About this listing
Our Willow Glen cottage is the perfect spot for professionals visiting for work, or visiting family members. Our guests especially enjoy the open layout of the room and garden, plus extra customized things we do to make your stay a fantastic one!
Welcome! A private cottage in the heart of Silicon Valley awaits your arrival! This clean, adorable and beautifully furnished cottage has a private entrance, a patio area and plenty of open space inside and out. Inside, it's light and bright, complete with high ceilings and sky lights with built-in sunshades that can open or close with a touch of a button. Note that like many cottages, we don't have central heat or AC, but we do have space heaters / portable AC's. This works fine for most, but if you have a medical condition or a strong preference for controlled temperatures, our cottage is probably not the right choice.
Our cottage sleeps 2-3 and is suitable for a professional, couple, or small family. The queen bed is comfortable and almost new. The couch turns into a second - and very comfortable- queen bed. All bedding and towels are kept to a high standard.
The kitchen area offers basic cooking necessities, and the kitchen appliances are in excellent condition, including a full sized refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee machine and BBQ for whatever else you want to cook up! Note that there is not a kitchen sink, so we supply you with paper plates for those who prefer not to rinse dishes in the bathroom sink. There's also a desk for you to get some work or studying done. The bathroom is clean and spacious, with a full-size bath (soaking tub) and ample counter space and storage.
You’ll love the weather, vibe, and location of this charming community known as Willow Glen. Walk a couple blocks for Pete's Coffee, great pizza (Willow Street Grill), Jamba Juice (smoothies) and more (Thai, Indian, Japanese, Italian, etc). Within about 7 minutes by car, you’ll be in downtown San Jose or at the doorstep of several popular companies (IBM, eBay, PayPal, Adobe and more ). Are you a shopper or foodie? High-end shops (Louis Vuitton, Nordstroms, Lulu Lemon, H&M, etc) and dining (Including steak houses and live music at El Jardin Tequila Bar) can be found at Santana Row / Valley Fair Mall. You can get there by car in 10 minutes or by cab for ~$10. Other nearby facilities are San Jose State (8 minutes by car), the new 49er stadium (10 minutes away) and the San Jose Airport (~$15-25 cab fare or 15 minutes away).
Care to explore other parts of the Bay Area? Don't miss the drive to Santa Cruz (about 35 minutes away)... continue up Hwy 1 to San Francisco for BEAUTIFUL coastal day-trip. You can also drive to San Francisco directly in about 1 hour, or take the CalTrain to downtown San Francisco from downtown San Jose.
Upon arrival, you'll meet Victoria, the home owner (and good friend of mine). She commutes for work Monday-Friday, so we hope you'll understand that check-ins are welcome after 5:30pm. During the weekends, we can check-in guests as early as 3pm. We hope you'll relax, unwind, and enjoy the warm weather in this spacious retreat in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula!
Guests will have access to a private cottage and a nicely landscaped yard, which surrounds the garden. Guests have a private gate to use as their entrance and their own key to the cottage.
We also offer a dedicated parking spot for one small-mid-sized car to park in front of the house. Please pull forward and park on the right side of the parking area with enough room so that a second car can fit on the left. The owner (Victoria) will be parking on the left. She leaves early in the morning, so we just want to make sure she doesn't get blocked in.
Interaction with guests
As an experienced Airbnb host, I am here to help make sure the listing is right for you, answer questions before your stay, and be another point of contact in case you need anything during your stay. I live about 30 minutes away. More importantly, the home owner who lives in the main house (Victoria) will greet you in person upon arrival and be there to help answer any questions about the neighborhood, internet, or anything else. She is my good friend and business partner and has a big heart and appreciation for the Airbnb guests who come to stay with us. Between us, we're never more than a knock of the door or phone call away. Victoria's phone number is available to guests who have booked, and I'm always here if you need me!
We are close to downtown San Jose and many large companies in Silicon Valley. Most people opt for a rental car, but in case you want to use public transport, you can take Uber/Taxi to the train station. We are less than 2 miles from the San Jose Diridon train station that serves San Jose to San Francisco, including the Levi Stadium.
Other things to note
There are a few steps from the garden on to the front porch of the cottage, as well as a gravel path, so we don't recommend this cottage for those who have trouble navigating stairs or uneven ground.
Due to the high ceilings - and without central heat/ AC, note that the temperatures can be variable when it's especially warm or cold outside. We ask that you turn off the portable heaters/ AC when not in use.
Weekday check-in time is between 5:30 and 9pm. On the weekends, we can be a little more flexible. In case you are running late for your check-in time, please call Victoria or Mark, so they can plan for it.
The cottage is part of a quiet community and optimal for respectful professionals and small families. Absolutely no smoking, no partying and no drugs. The home is not set up to be wheelchair / handicap accessible. We offer street parking for our guests. The cottage is not suitable for pets of any kind, including service animals.
There are two beds, but the cottage is not well-suited for more than 3 adults. The kitchen area does not have a sink or a stove, however it does have a microwave and coffee maker. So that you don't have to worry about doing dishes, we typically leave paper plates for you to use.
Because the cottage is in the back and is a little tricky to find at night, we ask that our guests arrive by 10pm. We can try to accommodate a later check-in from time to time, but it may incur a late check-in charge of $40 if we need to wake someone up :-/ We don't have a lock-box option on this listing because we want to make sure our guests get in safely, access the cottage through the right door, etc.
Please make sure not to overload the circuits by having 2 heaters on at the same time. Victoria will explain further during the check-in process.
The main house is occupied by a nice family. Make sure to close the gate each day/night. Please enter on the side entrance by the driveway and park in the dedicated parking area. Pay special attention not to block any of the neighboring driveways when you park.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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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.
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