So close yet so far. This 1930's charming Italian villa is a real gem. Located walking distance from lovely downtown Mill Valley on a sunny hillside above the lush old growth redwoods of Blithedale Canyon.
The original grand house was divided into 3 levels, so there are other respectful tenants on property. This flat is quite spacious and has a very peaceful retreat like atmosphere. It is very private on it's own level.. The main salon living room is a grand room, beautifully decorated, with a dining area overlooking the trees surrounding.
Off the main salon there is a lovely outdoor verandah where you can enjoy your morning coffee or dinner Al Fresco.There is a fireplace to warm you for that romantic evening in.
The kitchen, though small, is more than sufficient-the gourmet cook will be well accommodated, and will find most everything needed. It has been recently updated with gas range, large stainless fridge (w/crushed ice), and dishwasher. .
The master bedroom has a brand new Stearns & Foster queen sized bed with down comforter and high thread count sheets.This room is spacious and is surrounded by windows, with a beautiful view of lush foliage, very private. The bath is located off the master bedroom and has a shower, no tub.
The second sleeping area is just off the Master BR. Due to the unique layout and proximity of the bedrooms and bath, this second room is best suited and perfect for a child/close family/friends.This room has a brand new sealy postuerpedic queen bed and is also very bright and sunny.
The house is equipped with a flat screen TV and WiFi internet access. Perfect for nature lovers with a laid back life style that still like to stay connected.
For longer term stays there is a washer/dryer available on request in my unit below.
Trail heads are at your doorstep, with many beautiful places to hike on Mt.Tampalpais. There are stairs and redwood lanes that lead you on a beautiful 15 min walk into downtown Mill Valley- where top rated restaurants, movies theater and cafes abound. Check out the famous Sweetwater nightclub or 142 Throckmorton Theatre for music and plays.
There are also several markets including 2 Whole Foods in town.
Easy access to the Marin Headlands, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes and Mt. Tamalpais State Park. SF is a 20 min drive away Catch the scenic ferry ride into San Francisco, from Sausalito or Tiburon. We are 40 minutes to the Sonoma and Napa Valleys.
We know the area well and can guide you to special places all around the area and beyond.
*In house massage and private pilates sessions available by appointment.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$25 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
Kellie's place is a delight, as is Kellie, who could not have been a more gracious host and I felt really at home in her very beautiful and special retreat. Her place is a light filled sanctuary and perfectly positioned to be able to walk into town, and yet it feels totally rural. I loved waking up to the singing birds, sitting on her balcony drinking my morning coffee, looking at the trees, and sifting through her wonderful collection of books. The place is clean, well looked after and has everything you could need. The kitchen is small but perfectly equipped, the butler's pantry adds charm, as do all the beautiful furnishings, the master bedroom is large, light and serene, with a super comfy bed. I went there to write and spent many happy hours sitting at her large table looking out at the view, it was a perfect creative idyll. My only disappointment is that I don't live there full time!
Our first time at Kellie’s beautiful home was under such emotional circumstances and the beautiful and serene setting was so helpful to us. This trip was under much more joyous conditions and still the house just enveloped us with warmth and love. Add a beautiful Christmas tree and soft candle light everywhere if we chose (we did) and it was magical again this visit. We also had a post-Christmas gathering with our family there and I was able to set a gorgeous table using the more than adequate stock of dishes, wine glasses and serving dishes. The kitchen, though on first glance may look small, was a fun place to pull together my famous Christmas Ravioli Florentine soup , Salad and luscious bread. I love working in that kitchen , it’s one of my favorite places in the house!!
We appreciate the attention to detail that Kellie adds: fresh flowers everywhere, thoughtful breakfast supplies and a clean, beautiful, without being fussy, home. There is a feeling of ‘my home is your home’ here and it makes everything easy in this most perfect setting. We will continue to book our visits with Kellie as long as she will have us. Thanks for everything Kellie, most of all your genuine interest in making sure we are comfortable. You are very special, Thank you so much.
We had a good a stay. The place is very beautiful and the surrounding couldn't be beat. Felt very worthwhile. It is a good sized and beautiful place that is full of charm. We really felt transported. Kellie was very friendly and helpful and we felt right a home. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook full meals. It was 20 minute walk to town. The neighbor is beautiful and was fun to explore. Mill Valley is a wonderful place to stay! On the less positive side: I am picky about beds and I found the master bed a little uncomfortable. To her credit, I mentioned it to Kellie after our stay and she said it is a new bed and she would have the mattress company come out and take a look. Also, you have to go through the master bedroom to get to the 1 bathroom and you have to go through the extra bedroom to get to the master one. Most of the time that is not a problem but if someone is sleeping when others aren't (nap, different bedtime or wake up) the other people have to go by the sleeping person to use the bathroom (as well as at night). I think this is what she meant by "this room is best suited and perfect for a child/close family/friends." It meant that at times we had to be a little strategic but it was manageable. I think the house was built in the 30s which really adds to the charm. The down side is they didn't put as much insulation between floors. As a result, you can hear the people who live on the floor above you (talking, walking, etc). It was loud enough to notice but not so loud that it had much of an impact on our stay. Even with these things, the trip felt worthwhile.
