Sun Drenched, Private, Peaceful,Nestled at the Base of Mt. Tam


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You will be amazed at how this conveniently located property feels so peaceful and remote. You can enjoy it with your family, as a romantic hideaway or well earned retreat. It is only 20 minutes from San Francisco, 1 mile from downtown Mill Valley, 30 minutes to the Beach or Muir Woods. An excursion to the wine country is just 45 minutes away. The home offers 5 lovely guest rooms that are included in the basic rental rate. The master has wonderful views of Mount Tam, a private fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. The other guest rooms also have great views and their own full bathrooms with bath tubs. All the rooms are spacious, bright and warm. 3 guest rooms are on the top floor with all day sun and spectacular views, the other 2 are on the entry level of this gorgeous roomy 3 level home. For larger groups a detached small guest cottage with a twin bed can be made available for an extra charge. The cottage is on the entry level with a separate entrance possibility. The guest cottage is bright and sunny and shares the bathroom with the 5th bedroom. The fee for the cottage is $50/night extra. It is never rented on its own, but only to accommodate needs for an extra bed. The home is advertised as 5 bedrooms, but the owner is willing to work with individual needs and credit back if all bedrooms are not needed. (We can credit back rooms not needed after booking). Feel free to contact the owner to discuss this possibility. *The 5th bedroom can be closed off from the main home with an accordion door and the owner occasionally keeps it for her use when all 5 bedrooms are not needed. If this is arranged, the owner does not have access to the public areas of the primary residence during rentals. You will want to cook up a storm in the gorgeous kitchen. Counters are granite, cabinets maple and the views, spectacular. The kitchen is open, airy and enjoys all day sun. There is a formal dining room with a gorgeous custom chenille mahogany wood table, living room with sunken fireplace, and cozy family room with a wood burning stove. The home is spacious with high ceilings, views in every direction hardwood floors and plush carpets in the family room and bedrooms. It is casually elegant with the outside incorporated within. Pictures simply cannot capture the lovely and peaceful ambiance experienced immediately when you enter the front door. This sun-drenched home offers world class hiking and mountain biking right from the front porch. There are so many day trips and outside adventures available, but you will have a hard time leaving the sun and tranquility of the many decks and pool. Many a day I have gazed at the fog far off in the distance horizon reminding me that my sun drenched home is a magical enclave of warm sunny skies. In keeping with the gorgeous setting, the home itself is 'green'. The cleaning products are all natural with no artificial fragrances, the soaps are scented with all natural organic lavender essential oil and detergents are fragrance free. The pool is solar heated and cleaned with a silver mineral system instead of chlorine. Treat your self, your family, your friends; come share my spot of heaven on earth. Keywords: Home

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  1. All, We recently got married on Muir Beach and hosted all our family travelling from Europe in the amazing house. We had a large group including many kids. We all loved the place, the pool, the spa and the nature around (we can walk to Mount Tam from the house)! Susan prepared the place very nicely for us and everything went very well for us. The place is convenient to visit San Francisco, Sausalito, Napa Valley and the north coast but once back home we feel like we're in Muir Wood! All my family had the ultimate California experience and they loved it. Thanks again and we'll come back soon! 11 May 2012 - 13:19:34
  2. We were very pleased to have chosen this home for our recent weekend trip. The pictures/descriptions were very accurate, and the owner was conscientious & pleasant to work with. All of the critical features of the home were in good working order. The home and its unique location make a great launching point to all of Marin's attractions, as well as the City (San Francisco). A great place to relax & spend time with friends. All in all, two enthusiastic thumbs-up! 17 July 2012 - 19:11:59
  3. We had a lovely family reunion at this beautifully situated home. It is located close to nature (Muir Woods, Point Reyes, good hikes) and also San Francisco and other cultural experiences, such as Angel Island and Alcatraz. The owner was very helpful with tips for accommodating our large group. The property was all that we expected and more, such as the trampoline where the young ones spent a lot of time. We all enjoyed having this as the base for our excursions and recommend it highly. 21 July 2012 - 06:28:19
  4. Jim
    A beautiful setting, an ideal location, and a comfortably laid out house made our week's stay a very pleasant success. Surrounded by trees,but with a good view of Mount Tam, the house is nicely screened from neighbors. Just sitting on one of the three deck layers or by the pool is a vacation in itself. The house is tastefully decorated. The kitchen was well-equipped and the beds were comfortable. San Francisco, Muir Woods, and Stinson Beach were within easy reach. There is a pleasant park very nearby with good trails.The whole setting promoted good interaction among our diverse family.This is a great place to meet and vacation.Shopping and dining in Mill Valley were quite pleasant. If the weather had been warmer we would have used the pool even more. The owner, a pleasant, enthusiastic person, is very easy to work with and was clear and helpful with all the details. The overall experience exceeded my expectations and will benefit our family richly. 06 August 2012 - 17:48:20
