Cozy 8 X 15 North Oakland cottage. Just several steps away in the main house are your private full bathroom with sink, toilet, shower, fresh towels, and a lovely, large shared eat-in kitchen. There is complimentary tea and coffee for you in the kitchen. The cottage has a mounted flat screen tv, a very comfortable queen sized bed, internet and cable (December 2013 - installed a new router in the cottage, guests report the wireless connectivity is more than adequate), plenty of books and New Yorker magazines if you feel like reading, a comfy leather chair, and a full sized dresser for your clothes. Enjoy the sunny, plant filled backyard deck just outside your front door. There is a private entrance alongside the main house that leads back to the cottage.
If you like community gardens, the lovely one acre Dover Street Park is just around the corner. You can also walk the few blocks to Temescal shopping, excellent restaurants and cafes, art spaces, public library, post office, etc.
We do offer instant booking, but please contact us prior to arriving.
Guests have access to their cottage, their own private full bathroom in the main house, a shared kitchen and laundry room.
Interaction with Guests
Whatever seems natural. Sometimes quite a lot, other times not nearly as much. This is often dictated by how much our guests are even here at the house. They generally spend a great deal of time enjoying the Bay Area.
We are working most days, very easy to get along with, enjoy meeting new people, but also happy to respect our guest's privacy.
Easy access to everything in the Bay Area, great neighbors, excellent restaurants, coffee houses nearby. Easy to walk, bicycle and enjoy our usually great weather.
Parking is easy on our tree-lined residential street, and we're within walking distance of 3 BART stations (MacArthur, Ashby, and Rockridge), multiple bus lines (18, 12, 1R, and 1) into Berkeley, downtown Oakland, San Francisco, etc. The transbay bus line (F) takes 20 minutes to arrive in San Francisco from the stop 3 blocks from our house. This line runs every 30 minutes from about 5 am to 12 pm. It's easy to get anywhere, whether you have a car or not.
Outdoor smoking is fine - please not in the cottage, kitchen or private bathroom.
Please be sure to lock the cottage every time you leave the premises and to activate the alarm system.
If you use the kitchen (it is shared) please clean up after yourself ( we promise to do the same!).
Please leave the cottage and private bathroom as you found them.
We loved Chris and Barbaras cottage. It was so cosy and had everything we needed. Place was cleen and they were the perfect host. Would definetly recommend.
Chris and Barb were amazing hosts. Their cottage was exactly as pictured and advertised, and the in-house kitchen and bathroom were easily accessible and very comfortable. Our stay was nothing short of amazing - friendly, approachable and accessible hosts, wonderful accommodations and the cutest dogs. I will surely recommend this place to any one, and if I'm ever in the area again, I will stay here.
Really good communication from Chris and Barbara prior to the stay and during. We really enjoyed our days at the cottage. We visited some friends attending UC Berkeley and that was just 6 minutes away by car, so perfect location for us. Easy to find parking nearby as well. Lovely to have our one bathroom just inside the house.
While we never had the chance to meet our hosts, we felt welcomed via text messaging. Our trip was delayed, so we ended up arriving at the cottage after midnight; our hosts were understanding and made arrangements for us to access the cottage easily and quietly. The cottage itself is small, cozy. The bed is very comfortable. With room for the bed and one chair, it's a little crowded for two people if you're hanging out. But for sleeping, it's fine. Access to kitchen and bathroom in the main house was easy. The bathroom is very nice. Great towels! Overall, a good experience. Wish we had had more time to explore the neighborhood. BTW, easy access to Berkeley.
Thanks again, Barbara and Chris!!! All is good. I love your dogs and cat :-)
I had a great stay here.Chris and Barbara is great host.
I greatly appreciate your kindness.
I also feel better two dogs and a cat.
Room was clean and comfortable.
When I'll visit Bay Area next time,I want to stay again.
Thank you so much.
Upon our arrival to Chris and Barbara's cottage we were very pleased with the space. It was cozy and comfortable. The outside area was great for sitting while we enjoyed a meal. The neighborhood was walkable to transportation and restaurants. As a first time visitor to the Oakland area, I was very happy that it was such a positive experience.