Sleeping alcove adjacent to bathroom
Entire home/apt
2 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bed
$100
Per Night
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About this listing

Traveler-friendly, modern guest suite on a hill in Mill Valley about 5 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. Quiet, peaceful neighborhood with lots of trees and easy access to the beautiful outdoor spaces of Marin County, yet still convenient to SF.

Sleeping alcove adjacent to bathroom

Sleeping alcove adjacent to bathroom

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The Space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Moderate

Description

The Space

This guest suite with private entrance is located below our home and looks out over our lower garden; street parking is generally available nearby. We're located on a quiet street and enjoy views of Mt. Tamalpais from the deck above the guest suite that you are welcome to share during your stay.

The sleeping alcove/platform bed has a comfortable queen-sized mattress with high quality linens and down pillows & comforter. There is ample closet space for hanging items and a dresser for your use.

The suite is equipped with a compact fridge, microwave, and electric kettle + coffee and tea supplies. There are dishes and basic kitchen items provided so you can enjoy a peaceful breakfast before heading out for the day, bring home take-out for dinner, or relax in the evening with a glass of wine. No kitchen.

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The space works perfectly for one or two adults, but is not well suited to young children. We are unable to accommodate guests under 16 years old.

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We live on a hill so there are several landscape steps through our lower yard to & from the guest suite.  These are irregularly spaced and sometimes moist from fog or rain.  The garden suite is NOT a good choice for guests with decreased mobility. You will need to carry (not roll) your bags up the hill.

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The guest suite is below our main living area. In 2013 we insulated the ceiling/floor in between, providing greatly reduced noise transfer between the two spaces and increased warmth in the guest suite. Even so, you will probably hear us moving about at some point during your stay, & we will hear you. We are quiet and considerate of guests, and hope you will be, too. Our work schedules require that we are up by 5am or so on most weekdays. We do provide earplugs along with standard toiletries, but if you are especially sound sensitive or a very light sleeper this may not be the spot for you.

The ceiling is somewhat lower than standard height so it is best if you are not extra tall. With the insulation project, there are no longer open beamed-ceilings and we lost another 1/2" in overall height - but a good tradeoff overall! :)

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We do have a dog who is occasionally in the yard when we are home, but is always indoors when we are gone.

** Please note that to keep some flexibility for ourselves & visiting family/friends, we do not accept reservation requests for the distant future. We usually open up the Airbnb calendar for a few upcoming months only. If you're considering a stay beyond that period, check again later for updated availability **

We have a reliable, high-speed WiFi network. Built-in wall USB ports (2) for charging devices.

Alarm clock/speaker with lightning dock - will charge iPhone with Lightning port (5/5s/6/6s) & you can wake up to your own music. It also has an aux port with mini-jack cable if you want to play music from another type of device.

If you aren't in the mood to explore the surrounding area, then feel free to enjoy our expansive deck or our terraced hillside yard.

If you're a cyclist (road or mountain), hiker, or runner there are excellent options right from our house and we have plenty of maps - enjoy nearby Stinson Beach, Muir Woods, Marin Headlands, or Mt. Tamalpais. A visit to Pt. Reyes makes for a nice afternoon drive or scenic bike ride (~30 miles each way through the farmlands of West Marin). If you're more interested in the sights of the city, it's a scenic trip via the Sausalito ferry, an easy connection via bus, or a short drive to the Golden Gate Bridge. We're also within easy reach of the Napa/Sonoma wine region by car (very limited public transit in that direction).

A little info for first-time visitors to the SF bay area:
- We are located in Mill Valley. This is very close to SF, but not actually part of the city. In fact, we are across the Golden Gate Bridge from SF, in Marin County (also called the "north bay") & just past Sausalito. It is less than 10 miles to downtown SF from our house, but takes longer than you might expect with the bridge and city traffic. Many guests stay with us to enjoy the green space and beauty of Marin's extensive public lands, trails, and water (Stinson Beach, Mt Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Pt. Reyes, Tomales Bay)... but still with easy access to the city for some sightseeing or business there. If you are planning to spend your entire visit in SF, you may want to consider finding a place to stay right in the city.

It's a short (10-15min) walk down the hill to catch a bus to SF, and about 1.5miles (a beautiful walk, or an easy drive) to the shops of downtown Mill Valley. Quick access to the Mill Valley-Sausalito bike path. We're also near to a stop for the Marin Airporter (a direct shuttle to/from SFO airport, ~$20/adult).

- There is excellent public transit between Mill Valley and SF, and adequate transit around Marin County. The most convenient/frequent schedules run M-F, and are directed at commuters. Weekend schedules require some planning. There is no late-night service to & from SF, and taxis quickly get expensive if they have to cross a bridge. Uber & Lyft are popular alternatives, price/availability varies by time & distance.
- There is little to no convenient public transit directly between Marin and other parts of the bay area (i.e. east bay, etc). You generally have to go through SF and this makes for a long trip. BART does not service the north bay at all.
- SFO is easy to reach via transit or driving. The Oakland airport is less convenient by car, and difficult to reach by public transit from here. There are door-to-door shuttles but they are more expensive (~$50/person).

