Vacationhomerentals, Mill Valley,ca.

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5 Reviews

From $300 / night

Vacationhomerentals, Mill Valley,ca.
4 bedrooms
6 guests
7 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
Type: Home
Per night: $300
Per week: $2,100
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Mill Valley vacation home rental
Weekly rate $2100.00 for up to 4 guests. $30.00 per additional, per night for each additional guest up to 6 guests, (maximum of 6 guests). $100 discount for two week rentals.
There is a $50.00 deposit to hold reservations.We accept personal checks, money orders, bank transfer and PayPal.
We will e-mail more photos and information upon request. If you have tourist questions, I am more than happy to answer your question.
This is a well appointed, comfortable 1900 square foot single family home. The style is American/European country. There are 7 rooms with a separate guest cottage. There are three full bedrooms in the main house, (guest cottage with a twin bed is the fourth bedroom). All of the beds have cotton linens with feather beds and down comforters. There are no trundles or pull out beds...all real beds. The beds consist of 1 California King, 1 queen, 1 double and two twins. There is also a front room, full kitchen, garden room, and formal dining room and along with two baths. The house is spotlessly clean and maintained in excellent condition.
The property is private and fully fenced in. Outdoors there are two patios and a deck off of the master bedroom . There are rose and flower gardens on three sides of the house. There is gas grill in the garden. During the summer there are fresh tomatoes in the garden.
There are stores that are within walking distance, restaurants, cleaners, drugstore, etc.
There are three computers with DSL/high speed wireless and the inter-net available for use, or you can use our wireless, if you have your own laptop. There is also a printer available. There is a 47 inch LCD TV in the Front room, and a 42 inch Plasma TV in the Master bedroom and 22 inch LCD TV in one of the guest rooms. All with Dish High Definition programming, offering 250 channels.

When requesting information, or availability, please state the total amount of guests there will be, including adults and children. This home accommodates a maximum of 6 guests comfortably. Please let me know your arrival and departure dates.

Sonja Dohse

Area Information
The location is excellent to see the sights in the Bay Area.San Francisco is just a short 10 minute ride over the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. There is also excellent bus or ferry services to San Francisco, (these are breath taking ferry ride to the City). The Bus stop is two blocks away. Muir Woods Redwoods National Monument is 4 miles up the road. Pacific Ocean Beaches are 15 minutes away. Stinson Beach, a resort area on the Pacific is about a 25 minute drive up the coast. The Napa Wine Country and the Valley of the Moon Wine Country are 40 miles/40 minutes to the North. Sausalito is right next door. Point Reyes National seashore is a breath taking 1 hour ride up the coast.
Mill Valley sits on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais in beautiful
Marin County. Marin is mainly federal or state land, with several
wonderful areas dedicated to open space and outdoor activities.
There are miles of hiking trails, bike/mountain bike trails. From the trails that are on Mount Tamalpais, you have wonderful view of the whole Bay Area. Golden Gate National Recreation area is across the valley from us.
There are stores that are within walking distance, restaurants, cleaners, drugstore, etc. Go sight- seeing during the day and come home to a beautiful home in a very good neighborhood with lovely gardens. If you like the outdoors and still want to be right next door to San Francisco, this is the perfect locationand the Perfect Rental.

About the owner

Owner Profile

Sonja Dohse

Sonja Dohse

Sonja Dohse

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    We have been renting our home out since 1999 and we do our very best to be sure that our guests are happy. We are more than happy to help with travel question or any questions that come up....
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Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Nov 09 2016 Nov 09 2017 $300 $300 $2,100 - 1 Week
Lodging tax: included
Deposits: $50.00 deposit in order to hold reservations
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: Rental fees are all inclusive, no additonal charges for cleaning, etc. $500.00 fully refundable deposit.. $100.00 discount for two week rentals. The listed rates are for a party of 4. There is a $30.00 per night charge for each additional guest up to 6 guests.

