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A Country Retreat Near San Francisco

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6.

This comfortable, sunny and spacious house is located in a tranquil family neighborhood in the quaint town of Mill Valley in Marin County, an elegant and affluent suburb north of San Francisco

At only 6 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and adjacent to Sausalito, it’s the perfect location to unwind and relax after a day of sightseeing or business meetings.

The available space, on the ground level of the house, includes 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, a large living room, a dining room, a kitchen, a laundry/pantry room, and front and back lush gardens.

There is a locked, although unoccupied, bedroom upstairs and a locked garage.

The 2 bedrooms have comfortable queen size beds with adjustable base, brand new top of the line mattresses, quality linens, down comforters, closets, dressers and flat screen televisions with cable and WIFI for streaming movies, Netflix and Hulu.

There is extra storage space.

The recently remodeled bathroom has a tub with shower, towels, toiletry and hair dryer.

The dining room seats six with French doors opening to the lovely back garden.

The living room has a new sofa-bed with a firm mattress that sleeps 2, a new electrical comfortable recliner for 2, a large leather couch, a gas fireplace with remote control, a 55” flat screen HDTV with Satellite / Cable, WIFI, Blue ray/DVD player and a CD player with I Phone dock.

The fully equipped chef kitchen has quartz countertops, plenty of cabinets, top of the line brand new appliances and cooking utensils. The laundry/pantry room has a washer and dryer, iron and iron board.

The patio has a gas grill with tools and a dining table for 6, lounge chairs to relax, a hammock, an outdoor heater and a beautiful garden with direct access to a kids and dogs park.

In the shed there are 2 mountain bikes with helmets and locks.

There is parking for 2 cars in the driveway plus street parking.

There is a pack 'n play crib with pillow and blanket, a high chair and a stroller available upon request.

The house is at walking distance from the bus stop for local buses and buses to San Francisco. It takes a15 minutes drive to the Ferry Service to San Francisco from Sausalito and Larkspur, 6 minutes to Golden Gate Bridge and 25 minutes to downtown San Francisco (traffic permitting), 10 minutes to downtown Mill Valley or downtown Sausalito, 15 minutes to Muir Woods, Muir Beach, Tiburon, Marin Headlands, 25 minutes to Stinson Beach or to the top of Mt. Tamalpais , 45 minutes to the Sonoma and Napa Valley wine country.

The Marin Airporter bus to San Francisco Airport is close by.

Hike or ride the bike (2 bikes provided) to Tennessee Valley Trail all the way to Tennessee Valley Beach. Explore the many great hiking trails and bike roads of Mt. Tamalpais or the surrounding open-space reserves, parks, and coastal habitats.

Biking and hiking local maps are provided together with maps of San Francisco. There is also a suggested detailed driving tour of San Francisco.

Ideal for:

Family vacations

Family visits

Business travel


Nature lovers

Bikers and hikers

Adjacent to Sausalito and in close proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge, this quaint town of Mill Valley extends on the hills and canyons of the southern slopes of Mount Tamalpais, a heaven for mountain bikers. The proximity to tourist destinations like San Francisco, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, Stinson Beach and the famous wine country of Sonoma/Napa makes it an ideal location to enjoy the beauty, the scenery and the many attractions that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. At the same time it offers a serene and relaxed country atmosphere. The numerous open-space reserves, parks, and coastal habitats that surround it are covered with countless trails ideal for hiking, biking and enjoy natural wilderness. Its charming downtown offers chic boutiques, an array of restaurants, coffee shops, the Sequoia Theater that hosts the International renown Mill Valley film festival and the Sweetwater Music Hall featuring a variety of live entertainment.

There is a brand new Harvest Market at one block from the house, 2 Whole Foods Markets, 2 Safeway, 3 shopping centers nearby: Strawberry Shopping Center, The Village at Corte Madera and the Town Center Center in Corte Madera.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2018

About Thea

I am Italian and I have been living in this beautiful area for almost 40 years. I know it very well since I have been working in the local tourism industry for 25 years and will be happy to provide you with all the information you may need to have a great vacation! I am not going to be present during your stay but will be available via phone, e-mail or text. I have 2 large dogs who stay in the property sometime when there are no guests. Please feel free to contact me with any question. Although I am fluent only in English and Italian I will be able to exchange written communications also in German, French, Spanish and Portuguese. I am a nature lover and, if you are too, I can give you suggestions for hikes and excursions around this area. My dogs are my best friends and I understand the importance to share a vacation with them. If you are a responsible dog owner and your pet is well behaved, both of you are going to really enjoy the house!

