Quality bed linens, and personally chosen accessories and prints.Very comfortable queen-sized bed!

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1 bedroom

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NOTE: We usually accept rentals of less than 1 week only within 14 days of request, or in between 2 longer rentals, as most of our requests are for 1 week to several months.

PRIVATE ENTRANCE, PRIVATE ROOM, PRIVATE BATH
With a private entrance, you can come and go as you please—more like a junior studio than a private room. Room includes a very comfortable queen-sized bed, nightstand, and desk with high-speed internet hookup (though no TV).

Full-sized private bath includes a combination tub-shower and large white-tiled counter. A microwave is on the counter, and a mini-fridge on the floor; we have an electric kettle, coffee maker, and toaster available too; let us know what you want and we'll have them waiting for you!

Access to the rest of the house is not included.

PARKING
Off-street parking is available. In case you have a larger vehicle, or prefer not to negotiate the driveway turnaround, overnight parking is allowed on our side of the street (west side). Overnight parking in the City of Menlo Park (other side of the street) is restricted, but courtesy warnings are issued before any citations.

AMENITIES
Energy-saving heating system includes your own in-room thermostat, which allows you to adjust the temperature to your comfort. Bedding includes luxury all-cotton bed linens, a down comforter, 4 regular pillows and 2 European large square pillows. And of course there's an ample supply of towels. Please bring your own alarm clock and toiletries, and a beach towel if you'll want to take towels out of the room.

BIKE OPTION
Many of our guests are international scholars coming to teach, research or study at Stanford. Many of them prefer not to rent a car and have been happy to be walking or biking distance from campus. If you'd like to bike, we have a spare bike we can let you use at a nominal cost: $5 a day, $25 a week or $75 a month plus $75 refundable deposit. It's a medium-sized Huffy, with handbrakes. There are also reasonably priced long-term bike rentals on the Stanford campus.

GREAT LOCATION
Our studio is walking or easy biking distance to Stanford, Palo Alto & the Sand Hill Road venture capital corridor. By car, we’re only 5 minutes from Hwy 280. You can take the train from SFO airport—not fast, but very inexpensive! BART directly from SFO to Millbrae Caltrain station (approx 15 min and $4); train to Menlo Park (under 30 minutes approx $4); and we are right down Santa Cruz Ave from the station (20-minute brisk walk or very short taxi ride). Less than 30 minutes’ drive from both San Francisco & San Jose airports, in normal traffic.

WALK TO STANFORD
Per (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps, the walking distance to mid-campus is 1.9 miles, 37 minutes. Walking distance to Stanford Hospital or clinics is 1.2 miles or 23 minutes. The Golf Course is even closer :)

LOVELY SETTING
We’re conveniently located on the main street of Menlo Park, but tucked back from the street in a private courtyard with fountain. Outdoor patio seating is not included, but we hope you’ll enjoy the hummingbirds, finches and chickadees attracted by our various bird feeders. Depending on the season, you might see birds-of-paradise, wisteria, roses, and lavender. And help yourself to the figs, persimmons, loquats and/or lemons when they are in season.

West Menlo Park is full of bike paths and nice, easy walks. And we’re less than a 5-minute drive (approx 3 miles) from the Stanford Dish walk, a paved path through the foothills with spectacular views; the entire loop from Alpine Road is a wonderful 5-mile walk. And there’s lots of great hiking not much further. We love hiking; let us know if you want some area recommendations.

We’re empty nesters, have lived in the area most of our lives, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the area or provide recommendations. This is an ideal set-up for an out-of-towner wanting to spend time with friends or family in the area.

ADVANCE BOOKING
We accept reservations up to 6 months in advance.


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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Keypad

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: 10 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: 45
Weekly Discount: 37%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

CLEAN AND SMOKE-FREE: Our guests appreciate how clean and fresh our studio is. In order to maintain this environment for all guests, we have a strict NO SMOKING policy, no exceptions. We also ask you to respect our no shoes (to keep the cottage extra-clean). We have extra slippers if you like!

RECYCLING: And Menlo Park is a very green city; we encourage recycling, and easily meet our city's target of over 50% waste recycled.

RESERVATION LEAD-TIME: For rentals of....
1+ months, we accept reservations up to 6 months in advance.
1-4 weeks, we accept reservations up to 4 months in advance.
4-6 nights, we accept reservations up to 1 months in advance.
Please contact us to request any exceptions to these time frames.

LEGAL INTERNET USE ONLY: Comcast, our high-speed ISP, expressly forbids illegal downloads using bit-torrent or similar technology. Unfortunately, there have been some issue with this in the past, so must ask our guests to agree to this policy in writing upon arrival.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
3 nights minimum stay

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Ammar User Profile
August 2017
Laurel's place was great. I loved it. It had everything I needed for a peaceful and enjoyable stay. Laurel was traveling and her son Danny greeted me and was very kind and welcoming. He made sure my stay was great, so thanks Danny. Will certainly stay at this nice place again if I get the chance. Thanks.

Stephen User Profile
August 2017
Laurel and Steve are very thoughtful about everything to do with this rental. I appreciated being able to borrow/rent a bike from them - ten minutes cycle from downtown Menlo Park and fifteen minutes through beautiful suburban streets to downtown Palo Alto. Other shops and restaus a ten minute walk away. Very good value for money, as well as a lovely experience.

Yeunjae User Profile
July 2017
Laurel's house is so clean and cozy. she acts so well to the guest!!! You can have a comfortable trip!! There is everything you need!!

Lauren User Profile
July 2017
Lovely home, comfy room, peaceful courtyard. Very pleased I picked this spot!

Dating User Profile
July 2017
Laurel and her family are very nice and thoughtful. The location is great for us (walk-able to Stanford University). The suite is very clean and comfortable. The surrounding is safe, quite and beautiful.

Carol User Profile
June 2017
It was a very good stay and I enjoyed the place a lot. It is convenient to campus and I would like to stay here again if going to Stanford. The host is very friendly. I would recommend the place to others who is coming to visit.

Melisa User Profile
June 2017
Laurel has been the greatest host. She was always available to help out with recommendations and questions. I loved chatting with her. The cottage is super cute. It's perfect for a couple. The neighborhood is quiet and situated in a great location. Definitely recommend staying here!

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Menlo Park, California, United StatesJoined in October 2009
Laurel User ProfileLaurel is a superhost.

My husband Steve and I are long-time local residents; I was born in Palo Alto, so a real native and Steve is from England. We were high-school sweethearts (his dad was at SLAC for a year), then we reconnected 20+ years later & got married! Now we're empty nesters with 4 kids in our blended family, all living in California. We have a successful home-based marketing agency, so we’re around most of the time for your convenience and security.

We love hosting and also traveling-- to my husband's native UK (lots of family & friends still there). Have been to China, Cuba, Mexico and much of western Europe. Hoping to travel more in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

We love taking road trips in the Western US (our Tesla is our biggest splurge!), and exploring big cities, especially NYC & LA. Our favorite trip of all was a family stay in New Orleans-- fabulous music, food, history & people!

Since Airbnb is asking, the "5 things we can't live without" are (not necessarily in this order): movies & music, exercise, NPR & BBC, our kids & our cats.

We are Michael Pollan converts and think his 7-word food philosophy sums it up beautifully: "eat food (as opposed to food-like products), not too much, mostly plants." We buy local, sustainable, organic as much as we can.

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