Reviews (5)

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Mill Valley, California

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5 reviews
Stuart Finlayson

July vacation

Stuart Finlayson

Glasgow, Scotland

July vacation

July 14, 2016

We have recently moved on from our stay at Sonja and Rainer's lovely home in Mill valley. The location was very good and made it easy to get in and out of Sanfrancisco, which was only a 15 minute drive. The house was home from home, and was also a perfect base for Mill valley town and visits to Muir woods, Saucilito, Tiburon and Stinson beach. We were fortunate to be in town for July 4th and experience the local celebrations and colourful processions. There were many interesting and iconic places to visit whilst in Sanfrancisco, we particularly enjoyed visiting Alcatraz penitentiary as it was packed with historic knowledge of the islands heritage. For those that don't know, the weather is often changeable, so pack a sweater however travelling inland to other destinations such as Sonoma valley, offered unbroken warm sunshine. Sonoma town is worth a visit as its a wine haven for the connoisseur, and offers a variety of restaurants and diners with wine tasting in quirky back street taste houses. Sonja and Rainer were very helpful guiding us to the must see places and making our visit awesome. Thanks again we will have great memories of your home and Mill valley. Stuart, Louise and Daniel

Sonja Dohse

Owner's reply:

Dear Stuart and your Lovely Family,
Thank you so much for the great review of your stay at our rental! Also, for the information about your vacation in the Bay Area. It is always helpful for others that are planning their vacation. The Bay Area Weather is not always predictable. As Jack London the Author said, "The coldest winter that I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco".

Joanne Sklar

Warm and Cozy A Home Away From Home

Joanne Sklar

Laguna Beach California

Warm and Cozy A Home Away From Home

April 26, 2016

Thank you so much Sonja and Ranier For extending a warm welcome to you perfect home, it was a delight, to awake each and every morning to the sweet smell of the magnificent roses. They were taller than me! Your home was just perfect...... everything one could expect from the two of you. I will miss you dearly and will see you again in the fall. I will never....... look any further for my home away from home. Our vacation was a perfect 10 and then some. Location could not have been better..... close to everything San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Stinson Beach. The restaurants were wonderful WE WORRIED ABOUT THE WEATHER BUT IT WAS GREAT. What a charming home and most of all for me..... it was spotless clean! The gardens were spectacular !!!!! See you soon.... Joanne and Robert

Sonja Dohse

Owner's reply:

Dear Joanne and Robert,
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I was our pleasure to have you as guests! Thank you for leaving our home so nice and well taken care of. It has been so nice to develop a friendship with you. You are welcome back any time. Sonja and Rainer

Shelby Ross

Comfortable and centrally located.

Shelby Ross

Stillwater, in Upstate NY

Comfortable and centrally located.

November 21, 2015

We stayed in this lovely home the last week of October 2015. The home is very comfortable, and the surrounding gardens are beautiful. What struck us most is the homes fantastic location. Literally five minutes to Sausalito where you can pick up a ferry to San Francisco, shop, eat at many fine restaurants, and visit the Golden Gate bridge without the crowds. We were a 15 minute drive to Muir Woods (The drive is spectacular on a sunny day), 10 Minute drive to the Golden Gate vistas, and 30 minutes to Sonoma Valley wine country. Mill Valley has some really great shops and restaurants. We especially liked Piazza D'Angelo Italian restaurant. If/when you go you must try the Tortelloni Della Casa, fantastic. If you want a great Lunch/Brunch go to the DipSea. Two minutes from the house. Skip the toast and go for the homemade biscuits. The best corned beef hash I've ever had and fresh squeezed juices too! Actually everything there is great. The house completely suited our needs and while we didn't cook any meals the kitchen was very well stocked with everything needed. The owners Sonja and Rainer were wonderful hosts and provided lots of information on the area, how to get around and some tips on SF. We've actually become FB friends! This is the place to stay if you are visiting the Bay area! We'll be back.

Sonja Dohse

Owner's reply:

Dear Shelby,
Thank you so much for your great review and pointing out the benefits of staying in Mill Valley. I can see that you found some of the good restaurants that we have in Mill Valley. It has been our pleasure to have you as guests! You will always be welcome at our rental. Once again, thank ypu for leaving our house in such good order and so clean. Sierra sends a big woof to Shelby! It is nice to see what Shelby is doing on FB.
Sonja, Rainer and Sierra

james shepherd

happy with mill valley

james shepherd

cherry hill, new jersey usa

happy with mill valley

September 29, 2014

could not have been more satisfied,house was as stated,home owner was always helpful and responded quickly with answers to our questions.

