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Beautiful and Lush Hidden Wisteria Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

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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Property Manager
Melissa Burnley at Bella Bay Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Melissa Burnley at Bella Bay Vacation Rentals

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.

Why Melissa Burnley at Bella Bay Vacation Rentals chose The Bay Area

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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!


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Beautiful and Lush Hidden Wisteria Cottage
average rating of 4.98 based on 50 reviews
Little Rock, Ar, USA

Perfect location Wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage. Our 2nd time to stay there will stay again in the summer when we come back. Has every thing we need or want. We highly recommend this little cottage

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Asheville NC

A true sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

What a enchanting and beautiful cottage. From the moment you walk through the gate to the cottage, you enter a peaceful and beautiful world.

The cottage is charming (I especially loved the fireplace). The details are amazing. You have everything you need - nothing is overlooked.

And the garden! Wow! So beautiful and charming. Every few steps brought another surprise. And I loved feeding the fish. Our only disappointment - we were there in December and the wisteria was not in bloom. Hopefully, our next visit to Alameda will be in spring or summer.

Wisteria Cottage is in an ideal location - just a short walk to Park Street and all the shops and restaurants.

John and Arthur are wonderful hosts. So kind and gracious; always concerned about our needs. We enjoyed our conversations with them. We look forward to seeing them on our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was worth the wait

  • 5 of 5

The Wisteria Cottage is a delight. This was our second attempt at staying here and we are so happy that we were able to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving in Alameda. The garden is delightful with artist flare. Huge Stag Horn ferns, orchids, and of course the magnificent Wisteria vine that grows on the cottage. The Koi pond is peaceful and it was fun to be able to feed the fish. The bed linens were amazing!

Our hosts made sure that all our needs were thought of and met. I hope we will be able to return in the Spring when all is in bloom.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you !!! We are so happy that you were able to book with us ! We love the winter garden , but in Spring it can be amazing . We hope that you can find the time to be here then . Your comments about our cottage is warming to us , because we put a lot of US in it !!!! And the koi say thank you also for the feeding time ! In Spring the canaries will be nesting and some new life might be added to our little oasis ! Till we see you again ; Yours, John & Arthur
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Fabulous stay away from home

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at this fabulous cottage. John & Arthur were wonderful. The cottage was exactly what we were looking for. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. So the details: clean, accurate description, bottle of wine at arrival, koi were fed in the amazing backyard. So secluded it was, seemed like we were no longer in Alameda. We highly recommend Wisteria Cottage to anyone wanting a respite from the hustle and bustle of city doings. Bravo!!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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An Alameda treasure

  • 5 of 5

Wisteria Cottage is an Alameda treasure which more than lives up to its high ratings. Arthur and John are welcoming, friendly hosts and very knowledgable about local architecture and history. Both the layout of the cottage and garden are thoughtfully designed with great attention to detail. Highly recommended to those looking for a lush, private sanctuary that's convenient and easily walkable to Park St. amenities. You will want to stay in even if you must go out.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How kind of you to be so generous with your words . We have made a place which comforts us every time we enter it , and it's been 50 years of refining it and the refinement will go on till we go to that last garden . We were so pleased to meet you and to feel the love of place you conveyed to us . I hope The Faiths bring you and your partner in life , back to our garden ! Yours, Arthur & John
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful stay at Arthur and Johns place. The cottage was very clean and very comfortable. We loved everything about the cottage including the outdooor space and the relaxing sounds of the fountains! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review ! Over the last three years so many of our guests have taken the time to do so . It is heart warming to read how everyone felt about the little world we have created and maintained ; first and foremost for ourselves , but with the added delight of sharing it with others whom have felt rewarded by their stay ; makes our hearts sing . We have been so blessed with the kind of people who saw something in the photos on the site and choose us !!! We Thank All those who have stayed with us , and hope you will return to find the pleasure you have found here ! Yours, Arthur & John
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Oakland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Walking distance
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Ferry Point
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Alameda Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Emeryville - Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Walking distance
Nearest Ski
120 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Walking distance
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Alameda Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100

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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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Alameda Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

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

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