Our spacious and comfortable Wildcat Canyon Room is the largest room (email hidden) guesthouse. With a king bed, a queen futon, and a twin futon, a whole family can sleep here. It includes a small bonus room with a twin bed and toys for the kids.
Sleep in downy soft comfort, and hang out or work during the day, in Southwestern-themed WILDCAT CANYON ROOM of DERBY CREEK GUESTHOUSE.
We've gone to great lengths to create a high end, five star, Bed & Breakfast style experience at affordable prices. Here, you are surrounded by unique antiques, high quality linens, stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, and imported tile bathrooms. You will stay in super clean, uncluttered, warm and homey surroundings. Only guests use our rooms, so everything here is for your comfort and enjoyment.
Our free, organic, self-serve breakfast bar includes fresh fruit, assorted breads and spreads, hot and cold cereals, milks (dairy, soy and rice), yogurt, pancake mixes, eggs, and unlimited coffee and tea all day.
We also provide bundles of soft towels, strong & steady wi-fi, a land line with nationwide phone calling, and full house privileges (kitchen access, comfy living room, spacious dining room, wrap-around deck, pretty backyard).
THE WILDCAT CANYON ROOM is the largest room in the house, measuring 17 ft x15 1/2 ft (263 square feet). You can fit up to 5 guests in the room, with a king sized bed (sleeps 2), a futon sofa (sleeps 2), a chair-futon (sleeps 1). There's also a nice rolltop desk & chair, a sitting area, and a small annex room where the twin futon is located.
The bedding is new, with goose down and feather pillows and comforters, pretty duvet covers and bedspreads, and high quality cotton sheets. You'll have your own iron and ironing board, hamper, heater & fan, and extra blankets and throws. Large windows on two walls flood this room in natural light, which you can filter with the sheers or block with the curtains.
The room's namesake, Wildcat Canyon, is a valley just east of the Berkeley Hills where visitors love to go hike and picnic along Jewel Lake and Lake Anza. An active tectonic fault, the Wildcat Fault, runs the length of the canyon. Wildcat Canyon was named for the mountain lions which used to be fairly common in the area.
CLEAN AND GREEN: We provide green living supports (recycling, composting, chemical-free bath products, etc.). Each person cleans up after themselves immediately after meals. Before you check-in, we have the entire house professionally cleaned, including laundering all of the linens, towels, pillows, and blankets. We also clean the common areas of the house at least twice weekly during your stay. For stays of a week or more, we will replace your linens and towels weekly, and dust and vacuum your room on those days. Cleaning products are chemical-free and unscented (Seventh Generation and Dr. Bronners), so you'll smell only the fresh air.
When you rent a room in Derby Creek Guesthouse, you have access to the large, well-equipped kitchen where you can cook and store your food; the comfortable and beautifully furnished living room with antique Victorian sofas, cable TV, and books; the porch and its patio seating to socialize; and the pretty garden which has a teak table and chairs and a new charcoal barbecue grill.
I will meet you at our pre-arranged check-in time to show you around, deliver your keys, and answer any questions. I'm also happy to make restaurant, transportation, and sightseeing recommendations at that time.
During your stay, your host will not enter your room unless you request optional cleaning services.
I'm available by phone, email, or text if you need anything during your stay or if you have any questions or problems that need to be addressed.
I will meet you again on the day of your departure to collect the house keys, discuss any breakage or problems that may have arisen during your stay, hear any feedback you'd like to offer (suggestions welcome), and wish you a safe journey.
I enjoy meeting travelers who are sociable, and am open to more interaction, when the timing is right for all concerned, but I respect your privacy and will go about my own doings unless you reach out to me.
The house is located approximately 1/2 mile south of University of California, Berkeley between the Southside and Elmwood neighborhoods. This neighborhood is a quaint, walkable, safe, and quiet residential area, just a few hundred feet from the popular Telegraph Ave, College Ave, Claremont Ave shops and restaurants. Public transportation, shops and restaurants, and Zipcars are abundant nearby. San Francisco is just 10 miles away and easily accessible by BART train or by car.
The neighborhood has excellent public transportation, plentiful Zipcars, and easy walks to shops and restaurants. A bus stops 450 ft from the house (a 2-minute walk). A rapid transit station (BART) is 1 mile from the house.
We supply travel books, tourist guides, maps, magazines, and the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.
PARKING: Street parking is free and plentiful, but is subject to time restrictions. Guests may park all day on Sundays and between 5 pm and 9 am Mon-Sat. Between 9 am and 5 pm, you need to move your car after two hours or purchase a day pass from me for $10 (you can purchase several at check-in, if needed). If you prefer to stow your car, you can park at the nearby Ashby BART station all day for $2.
GETTING HERE FROM THE AIRPORT: There is a BART station directly inside SFO airport, which you can take to the Downtown Berkeley BART station. From there, you can take a cab the one mile to the house.
If you prefer a taxi, you can catch one at the ground transportation level of the airport, Taxi cabs wait at the BART station in a cue, so you take the one at the front of the line. Fares and rules are available on the SFO website.
