Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

This 9' x 12' cottage is in the garden of two Well Known Artists..and has a very unusual setting. The quiet is marvelous! You can write a book in our garden! Get your wireless, enjoy a tea & biscotti.We will suggest favorite places in S F. Welcome!

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Futon
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 1PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Private room


Cleaning Fee: $70
Weekly Discount: 25%


The space

Bernal Heights, walking distance to Cortland Ave.

We hope you will enjoy the description about our Darling Cottage and Garden and we await your Instant Booking!

This 9' x 12' cottage is in the garden of two Well Known Artists..and has a very unusual setting. The quiet is marvelous! You can write a book in our garden.Bathroom, w/tub, is through garden, adjacent to the studio, and has easy access and privacy.Garden is fenced in, so you enter through the Main House. A cup of coffee or pot of tea is always available in Main House Kitchen. The Cottage has Cable TV, Dvd Player and double very comfy futon. Two people without much luggage can be happy, as well! We have a smoke free environment! We are in the sunniest part of San Francisco! Bernal Heights is a very charming, friendly and quiet neighborhood. We are a three minute walk to many cafes and restaurants at Cortland Avenue. Easy access to Muni bus lines. Farmers' Market on Saturdays and Flea Market on Sundays on hill just below! Much fun to browse at both Markets! Parking very accessible as house on a corner and across from an Elementary School.There is also outdoor storage for a bicycle or two inside our lower level studio gate! You may even, we find, be able to store your long kayak there!
Our Cottage uses a fluffy and very wonderful down quilt/comforter. Please let us know if you have asthma or allergies and we can change to a synthetic type quilt/comforter for your stay!
Our company loves to stay in our cottage 3 weeks. We will rent by the night for a Happy occupant!.

P.S. Inside our Cottage, we have a 4 page list of ideas for those of you who are new to the San Francisco Bay Area. Be sure you ask us some questions about it, when you are visiting us. Here is a brief neighborhood detail from our list:
On Cortland Avenue, itself:
331 Cortland Mall: Paulies Pickles, good brisket sandwich or chopped liver, delicious!Dill pickles also very marvelous! Closed Tuesdays.Also in the 331 Mall: a new wonderful set up for sit-down eating! Little Nepal:recently very highly recommended by a super favorite airbnb guest! a Must Try!
Piqueos Peruvian Restaurant, so delicious! •Progressive Grounds Café:great Hummus made by a Master: Aziz the owner from Morocco! Delicious!•Heartfelt:wonderful greeting cards, big assortment and other Sundries;Super friendly Owner & Staff: wonderful Flowers, too!.•Little Bee Baking at 521 Cortland AVenue :fantastic Pastry,Pies, Cakes, Cookies!!! by Chef/owner, STacie Pierce (formerly Pastry Chef at Chez Panisse. She also serves Blue Bottle Coffee: a must try. Stop in and have one of her Baguettes, too!. Little Bee Baking is beside the Community Center!;Sand Box Bakery: Asian fusion, delicious sandwiches, pastries;
903 Cortland:Marvelous Michelin Quality ChefOwner Greg Lutes presents a marvelous dining treat: a Cozy American Restaurant:(Kinfolk) : Soon to be 3rd Cousin at 919 Cortland (By mid Nov. 2015);3rd Cousin is using Toby’s Art Image for their Restaurant Logo! Marvelous !!!!)•delicious! Moki's for Sushi; Marthas Brothers for good Coffee;Succulence Shop (bring your Host a plant); Moonlight Cafe: I hear their French Toast is divine!Inclusions Gallery:Great place to browse, beautiful art and she also has wonderful selection of wearable art: jewelry, etc! A must see!; Our favorite store:Good Life Grocery (@ Andover)where you can get superb fresh sushi,superb fresh homemade soup, wines,yogurt, etc; Kingmond Young:marvelous card shop next to the Liberty Cafe! Dont forget the Electric Bicycle rental at The New Wheel.•We have a Bank of America Branch with a wonderful Staff & ATM Machines! fitBernalfit: drop in workouts welcome and Bernal Yoga, also drop ins welcome!
Bernal Star: Newly opened (used to be Liberty Cafe) on Cortland for Beer and Burgers!
•Red Hill Station: 803 Cortland Ave: Fish Fish and More Fish, Oyster Bar etc. You can email them with your reservation:(email hidden)

Heading away from Bernal:

Nearest Post Office:Tiffany Street at 29th Street.•
Good Eats: near Cortland Ave •Baby Blue Barbecue,3149 Mission Betw. Cesar Chavez and Powers Ave. Funky place but very delicious Ribs and food!