Thea purchased this house in 1993

Why Thea chose Mill Valley

My husband and I bought this property 20 years ago and put a lot of work in it to make it spacious and comfortable. His green thumb and artistic nature transformed a yard of gravel and cement in a lush garden with trees, shrubs and flowers everywhere. Although the property is located very close to the city we love the tranquility of this area and the proximity to beaches, forests and mountains. A very relaxing place without crime, noise and pollution.

What makes this house unique

This is the perfect place to relax and rest after a fun filled day of sightseeing and exploring the magnificent region with all its amenities,


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mill Valley in Marin County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • The house is provided with an alarm system that will be deactivated during the guests stay
  • There are 2 security cameras, one external and one internal both pointed at the main entrance. Check welcome book for further information on cameras
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , quality towels, hair dryer, toiletry
  • Remodeled bathroom with bath tub, shower, toiletry, towels, hair dryer, bath robe
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Large closet, dresser, large chair and television
    Bedroom near back garden - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen size bed, sliding door to the garden, television
  • Bedroom near front garden has queen size bed, quality linens, super-comfortable mattress, down comforter, large closet, dresser, love seat, smart TV
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Local hiking and biking maps as well as comprehensive informative guides to San Francisco in seven languages/editions. With an ideal location close to many interesting attractions and points of interest, this house is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a fun day of sightseeing and exploring the beautiful city of San Francisco, its Bay and the magnificent surrounding region


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(66 traveller reviews)

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A Country Retreat Near San Francisco
average rating of 4.8030305 based on 66 reviews

Beautiful home in a charming neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Thea's beautiful house with four friends during spring break. We were in the San Francisco area for three nights and two days. The house was the perfect location; close to Marin Headlands with lots of nature and hiking, and not too far of a drive to downtown SF for sightseeing. It's in a very nice and quiet residential area; we felt very safe. The house was well stocked with kitchen items (every appliance and tool you could think of) as well as extra toiletry items incase you forget yours! A bonus was finding a basket full of maps/guides of the area that we could borrow. Nice, big, comfy couches in the living room. The front and back gardens are gorgeous, with direct access to a cute kids/dog park in the back. Only complaint maybe is two cars do not really fit comfortably in the driveway, it's too narrow. However there was plenty of street parking in front of the house so not a problem. Our party of 5 fit comfortably and we loved every minute we were in the house! Although we did not meet Thea in person, we kept in contact and she was more than accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A super nice home and great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great home. Very clean and cozy. Radiant heat was nice. Thea is a super good host. She made sure we were comfortable and she made sure we had a nice stay. The location is perfect for exploring Wine county or for hiking, biking etc. It’s also very easy to get in to San Francisco from the location. Great all around place. We were traveling with our baby and Thea had all the things we needed so we didn’t have to bring them. A nice neighborhood and great for families. The house sits directly behind a park. We loved our stay. Thanks

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean + updated and charming + convenient

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at this home! It was so convenient to our visit to Muir Woods and San Francisco... even closer and easier to get to than we expected. This home was immaculate! We have had a bad rental experience in our past so my cleanliness standards are now even higher than ever, and this home exceeded them. Everything was provided and thought of... including some welcome wine. The gardens were beautiful and well tended to. There was also a park and dog park just through the back gate. The kitchen was newly remodeled as well. The owner checked in with us a few times to ensure we had everything we needed. Definitely recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect retreat after days of sight seeing in San Fransisco!!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 (including 2 kids ages 9 and 12) stayed here for 3 nights while visiting San Francisco for the first time. After a long day of flying, we had an easy drive from the airport to Thea’s house (thanks to her great directions!). We arrived to the house in the evening, and immediately knew we had picked the right place! The living room was cozy and inviting, the kitchen was equipped with all the dishes/coffee/coffee makers, etc we could possibly need, and the beds and bedrooms were very comfortable! There is a health food grocery store within walking distance (we walked there the first night, and then stopped there on our way back from sightseeing on the other 2 nights) with everything you could want to breakfast and dinner.