If you are traveling with several people and a lot of luggage, it's better to arrange a shared ride or exclusive van. They should be reserved at least 24-hours in advance. You can find their phone numbers on the SFO website.
In some cases, I may be able to pick you up at the airport for a fee that's comparable to the taxi or van ride.
LAUNDRY: We don't have on site laundry facilities for guests, but there's a coin operated laundry just 200 feet from the house (a 1 minute walk), and we provide large bags and a wheeled basket to get you there easily.
WHOLE HOUSE VACATION RENTALS: When the individual rooms are not already booked, you can rent the entire house for your group for lodging, meetings, or events.
OPTIONAL SERVICES: Whether you're renting the entire house or individual rooms, we also offer (with 1 week advance notice and extra fee):
- laundry service
- daily maid service
- catering, picnics, and lunches to-go
- beach kit
- camping gear
- rides (for shopping, etc), and bike rentals.
NOT A PARTY HOUSE: Important: if your group is looking for a house where you can hold loud parties, this is not the place for you.
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SEE ALL OF DERBY CREEK GUESTHOUSE'S ROOMS HERE:
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|Extra people:||$20 / night after 2 guests|
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|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
We had a nice time in Berkley. The house looks great, everything from bathrooms , bed rooms and living room lovely. The bed was very comfortable! We even could cook dinner in the nice big kitchen. We can recommend staying here! We styaed for four nights and could relax and reach San Francisco easily.
My teenage son, daughter and I enjoyed the Wildcat Canyon guest room along with the entire house. Amy the host provided a tour and detailed written information which made us feel right comfortable from the get go. The breakfast items were delicious and plentiful. The WIldcat Canyon room was spacious and homey. The location of the house and FREE parking provided us access to many of the shops and restaurants in ther area. It was also very close to public transportation which allowed us a great day in San Francisco. This was the first time my teenagers had stayed in a B&B and they were apprehensive. Once they met the other guests they enjoyed talking about where they were from and what brought them to Berkeley. My son is eager to get accepted to Cal so we will be back again soon. Thanks Amy!
Thank you for the great feedback and for being such a great guest, Nancy, and best of luck to your son! For those reading this review, I should clarify the usual parking situation (Nancy was lucky to stay when parking wasn't in demand and a spot was available in my carport). Folks with cars should expect to park on the street. Street parking is usually easy to find but is regulated and you need a day pass (which you can purchase from me) to park for more than 2 hours during business hours. Street parking is free and unregulated overnight, on Sundays, and during official holidays (such as Independence Day, Christmas, etc.). See the "parking" section of my ad for full details. :)
We had an excellent experience with Amy's airbnb. It was so above and beyond what we expected. The room and house were clean, quiet, appealing, comfortable, and in a great location for walking. Plus there was a parking space. The breakfast was high-quality organic food. I would definitely stay there again and recommend it to my friends. Amy was available if we needed her but we didn't. We just loved it!!
The house and our room was really lovely and quiet, though quite close to lots of restaurants and activities around Berkeley. It was just a block from our friends! Breakfast was a serve yourself kind of thing with a cereal bar, fresh fruit and fixings to make your own pancakes and what not. We ended up going to Nabolom - a fantastic bakery up the street - for breakfast both mornings we were there. Overall, it was really relaxed and private - just right for us.
I've stayed at Amy's several times, this was the first at the Wildcat Canyon room. The energy and spaciousness of the room has a lot to recommend for it. If you don't mind spending a little more when you stay here, you should give it a try. Overall, the hospitality, as always, was superb. Everything you could want when you are on the road.
We had a wonderful stay here. The house is beautiful, comfortable, homey. The food available for breakfast was plentiful and good quality. We liked making our own breakfast and not being under a time schedule. There was enough variety as well as ingredients to make things like pancakes, French toast, egg dishes. The bathrooms were large.
Amy was easily reachable for questions. We had a family brunch one morning we stayed there that she catered with a friend. It was amazing! This was something I paid separately for.
Definitely will stay here again when we are in town.
The Homestay was an absolute joy of a place to spend a couple of days in the Bay Area - great proximity to campus, smack in the middle of a quiet, beautiful neighborhood, great food and drinks just a short walk away. The room and house itself were wonderful too - a healthy array of foods laid out, everything extremely clean and modern.
Had my grand kids and daughter in law stay over the weekend on their way to L.A. for a cruise to Mexico. Such wonderful and generous amenities that Amy provided, made their stay a luxurious experience, one that certainly rivaled the floating hotel they were on.
They can't stop speaking about what a great place Amy has!
-- Justice Putnam
Amy and I didn't meet because our schedules didn't line up, but she was a great host---gave me all of the information I needed and checked in to be sure all was well. The place itself is beautiful---an old craftsman-style home on a pretty quiet street. Nicely renovated bathrooms and kitchen. It's an easy walk to the UC Berkeley campus where I had business, so that was convenient. Comfortable, immaculate. Good coffee and self-serve breakfast. I'd stay there again.
A great place to stay. Love the house, love the room, love the kitchen. Amy was a great host - very responsive whenever I texted her. I'll definitely stay there again:-)