We have stayed in many vacation rentals, and this one is at the top of our favorites list. The cottage's well-appointed and comfortable furnishings provided all that we needed for our 4-night stay. We especially liked the skylights and the gas stove for heat. John and Arthur are gracious hosts and take great pride in their property. The unique garden with koi pond, aviaries and a multitude of flowering plants was a quiet and tranquil place to enjoy a glass of wine after a busy day with our daughter's family. We especially liked the lighting provided when we returned after dark. We hope that we can stay here again when we visit Alameda.