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Charming Vintage Cottage Featured in Creative Home Magazine in Mill Valley

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 BR, 2 BA, sleeps 5; with optional king Garden Bedroom sleeps 7

Our charming circa 1903 cottage in Mill Valley is just 9 miles north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge in scenic Marin County. This special home has been featured in American Express’s 'Departures' magazine, Better Homes & Garden’s 'Creative Home', the internationally acclaimed design book, 'California Interiors' & the San Francisco Chronicle’s Home Section. Filled with antiques, books, artwork & a 5 ft. grand piano, this is an elegant, comfortable home away from home close to the culture of San Francisco & the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area & Napa-Sonoma wine country. We’re at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, with many miles of gorgeous hiking & mountain biking trails. Level, scenic bike trails link Mill Valley to the picturesque bayfront towns of Tiburon & Sausalito. Golf, tennis, swimming are all nearby. Muir Woods, sailing & kayaking on San Francisco Bay & Pacific Ocean beaches are 15-30 minutes. Our home has been a favorite of local families hosting out-of-town relatives, artists seeking a quiet retreat, friends & couples enjoying a Northern California getaway.

COTTAGE DETAILS: The cottage is built with rough old growth redwood plank walls & beamed ceilings enameled a luminous white. Douglas fir floors have been whitewashed to a soft pink glow. Generous windows, French doors & the dining room’s glass solarium ceiling flood the interior with warm light filtered through the verdure of a mature garden with climbing roses & wisteria clambering over rooftops & arbors. The rooms are filled with original works of art, antique furnishings & chandeliers, & hundreds of books.

LIVING ROOM: In the living room, a banquette with down pillows, English antique reading chairs & a French Louis XV style love seat circle a wood-burning fireplace. Built-in bookshelves house a collection of art & design books; a drop-leaf desk holds trail maps & guidebooks.

MUSIC ROOM: A wide archway opens on the music room, with a 5 ft. grand piano, velvet chaise, English-style overstuffed sofa & wall-size mirror.

DINING ROOM: A step down from the music room is the dining room, with an antique farm table & vintage Chinese Chippendale garden chairs. Two walls of multi-pane steel casement windows, softened with sheer linen & antique Italian lace curtains, wrap around the music & dining rooms.

DECK & GARDEN: French doors open on an ipe-wood deck with teak furniture, and a courtyard garden with a fountain. Dining room & deck share a glass solarium roof covered in roses & wisteria each spring.

MEDIA ROOM: A half-wall of shelves with a collection of garden books opens the dining room to a small media room/twin bedroom with a twin daybed sofa & a 42” Plasma HDTV with home theater sound system, CD & DVD players, & a stereo jack for your personal music device. There is premium cable (HBO and Showtime) WiFi internet service, a selection of music & videos, Scrabble, puzzles & card games.

Additionally, the full bedroom has a small LCD HDTV with DVD player & there’s a CD stereo in the breakfast room.

GOURMET KITCHEN: The kitchen has custom mahogany cabinets, pink marble counters, a butler sink, and stainless steel appliances. Small appliances include a microwave, toaster, Francis-Francis espresso machine with pods, Chemex manual drip coffee maker, coffee grinder, electric kettle, Cuisinart food processor, blender, rice cooker, waffle iron, ice cream maker & immersion blender. There’s a full complement of cookware & bakeware, sharp knives & handy gadgets. Tableware includes an extensive collection of vintage English china circa 1840-1940. Spices, paper products, & non-toxic cleaning supplies provided.

The kitchen’s breakfast nook is wrapped in bookcases filled with more of our extensive book collection; here fiction, poetry, cookbooks & reference volumes predominate. An antique pine table is drawn up to a cushioned banquette. Residing over all is a marble Buddha in the window.


Three small bedrooms - king, full & twin - have comfortable beds dressed with memory foam mattress toppers, luxury linens, cotton quilts, down pillows & duvets. Robes are provided, as well as slippers for this “No Shoes” Policy house.

