Charming getaway secluded garden cottage with a roof top deck with amazing views of the Bay and beyond. Close to UCB and downtown Berkeley and a short walk to tennis courts and parks. Buses (#7 and H express) to Berkeley and San Francisco stop right on the corner. Easy auto access to freeways to the Napa Vally or south to Monterrey. A tranquil place to call home surrounded by flowers, trees and birds. Fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer and a full bath with tub and shower. WIFI, DVD, 32" flat screen TV, everything you need for a relaxing stay. One full bed and a sofa can accommodate a total of 3. Linens and towels provided. The place is set up in an open plan with 12" high ceilings, oak plank floors and pine wood furniture. Double insulated windows keep the place warm and quiet. The front entry terrace is great for morning breakfast or afternoon al fresco dining under the sun umbrella. Then go up to the private roof deck for amazing views of the Bay and bridges. Welcome to Kensington with charm and comfort.
Warmest wishes from Gaby and Gawain
PS this is where we stay when we are in town
PPS if you have any questions feel free to ask
So sorry but we do not allow pets due to hygiene and allergy concerns
My experience was 100% positive. The listing was accurate. The home is located in a very safe neighborhood and I felt comfortable walking at night by myself. Gawain is a very approachable lovely person and made himself available as needed.
Nice and quiet cottage that's perfect for a couple wanting to be close to Berkeley and parks. Cozy and has just enough to make your stay comfortable: kitchenette, bath, washer/dryer, tv, etc. The rooftop deck has sweeping city views too!
Gawain was a nice host, and the place was an absolute pleasure to stay at. The cottage is a great balance between having quiet and remote location that allows utmost privacy, but also being in close proximity to great shops and restaurants on Solano. We found the place to be very conveniently equipped (ie. kitchen utensils, dish ware, iron/iron board, towels, blowdryer… etc.) We woke up to deer outside our window a couple mornings. The view on the terrace is lovely, and serves for an amazing brunch spot. The place is a gem, highly recommended.
Excellent stay in a quite spot just north of UC Berkeley. It was very cozy and inviting for us and the rooftop deck had wonderful views of the bay. Within walking distance to several great spots and backs up along a huge park. Deer were hanging out in the yard every morning and we really enjoyed our stay. We will definitely try booking this again when back in the Bay Area.
My fiancé and I loved staying at Gawain's place! It was charming and comfortable, with everything we needed for a month-long stay. We booked this place primarily because of the roof deck, and it was as spectacular as we imagined it would be!
We loved the neighborhood, as well. There are a few restaurants and a market within walking distance, and it's a quick drive to downtown Berkeley. It was a perfect location, beautiful and peaceful, while easily accessible to action.
Gawain was quick in responding to issues, and a pleasure to connect with. We'd definitely stay here again, and we highly recommend the place to anyone visiting Berkeley.
This cottage is beautiful! The views are amazing and the cottage itself is very cute, clean and homey. I woke up and sat on the roof to drink my tea and could see the whole bay area. If you have trouble going up and down stairs this probably isn't the best place for you since you have to walk up a long set of stairs to get up to the cottage. But if you are able to do that then it's worth the trek. The hosts are very friendly and happy to help you with your bags. I hope to stay here again!
This cottage is such a rare and lovely find. Nestled high a top old city steps, and overlooking the ENTIRE Bay Area, this clean, modern yet exquisitely cozy cottage was everything I hoped for. Gawain and Gaby are very warm and accommodating, and took care in immediately addressing any concerns or issues I had. The cottage is the perfect size for a couple, very secluded and romantic, and has great amenities...including a rooftop deck! I highly recommend the Kensington Inn restaurant and market down the road. I was transported to Spain every time I returned.
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Gawain is from Berkeley, California and he doesn't surf but he's a builder who likes to travel and cook for friends. Gaby is originally from Moquegua, Peru, she loves the outdoors and has a passion for gardening and loves animals. They got married and set up house in Arequipa where you can visit and enjoy a relaxing and interesting home stay.