We are a family with two boys (11 & 13). As a family we love to travel. Before having children we lived in Vietnam, England & Japan. Melissa grew up in New Zealand & Singapore.
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My dad, stepmom and pre-teen brother and sister really enjoyed their stay at Melissa's family cottage which is so cute! Melissa greeted us with smiles and snacks, which is always a plus. That weekend was particularly and unusually HOT in Lafayette, so the cottage stay was on the warm side, nothing an AC unit couldn't handle. Otherwise a comfy and pleasant stay for my dear family! Thank you, Melissa!
The cottage was brilliant. I absolutely took BART, it's an easy walk up to the house and there are a ton of very lovely restaurants in the area. AND the snacks and orange juice was a huge plus that first night arriving. I will definitely be back in the future.
The listing was as expected and was the perfect cottage for my wife and 2 year old to spend a few weeks in. Great location by the Bart and downtown Lafayette. Melissa and family were great and provided over-the-top hospitality in helping out with a few out-of-the-ordinary requests, lending us a cooler for picnicking, and picking-up some groceries for us ahead of time.
Definitely will stay here again whenever we are in the area!
Melissa's cottage is really beautiful! The cottage is beautiful and very well equipped. The bedroom is very nice and the bed very comfortable. The living room is also very comfortable and I truly enjoyed spending time outdoor, working at the table that faces the garden. Furthermore, Melissa, the host, is very kind and thoughtful. Since I arrived late at night, she had left in the fridge groceries for me to have breakfast the next morning (including strawberries, a fruit juice, coffee and a pound cake). This was a really nice thought that I truly appreciated. Lastly, the location is very convenient, as it is walking distance to the Bart stop, which takes you to SF in about 30 minutes. All things considered, Melissa's cottage is a truly nice option for staying close to the bay area!
Melissa was a great host. The cottage is in a very relaxing setting with a fantastic view. This was the perfect lodging option for our brief trip.
My daughter and I just returned home after a fabulous week in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our stay at the Karr Cottage in Lafayette was a wonderful experience. The location was close to major highways, commuter rails, and fabulous hiking trails with beautiful vistas. The cottage was comfortable, bright and spacious, in a peaceful, scenic environment. You are minutes away from cafes, restaurants, parks, shopping and transportation. (a car is necessary) Privacy was never an issue, but Melissa was only a stones throw if anything should arise (nothing did). The cottage was clean and all the comforts of home provided. My family has always "rented" away-from-home accommodations and this cottage ticked all our must have boxes. If you want to explore the SF Bay Area, this is a perfect commuting point. We'll come back for sure. Many thanks, Melissa! Sharon and Mara
Great location, wonderful hosts and a lovely tucked away cottage!
From the beginning, Melissa was communicative, helpful and not over-bearing (which can happen when the owner lives on the property). I love staying in Lafayette because the BART is right there, but you don't have to be right in the city. This spot is up a little hill in a tucked away oasis. You definitely get the best of both worlds. My two little ones loved it. Safe, clean, comfortable...what more could you want. We will be coming to this area over the next several months to look for homes and (provided we were good guests), would love to stay here again and again!
We couldn't have asked for a better place to spend our month in East Bay Area. Melissa, and her family, were great hosts. We were met with tasty welcome treats and appreciated clean sheets and towels as the month progressed. Melissa was there to answer any questions we had and supplied suggestions to make our time in Lafayette the best. We were out from NJ to be with our daughter and family 20 minutes away in Alameda. Our time in Lafayette was a wonderful surprise between restaurants, the reservoir, shopping and nearby Walnut Creek. We highly recommend this cottage if you are looking for a home away from home in the area. We look forward to returning to this cottage in the country; yet just minutes walk away from the BART and town. We may even relocate to Lafayette next year!
This was perfect! Melissa was so thoughtful; she left lovely Trader Joe's treats for us and accommodated everything we could have asked for. The space was exactly as described, with extra towels available under the sink in the bathroom. I was a little sorry that I didn't get a chance to chat with Melissa, because she seemed really nice in all of our interactions. We had four (!) people and it worked out great with the trundle beds. It was easy to find (perfect directions), so quiet that we overslept our second night, and a peaceful, warm, welcoming setting. Clean-smelling, quick to warm up when we turned up the heat when we got in. Exactly what we needed and wanted! Thank you, Melissa! We could not give a stronger recommendation!
Melissa's place was great, and exactly as described. Very convenient for BART and lots of restaurants and cafes within a 5-10 minute walk. Would definitely stay again when next in SF/Bay Area on business. Really appreciated the clear and rapid communication, and also the umbrella left out for me when the weather turned!
Melissa and her family were great guest! I would be happy to accommodate again and would highly reccommend to any other host! Happy 2014!