KING BEDROOM: Upstairs, the master bedroom has an Edwardian-era English mahogany king bed with a hand-made mattress from McRoskey, a venerable San Francisco institution. A wedding cake confection Murano chandelier hangs from the peaked ceiling. Antique Asian cabinets act as nightstands. A shelved closet & a dresser store clothes.

A Dutch door opens onto a private sun deck & wisteria arbor. Chaise lounges & a built-in seat make this a perfect spot for morning coffee or afternoon sunbathing, overlooking the rose-covered rooftops & the garden below.

FULL BEDROOM:The second upstairs bedroom is furnished with an antique white iron full (double) bed & an Italian marble-topped dressing table. A wall of casement windows looks out on a rooftop covered with climbing roses, a bower of pink blossom in late April & May. A maple-framed wall-size mirror at the foot of the bed enhances the sense of space in this small bedroom.

A large built-in armoire has ample drawers & closet rods, as well as a gas fireplace & flat screen TV. The yellow & white rose wallpaper is a vintage pattern that appeared in the grander setting of Scarlett O’Hara’s home, Tara, in Gone With the Wind.

TWIN BED IN MEDIA ROOM: The small first floor media room has a daybed with a foam/memory foam mattress that can be made up as a twin bed. A half-wall behind the daybed opens onto the dining room: a drape can be drawn across the opening for privacy.


In addition to the 3 bedrooms in the main part of the cottage - the upstairs king and full bedrooms and the downstairs media room/twin, which are included in the standard rate, there is an optional king bedroom available with French doors overlooking the garden, that is available for an extra nightly fee of $75.

If you would like to include this bedroom in the rental, please let us know and we'll send you a special offer that includes it. Groups of 6 or 7 can only be accommodated with the use of this bedroom, but it is also a wonderful addition if you prefer to have 2 king bedrooms, more distance/privacy between bedrooms, or a bedroom on the first floor that can accommodate two guests. Access to the bedroom is through French doors on the garden. It also connects to the front cottage through the laundry room and media room. If you don't plan to use the media room as a twin bedroom, the garden king could function as a suite that included the media room, laundry, and the first floor bathroom with shower.

The garden bedroom's king bed has an organic latex mattress. Two sets of French doors with wood venetian blinds look out on the garden and its fountain. The walls are a gallery of original art. A reading chair with foot stool sits in one corner, an antique Indian dresser with bone inlay in another. Bedside tables with alabaster lamps, sisal carpet layered with soft throw rugs, and a mirrored closet complete the furnishings.

DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM: The first floor bathroom with shower is en suite with the twin bed media room. It has a shower tiled in sea-green glass mosaic, with a steel casement window whose panes of vintage Chicago art glass are patterned in watery tones.

The layout of the first floor bathroom is one of the more unusual design solutions in this cottage with its yacht-worthy use of space. With the doors closed in one configuration, it’s a full-sized bathroom with a generous shower & a red crystal chandelier. Closed a different way, the bathroom disappears & it’s a hallway connecting the kitchen to the media/twin bedroom & the laundry room beyond. This is difficult to describe. But when you see it, you’ll say, “Ah!” It is many people’s favorite clever detail (along with the stair-steps Philip hinged for storage).

UPSTAIRS BATHROOM: The shell-pink upstairs bathroom displays an extensive collection of shells, shell-craft & a delicate brass chandelier found on a beach vacation in Key West. It features a wonderful vintage clawfoot tub with hand-held shower spay. (Shower lovers, please note that the cottage’s only shower is in the first floor bathroom.)

Bath amenities include hair dryers, first aid kit, soaps, shampoo, cream rinse & other toiletries.

LAUNDRY ROOM: Beyond the media room is a laundry room with full-size Bosch washer/dryer, folding counter, iron, & room to store your luggage.

GARDEN & GROUNDS: Mill Valley Cottage is surrounded by Philip’s long-evolving garden of roses, wisteria, hydrangea, herbs, Mediterranean perennials &California natives.

