About this listing
NON NICOTINE USERS, Enjoy 4 bedrooms in our lovely home, nestled in the Vallejo Hills with panoramic views.
It's 35-40 minutes to San Francisco & Napa Valley.
Most our guests say the homemade waffles, and real maple syrup are their favorite!
The REQUEST TO BOOK button charges you, and your refund may take several days. We recommend that you ASK first, please. We do not guarantee that the calendar is up to date. If you CONFIRM no one in your group uses nicotine in any form, you will also receive faster service.
Please use the CONTACT HOST button to inquire within....
This HOSTED listing best accommodates 4 to to 9 in up to four of our internationally themed bedrooms. It generally includes our famous Waffle breakfast and use of seven rooms. Not included are our suite, our office, and our family room.
THIS IS A VENUE FOR NICOTINE FREE PEOPLE ONLY! (please acknowledge same in primary request)
You may use the Living room, Dining room, Kitchen, breakfast nook, 4 Bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
~India Room: Green and teal paisley with peacock accessories. Queen bed.
~French Impressionist Room: Soothing blue and white decor, and an antique double bed, with early morning light.
~African Room: Zebra and teal with a double bed, located downstairs. It has the most privacy.
~English Rose SUITE, Shabby Chic with a four poster queen bed. Morning sun and en suite private bathroom.
A single futon can be added to any room if desired.
No drugs, excess alcohol, smoking or vaping. Alternative LS friendly. In your opening request, STATE YOU DO NOT USE NICOTINE!
We offer hosted use of the "whole" house, void of any other guests. (There is no true cleaning fee. It is a use of the whole house fee because groups are more inclined to make use of additional rooms than single room guests.)
ABOUT CHILDREN: They are welcome, but we do charge for anyone old enough to be mobile. Please instruct us as to your children's ages, so we can do appropriate childproofing.
INSIDE: The kitchen is available for your use. The family room is our domain, unless you are invited to join us, which would primarily be in the evenings. It is the only way to the deck however, so WE have to be flexible.
There is a drop leaf table in the living room where you can play games and socialize with a little privacy. If you need the dining room table to seat your group, it must be protected before you use it.
PLEASE refer to the guidelines for more detailed info.
The family room, is considered host's work space, and not common area unless invited, if hosts are home, particularly during the day. Disclaimer: The photos show the room at its best. This is the most "lived in" room, meaning, it's NOT always at its best. We often offer guests the opportunity to watch TV or movies with us, and it's possible you may enjoy the family room, whatever its condition, if we are absent. But it should always be considered an extra and not part of the package.
Wifi, and laundry are available (ask for help!)
We have an awesome deck, which has expansive views of Vallejo in the foreground, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Marin Counties in the far distance separated by San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Straits.
Access to the deck is only from the family room so WE must be flexible with you. You have the right to feel comfortable walking through our space to access it.
Our backyard is still a work in progress, (meaning not very nice yet) but please enjoy the firepit, and (with notice) the hot tub.
The RV outside is being stored and is not habitable.
Interaction with Guests
WHEN HOSTS ARE ON PROPERTY:
This is also our work space for our primary jobs, but our work is also flexible and intermittent. However, our presence must be at our discretion. Jamie is absent a lot. But Jerry does the cooking so he is the important one to have on site!
Jerry is generally very social when working and enjoys interacting with guests.
Jamie is highly focused on her high stress job when working in the family room, and is less chatty and more likely to keep to herself.
We are both ALWAYS happy to assist with directions or other guest needs.
We want you to feel welcome in our presence, and we also want to feel welcome in YOUR presence - it is best if you communicate if you have a high need for privacy. That is our own preference when we travel, so we definitely understand.
Jerry will be happy to prepare a yummy Continental breakfast during short term stays. This includes his ever popular waffles, yogurt, fresh fruit, real maple syrup and cereals, coffee and tea. Of course, if we are not here, breakfast is self serve.
If you have special dietary or scheduling needs, we can work with you. Communicate with Jerry, regarding same.
We can actually do (with Jerry cooking) sit down dinners for 1-18 guests! (We have done over 200 events!)
WHEN HOSTS ARE OFF PROPERTY:
Help yourself to pre - but home made waffles, cereal, coffee and tea, sweeteners and milk for breakfast. You may also use condiments, spices, oils, and vinegars for other meals.
LONG TERM GUESTS: Discounted rates generally exclude breakfast and only offer limited use of kitchen staples.
UPDATE: Our last three 4 bedroom reservations have penalized us in our ratings because of our location! We should not be penalized because there are so few OTHER locations, large enough to accommodate a group as large as yours.