Or Emmys on Mission: spaghetti heaven! Or Front Porch: we heard their late dinners are Delicious: (website hidden) them to find out. Or:Ichi Sushi : also near Cortland on Mission:Wonderful! Someone sited Martha Stewart at Ichi Suchi in June 2014~ How do you like that!!

•Flower Power: For an Incredible Flower Shop:•Church Street Flowers on Church St at Market:•You can buy a $22 single stem Peony there! A must for a special event and they will deliver!•Ritual Coffee on 1026 Valencia: Haven for techies and hangout (a wireless office away from home). Must see shops in that neighborhood include Bernal Cutlery: 593 Guerrero in the Mission: great jackknives and silver: antique knives for ladies!

Finally,for your interest: fortunately, Bernal Heights also has a dedicated, high end, professional videographer (Steve Sisler, CerebralPro, Inc.). He will shoot and edit a video for you, if his schedule permits.For those of you planning an important event journey here, we highly suggest you book his services.
That's it for now! Hope you like our Snapshot!!!

We suggest the App called Around Me be downloaded onto your smartphone.

We also suggest the App called Click a Taxi.
This is in case you don't have a car and are out late.
Uber is another convenient App we recommend !

If you do have a car, here are a few other ideas : if you see a parking meter on Sunday you do not have to pay to park. Our parking is very easy!...we have no meters anywhere near our home!!!!

If you are driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, don't look for a person in the toll booth. The system has been automated!

Guest access

Marvelous sunny Garden + see amenities provided.
Tea, coffee, bottled water and Biscotti available always in our KitchenRoom.
Morning Coffee, bread, butter, Jam, milk, fresh oranges also available each morning. Our teas are decaf and regular and we have honey and sugar for your beverages, as well. We ask ahead if our Guests need Gluten Free Bread instead of regular Breads with Morning Coffee!

Interaction with guests

We are very happy to leave you alone and give you all the privacy you wish or need! On the other hand, we will very much enjoy having a conversation with you about why we adore San Francisco or what it was like when we lived on the Island of Crete, Greece, for 6 years! We are happy to tell you that we recommend taking a Ferry from the Ferry Building to at least see our San Francisco from the Bay. We also, upon request, will show you our awesome Art Studios and all the Works in Progress!

The neighborhood

Weather gorgeous! Ambiance incredible!
People extremely friendly!
Ask us about the Bernalwood Blog! It will keep you in touch with everything!
Our Fine Art Studios: people come from all over the World to see our Art! Ask to visit!

Getting around

Uber: First on our list!S.F. Muni (SFMTA) for bus or trolley.
BART for our underground system!
Andi's Market on Cortland AVe has bus passes for sale. Walgreens at 30th Street & Mission also has bus and BART 3 day passes for purchase!
There is a new wonderful App called Moovit which will give you all the Bay Area Transit Info!
Highly recommend you download that App!

Other things to note

Also, we like using Uber for very prompt rides to and from anywhere in the City! That is a favorite App, too!

If you do have a car, here are a few other ideas : if you see a parking meter on Sunday you do not need to pay to park. Sunday has free parking now in San Francisco!At our Home, parking is always free: ...we have no meters anywhere near our home!!!! Some people leave their car and go to Walgreens and buy a Clipper 3 day pass for the Muni (S.F. MTA bus system)!

(website hidden) We recently had a nice couple here from Sweden and they told us about this telephone which they are renting and they found it to be very very useful. I wanted to share this tip with you.Explora is the name of the phone!
Another tip: Enterprise Car Rental will pick you up and bring car to you! or mission branch;branch manager:julius Santos.

We are the Home Owners of this Property.
Dear Guests: Things are changing here in S.F. The City has asked us to tell you that we now have a Rental Registration Permit#. You will find our # inside our Listing. The City has also asked us to publish the following notice: Possession of a San Francisco Short-term Residential Rental Ordinance (SF Administrative Code Sec. 41A). This ordinance does not require an inspection of the unit by the City for potential Building, Housing, Fire, or other Code violations.

FYI: Our Walk Score:84; Our Transit Score :72; Bike Score:71! STR-0000109

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 1PM

The parking is very easy. There are no meters. Our house is a double lot house on the corner. On Wednesday there is street cleaning from 12-2 PM once a week and on Thursday there is street cleaning from 12-2 PM. we have no problems parking in front of house, side of house or across the street.

Smoking: We have a smoke-free environment. Absolutely no smoking is allowed in or near our Cottage.
We also do not allow pets!