Sonja Dohse

Owner's reply:

Dear Jim, Kathy and Friends,
Thank you so much for your positive review. It was really our pleasure to have you as our guests.
Best Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Vickie Goodale

Mill Valley Rental

Vickie Goodale


Mill Valley Rental

August 5, 2014

We enjoyed our time in this lovely home. The flowers in the gardens are beautiful and the the veggie abundant. Our teenagers loved the guest house and the chess game in the garden! It is close enough to the city, yet nice to be away from the traffic! Everything you will need is there and the owner is very helpful!

Sonja Dohse

Owner's reply:

Dear Vickie and Family,
Thank you very much for the wonderful review of our rental. We really appreciate that you have taken the time to post the review.
We try to do our best to accommodate our guests.
You are welcome back at any time
Best Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Owner Supplied Testimonials

October 13, 2013
Thank you very much for the use of your wonderful home. Great location and getting to the wedding venue in SF was very easy.
Comfortable beds, lovely gardens. Picked a few ripe tomatoes and put them in your refrigerator. We enjoyed our stay,

Review submitted: November 15, 2013
Thank you very much for the use of your wonderful home. Great location and getting to the wedding venue in SF was very easy.
Comfortable beds, lovely gardens. Picked a few ripe tomatoes and put them in your refrigerator. We enjoyed our stay,

Amazing Garden

Review submitted: November 26, 2013 Date of arrival: August 11, 2013

We have Enjoyed our first time stay in SF in this amazingly great place , It had plenty of rooms , clean , cozy and the Garden was the biggest joy you can spend hours just siting there enjoying the flowers and reading a book . Sonja and her husband were very helpful and friendly in every way too bad we didnt get to meet them .

I would really recommend this place for a family with Kids , the location is great close to Starbucks and all convenient stores . the area is Safe even for walks at night . We loved it .

Perfect family get away

Review submitted: November 10, 2013 Date of arrival: July 31, 2013

We rented this house as a base for our son's wedding. It is perfectly situated for a day trip up the mountain,into town or across the bridge to the City. Our main concern was our 90 year old mother and the bedding situation. All beds have good mattresses and wonderful linens. The house has a lovely well cared for flower and vegetable garden. We felt right at home. Sonja called the day after we arrived to make sure we found everything to our liking-And we did! We would definitely recommend this property.

The Perfect Rental

Review submitted: November 21, 2013 Date of arrival: September 4, 2013

We couldn't have been more delighted. The house was well equipped, well-maintained, a fabulous location, extremely clean and comfortable. We took the bus into the city instead of dealing with parking and traffic.
Sonja was a gem to deal with.
We will definitely return to this piece of heaven again.

wonderful home for visiting SF area

Review submitted: October 26, 2013 Date of arrival: June 6, 2013

We have now enjoyed two stays at Sonja and Rainer's home in Mill Valley--it is a great family home with great comfort and amenitites, close to the highway to easily get back and forth from San Francisco. We particularly enjoy all of the wonderful views of their garden and the many pretty places in the yard for sitting and visiting. The kitchen is modern and well equipped--we had 12 for dinner one night and sat around their great dining room table. We plan to stay at this wonderful home during our future visits to the SF area.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Great Location and Home

Review submitted: October 25, 2013 Date of arrival: September 16, 2013

Great location and home. I came down from Portland to San Francisco to have a knee surgery and found this home. We rented the home for the 10 days I needed to stay in SF post surgery. It was the perfect home to recoup in. Sonja has a beautiful garden that is so well maintained and the home was clean and so comfortable. We were also able to bring our pet, which helped us so much. I would highly recommend this home especially if you want to be close to the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito. You won't be disappointed. We will rent it again next year for my 1 yr. check up !!

Franklin Grove, Illinois

Review submitted: July 2, 2013 Date of arrival: June 19, 2013

I slept in the guest cottage for the Week of Jun 19th, 2013. It is a great little cottage. I was impressed with your gardening work ethic! You are gifted in making a welcoming home. Thanks for sharing.
Also, another guest from the same party wrote, "What a nice place! This will remain one of many good memories of this trip. I'll say hi to Eric next time I see him".

