The Perfect Mill Valley Rental, 10 min. N. of San Francisco


Home Description



We can be contacted directly by cell/text 415 847-6253.   E-mail [email protected]

The rental fee is $295.00 per person per night for 4 guests. The is a $30.00 per night charge for for each addtional guest up to 6 guests.

Marin county charges a 10% transent occupancy tax.

The house is spacious, cozy and comfortable. There are seven room, plus a
small one room guest cottage which is without bath. The guest cottage has a
twin bed, and is about 20 feet from the main house. It is without bath and is mainly for warm weather use.
The main house has seven rooms. There is a front room, formal dining room, garden room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and two
bathrooms. The Master bedroom, (King size bed, with white coverlet), and
Master bath are upstairs, while all of the other rooms are on the first level. One of the guest rooms has a double bed,
(white iron bed), and the other has a queen bed, (black iron bed) All of the beds are regular bed, (no trundles, etc.),
There are gardens on three sides of the house, two with patios. 
There is a computer with DSL/wireless available for use. If you have your
Own laptop w/wireless, you may tap into our wireless DSL. There is a large 55 inch smart TV with Netflix in the 
front room and a 42 in HD Plasma TV in the master bedroom and regular TV in one of the guest rooms.  We have Dish High Definition Television with 250 channels and Netfix.The Little house has Roku Television.   T

About The Area

This is a residentail neighborhood in a very safe area.  The property is fully fenced in. There are several shops within walking distance. There is a Walgreens, Starbucks Coffee shop, Whole Earth Market with an outdoor patio, some small restaurants, a bicycle shop, a beauty and nail salon, along with other small shops.

  There is a bus stop two blocks from the house.  We have an excellent location for sightseeing in the Bay Area . There is
excellent Ferry service from Larkspur to downtown San Francisco and from
Sausalito to Fisherman's Wharf. The Ferry rides are like a sightseeing tour
and it is a beautiful sight to approach San Francisco from the Bay. On the
ferry from Larkspur, you are able to see all three bridges and the ferry
passes by Angel Island and Alcatraz. The Larkspur ferry brings you to
downtown San Francisco and the financial district, Union Square, the cable
cars, the Embarcadero, the financial district, etc., are all within walking
distance or you can get a free transfer and take the street cars. The
Sausalito Ferry, takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 41,which is right next door to the
Alcatraz Ferry and Pier 39 is just one pier over, (Pier 39 is where the Sea Lions and
entertainment/shops/restaurants are). There is also a Golden Gate transit
stop two blocks from our house. Sausalito is right next door to Mill Valley.
Muir woods if 4 miles up the road from us. Pacific Ocean Beaches are 15
minutes away. Stinson Beach, a very quaint seaside village is 30 minutes
away. The California Wine Country is 40 miles/40 minutes to the North. Point
Reyes National Sea Shore is a beautiful one hour drive up the coast.
Marin County is a beautiful area, with vast areas dedicated to open space,
that have extensive hiking and biking trails. From the trails that are on Mount
Tamalpias, you have wonderful view of the whole Bay Area. Golden Gate National
Recreation area is across the valley from us. If you like the outdoors and still
want to be right next door to San Francisco, this is the perfect location. Golden Gate National Recreation. area is across the valley from us

House Rules

No large gatherings or parties.  We are very respecful of our neighborhood.


Families, couples and individuals.


Room Details

Sleeping Arrangements

  • Master Bedroom 1 King

  • Guest Room 1 1 Queen

  • Guest Room 2 1 Double

  • Separate Guest cottage about 20 feet from main hou 1 Single

  • Garden room 1 Single

Bathroom Arrangements

  • Master BathroomFull

  • Downstairs bath with shower and tub.Full

Calendar Last updated May 16, 2019
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Maison agréable et localisation parfaite 301 Dolan Avenue, Mill Valley, CA, 94941, (Nice house and