I always appreciate a guests feedback. It allows me to improve the experience here, within my ability. Both beds in the unit are new within the last 10 months. I realize that not every bed will accomodate every individuals particular needs. Drew is the first guest to share this experience. Given that, I am in the process of having it evaluated, particularly considering it is a new bed. The layout is unique as stated in the profile, and has worked well thus far for previous guests. Drew and his wife were lovely and I'm happy that overall they were able to appreciate and enjoy this beautiful space.
Kellie, your home was exactly what we needed while in Mill Valley this past 3 nights. The quiet and the luxury without the feeling of fuss was just spectacular. The mornings on the lanai with squirrels and birds and the complete privacy just set the day up for us. We knew you were there somewhere but only if we needed you and that was perfect too. Thank you for being just perfect for our situation and the love and vibe in your house was really something we actually felt throughout our stay. The nice little grouping you left in the fridge was very generous and it was a first for us using a coffee press. We are now on the hunt for one at home. Excellent coffee just made our morning watching nature even better.
I feel like we have a new friend in you and will be hoping you have available space for us whenever we come up to visit our kids. Love to you and thanks for everything you did for us.
See you soon! Patti and Art
Two elementary school girlfriends and I stayed at Kellie's lovely home for a weekend. The pictures of Kellie's home cannot begin to tell the story of what a delightful retreat it makes. Kellie herself began our wonderful experience by being immediately responsive to questions that we had and helping us find great things to do in the area. She gave us great directions and kept in touch to see us to her door and smiling face. She gave us a thorough tour and made sure that we would want for nothing. We felt cared for and at home. When you walk out the door the air is fresh and sweet and the walk to town was the perfect way to both work up and appetite and walk of dinner. We really enjoyed chatting in the very comfortable living room and eating meals at the dining table with views of gorgeous greenery. None of us wanted to leave our wonderful retreat, Kellie's hospitality and her home made the perfect getaway for our little reunion and each of us agreed we would go back in a heartbeat!
The essence of staying at Kellie's is perfectly captured in the tagline of her profile (lovely, secluded, retreat), although the pictures and words can't do it complete justice. You need to experience it yourself through your senses: see through your own eyes the beautiful, lush property and beautifully decorated house. Hear nothing but the burbling fountain in the yard as you go to sleep at night and wake in the mornings, because of course you can sleep with the windows open. Feel the beautiful mountain air and smell the lemon, fig and pear trees as you sit on the veranda with morning coffee or evening wine. Taste the amazing food that you pick up at the local farmer's market and prepare in the kitchen, or that you dine on at Bungalow 44, a local gem of a restaurant within walking distance in Mill Valley.
When my fiance and I come back (and we will), we will be contacting Kellie, because you can't get this kind of experience in a hotel.
Kellie was an amazing host and her property was an amazing place to stay. It's the perfect amount of privacy with trees all around and even a family of deer that live on the property.
The best part is that the house is still walking distance from amazing restaurants and bars if you want to get out on the town.
An absolutely lovely location, a true secluded retreat. Peaceful, sunny, very special. Kellie is a wonderful women and friendly and attentive host.
Over all a first class experience.
Kellie's place was wonderful. Perfect for an intimate stay for two or a larger group to cook and celebrate a family event. The suite was beautifully attired and had all the modern conveniences too. We had a fire in the fireplace and there was a jack for easy access to your own music via ipod or computer. Kellie was a charming hostess and well informed about local foods and activities. I highly recommend the Lovely Secluded Mill Valley Retreat.
Kellie and her home were amazing! Here warm smile that greeted us at the door upon our arrival to her quick response to any and all inquiry regarding her fabulous home made her the perfect host.
The home itself was exactly as we had hoped. Wonderful unique touches abound! A Temperpedic bed, grand piano, a TON of fantastic books, a great stereo system, comfy couches and chairs and a FULLY STOCKED kitchen (while small has everything for a seasoned chef).
The setting and town were great too. There are endless walks and hikes close by as you are literally surrounded by redwoods the moment you step outside the door. It is peaceful, quiet, wonderful for bird watching and was down right perfect for what we were looking for.
We are so thankful for our choice in host, home, and town for a great thanksgiving vacation. A true home away from home! Thanks again Kellie!