1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 2
Melissa Burnley at Bella Bay Vacation Rentals
About Melissa Burnley at Bella Bay Vacation Rentals
Your reservation will be manged by Melissa but John and Arthur live in the Main House and will be your hosts. 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!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We spent a wonderful week at Wisteria Cottage! The cottage itself was immaculate and comfortable. The gardens and koi pond are lovely and peaceful. The owners are are gracious and helpful. The whole experience was spectacular! Thank
Lovely cottage with extras
Staying at this cottage property was a treat - the garden areas, pond with koi, delightful sitting areas, singing canaries, various visiting wildlife (including a possum), and helpful hosts (who had provided fruit, nuts, kitchen staples, and a bottle of wine for us) all made this stay one of our best experiences with HomeAway. We hope to return soon!
What a find!
Wisteria Cottage is a real treasure. A great spot in a convenient location. Wonderful landlords on site. Fabulous garden.
Delightful in every way!
We felt so fortunate to have discovered Wisteria Cottage... truly a hidden gem in the heart of the Bay area! The cottage itself was so cozy and comfortable with unique and artistic decorating touches. The garden was an amazingly beautiful place to relax in the most peaceful surroundings imaginable. Our hosts, Arthur and John, looked after every detail and made us feel so very welcome. We loved the fact that the cottage was conveniently located within walking distance to the shops and restaurants on Park Street. We are already looking forward to our next visit!
Relax and unwind peacefully
The cottage is very comfortable, clean and has everything one needs-like going to visit family. John and Arthur are wonderful hosts who make you feel welcome. Thank you for a peaceful place to stay during the transition to the Bay Area! We hope to be neighbors one day.
The Wisteria Cottage is a unique gem in the middle of busy Alameda. It sits off the street behind private gates and next to the owners’ home. It is surrounded by a lush, mature garden, an ancient wisteria tree, canary aviaries and a bubbling koi pond. The owners are kind and gracious hosts, providing everything from an outdoor grill to wine and cheese on arrival. The cottage was built and furnished with reclaimed, artisan, and salvage items as well as stunning antiques collected or made by the owners. The garden is imaginatively designed with delightful outdoor sitting areas amid blooming orchids and flowering plants. It’s a heavenly hideaway for you to rest, relax and soothe your soul. You will definitely want to return once you’ve stayed at the Wisteria Cottage!
How nice that you felt at home with us . It was truly a delight in meeting you , and knowing that because your family lives so nearby you'll think of us again . With hopes of a future stay, that we may have more time with you and Mac , so pleasant a memory of you two needs to be extended . With Our Best Wishes !! John & Arthur