About this listing
Our large home in Menlo Park has a quiet, private bedroom w/queen TempurPedic bed and private bathroom waiting for you. Enjoy the ambiance of a Parisian pied-a-terre, rural setting, and great hosts. Close to 101 & 84, SJC & SFO.
ENJOY the peace and quiet of a country setting in the unincorporated area of Menlo Park. Plenty of off-street parking in our spacious driveway.
YOUR ROOM has fresh flowers, a queen bed dressed with lovely sheets (flannel in the winter), a down comforter with a fresh duvet, and plenty of pillows. There is a small desk, a closet, and drawers for your personal items. You'll find bottled water and snacks in the armoire. Turn down service in the evening, chocolates on your pillow, and robes and slippers in your closet. Your room includes a 42" flat screen TV with Xfinity Premium TV, high-speed internet, WiFi, and an iPod/alarm clock with iPhone 4, 5 & 6 docs.
(ALL linen is changed and laundered between guest stays including mattress pad, pillow protectors, and blankets.)
YOUR BATHROOM has a hair dryer, shampoo & conditioner, body wash, fresh towels, your personal bar of French milled soap, a shower bonnet, magnifying mirror and sensor night lights. Forgot your toothbrush? No, worries, we have a fresh supply. Maid service (me) every day to make your bed and refresh your bathroom.
BREAKFAST awaits you in the kitchen. Cereal, bread, and a toaster will be on the counter. Help yourself to the fridge for milk, OJ, yogurt, fruit, 1/2 and 1/2, butter and jam. Hot coffee and cups will also be waiting for you, along with sugar, Splenda and a variety of flavored creamers. A Keurig is on the counter and a variety of teas, hot chocolate, and coffees is available. We also have "To-Go" cups if you're in a hurry.
We are a SMOKE-FREE/pet-free/PEANUT-FREE home.
Feel free to also use the connecting family room area to read, relax, or (in the winter) just to enjoy the fireplace.
In the spring and summer, step outside to the backyard and enjoy breakfast on the patio table, or relax in the gazebo and catch a glimpse of "Charlie Feral".
Staying out late? You will be given your personal digital code for the front door, and we'll keep the light on for you. Please lock the door when you come in.
Interaction with Guests
We are happy to share our home and hospitality with you. Your room and bath are very private and located in another hallway, away from our own rooms, so you can have all the privacy you like.
We respect your privacy and know you will respect ours. We are retired and it is just the two of us here now (except for the feral cat in the back yard). If you have any special needs, just let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you. We look forward to hosting you and appreciate that you have chosen to stay with us.
We are located in the Menlo Oaks neighborhood, between Bay Road and Coleman Avenue. We are in the unincorporated area of Menlo Park--that means centuries-old oak and redwood trees, no sidewalks, privacy, and peace and quiet. Mark Zuckerberg's Company, Stanford University, Sand Hill Road are all just minutes away. We are literally in the heart of Silicon Valley, equidistant from SJC and SFO. Even OAK is close by.
Easy to get around, close to 101, 84, and downtown Menlo Park and Palo Alto; 20 minutes to 280. Good to have a car or bike but, if not, there are city buses to take you where you need to be. If you need a ride somewhere, let us know in advance and we may be able to accommodate you.
Other Things to Note
Do you need a ride to or from the airport? A cab will cost between $85-$125. I'll be happy to drive you for a fee of $30 either way. Just let me know ahead of time.
We can be flexible regarding check-in and check-out times, just let us know ahead of time. Otherwise, we'll greet you after 4pm and bid you adieu by 11am.
We do ask that you refrain from using strong perfume or aftershave for everyone's comfort.
This is a SMOKE-FREE/PEANUT-FREE/pet-free home (except for the feral cat).
The property is privately owned; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries, or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises.
LEGAL INTERNET USE ONLY: Comcast, our high-speed ISP, expressly forbids illegal downloads using bit-torrent or similar technology. Unfortunately, there have been some issue with this in the past, so must ask our guests to agree to this policy.
