About This Listing
Woodsy and light-filled 1930's retreat with high ceilings in large main room. Private tree-filled views from every window. Feel is both rustic and elegant.
A light-filled cottage-style house is set atop wooded hillside bordering Marin Open Space preserve. There are large-pane windows, high-beamed ceiling in main room which gets flooded with light throughout afternoon and early evening. Wood-burning stove in main room.
There are two sleeping areas: lower level with sleeping nook (queen size organic futon mattress and natural featherbed on tatami mats) and child's room on main level with twin loft bed (organic latex mattress).
Front porch and back deck for dining on warm evenings. Home was built in the 30's and has been recently remodeled, but retains quirky and rustic elements. (Ie. there is no Viking stove and the wood floors are older and well worn) -however, there is a claw foot tub in bathroom, a nice size and comfortable L-shape (natural fiber) couch in main room, and a fully stocked kitchen with healthy cooking materials (cast iron skillets and oj press, wok, etc)
Skylights in decent-sized kitchen. In the main room, the windows are very large and single-paned ( this was built as a vacation house) so can get chilly on cool nights. There is an electric freestanding heater and wood stove keeps things toasty if you keep it burning. ( with Eco-friendly log)
The trek to the house is up a path with about 70 steps (although there are flat stretches) however, should be in shape (without heart issues) to do these. Once you reach the door, your view is private and set in the treetops-birds and stars in the evening. (we have a telescope for star gazers)
The aesthetic of this house: asian influences with lots of textures/natural/rustic elements mixed in. There is a wool Flokati rug in the main room, flor multi-colored carpet squares in the child's room and the rest of the home has hardwood/tile.
Corona avenue is just up the hill from the Lagunitas creek, just off of sir Francis Drake blvd. House is walking distance to Arti's organic Indian and Lagunitas general store. Biking distance (1.5 miles) from Samuel p Taylor Park and cross Marin biking trail.
Approx. 6 miles to Point Reyes. Perfect location to visit Olema, Nicasio, Bolinas, Roy's Redwoods, Tomales Bay and all of Wesr Marin. Local and organic dining in Point Reyes Station,, Olema, Fairfax, Forest Knolls, Inverness...
We are about 40 minutes from SF
In summer there is plenty of fresh food and produce available: you have the Pt. Reyes farmer's market on Saturday mornings, and Wednesday is the charming evening farmer's market in downtown Fairfax. Close by local organic shopping at Good Earth Market and Cowgirl creamery for artisan meats/cheese
The entire cottage, front private porch and back deck.
Woodsy, hillside neighborhood bordering open space preserve, with Lagunitas Creek just below. We generally see more animals than neighbors...
Other Things to Note
The road leading to the house is windy and narrow, and as you make the climb, one should be on the lookout for animals (deer especially are all around). We have a small black cat that came from the hillside a number of months ago. We have named her "Cassie" and adore her. She has a feeder in the kitchen, but is generally out on the land all day, and we ask that she be allowed in at night. She is very cuddly and guests tend to love her.
Parking is below at street level in designated parking spot-on gravel. Road is curvy and single-lane, so on the rare occasion two people meet, the car closest to a turnout must back put and let the other pass. This is a dead-end road so only three houses are up the hill beyond this one.
Safety with wood burning fireplace a must. We only use clean burning duraflame or java logs in our stove.
Quiet enjoyment and respect of furnishings and household goods requested. This is our home.
This cabin was a beautiful place to stay and a wonderful escape from city life. It felt like halfway between housing and camping. The fireplace was a highlight, it helped fight off the cold (do bring warm clothes if the weather is not warm) and Natalie had left out some cake and tea -- delicious! The Indian restaurant down the street was very good, as was the hiking in Point Reyes. I was surprised that the cabin is very close to the main road, it was very easy to get places.
Natalie's house is a lovely, artsy, small family home at the top of a woodsy, rocky hill. It's a steep climb up lots of stairs, but not a problem if you're in fairly good aerobic shape. Once you get there, it is a welcoming and cozy cottage in the trees, with a relaxed simplicity.
We were welcomed with the wonderful coffee that was left for us to use. The place was clean and tidy. The bed was comfy with lots of pillows and layered blankets for coziness.
Wonderful home en route from SF to Point Reyes. Location is perfect for those looking to explore the ~140k acres of Point Reyes and the Golden Gate National Recreation area.
The home itself is located in the hillside affording amazing views and immersing oneself directly in the old growth forest.
Great common area with big windows providing a good view day and night.
Excellent Indian restaurant ~2 minutes away with a number of other dining and grocery options 15-20 minutes away in Fairfax and San Anselmo.
The cottage was charming and the large windows had a great view of the nature around the cottage. We stayed over the rainy thanksgiving weekend, but the house was cozy with the fireplace and heater going.
The cottage is up a steep drive that can be a little tricky, and it can take a bit to park in front of the house. We had two cars, but we managed to fit them with a bit a maneuvering. It's only a few minutes away from town which is really convenient.
It's also very close to Point Reyes which has great hikes, beaches, and nature.
Overall a relaxing experience to retreat and be out in the woods.
Natalie's cottage was one of the most charming homes I ever spent a night in, through airbnb or otherwise. The setting in the woods is beautiful, with easy (driving) access to Pt Reyes and Samuel P Taylor parks. The deck is a particularly nice spot for hanging out. It's a simple, rustic place, with just a cozy little nook for a bedroom, but everything is functional, with nice details like good ceramic dishwater and warm lighting, and it's very easy to feel at home. Natalie was a lovely, easy-going host as well when we met her briefly at check-in.
About the Host, Natalie
My husband and I are film artists and educators. We relocated to Lagunitas in West Marin two years ago after spending 10 years in Los Angeles ( i completed my master's at calarts) We decided to move north after an artist residency at the headlands center for the arts. We love the ocean, the smell of bay and eucalyptus, sunlight in the late afternoon and the fog rolling in. We live on the edge of the woods with our 7-year old son, Eli-who loves the coho salmon, stellars jays, old-growth trees, and red foxes--who sometimes wander across our deck. We are brand-new to airbnb and hosted our first guest this past weekend! (June 10th)