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This was an enjoyable trip. I really loved Toby and Joe. Absolutely fascinating and lovely people. The cottage was exactly like the picture. The only downside was there was no heat and it was a cold couple of days. But I put on a blanket and was fine. I wish I would have had more time to sit in the back and enjoy the yard.
Kim, we have a little Heater, when needed. Sorry you were cold! Safe Travels!
Toby and Joe are the ideal hosts, they are an incredibly personable, caring and loving couple. We felt like we were staying with family members as opposed to strangers. As for the house, it is an old house, so do not expect things to be bright and shiny like in a hotel, the accommodations in general are a bit rustic but the charm of the place takes over and you will find absolutely everything you need. The bedroom is small but comfy and the bathroom has a claw foot tub, so expect to take baths not showers. The kitchen is shared with the hosts, which is great as you get to interact with Toby and Joe and soak up their wonderful energy, and see their artwork which is decadently superb. The courtyard is the cherry on the cake, an evening of wine and cheese is an absolute must! Our overall experience was indeed a lovely one and we would gladly stay with them again.
Staying with Toby and Joe absolutely made our trip to San Francisco. Not only are they welcoming and kind but their cottage is a fab wee hideaway in the big city. Bernal Heights had loads of great coffee shops and restaurants nearby and the 14 from town stopped nearby on Mission. Definitely go and meet Toby and Joe, if you get the chance. You'll not regret it. I hope we will get the chance to return.
You will never meet better hosts than Toby and Joe! They enthusiastically greeted me upon arrival, offered me tea and biscotti, and showed me to the cottage. The Garden Cottage Charming is super cozy! The house, garden, and cottage are clad with Joe and Toby's original artwork, which makes for a consistently interesting and beautiful view. It's so much more than just a place to crash while you're visiting the city; it's an entire experience of its own. As fine artists and mentors, Toby and Joe's love for one another is truly inspiring, and there are many layers beneath. I hope to visit them again soon!
Our first Airbnb experience has turned out to be wonderful! the loving couple Toby and Joe are very caring and warm-hearted. We told that from the animal-related articles, map, as well as sightseeing guidebook they've prepared when we first entered the lovely cottage. Thanks to Joe for showing us the neighborhood, he shared us history of that area (some houses were even built in 1800's!), showed us their favorite cafe and introduced us to his neighbors --- some of them even asked if we were just moved in :D. This actually the main reason why we wanted to try Airbnb, we want to know how local people live, staying at hotel won't allow us to have such experience. We'd also like to thank Toby for giving us a studio tour! It's so impressive to see so many fantastic art works of Toby, and know that she makes her own colors! The little sunny garden in front of the cottage is very cute, we loved sitting among those beautiful plants having our breakfast. All in all, we had good time in Tobby and Joe's cottage, we will definitely recommend it to our friends.
Upon arrival we were greeted with both excitement and warmth by our hosts: Toby and her charming husband Joe. They greeted us into their home as if we were old friends. We were treated to a quick tour of the lovely cottage and grounds. The cottage is very private and quaint, it is also decorated very richly with both artifacts from their personal travels and their own art (they are both famous artists.) Everything was clean and tidy and the small use of space was utilized effectively to fit most of your belongings. The garden in back was beautiful and serene. We spent some of our mornings drinking coffee and eating our biscotti’s (offered by our hosts). The neighborhood was the 2nd best thing to the cottage and our hosts. Everything is within walking distance and the neighborhood offers a variety of coffee shops, good eats, parks, and even a natural market.
Toby and Joe were wonderful hosts. Their knowledge of San Francisco helped me plan my stay and activities. The cottage was clean, comfortable and an unique experience. The location was close to all major freeways which made my commute to South Bay tolerable. Highly recommend this stay. Take advantage of morning coffee with the hosts and be prepared to exchange stories and life experiences.
John, we thought your energy was just superb and we wish you all the best in future! There will always be a tea and biscotti here for you! All best wishes from T and J
The listing itself was wonderful, it was a little place out back that let you feel like you had your own place in San Fran. I sat out in the garden and soaked in the sun and wonderful environment that Toby and Joe had created.
I felt so welcome. Communicating with both Toby and Joe was easy as pie. They were there to greet me when I arrived and whenever I came home from my days adventures, but they seemed very sensitive to never invade my space or time. My husband and I enjoyed sitting with them and talking about our mutual art interests and we enjoyed their stories about Greece.
I have never had such wonderful hosts and so instantly comfortable in someone else's home.
Tara and Danny: we have something wonderful to remember you by. It's in the living room on my French Antique table! Thank You! Your presence was so warming and wonderful! Tea will be waiting for you anytime you are in SF! xxt and j
My husband & I had a wonderful time staying at Toby & Joe's cottage! We felt as though we were staying with friends more than with "hosts".
We received information about arrangements and logistics shortly after making our booking and got oodles more great info. once we arrived. It was really helpful to review our plans with our friendly insider experts and getting to know them both was truly a highlight of our trip!
The accommodations were as quaint as they looked. We loved them so much we took photos and showed our jealous friends :
Toby & Joe are warm-hearted and amazing artists. It was a rare treat to be surrounded by art as soon as we arrived in SF, which we consider the cultural mecca of the West Coast.
We're looking forward to future visits :
Erica, you sweet Gal, have a beautiful Winter and stay in touch! Love to you and Stephen! You two are always welcome here and tea is waiting! xxt
Toby and Joe were the most welcoming hosts I have ever encountered. We had a lovely time and honestly couldn't have asked for more gracious and obviously interesting people.
Toby and Joe to us are not only hosts but business partners, family and people we describe as our best friends! Our time with them was short, but was an experience we will remember forever and fondly relive. They are an inspiration for life and have created their own unique world! We recommend them whole-heartedly to everyone no matter what your endeavour!
My husband, daughter and I are all fond of Toby and fans of her art. She is a good neighbor here in Bernal Heights and a great mentor and advocate for artists.
Toby has been a fantastic loyal friend to myself and family for many years!We have spent many weeks with Toby in Kamilari, Crete ,Greece (where we both had properties) and also spent a fantastic vacation in SouthAfrica together.Toby has visited us in Scotland many times and is wonderful company!Our whole family (age range 5years to 32 years) love her.Toby is a wonderful host & has a wealth of experience.We love to visit SanFran and had a wonderful stay in the quaint cottage when our youngest was just a baby!A truely perfect location for everyone to experience 'real'SanFrancisco!