Along with the brick terrace in the small front garden & the deck off the master bedroom, the cottage’s exterior space includes the furnished back porch & the rear garden with its graveled courtyard &fountain.

To the left of the courtyard is a narrow building with French doors, its rooftop covered with roses & autumn clematis, which houses the cottage’s laundry room as well as the optional Garden King bedroom and an office where our bookkeeper works occasionally on weekdays.

A sidewalk to the right of the cottage leads to the rear garden courtyard & beyond that to another small cottage & private garden that is the on-site residence of the owner, Philip Going. There is occasional foot traffic past Mill Valley cottage to reach Philip’s home & office.

We are very respectful of the privacy of visiting guests. We expect you to regard the cottage & its gardens as your home. We keep our comings & goings as unobtrusive as possible.

That said, Philip is a delightful and knowledgeable host who would be happy to chat with you about recommendations for making the most of your stay in the Bay Area - anything from where to eat to the best trails to hike on Mt. Tam for the time of year, length & effort of hike, etc. Feel free to call him on his cell, or give a shout if you see him walk by.

More Details

Dale Going
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful experience. We love your attention to details.
Jul 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Almonte in Mill Valley

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Children are most welcome. Note that there are French doors & windows, as well as low glass cabinets, that could be a hazard to careening toddlers.
  • Food and art activities are limited to the tables in kitchen, dining & deck due to vintage/antique upholstery and carpets.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village ...
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The upstairs bathroom has a vintage claw-foot tub with hand-held shower spray. Appropriately painted shell pink, the bathroom displays an extensive collection of shells and shell-craft. The first floor bathroom has a shower tiled in sea green/blue glass mosaic. A steel casement window in the shower has stained glass panels of Chicago art glass in watery tones. This bathroom is next to the media room, which can be used as a twin bedroom. Both bathrooms are lit with chandeliers. Linens, soap, hairdryer and first aid kit are provided.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Media Room - 1 Single Bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Double Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Portable pak 'n play crib on request
    OPTIONAL GARDEN KING BEDROOM - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Add to sleep up to 7; $75/night plus $40 cleaning & 10% tax
  • All the beds have comfortable mattresses, quality linens, quilts, down pillows & duvet. Plush robes & slippers provided. The upstairs master bedroom has an Edwardian era English mahogany king bed with a memory foam mattress topper. A Venetian glass chandelier hangs from the peaked ceiling. A second upstairs bedroom has an antique metal double bed tucked against a wall of casement windows looking out on climbing roses. There is an Italian marble-topped table/desk, and wall-size-mirror, and room at the base of bed for a play-n-pak crib. A built-in armoire has drawers, closets, gas fireplace, flat-screen HDTV with DVD. The first floor media room's daybed sofa can be made up as a twin bed with a memory foam mattress topper and an en suite bathroom. A drape draws across the half-wall opening to the dining room for privacy. An optional garden king bedroom is available for an extra $75/night plus $40 cleaning fee and tax.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our cottage is on a quiet street around the corner from Whole Foods Market, Marin Theater Company, a yoga studio, and a variety of interesting shops & tasty restaurants. A Golden Gate Transit bus stop is a block away, with service to San Francisco directly or via the Sausalito Ferry.


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Charming Vintage Cottage Featured in Creative Home Magazine in Mill Valley
average rating of 4.7818184 based on 62 reviews

Charming, one of a kind home!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay here! This was the last leg of our families 1,100 mile road trip. We had been rough camping from Washington and wanted our last few days to be relaxing and comfortable. This has to be the most beautifully restored cottage I've ever seen! The beds were large and comfortable and the clawfoot soaking tub was to die for. Its walking distance to everything. We just loved all the little details. From the adorable tea cups to the plethora of books that decorated the house! The owners were a pleasure to work with. We had an issue with the washing machine that was handled right away by the back tenant who was very polite and apologetic. Long story short, if you want a relaxing getaway in the most charming home ever, you've found the one!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique experiences in an antique house but too hot during summer

  • 3 of 5

Like the open space for public areas, and library. Many useful kitchen wares, beautiful china, and backyard. The location is perfect. The house keeper living in the backyard is helpful.

