About this listing
A very private tranquil healing space, full of interesting details, an ultra comfortable bed, lovely books and the sound of birds in the morning. The shower looks up to the eucalytus trees , open the door onto your private entry patio. Enjoy !!!
A special retreat-like setting; private and detatched, newly renovated cottage. Easy parking and street level entry into your own lovely courtyard. Inside, large windows look onto a red plum tree and hills in the distance.
The main room has a very comfortable queen size bed with fine linens and down pillows and comforter, a beautiful travertine covered gas fireplace with lit sculpture niche, a sheepskin rug, totally controllable lighting dimmers, and top down - bottom up shades. The bathroom is unique and artistic. A number of people who've stayed with us have named this serene space, "The Sanctuary".
We provide filtered water, breakfast breads and cereals,on request, fruit, coffee and tea in the room. There is a small refrigerator and toaster and an induction cooktop for light cooking
We are minutes from Montclair Village, close to downtown Oakland, Berkeley, and the Berkeley campus. Approximately 20 minutes to downtown San Francisco and 70 minutes to Napa Valley.
2 night minimum generally required .
Please note, a $25 cleaning fee is charged for each stay.
The property is strictly non-smoking
We welcome you and we know you'll enjoy your stay here.
Here are some comments from our guest book
"loved staying up here in the hills. . ...delightful place to wake up in the morning"
" Your place is so peaceful. Thank you, everything was just wonderful."
( From a guest who proposed to his girlfriend in the sanctuary. She said Yes!! ) "What a beautiful place to spend a special night. It couldn't have been more lovely . So serene. "
" We enjoyed our stay immensely . The setting and privacy was perfect for a romantic night and morning ."
(From a friend )" thank you for opening your home to allow us to be filled by the peace ,beauty and inspiration of this magical abode ."
Through a private courtyard
Interaction with Guests
We are delighted to help visiting guests explore this area , which we love deeply .Please let us know if we can help in any way , other wise we respect your privacy just checking in with you as seems appropriate , to check that you have everthing you need .
Our street is super freindly, lots of kids and dogs , a 15 min loop walk will take you up to great sweeping views of the bay .Little montclair has a few great restaurants and most things you need and , count em 4 coffee / tea shops .
Sunday we have a super farmers market
Its best to have a car. The roads in the hills here are charming and winding so your first drive may take a little extra attention , We save you the parking space right in front of the space
Other Things to Note
Lately we've had some owls in the evening .
The room is very unique with lots of creative details by Ted a long time stone artist. My home recorded CD of bansuri music is always always by the cd player . I hope you enjoy it .
strictly non smoking , 2 guests maximum. Please remove shoes in room with rug . have a great time
My visit with Ted and Stefanie was simply superb. Visiting with our hosts was one of the best parts of the visit. The Oakland hills location was quiet and serene, surrounded by forest and very private. I would highly recommend this lodging to anyone wishing a quiet get away time.
My boyfriend and I had a lovely time at Ted & Stefanie's place. It is actually way more beautiful than what we'd expected. It's a hidden getaway high up in the Oakland hills surrounded by trees that give a perfect backdrop for the space that they affectionately call the 'Santuary.' The attention to detail from the stonework, the lighting, the fireplace & spiritual atmosphere make the space very uplifting. We loved the heated shower & the super comfy bed.
Truly magical, highly recommend it.
In short, this place is awesome! Stefanie and Ted met us at the door and welcomed us graciously. My wife and I felt so special, cocooned in this cozy, quiet, lovingly-created retreat house surrounded by trees. The handcrafted stone and wood made the floors, walls and countertops seem like works of art. Sitting on the sheepskin in front of beautiful statue and real fireplace (gas, which starts instantly with the turn of a switch) felt great. Our niece said, "Mom, I want my new apartment to look just like this!" Well. . . not likely . . . but we heartily recommend this place for you!
Ted made us feel very welcome and the "cottage" was beautiful architecturally. The furnishings and appointments were cozy, serene and in wonderful taste. The bed was very comfie, neighborhood funky and interesting with narrow, curved road that somehow worked!
Thanks so much Ted and Stefanie and we'll be back!
Pat and John
This was our first AirBnB experience and it couldn't have gone better. Ted welcomed us, showed us the cottage and wished us a happy anniversary (reason for our visit). It was such a beautiful and calming setting with great natural light, and filled with custom stonework and lighting throughout. It was a great oasis to return to after driving in the city. We could turn on Louis Armstrong or Indian flute music recorded by the owner and relax. We would definitely stay at 'The Sanctuary' again.
This airbnb location was uniquely appealing to me in its artistry of stonework and decor. Ted and Stephanie were welcoming and thoughtful. They have applied creative talent to make their home away from home comfortable and alluring. I read other guest comments, each of which praised the place and the hosts. I recommend a stay if you would like a unique, quiet, safe and friendly environment.
About the Host, Ted And Stefanie
We are a couple of happily transplanted New Yorkers who love the abundant nature and culture of the bay area. We share a love of art and the spiritual path, Stefanie adds yoga and fashion,
Ted, architecture and music .
Our motto is all religions are one.
Favorite travel destinations, Italy and India