About this listing
NON NICOTINE USERS, Enjoy 4 bedrooms in our lovely home, a HOSTED bed and breakfast 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!
Please use the CONTACT HOST button to inquire within....
If you REQUEST TO BOOK as your opening communication, unfortunately, we will have to DECLINE your reservation and ask you to start over with an INQUIRY. Please ASK first. People actually get this far and don't realize we are a HOSTED VENUE! Our calendar is not guaranteed to be up to date. If you CONFIRM no one in your group uses nicotine in any form, you can receive faster service.
This HOSTED listing best accommodates 4 to to 9 in up to four of our internationally themed bedrooms. We can squeeze in 12, but that's really cozy. 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 Queen 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 single day. You may be asked to let yourself in, and may stay alone one or more nights. Conversely, we NEVER offer a vacant home on purpose.
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 NICOTINE FREE. We are serious about this. By smoking or vaping 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.
If you prefer to cook yourself without combining meals, that is fine, too, but yonly use the KITCHEN FOR UP TO 60 MINUTES!
Jerry is diabetic, and must eat when he must eat.
PLEASE CLEAN UP as soon as you finish cooking, and preferably as you go.
If you don't think something is clean enough already, please let us know and we will clean more. We won't be offended. You are paying for clean. We will be unhappy if you down grade us for cleanliness, without ever having said anything about it.
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 may be available, but is not guaranteed to be. Please ask before using, so I can give you instructions on our front loader.
WE ARE IN A DROUGHT! PLEASE BE MINDFUL! 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 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.
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.