Studio Cottage, 5 Star amenities in Stunning Garden Setting


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We have TWO RENTAL options available on this property: SPRINGFIELD ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT AND DECK : (SEE NOTES in the RATES section) The upper story of our carriage house, The Springfield, is a home we created for ourselves while we renovated the main house on the property. It is sophisticated yet warm and cozy at the same time. You will enjoy your privacy inside or on the deck, and can look out at the beautiful trees which surround the property. It will be your oasis in which to relax from the outside world, yet only a 5 minute walk (on level ground) to the center of Mill Valley. If you feel more adventurous, you can explore the majestic nature of Cascade Canyon or Mt. Tam which begins just down the block. The apartment is composed of a living room, open kitchen, bedroom, bathroom with glass-tiled European shower which is beautifully lit by a diffused glass window in the shower, and a deck off the bedroom. The bedroom has a queen size bed, feathertop mattress, and the linens are 'second to none'. It is outfitted with wireless internet and a modern AV system which includes digital cable, flat screen TV, and DVD/CD player. The kitchen has a gas stove, large refrigerator, Nespresso coffee system. Parking is always available right in front of the house. GARDEN COTTAGE STUDIO (lower cost): Nestled into a lush, beautifully designed garden, flanked by cherry trees and a majestic fig tree, this garden cottage is the quintessential Mill Valley retreat for a visit to this gorgeous area. The front of the cottage features a cute porch that faces the garden. Inside, 'center stage' you will find an incredibly comfortable queen size bed with fabulous European sheeting. The carrera marble bathroom has a glass enclosed European (Hans Grohe) shower and its window faces the fig tree, just renovated to include the new heated marble floor, too. The kitchen area is small but well appointed with a large refrigerator, a four burner gas stove, and sink. You will also find a coffee machine for your morning java and a microwave for a quick meal. And there is a fabulous fire place perfect for cooler evenings curled up with a book. A cute round mirror-topped bistro table with two chairs sits in front of a window facing the garden. There are of course WiFi and cable TV. Snuggled into the yummy sheets and surrounded by nature you might have your best sleep ever. Contact us to find the best option for your stay! Shorter stays than 3 nights are possible, please inquire.

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Reviews (20)

  1. Ronald Durchfort
    Stayed with my wife in the Carriage House for 4 nights. Very comfortable, great location among and near city centre. So much better than a hotel room. Highly recommended and will return. 14 April 2014 - 22:42:09
  2. Brent L.
    This is a beautifully maintained property with a couple of charming cottages surrounded by a wonderfully maintained garden. The hosts were warm, friendly and were a wealth of knowledge for where to eat locally. The walk into town passed through beautiful Old Mill Park and only a 10 minute minute leasurely walk. We especially enjoyed our breakfast we had sitting in the sunny garden. We will be returning soon. Highly recommended! 14 May 2014 - 03:46:45
  3. Eric
    We stayed in the cottage. It was beautiful and very comfortable. We spent most of our days on vacation in San Francisco which is only 30 minutes away by car. It was nice to escape to a much more peaceful setting in Mill Valley at night instead of a hotel in the city. 27 June 2014 - 14:27:16
  4. mvffalum
    I stayed at this cottage during my week-long visit to Mill Valley. What a joy! The place was so quiet despite being 10 minutes walk (and a very pleasant one!) to the center of the bustling Mill Valley. It was very easy to get into San Francisco for a day jaunt, as well as a quick pop over to the gorgeous Stinson Beach. The house was very well equipped, with a suitable kitchenette, fine linens for a very comfortable bed, and the piece de resistance: heated bathroom floor! It was like a very nice hotel with none of the fuss of lobbies, long hallways, loud neighbors, and those annoying key cards. The owners were very friendly and offered advice for the local area. So nice! 10 October 2014 - 15:26:32
  5. Mary H.
    We stayed for five days in the studio cottage. It was our oasis of elegance and serenity as we helped our son and his family move into their new home. Everything about the studio was welcoming,from the cheery fireplace to the first breakfast goodies and that chilled bottle of wine in the fridge. Jane and Joel were gracious and unobtrusive hosts. We felt very much that we were in our own little cottage nestled in a truly magnificent garden. We hope that this will be our pied a terre when we return to Mill Valley. 07 November 2014 - 01:43:16
