From the moment you walk through the gate a tranquil garden awaits you with a deck for lounging and a private hot tub. Our lovely bungalow is located in trendy Temescal with great restaurants and a short walk to the train station to hop into SF.
From the moment you walk through the front gate you are in another world...a surprisingly lush and tranquil garden awaits you with a deck for lounging. Venture further along the flagstone path and you come upon a private outdoor hot tub nestled in a deck right outside the french doors leading into the bedroom.
The 1915 Craftsman era cottage is a cozy and functional nest, with one bedroom containing an extra long full-size bed with a firm organic latex mattress (great for people with back issues), an adjoining bathroom with a claw foot tub, and french doors leading out to the hot tub. The kitchen - designed with the cook in mind - has all new appliances and openly flows to the dining room, where you can have dinner in front of the fireplace -- for those chilly winter evenings.
Our lovely bungalow is located in trendy Temescal, a neighborhood within a short walk of several restaurants opened by proteges of Alice Waters (Bakesale Bettys, Pizzaiolo to name a few), and only a few blocks from Temescal Alley, which has a coffee kiosk, art galleries, and a retro barbershop among its offerings. Walk a bit further and you will be in the lively shopping and restaurant streets of Rockridge or Piedmont Avenue, and a short cab ride takes you to Lake Merritt, Uptown or Old Oakland.
We are within a 10-15 minute walk of two train stations (Rockridge and MacArthur) where you can easily hop a train into central San Francisco. If you have a car, there is easy street parking right in front of our house.
Oakland has great weather year-round (it is one of the most temperate climates in the world) and it is a central, convenient base for exploring San Francisco, the Bay Area and Northern California. Spend the day exploring, yet come back to a peaceful setting that makes you truly feel like you are on vacation.
Up to two adults can fit comfortably in our house. It is not suitable for children, we do not have sleeping pads for additional people, and the couch is not suitable for sleeping.
Note: We prefer a minimum stay of 3 nights; however, a two-night stay might be possible, depending on the day of the week, so please ask me if you are interested in booking a two-night stay.
Guests have full and exclusive use of the house and includes access to the hot tub, garden and kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
Our interaction is almost exclusively by email and/or telephone. Unfortunately we are rarely able to meet guests in person.
Temescal is a wonderful neighborhood with everything you need within walking distance, including quirky shops and restaurants, as well as gourmet markets and a Sunday farmers market. For a local blog with information about the Temescal neighborhood, go here: (website hidden)
The BART train station is a 10 - 15 minute walk from our house, from which you can directly go into the heart of San Francisco (no transfers). Parking in the neighborhood is easy, and you can generally park right in front of our house.
- We ask that you be respectful of our neighbors
- No extra over-night guests without approval
- Pets not allowed on the furnishings
- No smoking in the house
- No parties
- Not suitable for children
Please check in advance about pets - dogs are allowed, with advance notice, but please no cats (due to allergies).
True hospitality. Thoughtfulness and attention to all the details that make you feel comfortable, welcome and well taken care of. Our host, Tamara, was very welcoming and responsive. The description of the cottage matched perfectly and exceeded our expectations. The privacy, quietude, and comfort were amazing. This secret garden Cottage exceeded my expectations (of which were rather positive in the first place) .. from viewing pictures and reading reviews from prior guests.
What made it work for me was the LOCATION, comfort and cleanliness of the accommodations itself and the many amenities provided. I recommend it highly and, if permitted, hope to rent it on my next visit. Would stay again in a heartbeat.
Tamara is simply amazing. She has a wonderfully comfortable, intimate house. Secret garden isn't a joke; it's the real deal!
Walking to Blue Bottle for our morning coffee was wonderful. Walking to BART each day felt like the start of a new adventure. We never once felt unsafe.
Having the entire house to ourselves, the secret garden and fantastic hottub - what a great place!
A wonderful and relaxing retreat. Very helpful hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you Tamara and Ramon.
We had a wonderful stay at Tamara's sweet cottage. The home was not only clean and well cared for, but absolutely charming and lovely. The garden was an oasis in the middle of Oakland and the neighborhood felt safe and family friendly. Tamara was easy to contact and super prompt about returning emails. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!
Once again I loved staying at this little paradise. Thanks again, Tamara!
Convenient location. Accurate description. Good e-mail communication from host.
Thanks for your response Sharon. I did want to point that we do leave soap in the sink and the tub, it's just the liquid kind, since we try to reduce waste as much as possible and leaving an unopened bar of soap for every guest would generate a lot of unnecessary waste. Since the house is 100 years old, with the original clawfoot tub, I agree, it's not as convenient as bathrooms and tubs in new houses, but that's the way it goes with these old houses. Some people find them charming, others find them inconvenient. Thanks for staying at our house and I appreciate your comments. Best, Tamara
The house was exactly as listed on the website. It's a perfect little cottage, very comfortable, amazing wrap around yard, extremely dog friendly house and neighborhood and a full kitchen - the house has a really lovely vibe. We stayed with our dog and 1.5yr old son and it was comfortable for all of us.
I have lived in the SF Bay Area since 1990 and having grown up in Northern California and Nevada, I have a deep knowledge of the region and will be happy to make suggestions for places to go that suit your particular interests. I also love to cook and eat out and can give you lots of suggestions for restaurants and food and wine-related excursions. My husband Ramon is a native of the Netherlands who immigrated to the U.S. in 2004 and in addition to English he of course speaks fluent Dutch as well as workable German. We have an 11 year old Schnauzer, Otto Von Bacon...