Just 12 minutes across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, this unique floating guest cottage offers the very best of the Sausalito houseboat experience. Located at the end of one of Marin’s most coveted houseboat docks, the Yellow Ferry Harbor, this freestanding floating home blends the nostalgia of the houseboat experience of the 1960’s and 70’s with today’s amenities.
The last boat on the northward leg of the dock, the floating guest cottage has sweeping views of the bay, the surrounding rolling hills, and in the distance, the majestic slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. An inviting public jetty extends into the bay between the cottage and the scores of sailboats berthed in the nearby Richardson Bay Marina. The gentle music of their riggings in the breeze will mesmerize you.
Enter through the main front room, whose dining table for six, comfortable sofa, and rocking chair can easily accommodate small gatherings of friends and family. The potbelly gas stove adds warmth and coziness on a rainy day. Cooking is a pleasure with a full-sized gas range, oven, and other modern appliances.
At the rear of the main floor, the smaller of two bedrooms sleeps two in a day bed with a pop-up trundle underneath. The large north-facing window frames the Marina and Mt. Tam beyond. The entire second floor is a master bedroom, a luxurious double bed nestled under the graceful curve of its arched ceiling.
On a sunny day – and this area is known locally as ‘The Banana Belt’ – enjoy outdoor dining on the spacious upper deck with its panoramic views. Or sit and read in the Adirondack chairs on the front float, surrounded by flowers. For recreation, paddle out in the kayaks or pedal away on the great Marin bike trail or to the Sausalito Ferry for the half-hour cruise to San Francisco. (No children under 13 in the kayak.) Bike rentals are a mile away.
Otis Redding fans will appreciate that he wrote Dock of the Bay while a guest on one of Sausalito's storied docks, some say this one. You are assured a serene and magical time, watching the tides roll away (thank you, Otis) and enjoying the herons and egrets, frequent visitors to your front yard.
This is the ideal rental for a couple or a single guest looking to get away from the everyday, but still seeking the convenience and fun that Sausalito offers. Families will experience the San Francisco Bay from a unique vantage point. Ideal for families with middle-schoolers or teenagers. Parents should realize that from a safety perspective living on a houseboat is no different than being on a boat. For that reason, no children under 10 are allowed as renters or as guests of the renters. Two couples may also share the guest cottage, though the bedrooms are small and storage is limited.
Since we charge only a modest cleaning fee, we expect guests to leave the floating guest cottage clean and in good order. If not, a reasonable deduction will be taken from your security deposit. We do not expect guests to wash or change the bed linens or towels. Also, local Marin County taxes are included in the fee.
The rental includes a parking space in the Yellow Ferry Harbor lot, and your houseboat is located just a five minute drive from downtown Sausalito, ten minutes from Mill Valley, twelve minutes across the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco and approximately an hour to the wine country.
This is a truly special residence in an unforgettable natural setting.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$10 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
We very much enjoyed out stay! Lois was a great host--we got in late, but she was able to meet us to orient us about the houseboat. The houseboat was petite, but lovely! Very nicely redone and comfortable with lovely views! We used the downstairs bedroom as a dressing room (right next to the bath downstairs) and slept in the upstairs bedroom. Because you need to walk down a walkway (which includes a few steps at the bottom) that adjusts with the tides (level at high tides, steeper at low tides) to the houseboat and use stairs to get to the main bedroom, this location may not work for those with mobility problems. It was rainy and overcast while we were there, so we didn't use the outdoor patio areas, but I especially enjoyed reading on the couch next to the free-standing old fashion style stove (you can see the gas flames through a window like a fireplace)--it was very warm and cozy. There is wireless wi-fi, but be aware there is no TV. I would highly recommend this location to everyone who is not mobility impaired and wants a unique vacation get-away (without a TV)! We hope to stay there again in the future.
Perfection. Lois and Bob were gracious, welcoming and wonderful hosts. Their floating cottage was an oasis and we could not have been more thrilled with the overall experience. We felt at home from the moment we walked in. The houseboat itself is a work of art and its close proximity to SF was the perfect distance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, while also having it accessible when need be (15 minutes driving). Having a fully private, spacious home within this creative and authentic houseboat community was the highlight of my road trip through California. Be sure to take the ocean kayaks out and go right from the dock to get up close and personal with the birds and seals. To sum it up: I could not recommend these hosts or these accommodations more highly. A tremendous value for the modest cost of becoming a part of this ideal slice of life for a few days.
Loved staying at the guest cottage. Location was perfect - near Mt. Tam for a day of hiking, close to town for restaurants and coffee. Lois and Bob were wonderful hosts, very warm, friendly and helpful - even provided us with a list of recommended restaurants. The houseboat itself was great. Just enough room for 4, but no more. Clean and up- to -date with a nice kitchen, bath and bedroom. Loved that there was a kayak to use - great way to start the day. Would definitely return.
It was very nice and exactly as they described it. It _is_ tiny,
but very well laid out inside so we always had plenty of room.
It does move -- no kidding it's a _floating_ house --
and there were the occasional (unexpected to us landlubbers)
late night noises, but by the second night we just ignored them!
All in all a very nice place!
I just had an amazing two weeks on the Floating guest Cottage. It was just perfect and Lois and Bob were delightful, helpful and made me feel very much at home. It was painful to leave. I look forward to going back. The boat is more than charming. The location is spectacular. Thumbs up all round!
We spend two wonderful days at the houseboat. We were there during the "king" tides, experiencing the cycle of nature while the house went up and down. This cozy house has everything you need, it is located in a convenient spot in the Yellow Ferry Harbor with nice views to the Bay. Lois and Bob are very welcoming and made us feel very comfortable during our stay.
An Awesome & Cozy floating cottage. If you want to experience the Sausalito, houseboat community with breathtaking views of the Bay I highly recommend it. Lois was very accommodating to us for our 4-day stay, adding personal touches here and there, etc.This cottage is perfect for 2 people and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!! Thank you Lois & Bob for your hospitality! Roger & Deborah--Jacksonville,Fla.
Great houseboat and very nice host. The house efficiently offers everything you need. Will recommend to friends.
Our stay here was a memorable experience. It is exactly as presented in the photographs.Lois could not have been more accommodating. The space was clean, inviting with everything one could need for a several day or extended stay. The weather was perfect fall weather in Marin & the little floating house had many doors to open for the fall breeze including a beautiful deck overlooking the bay & boating community. Seagulls, kayaks, sailboats, quiet respectful community. If you love the water & cozy well-appointed places in a great location, you could not go wrong here. Thank you, Lois & Bob.
It was a wonderfull experience staid at this place, so beutiful view and great people filling like home!! I high recomend stay at this lovely home