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Cottage by the Bay - Secluded, Romantic, Private, on the Water

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

This romantic cottage located on historic 'Ark Row', has a quiet, peaceful setting with a lovely view across the bay. The cottage itself is located in town on its own private dock over the water. It is not 'near' the water, nor does it simply have a 'view of' the water. Drop a pebble a the dock and is splashes into the water. Read or write, dine or observe a parade of maritime life: sailboats, diving Pelicans, and curious seals. Though ten minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge and 15 minutes to downtown San Francisco, you will be in your own secluded world.

Throughout Marin County there are fabulous biking and hiking trails with kayak and boat rentals available in Sausalito. The mini environment of maritime Sausaiito has long been recognized as the most temperate weather in the Bay Area - cool in summer and characteristically fog free most of the year.

Available for long or short term rental, historic waterfront ' ARK' (House on a dock.)

Discounts by the MONTH $185 / NIGHT


Keywords: Cottage, Sausalito waterfront, water view, private room, peace and quiet

More Details

Marion Slater
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Marion Slater

I have owned the cottage for more than 40 years, it was originally a boat house owned by a captain of a fishing boat. I had always admired the property for its location on the water, when it was offered for sale I was happy to buy it, have been glad I did.

Marion Slater purchased this cottage in 1969

Why Marion Slater chose Sausalito

Once you see the cottage you will see what a lot it has to offer in its location, close to everything people come to Sausalito for, the lovely view, access to San Francisco and the wine country.

What makes this cottage unique

For guests interested in kayaking or boating in general, there could not be a better place than the San Francisco Bay. Here in Sausalito every possible type of sailing, sailboarding, boating is available. Some of the best restaurants, coffee shops and cafes nearby.


Sausalito Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Dialup Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
newly installed kitchen, Open all year round


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(47 traveler reviews)

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Cottage by the Bay - Secluded, Romantic, Private, on the Water
average rating of 4.7021275 based on 47 reviews

A restful respite

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is immaculate and quaint with amazing views of the water. I heard sea lions barking. A heron on a rock. So relaxing

Comfy bed, kitchenette and good shower.

Who could ask for more. Close to the ferry or bus to SF if you do not have a car. Check the ferry schedule as they do not go constantly

I would go back in a heartbeat. Marion is very sweet and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My favorite place ever to stay. I simply adore Marion.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome waterfront bungalow

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 5 nights and enjoyed the location and quietness. Located near markets, restaurants and just outside the main drag, so not a lot of tourists. We did not have a car and relied on the ferry to go to SF. The ferry and town are a short walk away. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sausalito Annual Trip

  • 4 of 5

We've vacationed in Sausalito four years now for the annual art festival and have always had a great time. This is the first year we decided to stay somewhere different and tried Marian's Cottage by the Bay. It was very cute, clean and had everything we needed, however the weather was so blasted hot even the fans did little to keep us cool so we cut our trip short. The setting is perfect for relaxing on the deck in the morning with our coffee and in the evening with our wine. The location is perfect for both walking to the festival and shops/restaurants. Plus having a dedicated parking place makes it so much easier to come and go and not feel obligated to leave the car in one place for fear of not having a place to park upon returning. Marian is a delight. The only negative, we did have an issue with a lot of little ants at the front door but hopefully we took care of them.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paris, Ontario, Canada

Nice little place for two on the water

  • 4 of 5

Pros: Comfortable for 1-2 people, quiet at night, excellent location with a 5 min (or less) walk to lots of small shops, good restaurants, the ferry service to San Fran or just to ogle the yachts and there is also free parking in front of the unit. Kitchen is equipped enough to do breakfast and/or light snacks. View from the deck is mostly of the boat docks with Tiburon and Angel Island in the background.

Cons: Very limited TV stations, bathroom needs an exhaust fan, wear sandals or something when walking on the deck (a number of nail / screw heads sticking up), toaster is too small for anything other than a plain piece of bread.

Note that Sausalito gets quite busy on summer weekends but is much quieter during the week. Others mentioned a bit of noise from the nearby 'Bocce Bar' on Friday/Sat nights but we really didn't notice it. Make time to drive up thru the hill-side homes and enjoy the views. Friday nites are jazz/blues nites during June-August down by the ferry dock and we enjoyed that also.

One issue with the owner bothered us. We negotiated a price for an 8 day stay well in advance and a partial refund was to be provided to us upon our arrival. That agreement wasn't honoured. A few days after our arrival the owner advised she doesn't normally accept visitors from 'Canada or other foreign countries' due to currency exchange fees. We accepted a reduced partial refund but the owner was well aware we were not from the USA when we rented the unit.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we wanted/expected

  • 5 of 5

Perfect accommodations for a relaxing 5 nights in Sausalito (for a couple). Private, well appointed, clean and close to many local restaurants and activities. Really can't go wrong with any food venues - ate at Poggio, Salito's, Lighthouse Cafe, Cibo and Spinnaker. With the latter (Spinnaker) being a bit of a disappointment for during the week lunch service (food and views were great, but took an hour to get lunch served). Day trips to SF (via Ferry) and Tomales Bay/Pt Reyes Station (The Marshall Store Oysters and Cowgirl Creamery).

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
San Francisco International
Nearest Barpub
Bocca Bar
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
San Francisco Bay Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
San Franscisco
Nearest Train
10 Miles
East Bay
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
2 houses away
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Baker Beach, Stinson Beach, also Muir Beach
Car: not necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

On receipt of your deposit I will send a confirmation and directions to the cottage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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