2 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

2 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

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About this listing

Really nice room in charming, vintage Westside home. Quiet, residential neighborhood, yet close to downtown. (5 minute drive, maybe 20 minute walk). Private entrance, through garden. Microwave, mini-fridge,coffeemaker, HEPA air purifier. Double bed super-comfortable. Futon and rocking chair available. TV & Internet. Bathroom with shower/ tub. Off-street parking. Abt 190 sq ft. I may be flexible re: the 2 night weekend minimum and re: dogs. Maybe! So, feel free to contact me with questions.


Cleaning Fee: £16
Weekly Discount: 10%


The space

Comfortable, nice and clean. The patio, by the garden, has table, chairs and chaise. Quiet and peaceful. This is a kid-friendly room and there's room in the backyard for kids to run around. The room is comfortable for two adults but I've had three and it's OK. It's pretty easy to add a child or two on the futon, which you can up-end during the day for more space.

I am calling this a studio apartment because it is a separate living space with private entrance and attached bathroom but it does not have an actual kitchen.

Guest access

This downstairs unit is self-contained, with microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, electric tea kettle and complementary snacks and waters. Tap water is potable and I provide bottled as well. There is no kitchen sink. Washer/drier are not in the unit itself, but are upstairs and we can easily work that out, if you need it.

Interaction with guests

Since you have your own, separate entrance, we can be private or interact - whatever works!

The neighbourhood

I'm on the Westside of Petaluma - the charming, Victorian and vintage part of town. It's a safe, quiet neighborhood, a pleasant walk from downtown Petaluma, about 10 blocks, and 3 blocks from a park. Downtown Petaluma is great - lots of coffee & wine, a wide range of
restaurants, shops and entertainment. There are farmer's markets, frequent street events and lots of antiques. There's a lot to do and see in Petaluma and nearby. I'm a little over an hour to San Francisco, about 40 minutes from the coast, about 30 minutes to the town of Sonoma and about 45 minutes to Napa. You can enjoy locally brewed beers here in Petaluma, find frequent outdoor music events, some free, throughout the summer, go wine tasting, have a mud bath and massage in Calistoga (about 45 minutes drive) or a bit closer, at Osmosis Spa in Freestone, go to free beaches at Russian River and visit mellow Guerneville. I have a few beach chairs and plenty of beach towels for your use. Petaluma is a nice, down-to-earth home base.

Getting around

You'll probably want a car. You can get taxis and Uber in Petaluma but there's not much public transportation.

Other things to note

I have a HEPA air purifier. Also, I indicated that there is computer work space - To clarify - there's a table and stool or chair but it isn't an office chair and "real" desk. It's OK for average computer-time but you probably wouldn't write a novel here!

You're welcome to bring your child or two or extra adult(s). I have a couple futons. My cats are indoor only and restricted to my house but may have occasionally dashed into the guest room. P.S. My daughter is in my profile picture but she doesn't live here; you've got her "old" room. I've indicated a 3 PM check-in and a noon check-out but I'm flexible and will work with your schedule. You can arrive late at night with no problem. Also, please park in "your" parking space - in the driveway. Thanks!

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

I might be flexible about the pet. I did allow a small dog once and it was fine...I also might allow a party - it depends....Talk to me!

I don't do "instant booking" - not because I want to pre-approve you but because I might be away from the house at the time someone books or the room might not be perfectly ready without notice. I do respond asap to all requests and late check-ins are OK!

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) lives in the house



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

78 Reviews

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Elizabeth User Profile
April 2017
I definitely recommend this is you are traveling to Petaluma! Marilyn thought of everything in this space. Very easy to find and walk downtown. We stayed in April when it seemed all the flowers in the neighborhood were blooming, so we loved walking around and enjoying the sights and smells. We walked over to Acre coffee and got breakfast to enjoy sitting in the backyard. The bed was super comfy and inviting! I even took a nap while there after going on a hike at Point Reyes, which I rarely ever do! Check in was easy, which was great since we got in later since we stopped at Lagunitas and grabbed dinner on the way in to town. I did not see Marilyn while there, but my boyfriend ran into her, and she had some great recommendations on places to eat. Flowers in room, super nice soap, snacks, and brochures galore provided such nice touches! I felt very grateful how much thought seemed to be put into setting up the room and thought the place was such a good home base for our trip. Cheers!
Marilyn User ProfileMarilyn is a superhost.
Response from Marilyn:
Hi Elizabeth, Thanks so much for taking the time and writing such a sweet review! I'm glad you and Andrew had a good time! Come back anytime!
April 2017

Shirin User Profile
April 2017
Lovely place, very quiet and nice comfy bed. Marylin is a great host, accommodating and communicative. Thank you!
Marilyn User ProfileMarilyn is a superhost.
Response from Marilyn:
Thanks for taking the time and writing such a nice review. Come back anytime!
April 2017

Habib User Profile
April 2017
This room is in a basement and has a mild odor of mildew that goes along with that situation. It's not a deal breaker unless you're sensitive to mildew. The bed was reasonably comfortable, and there was a single soft chair to sit in. With two people relaxing in the room one will pretty much always be on the bed. The bathroom was adequate, though the extremely low-flow shower head didn't make for a satisfying bathing experience. An in-room electric hot water kettle and provided tea bags were a nice touch, as was the provided air purifier. The host was friendly and very responsive when we encountered a mysterious odor issue. On the topic of odors, it's worth noting that the room connects (via a lockable door) to the owner's kitchen and cooking smells seemed to come into the unit unimpeded.

Jan User Profile
April 2017
Sweet space in a nice neighborhood with a lots of different architectural styles. Quite and private area. Marilyn showed great hospitality which included insisting on returning my charger when she called me to tell me I had left it behind.
Marilyn User ProfileMarilyn is a superhost.
Response from Marilyn:
Thanks for taking the time and writing such a nice review! I'll get the charger in the mail tomorrow - I promise! Thanks again for staying here. I hope to see you again!
April 2017

Kari User ProfileKari is a superhost.
March 2017
Marilyn's place was very quiet. I really liked the private entrance and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was clean and well equipped with hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner and lotion( which was great because I forgot to pack al of those items! ) I also appreciated the coffeemaker in the morning. Marilyn quickly responded to any questions I had. Thank you for a very pleasant stay! Kari

Jessica User Profile
March 2017
Location was great, walking distance to downtown Petaluma (as long as you don't mind a little uphill on the way back) easy check in and the bed was super comfy!

Sam User Profile
March 2017
Great stay. Very friendly. Would recommend. Would stay again.

Petaluma, California, United States · Joined in March 2015
Marilyn User ProfileMarilyn is a superhost.

Hi - I'm a single woman, retired, adventurous. As a guest, I'll be quiet, easy, clean and honest. No worries! As a host, I'm friendly as well as private. You'll have your space, as you want it, and interaction as we feel it. I've been lucky and have traveled to lots of places, most recently to India, where I did volunteer work with children. It was a great way to travel and get more involved with local culture than you usually can, as a tourist. I loved it!

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