  5. gale
    Dear Susan - Please add us to your long list of happy renters. Your beautiful, light-filled house was perfect for our annual family get-together. We were so comfortable that we felt at once at home and on vacation. The house was large enough that everyone had plenty of privacy and still we had ample space for gathering. It was in an ideal location for our adult children, not far from San Francisco where they work, yet surrounded by woods. We hiked to the top of Mount Tamalpais, relaxed on the deck, walked around the small village, and explored the pool and trampoline area. In the evening, after dinner, we played games around the big dining room table. In the morning, we awoke to gorgeous views. We enjoyed every minute of our happy weekend in this wonderful house. Many thanks to you for making your home available, for being there to show us around, and for letting us know that you would be available if we needed you. Perfect! Gale 07 November 2012 - 21:34:11
  6. Britt
    Susan was gracious enough to opened up her home to us - a group of Bay Area girls that spent the day in Wine Country and just did not want to go home. At the end of the day, we descended upon this beautiful house in Mill Valley. We had no idea what to expect and it was absolutely what we were looking for in a night away - great kitchen, big dining room table, big living room area to plan a few games as a group and a bed for each person. It was a warm, private setting. We woke up to a heated hot tub and a sunny deck to greet the morning. It is a wonderful home. Thank you. 28 March 2013 - 19:32:52
  7. Kellie
    Hello, I would like to let everyone know what a lovely stay my leadership tribe and I had at this property. When I tell people about our stay, I say that we felt like we were being hugged by redwood trees. The feel and look of the place was so homey and it was just he right fit. One night we went to dinner in town and it was about a 3 minute drive. The owner was so kind and gracious which made the stay even more charming. If you are looking for a place with a entertainment friendly kitchen, rooms to chat and lounge in and out door surroundings with the most beautiful California redwoods, I would recommend this place. 19 June 2013 - 22:13:56
  8. Linda M.
    We ask a lot of a house for our clan and Susan's home was perfect for us. Besides accommodating all of us our desire list, which was satisfied, included both a pool and a hot tub/spa. There was ample room for everyone, bathrooms galore, many lovely features to explore, close enough to town for a quick shopping trip. And, the house has a homey feel. Add to that a fabulous hike up the canyon just across from Mt. Tam. It was warm enough for all-family swim on Saturday. Sunday was a bit cooler but because the hot spa is part of the pool you could easily warm up. We were glad to have found both the place and Susan, who is a delight to work with. 16 July 2013 - 17:39:22
  9. Sandy
    Our family's stay at the house was as beautiful, peaceful and rewarding as the ad suggested. Oh, the views! And how like paradise to sit on the deck with morning coffee or afternoon cocktail! We felt comfortable and at-home, we enjoyed the pool and spa, and just luxuriated in our surroundings! Every room is furnished so beautifully and comfortably. The kitchen is really fabulous! This is such a wonderful way to travel, versus a hotel. Our side-trips to Ralston White Retreat, San Francisco and Half-Moon Bay were easy and convenient. Mill Valley is a lovely town, too. We are hoping that we can come back and stay at this gorgeous home again one day. Thank you, Susan!! 02 August 2013 - 13:28:41
  10. Happy Renter
    We stayed at this beautiful Mill Valley home for several months while we were in transition between housing. The house is completely surrounded by redwoods and feels like a little retreat. The homeowner is incredible gracious, accommodating and easy to connect with. The house is great for a large group weekend or a longer term family rental. Beautiful house in an excellent location. 03 June 2014 - 18:57:43
  11. Kirstan
    A few couples rented this house for a friends wedding. We enjoyed it so much, the only meal we ate outside the house was at the wedding. Susan is a gracious host. The view is spectacular! We couldn't have picked a more perfect backdrop for friends and family to enjoy food, drinks, and each other! 09 June 2014 - 17:17:11
  12. Terry
    Our family of 3 generations, 14 strong, has had several reunions over the years. This one by far is the best largely due to the setting of this spacious and beautiful house nestling in the redwoods. The host is gracious providing everything we need. Our family certainly had a wonderful time. Many thanks for sharing the house with us! 23 July 2014 - 22:59:14
  13. Melissa D.
    This property was completely fabulous from the interior's spaciousness, to the decks, to the household amenities, to the solar heated pool, to the spa, to the access to trail heads and to the owner's responsiveness and collaboration to make my weekend great. A wonderful house to celebrate with a large group and thoroughly enjoy the beauty of Mill Valley. 08 September 2014 - 16:25:10
  14. Bob
    Excellent home for our large group of 9 seniors. Large kitchen, open dining & living area & were highly convenient for cooking & socializing, including additional family guests for dinners. Home location is secluded, yet close to town & amenities; quiet and very beautiful surroundings, close to popular hiking trails & Muir Woods area. Hostess Susan helped us at every turn to facilitate our stay and make things easy. Privacy of 5 BRs and 5 BAs was enjoyed by everyone. Our reunion was an extremely happy one due to our choice of this home. 15 May 2015 - 22:15:40