Evanston, Illinois. Second stay at this rental.

Review submitted: July 2, 2013 Date of arrival: June 11, 2013

Dear Sonja and Rainer
We had a wonderful stay again this year. Your home is so comfortable and beautiful. We enjoyed all of the special outdoor spaces you have. We did not get an opportunity to use the hot tub this year, but it was nice to know it was there if we found the time. We had 2 wonderful family meals in your dining room. We look forward to our next stay

Mill Valley Escape

Review submitted: April 4, 2013 Date of arrival: March 23, 2013

I absolutely loved this home. Our family vacationed here the week before Easter. We arrived very late in the evening, and my wife and I fell into a wonderful sleep on the luxurious master bed. Our 2 adult daughters each enjoyed their own bedrooms and the home and gardens were just as pictured. Full of charm and character which is why I refer to it as a home, not a house. You can tell that Sonja takes a great deal of pride in her decor. Very warm and inviting. Great place to come "home" to after the full days touring all the sights. Flat panel TVs, lots of room to spread out, private patio and side garden to read, relax and sunbathe, and a hot tub to unwind. SCORE!!

The home is clean, has a nicely appointed kitchen for cooking, and had lots of space for us to put our food from the grocery store, also very conveniently located. Bedrooms have lots of closet space for clothes, too.

Sonja was also eager to please! We phoned her several times at her suggestion to locate places of interest and for directions. This was very important to us since we had never been to the area before and didn't want to waste time relying only on GPS. Wonderful personal touch.

The residence is very centrally located. Muir Woods is a mere 4 miles down the road, Sausalito and Tiburon less than 10 minutes, and of course San Francisco a short 15 minute drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, or 25 minutes by ferry (which we took instead of the hassle of trying to find a place to park the car). And Napa Valley wine country was only a short 45 minute easy going drive. Also, I found very nice walking / bicycle paths just a couple blocks from the home. If you are a traveler who wants more than just the San Francisco scene, I would recommend this home to you. Again, I had never been to the area and was concerned that if I didn't stay in San Francisco that we would miss too much. Not so. We experienced plenty of what San Francisco had to offer. I prefer quaint, quiet small town Mill Valley vs. the noise of the city and this home was our refuge. And the city of Mill Valley offers its own charm as well! I am so glad we decided to rent a car for our trips, and that we found this home. Group tours are for someone else.

My only regret is that I could not meet our hosts. Would I rent it again? Absolutely!! Thank you, Sonja and Rainer, for time and money well spent.

Best-Kept Secret In Marin

Review submitted: November 5, 2012 Date of arrival: August 11, 2012

Our group of six friends enjoyed an incredible week at this Mill Valley home, with every night spent cooking in the kitchen and lounging in the hot tub. The gardens are beautifully kept, and surround all sides of the house. We found there was plenty of space for privacy if we wanted it, or for community when we wanted. The beds were comfortable, plenty of towels, etc. And the place was nice enough to feel like a vacation, but comfortable and relaxed enough to feel like home. The perfect combination. can't wait to come back. Also, the owners were easily accessible by phone if we had questions, but were not at all intrusive or uptight about our stay in their home. Highly recommend this home (but hate outing it and having to contend with the competition when we want to return!)

A perfect experience we would happily renew!

Review submitted: October 23, 2012 Date of arrival: August 23, 2012

This was the first time we rented a private home for our family vacation, and it was certainly one of the best experience we've ever had. The owners are very kind, the communication with them was easy and most pleasant. The house is perfectly located in Mill Valley, just a few minutes drive from famous Sausalito and only 20 minutes from San Francisco. Another great solution is to take the ferry from Larkspur or Sausalito to San Francisco and back. The house is lovely, very well appointed, there is everything you need! There is a lot of space. The gardens surrounding the house are wonderful, and if you are lucky enough there might be tomatoes, zucchinis and eggplants in the garden!
The large jacuzzi in the garden is definitely a plus.
There are great hiking opportunities in the neighborhood. Shopping for your food is easy with a Whole Foods and a Safeway nearby.
We wish we had stayed much longer in this wonderful property and we highly recommend it to visitors willing to discover the San Francisco area at their own pace, feeling at home!

