About This Listing
This architectural guesthouse is designed by the talented architect, Aaron Green, who worked closely with Frank Lloyd Wright, notably on the Marin Civic Center. It's a wonderful hideaway in prestigious Los Altos Hills, close to a nature preserve.
Located in one of the nicest areas in Silicon Valley, on a meandering quiet street in the hills, it borders beautiful hiking trails Rancho San Antonio. Walk down Deer Hollow Farm, and enjoy nature's best, then zip over to downtown Los Altos with its fine dining and unique shops. With high ceilings and plenty of light, it's bright and airy, totally relaxing. . .experience a stay in a real architectural gem. A beautiful 10 minute drive to Stanford University.
The guest house has an equipped mini kitchen, a private entrance, and its own parking space. The two twin beds can be converted to a king bed to suit your needs. The king bed has a very plush pillow top and is very comfy.
There's a large private outdoor area, with teak chairs under a market umbrella perfect for al fresco dining or sunbathing. It's located in one of the finest areas of Silicon Valley, not far from Stanford University, *oogle, *acebook and many other leading tech firms. Minutes away from Palo Alto, San Jose. You may hear the rural sound of hens next door, but no roosters! Sometimes the hens will sneak out and visit us.
Amenities include: high speed wireless internet, parking, flat screen TV with a DVD player, and cable. Linens and towels are provided. We now have lots more cable channels, including HBO.
ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS
Just minutes away, within walking distance, you'll find beautiful hiking trails, with miles of hills to explore. About a mile away you'll discover Deer Hollow Farm with plenty of animals, gardens, and a historical cabin from the turn of the century. You will likely see quail, deer, bunnies, and maybe even a bobcat! There are cute clucking hens next door, but don't worry... no rooster!
Refundable Security Deposit: $500
Non-refundable Cleaning Fee: $85 (reduced to $50 for one night)
VACATION RENTAL RATES:
OFF SEASON (October 1 through April 30):
$800 week (daily rate $125)
PEAK SEASON (May 1 through September 30, and Holidays):
$1000 week (daily rate $150)
Check-in time is usually at 4 pm, and check-out time is 11 am. However, an early check-in, or late check-out may be possible if it is not booked before you arrive (but I may not know that until just before you arrive!). Please inquire.
However, in either case, you can arrive as early as 1 pm, or leave as late as 3 pm, if you leave your things there while the house is being cleaned. You can and go out and explore the neighborhood or the town of Los Altos.
Ask about reduced rates for longer stays...
It's very private guesthouse, attached only by a roof. You have your own parking space.
Interaction with Guests
There is a lockbox for your privacy, or come say hi if you want to be social!
It's close to downtown Los Altos with unique shopping, fine dining, and galleries. Or head to Shoup Park where you can have a picnic in the Redwoods just a few steps from downtown. Be sure to visit our award winning library and museum in downtown Los Altos! Free tennis courts within a mile.
WITHIN AN HOUR:
Close to Stanford University and San Jose. Drive to The City (San Francisco) on 280, often called the most beautiful Freeway in the World! It's only about 40 minutes away. Close to Stanford University and San Jose. Drive to The City (San Francisco) on 280, often called the most beautiful Freeway in the World! It's only about 40 minutes away.
Hike the redwoods in Huddart Park. Drive over through La Honda redwoods to discover the 'secret' Bean Hollow Beach. Take Highway 92 to Half Moon Bay and have some clam chowder while watching the waves roll in.
San Jose Airport is about 17 miles away and San Francisco Airport is about 33 miles away. Fly into either one.
NO PETS, NO SMOKING.
The setting is beautiful - a great location if you want to be around nature and don't mind a 10 minute drive to restaurants and shops. The landscaping on the property is nice. The guest house itself is more Spartan than luxurious - classic FLW style architecture but pedestrian furnishings and amenities (but reasonable in light of the reasonable pricing for the place). A nice place to use as a " base camp" for hiking in the nature preserve or business in Silicon Valley, but, while a cozy setting, perhaps not where to stay if you are looking to spend a lot of time luxuriating in your room.
I'm quite tall (6'5") and kept bumping my head on the lights suspended from the ceilings on either side of the bed, especially the one situated at the intersection of the natural path in the studio to walk between kitchen, bathroom and bed. I live in Japan and am accustomed to feeling like Godzilla here, but not when in the U.S. I'm guessing the architect Aaron Green was not a tall man and this may not be the best place for a tall person to spend a lot of time.
Could not get the cable TV to work, but watching was not particularly important to me so it was only a minor irritation. Jane left detailed instructions on dealing with TV problems and how to contact the cable company if all else failed. I did not bother but assume one could get this worked out if it mattered.
Jane was responsive and left good instructions in the house so the place was easy to access and use. She was out of town so I did not meet her, but did have a brief chat with her mother, who was friendly. The guest house has its own entrance and feels private, though it would have felt more so if there were curtains included with the kitchen windows.
The place is quiet and the bed comfortable. It's a little out dated and worn. Overall a nice place.
We strive to keep it up and clean, but we have purposefully not "updated" it. It is authentic period and we have chosen not to compromise the architectural design or integrity. (For example, it is built of old growth heart redwood it not possible to replace it anymore ) We have provided a very comfortable bed and furnishings. For people interested in architecture, it is the real deal!
We felt completely at home in Jane's guesthouse - it was very private, quiet and cozy. The building has radiant heat, so no matter how chilly it is outside, the interior is always at a comfortable temperature. The many birds in the neighborhood added to the peaceful ambience - you could not ask for a more tranquil retreat.
This is a very nice, quiet, comfortable place to stay. The surrounding is beautiful and the nature around creates a peaceful setting. The guest house was very clean and fulfilled our expectations. The host was very warm and nice. I would definitely stay here again.
Comfortable and quiet place, light and airy and walking distance to Rancho open area is fantastic. Highly recommended.
Place warms up in hot summer days if closed up but cools down nicely in the evening.
Wonderful property. Jane and her Mother absolutely respect your privacy. Secluded, quiet, well appointed, and with a private patio. Fantastic bed with luxurious linens. The guesthouse is original, so don't expect very modern appointments, but it is decently maintained and has everything you will need in terms of kitchen space, bathroom space, internet, television, etc. I did not have a chance to walk the open space preserve up the street but it is just up the road.
Overall, very enjoyable. I have stayed a total of three weeks at this location and hope to do so again if it is available during my future business travel.
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About the Host, Jane
A little about us; we are all artists and I have a vacation rental that I’ve been running since 2007, so I’ll take good care of your place! Here are some of my listings:
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