We are doing our best to provide an amazing experience for you! (If our "location" (which is the only thing) keeps preventing us from having super host status, we will just remove the listing and stick with smaller groups. (Oakland and Vacaville are not far, right? (which are the next closest large venues for over 8 people!) Please show your gratitude that we ARE willing to host such a large group, by giving us five stars for location. (We understand being penalized for things over which we have control. If the house was dirty, that would be a different matter entirely. It won't be.)) If you can't agree to this, please don't ask to stay with us.
We already stopped doing our five bedroom listing for similar reasons.
LOCATION: directly between 80 and 780, and 37 and 80, right on the way to Napa from the East Bay or Sacramento.
ACTIVITIES AND SHOPPING:
~Hills: Dining and Stores, mostly well known companies (5-7 minutes).
~Downtown: (all about 10 minutes)
~Marina area: Fairs and events of different flavors. San Francisco bound Ferry, plus Several independent restaurants.
~Georgia Street - Antique Shopping and Saturday farmer's market.
~Empress Theatre - Various types of entertainment.
~Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
~Touro University (15 minutes)
BENICIA: (10 minutes)
~Boutique shopping on 1st street as well as a variety of independent restaurants.
~Thursday Night Farmer's Market.
NAPA: (30 minutes)
~We are happy offer.suggestions for Wine Tasting!
~Water World Park (20 minutes)
~Raceway (20-25 minutes, without traffic) Wine Tasting (45 minutes to an hour)
Golden Gate Fields Horse Race track (25 minutes)
University of California (30 minutes)
FAIRFIELD/SUISUN: (25- 30 min)
~Travis Air Force Base
~Jelly Belly Factory
~Please ask about activities for small children! ~
(But please don't surprise us with children/babies we are not expecting!)
Public transportation is not especially convenient except for commuting.
Jerry is an Uber driver and is happy to drive you privately.
Equidistant from the San Francisco Airport and Sacramento Airport (60 minutes) Oakland is closest at 35 minutes away. Car (rental) is the best way to get here.
Other Things to Note
If you are here while you conduct a house hunt, Jamie is a REALTOR® with RE/Max Gold.
OTHER Professional business services available: ~Transcription (including Medical)
~Real Estate Loan Signing
A $250 security deposit will be held per room, and unless there is damage or SMOKING, is fully refundable. We want to give it ALL back!
We have a toy poodle service dog, Blizzard. He is extremely well behaved. He will ignore you (unless you are friendly to him) and is HYPOALLERGENIC and flea free.
!!!!! Please DO NOT Try to to pet him at the front door! Give him time to warm up to you!!!!!
IF WE HAVE TO MAKE ALTERATIONS TO THE HOUSE, OR YOU HAVE UNUSUAL NEEDS, IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE YOU, WE MAY CREATE AN ADDITIONAL CONTRACT ABOVE AND BEYOND AirBnB's TOS.
We are NOT at the property every day. You may be asked to let yourself in, and may stay alone one or more nights, but we do not offer a vacant house. This is our SECOND home.
You might Copy C the 5 questions below and use it as a template for your first contact. We appreciate it if you answer ALL the questions. This will save you time in the long run, and make me feel more inclined to accept your reservation when we have choices. In giving up my whole house to someone, hubby and I need to feel respected from the outset.
The actual rules follow these questions...
1) Are you looking exclusively at our property or contacting multiple hosts?
2) What are your plans during your stay time wise which might impact us, and when will you want to arrive and check out?
3) What are you hopeful to experience in terms of food preparation? Any special dietary needs?
4) Tell me a bit about each of the people in your party, if not included in your profile. Photo ID is required for those not who are not your spouse, parent or child. Yes, you can find less experienced hosts who will not ask for this. This request comes with experience, something you might value!
5) Is this a trip you are certain you are taking (should we start preparing for you this minute?) or are you still in the early stages of organizing? This is a very important question to us, so please answer this is particular.
We will almost always try to respond to you within a matter of minutes,to let you know we are in receipt of your contact. If at our other property, this can be a bit difficult, so we may be very brief, but we will do our best to answer questions on the double.
Now onto the actual rules:
Photo ID of each guest who is not your spouse, parent or child, should be sent to our email address prior to your arrival (for insurance purposes, and to allay the anxiety of my co-owner of the house).
Please note that we and our other guests use our family room, too, and it is not EVER to be used as a sleeping area!
Our main concern is that our guests are NON SMOKERS. We are serious about this. By smoking prior to arriving at the property, on the property or DURING YOUR STAY of ****any**** substance,YOU AGREE TO FORFEIT YOUR ENTIRE SECURITY DEPOSIT. NOTE: The listing says deposit is one amount, but it doesn't allow for variable length stays. We reserve the right to increase the Deposit amount.