  6. Allyson J.
    The Studio Cottage is the PERFECT place to stay while in Mill Valley. The location is a 5 minute walk to The Depot in downtown Mill Valley, close to many other terrific shops including a grocer, restaurants, cafe, coffee house, movie theater, bank, etc. Trails for hiking, running and biking are just out your door. Parking is provided also. The cottage itself has been recently renovated with luxurious touches from radiant heat in the bathroom to quality bed linens throughout. The owner provided water and delicious snacks that were appreciated after a long trip across the country. The cottage is quiet. The owners are friendly and helpful. I would recommend this cottage with an enthusiastic 5 stars. I will be back again and feel lucky to have found this peaceful, wonderful spot. 12 November 2014 - 18:53:02
  7. RKK
    We have visited Marin County many times but had yet to spend an entire trip (9 nights) staying in Mill Valley. Our aim was to be in a quiet location within walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops and the music hall, while feeling we were part of Mill Valley and really living there, and not staying at a hotel. We wanted a small kitchen, hassle-free parking, and a launching point to Stinson Beach, Point Reyes, Marin Headlands and other favorites. We chose Joel and Jane's place for these reasons and it met all items on our wish list. The 1 bedroom apartment was larger than we expected, extremely comfortable and beautiful, and our hosts went above and beyond providing several thoughtful treats that we enjoyed. They are respectful of guests' privacy but are available should you need anything. We would definitely return. 27 January 2015 - 13:13:46
  8. Megan G.
    I recently stayed in the cottage for 4 days. It is a beautiful space - very tasteful and perfectly clean. The bed was very comfortable, I often don't sleep well away from home but I slept like a baby. Joel and his wife are very gracious hosts and brought flowers, wine and bottled water for my visit. It is easily within walking distance to downtown. I would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting the area. 06 February 2015 - 05:04:20
  9. Peggy
    I had the pleasure of a repeat stay in the studio cottage over a long week-end. It was a perfect place for what I needed - love the refurbished bathroom with heated floor. The garden was in full spring bloom and I had some lovely times reading and listening to the songbirds. We have a lively family in the area so we were conveniently close but had the cottage for recharging our batteries. 29 April 2015 - 22:57:55
  10. John G.
    My wife and I just spent a week in the Carriage House apartment and our stay was truly exceptional. Joel is a first-rate host, the garden setting is stunning, and the location was perfect for us -- a short walk to downtown Mill Valley (coffee shops, restaurants, and Mill Valley Market). The location is right next to Cascade Canyon, so you can walk to downtown through the Canyon among the redwoods. Off-street parking was easy, very safe/secure area. Great hiking (Dipsea!), mountain biking, dining, and easy access to San Francisco. The accommodations were clean and very comfortable, we felt right at home and look forward to a return visit. 07 May 2015 - 18:47:21
  11. Elizabeth D
    I had the pleasure of staying at the carriage house for three days while I was working in Mill Valley. I very much appreciated the setting. The house and property are beautiful, and it takes just a few minutes to walk to downtown Mill Valley. A lot of the walk is adjacent to Old Mill Park, where there is a stand of redwoods. Joel and his wife are wonderful hosts, and the carriage house is beautifully decorated, well-appointed, and very clean. I also appreciated their hospitality in my case, fresh tulips, some lovely snacks, and multiple coffee options (always a winner for me). The wireless connection was very good - another feature that I really value. I will definitely look forward to staying there again. 19 May 2015 - 22:19:40
  12. eli h.
    My only hesitation in writing a glowing review for the carriage house - and the Joel/Jane's warm hospitality - is that others will find this gem...! Long story short: the property is beautiful and the private, secluded carriage house is nestled up against the redwoods, providing total peace and quiet. The entire space - bed, bath, kitchen, living room - is immaculate and the design is current, comfortable, and tastefully decorated. Joel and Jane are phenomenal hosts and you won't be lacking for the small amenities that make travel easier - fresh linens, coffee, water and juice upon arrival - all thoughtful touches that allow you to begin exploring the city, mill valley, and all or marin county. For (less) than the price of most area hotels, you'll get to live like a local in the heart of Mill Valley and Marin...Highly recommended! 17 July 2015 - 13:29:35
