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VIEWS! Luxury Tuscan Villa 1 Acre ~ GG Bridge 15 mins ~ Sonoma Vineyards 25 mins

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type guest house


About the property

Unique & very spacious European Style In-Law on 1 Acre.

Inside the wrought iron and glass arched entry doors to our Tuscan Villa. Authentic Old World wood detailing, many arches, rustic beams and barrelled ceiling make this a special place. Distressed maple flooring throughout with smooth plaster walls but with modern amenities. A sprawling Kitchen with mocha cabinets & granite slab counters & backsplash. Upper cabinets with glass & steel compliment the high end stainless appliances. Vaulted beamed ceiling with skylight in a fully stocked kitchen.

The Kitchen is a Chef’s delight with all the pots, pans and cookware you will need. Keurig coffee machine with coffee pods, sweeteners and creamers. A toaster, kettle, microwave, blender along with herbs, spices and olive oil.

The romantic Bedroom features a King bed, a Fireplace and backlit decorative wall art in a cosy setting. The Bathroom has a tub shower with rain shower, hand shower and body jets. Granite slab tub surround and a curved glass shower enclosure. A glass topped vanity with curved mahogany doors.

Walk down the wrought iron railing stairs to the Living Room. It is very spacious with 2 huge windows looking over the Valley towards Sonoma. A Samsung 55" TV with TiVo DVR & Netflix above a 54” LED fireplace. Ample closet space in the living room and all interior doors are distressed knotty alder solid wood. Barrel arched 11 foot tall ceiling with rustic oak beams and 5 arches complete the look of our Tuscan Villa. Romantic mood lighting and candles make for an unforgettable vacation.

For the Sofa Bed ~ I researched extensively on Amazon for the most comfortable sofa bed and bought based on 100+ reviews. We have a 4” Memory Foam Mattress Topper and a quilted mattress pad cover. It's 6" narrower than a queen bed with the same hotel quality bedding. We feature Luxury Hotel Quality bedding that is hypo-allergenic and 100% extra-fine weave microfiber for breathability and comfort.

A private Laundry with washer, dryer and detergent for your convenience. iPhone Lightning & Android Micro USB chargers provided. True HEPA PlasmaWave® 3-Stage Air Purifier.

Self check-in any time with a combination lock on the front door. Late night Instant Bookings welcome and encouraged. Check in ANY time after 3pm until 2AM next day.

* THE INTERIOR OF THIS TUSCAN VILLA IS 100% PRIVATE AND NOT SHARED WITH ANYONE ~ There are NO Interior Doors that connect to another of our Suites ~ You have TOTAL Privacy. You may however see us or another guest parking a car or on the deck *

Gym: In the garage we have a $2,500 NordicTrack iFit® FreeStride Trainer with Stepper, Elliptical and Treadmill.

Feel free to hang out on our 2,000 sq ft deck with views and serenity. We have a Fire Pit, 4 Hammocks and patio lounge furniture. Relax with a game of Ping Pong.

To help muffle noise there are thick shag rugs with dense felt pad in the all rooms above. There is also a 2 Guest maximum policy for the above Retreat Suite. This Tuscan Villa ceiling has double layered sheetrock with fiberglass insulation between ceiling joists to further help against noise.

A few of our 200 or so Guests have mentioned noise from above. If you are sensitive to noise disturbance, similar to living in an apartment, there may better VRBO choices out there.

We would like to make sure you understand our House Rules. 600+ guests have enjoyed our vacation home since 2016 with only a few problems. We have ZERO tolerance to extra visitors, smoking, parties or noise after 10pm. A few guests have been made to leave early and forfeit their VRBO booking fees.

We monitor with 24 exterior Ultra High Def 4K video cameras that record all exterior activity. The cameras are motion sensing and email us videos of any exterior action. We have NO INTEREST in the activities of our guests but want to dissuade unruly behavior. Our home is stylish and beautiful in a serene setting and we want all to enjoy. We ask you to review and agree to our House Rules.

More Details

Steve Atkinson
Member since: 2016
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:
April 24, 2018

About Steve Atkinson

My Wife and I are from England and arrived in California in 1988. Since then we have lived in 50 Californian homes! We like this one the best and hope you enjoy staying in one of our lovely suites. We have traveled Europe and Mexico extensively, over 150 weeks total traveling.

These days we are more grounded at home as we have 4 Shih-Pooh-Maltese puppies. We are Vegan (except the puppies) and enjoy the organic produce from the Thursday and Sunday Market nearby.

We are both Real Estate Brokers and Zoe sells for a new home builder in San Francisco. Steve owns two real estate companies: SanFrancisco-Houses and MarinReal-Estate.

"Live 4 Love - Without Love U Don't Live"

Steve Atkinson purchased this guest house in 2013

Why Steve Atkinson chose San Rafael

We are just 2 miles from the N San Pedro Hwy 101 freeway exit. We are half a mile from China Camp State Park beaches, hiking trails, and mountain biking.

The San Francisco Golden Gate bridge is only 15 miles / 15 minutes south of us. A 30 minute ride on the high-speed ferry from Larkspur Landing (10 minutes away) and you can enjoy San Francisco without worrying about parking. The Sonoma Wine region begins at 23 minutes and Napa is 45 minutes away. There are ocean beaches in Marin and San Francisco 20-30 minutes from us.

Markets ~ 7-Eleven is a mile away and Santa Venetia market is 2 miles. Safeways is one exit north at 3 miles. There is Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Nugget and Sprouts Farmers Market within 10 minutes.