Nous avons particulièrement apprécié notre séjour dans cette maison très spacieuse, propre et bien équipée (électroménager de qualité, lits très confortables). Rien ne manque. Le jardin autour de la maison est ravissant. Les propriétaires sont remarquablement prévenants : nous avons reçu beaucoup d'informations avant notre arrivée, ils se sont souciés de notre bonne installation et que nous ne manquions de rien pendant notre séjour et la restitution de la caution est très rapide. Sonja est une personne très avenante et très soucieuse du bien-être de ses hôtes. Nous la remercions très chaleureusement de nous avoir confié son "home sweet home" pendant une semaine. Pour terminer, la localisation de la maison est parfaite : il faut effectivement à peine 15 mn pour atteindre le Golden Gate que nous avions donc le plaisir d'admirer presque chaque jour. Nous avons trouvé la circulation dans San Francisco très facile. La région de Marin County est également très attrayante et ne manque pas de lieux de visite. Une location que nous recommandons sans réserve. My Response Dear Matthieu and Family, Thank you so much for your wonderful review and choosing our rental to stay at when you were in the Bay Area. We really enjoy having visitors from Europe and other countries. Thank you for leaving our, "Maison", so clean taking care of it as if it were your own. You were really the perfect family. We would have like to met you...perhaps another time another place. You are always welcome back if you come to the Bay area Again. I am taking the liberty of translating your review to English and adding it to my reply. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer. Nice house and perfect location ★★★★★ We particularly enjoyed our stay in this very spacious house, clean and well equipped (quality appliances, very comfortable beds). Nothing is missing. The garden around the house is lovely. The owners are remarkably considerate: we received a lot of information before our arrival, they were concerned about our good installation and we did not miss anything during our stay and the return of the deposit is very fast. Sonja is a very pleasant person and very concerned about the well-being of her guests. We thank her very warmly for having entrusted us with her "home sweet home" for a week. Finally, the location of the house is perfect: it takes just 15 minutes to reach the Golden Gate so we had the pleasure to admire almost every day. We found the traffic in San Francisco very easy. The Marin County area is also very attractive and has plenty of places to visit. A rental that we recommend without reservation

Visited on "April - 2018

The perfect Mill Valley Rental

Charming comfortable home centrally located owners are really nice people Rent this property you will be glad you did. Beautiful gardens greet you and it is quiet and relaxing. You will fall in love with mill valley and all it offers Submitted: May 25, 2018 | Stayed: May 2018

Visited on "May - 2018

Convenient to San Francisco and Points North

Our family of five had a wonderful stay at 301 Dolan. The home is lovely, clean, and well maintained with a beautiful walled garden. The well equipped kitchen, a nearby grocery store, and backyard grill allowed us to comfortably entertain our San Francisco daughter and ourLaguna Beach daughter and her two children as well. The home is conveniently located for quick access to San Francisco as well as points north. Our family enjoyed visits to Mier Woods, Point Reyes, and Sonoma wineries. Our son kite surfed under the Golden Gate Bridge and we all enjoyed trips to Lands End and Chinatown, and shopping and eating in the Pacific Heights neighborhood where our daughter lives. Our hostess, Sonja, took care of our every need. My Response Dear Bette and Family, We appreciate the wonderful review of our home.Thank you for being such perfect guests and taking such good care of our home. Also, thank you for pointing out the close proximity to San Francisco and to other point of interest in the Bay Area. Surf kiting under the Golden Gate has to be exciting!! You and your Family are always welcome at our rental. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "March - 2018

A Most Charming Home in Mill Valley, CA

We had the most wonderful 7 days at The Perfect Mill Valley Rental. The home is very welcoming and we were provided with all of the amenities we could ask for. It's the perfect location for day trips to the wine country and all of the attractions that San Francisco has to offer . The owners left plenty of brochures to help us make decisions on what to do on any given day.They even left us their discount card so that we could save money at the supermarket and kept in touch with us to make sure we had everything we needed. Overall, I would say that I would highly recommend spending your vacation in this lovingly cared for home. My Response Dear Debbie and Guests, The pleasure was all our! Rainer and I are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our rental. Thank you for leaving everything so nice and in order. You are welcome back anytime in the future. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "October - 2017

Fantastic stay! Ideal location - super nice owners!