If you are not familiar with Mill Valley, it is easiest to plan your initial arrival in daylight. Our streets are winding, hilly, and narrow - many first-time visitors find them challenging to navigate, especially at night when street signs and house addresses become difficult to see & read. Do look at a map rather than relying on a GPS device for your initial arrival.

Guest Access

We have a reliable, high-speed WiFi network. Built-in wall USB ports (2) for charging devices.

Alarm clock/speaker with lightning dock - will charge iPhone 5/5s/6 & you can wake up to your own music. It also has an aux port with mini-jack cable if you want to play music from another type of device.

If you aren't in the mood to explore the surrounding area, then feel free to enjoy our expansive deck or our terraced hillside yard.

Interaction with Guests

Most guests book this space for its privacy, and we are happy to leave a key out for the most flexibility in arrival times. Of course, we are always available if you want local recommendations, need assistance, or just want to say hi!

The Neighborhood

If you're a cyclist (road or mountain), hiker, or runner there are excellent options right from our house and we have plenty of maps - enjoy nearby Stinson Beach, Muir Woods, Marin Headlands, or Mt. Tamalpais. A visit to Pt. Reyes makes for a nice afternoon drive or scenic bike ride (~30 miles each way through the farmlands of West Marin). If you're more interested in the sights of the city, it's a scenic trip via the Sausalito ferry, an easy connection via bus, or a short drive to the Golden Gate Bridge. We're also within easy reach of the Napa/Sonoma wine region by car (very limited public transit in that direction).

A little info for first-time visitors to the SF bay area:
- We are located in Mill Valley. This is very close to SF, but not actually part of the city. In fact, we are across the Golden Gate Bridge from SF, in Marin County (also called the "north bay") & just past Sausalito. It is less than 10 miles to downtown SF from our house, but takes longer than you might expect with the bridge and city traffic. Many guests stay with us to enjoy the green space and beauty of Marin's extensive public lands, trails, and water (Stinson Beach, Mt Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Pt. Reyes, Tomales Bay)... but still with easy access to the city for some sightseeing or business there. If you are planning to spend your entire visit in SF, you may want to consider finding a place to stay right in the city.

Getting Around

It's a short (10-15min) walk down the hill to catch a bus to SF, and about 1.5miles (a beautiful walk, or an easy drive) to the shops of downtown Mill Valley. Quick access to the Mill Valley-Sausalito bike path. We're also near to a stop for the Marin Airporter (a direct shuttle to/from SFO airport, ~$20/adult).

- There is excellent public transit between Mill Valley and SF, and adequate transit around Marin County. The most convenient/frequent schedules run M-F, and are directed at commuters. Weekend schedules require some planning. There is no late-night service to & from SF, and taxis quickly get expensive if they have to cross a bridge. Uber & Lyft are popular alternatives, price/availability varies by time & distance.
- There is little to no convenient public transit directly between Marin and other parts of the bay area (i.e. east bay, etc). You generally have to go through SF and this makes for a long trip. BART does not service the north bay at all.
- SFO is easy to reach via transit or driving. The Oakland airport is less convenient by car, and difficult to reach by public transit from here. There are door-to-door shuttles but they are more expensive (~$50/person).

Other Things to Note

If you are not familiar with Mill Valley, it is easiest to plan your initial arrival in daylight. Our streets are winding, hilly, and narrow - many first-time visitors find them challenging to navigate, especially at night when street signs and house addresses become difficult to see & read. Do look at a map rather than relying on a GPS device for your initial arrival.

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House Rules

We live with a quiet, calm & friendly dog who will sometimes be in the yard when we are home (but is always indoors if we are gone). Please be respectful of animals and very careful not to leave the outer gate open as you go in & out.

NO SMOKING INDOORS OR OUT.

Breakfast is not included with this listing, but we will typically leave a selection of coffee & tea and a few snacks to welcome our guests.

For longer-term guests we are happy to launder your sheets and towels weekly during your stay. The guest suite is professionally cleaned every other week unless you prefer no cleaning service during your stay.

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Availability
2 nights minimum stay

Cozy garden suite with fast Wi-Fi
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Cheri + Andrew

Cheri + Andrew

Mill Valley, California, United States · Member since August 2009

Easygoing & hospitable. NPR listeners, love to travel. We enjoy cooking, eating, & sharing a bottle of wine. We work long hours during the week but are often home on weekends, when you'll typically find us in the garden or out on a trail somewhere. Whether at home or traveling, we like to walk, hike, run, bike, and generally explore the outdoor world around us. We're happy to make recommendations for active/outdoor or city activities during your stay, and we're very familiar with public transit options. We love to host AirBnb guests and welcome you to our beautiful neighborhood!

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