Nestled among Mount Tamalpais' majestic old-growth redwoods is a chalet Hansel and Gretel would feel at home in..and a fully equipped apartment with a separate entry and private patio. The view stretches across San Francisco Bay to the Oakland hills and beyond. The size of the property, 2.5 acres, ensures peace and quiet. Downtown San Francisco is 25 minutes – and a million miles – (website hidden). Tam's hiking, running and biking trails are at hand. Mill Valley via the Dipsea Steps is an easy 20 minute walk (and a challenging uphill return). The location is very central for tourist destinations, and very secluded and private for those needing rest and relaxation.
The legacy of the original proprietor, photographer and author Suki Hill, who lived in the home since 1972, will be carried on by her daughter, Abigail Hill and her stalwart of stalwarts, Charles Keppel.
Sadly, Suki passed away June 14, 2014.
The rental is the lower floor of a wonderful, characterful Mill Valley home, built in the late 1930's.There is a sunny patio outside the apartment with spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and overlooking rose and dahlia gardens. A short stroll down driveway leads to another "secret" garden with a small pavilion for quiet reflection or yoga. The home is also close to Muir Woods and the beautiful Hwy.1 coast. One can drive to the wine country in an hour .
Guests will have a private entrance and designated parking space.
Well-behaved pets allowed, smoking on patio only. There are two full-sized (or double) beds and a sofa bed (twin-sized) for an additional guest @$25/night.
Lovely location. Very peaceful and loved watching the fog pour over the hill. Accommodation was cosy. It's not fancy but very comfortable. The owner was lovely and very helpful.
Abby and her helper, Charlie, were great communicators and the entire stay went very smoothly. Abby has two friendly dogs, but they do not come into the B&B space unless invited.
The view from Abby's place is just incredible, the pictures don't do it justice. There are orange and lemon trees loaded with fruit. The beds are comfortable and we slept well.
If you're looking for a place with a great 60's-70's California ambiance, look no further.
Word of warning - if you're uncomfortable with narrow mountain roads, this might not be the place for you!
Abigail was a kind, easy-going host. When we were both at the property at the same time, she gave us some tips on hiking in the area. She also let my son enjoy the company of her energetic dogs, which he says was the highlight of his trip.
We were glad to get some written instructions from her ahead of our drive to the property. Our GPS (and even Google maps) was having some difficulty figuring the last turns to her home.
The property was in the perfect location for us to do the activities we really wanted to do in the area, which included hiking in Muir Woods and biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, and exploring the Marin Headlands. After an active day, having a short drive home really increased the relaxation factor of the trip. Since the property is quite close to Mill Valley grocery stores and the property has a little kitchen area, it was very convenient for us to take care of our breakfast needs quickly at the property so we could get an early start and beat the crowds.
We're grateful to Abigail for sharing her little piece of heaven with us.
What a lovely place to stay! Abigail was the perfect combination of welcoming and respectful of our privacy. Our plane was late and traffic was bad, but she was still there to meet us. The apartment is private and wonderfully quiet (except for the sound of chirping birds!). It was very comfortable for four adults, including comfy beds and a private patio looking out over the bay.
The view is amazing. The location is amazing. The property is amazing - lush, green, and fragrant.
We recommend staying at Suki's!
My stay at the mountain retreat was phenomenal. The space (including a beautiful rose garden and private yoga/meditation deck!) made me feel instantly comfortable, and Abby and her neighbor Charlie went above and beyond to make sure I had the best visit possible. The location in muir woods is ideal for a retreat, with hikes and walks accessible from the house, and you can really feel the love and energy Suki put into her home. Highly recommended, and I'll be back.
She was friendly, helpful and flexible. Her helper Charlie was the same. He helped us figure out where to go to hike and eat etc. The space is lovely! The view is amazing and access to hiking and all that Mill Valley has to offer is excellent. It is also interesting to think of Suki having been present and documenting such an interesting time in SF.