House - Private room · Benvenue Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705, United States

Sleep in downy soft comfort in the coastal-themed BAYSHORE ROOM of the gorgeously restored DERBY CREEK GUESTHOUSE.

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Sleep in downy soft comfort in the coastal-themed BAYSHORE ROOM of the gorgeously restored DERBY CREEK GUESTHOUSE.

The Space

The BAYSHORE ROOM (21 ft x 10 ft, 210 square feet) is one of 5 bedrooms available to rent in my 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom home.


The Bayshore Room is a bright, airy sun room with wrap-around windows. It is furnished with a comfortable queen sized bed (sleeps 2), a high quality teak desk and chair, a dresser for clothes, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and extra blankets for cool nights.

There is a cot in the closet which can be used by a third guest (if you're on a budget and don't mind cramped quarters).

Families can add the the Angel Island Room to create a two-room suite, which share a common hallway and can be separated from the rest of the house by closing the hallway door. The hallway door remains open when the rooms are rented separately.

We provide plush towels, spare toiletries, free wi-fi, nationwide phone calling, organic breakfast supplies, and full house privileges (kitchen access, comfy living room, wrap-around deck, pretty backyard).

Guest Access

When you rent a room in Derby Creek Guesthouse, you have access to:

- Your private room with locking door.

- Two clean and newly updated, shared bathrooms with drawer space for your things and plenty of towel racks.

- The large, well-equipped kitchen where you can cook and store your food. The kitchen has a 6-burner chef's stove, high quality stainless steel appliances and fixtures, marble countertops, lots of cabinet space, sustainable marmoleum flooring. It has a breadmaker, blenders, waffle iron, 10-cup coffeepot and french press coffeemakers, loads of pots & pans, serveware, and everything else you need. We also supply cooking oils and spices, baking supplies (for pancakes, etc.), and condiments.

- The comfortable and beautifully furnished living room with antique Victorian sofas, cable TV, books, magazines, and games.

- The large dining room, with its long, antique table and newly refinished chairs, antique chandelier, nicely refinished hardwood floors, large windows, and well-stocked breakfast hutch.

- The front porch with its patio seating and ample windows to view the neighborhood

- The pretty garden with its teak outdoor seating and charcoal barbecue grill.

Interaction with Guests

I enjoy meeting travelers who are sociable, but I respect your privacy and will go about my own activities unless you reach out.

We will set your check-in time a week in advance, and I will meet you, show you around, deliver your keys, and answer your questions. I'm also happy to make restaurant, transportation, and sightseeing recommendations at that time.

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. But, I'm sorry - I can't help you find an apartment, rent a car, plan your trip, or other very time consuming tasks. I can, however, give you the phone numbers and websites of car and apartment rental agencies, and other resources.

The Neighborhood

The house is located approximately 1/2 mile south of University of California, Berkeley in the Elmwood neighborhood. 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. The neighborhood is 1 mile from the center of downtown Berkeley and 10 miles from downtown San Francisco.

Getting around

This neighborhood is superbly located!

UC Berkeley is 1/2 mile North - get there by car in 5 minutes, by bus in 8 minutes, or walking in 20 minutes.

Restaurants, shops, and services are right around the corner - just a few minutes' walk.

It also has excellent public transportation: an AC Transit bus stop is just 450 feet from the front door (a one minute walk). There are plentiful Zipcars in the area, and you can easily get a ride from a taxi or Lyft (private resident's cars). A rapid transit station (BART) is 1 mile from the house, and the bus gets you there in 10 minutes.

Walk to downtown Berkeley in 20 minutes, or get there by bus in 10 minutes. Drive or take BART to downtown San Francisco in 20-30 minutes.

Other Things to Note


After you book, Airbnb will send you a booking confirmation. I will follow up with an email containing our House Manual, which tells you where to find things and other important info. It's advisable to print this document right away (some folks have trouble finding it later) and bring it with you so you can easily find the address, directions, and our contact information if you can't access your cell phone or the Airbnb website while you're traveling.

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 tidy up the common areas of the house 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.

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 laundry 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 family reunion or other group getaway.

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.

The calendar is always up-to-date, so the step of asking if it's available and waiting for a reply isn't necessary. If the calendar shows dates as available, they are, and you can go ahead and book them.

Airbnb is a community of trust, and your profile and verifications make that trust possible. If your profile is not complete, please include in your inquiry your name and address, place of employment, and the reason for your stay in the Bay Area. Best approach: take a moment to complete your profile so you don't need to repeat this info with each host.

