BEAUTIFUL AND LUSH HIDDEN WISTERIA COTTAGE

Melissa Burnley at Bella Bay Vacation Rentals

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Melissa Burnley at Bella Bay Vacation Rentals

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BEAUTIFUL AND LUSH HIDDEN WISTERIA COTTAGE

Alameda Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 2

The island of Alameda is considered by some as the hidden gem of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Your hosts have turned their circa 1890s detached carriage house and stable into a welcoming garden cottage. This tastefully appointed guest spot is perfect for a quiet getaway or extended academic or corporate visit.

Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, you are just walking distance from Park Street, Alameda's central shopping district. Here you'll find everything you need....antique shops, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and the newly renovated Alameda Theatre. Less than a mile away you'll find a pristine beach park with stunning views of the San Francisco skyline.

Want to head into 'The City'? You are just 25 minutes away from all SF has to offer. We are close to the Alameda ferry, AC Transit and BART. A quick drive over the Bay Bridge drops you right into the heart of downtown San Francisco.

The Carriage House: The owners have spent decades collecting antiques and designing interiors and have used their talents to create a comfortable,quiet vacation space for those who appreciate a green way of living.

Virtually every item, from floor to ceiling is recovered or recycled in some way.

The Garden: The bungalow is covered by a gorgeous and legendary Wisteria tree that is the star of the spring season.

The practice of 'Living Green' extends to the lush surrounding gardens. Old San Francisco cobblestones, recovered copper downspouts and perfectly placed architectural elements create a serene garden so creative you'd think you were on a movie set.

A Coi pond that is sometimes visited by elegant egrets, sits just outside the bungalow door. The garden is surrounded by three small aviaries that house small families of canaries. Their song and the sound of flowing water will lull you while you read a book in the sun on your own private patio.

The Neighborhood & Beyond: Developed in the late 1800s as a beach resort community, the modern day version still holds much of it's charm from the early 20th century.

Take a drive through the different neighborhoods and you'll see beautiful examples of California architecture. Perfectly restored Victorians share the same street with cute California Bungalows and Craftsman style homes.

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only

Melissa Burnley at Bella Bay Vacation Rentals

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The talents of your hosts, John and Arthur, have appeared on HGTV’s Curb Appeal and in a series of books on Arts & Crafts bungalows by Paul Duchscherer – The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow and Outside the Bungalow. Their business, House of Orange, specializes in European Arts & Crafts furnishings, and some of their most outstanding pieces are now in the homes of local collectors who have become close friends over the years.

Their carriage house – circa 1890, has been turned into a garden guest cottage – and except for a few planks, tiles and a sofa bed, the cottage and its contents are all recycled in some way. The wood interior and exterior siding are bits and pieces from old projects, and with their creative eye, all the pieces work: as ceiling and wall sections, windowsills, door jambs, storage closets - you name it!

Their recycling even extends to the surrounding yard. Reclaimed copper downspouts from the roof divert rainwater into the koi pond and an existing well. The outdoor lighting is on a sensor to save energy, and old lanterns were rewired as lamps. Chimney liners were turned into water features and pulley hooks into sturdy plant hangers. All plants need little to no watering and bloom beautifully.

Wisteria Cottage – a name given to it by friends and guests – may be small, but every idea John and Arthur used was big on result and can easily translate on an even grander scale. They provide decorating, remodeling and landscaping services and advice.

John and Arthur are called the “Green Giants” because they are all about reducing, reusing and recycling in a BIG and BEAUTIFUL way. Whether shopping at thrift stores for clothing, repaving their driveway with old cobblestones from a San Francisco street, or resurfacing floors with reclaimed wood, they make mindful and creative use of materials with spectacular results!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

5
based on 25 traveler reviews

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Beautiful and Lush Hidden Wisteria Cottage
average rating of 4.96 based on 25 reviews
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Alameda The Bay Area
Speyer, Germany
5

COZY LITTLE COTTAGE

  • 5 of 5
This cosy cottage is a great place to relax. It is surrounded with a garden which is almost a natural biotope. We enjoyed our breakfast in the garden, watching hummingbirds and dragonflies. The bedroom is comfortable, the kitchen is well equipped and the bathroom is smart arranged. We felt very good and enjoyed our stay. It is worth to come back...
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay! We always do our best to make sure our guest are comfortable, happy and have a unique experience. Hopefully you'll come back to visit!
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Beautiful and Lush Hidden Wisteria Cottage
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Alameda The Bay Area
Satellite Beach, FL
5

A SLICE OF HEAVEN!

