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 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!
Kellie was so sweet and her home was beautiful! We were able to explore Marin, go hiking, and eat great food without traveling far. Overall, a great weekend get-away from the city! :)
Fabulous villa. Fabulous location. Fabulous host. Thanks for a great stay Kellie!
We stayed for about 3 weeks at Kellie's home. Even though it is walkable distance to downtown Mill Valley, you definitely feel like you are on your own in the woods. The grove of tall redwoods, long climbing driveway, and family of deer make it feel more like Tahoe than a 30 minute drive to SF.
The home is furnished classically, including a large sitting room where we spent much of our time. It looks out onto a green screen of trees and is quite cosy. The kitchen is small but very functional (for one cook).
BIg bonus is easy access to the trails of Mt Tam practically from the front door. I had some great mtn bike rides up the fire trails with a 10 minute ride of the front door.
Kellie graciously accepted our relatively last minute request for a place to stay. She greeted us upon arrival and showed us around including some helpful things about the lighting. The Villa has premium cable so it was a delight to be able to nestle in with the girls for an HBO movie on demand with locally made berry pie and some ice cream. Throughout the night when we had a couple of unforseen questions, she was very accessible and promptly responsive via text. The house is very quiet and up a steep but short hill surrounded by lush trees and get's lots of light and access to the outdoor grounds -- good for guests who are looking for an old early 1900's style split house surrounded by nature. We saw a mother deer and her two fawn right by the entrance of the house as we were leaving the next morning. :)
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
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