Mill Valley Garden Cottage

House - Entire home/apt · Holly St, Mill Valley, CA 94941, United States
Your host, Cynthia
65 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

Please note: We have a 2-night minimum on weekends.

Available for short term rentals, this lovely stand alone cottage is located in the Homestead Valley neighborhood of Mill Valley. Sunny and quiet, just steps from gorgeous hiking paths and one mile from idyllic downtown Mill Valley. 500 square foot cottage includes a private bedroom with one double bed and one single bed; small kitchenette with stove, refrigerator, toaster, microwave and coffee maker; 3/4 bath with shower. Private entrance, parking for one car. Cable TV, DVD player, WI-FI on request (this is a secure connection, you must request the password for access). Ideal for two people, but will accommodate up to four (rate increases with each additional guest) using the fold out sofa bed in the living area.

Easy access to Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes and the entire Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Take the ferry into San Francisco from nearby Sausalito or Tiburon. Or drive in over the scenic Golden Gate Bridge. We are just 15 minutes by car from Downtown San Francisco.

Short term stays only; maximum number of nights is 7. A $75 cleaning fee applies to stays of 7 nights or longer.
Absolutely no pets, indoors or out. Please don't ask, we simply cannot offer any exceptions whatsoever to this rule.

Other Things to Note

We have a two night minimum on weekends.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • We had originally looked for hotels in the Sausalito/Mill Valley area just for the night of the 4th of July, but all the hotels required us staying 2 nights. So that made finding Cynthia's place on Airbnb even better. Her cottage was great, and the restaurant and even fireworks recommendations were also just as great. BTW for future visitors, Super Duper was a delicious hamburger place (and lower cost too!) that was only a couple of miles away from Cynthia's place.

    Would definitely stay again if we find ourselves back in the area.

    July 2014
  • Staying at the Garden Cottage was a dream and exactly what I was looking for. The pictures are very accurate, so it was what I expected. The cottage is behind the owners' main home, and its entrance is around the corner from the front of the their house. Cynthia sent me instructions on finding it and parking, but she and her husband were also on their porch when I arrived and happily directed me. The cottage is located on a tiny verdant dead-end street, and it was clean, bright, charming, and peaceful. The large French doors of the main room opened into the shared back yard, which was lovely and sunny. The hosts had left me a personalized letter with instructions on contacting them if I needed anything but specified their intention to be otherwise invisible and unobtrusive. As a woman on my own, I did feel safer knowing they were about 30 feet away while I was staying there. They also left a binder with house instructions and an enormous amount of helpful local information, recommendations, and newspaper/magazine clippings. The place had everything I needed: shampoo and conditioner, a mini fridge, silverware and dishes, TV with cable, extra blankets. Downtown Mill Valley is very close and adorable with a Whole Foods and many restaurants and shops. I would love to stay here again and hope to return.

    June 2014
  • Cynthia's cottage was everything I thought it would be & more. The cottage is
    so charming & looks exactly like the pictures. We only stayed one night, but would definately stay at the cottage again when we visit the San Francisco area. Enjoyed watching the Roosters!

    June 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    An earlier "check in" would mean an earlier "check out," so that we have enough time between reservations to prepare the cottage for the next guest. As we've found most of our guests prefer to linger in the morning before departing, as opposed to arriving earlier in the afternoon, we have set our check in time to 4pm.

    June 2014
  • It was great staying at Cynthia's cottage. Very charming and clean, amazing location minutes away from downtown Mill Valley. Will def stay again.

    June 2014
  • The Garden Cottage is well-kept, full of light, and absolutely charming, a perfect spot for a cosy weekend in Mill Valley. Every reasonable amenity is provided for, and Cynthia is an accommodating (and discreet) host. Couldn't ask for anything more.

    June 2014
  • Cynthia's cottage was just as adorable as the photos shown here. I loved waking up to bird songs and a view of beautiful trees. We left the car parked at the cottage and walked everywhere. What a great vacation!

    May 2014
  • Great spot to stop for a few days - beautifully decorated, excellent location and well appointed. Thanks

    May 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay at the cottage. It was immaculate and charming! I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a clean comfortable place to stay while in the Marin area. It's very close to some great restaurants and shopping. Cynthia (the host) was incredibly nice, considerate and extremely helpful! I would absolutely stay here again!


    May 2014
  • Lovely place in a quiet neighborhood, very conveniently located close to Mt. Tamalpais and Stinson Beach. Had everything we needed, and we enjoyed being able to really relax here after a long day of exploring the area. It was great not to have to hop back on the road again and cross the bridge into San Francisco (where we stayed the rest of our trip). Really appreciated Cynthia's recommendations for food in the area. We tried Joe's Taco Lounge (a short walk away) and loved it!

    May 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Hi Leigh Anne,
    You are so right about keeping arrival info via airbnb communications! I started doing exactly that. Actually before you arrived, but AFTER you had made your reservation and I had sent info via email. I found that I myself was forgetting if I had sent an email or not, and as you know it can be challenging to find an old email! I keep everything in the online thread now. So much easier for everyone to find! I am glad you liked the cottage, and Joe's I hope you'll come back for a future stay.
    Best regards,

    May 2014
  • The Garden Cottage was just what we were looking for in a relaxing weekend getaway. We especially appreciated the delicious tea, comfy beds, cleanliness, and great location. It was a 5 minute drive to the cute Mill Valley downtown and about a 15 minute drive to Tiburon. I look forward to staying there again the next time I’m in the area.

    May 2014
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