Great home to rent!
Phyllou (Lockport,NY USA)
Review submitted: May 17, 2011 Date of arrival: March 8, 2011

What a wonderful home you have! We had such a good time visiting our family in Mill Valley. Your home was cozy, homey and perfect for our needs. We had everything we possibly needed, right down to shampoo and conditioner. The large dining room was perfect for family dinners and the kitchen was well-equipped to prepare them. My 89 year old mother had an easy time getting around and enjoyed her 1st floor bedroom. In early Spring the gardens were just beginning to bloom. They will be spectacular as the seasons change.
We would highly recommend this home for your visit to Marin County. We feel as though Sonja and Rainer are lifelong friends. They couldn't have been more accommodating!

Excellent place to stay for a San Francisco visit
ernop (Helsinki, Finland)
Review submitted: September 29, 2011 Date of arrival: July 10, 2011

Our visit to Mill Valley was most pleasant. The house was clean and all the facilities were in good shape. The owner took very good care of us and returned the deposit promptly. The house with a beautiful and peaceful garden is located in a nice and quiet neighborhood. That is amazing because there is only 10 minutes drive to San Francisco. Our kids loved the spa.

Wonderful vacation spot!
Mary K. ()
Review submitted: July 26, 2012 Date of arrival: July 17, 2012

This was a perfect house for a Bay Area vacation. The house is lovely and very comfortable, the gardens are spectacular, and the spa was the perfect way to end each day. The owners have given great attention to the details, and have created a very comfortable, home-away-from-home for those lucky enough to rent this house. The location was perfect-so many places to see and things to do, all within an hour's drive. Muir Woods is just down the road, Point Reyes National Seashore is only an hour away, Napa and Sonoma are also only an hours' drive, and the Ferry to San Francisco is a short 10-minute drive away. I highly recommend this rental!

Wonderful vacation home with great location
Ellen (Phoenix, AZ, USA)
Review submitted: June 9, 2012 Date of arrival: March 24, 2012

This was a great experience..Fabulous home with many amenities and great location, close to San Francisco..The home is lovely, comfortable and very homey. It has all the gadget you can want. I would recommend this home to all my friends.

Nora, Sweden
Review submitted: August 6, 2012 Date of arrival: June 18, 2012

We had a wonderful stay despite the bad weather during our first week, and it was so close to everything! We also enjoyed the barbeque in the back yard, nice! Thank you for sharing your house with us. Tre sma gummor skulle ga en gang pa mark-Naden uti Nora.

David from Berkeley, Ca., August, 17th, 2010

Thank you so much! The house is beautiful and the views were spectcular, making for a wonderful vacation.

Fabulous accomocations! Beautiful Gardens
Review submitted: July 30, 2010 Date of arrival: August 4, 2009

Excellent location to everything we wanted and needed to do. Expect a return visit

Date of arrival: August 8, 2009

We had a great vacation in this wonderful home. We had easy access to many San Fran. area attractions and visited Sonoma & Napa valleys. The owners were very accommodating, providing area brochures, internet service and a comfortable home with a huge hot tub to end our days.

Recommended for: age 55+, people with disabilities, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Date of arrival: July 30, 2009

Five years since the last visit and better than ever. We had a grand and wonderful trip...can't thank you enough

Date of arrival: August 18, 2009

Lovely house and gardens in a terrific location. Thank you for all the helpful literature about the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

Date of arrival: December 16, 2009

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and excellent accommodations. The Christmas decorations and nice roaring fire really made this a home away from home. The only thing missing was Sierra. The gardens were beautiful even though not fully in bloom. Will highly recommend and look forward to visiting in the future. Thank You!

Peter from New Zeland
Review submitted: July 30, 2010 Date of arrival: April 22, 2010

Thank you for organzing everything so well. We ejoyed staying in your home and being in San Francisco.

Great place to stay! Thanks for all of the info and great organization!

Joachim from Germany
Review submitted: July 30, 2010 Date of arrival: July 4, 2010

Thanks for sharing your beautiful house and garden with us. We love you roses. ...Wir haben uns heir sehr wohlgefuht und haben eine tolle zeit.

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