But very hot in the 2nd floor during summer week we stayed. The fan and AC only can cool down one room. The other room with full size bed in the 2nd floor is not able to accommodate a good sleeping. So we had to sleep in living room area down stair.

The bathrooms are much smaller than I originally thought.

The cooking pans are scratched probably due to many visitors.

Overall, it's a nice stay. It will be more appreciated with if some details are taken care of.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mill Valley Treasure

  • 5 of 5

This home is SO beautiful and SO comfortable! It was a gorgeous retreat for our travel weary family to come home to each evening! Loved all the elegant furnishings and artwork! The books, the grand piano, the garden patio and the creative use of space made this cozy cottage a true treasure! The location was also superb! With access to San Francisco, Muir Woods and Point Reyes National Seashore, and Sausalito nearby. We highly recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect spot!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We spent 3 weeks exploring the west coast and this was right in the middle of our trip. It was such a welcome change to a hotel! We drove into San Francisco a few times during our stay and had no problem finding parking. This house is also very close to Stinson Beach and Muir Woods, both places you’ll want to visit during your stay. Our host was very kind to check in on us and make sure we had everything we needed. The house was very well equipped and there wasn’t a single thing we felt was missing. If we are ever in SF in the future we would certainly stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

This house was absolutely full of unique amenities. We enjoyed our stay here so much. The location and proximity to town is awesome. The hosts are so helpful and full of great information and tips. Great stay and charming house. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Heavenly Hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this home for anyone’s stay! It was the perfect haven for us after my husband finished Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. After several fast-paced days it was such a treat to discover this beautiful home so lovingly tended! It has little quiet outdoor spaces to enjoy hundred-year-old rosebushes and a meditative fountain. It was a terrific place for family gatherings with a big dining table and plenty of relaxing spots. To be surrounded by such an amazing library and beautiful art just topped off the experience! There was something to read that suited everyone’s taste. We had two of our young adult children, girlfriend, and another child hood friend- now all big people plus my husband and me. Plenty of spots for privacy. My daughter dubbed the clever downstairs bathroom the “origami bath”. We had great fun with it and no inconvenience at all accessing the back bedroom and TV room through the patio doors The way this original old redwood cottage was so beautifully maintained and adapted to modern living was so remarkable that it will stay with me for a long time.

We are so grateful for your amazing hospitality and would recommend it to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Francisco Airport or Oakland Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
1 block
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
4 minutes
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Amtrak in San Francisco or East Bay
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
HWY 101 - 5 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
1 block
Nearest Ski
185 Miles
Lake Tahoe: 3 1/2 hours
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Muir Beach
Car: recommended

Our cottage is on a quiet street near the Miller Avenue shopping district, around the corner from Whole Foods Market, a bus stop to San Francisco, Marin Theater Company, a yoga studio, circuit-training gym, and a variety of interesting shops & tasty restaurants. It’s a 3 min. drive or pleasant walk to Mill Valley’s charming downtown, with boutique shopping, dining, movie theater, bookstore, library, and live music, theater & stand-up comedy at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. Golf, tennis, indoor & outdoor swimming pools are all nearby. Annual events include the Dipsea Race, the oldest trail race in America; the Mountain Play at Mt. Tam’s outdoor Greek theater; the Fall Art Festival in Old Mill Park; and the celebrated Mill Valley Film Festival. From bird watchers to whale watchers, the region is a haven for nature lovers. Muir Woods is minutes away.There's a local Farmers' Market on Fri and a not-to-be-missed county Farmers' Market on Thurs & Sun 15 min. away. San Francisco's 9 miles.

Other Activities: dining, shopping, theater, music, antiquing, biking, hiking, golf, sailing, kayaking, horseback riding, wine tasting, San Francisco


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Almonte, The Bay Area

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £392.2
Property Damage Protection £46.28
Cleaning Fee £109.82 + Tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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