This 2016 newly remodeled, one-bedroom, 2 full bathroom cottage is an ultra-charming, craftsman style home with magnificent views of the San Francisco Bay. It offers a fully equipped kitchenette, a lovely living room, a comfy bedroom, a full sized bed sleeping loft, a library /TV room and an ethereal work space. Sip coffee or wine from one of the double decks. Stay in to enjoy the view and birdsong or head out for a Bay Area adventure. Mt. Tamalpais State Park trails for hiking and mountain biking are right out your back door. Sausalito, San Francisco, the Pacific Ocean, Muir Woods and the wine country offer some of the endless possibilities for day tripping. This is a place that is both relaxing and inspiring. A perfect writer's retreat (in fact, it was the winter home of a New York Times best-selling author) or for soulful restoration!
Separate Guest House on owner's property near to Mt. Tam Hiking Trail
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Feb 2019
We have lived on Middle Ridge for over 30 years. The cottage was our home while we were building our main house on the same lot. Now the cottage is a rental. We have met so many wonderful people who have stayed there over the years. Everyone who has lived there has enjoyed the brilliant space.
Marianne purchased this Cottage in 1978
Why Marianne chose Mill Valley
Our Mt. Tam perch has the best weather and some of the best views in town. You can walk out the door and be on a mountain trail in minutes or drive a few miles and be in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
What makes this Cottage unique
Our two level cottage is built on the Middle Ridge of Mt. Tam facing east. It has decks off of French doors on each level with dog gates to keep pets in or out. The downstairs bedroom is perfect place to tuck in for a dreamy night’s sleep – the morning light, birdsong and breezes will awaken you, unless you close the curtains. Walk up the spiral staircase to a great room flooded with natural light. This open area has a writing desk, kitchenette, napping loft, dinette and living room. In the adjacent room there is a library and a TV. Stay in, relax and enjoy the sweeping views or step out to experience any of the many adventures the Bay Area has to offer. Come and enjoy!
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
The place was absolutely gorgeous!! The views were breathtaking.
From the minute we arrived we were made to feel right at home. My husband and I stayed here in search of some much needed R & R and we were able to do just that for our 5 day stay. The tranquility of the place and the breathtaking views were just what we needed to unwind. It was also a perfect location for the few excursions we planned in the city. We were able to enjoy what San Francisco had to offer and then have a peaceful place to unwind at the end of the day. We definitely recommend this gem of a place!
Beautiful, comfortable cottage!
We thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay in this beautifully decorated, comfortable and well-stocked cottage. It is very private, though adjacent to the main house. The views from the decks are gorgeous! We loved that we could walk from the house to the trails on Mt. Tam and take in stunning views of the entire Bay Area. Marianne provided lots of great information and was very responsive. Just wish we could have stayed longer. Hope to return again soon!
Spectacular views of Mt Tamalpais and night sky
I had wanted to stay in this amazing cottage ever since my favorite author, Elizabeth Berg, recommended it on Facebook several years ago. It was well worth the wait! It is cozy, charming, well furnished and equipped, and so very comfortable. The antique touches add so much character. The decks are fantastic. The views and access to Mt Tam are the very best thing about the space. Through every window, you feel a part of nature above beautiful San Francisco. Watching the sunrise and the fog over the city was a special way to greet each day. Ending each night out on the deck, seeing so many stars was just perfect. The location is great for exploring Marin County, driving north to taste wine, and getting into San Francisco. Marianne is a wonderful host. She is incredibly welcoming and responsive. We loved it and hope you will, too!
Perfect location for a relaxing get away
This is an amazing guest house just a few minutes walk from the Mt. Tamalpais park system. The neighborhood is quiet and beautiful. It's just remote enough to let you feel like you're living in the woods, but still just a few minutes out of downtown Mill Valley.
The guest house itself is very spacious and plenty of space to relax. You can have breakfast on the deck overlooking the sunrise or a relaxing afternoon a great view of Mill Valley and the valley below.
Marianne is a great host and easy to work with. She made sure we had everything we needed for a great stay!
Better than the pictures
The Mt. Tam Dream Retreat is an incredible place perched on a mountain side with amazing views and amazing comfort. We had other destinations on our trip to Northern California, but didn't want to leave this place. There's ample space with all the amenties and comforts of home and a deck on both levels to enjoy the view.
Marianne is a fantastic host who delivered items to our next hotel that we'd left behind - without us even asking. That's unbeatable hospitaity. Thanks Marianne!
Outstanding location and accommodations
A very nice, peaceful and comfortable accommodation. We could not believe how quiet it was. The cottage was very clean and well kept with updated amenities. Very close to our destination at Muir Woods. Definitely a repeat location.
Additional pricing information
Fees: Rates are subject to change based on "special occasions", that is holidays and events. Please read carefully, as the VRBO published amount may differ from the special time you wish to stay. Laundry service is available. Washing Machine, Gas clothes dryer and laundry soap are located in the adjacent garage. Ask owner for access. Extra fees apply. Pets are only considered after a Pet Addendum is signed and the extra fee is agreed upon. E-check rather than Credit Card Payment is preferred. Mill Valley Short Term Rental Tax is 12%. No tax charged for long term rental (30 or more days) For guests wishing to stay longer, house cleaning is available upon request for an extra fee, depending on light or heavy cleaning. Washer and Dryer are also available upon request. Contact owner for additional info. Please be considerate, if the heat is left on with the windows open, utility bills increase substantially. Thank you.