Stinson Beach - Shell Cottage

House - Entire home/apt · Cll Del Mar, Stinson Beach, CA 94970, United States
Your host, Penny
21 Reviews
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The Space

We'd love to share our house at the beach with you!
Our family has owned and enjoyed this hillside cottage for 35 years. We have always loved being 'on the hill' because of the lovely feel of the neighborhood and the lush profusion of plants and trees.
The location has the best of both worlds, the mountain view on one side and the ocean view on the other. It's removed just enough from the hub bub of the downtown beach scene.
One block from the house is the path to the one general grocery store and the village's main drag. One more block and you are on the beach.
The layout of the house is nice for a group. The 2 bedrooms are on opposite ends, allowing for privacy.
There are several outdoor spots to retreat to: a large covered front porch with a dining table and chairs, a small back porch and a large backyard deck 50 feet from the house.
The kitchen, dining room and living room are open-plan with lovely high open beamed ceilings. One bedroom faces the street and the other one the ocean.
The loft has a view of the mountains. Both kids and adults find the loft cozy.

Each bedroom has a Queen bed and the sleeping loft an extra-long twin.1 bath home sleeps 5 comfortably, no pull-out sofa beds!
Views of ocean and Mt. Tamalpais foothills from the spacious front porch, master bedroom and large backyard deck. 3 TV's, cable, DVD player, stereo and wi-fi.
Amenities include, washer/dryer, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, BBQ. Off and on street parking.

Guest Access

The entire house, except the garage.

The Neighborhood

Our neighborhood, locally referred to as "The Hill" has a lovely, peaceful feel to it. Our neighbors are mostly local, full-time residents. The folks are very friendly, so feel free to say Hello! Walks around the neighborhood are particularly nice, revealing interesting homes, from 1920's bungalows to new modern architcture. And the hill is lush with flowers, trees and succulents to boot.
The famous Dipsea trailhead is right around the corner and the Matt Davis trail begins a block away. All the trails connect so you can pick your distance.

Other Things to Note

During the Hi Season - June thru the end of August, we are booking Saturday to Saturday stays and there is a 1 week minimum.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $990 /week
Monthly Price: $3630 /month
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $150
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • T'riffic!! Everything we needed for a lovely stay.

    June 2014
  • The Shell Cottage is simply delightful! It is quaint and charming with plenty of lovely, peaceful spaces. It was spotlessly clean with comfortable beds and bedding, and plenty of blankets to stay warm on those famously foggy coastal mornings. The kitchen is stocked with adequate supplies to make cooking and meal preparations simple. Everything in the cottage works well… the lighting, heat, shower, fans, window shades, , stove, TV… it is just superbly maintained which is very much appreciated when one comes (email hidden) for a respite. Our family had a fabulous time in Stinson Beach at the Shell Cottage, and hope to return someday. Thanks, Penny!

    June 2014
  • We stayed at the Shell Cottage for a weekend to attend a wedding in Stinson Beach. The cottage offered plenty of space for two couples, and was comfortable, clean and well-appointed. We woke up to a view of the ocean each morning, and were able to park our cars and walk everywhere we needed to go during the three days we were there. I would definitely recommend the cottage to anyone looking for a Stinson Beach getaway, and we look forward to having an opportunity to stay here again!

    March 2014
  • Our family had a wonderful visit at Shell Cottage! What a lovely home and area! We met Penny as we were leaving and she was very nice - we hope to come back again someday!

    January 2014
  • The cottage was perfect. I've never been so sad to leave a vacation destination. The views were spectacular. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to cook. Overall the place was immaculate and decorated nicely. We'll go back as soon as we can.

    December 2013
  • Many wonderful things about Shell Cottage!
    can hear and see the ocean
    short (but steep) walk from store/town/beach
    quiet location
    great porch - we ate breakfast there every morning
    large yard - can relax in sun, work on small projects on table/deck (we made several wreaths)
    very comfortable space for 4 people
    master bed has great mattress, view
    fully equipped with washer,dryer,fridge,dishwasher, small appliances
    all instructions clearly listed on airbnb document
    Definitely a place to come back to.

    December 2013
  • Love this place. Hope to stay again soon. It was very cozy and clean with comfy beds and fluffy blankets. Wife loved it! Short walk to beach and trails - really does not get any better than this!

    August 2013
  • Great place. Easy walking access to downtown/beach. Very comfortable. Everything was as advertised.

    May 2013
  • Thanks so much for such a great weekend in Stinson! We would love to go back! The Shell cottage is a perfect getaway - an excellent location just a few minutes walk from the beach and the town of Stinson Beach, super clean and comfortable and a big back yard to grill and eat. We went with one other couple and the house was the perfect size. Penny was very communicative and check in was really easy. Definitely stay here - it's a great beach house (email hidden)!

    April 2013
  • Penny (email hidden)e was easy to communicate with and helpful with questions we had. Our family loved our stay at shell cottage! The cottage was close to the beach and more!

    March 2013
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I am a native Californian and a 4th generation San Franciscan. I've owned the house for 35 years and have lived in it off and on. We've always cherished 'the beach house' in our family. The neighborhood on the hill has really not changed much over the years. My favorite activities at Stinson include daily walks around the neighborhood with friends, volunteering at the library, an aerobics class for seniors and, of course, endless walks on the beach. I live in Marin County now. Spend time with my son and my sweetheart. We go to the farmers' market, cook, shop at Ikea. Going over to San Francisco to the museums is top on our list. I travel to see my daughter who lives in Santa Fe with my two grand-pugs once or twice a year. I stay busy with water aerobics, volunteering at a thrift shop and sewing with my girlfriends.
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