Our family, consisting of two teenagers and my inlaws, had a WONDERFUL time staying at Sonja's home. Her Mill Valley home is a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is beautifully decorated, comfortable with lots of room for all six of us to spread out. Ideal location to run into the city for the day, go to the Muir Woods, Russian River, explore Marin, or just relax and enjoy the peaceful/tranquil home. We are SO happy we stayed at Sonja's home. Might I add, finding a place that pleased my in-laws (in their 80s) AND pleased two teenage kids (ages 17 and 19) is no easy feat! Her home hit the mark for all of us! We hope to return again! I almost forgot - Sonja was super attentive and easy to work with! My Response Dear Lynette, Thank you so much for your kind review. It means a lot to us that you and your family enjoyed your stay at our rental. We try our best to be sure that people feel at home and are comfortable. Also, thank you for pointing out how convenient we are to sights in the Bay Area. You and your family are welcome back any time! Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "September - 2017

Perfect Family Vacation in Mill Valley

Dear Sonja and Rainer, Thank you do much for sharing your lovely home with us this week. We did so much from whale watching to Muir Woods, to Napa and Sonoma all that San Francisco has to offer. We loved the comfort of you beautiful space and found the people to be amazingly friendly and kind. Everyone of us said we would love to come back and see more. I hope all of your guests are as happy as we are that we came here . Jeff & Maggie Martin My Response Dear Maggie and Jeff, Thank you so much for your nice review of our rental and the area. Also, thanks for being such great guests. When we returned home, my husband and I said that the house looked almost the same as when we are welcome back any time. Warm regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "August - 2017

Great home in great location

My wife and I and three children were very comfortable in this home for the week. Sonja was easy to work with, and very helpful with sending suggestions for things to see and do during our trip. Beds were comfortable with plenty of sleeping options. Great location in Mill Valley with very good restaurants and walk to grocery, diner, and coffee options. You will be pleased you picked this home. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers. My Response Dear Joe and Family, You all were wonderful guests!! Thank you for pointing out the comforts and different sleeping scenarios of our home. You and your Family are welcome back anytime. Best Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "July - 2018

Great location in San Francisco Bay area.

301 Dolan Avenue, Mill Valley, CA, 94941, United States Date of Stay Jun 30, 2017 Helpful votes: 0/0 Our family enjoyed staying in your comfortable home. We loved the gardens and patio areas. It was so nice to come home after a long day of sightseeing to be able to relax outside while listening to the fountains. Your home was very inviting and comfortable. Having the comforts of home was important to us and your home fulfilled that. We all loved our beds and the space to roam. We were centrally located to many attractions. Loved downtown Mill Valley and Sausalito. Short drive to the big city was convenient. We also enjoyed listening to some local music from your patio from a local place across the road on Friday night. Your place was a Great find for us. Thanks for opening your home to us and for being so attentive to all our questions. Your recommendations were very much appreciated. My Response Dear Janet and Family, Thank you for your wonderful review of our rental and the area that we live in. You and your family were just the, "Perfect guests", for our, "Perfect Mill Valley rental". Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "June - 2017

Home away from home.

The house, surrounded by beautiful gardens, is very inviting and cozy. Upon arrival we felt ourselves instantly relaxing. We chose to have our breakfasts outside where we could enjoy all the flowers and water features as we planned our daily activities. The location was also incredible and made for easy access to and from anywhere we chose to go. We would definitely stay here again. My Response Dear Sharon and Family, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the, "Perfect Mill Valley Rental". It really means a lot to us, as we want our guests to have great vacations and to feel at home when they are at our rental. You were considerate guests in all aspects and you are welcome back any time! Thank you for mentioning our good location for access to the sights in the Bay Area. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "June - 2017

Mill Valley Home

Sonja and Rainer, Thank you so much for sharing your cozy and comfortable home with Jay and I, Tom and Donna, The beds were wonderful and the gardens unbelievable. The roses were outstanding. We saw a humming bird bathe in your fountain-memorable. We will surely tell others of this, ‘'Secret Place” to escape to from the tourist race. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers. My Response Dear Jay and Kathy, Thank you very much for your review. I so apologize for the failed refrigerator and I did the best that I could by getting the small refrigerator for you and compensating you somewhat. If you come back to the Bay Area for another vacation, the four of you would be welcome at our rental. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "June - 2017

Mill Valley Rental

We spent a week in this lovely charming home. The location in Marin county could not have been more convenient, close to the city, close to Napa and within Mill Valley a charming town. the home was fully stocked with all creature comforts one would expect in their own home. Beds were comfortable, all rooms were clean and welcoming. Highly recommend this spacious home while you explore Marin County and SAnFrancisco. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers. My Response Dear Z Family, Thank you very much for your great review. The pleasure was all ours to have your family as our guests. Also, Thank you for pointing out that we have a great location for visiting the Bay Area. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "November - 2016

