little town of Stinson Beach. The owners were very hospital, and they keep the cottage neat and clean.We loved hearing the waves of the ocean while relaxing on the property. They even provided us with beach chairs to take down to the beach.

Overall, a great stay! Thank you Dawn & Barry!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

the property was amazing!

  • 5 of 5

we enjoyed are stay very much. Only downside was very few restaurants.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Exceeded my expectations!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful cottage was the highlight of our vacation! The host does a wonderful job of making it inviting, cozy and accommodating. We loved our time here and didn't want to leave! You can hear the ocean from your doorstep. The bed was cozy. There were fresh flowers in every corner. The strawberry pastries were to die for! And the cottage was well equipped with whatever you might need! Thank you! We will definitely recommend your place to others and hope to return!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend at the Beach Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spend two wonderful nights at The Beach Cottage. We were suprised to see how close the cottage was to Stinson beach. When we drove up, we were greeted by a sign with our names on it to mark our parking space, which made us immediately feel welcomed. We walked through the gate to our cottage and a private and beautiful courtyard leading up to our place. The doors were open and we felt as if we had walked into a featured cottage from the pages of a magazine on charming cottages! Dawn and Barry had placed little bouquets of pretty flowers in every room. This really added to the considerable charm of the beautiful furnishings. We loved the amenities including the EO bath products and the bed was exceptionally comfortable! The cherry on top was the fresh croissants from a local business (Parkside Cafe) and the half and half cream the owners provided for us. We would absolutely stay here again, given the opportunity!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

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. It is now necessary to make reservations to get into Muir Woods. However: You can hike in from Stinson Beach--a 10-mile round trip hike.

The tour of Alcatraz is another activity available- it also requires reservations.

Photos

Rates & Availability

Available
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable 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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