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

Sleep in downy soft comfort in the floral themed ROSE GARDEN ROOM of the gorgeously restored Derby Creek Guesthouse.

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Sleep in downy soft comfort in the floral themed ROSE GARDEN ROOM of the gorgeously restored Derby Creek Guesthouse.

The Space

13 ft x 10 ft (130 square feet)

This pretty room is is one of 5 bedrooms available to rent in my 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom home. The Rose Garden Room furnished with a gorgeous and comfortable queen-sized bed (sleeps 2), an antique Victorian reading chair, a Queen Anne desk, an antique wooden dresser, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and extra blankets for cool nights.

Named and decorated after the Berkeley Rose Gardens, its floral decor and antique furnishings are soothingly reminiscent of Grandma's house.


Guest Access

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

- Your private room with locking door, dimmer switches for the lights, closet, and all of the room's supplies (bedside tables and lamps, desk and chair, bedding, towels, iron, ironing board, heater, fan, phone with nationwide long distance).

- Two clean and newly updated, shared bathrooms, with imported tiles, marble-top sink cabinet, a chromed clawfoot tub, walk-in showers, seating for parents with kids, and high quality stainless steel fixtures. It has drawer space for your things, shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, hand soap, extra TP, extra toiletries, a first-aid kit, 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 doings unless you reach out.

We will set a check-in time a week in advance. 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.

The Neighborhood

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.

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. In addition to the address, directions, and wi-fi passcode, it contains a link to 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 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.

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 thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Amy. Very convenient, cozy and hospitable.
    Super clean and comfortable bed and bathroom. There were numerous healthy choices for breakfast that were provided with our stay. We would definitely stay with Amy again.

    July 2014
  • Onze eerste ervaring met airbnb is heel goed bevallen. We verbleven in een groot huis wat we deelden met andere gasten. Het was een geweldige ervaring. Veel lof voor onze gastvrouw, een hartelijk en gastvrije ontvangst. Ze is erg behulpzaam om je wegwijs te maken met openbaar vervoer en POI in SF

    May 2014
    Response from Amy:

    (website hidden) Translate: "We very much liked our first experience with Airbnb. We stayed in a large house which we shared with other guests. It was a great experience. High praise for our hostess, a warm and welcoming reception. She is very helpful with public transport and points of interest in San Francisco."

    May 2014
  • Amy was an excellent host. She made sure to find the room wonderfully prepared, in perfect condition and also checked for flight delays to make sure I arrive in time. In the house I met the other guests and rapidly found myself just like at home. An equipped fridge, cupboard for breakfast and even the daily freshly prepared coffeemashine make you just not want to leave this place. Whenever I come to Berkeley again this is the place I will stay at. Only my best recommendations.

    March 2014
  • Amy is wonderful and the house is great. Everything was perfect and I hope to stay at her place again whenever I come to Berkeley.

    February 2014
  • Amy's house was nicely furnished and really comfort as my home. She is very cheerful and helpful. She provided a warm and welcoming environment with lots of little touches including breads, yogurt, fruits, coffee, tea and beverages, tour books, magazines and heater. Even phone is provided for each room ! Especially, I enjoyed her wonderful kitchen.
    I highly recommend that this place is perfect for your visit to Berkeley and San Francisco !

    February 2014
  • Amy is a wonderful host, dedicated, generous and a very good communicator. She turned this charming Berkeley home into a marvelous guesthouse. It is located in a quiet side street, within a short walk of both College and Telegraph Avenues, one of the liveliest neighborhoods of Berkeley. Our private room and all the shared rooms were equipped with high-quality furniture and very well kept. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom is big. There was enough room for storage. Amy pays a lot of attention to detail: from the extra towels to the healthy breakfast items and fresh fruit. Internet reception was also very good in our room and in all shared rooms. We very much liked the well-equipped kitchen (where we also cooked), the dining room and the homey sitting room. We spent a week there and would definitely stay there again.

    December 2013
  • The house is beautiful and the location is great, in between Telegraph and College. I will definitely book it again if the need arises. Amy is just great. She has been very kind. My mom stayed here and since it happened that there were no other guests that period, I asked if it's ok for me to stay on the couch as well (so that my mom would not feel lonely in the big empty house). Amy offered that, instead, I use one of the empty bedrooms and enjoy breakfast as if I were a paying guest myself.

    October 2013
  • Amy was a fantastic host, very attentive and kind.

    The house was perfect: great location, super organized and comfortable. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone visiting Berkeley and will go back soon!

    August 2013
  • Wir hatten einen wunderbaren Aufenthalt in Amys Guesthouse. Das Haus liegt nah am Stadtzentrum und ist gemütlich eingerichtet. Da Amy bei unserem Urlaub nicht vor Ort war, konnten wir sie leider nicht persönlich kennen lernen, aber der Kontakt mit ihr per Mail war so nett, dass wir uns auch so sehr willkommen fühlten. Wir können ihr Guesthouse auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen!

    August 2013
    Response from Amy:

    Translation: "We had a wonderful stay at Amy's Guesthouse. The house is situated close to the city center and is comfortably furnished. Since Amy was not on site at our holiday, we did not get to know her personally, but the contact with her via email was so nice that we felt very welcome nonetheless. We recommend this Guesthouse!

    August 2013
  • Amy was a wonderful, gracious hostess. My room was spotless and there was aways a selection of fresh fruit, yogurt and breads for breakfast as well as ingredients for any other breakfast anyone wanted to cook-up for themselves. During my stay, there was a heat wave and Amy scrambled to purchase extra fans for me, as well as the other guest rooms to make us as comfortable as possible. I was invited to join Amy, her friends, and some other house guests for a July 4th bar-b-q, which I did and which was delicious.
    The house was conveniently located within a walking distance to shops, cafes, & movies.
    Lovely houe and lovelier hostess.

    July 2013
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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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