Restaurants ~ Le Chalet Basque is walking distance and at 2 miles you have Bogie's Cafe for breakfast and Subway. At 2.5 miles there is Ristorante La Toscana, an upscale Italian and Gaspare's Pizzeria is excellent too. Taqueria Hacienda serves casual Mexican. 3 miles away is Chipotle Mexican Grill, BJ's Brewhouse, Applebee's, Panda Express, Tomatina, Panera Bread and Roadside BBQ. These are at the Northgate Mall and there is casual fast food available also.

Every Thursday and Sunday morning there is a Farmers Market (3rd biggest in California). It's behind the County building with the blue roof. Turn right at the traffic light just before the freeway and then left to drive under the County building.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The ohana/granny unit/cottage was exquisite! Every inch of this home has been thoughtfully put together. I could actually pack up and move right in! I really don't know where to start everything from architecture, layout, design, fixtures and furnishings were all top notch the best of the best. The shower was superb beautifully designed with a shower fixture that I want in my home! Every inch from floating toilet to auto lights to fireplaces to super comfy bed/bedding you name it I wouldn't change a thing ans if there is a possible flaw there is so much to easily over see it! I will most definitely be returning bet that!
Nov 2016
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San Rafael Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No Parties, Events, Music, loud TV or partying after 10pm. Absolutely NO Guests allowed. Zoe and I share this home so please be considerate of noise.
  • One car parking on our property ~ Strictly Enforced! Street parking is extremely limited and neighbors threaten towing if parked outside their home.
  • No Professional Photography, Video Shoots, Promotional Events or ANY commercial business. No Drones or any Aerial devices to be flown on our property
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Luxury granite slab bathroom with body spray
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom - 1 king
  • King memory foam mattress and fireplace. Comfy Sofa Bed for Guests 3 & 4
  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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VIEWS! Luxury Tuscan Villa 1 Acre ~ GG Bridge 15 mins ~ Sonoma Vineyards 25 mins
average rating of 4.535714 based on 38 reviews
Hudsonville, Michigan

Exceptional rental!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved this rental property. It was very unique and had a wonderful Tuscan "vib". Having coffee and cream readily available was a small perk but very much appreciated. The rental was very clean, modern (loved the sensor lighting) and decorated beautifully. The deck we had access to was absolutely fantastic with a lovely view. Steve was attentive to our needs and very friendly. We liked the location because it was near the Civic Center (farmers' market) and convenient to 101. We wouldn't hesitate to rent this property again. Thanks, Steve!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a wonderful time!
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Quaint, stylish, convenient hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay 3 min off 101 in San Rafael, but the charm is that it feels much more remote. Stylish features are all over the property and top of the line amenities, bedding, and appliances are tastefully set in this unit. Steve (the owner) was more than attentive with communication and coordination prior to our arrival and once there, we had one request and Steve was immediately responsive and on top of it. We will look forward to staying here again and will enthusiastically refer our family & friends. Well done Steve and thank you!

Damon & Marie

p.s. Extra style points for the Prince memorabilia and creative lighting in and out of the bedroom

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Easily one of the best HomeAway's I've rented!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I came up to San Fran for the weekend and I wanted to show her the town I grew up in. This place was situated just a few miles down the road from where I went to school as a kid and a house I lived in back in the day so it was the perfect location. We absolutely LOVED this place. Such a cool vibe and very well appointed. Steve's done an amazing job putting this place together. We were so comfortable during our time here. We loved having a full kitchen and dining room! I used the desk area to handle some emergency issues that arose back at the office. The bedroom is pretty darn cool and the bed is super comfortable! The shower was great! I want to get one of those for my own house :) The living room is very spacious and so comfy. We lounged around in the living room, just watching TV while the rain fell outside. The views from the place are wonderful too! We weren't able to enjoy the shared patio areas due to the rain but we loved this place so much we've already booked a trip back in September! Hoping we have good enough weather to enjoy the patio then :) This is easily one of the best deals you'll find on HomeAway in Marin County. It's an amazing property at a rock bottom rate. Stop looking at this place and just book it!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and sweeeet!!!

  • 4 of 5

Great little house /condo villa. Darling, unique with a lot of nice appointments. Great location with a little (expensive, but expected ) neighborhood market. They had great local produce much of it organic including heritage tomatoes.

Noise could be a problem on the bottom floor villas. We had some problems. but the owner got right on it. And he was out of town at the time so Kudos to him. The kitchen is a little quirky as the sink is in an adjoining room and not super handy, but very workable and quite beautifully appointed. I used the deck which has a beautiful view out over the countryside, but found it a little unkempt.

Would we stay here again...absolutely!!! Especially since the owners show so much concern for your comfort and enjoyment. Thanks Steve and Zoe! See you next year! The Steins

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Roseville, CA

Nice and private!

  • 4 of 5

Nice and private! Located on a gated property high atop a hill gives you a view and fresh air. The unit has comfortable furniture in living room, and the bed is oh so comfy! Bathroom is on the small side, a one person area. Also there was a lack of closet space, none in the bedroom and no where to hang jackets upon entering. Kitchen is well stocked and has a very modern design. Full laundry room with stocked supplies. A nice retreat for a couple.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Granbury TX

Excellent condo!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful condo 30 mins from San Francisco. Steve provided instructions for everything. We've stayed at several good VRBO condos and this was the best by far. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Tax Rate 10.0%

Subject to change

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.