Mill Valley Rental

This is our second stay at Sonja & Reiner's home. The house is very comfortable, clean and is conveniently located to San Francisco, Sausalito, Napa and Sonoma. All areas that we made day trips to. The landscaping and gardens are beautiful and sitting out on the patio in the evening was very relaxing. The owners are wonderful and provided us with local attractions/restaurants that we may want try. I would highly recommend this rental. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers. My Response Dear Debbie, I was great to have you back at our rental a second time! You and your husbands and friends were the perfect guests. You are always welcome at our rental. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "October - 2016

Very Comfortable House

Date of Stay Sep 22, 2016 Helpful votes: 0/0 The house is very comfortable, clean and organized. The owners are very attentive. It is an appropriate place if you visit San Francisco and have car, is closely together of the city and is a very calm zone. Highly recommend. The beds are the best!!! Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers. My Response Dear Spanish Visitors, Thank you so much for your great review! We loved having visitors from Spain. We like to have European visitors and especially such considerate ones as you and your yachting crew. It was fun to keep track of the regatta that you were in. Warm regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "September - 2016

Comfy and peaceful.

Very cozy home inside and outside. Beautiful landscaping with blooming flowers and tasty tomatoes! Great location in a great town. Owners are the best. Highly recommend. My Response Dear Richard and Family, Thank you for the nice compliments about our garden and home. It was our pleasure to have such a nice family staying at our rental. So happy that you helped yourself to the tomatoes, before the squirrel got them!!

Visited on "August - 2016

San Francisco getaway for German family

I used to work in San Francisco 24 years ago and wanted to show my three kids and their grandma the San Francisco Bay Area.We were looking for a place where a family from 9 up to 85 years old were able to feel comftable for two weeks.This lovely home fulfilled all our expectations. It was perfect for six persons. We loved the beautiful garden with all the possibilities to rest. This house is furnished nicely and the kitchen is very well equiped. The photos are accurate. It was very easy to get in touch with Sonja. She responded promptly both by email and phone. The directions she sent us were so exact that it was very easy to find. She offers travel books and very useful flyers which are a nice addition to your own ones. Whenever we will think of coming back to San Francisco we would love to stay there again. Recommended for: Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers. My Response Dear Hans, Thank you so much for your nice comments about your stay at our house. It was so nice to meet you and your family. Mia, your Mom is delightful. You will always be welcome at our rental. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "July - 2016

Great Location for Visiting the San Francisco Area

Our trip started with the thought to introduce the grandchildren to the San Francisco area. My daughter and I began a search to find a home to use as our base of operation rather than trying to stay in a hotel. I made an initial inquiry and Sonja responded promptly both by email and phone. In fact, the communication was excellent and continued through our stay. The location was perfect for our daily outings. Mill Valley is very close to both the Larkspur and Sausalito ferries that serve visiting San Francisco without having to drive into the city and find parking. We used the ferry several times including as a means to reach the wharf area for our scheduled trip to Alcatraz. Mill Valley is also around the corner from Muir Woods and exploring the Golden Gate Recreation Area. Route 1 is a great drive to Point Reyes National Seashore. We also devoted a day to a drive through the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The house itself? The photos are accurate. While I’ve never actually seen an English cottage in person (only in movies/photos), that’s the feeling I had when we first walked through/around the property. You get the feeling it’s just not a rental but an actual home where you are visiting. There is a uniqueness to the build and the home is heavily surrounded by flowers, bird feeders/houses, fountains, tables, and chairs. My husband and I used the upstairs bedroom & bath, both daughter and grandson had their own bedrooms, and the granddaughter chose to sleep in the Garden Room. The three of them used the main floor bath. You’re able to get your car off the street by parking directly in front of the garage door. You have the Dipsea Café if you want to go out for breakfast and Joe’s Taco Lounge for dinner (and others). There are places to grab lunch sandwiches to take on your outings if need be. Or, the home’s kitchen and outside grill are available if that’s your choice. Finally, the ultimate question is. . . Would you stay there again? Yes. My Response Dear Peggy and Family, Thank you for you detailed review of your stay at our rental. It is our pleasure to have such nice guests as you and your family. Also, thank you for pointing out the benefits of staying in Mill Valley, using our great Ferry service and our good central location. We really try to do our best as far as communicating with our guests and responding to all requests. If you vacation in the Bay Area again you are welcome back to our rental! Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "July - 2016