Hello there! FYI, we do not allow smoking in our Garden Cottage and we have a firm checkout time of 11 AM. If your departure time is much later, we would be happy to keep your luggage and let you pick it up later in the day! We have available a continental breakfast of fresh bread, jam and butter with an orange and instant coffee, tea or bottled water. Other than that, in general, there are no kitchen privileges. Coffee, tea, water are available during the day or evening! If you are OK with our House Rules we would be very happy to Host you! Best wishes, Toby and Joe

We are in the Bernal Heights section of San Francisco. It is on the side of the City near the airport. The SuperShuttle can be booked by you online and will bring you from the airport to the front door of our Home. That is one very good way to get to our place. You could also take a cab but it is much more expensive, we believe. (maybe $45) ( (website hidden)/‎)
2 people with SuperShuttle $27 plus tip. Taxi maybe $40-45 plus tip US dollars. SuperShuttle may have more people in van to drop off but you will probably be one of the first drop offs because of our location. These prices are, of course, approximate.

Uber is always wonderful for transport if you use that App.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit

2 nights minimum stay

164 Reviews

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Laure User ProfileLaure is a superhost.
April 2017
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for, like us, a cozy little place to share for two. It is a real quiet nest. The welcome from Toby and Joe is warm and they are attentive to our needs with kindness.

Yuqi User Profile
October 2016
It is definitely wonderful experience to stay with Joe and Toby in this lovely garden cottage. They are very friendly, considerate and so lovely couple! They really make me feel like its my home. I will definitely miss the fresh bread, hot tea and late night chat. The cottage is of European Style with very soft bed. Feel romantic living there ;)

Maria User Profile
October 2016
This was an amazing experience. Toby and Joe treated me like family. They ensured I was comfortable, had everything I needed; including fresh bread everyday. I honestly felt like I was visiting my parents. I have never been treated so nicely anywhere I have stayed before. The cottage was like going on an exotic location. It was a very nice change of pace from the traditional hotel room. Their artwork, the garden, etc. If I could rate this more than perfect that is what I would say about my experience this week. If you have a change to stay here, you should! Toby and Joe, I will see you again!!!
Toby User ProfileToby is a superhost.
Response from Toby:
Yes, we hope to see you! Such a darling gal you are, so sparkly and so brilliant! Good luck with all! T and J
October 2016

Siobhan User Profile
September 2016
I had a wonderful experience with Toby & Joe. They're fascinating people, and their cabin is lovely! I was driving a rental car and they reserved a spot for me on the street, then made sure it was safely parked for hilly San Francisco. The neighborhood is nice and walkable. I'd definitely stay here again (and I want to do one of Toby's art classes too!)
Toby User ProfileToby is a superhost.
Response from Toby:
Hi Siobhan! Thanks for lovely words about us! You can visit in the Winter, as we have a nice little heater to put in our Cottage for just such petit needs for a more toasty environment! Love from T and J and many greetings from California!
September 2016

Martin User Profile
September 2016
We stayed in Toby's Cottage for four nights and had a wonderful time there. We liked the art of Toby and her husband Joe which is present in the entire house and garden. Also we got an private tour through the studio. We loved the hospitality, the sense of humor and the long talks after having explored San Francisco. Especially the tip to get round by Uber was a great one :) Summing it up the stay at Toby's placed made our personal San Francisco experience unique and complete. Thank you two so much and we hope we will meet some time again.

Andy User Profile
August 2016
Toby and Joe are warm,genuine, and very interesting people. Seeing their artwork was a wonderful bonus to staying at this unique and charming place.

Emma User Profile
August 2016
We had a wonderful time staying at Toby & Joe's lovely place. Unlike many other hosts, Toby & Joe were very much present, helping us with recommendations and telling us stories about their life in San Francisco. This made our stay an experience which we will never forget. The cottage is beautifully situated in the calm yet central Bernal Heights, within walking distance to both nice cafés and restaurants and to the lively Mission District. For a unique Airbnb experience, Toby & Joe's cottage is warmly recommended!
Toby User ProfileToby is a superhost.
Response from Toby:
Hello you two: hope you were able to view the photos I sent through the airbnb texting. Send along your personal email, if they didnt get through! Best wishes from San Francisco! and T and J
August 2016

San Francisco, California, United States · Joined in November 2010
Toby User ProfileToby is a superhost.

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Toby is a Fine Artist, College Art Professor (retired), Mentor and Author. She has a working Art Studio in San Francisco. She is also an Expert on IP and Managing a Small Business for an Individual Artist.Her current body of work includes plywood hand painted wooden cutout multiples, painted with acrylic as well as a varied line of hand painted ceramics.
Joe is also a Fine Artist, Pastelist and Photographer, currently working on App Prints via his iPad and iPhone.
Having had a home in Crete, Greece for 25+ years, you can be sure that Toby and Joe have a favorite travel destination! We love Company and people love to visit our Studios, by appointment!
By the way, we welcome Guests from all walks of Life!

Response rate: 100%
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Response time: within an hour
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