WHAT MAKES THE COTTAGE AWESOME??
•Complete and utter privacy and quiet! The cottage is separate from our house, so guests enjoy relaxation and a mini getaway. Come and go as you please and be as social (or not) as you want! If you are around during the day, I will stop in, say hi, and bring you a little welcome treat.
•The W Bed! Plush full-sized memory foam bed from the W Hotel. Sleep in luxury and comfort. Bed is dressed in 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, with a down comforter, Down and Memory Foam pillows, and (in winter) a heated mattress pad. You will sleep like a baby!
•WIFI, Brand new 32"flatscreen with AppleTV (Netflix, iTunes, Pandora Streaming, SkyNews etc) AND 250 cable channels.
•Updated bathroom with a rain shower
•Gourmet cookies (sourced from local artisans whenever possible), fine teas, Starbucks VIA coffee, and fridge stocked with a rotating variety of complimentary beverages such as beer, Coke, Pellegrino, Martinelli's Apple Cider etc.
•Complimentary snacks! May include popcorn, cereal bars, chips, cookies, dried seaweed etc. I change it up frequently, and try to stock healthy but delicious offerings.
•Plenty of free parking in front of our house.
•Neighborhood is ideal for runners! Very safe, very quiet, very beautiful. Wonderful place to stretch your legs.
•Beautiful and safe 10-15 minute walk to Burlingame Ave and the Caltrain Station. Walk to GAP, Banana Republic, J Crew, Anthropologie, Apple Store, Boulange Bakery, Farmer’s Market, Safeway, Walgreens, and tons of restaurants and other boutiques.
What to know before you book
•200 Square Feet- a cozy spot perfect for singles or couples only.
•Not ideal for seniors or those with mobility issues as the walk back to the cottage is dark at night, and the plush W Bed is quite high!
•Cottage does not have a full kitchen! May not be ideal for long term stays as cooking ability is limited! Cottage has fridge, microwave, hot water kettle, cups, bowls, and cutlery only.
Our bright and cheery guest studio is located in historic, leafy San Mateo Park, walking distance to the wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and cafes of Burlingame Avenue.
The quiet and peaceful studio is completely separate from our house, so guests come and go as they please, without having to worry about coordinating schedules with me.
The studio has a tranquil double bed, crisp white 400-thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets, hypoallergenic MemoryFoam pillows, thick feather duvet and (in winter) a heated mattress pad.
To keep you productive during your stay, we have wifi, an iPod docking station with alarm clock, small flatscreen TV and work table with task lighting.
The updated bathroom is bright and cheery, with an artisan-created Mexican vanity mirror, pedestal sink, and a luxurious rain shower-head. We keep the bathroom stocked with shampoo/conditioner, body wash, and a powerful hair dryer.
The studio has (email hidden). ft refrigerator, microwave, electric tea kettle, tea/coffee (french press), and includes a welcoming adult beverage :). Although the cottage does not have a full kitchen, I'm happy to provide additional continental breakfast items such as bagels, juice, yogurt, and cereal with advance notice! Just let me know a few days in advance so I can make sure I have everything on hand.
I keep a rotating selection of snacks and drinks in the cottage for my guests- you may find complimentary cookies, popcorn, cereal bars, chips, sparkling juice for you to enjoy.
2) San Mateo and Surrounding Areas
San Mateo is a fantastic foodie haven! It is especially known for its prolific selection of fabulous sushi bars, Izakaya shops, and traditional Ramen houses. If you have never tried authentic ramen, I highly recommend visiting Santa Ramen, Ramen Dojo, or Ramen Parlour for a unique traditional Japanese dining experience. Additionally, Wayurika is a very famous Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant a short drive from downtown (book well in advance!).
For authentic California dining, you must visit 31st Union in downtown San Mateo. Everything on the menu, including beer and wine, is sourced from California. The restaurants highlights many wonderful local farmers, and the food is excellent.
My husband and I are avid foodies, and can wax poetic on most of the restaurants in and around San Mateo. Whatever you are craving, I can help you find! Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese, Chinese, Korean, French, Italian, Pizza, Hamburgers.... just ask!