California getaway for Minnesota

We stayed at Sonya's place for a week. It was like a dream, lovely house with a flower garden. Fountains, barbecue, fresh roses in vases so many little touches in the house. Kitchen has everything you need for cooking. Each morning we had breakfast and left for an adventure. We love the location for traveling San francisco, couple minutes at the golden gate bridge. We visited golden gate park , De young Museum, Japanese garden. One day we hiked at the Muir woods, lovely trails very close to the house. We loved the Good earth just at the corner, great organic food. If we were tired to cook we just ate there. Sonja explained everything very detailed, we did the ferry to SF one day, was so much fun. We did Tennessee trail (little sunny for a noon walk but Ocean so much fun. One day we drove the Reyes point. There were many look out points to stop and watch the Pacific Ocean. Stinson beach is really cool, I wish we had time to go back. There was a little ice-cream shop just before the beach whole family is still crying for it. Monterey Aquarium was so nice but one day was not enough, it took around 2 hour to go there. Carmel bay is very nice too. I would definitely stay with Sonja and Reiner. Great place to explore SF. My Response Dear Elif, We are very thankful for the wonderful 5 star review that you wrote about our rental. Also, it is great that you pointed out so many wonderful things about our area, (I love the ice-cream shop at Stinson also). We are so happy that you enjoyed our rental and the gardens. Thank you for leaving our house so nice and you are welcome back any time!!

Visited on "June - 2016

Helpful hostess and great location!

Keri P. said... Comfortable home in a great location for San Francisco and all activities around that area! Owners were very helpful and home had all the amenities our family needed. Would stay again if we're back in the area! Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers. My Response Hello Keri, Thank you for your great review. You and your family are welcome back at any time. Having considerate guests like you and your family is always a pleasure. Warm regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "June - 2016

Cousins Retreat

Suzie said... My sister and three cousins spent 11 days at Sonja and Rainer's lovely home. Mill Valley is a delightful area, convenient to San Francisco, Muir Woods, Sausalito, Wine Country, the Pacific seacoast, and endless other fascinating places to visit. We didn't want to drive into San Francisco, and we opted to take the ferry (very convenient); there were grocery and drug stores close by, as well as numerous local places to get a great meal. The home was clean, beautifully decorated, and beds were comfortable. The house is also surrounded by flower gardens, fountains and plenty of outdoor seating to allow enjoyment of the rose gardens and singing birds. Our hosts were very attentive, and provided us with a multitude of information about the area, transportation options, and must-see places. Thank you, Sonja and Rainer, for sharing your beautiful home and making ours a truly memorable vacation!Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers. My Response Thank you so much for your wonderful review and pointing out the benefits of staying in Mill Valley. I was happy to hear that you had seen whales, Tulle Elk and a coyote when you went to Point Reyes. It was truly our pleasure to have you as our guests. If I could write a review for you, I would give you "5 stars".

Visited on "May - 2016

A warm and cozy home away from home.

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

Visited on "April - 2016

Charmingly cozy, well appointed private retreat in heart of Marin County, San Fran, & wine coun

Carole Mahoney Reading, Massachusetts Upon entering the gate into the property, visitors are treated with a warm welcome into beautiful gardens with comfy wicker chairs and a fountain that invite you to relax. You realize that this might become your favorite spot for morning coffee or evening wine. It will be one of many. There are also two other garden areas and a balcony that overlooks the valley. This home is charmingly cozy and very well appointed. It is the perfect private retreat that is centrally located among all the wonders of San Francisco, Marin County and wind country. Homeowner Sonja prepared us well for our visit providing all sorts of tips for sightseeing to make the most of our vacation. Highlights for us included hiking Mt Tam, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Napa, Sonoma, a Castle and Old Faithful in Calistoga, San Fran sites near Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, Academie of Science, stunning walks, views and sea lions in Pt Reyes National Seashore, walking over, and of course many scenic vistas overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. We recommend this property to anyone! Submitted: Aug 12, 2018 | Stayed: August 2018 Dear Carole and Family, What a pleasure to have you as our guests!! You and your family left our house so nice and we do appreciate that. Also, it have been nice chatting with you when you were here. Thank you for pointing out the many benefits of staying in Mill Valley. We really do have a great central location to many of the sights in the Bay area. Warm regards, Sonja and Rainer

Visited on "August - 2018

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