Enjoy this exquisitely peaceful and sunny private retreat property on the outer Mesa near Agate Beach in Bolinas!
Newly renovated, this rustic classic of a Bolinas Craftsman home is a sweet getaway that features three or four bedrooms with comfortable beds, natural finishes and furnishings, two bathrooms with tubs, a sparkling new kitchen with Viking gas range, beautiful farm sink, marble countertops and a charming gas fireplace in the dining room. Incredibly beautiful wildlife outdoors, tide pools full of amazing marine biology, and enchanting decor make this a magical and wonderful home.
One of the highlights of this unique and breathtaking property is the nature walk to Agate Beach beach, where you can walk for hours along the wild coast along diverse shores without seeing anyone. The garden features a waterlily pond surrounded by a seasonal Monarch butterfly forest on all sides, giving total privacy from neighbors. A huge red-shouldered hawk hunts all day in the meadow out front, a family of deer hang out on the front lawn, hummingbirds fly around the rose bushes that climb up the house, butterflies dance around the garden, and foxes spy on you from the trees. It is a truly wonderful place!
Monarch Haven is a wonderful retreat for meditation and small workshops. A separate meditation and healing room in the garden overlooks our beautiful wild meadow. There is a small Healing Room in the garden with cedar walls, new wall to wall wool carpet, heater, meditation and healing books and massage tools. There is a featherbed for one person to sleep if there is overflow in the house.
Two stories: 3 Bedrooms downstairs with one bathroom in the Master Bedroom. Large Living Room, Den (or Guest Bedroom), Full Bath, Full Kitchen, Dining Room and Deck upstairs.
High Speed Wireless Internet and Landline. 55" Flat Screen HDTV with Apple TV, Netflix, and DVD player. Washer and Dryer. Art supplies, games, DVD's and toys for kids and adults.
No pets have lived here for 20 years, but we are open to considering outdoor cats for longer term rentals. Small, quiet, well-trained lapdogs may be considered with an additional deposit for short term stays.
If you are an artist, meditator, yogi, gardener, bird watcher, hiker, mountain biker, surfer, writer, thinker, designer, naturalist, or gardener, then you've found it!
Welcome to Monarch Haven!
This is our family home. My architect father built the house in the 70's, and my sister and I were born here. The house has deep sentimental value to us.
Our biggest concern is fire, so absolute fire safety must be practiced at all times. We also enjoy peaceful good energy on the property, so we request that absolute respect for the neighbors in terms of sound control, an attitude of friendliness and consideration, and driving slowly be observed at all times for you and your guests.
Responsible smoking is permitted outside. There is no smoking of cigarettes or excessive intoxication allowed inside the home. Well behaved, mellow, non-barking, outdoor potty trained pets may accompany you for short term stays with prior approval. Large, frenetic, or dangerous dog breeds not permitted. Certain smaller breeds considered. Healthy house-trained cats considered. There have been no pets in the home for many years.
We ask that all guests be responsible for being tidy and clean while in the home, and for respecting our possessions and the house itself. It is a craftsman home built by my father with his hands, and it requires more care than a typical rental might afford.
Thank you in advance for your conscientious care of our property.
Check-in and Check-out times are flexible if there is not another occupant on the same day.
As a host Elsa was extremely responsive and very helpful! We absolutely loved the house! Tons of space, a great kitchen, beautiful grounds in a magical location. Everyone had a blast!
Elsa is very nice lady. She's really responsive and helpful. Thanks Elsa for being such a great host!
We had a great time at the house. Plenty of space and took advantage of the fully stocked kitchen. Very close to Point Reyes and Stinson Beach. We enjoyed watching the deer feeding in the meadow.
My friends and I had a lovely retreat here. The house itself is beautiful - you can feel the love and care that Elsa's father put into building it. It was cozy and spacious, and we all felt thoroughly relaxed in the space. The grounds are lovely - both the landscaping and pond near the house, and the wildness of the meadow beyond. The walk to the beach was magical, and the meditation room was sweet and deeply nourishing. We hope to come again soon!
Monarch Haven was an absolutely delightful place to stay during our Bolinas sojourn. The house has wonderful amenities and the short walk to Agate beach is a definite highlight adding to the overall magic and treasure of this home. Elsa was a great host -- responsive but not at all obtrusive.
We loved our stay at Elsa's Retreat House. The house is beautifully crafted and well designed (and decorated) in almost every respect. We enjoyed cooking in the well-equipped, modern kitchen and using it as our headquarters to investigate the Marin coast. The house also includes a washer/dryer. We saw deer every day and one day we even saw a heron on the meditation pool. Another day we got to see a fox slowly make its way through the property!
However, do remember: 1) The house is not on the beach and does not have beach views. 2) The steep, unpaved driveway is scary. My daughter's Subaru had no problem on it, but it has 4-wheel drive. Our Volvo sedan had trouble maintaining traction going up and down the driveway. 3) Two of the bedrooms are downstairs, but the bathroom for them is upstairs. (The master bedroom has its own bath.)
Super beautiful home one an amazing property. Elsa was really helpful with some last minute changes. It was a great place to stay.
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