Pirate Shack on the Sea, Bolinas

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Elm and Ocean Parkway, Bolinas, CA 94924, United States

A secluded and private stand-alone shack, nestled on the bluff, overlooking Duxbury reef. No street address, and reached only by walking a path along the bluff, this little hideout offers up a most romantic stay, rustic, yet with luxurious details.

Your host, Anna
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A secluded and private stand-alone shack, nestled on the bluff, overlooking Duxbury reef. No street address, and reached only by walking a path along the bluff, this little hideout offers up a most romantic stay, rustic, yet with luxurious details.

The Space

Secluded, rustic and private cottage, at Agate Beach area of Bolinas. Oceanfront deck, and outdoor shower in a little nook below, looking to the sea.

Cottage is brick-floored, two leveled- with the bathroom attached to cottage, a few steps away from main entrance. Deck entrance level has a sitting area, with a couch/daybed that can be converted to a cushy and comfortable extra single bed, if needed; and a dining area, with antique wooden table and chairs.

Though without a "true" kitchen (no stove), cottage has a small fridge, microwave, toaster, electric water kettle, several types of coffee makers, and is stocked with kitchen basics, gourmet coffee & teas, etc. Also a BBQ for guests to use. Perfect for a long weekend stay.

Upper area, with full sea view, has an antique queen -size sleigh bed, with luxurious linens, down duvets.
Hibiscus, jasmine and bouganvilla grow indoors, in planters. Honeysuckle entwines its way from the tree outside, blooming around the canopied bed. General aesthetic is Caribbean Bungalow.

A beautiful wood stove fireplace keeps the place cozy, warm and romantic. There are also a couple of small radiant oil burning heaters that work well, and can move around, should guests not need/want the fire. There is also an electric blanket on the bed, so you can stay cozy.

I should add that the place gets quite warm in the day, even with a bit of sun -it's like a greenhouse that way- only late at night or early morning it can be chilly. The cottage does rent year-round, and guests have always been comfortable.

Outdoors is a deck, large lawn, gardens, and private path to Agate beach. Absolute privacy, seclusion, and sublime oceanfront setting. Yet cottage is only minutes from downtown Bolinas, with shops, restaurant, museum/gallery, organic grocery, and beautiful hiking trails right outside your door.

Perfect for writers and romantics, this little pirate shack sits on one of the most glorious and romantic spots, in the Gulf of the Farallones. Take walks in fresh ocean air, fall asleep to the sounds of the sea. Feel a million miles away from it all.

Rate posted is nightly: Two night stays have priority, but are not mandatory.

Other Things to Note

For restaurant /eating:
Downtown Bolinas has the Coast Cafe (our only restaurant!), closed on Mondays. There is also the Bolinas Market, with a deli, and the People's Store, organic grocery, both close early- 7PM and 6:30, respectively...good to know if you need provisions!
Nearby Stinson Beach (five miles from Bolinas, along the lagoon) has more dining options- I like the Parkside Cafe and the Sand Dollar. Venturing to Pt. Reyes, up highway One, there are many restaurants, -it's nice to get gourmet goodies from Cowgirl Creamery for a picnic or bring back to the cottage to enjoy.
Other ideas: Continuing up highway One, for hiking and beach jaunts, past the town of Pt. Reyes, it's also nice to sit overlooking Tomales Bay and enjoy fresh oysters, (bring a nice bottle of wine), from any of the little spots you'll drive right by, along the road, like Tamales Bay Oyster Co. or Hog Island, in Marshall, or the best, Drake's Bay Oyster Co.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 2:00 PM
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • This is a really special place - highly recommend. Anna was incredibly warm and welcoming. The view is spectacular and the shack is really cozy. Loved showering with a view of the ocean! We were perfectly warm at night with a fire going - also had space heaters if we needed them. Bed was comfortable and piled high with blankets and comforters just in case it was chilly. Bathroom is rustic but totally fine. We wish we had stayed two nights!

    July 2014
  • The Pirate Shack is one of the most unique listings I've ever stayed in! It's great for a weekend getaway if you would like some privacy and an incredible view. The amenities are simple and the experience is stress free. I would highly recommend the Pirate Shack to friends/family and I will definitely go back.

    Outdoor Shower
    Dog Friendly
    Wood burning stove

    July 2014
  • Spectacular and unique. Only caveat, make sure to review the quirks in accessibility and amenities.

    July 2014
  • Nice quiet place. It was very relaxing, just what we were looking for. The views are spectacular. The outside shower is a cool touch.

    July 2014
  • We booked the Pirate Shack for our honeymoon on the recommendation of friends. Everything about the experience exceeded expectations- beautiful 'shack', fantastic spot on the bluff, etc. Anna was super helpful, and Bolinas and surroundings are amazing. Couldn't be happier.

    June 2014
  • The location can't be beat - sound of the waves, birds riding updrafts, and beautiful sunsets. The Shack is as advertised - romantic, quirky, cozy and quite comfortable. My only complaint was that we didn't meet a pirate.

    June 2014
  • We had a relaxing time at the Pirate Shack. The view is unforgettable. We enjoyed the privacy and quiet of this location. However, make sure you read the whole description. I skimmed the listing, loved it, and reserved it, but upon arriving, took a few minutes to adjust to the outdoor shower and powder room attached to the shack. There's also a bit of a walk from the parking lot. Again, not insurmountable details, but good to know if you have any mobility issues, etc. Anna very kindly gave us step-by-step directions to the parking lot even though I think they are actually online. Thanks, Anna, for your patience!

    June 2014
  • Anna was a great host. While I didn't meet her in-person, she was very responsive and helpful in planning out my short trip.

    The Pirate Shack has a breathtaking view, is very comfortable and quaint. To go along with the views, there are some wonderful trails nearby that open up to more nice views!

    Thanks for a great stay Anna!

    June 2014
  • Five Stars! Just a fabulous weekend - the location could not have been better - right on the edge of the mesa in Bolinas - looking right over the Duxbury Reef.
    Anna was responsive in ensuring that we were set up and ready to enjoy our weekend retreat! I have not felt so relaxed and so calm as I did in those 2 days.
    The outdoor shower, the lounging couch out in the yard, sitting on the deck just staring out to sea ...
    What you see in the pictures and description is what you get - a Magical experience!
    The Pirate Shack is so cool and fun to stay - we will be back in the fall!

    June 2014
  • Very cool, secluded spot!

    June 2014
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