If you will be taking public transportation, we are just a 15 minute walk to the Burlingame Ave train station. We are a short 10 minute walk to our wonderful Sunday morning and Thursday evening farmers markets, fabulous restaurants and Burlingame Ave, which has shops such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Gap, Anthropologie, Sur La Table, Janie and Jack, Gymboree, as well as many smaller boutiques.
Half Moon Bay is about 25 minutes east (longer on weekends as beach traffic can be heavy). Stanford is 25 minutes south, and San Francisco is 30-40 minutes north (traffic dependent).
The San Francisco International Airport is just 6 miles away (Our guest house is perfect for people taking early flights from SFO!)
Other things to know before you book:
We have two very friendly, fat tabby cats, however they are not allowed inside the guest house so cat allergies should not be a problem.
The walkway to the cottage is dark at night. We have solar powered walkway lighting and a flashlight for our guests to use during their stay. However, because the walkway is dimly lit, our guest cottage may not be ideal for senior citizens or those with mobility issues.
We have a bike available for our guests convenience, so you can bike to work or over to our farmers market! (Please let us know in advance if you need the bike because we keep it in our garage).
For families with an infant/toddler, we have a Phil and Ted's Traveler crib or toddler AeroBed that we will set up in the room for you. Please let me know in advance if you will need these.
There's a reason all of the reviews for this studio are overwhelmingly enthusiastic, and I will add mine to them. While I never got to meet the hosts, due to busy schedules, I felt their warm presence in the special touches they added to the very small cottage. It is ergonomically well-thought out, and their instructions are clear on how to use the shower. Lots of coffee selections, a few goodies and sparkling water made this a cozy experience. There's a good wi-fi connection, as well as Apple TV--though limited in channels it received, I caught up on some recent PBS. If you are a TV addict, you might be disappointed by the lack of cable (unless I missed something). The location, privacy and homeyness of this studio can't be beat. Their taste in literature is excellent and varied, evidenced by a nice quantity of books populating their shelves.
Love how cosy this place is, it has everything a traveler needs in their accommodation. This place is really safe and the neighborhood is lovely. There are plenty of parking space which is awesome for me. It is really close to both burlingame and san mateo downtown, so plenty of restaurants within shorting driving distance. Nikki is really sweet to prepare fresh strawberries for me from the farmers' market :) The backyard of Nikki's house is such a pleasant view when you wake up in the morning and draw the curtains apart.
Just stayed for one night as proximity to airport was really useful. Very Comfy bed.
Staying in the studio cottage was a wonderful experience with all the comfort that I needed. The garden was a joy to wake up to. Loved returning to the cottage greeted by the divine smell of the jasmine flowers growing in the garden. It was great to be provided with some toiletries and all the little touches like treats and drinks. I'm so glad I stayed here rather than in a hotel and Nikki was amazing at responding to my communications.
My wife and I stayed at Nikki's studio for 2 nights. Everything was wonderful and very comfortable. Beautiful neighborhood and walked into Burlingame for dinner. We will use her studio again when we are back. Thank You Nikki!!
We loved the private garden area outside of the studio - it was perfect for us to lounge around in the morning with a coffee. The studio is tiny but charming with very beautiful interiors and details. The neighborhood is really convenient as well. We enjoyed our stay very much.
Everything as described. Most of all Nikki was highly accommodating and made the stay a very pleasant one!
I LOVE this studio! This was my second stay here and I had another great week. Nikki creates such a comfortable and cozy atmosphere. Last time I stayed, it was summer so I didn't get to experience the mattress warmer. But this time, I used it and it is heavenly!!!
Everything in this studio is nice from the shower to the snacks to the "cloud bed" (that's what I call it!), to the beautiful garden it looks onto - it is just great! And Nikki is sweet, communicative and hospitable.
Pretty little private space in a San Mateo neighborhood that was reasonably priced. The bed and bedding was so comfortable and beautiful. Nikki provides Apple TV and lots of snacks and a microwave. The bathroom was functional and well-appointed. Nikki was very easy to work with and communicated in a very timely manner.
My boyfriend and I loved this studio! It was clean, cozy, and comfortable and had everything ready for us before our arrival. Furthermore, the privacy that this place afforded us was excellent. The snacks were also a great addition. Even though we didn't get to meet Nikki, she was very welcoming; she checked in on us by email to ask if everything was fine and was very responsive to our requests. Every part of our stay was wonderful. We'll definitely be back!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.