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.
Nikki was easy to contact. We didnt met her in person though. Only her husband who was really friendly and easy to talk to. The cottage was perfect for us. Could barely stay awake in the bed, soo comfy (it seems like americans in general like really thick mattresses). Easy parking, right in front of their house (that is not the easiest to find without a GPS so I'm glad we had one.
Didnt use any of the beverages in the fridge but of course it's a nice touch for the guest/s.
Worth the price absolutely. I recommend you to stay here if you need a place to live for a couple of nights in San Francisco.
The cottage was charming, quiet, and private. The neighborhood was secluded, yet very accessible to restaurants and the city.
Nikki was a great host!
We enjoyed staying at Nikki's cottage. It was the perfect location for us. The neighborhood and home surroundings is quiet and peaceful. The price was right for what you get considering the area and cleanliness. All the little extras provided in the fridge was a plus. Thank you!
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Irma & I enjoyed our stay. Nikki was an excellent host. The snacks came in handy on the trip home. Nice quiet neighberhood. The room was as described, but we were only there to sleep. Plenty of beautiful places to see in the area. Close to San Francisco Airport and less than 1/2 hour to Fisherman's Wharf.
Nikki was easy to contact and very responsive to any questions I had. The space was as advertise, lovely and cozy! If the chance arises, I will stay here again as well as recommend to my family and friends.
Everything was as stated. The accommodations were simple, but great. Perfect for our trip to MakerFaire! I would stay again.
We enjoyed our stay at the studio. The location is very convenient to all locations around San Francisco. We will definitely come back again in the future. Thanks Nikki for offering your home!
A great little cottage to stay in! My wife and I both felt very much at home. The bed is very comfortable and the cottage had everything we needed for our short stay. We would absolutely stay again!
This is a fantastic little cottage / studio and it was perfect for my recent stay. Quiet, tranquil, and very comfortable bed. A nice location in San
Mateo Park, with an easy walk to downtown Burlingame and on to the Caltrain if needed.
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