View of San Pablo Bay from Railroad Avenue, around the corner from the apartment.Sitting area

Entire home/apt

2 guests


1 bed

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The space

Fantastic Studio/Cottage Apartment in the Historic Waterfront Neighborhood of Hercules. This is a completely separate studio apartment with a private entrance, full kitchen, high speed wifi, HDTV, a record player (!) and tube audio stereo, full bath, and all the amenities of home. We offer a well appointed, comfy and roomy retreat. Nestled in a friendly and scenic bayside community, with easy freeway access (less than a mile from I-80 and Highway 4).

We are centrally located to many Bay Area attractions and destinations: Just half an hour's drive to San Francisco; less than 20 minutes drive to Berkeley, UC Berkeley, and Solano Avenue restaurants; 25 minutes from Oakland's Jack London Square and the new Uptown District; half an hour to Sausalito and Muir Woods; 15 minutes to Six Flags theme park in Vallejo; about 25 miles to downtown Napa and the wine country.

Nearby public transportation takes you to BART, and from Monday through Friday, there is non-stop LYNX bus service to downtown San Francisco. Pharmacy, shops and all manner of restaurants are all just over a mile away. For groceries, Trader Joe's and Sprouts in Pinole is 3 miles down the road.

Why drive to dinner? Two friendly neighborhood restaurants, Leila's Restaurant featuring breathtaking bay views and indoor/outdoor seating and the Powder Keg Pub, are just a few steps away from the Studio. Small shops and a Saturday Farmer's Market are located at Historic Old Town Pinole, walking distance via a lovely waterfront trail.

After a long day of sight seeing in San Francisco or wine tasting in Napa, you can retire to our cozy studio and rest up for the next day's adventures. We offer super clean and comfortable accommodations that are a world apart from "cookie cutter" motels and hotels; the apartment is tastefully decorated and features art from local artists. We provide a small library stocked with an assortment of books, LPs, and CDs, should you choose to just stay in and relax.

Feel free to enjoy our private garden and take in the sounds of nature, or go for a leisurely stroll along Railroad Avenue to capture stunning views of San Pablo Bay with Marin and Mount Tamalpais in the distance. With gorgeous sunsets and a refreshing bay breeze, walking and biking trails abound in this scenic part of the Bay Area; the Bay Trail is just a few steps away.

Looking for something to do that isn't listed in the usual Bay Area Travel Guides? Just a few minutes drive away are the historic towns of Crockett and Port Costa, off the beaten path and throwbacks to the California of a century ago. With local restaurants and watering holes such as the Dead Fish Restaurant in Crockett, and in Port Costa the Bull Valley Roadhouse and the Warehouse Saloon, featuring over 200 beers from around the world.

If you are visiting friends and family in the area, you already know there are limited lodging options in Hercules and its neighboring towns. This is a great way to be close, but have your own 'space" too.

Business professionals will also appreciate our proximity to local businesses while enjoying the comforts of a home setting.

This sunny and inviting private studio has its own alleyway entrance. It is a completely separate, detached second story unit, adjacent to our house. It is fully equipped with all the kitchen necessities. It has a full size bathroom with shower over tub, queen size bed, full size refrigerator, microwave, oven and stove.

For entertainment, there is a flat screen HDTV television, Cable TV, Roku video streaming, and for music lovers we provide a fantastic, audiophile grade GLOW Audio tube stereo system for playing records and CDs and audio from the HDTV … compliments of (URL HIDDEN)

Of course free high speed wi-fi access for your laptop or iPad. We provide an iPhone charging station as well.

If you don't want to cook or go far for dining, the charming Powder Keg Pub is literally right around the corner on Railroad Avenue, featuring great burgers, sandwiches, seafood, oysters, weekend brunch, (email hidden)ere are a number of good Chinese, Thai, Italian and other local restaurants that deliver, if you want take out. Pinole's popular Pear Street Bistro is just down the road, near King Valley Restaurant, an excellent Chinese restaurant featuring freshly made Dim Sum.

While there are no water views from the studio/cottage (the partial water view is blocked by trees) there are spectacular views of San Pablo Bay around the corner from Railroad Avenue or any of the several hiking trails along the Bay. From the studio/cottage you may hear trains rolling by from the distance, as Union Pacific and Amtrak trains run all along the bay from Oakland to Sacramento.

