Enter the walled garden and be met with European hospitality. The cool and gracious guest rooms are just that GUEST rooms complete with crisp linen, electric blankets, flowers and bedtime coco. Here, the rule is hospitality! You've come home.
Charming, elegant and friendly surroundings but comfort is the operative word.
The Napa River Room is furnished with an exceptionally comfortable queen bed and costs $98 on weekdays and $108 on weekends. The included breakfast is continental on weekdays and a hot full breakfast on weekend; we also serve breakfast in bed on weekends!
Should you need a second room there is the nursery or the Mare Island room which is furnished with a twin bed; the addition of the nursery comes with a $30 surcharge inclusive of breakfast.
If both guest rooms are requested the cost is $128 weekdays and $138 weekends a night inclusive of breakfast.
The nursery is only available as a surcharge to guests who are staying in the Napa River Room.
Breakfast is not included on a monthly rental as we are sure we could not do it justice!
Private shower or the family bath. Your choice.
Comfortable pillow top queen size bed (it's a real bed even thought the listing says sofa bed - we're technologically incompetent!) made for one of Europe's leading hotels.
European douvet. Crisp linen.
Interaction with Guests
Willing to include you or give you privacy.
Walking distance to the Vallejo ferry then 52 minutes to San Francisco. 14 miles to the heart of Napa and Sonoma is about 20 miles further.
Public transport is easily accessible.
Walking distance to the SF ferry and public transport to Napa
Other Things to Note
Must like people and dogs though not obligatory in that order. Expect to leave as a family friend.
If we're going to the Vallejo Yacht Club or the Bay Terrace Theater (both in walking distance) you'll be invited.
Smoking permitted in the garden terrace
Our hosts were extremely welcoming and gracious. They even invited us to join them for a dinner party they were having that evening. The food was wonderful and the company, even better.
Ayse and her mom are very nice host. They let my mom use the extra room (Mare Island room) beside the room they advertised. Her mom welcomed us with tea and cookies and cooked us a delicious English breakfast with porched egg and potato.
There 3 dogs in the house. I read it before I come but still surprised because they are pretty big and follow you every where in the house. (I used to have a small dog). They're nice and friendly though.
The town Vallejo is close to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and we had a
great time there. It made a great stop to Napa Valley for us.
The rooms can be noisy at night because it faces the road and there're cars running once in a while at night.
There's no heater. The electric blanket is warm enough. However, if you're not a fan of electric blanket, make sure to bring your own heater.
All of these can't be compared to the family's hospitality. Just ask and they will do their best to make your stay comfortable.
A wonderful experience in every way. Ayse, Amna, Edwin, and Karima instantly treated me like one of the family. I felt welcome and at home for the entire length of my stay. Karima is also a wonderful cook, and I got to enjoy dinners with the family when I was around. The neighborhood is unique. There are often friend coming in and out of the house, and similarly with them, I was instantly welcome to join when things were going on around the neighborhood. Their home is beautiful, the room is very comfortable and nice, and the amenities are all easy to access and use.
Overall, a great time with a delightful family. I look forward to visiting again in the future.
We were in heaven during the long Thanksgiving Weekend since this family made us feel so welcomed and at home! We arrived late on Wednesday night after a long drive from Los Angeles and we were welcomed with tea and cookies, great conversation at a beautiful water front home and then off to sleep on the most comfortable beds (the electric blanket had our beds all warm and cozy) we also had breakfast in bed on Thursday and Friday and during the weekend a full 3 course breakfast was served at the kitchen nook (beautiful presentation and great taste); we got so spoiled by this amazing family that we won't be able to stay at any other place when we return to the area. We got a wonderful tray with tea, cookies and port every night so yes we slept like tired babies since we did a lot of activities in the area (Sonoma, Napa and San Francisco) This home is centrally located and within easy driving or a ferry ride to great cities; Beautiful people at a beautiful home. Thank you Macknight family for an amazing stay at your home and made us feel as part of your wonderful and loving family!
I was welcomed with a laughter, a glass of wine, and some of the best company west of the Mississippi! I stayed a full week that flew by because I felt like one of the family. The house is sublime, breakfasts delicious, and close enough to the city, vineyards, beaches and sunset! Wish I could have stayed longer, and will definitely return.
An absolute gem in Vallejo. My girlfriend and I were visiting the Bay Area for a wedding in Napa and needed a place to crash. Our stay was delightful. Ayse, Amna and their family were fantastic hosts. The breakfast in the morning was something I actually wrote home about. I would totally recommend and would stay here again in heartbeat.
Absolutely amazing experience!!! We came in super late (2am) and they were so welcoming. She had tea and soup waiting for us. There was a decanter of whiskey in our room as well. The bed had electric blankets turned on for us as well. When we woke up we we were awakened (at the hour of our choosing) with a 2 course breakfast. Fruit and croissants followed by sunny side up eggs with the most amazing broccoli potato pancakes. I'm not sure if another air b&b could top our experience.
So here's the rub. We are twin fifteen year old girls. Amna does the cooking and Ayse does the cleaning and laundry. We both make the bed!
All the money raised goes to our extra curicular activies like horseback riding, ice skating, waterpolo and school trips. Once in a while we can argue our mother and father into a treat or two.
Why did our mother agree to this?
First our mother comes from a huge family (52 first cousins) and she thinks that the more people you love the happier you are. Airbnb gives us the chance to spend more time liking or loving people.
Mom thinks that hospitality and kindness is IT and that welcoming people, being hospitable and generous is a skill a young adult need to practice and practice often.
Then, there's the money aspect. Our mother truly believes that money is hard to earn and easy to spend; she wants us to equate school trips to four breakfasts and five laundry loads. Apparently that equation is supposed to be helpful as we get older. Then she wants us to learn to give more than we get, that it's important to go the extra mile. Apparently our grandfather is fond of saying 'never let an employer have to justify your salary'.
Finally, the reviews are an added bonus according to our mother. Its usually a relaxed family meeting, on our way to dinner or to our grandparents ... and our mother reads it out to us. The interesting thing is that it has taught us that appearances may be deceiving, that some are shy with their feelings and that its important to always assume the best.
Our example here was a guest that we thought was so-so about our breakfast but when the review came in it was wonderful. The guest was just reserved in person.
Why did our father agree?
Frankly he was horrified at first. He comes from a large family too and he likes our house when its full of neighbors and friends, but he didn't think that 'strangers' would be fun. He's traveled alot in his life and we think that's what made him agree, the promise of meeting travelers.
suffice it to say, he loves meeting guest. In a way he travels more now!
All in all, our family has tons more friends now more than ever. We have invitations to India, Korea, France, Canada, Mississippi ... the world!
Thank you for sharing our space, you're really a gift in many ways. Thank you!