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Privacy And Serenity Within Minutes Of Stanford University And Palo Alto

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Woodside House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths On 4.7 Acres In Wooded Setting; Views Of The Western Hills.

A half hour south of San Francisco, and within minutes of Stanford University, Palo Alto and Silicon Valley, you will find this home tucked up and away on a private lane -- with beautiful views from it's living room, bedrooms and deck -- the essence of privacy and serenity. Designed to be one with its beautiful surroundings, the front entrance to the house opens to vaulted ceilings that frame the hills, open sky, native oak and eucalyptus trees. The living room includes a gas wood burning fireplace, comfortable seating, 55' flat screen TV, and a view that is lovely any time of year. The view extends to the master bedroom suite, with king size bed, seating area next to gas fireplace, and private bath. Sliding glass doors lead from the master bedroom to a Jacuzzi, where you can melt the day away with a glass of wine as you take in the view and wildlife. Off the well-equipped, open and ample kitchen/breakfast nook, is an office/bedroom with an oversized armchair sleeper, and separate bath. The third bedroom, en-suite, has two twin beds which can be assembled as a king if desired. It has its own private entrance, sitting area, wood-burning fireplace, desk, private patio, and floor to ceiling views of a garden, oaks and hills.

Sliding glass doors off the kitchen open to a patio with seating area, as well as lawn, flower garden and swimming pool. Wander up the steps to the Aerie, with swing, seating area and lovely view of garden and pool below, and hills beyond. A large deck off the living room includes two covered seating areas suitable for cocktails and dining.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Jan and George
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2016

About Jan and George

We have lived here for 19 years as we pursued our respective careers in high tech marketing, medicine and real estate. We love our 'piece of heaven' and look forward to sharing it with you. Between us, we have family in Argentina, Europe, and closer to home in Texas and Nevada. We love to travel... We just heard about VRBO and HomeAway, and listing our home seemed like a good way both share the pleasure, have the house occupied, and support our travels.

Jan and George purchased this house in 1994

Why Jan and George chose The Bay Area

We fell in love with this property the very first time we visited it. We were bowled over by the view, the privacy and the quiet... all within minutes of our respective work locations, downtown Palo Alto, Stanford Shopping Center, and with easy access to San Francisco to the North; Silicon Valley and San Jose to the South. We did some remodeling to incorporate the beautiful outdoors and views. With all there is to do elsewhere, we often just prefer to stay home, enjoying the pool, puttering in the garden, savoring a glass of wine while reading on the deck, or napping in the hammock. When we have a rainstorm, it is utterly delightful to experience the beauty of it through the high living room windows, while enjoying a good movie in front of the cozy fireplace, with our two Russian Blues, Jake and Elwood curled up on our laps.

What makes this house unique

Without hesitation, the uniqueness of the property is the combination of secluded privacy and beautiful surroundings, with surprisingly easy access to the rich diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether you are visiting for pleasure or business, you will have the peace and quiet of a rural setting, within minutes of fine dining, Stanford University, Stanford Shopping Center, a great variety of cultural and entertainment choices, and easy day trips to wonderful destinations including San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma Valleys and the Monterey Peninsula. See the map area below for links on suggested destinations, favorite restaurants, activities, etc.


based on 8 traveler reviews

Privacy And Serenity Within Minutes Of Stanford University And Palo Alto
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

A piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

A warm welcoming house located in total tranquility in charmig Woodside. We, a family with two small children, stayed for a month and would love to come back. To drink the morning coffee sorrounded by trees and hummingbirds or to go to bed after a bath with the kids in the jacuzzi under the stars, these are precious memories we brought home. The house is spacious and fully equipped even though age left some marks on them. The house is within an hour to buzzling San Fransisco and 20 minutes to Stanford University and shopping center. Roberts market 2 km away had most of the things we needed and the bakery was a treat. It is a great area for hikes. The schoolyard 2 km away provided three great playgrounds for the kids. The owners always replied quickly when we needed them, taking care of us as with great engagement. One of the best rentals we ever had.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Emma, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Reviews like yours make our day. We are so thrilled when someone enjoys the same things we do about our lovely spot - -the peace and quiet, the views, and the comfortable surrounding. You have been wonderful guests, and we really enjoyed the pictures of your Christmas decorations, and those of your family relaxing on Christmas Day. You would be welcome back in a heartbeat! Warmest regards, Jan & Ken George
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Happy Thanksgiving in Woodside

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in Woodside at the George's house. The house is pretty much exactly as described and they have taken the time to explain the features of the property very clearly in a binder at the residence so there were no TV disasters! The property was clean though the cleaners missed the refrigerator. When I let the property manager know, she sent someone to handle it. She was great and the George's were very responsive to all questions we had about the trip. This property worked really well for my family of adult children and would have been even better in the summer when the pool and outdoor space could have been fully taken advantage of. We used to live just down the street and this was a nice reunion for us.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Maureen, I can't believe I neglected to respond to your lovely review. So glad you had everything you needed, except for the summer in which to enjoy the pool and beautiful surroundings. We're very happy that you were able to enjoy your Thanksgiving family reunion. Thank you again for your review. Warm regards, Jan & Ken George
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Completeness & Peacefulness