  15. Ginny D.
    What wonderful place! The home is everything it was said to be and more. There is definitely great ju ju! My ex-husband and I decided to plan our 1st vacation together with our 4 children and both of our spouses and our older boys girlfriends. Our second son is off to join the Navy, so we wanted to all be able to put our differences aside and come together as one big family. What a wonderful time! The home was very spacious with 3 levels, a great dining room where we had an amazing dinner with everyone gathered around. The weather was perfect and allowed us to utilize the solar heated pool after a long day in the city and a strenuous hike in the Muir Woods. It is nestled in the woods and is so very private and peaceful. The layout and size of the home was accommodating to everyone's needs. The location was centered so that we could easily drive into downtown San Francisco, Sausalito, Point Bonitas and the Muir Woods. Mill Vally also has a very cute town that was fun to walk around a visit the shops. Susan was wonderful to work with and very responsive to any questions or concerns we had. We have added this to our favorites and look forward to staying again on the future! 10 August 2015 - 22:57:53
  16. Phyllis P.
    Many thanks to Susan for allowing us to share her home. We came from the four corners of the US to be all together after two years. It was a perfect location for all the sightseeing we planned from going North to the Jelly Belly Factory and a tour at the Benziger Family winery(highly recommended) to Muir Woods and then to many of the sights in and around SF. We realized that we flew, bicycled, walked, drove by car and tour bus over the Golden Gate and boated under it. It was a busy time of year, so driving, parking and even using public trans in the city was challenging. So we were very happy to come "home" to Mill Valley in the forest at the end of the day. The pool was especially welcoming to our teen grandchildren who had a "blast" being together. Three of our group even hiked up to the ridge on two mornings and were greeted by beautiful views. The first floor was so roomy for all of us to have a meal together and an evening of games. The kitchen was well equipped for our needs(we even baked an EVERYBODY birthday cake since we don't see each other for those special days). The bedrooms were comfortable and very clean. Again, thank you for the hospitality. 16 August 2015 - 17:51:55
  17. Jeffrey F.
    I would highly recommend Susan's house. It is tucked away in the back of Mill Valley up a large hill. The views from the house are wonderful and peaceful. The inside of the house is nice and roomy. Susan is great at communicating anything and everything that is needed. I would definitely stay here again! 16 September 2016 - 01:24:23
  18. Sarah L.
    We stayed in Susan's home back in December of 2015 (I'm very delinquent in this review!) We had a great experience working with Susan and utilizing the house. My husband and I were mixing our two families together for the first extensive amount of time. It went great! There were 13 adults and 2 dogs in total and this was the only place I could find in the whole bay area at the time that could squeeze us all in. It was definitely a squeeze but we all made it work. We did Christmas morning all together and even had 4 or 5 additional guests from the area over for Christmas dinner, it was a great time! We are very grateful to Susan for offering up her wonderful home and accommodating our large mixed family! Thank you, Susan!!! p.s. when she says the spa doesn't work during the winter, she means it! 12 April 2017 - 22:45:00
  19. Grant G.
    This is a great place with so many levels and layers to discover. 15 November 2017 - 16:07:00
  20. cheri
    Our children planned this vacation for us to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with all of our children and grandchildren. We have 7 grandchildren age 10 and under and this place provided everything we needed and many we weren't even expecting---like legos and kids books. The house is beautifully appointed, with a formal dining room--but we preferred to eat at the many tables and eating areas outside or in the less formal kitchen. Before going, I worried about the pool danger with small children, but there are stairs from every level of the house down to the pool and the pool has a cover, so we did not have to worry about a toddler accidentally going out a door and into the pool. Also, note that the house has 4 levels, counting the pool level, so there are lots of stairs--this would not be a good choice for someone who struggles with stairs. I personally found it to be a challenge, but the beautiful, private setting made it worth it. The kitchen is large and well laid out so that several of us could assist in meal preparation. The lay-out of the bedrooms, many decks, play room (family room) and, of course the pool and spa, allowed the grandkids to have many hours of play time, while allowing the parents and grandparents to have some private times as well. The pictures of this place cannot show you what it is really like. It is filled with light, fresh air, and really feels like you are in the middle of the woods---even when you are inside! It was the perfect base station for our many adventures to beaches, hikes, and San Francisco.The grandkids are already asking when we can go back to this house again!! And as for the adults--we just got home yesterday, and are already checking out possible future dates! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us, Susan. We felt very blessed to experience it. 16 August 2013 - 13:10:35

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