It is indeed a lovely house. Paula made it a five star experience all through our stay! Everything is just perfect, nice and clean and comfortable. The room is located in one corner of the house, which leaves it with a lot of privacy. Paula lived in the other side of the house and we nearly shear each other. But she is like always available, whenever we needed something we could always find her easily. She is very pleasant and feels like a role model host. Totally enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend!
Paula welcomed us like old friends into her lovely home; she invited us to enjoy her deck and gardens. She qualifies as a model hostess in every way. She has provided for her guests’ every possible anticipated need in most sophisticated fashion – fine bath lotions and soaps, gourmet cookies and the proverbial chocolate on the turned-down bed linens….and what a bed! Breakfasts included all our favorites in her well-appointed kitchen. Paula’s AirB & B at the end of a long driveway is indeed the most private comfortable retreat one could wish for after a long trip. The Stanford hospital and clinics are within easy driving distance as are myriad restaurants and shops. We totally enjoyed our stay and will return to (hopefully) meet Paul who was out of town. Suzanne and Jack
BEST AIRBNB EXPERIENCE EVER!
Paul & Paula were simply *amazing*! Not only was the room better appointed than many 5-Star Hotels that I've stayed in, but the hosts were exceptionally warm, welcoming and helpful. Their guest wing is literally designed to provide a fantastic guest experience. Helpful 'concierge' tips about the surrounding area; flexible timing on check-in and check-out; Turn-down service. Wine, chocolate, cookies, top-shelf bathroom amenities, the *works*. Paul & Paula were kind, generous, and amicable hosts. I was honored and humbled to share their amazing home, and I look forward to staying with them again very soon.
A perfect getaway in a lovely Menlo Park neighborhood. The hosts make you feel like a million bucks - attentive to any of your needs. They offer a fine breakfast, and give you all of the privacy you desire. The Parisian-themed room is immaculate, with private bathroom steps away. Menlo Park and Palo Alto have become pricy and noisy in recent years so Paul and Paula's place is an antidote while remaining in proximity to all that those towns have to offer. A great experience.
Paula's house is big and beautiful. And our room is comfortable. Paula also prepared breakfast for us. Milk, bread, cake, coffee, grain, etc. We did have a good rest. Thanks Paula.
My stay at Paula's was my first AirBnB experience. As a neat freak and with what have been called OCD tendencies when it comes to my living environment, I was a little apprehensive about what my options would be. The existing reviews for Paula had my expectations high, however, she far exceeded them during my stay. I had such a wonderful time chatting with her -- it was like I had known her for awhile. Paula literally has everything you might need at her house (from food, drinks, detergent, music, iPod docks, toiletries, etc.). I showed up in the evening as planned and wanted to do a load of laundry. Paula oriented me to the washer and dryer and helped me get going. The room and bathroom were very clean, very comfortable, and reminded me a lot like home. The next morning, as mentioned throughout the reviews, Paula had breakfast (with multiple options based on my preferences) awaiting. I definitely would stay at Paula's again!
About the Host, Paul & Paula
My husband, Paul, and I are both retired from Silicon Valley careers and now actively enjoy photography, travel, and our two granddaughters who live near by. We were fortunate to have traveled around the world before we retired. Now we choose to vacation in Cabo San Lucas whenever possible. Paul enjoys road trips (we drove to Cabo once) but I prefer flying. My life motto is "Choose Joy" and I believe pigs can (and do) fly--they are all over my home. All time favorite movies are "Harold and Maude" and "Grand Canyon" but I'll go see any movie, anytime. I am a Beatles FANatic. My daughter is a Francophile, hence all the Parisian influence around the house. We aren't fussy and really enjoy and LIVE in our home. Come in, take your shoes off, and get comfy. Feet on the furniture is a good thing. We hope you will visit us again and again!