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Northern California, enjoy cooking, foraging, exploring, running, biking
We had a fantastic time staying at Kristin's cottage. Kristin was very welcoming and great with communication. The cottage was easy to find, located at the end of a quiet street. We felt very safe and the location was very convenient to restaurants. Kristin's restaurant recommendations were excellent. Aunt Mary's was soooo good for breakfast and we had a fantastic meal and beer at Pigs Apothecary. The cottage was clean and super cute. We had everything we needed to make our visit comfortable.
Such a cute place...and convenient to boot!
My checkout was supposed to be at noon, but Kristen was nice enough to extend it (thank you so much!).
If I'm back in the area again, I'll definitely stay here again.
Kristen's place was perfect, and she was more than hospitable.
Regretfully, and I'm owning these and have addressed compensation wit hher as a result, there were 3 snags as a result of my stay - a bodypaint I did (it's my profession) left some sheets stained, and while I ran the linens through the wash, apparently they stained. Also, while smoking outside of the house, it seems whether through open windows or a screened door that the odor caused a problem. And the last was a vanity mirror that she had left out on the couch I'm guessing for decor was accidentally sat on by my girlfriend who was in the area who visted. While I left it out, I was interrupted with calls on the way to the airport while I was in the middle of texting her about it, and then my pone battery died and I forgot to send it.
Great spot with cozy charm. 10 minute walk to Bart and a convenient landing spot for any event in the East Bay.
Laura's cottage is delightful. It is conveniently located a short walk from the MacArthur BART station. The neighborhood is quiet but easily accessible to interesting restaurants and shops. The cottage is a great base for exploring Oakland, Berkeley, and the Bay Area.
Great location. The Temescal Cottage is a charming and efficient house; easy to find and park. Kristen was very helpful and always available via text or email. Thanks for everything!
Perfect for our needs. Good location, comfortable, nice size kitchen.
Kristen was very responsive and accommodating, which was great because we were able to book this last minute by a stroke of our good fortune.
The cottage was as described, parking was always easy to find nearby, and the location is fantastic. It was a short walk to some of our favorite shops and restaurants in the East Bay and there is easy access to the freeway, so it's quick to get to other areas or to San Francisco.
Since this cottage is in Oakland (and the media likes to focus on the negative to get more page views)
I want to start this review by stating that I am a female and stayed here by myself. Having lived in an urban area , I know it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings. So I walked around with only one ear bud in, my phone stashed away. I was checking out the area, knew no one and the overwhelming feeling I had was one of peace and a sense of community.
Kirsten was very communicative and kind enough to send me a personalized list of restaurants,shops, and local areas I might be interested in and and their general vibe.
Her home was clean, cozy and smelled good. She has an amazing amount of spices in the kitchen if you want to cook the fresh food available nearby. The bed was warm and comfortable. Neighbors acknowledged me when I was walking/biking around and quieted after 10 pm.
Great diverse food/art/shops within walking and biking distance.
Tip: you can walk to and rent a bike at Manifesto Bicycles.
I left a hat behind which Kristen promptly returned. Thanks!
I would not hesitate to recommend this great little place.
Kristen always responded promptly to my questions and concerns. It was easy to set up an arrival time, and she had provided thorough instructions on how to check into the cottage in her absence. Everything about arrival and check in worked out fine. The cottage is on a quiet cul de sac in Oakland, and aside from a garbage truck arriving very early on a Wednesday morning, there were no noises to disturb the peace. The neighbor in back has a dog that barks, but we never heard him during the night.
The cottage is small with a fully functional kitchen. Kristen left a great set of ideas for things to do in the area, complete with restaurant recommendations. Towels were laid out for us, and the place was very clean.
After spending all our days out and about in Oakland, it would have been a sweet place to come back to and crash, except for the bed. It was a double, which I knew going in, but it was not a comfortable double, and it creaked and squeaked. I could not return to this nice cottage again for that reason, which is unfortunate, because I was visiting family in the immediate neighborhood.
Kristen's family stayed at my place in Oakland for several days. They were great guests, I will be happy to host them any time in the future.
Kristen was communicative, considerate, and personable, and I highly recommend her. They even stripped the bed ( not necessary, but thoughtful) before they left, and that's even when she was feeling under the weather. Really nice guests.
Kristen and Juan were a lovely couple! Friendly, quiet, great communication and respectful of our studio. We highly recommend them & welcome them back anytime. Naomi and Bob
Absolutely delightful company. One of the rare guests that cook for me! I fell in love with these folks. It was easy to have them. I miss them already.
I welcomed Kristen and Juan for three night at home : they were extremely nice and friendly when they arrived, very communicative before and after, I felt very safe to lend them the keys!
I recommand Kristen to any orther host.
It was a pleaure to rent our apt to Kristen. She is such a sweet person and took good care of our flat :) We really hope we will see her again in Copenhagen and she is always welcome to stay with us again!!