About the property
- Cottage750 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
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.
Melissa Burnley at Bella Bay Vacation Rentals
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- within two days
- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 2018
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 Alameda
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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This was our 4th visit and we will be back.
Thank you dear friends ! Was so nice seeing you again . We were so pleased that you are so comfortable in the cottage ; and glad that the wisteria gave you a good show with it's purple blooms right outside your window ; and it's getting better as the days go on . We wait for your return . Yours, John & Arthur
A delightful cottage fully accessorised with a charming garden oozing character, interest and calm.
An unexpected retreat which provided a super location and base for exploring the locality and Bay Area. Attention to detail was faultless and welcoming touches offered a sense of home immediately providing a sense of order and well-being, perfectly executed and imparted by the hosts.
Thoroughly enjoyed the lovely garden space and the great array of information provided for exploring the area. Time taken by hosts to engage and ensure visit enjoyment was welcomed along with their shared bird and garden expertise. It was a real treat to stay and enjoy this beautiful cottage environment.
Thoroughly recommend a visit here and the sense of serenity you'll leave with. It's a real heart stealer and a place you won't easily forget. Looking forward to next visit already!
What a beautiful oasis. We felt very welcomed by our hosts, who offered tips on shopping, local eateries, useful information on getting around the island, what to see and access in to San Francisco. The house is comfortable, and well planned out, but the garden stole the show. Wisteria in full bloom, the babble of water and tranquillity, could have spent the 4 days sitting relaxing with a book. Great spot to venture out, a pleasure to return to at the end of a day exploring and walking
Hands down the best!
This is my second visit to the property and I loved it just as much, if not more, this time around. The cottage is beautiful, very thoughtfully stocked and really comfortable. The garden will take your breath away, just like a secret oasis. The hosts, John and Arthur, are so kind and helpful. Their suggestions for local hikes, food and activities were perfect. I would come back in a heartbeat!
A true oasis
What a wonderful place! A peaceful getaway, completely relaxing. Hosts are extremely hospitable. Highly recommend!
Relaxation get away spot !
Really over the top getaway spot in alameda .... the owners John and Arthur r artist craftsman and from every detail both inside the cottage and the backyard shows their talents
The bed is very comfortable quality sheets and pillows .... they just don’t miss on any detail .... bottle of wine crackers and cheese , gas stove at your ready . This is the spot to relax and hang out !
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.