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Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

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About this listing

Suki's mountain retreat is nestled up on Mt. Tam in the redwoods with beautiful views East looking over Mill Valley and out across to the East Bay. It has a private parking space, entrance and patio looking over the rose garden.

The space

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. It has a small kitchen, good for basic cooking. 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 – away. Mt. 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.
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 .

Guest access

Guests are welcome to explore the property.
From the house you can access the Pipeline Trail which will take you to Mt Tam where there are endless beautiful hikes. You can also access the Dipsea Steps and trail. The steps are a nice hike into downtown Mill Valley and the trail is a beautiful hike over to Stinson Beach.

Interaction with guests

I am happy offer any suggestions.

Other things to note

I live on the property in the main part of the house.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $55
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

Well-behaved dogs considered, we will need to discuss your dog coming before hand and I may require a pet deposit. You must clean up after your dog. And unless discussed I do not permit you to leave your dog in the apartment alone.
Smoking on patio only.
There are two full-sized (or double) beds and a sofa bed (twin-sized) for an additional guest @$25/night.



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2 nights minimum stay

252 Reviews

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Roxie User Profile
June 2017
I feel so fortunate to have been able to stay in Abigail's place. Walking out the door in the morning you are treated with one of the best views I have experienced in the Bay Area. Her house is so charming and peaceful, with walking distance to hiking trails and a short drive into town. I highly recommend a visit to anyone looking for a unique retreat in the mountains.

Julia User Profile
June 2017
This is the third time I have stayed at Abby's place and it really never disappoints. I hope to come again later in the year. For newcomers - it is a haven, with one of the best possible views - at all times of day. Close enough to the City of San Francisco, but also to many other wonderful places in the area like Point Reyes, Point Bonita lighthouse and the Marin Headlands. Sausalito.... and do not miss Stinson beach and the lagoon/lake

Russell User Profile
June 2017
Great, serene setting with fantastic views and ambiance! Not fancy or lux, but great if you are OK with basic accommodations.

Melissa User Profile
May 2017
Comfy house! Amazing views. Stayed here with friends and spent a lot of time on the patio overlooking hills and water below. We hiked to Muir Woods from the house and also took the Dipsea Steps down to Mill Valley where we got yummy gelato, Indian burritos, and brews from Mill Valley Beerworks. I highly recommend staying here. Abby is a great host, very communicative, and the house comes with some cool history.

Neville User Profile
May 2017
We stayed here in early May for a week-- my wife, our toddler daughter, my mom and I. This is a unique and special home in an absolutely gorgeous part of the Bay area. There are a lot of beautiful homes and locations to choose from, and this certainly ranks among the best as far as those traits go. But what makes this stand out is its deep connection to the evolving culture, landscape and history of Mill Valley. Suki Hill (look her up!) was Mill Valley's 'photographer laureate', documenting the area over several decades--from the 60s on. She moved into this lovely home in 1975 and started a family. Abby was born in this house, and today she continues the Airbnb hosting that Suki started back in 2010. The house, the books and art (much of it from Suki's work), the land, the dogs, Abby... they all gave us much more than just a scenic place to stay. So if you do stay here, by all means enjoy the lovely hikes (or drives) into Muir woods, or up to the peaks of Mount Tamalpais. Go check out Slide Ranch and Muir Beach. Have a fantastic date night at Playa. Check out the farmers market. Do all of those things, but also spend a little time delving into the past--because that's not something you can get everywhere else. Enjoy!

Angela User Profile
April 2017
Abby is fabulous and a wonderful host, but the drive can be a bit challenging. We meet a number of cars on the mostly one-lane road leading to Abby's driveway. It is a bit dicey to back down a mountainous road that doesn't have guardrails. The house is definitely rustic; however, the view is fantastic.

Alexis User Profile
April 2017
My husband and I stayed here with our 7-month-old, and it was a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors from the convenience of a comfortable home. We were able to hike from the house to Muir Woods and Mt. Tamalpais—it was great not to have to worry about driving and parking, though it is a bit of a trek (about 2 miles before you hit the highway where the trailheads start). And you can't beat the view from the patio! It's an older home, so don't expect fancy furnishings or amenities, but it comes with pretty much everything you need for meals in terms of cookware. The kitchenette is a bit small and there isn't a ton of counter space, but it worked well for cooking meals for two adults and one infant for 3 nights. And Abby is a great host—super communicative about check-in and check-out and open to giving you suggestions about things to do, but she gives you plenty of space and totally respects your privacy. She has two dogs but we hardly heard a peep from them. For families with infants, I would note that the windows let in a lot of light, so you may have to bring additional supplies (we used beach towels) to help block the sun during nap time. And one of the bedrooms doesn't have a door (there is a folding partition), so we ended up putting our son's pack-and-play in the large closet (to block light and sound), which worked well for us but it may not be everyone's cup of tea. It's not necessarily baby-proofed for a crawling infant, but our son enjoyed looking at all the pictures on the walls. Overall, as a flexible, nature-loving family, we loved our stay and would highly recommend it!

Mill Valley, California, United States · Joined in September 2010
Abigail User ProfileAbigail is a superhost.

My mother Suki started doing Airbnb a number of years back and I am continuing it on. I enjoy getting to share what I feel is a very unique, beautiful piece of property with others. As well as getting the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting travelers that I would never otherwise cross paths with.

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