Queen size bed with a very plush Keetsa mattress
Bright Garden Studio Near Central San Rafael
Hosted by Marian
Marian is the host.Marian is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
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*Please read our whole listing! This place has a few quirks.*

Our cottage is darling—recently re-done, with gorgeous floors and bright skylights. It sits in our back garden, complete with pear, apple and plum trees. It's a 5 min drive (15 min walk) to downtown San Rafael and Hwy 101, where you can get into San Francisco in under 30 minutes. This is a great home base if you want to experience everything NorCal has to offer—from cycling trails to vineyards to beaches.

The space

This little unit is magic. The photos really don't do it justice. Everything is brand new—the floors, the fresh paint—and it's truly stunning. The light pours in from the main skylights, and you can open the door and let the fresh air in. The garden is our pride and joy and we're constantly out there enjoying the trees, the birds, and the sounds of the creek. It's a super quiet neighborhood, perfect for writers, students, grannies, commuters... Really, I wish we lived there.

This is, however, our home. We're on the property often. We will give you tons of privacy, and there are blinds on all the windows. But I (Marian) work from home so you will see me (and the dog) out and about. Come May, there will also be an infant on the property. You'll be far enough away that you won't hear the baby, but this is a family house. You've been warned.


1) There is no real kitchen! We've provided a Nespresso coffee maker, microwave and mini fridge, plus cutlery and a few dishes. However, there is no sink (other than in the bathroom) and no stove/oven.

2) We have a dog. This is our home and the backyard is our happy place. You will see us and Homer (our 3-year-old Samoyed) puttering around. Homer is not allowed in the unit, but if you are allergic or generally not fond of dogs, this is not the place for you.

3) The bathroom is older than the rest of the unit and the door is not particularly.... sound-proof. (There used to be only a curtain there, so we're going to call this a win).

4) AT&T has limited reception in our neighborhood (Sun Valley).

Guest access

You'll have access to our entire garden, from the fire pit to the reading bench under the pear tree.

Just let us know if you want to use the fire pit and we'll get you some wood.

For travelers staying more than one week, we'll happily give you access to our washer/dryer in the main house.

Interaction with guests

We live on the property and will be happy to help with anything you need.

Other things to note

Parking is super easy in our neighborhood. Since we live in the suburbs there's plenty of street parking and there's no permit required. There's almost always a space right in front of our house!

Family/Kid Friendly
Wireless Internet

Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee £35
Weekly Discount: 11%
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

Okay with dogs? There's a 3-year-old samoyed on the property and you will most definitely see him hanging around.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

3 nights minimum stay

20 Reviews

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Tom User Profile
August 2017
10/10 very comfortable and private cottage!

Daria User Profile
August 2017
After my last trip to San Francisco I decided to never back to this place. I don't like anything except Golden Gate in this town. But I had to back.. We decide to stay outside SF in San Rafael and it was the best decision! SR is really beautiful, totally different than SF! Clean, fresh air, nice people, fantastic restaurants and wonderful views!! I'm in love Place where we stayed in Marian and Elliot house was just fantastic! Really clean, beautiful and has everything what you need. I loved everything, especially bed and pillows. We came from Europe but I didn't have jetlag in this bed Near by you can find a lot of restaurants with good food, really good! Busses to SF are cheap and traveling takes only 30 minutes. Uber is also easy to use. I'm recommending this place to all my friends and for sure I will back there!!

Johannes User Profile
August 2017
Marian was a great and lovely host. The communication was very easy and she had some great advises for exploring the surroundings. Also the guide to find the apartment was Very detailed so there was no miss, even in the middle of the night. We had some awesome das at Marians apartment and enjoyed exploring San Francisco and the Bay area. Thank you so much!

Naomi User Profile
July 2017
Marian's place was incredibly clean comfortable place to stay while I was in town working. It was a great location near downtown San Rafael. I would definitely stay there again.

Layla User Profile
July 2017
We loved staying at Marians place! The little suite was super cute and convenient for us. We had a car so it was nice to be able to drive into the city and explore around San Rafael as well. Marian and Elliott we so kind to us, We chatted with them one night around the fire about some hikes and sites to see around the area, they had some great recommendations for us! Thanks again for having us!!

Sean User Profile
July 2017
We had a great stay at Marian's guest house! The location was great - in a cute neighborhood in San Rafael with great flowers and landscaping, within walking or biking distance to downtown restaurants, and with ample free parking on the street. The guest house itself was bright and spacious, in the backyard surrounded by flowers and trees, with a big bathroom, great bed, and nice amenities (ironing board, Nespresso, mini-fridge, beer/water, etc.). The skylights and colorful decorative touches made the whole place feel warm and welcoming, and we enjoyed the fresh plums from Marian's backyard tree! We are also pet people, so we absolutely loved getting to play with Marian's sweet dog Homer - we called to him in the yard to get him to play with us, and he was so well-behaved and super friendly! As a note for folks who don't like pets so much, don't worry - Marian was very aware and offered to keep Homer out of our hair (we just didn't take her up on it because we wanted to play!). Communication, check-in, and check-out were a breeze, and we enjoyed meeting Marian and her family, who were all very warm and welcoming. We look forward to returning!

Christina User Profile
July 2017
We had a lovely stay--the cottage is quiet and private and everything we needed for our stay was well supplied--Nepresso for the coffee, drinks in the fridge, a powerful microwave, a super-clean bathroom and a comfortable bed. Marian was an exemplary host who was easy to communicate with and who welcomed us, but one who also allowed us to enjoy the peace and quiet of her home and neighborhood. We had a wonderful meal at the taqueria she recommended as well.

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San Francisco, California, United StatesJoined in August 2011
Marian User ProfileMarian is a superhost.

I'm a 30-year-old writer living in San Rafael, CA. I spent 10 years traveling the world before settling down in California with my husband, dog and new baby. Among the places I've lived: New Zealand, England, Spain and Germany.

I tell bad jokes, laugh loudly and hug often. I'm big into genuine positivity, sharing cultural experiences and cooking yummy food and swapping recipes from around the world.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

About the home

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