Next in importance, we would ask that food and drinks are not brought to your room, but you eat and drink on the main floor only. (Except water.) We discourage tiny cattle (ants) to come inside, and recently had the house treated. But food in your room, is your personal invitation to them, so expect ants to want to share your leftovers and maybe your bed. Crumbs on the counter have the same effect, but at least you won't be sleeping there!
We prefer you wear socks in the house, no shoes. If you need socks, just let us know.
You may cook in our kitchen; Jerry has every cooking implement known to man. If you are going to be around on a night when Jerry is cooking anyway, he or you might suggest incorporating your meal into ours and letting him cook for all of us. Or you could make the same offer as long as my dinner is pepperless, curryless and cilantroless. Be advised, sometimes Jerry is too tired to cook even for me. He does make really amazing food, however.
If you prefer to cook yourself without combining meals, that is fine, too. DO NOT PLAN ON TAKING OVER THE KITCHEN FOR MORE THAN 60 MINUTES!
Please clean up after yourself immediately after your meal, please don't wait until the morning. If you don't think something is clean enough already, please let us know and we will clean more. We won't be offended. Different people have different tolerances for dirt, and you are paying for clean. We will be unhappy if you down grade us for cleanliness, without ever having said anything about it. We watch our stars so we can tell when it changes!!!
If you shower, please use your bath towel to dry down the shower for the next person, who may not be in your party.
Dirty laundry goes in the basket in the hallway or on the laundry room floor. Please don't leave wet towels in your room or bathroom. Let's discuss a plan that works for both of us.
If you are showering before 8:30 in the morning please shower in the downstairs bath if the India room is occupied.
Towels are plentiful under the cabinets (always closest to the entry when there are multiple cabinets). We have tons of towels, so please let the decorator towels remain a decoration.
Laundry is available, but please ask before using so I can give you instructions on our front loader.
WE ARE IN A DROUGHT! PLEASE BE MINDFUL! Jamie is going to want to insert herself into your laundry plans. When you shower, which you are allowed to do on your own, lol, please do not use more water pressure than you need. Do not use the dual heads simultaneously.
The downstairs bathroom is supplied with skin care samples, and lots of other fun goodies for girls and metro guys. Feel free to try stuff. There should be cotton balls, pads and q tips for application. You may also use the house body and hair shampoos, lotions etc. which are in the shower. If I don't want it used, I won't leave it where you can access it. The exception is my husband's hair brush if he forgets to put it away, as well as razors.
If you leave your own stuff in the ladies room, other ladies may think it is Jamie's and try it. We recommend storing your personal items in your room.
We will be happy to share our wifi. If you have access to one of our computers in your room, please don't open attachments or go to adult sites, or anything else you know to be risky in terms of computer viruses. You can watch rented movies on the computer if you like if there are speakers. Redbox is 5 minutes away.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE DOG ANYTHING! He is on a special diet and his food is timed to establish his role in our family, and because he was just recently ill from eating the wrong foods. His name is Blizzard. He is a service dog for Jamie, but he is Jerry's dog in his heart. He is not always the friendliest dog in the world, but he is extremely well behaved. Women with high pitched voices who wave their hands near his face, are threatening to him.
On a rather gross note, Blizzard seeks protein, so don't leave protein in the garbage cans on the floor. Either keep the garbage stored off the floor OR deposit feminine and um, uh, latex products in the trash compactor in the kitchen.
Our main request is that if you need something, that you tell us, and if we can, we will provide it. If there is a problem, please tell us in the moment and perhaps we will certainly do our best to fix it!
Hopefully you will have a great stay and give us a great review when you are done. We only review those who review us, and we try to do so within 72 hours of yours being posted.
Jerry made us feel very welcome - all 10 of us - and we all enjoyed our stay. Jerry is very interested in cooking which made it a joy to cook our dinners in their kitchen since there was all the pots, pans, utensils etc. we needed. In the morning we had a great breakfast including waffles, fruit salads, yoghurt, cereals which Jerry made for us. Jamie was'n t home very much during our stay but she also seemed like a very nice person. The house is situated perfectly for a visit to Napa valley or the Jelly Bean factory in Fairfield. Definitely a place we can recommend :-)
Huge thanks to Jamie and Jerry for a wonderful stay in their home! It was a perfect; out of the city and mid-way to wine country. Thank you so much for the tasty breakfast and perfect recommendations for activities for our party!
This was my first airbnb experience and Jamie/Jerry's place was great. I was traveling with a large group (9) and the space was very accommodating for our large group - both in size/comfort /location as well as the attention to detail offered by Jerry and Jamie in advance and during our stay. (We only got to meet Jerry during our stay but I conversed with Jamie before arrival).