Ask away! Or ask for my complete Q&A.


Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $150
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We had a lovely stay! House has everything we could want, our room was really comfortable, there were HEAPS of options for breakfast, and Amy was just a lovely host.

    June 2014
    Response from Amy:

    You were a joy to host, Natalie! We hope to see you again. Amy

    June 2014
  • Best Airbnbn I've stayed at yet! Could not ask for a better host!

    May 2014
    Response from Amy:

    Thank you, Arya!

    May 2014
  • Amy is the best! So friendly, and she really helped me out when i made a small error on my booking dates.
    The house and room were so well furnished. Lovely organic food and classic furniture. Also- Berkeley is a great place. The house is in between Elmwood and Telegraph, so loads of restaurants and things to do really nearby.
    This is the perfect place to stay if you're looking to spend time in the leafy east bay.

    April 2014
  • Comfortable and clean. Gracious hostess.

    April 2014
  • My daughter and I spent 3 wonderful evenings here this past weekend and would absolutely visit again. The location is perfect and in a very safe neighborhood - within walking distance to shops and restaurants. We had breakfast there every morning and were able to cook in the evenings, as the home is equipped with a high end gas stove. I've never stayed in a B&B with shared bathrooms, but it was never an issue. It is a well maintained, clean, comfortable and relaxing place to stay. Amy is a wonderful host and very attentive to any needs you may have.

    April 2014
  • Amy has really learned how to be a wonderful host. She runs it like a B&B but at a lot less cost. The house and room are beautiful and clean and does the small things really well. If in Berkeley this is a perfect place with the location and the International flavor of the other (website hidden) is very quiet and everything works perfectly. Thank you Amy.


    March 2014
  • Super comfortable, extremely clean, great location and Amy is lovely. I will return many more times.

    February 2014
  • This is the first place I try to book every time I visit Berkeley, because it's clean, quiet, comfortable, well-outfitted, nicely decorated, and offers you the perfect combination of privacy and social opportunities. There's never any problem accessing the bathrooms because visitors are on such different schedules. The kitchen is large, well equipped, and perfect for my cooking adventures. What doesn't come through in the pictures is that staying here is an experience, and not just a place to lie my head. Between the Craftsman design of the house, the interesting antiques, and the innkeeper's attention to service, staying here makes me feel like I've been transported to a 1900's English inn. But when it comes to the bathrooms (Italian tiles, fixtures), kitchen (stainless steel appliances, chef's stove, marble countertops, sustainable marmoleum floors), and other supports, everything is high quality and contemporary. The host has created the perfect combination of historic charm and modern convenience, and the perfect balance of professionalism and personal attention.

    February 2014
  • Just spent a great week in Amy's house. Thank you Amy for a very good stay and your hospitable welcome and caring throughout the week. We enjoyed our rooms and the breakfast very much. Also thank you for your very good wi-fi:-)). We will reccomend you anytime!

    January 2014
  • What a great place to stay! House is beautiful, welcoming. Amy is gracious, extremely helpful (with anything you need), and concerned about making sure her guests are ALL taken care of. The house is run really well, with lots of attention paid to details. I really appreciate the thought Amy has put into making this guesthouse 'liveable'. Food is great, fresh, plentiful. A great California experience.

    September 2013
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University of Texas at Austin, University of West Florida, Arizona State University
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I'm a writer and a public relations consultant growing green and socially responsible businesses and nonprofits. I truly enjoy sharing my comfy, warm, and welcoming home with good people from all over the world. In my career, I've directed advocacy campaigns to protect wild forests and coastal areas, co-founded the Green Party USA, worked on a presidential campaign, helped build socially responsible businesses, and raised millions for environmental and social justice campaigns. In my downtime, I live a quiet, low-key, healthy lifestyle, and relish the simple pleasures: music, the great outdoors, learning, and friendship. I'm a bit of a foodie, enjoying foods from all over the world, especially healthy, organic foods. I love the many cultural and outdoor opportunities found in the Bay Area. I enjoy sharing my friends and interests with travelers who look forward to interacting with the locals. If you stay in my place, or host me in yours, you'll find me warm, friendly and helpful. But I'm entirely unobtrusive to those who prefer their privacy. Since I'm entrusting you with my home & things, I need to know about you before accepting a booking. What I need to know: full legal name, current address, and place of employment. Taking a moment to complete your profile with this information will speed things up. Thanks, and see you soon! Amy Belanger, Sweet.E.O. Homestay By The Bay
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