Living Room/Kitchen Area - looking out into the gardenBedroom area. The mattress on this double bed is new and very comfortable!
Cozy Garden Cottage in Menlo Park

3 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

3 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

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About this listing

My Menlo Park cottage is well-loved by Airbnb guests from around the world. With a mini-kitchen, it's suitable for longer stays, and in close proximity to Stanford and Palo Alto. Ideal for 1-2 guests, you'll enjoy this quiet spot to call home.


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $55
Security Deposit: $300
Weekly Discount: 15%


The space

You will enjoy the cozy, serene setting of this garden studio, which is located walking distance from West Menlo Park shops and restaurants, and less than 10 minutes drive/bike ride from Stanford, Sand Hill Road, downtown Menlo Park and the Caltrain station.

It has a private entrance and is nestled next to a beautifully landscaped garden. It's stylishly furnished and equipped with a comfortable double bed, a couch/office area, and basic kitchen amenities (microwave, refrigerator, hot plate, toaster oven, kitchen sink and dishes). The futon can also become a second bed (queen size), if desired.

For those who like to watch movies, the studio boasts a large flatscreen TV with satellite/cable and WiFi. For those traveling for work, there is a desk plus plenty of shelf space and an adjustable swivel chair. When you're not inside the studio, enjoy the garden area, complete with a BBQ and an inviting outdoor living space. During your stay, try to take a walk/jog through Atherton, a bike ride to Woodside and/or experience the shopping at Stanford Shopping Center.

The best local restaurant options, walking distance, are top-rated Flea Street Cafe and casual Lulu's (Mexican). In case you need wine, groceries or a good cup of coffee during your stay, there is also a convenient market located steps away. They even carry local Napa wines and most random necessities!

Menlo Park is conveniently located between San Francisco and San Jose. My house is closest to the 280 freeway (less traffic into the City) and a few minutes from Stanford. Half Moon Bay is approx 30-45 minutes away by car. I look forward to welcoming you to all of the charm that Menlo Park has to offer!

Guest access

The cottage is completely private with its own entrance and no shared walls with the main house. Right next to the cottage is a garden with a shared outdoor patio area, including a BBQ. Guests have full access to the garden! There isn't official access to a washer/dryer, but if I am in town, I am more than happy to schedule laundry time with guests once per week.

Interaction with guests

I live in the main house at the front of the property and like to welcome my guests personally if at all possible. I am here if you need anything, including travel / restaurant tips, shopping recommendations, or of course if any questions about the cottage. I also provide cleaning every two weeks for long-term stays.

Getting around

Street parking is right outside the house. Most people rent cars, but my cottage is close enough to Stanford that you can access by bike. There is a train (Caltrain) that goes between Menlo Park and San Francisco, or even SFO airport. I recommend that you take a cab from Menlo Park station to my cottage, since it's approx 45 minutes away by foot. If you like to walk to get coffee or go to the pub, there is a Starbucks about 10 minutes away by foot, or a couple casual restaurants/pubs in that same area (10 minutes walk). If you are going to San Jose, it's approx 30 minutes away by car or train. San Francisco is about 40 minutes away by car or train.

Other things to note

Menlo Park is about 10 minutes away from Stanford and close enough to bike there. The Caltrain is easily accessible by bike, but a bit far to walk (about 45 minutes). Uber/Lyft also service the area... but most of my guests rent a car if they wish to go further than Stanford or the Caltrain station. The cottage is a converted garage with AC and a floor heater but no central heat/AC. Because the weather is so mild in this area of California, guests typically don't get too hot or too cold. I typically provide coffee, water and a few breakfast snacks to guests upon check-in. Let me know if you have any dietary restrictions.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

No smoking in the house. Not suitable for pets of any kind, including service animals.

Bedding and towels are provided. Please treat the space as if it were your home :-)

I ask that you turn any loud down music by 10pm, as this is a quiet neighborhood.

{Note that there is a dog in the main residence, which shares the same yard, but of course the dog would not be entering your space at any time, for any reason}.

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Dog(s) lives in the house



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

5 nights minimum stay

61 Reviews

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Andreas User Profile
April 2017
It's a very nice apartment for two people. It's perfekt when you have good weather (we had some rainy days), because you can use the nice garden in the front off. Amanda is really a friendly host. Wenn you have problems ask her and she help you at once. The neighborhood is wonderful. We had some nice days - thank you for that.

Donald User Profile
March 2017
Amanda was a very pleasant host. All of the pertinent details of the unit are included in the blurb. For the price in this location, her space is a good value. During an abnormally cool winter, the room can be chilly with just the space heater. The blinds let a fair amount of light into the room if you are a late sleeper. Those are really minor details though!

Gabriela User Profile
March 2017
Great place. Super cozy. Extremely comfortable bed. The heated matress really makes a difference in chilly nights. Amanda was super nice and attentive. Perfect place to stay when traveling for business. Private, quiet and with everything you need.

Andreas User Profile
March 2017
Great cozy cottage with everything you need for a quiet and pleasant stay.

Amanda was a truly gracious host. Her space was so lovely and peaceful and she was so genuine with us. I highly recommend

Ian User Profile
March 2017
A perfect, quiet retreat. The studio had everything I needed for a week-long stay in Meno Park. Amanda was always available if I needed anything and was most considerate during my check-in. I'll definitely be back.

Gary User Profile
February 2017
Amanda was very accommodating - our late arrival went seamlessly. She was very helpful. Nice quiet location.

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Menlo Park, California, United States · Joined in December 2012
Amanda User ProfileAmanda is a superhost.

I am an experienced Airbnb host and enjoy welcoming visitors from around the world! I've traveled extensively and lived abroad, but California is my home! Hosting on Airbnb is good for the soul, and I take pride in helping my guests maximize their California experience. We do everything we can to personalize the service for you, as we firmly believe that staying in someone's home in a nice neighborhood beats a hotel hands-down ;)

In addition to renting my own home, and a few of my friends' homes, I've recently launched a product called Party Squasher. It helps hosts detect a party before it gets out of hand. I am very involved in the Airbnb community and have found that by working together, we can provide the best experience for our guests and apply tips/conveniences and innovations to multiple properties.

In case you're looking for other options, here are my listings:
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