  • 5 of 5

My family and I, 2 adults & 3 kids (10yrs, 7yrs, 1yr) spent a really lovely and memorable 6 nights at the George's, Woodside during late June 2015. The house is complete with everything a family would imagine to see in a house. The owners are the best in assisting through emails (response time is very quick) before our arrival making specially caring to bring the best items for our baby. We spent time enjoying the weather, the house, and the lovely swimming pool. The location is very close to Palo Alto where we were going on a daily basis for kids to attend summer camp at Standord Uni. There is a nearby supermarket (Roberts) that is very convenient for groceries. We would love to come back. Many thanks to the George family.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mohammad, Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the property, surroundings, and found everything you needed to make your stay so enjoyable. We would happily welcome you and your family back. Warmest regards, Jan & Ken George Jan & Ken George
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Graduation celebration

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a fabulous stay at the George's in Woodside! Wasn't sure if the pictures looked better than reality but it was quite the opposite. You can't capture the beauty of the area in photos. It was a great place to get back to after a busy day to just relax and really enjoy vacation. The house is lovely and the grounds are truly beautiful. Location was central and convenient to everything. Would love to return!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mary, for the wonderful review. We're so happy that the property exceeded expectations, and that you found, as we do, that it is a lovely and peaceful refuge. The natural setting contributes enormously. We'd love to welcome you back, anytime. Thanks again, Jan & Ken George
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A peaceful stay in a lovely home

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my family, from ages 10 months to 60+, for 4 weeks in August-September. We had a wonderful time! The house is spacious and well equipped with everything you need for a longer stay. It is located in a quiet neighborhood and the property is very private and peaceful. It is still close to all the sights and attractions in the Bay Area, though a car is needed. We enjoyed relaxing by the pool on hot days, and sitting in the jacuzzi gazing at the stars at night. There are several sitting areas outside for a drink, enjoying a meal or just watching the many birds that visit the property.

Jan and Ken were very helpful and easy to reach if we had questions, and truly wanted our stay to be the best possible experience. Thanks to them and their lovely home our first stay in California was an experience of a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pål and Renate, Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and that it made for such a nice family gathering, from the little ones to the grandparents. We love the privacy, peace and quiet, with the ready access to everything in the Bay Area, and are particularly happy when our guests so readily appreciate those qualities as well. You were wonderful guests and took excellent care of everything. We would be delighted to welcome you back again. Kind regards, Jan & Ken George
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Wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful spot. Home is very comfortable and the property is spectacular. The view was incredible. The owners were lovely to work with and thought of everything to make our stay enjoyable. Woodside is a charming area that is very quiet, safe and private with everything needed only a short drive away. Wished we could have stayed longer and just enjoyed the property with its lovely surroundings and pool.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara, Thank you for your lovely review. We're so happy that you found everything to your liking and were able to celebrate your Stanford graduate's big weekend, and also stay on for a little R&R of your own. Come back any time! The pool, hot tub, garden, peace and quiet await a future return visit. Warm regards, Jan & Ken George
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Children's Discovery Museum
Nearest Airport
23 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.7 Miles
Village Pub
Nearest Ferry
33.2 Miles
San Francisco Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
6.3 Miles
Stanford University Golf Course
Nearest Train
6.7 Miles
Redwood City Caltrain
Nearest Motorway
2.3 Miles
Interstate 280
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Little Store
Nearest Ski
218 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
17.3 Miles
Half Moon Bay
Car: necessary

Woodside is an exclusive, small village in a beautiful, secluded wooded setting, situated within 15 minutes of Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford Shopping Center, the lovely town of Palo Alto, and the Venture Capital corridor on Sandhill Road. It is a very well situated launching point to many of Northern California's wonderful treasures. It is 1.2 miles from Highway 280, providing access north to San Francisco, 33 miles away, and south to Silicon Valley and San Jose, respectively 15 minutes and 30 minutes away, depending on traffic. Several wineries are 15-20 minutes away, and the coast and town of Half Moon Bay is just a 35 minute drive west over the hills.

Less than two hours South is the Monterey Peninsula, highly recommended for its scenery, the one of a kind Monterey Bay Aquarium, Hemingway's Cannery Row, great restaurants, the 17-mile drive, the lovely, picturesque town of Carmel, and the rugged coast of Big Sur.

Less than two hours to the North is every wine lover's not-to-be-missed destination of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Blessed with gorgeous weather any time of year, it's a great place to pick up the makings for a picnic, and find lovely spots in which to enjoy it -- between wine tastings.


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Woodside House Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $99

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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.
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Woodside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom Suite - 1 king , Suite with seating area, gas fireplace, TV and private bath.
    Office Bedroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Office bedroom with separate bath
    Twin/King bedroom suite - 2 twin/ single , Private entrance suite with seating area, fireplace, patio
  • Linens, blankets, duvets, plush towels
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is an ideal spot for visiting executives; couples seeking a private, romantic get away; families with 2-3 children.

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