  13. Cyndy J.
    We enjoyed our stay at The Carriage House, it was perfect for our getaway. Very clean and comfortable. Property was close to downtown Mill Valley and next to beautiful redwoods - which made our morning walks stunning. Easy drive to Petaluma and into San Francisco. I would absolutely recommend this property. Loved it! Joel was accommodating and a pleasant host. Thank you for sharing your place. 16 September 2015 - 15:13:04
  14. Janet
    Joel was a wonderful host and we loved the location of the property. The Carriage House was very nice and we were provided with fruit, yogurt and milk for our late arrival. We were able to cycle from the property, as well as walk to the main street for great coffee and dinners. We will undoubtedly return. 24 January 2016 - 21:04:53
  15. Charles J.
    We had a lovely stay at the Carriage House. It was well prepared and nicely appointed, to create a comfortable casual feel. The provision of wine, cheese and artisanal bread was welcoming. The unit included a nice sitting area, kitchen with small table, bedroom and private deck. The grounds were well tended. The privacy was very good with the unit separate from the house. All communications and check in went smoothly. The location is excellent, easy walking to downtown Mill Valley and many pathways. Street parking was always conveniently available. We certainly hope to return. 08 March 2017 - 01:40:00
  16. Jennifer M.
    We stayed in the studio cottage for for the Dipsea race and had a great time. The studio is really cute and very clean. It is walking distance to the town center, restaurants, shops and hiking trails. The owners were very hospitable and kind. We highly recommend this place. 15 June 2017 - 21:56:00
  17. Meagon M.
    I stayed in Joel's smaller studio unit as it was just me heading to Mill Valley. I took the Marin Airporter to the Manzanita drop around 10:30 at night. Due to flooding, uber and cabs were not picking up in the area. Joel offered to pick me up and drove through the flood water. He literally saved the day! I was panicked and scared and he literally made sure I got to the destination safely. Upon arrival, Joel made sure I had everything I needed in the studio. The place was simply lovely. The bed was amazingly comfortable and I slept for the full night for the first time in 10 years! Waking up, the yard was beautifully kept and smelled like heaven. It was quiet, delightful and very clean. The water pressure in the shower was incredible! I honestly didn't want to leave! If I ever get the chance, I will visit this place again for leisure! 27 June 2017 - 21:07:00
  18. Erin K.
    We recently stayed in the cottage as our central point for the Dipsea Race. The only thing that made us sad was that both my husband and I wished we could've stayed longer in this adorable hideaway! Joel and his wife were super friendly and left us to enjoy their cottage, balcony and the area. The cottage is nicely and uniquely furnished. The bed is so comfortable...the bathroom shower was beautiful (and water pressure amazing!) The fresh flowers, wine and refreshments was a nice touch and made us feel even more welcome. It was a short walk to the downtown Mill Valley area. We lucked out on finding this place and are so glad we did! We only wished we could've stayed longer. I highly recommend this place and we hope to return one day! 28 June 2017 - 22:22:00
  19. Peter S.
    My wife and I recently enjoyed a last-minute few-days escape to Mill Valley from our nearby home in San Francisco. We've visited Mill Valley before, but never stayed there. We booked the larger of Joel's two units, and enjoyed it enormously! The location is outstanding, giving us access with a few block's walk to downtown Mill Valley's restaurants--and coffee and browsing at the Depot Cafe and bookstore. In the other direction, adjacent Old Mill Park gave us access to trails to Cascade Falls, and the longer Dipsea Trail which we followed to Muir Woods. We haven't used VRBO a lot, but I have to say in our experience, Joel probably ranks as the most gracious host we've encountered! Even though we didn't avail ourselves of everything, the goodies Joel provides his guests are a much appreciated and thoughtful touch! We recommend Joel's accommodations highly to anyone seeking a quiet respite in Mill Valley! 20 July 2017 - 02:45:00
  20. JB F.
    This was our second stay at the wonderful property of Joel and Jane Rosenberg in Mill Valley, CA. The first time we stayed 2 weeks and this time only 1 week. There are so many reasons to recommend this ideal apartment at 8 Laurel St. but certainly number 1 would be to meet the fabulous Rosenbergs. They are charming people who make every effort to make life for their guests accommodating and memorable. The apartment is ideal for 2, beautifully furnished and comfortable for an extended stay. Mill Valleys downtown is in walking distance with interesting shops and many intriguing restaurants. The apartment is surrounded by huge redwoods and beautiful homes in a strictly residential area. Janes large garden is available for guests who enjoy floral beauty and quiet time lounging with a good book. My wife and I look forward to our next opportunity to spend time at the Rosenbergs for it offers supreme vacation pleasure. JB/Pin-I 23 July 2017 - 21:47:00

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