  • 5 of 5
This was our 2nd stay at the cottage and we are planning for next year already. It feels like a visit with friends, sitting in the garden sharing a little wine and great conversation. The cottage has everything you need, is spotless and comfortable and the gardens make the entire experience wonderful! We are in town for work in Oakland, so ending each day here is so pleasant. There are many great resturants, but Burma Star is not to be missed! I would recommend Wisteria Cottage to anyone visiting the area and it's a good alternative to staying in the city since you can take mass transit anywhere you want to go. I give 5 stars because that's as high as it goes, but we stay in condo's all over the country and this is the best in every catagory. Thanks John and Arthur, we will be booking for next April very soon!
  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Friends ,
Thank you for your wonderful review . Truly you are friends returning , and we wait your return joyfully ! Yours , Arhtur and John
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Beautiful and Lush Hidden Wisteria Cottage
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Alameda The Bay Area
5

MAGICAL GETAWAY IN THE HEART OF ALAMEDA

  • 5 of 5
This was quite an experience for us, staying in Alameda for the first time. We were in town for a friend's wedding and were lucky enough to catch the happy couple in the garden. Thank you for the hospitality, we will definitely stay again!
  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Arthur and I are so pleased you were able to be in our garden for the photo shoot ! They look like they're in heaven ! Hope we can accommodate others to our little oasis in the future .
Yours , Arthur & John
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Beautiful and Lush Hidden Wisteria Cottage
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Alameda The Bay Area
5

WE HAD A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE STAYING AT WISTERIA.

  • 5 of 5
John and Arthur were most gracious hosts, and both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the serenity and beauty of the garden. The cottage had everything we needed; our daughter & son-in-law's house was less than a mile away. We had our twin grand children visit us with their mom several times to feed the fish and enjoy the garden. We highly recommend this retreat to future visitors!
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and Lush Hidden Wisteria Cottage
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Alameda The Bay Area
Portland, ME
5

A PERFECT STAY

  • 5 of 5
This little paradise was full of lovely, delightful touches that added interest to the peaceful setting and comfortable accommodations. As other reviewers note, the location is well placed for easy access to restaurants, shopping, grocers, etc. But what you will appreciate the most is coming 'home.' Entering through the privacy gate you will feel the quiet as well as hear it. You will notice one detail after another that speaks to the creativity and artistry of John and Arthur. The casita is clean as a pin, the garden is simply gorgeous, the kitchen is well equipped. John and Arthur are there when you have a question or request and are friendly and responsive (thanks, John, for setting things up so we could watch the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics), otherwise, you will enjoy privacy. We truly loved our time there. We are planning our next visit.
  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We were so pleased to meet you and to respond to your needs . In future we hope to that you will make your reservation during the blooming of the wisteria . It truly is the reason for the name that the cottage was given . Please come again , the koi need to be feed by your caring hands . John & Arthur
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Beautiful and Lush Hidden Wisteria Cottage
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Alameda The Bay Area
Ramona
5

ENCHANTED WITH ALAMEDA

  • 5 of 5
If you like feeling safe, along with peace, privacy and beautiful surroundings this place is for you! My husband and I stayed for Valentine's Day through the President's Day weekend. This place was more than promised. It's close to San Francisco without being in the "city", much less expensive and it felt like we were at our own home. We very much wanted to stay longer and will definitely return. It's within walking distance of more restaurants than I've ever seen on one street before, and like a perfect slice of America! I can't say enough good about it. Beautifully decorated, and John and Arthur were the most gracious hosts, everything you need is carefully supplied. There are also quite a few things to do in or very near Alameda such as the USS Hornet Museum. We can't wait to return!
  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank You! You were a most delightful couple! We regret that we didn't supply chocolates on the pillow champagne and red roses. When you return we will give you more ideas of the things you could do around our delightful town. Till next time! Our Best Wishes!
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Oakland International Airport
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Ferry Point
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Emeryville - Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Walking distance
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Walking distance
Nearest Ski
120 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Alameda Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Walking distance
Car: recommended
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Availability & Rates

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Alameda Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2014
May 30 2014 - Dec 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$115
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100.00
Reservation & Deposits - A $250 deposit secures your reservation.

The balance is due 10 days before your arrival.

All payments are made through PayPal. We do not accept E-Checks
Notes If you must cancel, our cancellation policy is as follows:

- Within 30 days of arrival date = 50% will be refunded.
- 30 days or longer from time of arrival = 100% will be refunded.
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Amenities

Alameda Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Parking ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Living Area
  • Parking On Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Video Library
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Patio
  • Courtyard
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • arboretum
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • festivals
  • pond
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • outlet shopping
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • roller blading
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • hiking
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