About this listing
Welcome to our second cottage in Willow Glen! It's a modernly decorated with new, high quality furniture and and luxurious linens, surrounded by a lovely garden. You'll enjoy the full privacy (separate entrance from the main house) and it's location in a charming part of San Jose, minutes away from Santa Clara University, the SHARKS stadium, and great shopping! The unique cottage setup includes a separate bedroom area with a huge, walk-in closet, and a combined living room and kitchen area. In the living room, you'll enjoy the comfortable convertible couch, a desk/eating area, and a mini-kitchen, complete set of dishes.
The cottage ideal for female professionals, grandparents coming in to see their local families, moms traveling with their kid(s), and women who want to enjoy a quiet retreat! The queen-sized bed is comfortable and modern. The couch in the living room turns into a second queen bed. All bedding and towels are brand new and high quality. There's also a desk (+ internet) for you to get some work or studying done, plus a TV with plenty of Direct TV channels.
While not equipped with a full-kitchen, we include dishes (paper + glass) and kitchen appliances, including a refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffee machine. There is not a kitchen sink, so we also supply our guests with a paper plate option. Also note that there are two garden areas, one is private for you, and the second is shared with the main house. The last perk is the HUGE walk-in closet that that can fit suitcases and plenty of clothes and shoes :-)
We are located a few minutes walk away various take-out restaurants (Thai, Indian, Japanese, Italian, etc) -- our guests have been very happy with the food options in Willow Glen. There's also a Pete's Coffee, great pizza (Willow Street Grill), Jamba Juice (smoothies) and a Crapevine, (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), and 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 from downtown San Jose to downtown San Francisco (~1 hr).
Upon arrival, you'll meet Victoria, the property manager (and good friend of mine). We hope you'll relax, unwind, and enjoy the warm weather in this spacious retreat in the heart of Silicon Valley!
The cottage is optimal for female professionals, retired people visiting local relatives and small families. We've cleaned out all closets, shelves, etc- so you don't have to feel like you're living in someone else's space. We want you to feel fully at home!! This is a quiet community: Absolutely no smoking, no partying and no drugs. Street parking is available for our guests, however please pay special attention not to block neighboring driveways.
The kitchen area does not have a sink or a stove, however it does have a microwave and coffee maker. We provide a small tub so you don't have to worry about doing dishes. A kitchen sink will be added, but is not complete at this point. A wash and fold laundry facility is conveniently located 1-block away to satisfy your cleaning needs. If you prefer coin operated laundry, there is one less than 1/2 mile away. For longer stays (over 1 month), we can discuss whether you'll need additional kitchen appliances to make your stay even better.
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.
The main house is occupied by a nice family, and we manage the house on their behalf. Please enter on the side entrance by the driveway and park on the street. Thanks for understanding or house rules and we look forward to welcoming you.
This convertible couch can turn into a second bed (extra bedding is stored under the cushions).
After arranging an early arrival which they graciously accomodadted, we were welcomed personally by Jacqui who shared lots of helpful info. The guest booklet was very helpful and filled with good ideas. Location for us was excellent; a lovely neighborhood near restautants, stores, waling trails, etc.
The cottage was as described. It was clean, bright and airy. The cottage was furnished with the necessities one would need for a stress-free stay such as extra blankets, table fans, breakfast items, and privacy.
We stayed at the Zen Cottage for 6 days.
Amanda was great and so was Jacqui. They had plenty of goodies there for us to eat and even a bottle of wine, some good beer and some flowers. The parking situation was a little disappointing. If we returned late in the evening it was very difficult to find parking close to the cottage. Overall very happy but, they need to work on the parking problem
We had an absolutely wonderful experience! The cottage was clean, bright, and very comfortable, and there were lots of little extras that made us feel very welcome. Amanda was lovely to work with, cheerful and anxious to make us feel welcome. The neighborhood is delightful, with a vibrant area of interesting restaurants and shops. The location is very convenient to downtown and other parts of the city. We definitely plan to stay here again in future visits to San Jose.
Fantastic location, easy access to the highways and surrounding areas, but even better is the 2 minute walk to a myriad of dining and shopping choices in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose.
Location! Private outdoor space for morning coffee, large enough space indoors to make it feel like a little home away from home.
This cottage was fantastic. Everything was as advertised, and we found it to be clean, comfortable, quiet, and exactly what we needed. Check-in was very easy, on time, and our host explained all we needed to know/answered our questions about the area. We were provided with fresh flowers, fruit, some breakfast foods, tea, coffee, sweeteners, etc. The little outdoor garden area was pretty, and it was nice to have a place to sit outside. Parking on the street was never a problem, and at most we ended up only a few houses away. The bed was very comfortable, and the pillows and bedding were very nice. The cottage is very convenient (2-minute walk) to a quaint little bakery/flower shop at the end of the street, and only a 5 or 10-minute walk to a nice little downtown area with shops, restaurants, etc. We loved staying here, and hope to do so again when we're back in San Jose.
This is a perfect little cottage in a fantastic location. Everything was just right! Amanda and Jacqui were great to communicate with - and Jacqui even dropped off some freshly picked strawberries during the week! I liked that the cottage was very quiet, super clean, and had anything I could need. I would stay here over a hotel any time - so much more cozy. It was great!
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About the Host, Amanda
I work in tech and am fortunate to have lived in Europe, back when mobile technologies were first taking off. I've traveled extensively, and have grown to appreciate a good host! When not at work, I enjoy outdoor adventures, such as skiing and road biking or spending quality time with friends. I'm also investing in a start-up to help provide Airbnb hosts with new tools.
I've been a landlord for 10+ years, and I am regularly hosting out-of-town guests, especially international visitors. I firmly believe that staying in someone's home in a nice neighborhood beats a hotel hands-down ;)
Because I enjoyed the Airbnb experience so much, I've added to my portfolio by working with close friends. We've found that by working together, we can provide the best experience for our guests! Same quality, efficiency, communication process, etc. plus we've already learned all of the tips/conveniences and can apply it to multiple properties.
We look forward to welcoming you! All of our properties are well-located, quiet, charming and family-friendly with awesome hostesses and a personal touch to make your stay a pleasant one!