|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Enjoy a quiet and secluded visit, in the hills just minutes from UC or downtown Berkeley. This contemporary hillside retreat is a one-of-a-kind work of art, with hand plastered walls, limestone kitchen and bathrooms, and open beam ceilings. Beautiful living/dining room and deck with spectacular bay views.
As well as two large bedrooms with private baths, this flat features a study and a family room complete with built in bookcases and ample storage. There is a washer/dryer and laundry room, too. This flat is comfortably and eclectically furnished.
Located in the hills above the Claremont Hotel the light filled flat is the entire lower floor of a very private home. There is a separate entrance through a hand made gate.
'The look is rustic elegant, with limestone on the floor, slabs of sandstone as hearths, and beautiful old wood for the exposed beams and doors. The influences are Mediterranean and early Monterey with a dash of Southwest.' Diablo Magazine's July 2008 'More Heart Than Ego'
The owner or her agent will open and set up the flat, greet you upon arrival, explain and demonstrate all aspects of the property, and close up when you depart. During your visit she will be on call to answer questions and take care of any issues that might arise. She has in depth knowledge of Bay Area and the surrounding area.
Appliances in kitchen – refrigerator, range, microwave, portable dishwasher
Fully equipped kitchen – dishes, cutlery, glassware, pots and pans
Full laundry room - washer, dryer and massive amounts of storage
Master bedroom has a walk in closet, sitting area and there is a limestone, custom built shower in the private bathroom. There is also a small outdoor sitting area that looks into the woods.
A deck for al fresco dining overlooking the bay.
Fully furnished with an eclectic blend of antiques and modern pieces from all over the world.
An extensive library includes many travel books (lots on Northern California), children's books and Art books.
The 2 TVs are in the Living Room and the Family Room.
The separate office has a built in desk and shelving.
KINDLY NOTE THAT VRBO EMAILS HAVE BEEN HACKED ON OCCASION. HILLSIDE RETREAT WILL NEVER ASK FOR FUNDS TO BE WIRED, OR SUGGEST PRE-PAY DISCOUNTS. BEWARE EMAIL RESPONSES THAT ARE NOT SIGNED, AND ALWAYS CALL ME IF ANYTHING SEEMS AMISS.
The owner lives upstairs with a dog and two cats. Every effort is made to keep the animals out of the flat but occasionally they will slip in. If you have serious pet allergies it's possibly not the rental for you.
Also check out our other California listing in Palm Springs VRBO listing# 220729
Keywords: Flat, apartment, quiet, private, Berkeley, UC Berkeley,
Gillian, an artist and architectural designer, designed and built this home in 1999. She lives with a dog and two cats in the flat upstairs.
Gillian Eversole Servais purchased this apartment in 1999
The Berkeley hills offer one of the most relaxing and beautiful locations. A semi private driveway leads you to this country setting just minutes from downtown Berkeley, The University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco. The site attracted me because from one side the view is of the SF bay and the Golden Gate and from the other side it is a private, wooded hillside. It is truly the best of both worlds.
We arrived back in UK this afternoon, we had a great time traveling down the coast and saw tremendous views and quite a bit of wildlife. Our holiday started perfectly in Berkeley, lovely apartment, very well situated for everything around the Bay Area and of course last and certainly not least was the wonderful view from the balcony. Not sure that photos do it justice.
Thank you very much also for returning the deposit so promptly, we received both transactions although only today for the 2nd one on our return home.
We will certainly recommend your apartment to anybody in UK wishing to visit San Francisco area.
Thank you and regards,
Kim, Alison , Dawn and Allan
5 years since our first stay here in Gillians "flat", just as we remembered it, the same warm welcome, clean spacious rooms and of course the spectacular view over SF bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Very comfortable for 2 couples with 2 separate en-suite bedrooms, 2 living rooms, a laundry room, workable kitchen, separate "office space" and off-street safe parking right outside the house. You definitely need a car here because all is uphill, though short distances to nearby food stores, Berkely and the BART-train station into SF. Highly recommended to anyone wanting a relaxing non-hotell stay in the Bay-area. Thanks Gillian, we give you 10 out of 10 and hope to be back for a third visit sometime in the future!
Jonathan and Grete Allworthy, Oslo, Norway
I was very happy. Gillian is a great host.
If location is everything then Gillian's flat atop Berkeley is the top of the food chain. This quaint rental is just spectacular! The view is amazing and the living space is perfect for a family of 4 or 5. You will see wildlife and beautiful landscapes for miles in the canyon. It is the perfect retreat to enjoy the most spectacular view of the bay and San Francisco. Our hostess was so accommodating and a pleasure to be around. I would highly recommend this spot for a treat and retreat!
Our recent stay at Gillian's Hillside Retreat in Berkley was beyond remarkable. The home is an artist's vision with charm and comforts to spare. The home was missing nothing for our stay. We were very comfortable and were able to spend time in downtown Berkley for a family wedding with not much travel time. The view of San Francisco Bay from the front deck is breathtaking and the access to the lush canyon hillside from the back is cool and calming. As a family, we use VRBOs often. We found this to be an absolute gem.
Fabulous place with an awe inspiring view. We prepared and enjoyed our Thanksgiving repast while watching a spectacular sunset. The flat is spacious and well appointed. Great location: short drive down hill to downtown Berkeley and Oakland, easy access to parks which are great for hiking or long walks.
Wow, what a great place. You know how photos on the internet can be doctored-up to make the place look better than it is??? Well, that isn't the case here!! It is better than the pictures could ever capture. The glorious view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline is sublime. We spent a week and could easily have spent a month. It's a bit tricky to find, but when you make it to the top of the hill you are well rewarded. Gillian was warm and welcoming and always there to help, if necessary, but never intrusive. Too bad you can't give a place six stars! Please give this place a try the next time you are in the Bay area, but please don't have it reserved for the next time we will be there because we definitely want to stay here every time we are in Berkeley/Oakland.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
The refundable security deposit is due upon booking. The rent and cleaning fee is due 15 days prior to arrival.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.