Franklin Canyon Golf Course is located in Hercules, a short distance from the cottage.

Our deck is quiet and peaceful. Please make yourself at home. Several friendly outdoor cats will often be seen lazing about in our garden. Because we are so close to the San Pablo Bay, we enjoy a moderate climate and most homeowners in this bayside community do not have air conditioning. The apartment has a quiet ceiling fan to provide breeze on warm days and nights. The studio has central heating.

Some things to note:
-No ADA accessibility
-No pets allowed
-No Smoking
-No Drugs
-No Air Condition (AC)
-Guest(s) are not allowed to use address to receive mail/package from any carrier.
-Parking in the alleyway is not allowed, however there's plenty of free street parking, especially on Railroad Avenue.
-We require the full name of additional guest(s) besides the one named on the Reservation Confirmation. Please provide this information through email.
-Daily Pricing includes 10% City Transient Occupancy Tax ($77.27 Daily Rate plus $7.73 tax)

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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: 50
Security Deposit: 250
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 couch

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

1. Guests have to be 21 or over.
2. No Smoking
3. No Drugs
4. Entertaining strangers is not allowed
5. Maximum occupancy: 2 people
6. Guest(s) are not allowed to use address to receive mail/packages from any carrier.
7. Do not park in alley way, it is not allowed. You may be ticketed by police or worse, your car may be towed.
8. We require the full name of additional guest(s) besides the one named on the Reservation Confirmation. Please provide this information through email.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

156 Reviews

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Melinda User Profile
July 2017
The studio is very charming and has everything you need for a great stay. The location is perfect for traveling to both San Francisco and Napa (which we did). Everything was fabulous-- highly recommend!

Monica User Profile
July 2017
This was our first AirBnB experience! This cottage is amazing! It was a delightful place to stay. Everything seems new and clean and well-maintained everything is bright and inviting. Even though we didn’t cook, the kitchen is stocked with everything you'll need for your stay: dishes and glasses, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, pots and pans. Ground coffee and creamer and a few teas were also available! Comfy bed with extra blankets if needed were made available. Towels were nice. Even though my husband and I spent so much time out sight-seeing it was nice to return to the cozy cottage. We walked over to a local eatery for breakfast one morning and enjoyed the neighborhood it is quaint and peaceful. Check-in was super-easy, and Lita responded quickly if I had any questions. The location is perfect if you're going into San Francisco or Napa, it's just a few blocks from the freeway. We spent a day in San Francisco and a day in Napa the location was perfect for us. Cottage is in a lovely, quiet, residential neighborhood. I would definitely stay here again!

Carita User Profile
June 2017
Our stay was wonderful! Very quiet and good location. We were within easy driving distance to multiple local sites. Our host was very hospitable, but not intrusive. We would recommend this place to anyone!

Kristein User Profile
June 2017
Bright, clean, welcoming and very comfortable studio apartment in a quiet and lovely neighborhood, walking distance form on two quaint restaurants and small historic downtown. Loved it!

Martha User Profile
June 2017
Beautiful Studio with everything you would need supplied by Lita. I just wish it had air conditioning. The heat was just too much for us which is out of Lita's control.
Lita User ProfileLita is a superhost.
Response from Lita:
Yes, I agree. The Bay Area had a heat wave during your visit. Most homes in our area don't have AC seeing that the majority of the year, our neck of the woods enjoy moderate climate.
June 2017

Jeanne User Profile
June 2017
This is a lovely place to stay in Hercules. Everything was as I had hoped and there's even a record player with wonderful old LPs to play. My only regret is that I didn't have time to play them! I will be back.

Tuan User Profile
June 2017
Very nice and clean

Hercules, California, United StatesJoined in December 2012
Lita User ProfileLita is a superhost.

I have lived in the Bay Area almost all my life. My husband and I operate and manage the family audio business, Glow Audio. My husband is also a lawyer, 25+ years and counting. We enjoy taking our boys to San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area to explore the different neighborhoods. Even though we have lived here for many years, we always find areas we haven't yet discovered. We are huge fans of our sports teams: Giants, 49ers, A's, Raiders, and Warriors. We welcome you to our home.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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