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Cheery, tranquil, garden cottage in Berkeley

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Our charming garden cottage is located in the heart of Berkeley's historic McGee-Spaulding district. It is the perfect place to unwind as it is safe, quiet, and tranquil, yet only a few minutes by foot to downtown Berkeley and the UC Berkeley campus.

Known since the '70's as the 'Dragon's Eye' and more recently as the 'Green Dragon' this property has turn of the century charm with lots of interesting architectural details and Berkeley character.

A winsome one-bedroom, Prospero’s Cottage is situated in our backyard garden, sleeps 2-4 people, has a full kitchen, living room, full bath, 2 small decks, and lots of warmth. It is ideal for 1-2 adults or a couple with 1-2 kids. The bedroom has a queen size bed. There is a foldout couch in the living room that can fit 1 adult or 2 kids. The cottage has radiant heat under the floor, cable TV, wifi, and laundry facilities.

Depending on the time of year, there may be plums, figs, strawberries, raspberries, or other delights growing in the garden and waiting to be eaten. Oh and hummingbirds!

Perfectly situated in central Berkeley, we are a 6-7 minute walk to BART, downtown Berkeley, Trader Joe's, movies, BAM/PFA, and many multiple star restaurants Comal, Gather, Ippiku, Corso, to name a few.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

About Anne

I have mid-western roots and California branches, and my background includes cooking, gardening, renovating, sewing, designing, calculating, photographing, painting, and mothering. We love sharing our cottage, which has a lot of warm character and Berkeley history, with travelers young and old.


Central Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Claw foot tub with shower, mexican tile floor, sink, toilet
  • Claw foot tub with shower, sink, toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , We also have foldout couch in the living room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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(20 traveler reviews)

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Cheery, tranquil, garden cottage in Berkeley
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

This is a charming cottage nextled in a lovely garden behind the main house.

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay. The charming cottage has plenty of room For two adults, a small living room, newly renovated small kitchen stocked with coffee and the creamer of your choice, as well as adequate cooking tools if you want to cook. The bathroom is small but adequate and the bedroom has a comfortable queen bed. All the windows open, and the neighborhood is quiet. We have booked it again for our next trip to Berkeley. I forgot to mention--the hostess is very hospitable!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great setting, great owner

  • 5 of 5

Nothing but positives. If you're in Berkeley, you won't find a better property or more accommodating owner. We'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Berkeley Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay here! We were in town for a wedding and were very nervous about our first time traveling cross-country with our 17mo old daughter, but Anne was so helpful and accommodating. Our daughter loved the garden and was obsessed with picking figs and raspberries. The cottage was conveniently located and we had a blast.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Homey, cheerful, and quaint, this little cottage is a gem.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Goldfinch cottage in Berkeley. It's nestled behind the main house amid lush trees and flowers, and the cottage itself, although small, was just right for our needs. The weather was uncharacteristically warm while we were visiting, but the fan in the bedroom cooled the room, and we slept great. Although we didn't cook, the kitchen is equipped with everything necessary to do so. The location is perfect for walking to restaurants, grocery stores, and other city attractions, and Anne is friendly, warm, and accommodating. The cottage exceeded our expectations, and we will be back.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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wimberley, TX

Sweet cottage in Berkeley

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Goldfinch cottage during our short trip to Berkeley to tour the UC Berkeley campus! Our hosts were very welcoming and accommodating. We loved the beautiful gardens and great neighborhood -- close to downtown Berkeley and the UC campus.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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North Carolina

Excellent Location and communication with Anne, the owner

  • 5 of 5

Had the owner, Anne not been so responsive to our needs I would have given the cottage a 4 star. The location is excellent and the cleanliness and comfort are great. However, she and I have discussed the sleeper sofa, which was not so comfortable. She was very responsive to my comments and is in the process of figuring out ways to make it work for future guests. Should I ever be back in the area, I will be renting this place again!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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