The drive to San Francisco from the house was very easy and scenic.....and It crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, which my kids loved! And it was so nice to come back to a nice, quiet neighborhood after a long day in the city.

Thea was an excellent host, and very easy to communicate with. I would 100% recommend this place...we can’t wait to stay again next time we’re in the area!!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Susan for your lovely review. I am glad that you and your family enjoyed my place and I am looking forward to your next visit! Thank you for being an ideal guest!
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Very nice home

  • 4 of 5

The house was beautiful and it has a great loving area to relax and watch television. The beds were comfortable and the house was clean. My only complaint is that having 3 kids and 2 adults share a bathroom is not advisable. I would definitely rent again with a smaller amount of people.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A quiet retreat close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

A peaceful little retreat tucked in a lovely neighborhood next to a park that’s great for kids and dogs as well as meeting some of the friendly locals. Beautiful gardens, easy parking, very cozy furniture throughout with a well designed (and stocked) kitchen perfect for all levels of cooking. So much better than the pictures and very clean, Thea does an outstanding job at making sure you have everything you need for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kayrita for your great review and for being such a perfect guest. You left the house spotless and it was truly a pleasure interacting with you! I hope to meet you personally next time you visit!
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Angel Island State Park
A quaint town overlooking the city and the Bay. A must and very close by.
Golden Gate Park
Tennessee Beach
A beautiful walk or bike ride nearby!
Golden Gate Bridge Vista Overlook
The Spinnaker
Angel Island - Tiburon Ferry
Sam's Anchor Cafe
Mollie Stones
An excellent groceries store with organic veggies and delicious sandwiches. A few minutes away.
Left Bank - Larkspur
Mill Valley Market
Rustic Bakery
The "inn" place to have breakfast or a light lunch.
Frantoio Ristorante
Authentic Italian food. Delicious pizza. A few minutes away
Salito's Crab House & Prime Rib
A very delicious garlic roasted crab!
Depot Bookstore & Cafe
A perfect spot to have a snack and coffe and enjoy the colorful casual-chic local scene!
Piazza D'angelo Restaurant
Good Italian restaurant and popular single bar.
The Cantina
Very good Mexican Restaurant
Sausalito Yacht Harbor
Richmond - San Rafael Bridge
It will take you to Berkley and the East Bay in a short time.
Tennessee Valley Trailhead
You can walk or ride the bike from the house to the beach on this trail!
Pizza Antica
A quaint town overlooking the city and the Bay. A must and very close by.
Town Center at Corte Madera
A very nice local shopping mall with interesting stores and local flavor.
Sushi Ran
Buckeye Roadhouse
Very popular local restaurant, excellent American food. Very close by.
Bay Model Visitor Center
Very interesting place to visit a few minutes away.
Fort Baker
Golden Gate Ferry
It will take you from Larkspur or Sausalito to the San Francisco Ferry Building. A smart way...
Point Reyes Outdoors
A paradise for hikers! Beaches, forests, tranquility and gorgeous nature! I love it!
Dipsea Cafe
Good place for breakfast at walking distance.
Nearest Airport
26 Miles
SFO San Francisco Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
2AM Club
Nearest Ferry
6.4 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mill Valley Golf Club
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
HWY 101
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
207 Miles
Nearest Beach
6.3 Miles
Muir Beach
Car: recommended

Quiet family neighborhood near kids/dogs park, walking distance from transportation, surrounded by open-space reserves, parks, and coastal habitats with numerous hiking and biking trails. 5 minutes to downtown Mill Valley, 10 minutes to Sausalito, 15 minutes to Tiburon, 15 minutes to Muir Woods National Park , 25 minutes to downtown San Francisco (traffic permitting) and 25 minutes to Stinson Beach, 45 minutes to Sonoma and Napa Wine Country.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £71.43
Pet Fee £17.86
Damage Deposit £178.58

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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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