China Cabin

All that glitters is 22K gold in the China Cabin.


The China Cabin has experienced a long and colorful life. In 1866, the Pacific Mail Steamship Company commissioned the construction of the PS China, a sidewheel steamer, for a route between San Francisco and the Far East. Unfortunately, with a wooden hull, the ship was destined for a short career and was considered obsolete by 1886. Before it was burned for scrap metal, the first-class social saloon was removed intact from the ship, barged to Belvedere Cove and set on pilings.

Transformed into a weekend home, it became known as the China Cabin. And, in 1978, it was designated as a national maritime treasure and restored to its former splendor as a Victorian drawing room.

The Cabin consists of a large room, restroom and small workspace. Its plain exterior belies the ornate and regal appointments inside. This place is impressive. The walls and arched ceiling are panels of elaborately decorated wood that have been painted a crisp white and highlighted with gold leaf. Along the sides of the Cabin are a series of small, delicately etched glass windows; handsome crystal chandeliers hang at each end of the room. The Cabin also has decks on three sides that have wonderful views of the San Francisco skyline and of the colorful boats berthed at the nearby yacht harbor. The China Cabin offers a glimpse of old-world elegance and attention to detail; the result is a rich, sophisticated appearance that makes this a unique setting for a special wedding, rehearsal dinner, meeting and private or corporate party.


Ceremony Reception/Special Events Meetings

Max. Seated Indoors: 40

Max. Standing Indoors: 55

Ceremony Capacity: Indoors, 40-45 seated or 55 standing.  Weather permitting, the deck holds an additional 10 guests.

Fees & Deposits

The rental fee is $2,500 for a 6 hour minimum rental block and $400 for each additional hour.  Half of the rental fee and a $750 refundable security deposit are required when you make your reservation.  The total fee is due 60 days prior to your event.  Fees for meetings, chamber concerts, photo shoots and some other functions are negotiable.  We ask that you join Landmarks as a member and half of your rental fee will be tax deductible.


Year-round, daily until 10 pm


Sites Uses: Ceremonies; Wedding Receptions; Special Events, Parties; Business Functions/Meetings ; Rehearsal Dinners
Services/Amenities Catering: Select from preferred list
Parking: Ample on street
Kitchen Facilities: Limited
Tables & Chairs: 50 chairs and 3 6-foot tables
Linens, Silver, etc Through caterer
Telephone: WiFi – use hot spots
Outdoor Night Lighting: On deck
Restrooms: Wheelchair accessible
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: No
Dance Floor: Yes , The interior dimensions of the Cabin are 17.5 feet wide by 34 feet long
Cleanup: Caterer and Client
Bride’s Dressing Area: No
Meeting Equipment: BYO
View: Bay Bridge, San Francisco Bay & skyline, Angel Island
Music Indoors w/ restrictions
Indoors: Wheelchair Access, Wheelchair Accessible
Site Views: Cityscape, Hills, Ocean/Bay, Panoramic
Alcohol: BYO
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Smoking: Not allowed
Insurance: Insurance required for red wine if served, strongly recommend general insurance
Music: Amplified OK with some restrictions
Other: Decorations restricted; NO candles or open flames

Reservations and Further Information

Please contact the Landmark Representative at 415-272-3816 or email or use our contact form

READ our latest reviews on China Cabin

One of our weddings at Old St. Hilary‚Äôs featured was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings with the reception to follow at China Cabin.  

Please note: Belvedere Tiburon Landmarks Society is a 501c3 and all renters of our historic sites become members for a nominal fee as part of the rental agreement.