What made the trip comfortable was the following:
- Jerry/Jamie helped me in advance of arrival by adjusting our reservation (our numbers fluxed and this required extra effort on Jerry/Jamie's part - but they were very gracious about making the adjustment)
-We were able to use the well appointed kitchen for prepping our dinner and we invited Jerry to eat with us. The kitchen was awesome - and enabled us to prep a fabulous meal. I don't like to eat out and being able to relax and enjoy a meal together was the best part of our stay.
-offering of breakfast foods for our large group. I truly didn't expect anything beyond a spot to sleep when using an Airbnb, so having any sort of food available to us was fantastic - especially because we were leaving super early the next morning and prepping breakfast was not an option.
-the space was large and clean and lived up to the description. The deck was super and allowed us to enjoy the sunset and some downtime with our group. Same for the living room. Beds were comfy and bathrooms worked out fine, even with our large group.
-the clear (albeit) lengthy house rules. Not having these could turn things into a nightmare for everyone - read them and follow them and it will all go well.
We know our rules are lengthy! They grow when guests find new ways to surprise us! (Like beer pong on the bare dining room table with red wine, or orange rind and cherrios stuck to deluxe bedding!) We will try to make them more concise.
Glad it all worked out well for your group!
Jamie and Jerry were absolutely amazing. They were hospitable, personable, and welcoming. They talked to us, gave us recommendations for things to do in the area, and also gave us our privacy when we needed it. It was everything we could have asked for in a host.
For the most part, we enjoyed our stay with Jamie and Jerry. We rented out all of the extra bedrooms so the we and all our married children and their young children could stay together and spend more time (instead of all going to our individual hotel rooms in the evening).
Jerry fixes a wonderful breakfast and is so welcoming and easy to talk to. He shared recipes with us, made us a wonderful balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing (for an evening meal) and gave us suggestions on things to do, how to get places, etc.
The house is very nice. However, there are many breakable things and knickknacks everywhere. It made it a little difficult for the young children, although I think we managed it well. This house might not be a good choice for families - better for couples or adults only.
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us, especially Jerry's additions to your meals. Before your arrival, I was assured that with TWO adults for every child, we didn't have to do that much "childproofing". (In a four day stay, if you felt differently, it would have been best to let us know!) We actually felt the children were not as well supervised as we would have preferred, eg. children climbing on top of the kitchen table in adult presence, totally unsupervised around the dog, and so on. We DID remove a lot of small stuff in the bedrooms. (I know how much I put back yesterday, after two other groups with young families since your stay had left. ) We host young families ALL the time, and this is the first time this has brought to our attention. This is also the first time we have hosted FIVE children under 5. So maybe we are not a good choice for so MANY young children. None the less, we will make an effort to remove more stuff from the house in the future, because we do take our guests recommendations seriously.
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About the Host, Jamie, He'S Jerry
Yes, we DO eat a lot of waffles around here!
We are a modern, married couple in a fun, stable relationship. We both work hard but enjoy skiing, dancing and travel as well. We host parties and dinners regularly. Jerry likes to cook and you might be able to coax him into a delicious dinner to enhance your stay with us. Don't ask Jamie though, or you are likely to have soggy cornflakes!
Jamie comes with a small service dog, named Blizzard. He is randomly friendly (probably not at all random to him!) but don't be offended if he is stand offish. His job is to attend to Jamie.
We prefer to stay in extremely clean homes, as dust doesn't like Jamie, so we keep a very clean house. If you think something needs to be cleaner, tell Jamie, she loves learning new ways to be OCD!
We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the room that interests you, and perhaps the house rules BEFORE you contact us, They are not ALL rules: Think of the Pirate's Parley: they're more like guidelines, lol. We REALLY don't want you to be surprised by anything.
Just a little description of the photos!
1: In line at the set of Dancing with the Stars!
2: The Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield!
3: The Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park!
4: Sailing on the Carquinez Straights at night!
5: In Cinderella's Pumpkin at Children's Wonderland with our oldest grandson peaking over!
6: Blizzard saying it's time for a walk!
7: Our grandson in the Teacup at Children's Wonderland!
8: Jamie on the slide at Children's Wonderland!
9: Our tenth wedding anniversary!
10: Yacht Club, 100th Anniversary of the Titanic Party!
11: Peju Winery!
12: San Diego Zoo with our granddaughter!
13: Last New Year's at a fellow Airbnb host's party!
14: Our wedding!
15: Our honeymoon in Kawaii
16: Jerry thinking big in Las Vegas!
17: Steamboat Springs, Colorado!
Jamie and Jerry