Beautiful historic home surrounded by gardens and nature. Originally built in 1903 as a summer retreat for Catholic women, you can still feel the serenity. Large 5 BD on 2 acres, in a beautifully-landscaped gated compound with old oaks and a redwood grove. Ideally located in central Marin, walking distance to charming small-town Kentfield, 30 min. from SF, 5 min. from Hwy 101 and 40 min from wine country. A very, very special home.
This is a magical property! The entire gated compound consists of the main house and two cottages, all built around the turn of the century, before the Golden Gate Bridge was built and Marin was accessible only by ferry. The main house was a retreat for Catholic women, both nuns and lay people, and its main living spaces were prayer rooms filled with pews. One cottage housed the Mother Superior, and a Stations of the Cross path wound through the woods behind the house. Half a century of prayer and meditation have left its impression - calm permeates the house and its surroundings.
The house is well-built and simple, light-filled and lovely, and surrounded by gardens, woodlands and redwood groves. It has loads of vintage charm: an old-fashioned front porch with swing, claw-foot bathtubs, a 1950's Wedgewood stove. It has two wood-burning fireplaces, a patio with outdoor fireplace, and a hot tub. It's been recently decorated with high-end furnishings.
This is a perfect house for a family vacation, friends reunion or even business retreat. There are so many happy places to gather: the large living and family rooms, the eat-in kitchen, the formal dining room (seats 12), the kitchen deck with dining overlooking the woodlands, the big patio with lounge furniture and outdoor fireplace, the front porch, the lawn, the hot tub. (It's not a good match, however, for parties, as there's parking for only 2 cars, and nearby street parking is very limited.)
The main house has 5 bedrooms and sleeps 8 comfortably in real beds. The bedrooms are: Master suite with king bed and full bathroom, guest suite with queen bed and half bathroom, twin bedroom with full bathroom, queen bedroom, queen bedroom. All beds are top-quality with good linens.
On the ground floor of the main house, with its own entrance, is a spacious one-bedroom in-law apartment that comfortably sleeps another 3, available at an extra charge of $120/night. Rent just the main house or both. This apartment brings an extra parking space. The entire house can comfortably sleep 11 people in proper beds!
Guests have access to everything: the main house, front lawn, hot tub, outdoor fireplace area, and woods behind the house. Parking for two guest cars included. Rental of the Garden Apartment adds another guest parking space.
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The owners may be staying in the cottages or the Garden unit on the property during the rental of the main house. Even so, please contact us via text, phone or email, for privacy.
Cats: The house comes with two sweet cats that tenants will be responsible for feeding twice a day.
Hot tub use limited to guests 12 and older, at their own risk. Leave hot tub covered whenever not in use. Hot tub is regularly maintained; however, Owners assume no responsibility for personal loss, injury, or illness of any kind which may result from use of the hot tub. Parents with children should be especially cautioned regarding hot tub use and agree to accept all responsibility for minors.
Additional housekeeping available during longer stays for $250/ session.
Booking adult must be min. 25 years old.
Fireplaces cannot be used on Marin "no burn" days. Guests must check the "Spare the Air" website to make sure there's not a Spare the Air alert for the north counties of the Bay Area before using fireplaces. Fines by the county up to $1000/ incidence apply for violations. "Spare the Air" days are common in summer, and neighbors do report.
8 people max can stay overnight. All guests to sleep in beds only, no couches or floors. Small gatherings allowed (and encouraged!), but please be respectful of the neighbors as this is a quiet neighborhood. No loud TV/ music/ noise after 10pm. Tenants that are asked more than once to quiet down, and don't to the owners'/ manager's satisfaction, will be asked to leave with no refund. Max. day guests 20 total allowed.
No pets allowed.
Eating only at tables please. Most of the furniture is new and we don't want spills!
Renters will be held responsible for the cost of stain removal on furnishings, which will be taken out of their deposit.
Absolutely no smoking, inside or out.
I am a native of Marin, and love everything about it! Hiking, beach barbecues on Muir Beach, Mountain Home Theater, burritos in the Mission, Fairfax Scoop, wine tasting in Napa... the list goes on and on.
I love Marin even more as I took a long detour from it. Our three children were born and raised in NYC, and I persuaded the family back here just last August of 2013. Quite the change, brownstone Brooklyn to nature-filled Marin! We love both but are so happy to have landed here.
I am an architect, an artist, and a stay-at-home Mom. I love yoga, hiking, hanging with the family, reading on the porch, and dinner with friends. Things I can't live without? I Love Lucy, girlfriend time, art, quiet, chocolate, my family. I'd love to see Morocco someday. I love independent films. My husband Sandy is a professional banjo player and teacher. We are a relaxed, creative family.
My motto? I guess it would be: "Don't sweat the small stuff."