Magical Cottage Nestled in Award Winning Beautifully landscaped Garden
Magical one bedroom, fully furnished garden cottage with filtered bay views and serene garden outlooks located in an elegant area of the North Berkeley Hills yet only 4 blocks to campus. Easy walk to gourmet ghetto, boutique stores and BART with …
My daughter, son-in-law and two children visiting from England spent their two week holiday in this perfect rental. It was spacious, immaculate, and equipped with all the necessary supplies. And accessible to downtown Berkeley. The owners arrived at the end of the visit, and were charming and gracious. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect arrangement.
We loved everything about this cottage. We arrived late at night after a long day of travel. We were happy to discover a warm, inviting space with everything we needed. It was perfect. When we woke up in the morning we were amazed by the setting; a spectacular garden framing a view of San Francisco. The location is excellent; a very easy walk to UC Berkeley and close to BART and tons of wonderful restaurants. We have stayed in many hotels and rentals in Berkeley over the years. I wish we had known about this cottage earlier; the price is excellent and it is an all around wonderful place to stay.
My husband and I rented this cottage in October while visiting our son at Berkeley for parents' weekend. We couldn't have been happier with the accommodation. The cottage itself is a one-bedroom apartment above a garage with a spacious living room and kitchen. We woke up every morning to beautiful views of the private gardens and sparkling views of San Francisco in the distance. The apartment was very clean and well equipped with anything you might need. We were walking distance to the university - a real plus - but far enough away to enjoy the quiet of the neighborhood. The owners were extremely helpful and always returned our messages if we had questions. This was a real find, and we shall definitely return next time we visit the Bay Area. We would definitely recommend it to friends and relatives as a wonderful place to stay in Berkeley!
My wife and I rented this cottage while we were in town to see a few concerts at the Greek Theater on the Cal campus. Was a perfect location! The Greek is about a 10 minute walk.........couldn't have been easier.
The cottage is above a very large 3 car garage...it's very modern and up to date. The landscaped garden is as beautiful as you can imagine! We would sit outside every morning with our coffee....with the view of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate...what more could you ask for!
The owner of the property was very good in getting back to me.....I typically ask lots of questions when I rent a vacation property...and she always sent detailed responses.
I would highly recommend this to anyone! Please keep in mind that a lot of the restaurants and night-life are on the other side of the campus....but that's one of the things we liked about this place...was very quiet!
We look forward to renting this property the next time we're in Berkeley!
This place is absolutely stunning. Unlike in a hotel, where you are at the whims of all of the noise of everyone in the building, this place provides an unparalleled serenity yet so close to all amenities. It truly is like a little oasis on the side of a mountain... with wild deer seen daily and beautiful trees and plants. The cottage is very bright, clean and spacious. Carol and Joe are top shelf hosts and are easy to contact should you have any concerns or questions. Everything I read in the below reviews is 100% true. This is the place to stay in Berkeley!
Highly, highly recommended - We definitely plan to stay here again in the near future. You will have a difficult time finding a better rental in Berkeley.
We absolutely loved the "cottage", immaculately clean and spacious for three people, with a beautifully landscaped yard and within walking distance to UC-Berkeley, various attractions (e.g. shopping and restaurants on Shattuck Ave), and several wonderful city parks. Also, the rental is situated within a great, historic Berkeley district, with neighborhood views of the Golden Gate bridge and other San Francisco bay attractions. This made for stunning family walks around the 'block'.
I stayed in La Loma cottage for three nights while visiting for a graduation. I was amazed by the cleanliness and beauty of the cottage that was provided. It was private and secluded, and the smell of all the fresh, blooming flowers surrounding the property came through the windows every morning. The walk was only a few minutes to the Berkely campus and to downtown.
The bed was very comfortable in the bedroom with a large closet. My sister stayed on the pull out couch and said that it was also comfortable. We had plenty of fresh towels and a new coffeemaker, espresso machine, and Ipod dock were also a great surprise.The owner was kind, unobtrusive, and responsive. I loved staying here and would absolutley reccomend it to a freind.
My wife and I found this to be a wonderful pied-a-terre for us to stay during our vacation in Berkeley visiting our daughter. It is a cozy apartment above a garage overlooking the owner's delightful garden with the San Francisco Bay. in the distance. The cottage is set in the hills above Berkeley, a neighborhood well worth exploring on foot.
Light, bright, clean, and private - a great location in a quiet neighborhood with beautiful views. Easy walk to Cal and downtown Berkeley.
I had the pleasure to stay with my husband in the cottage at La Loma and Virginia in the Berkeley Hills for an extended stay through April 2012. The many qualities of the rental coupled with the offerings of the area made for an outstanding rental experience.
The cottage is situated on a large and quiet property northeast of the lively Berkeley campus area. It sits on a landscaped garden with lookouts unto the city lying below and the San Francisco Bay beyond it. This view is stunning and is one of the many rewards of coming "home" at the end of each day and marveling at the urban landscape in nightfall.
At just under 700sqft. the dwelling itself provides three living areas, including kitchen/dining, sitting/lounging and sleeping areas, which create a very practical and comfortable interior living situation. Its amenities include updated kitchen and bath and many storage areas including a dedicated closet in the bedroom.
Although retrieved from the urban center, cultural experiences are close by.
At walking distance from the cottage are the Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Parks, the Berkeley campus and what is known locally as the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto. Cultural offerings of nature hikes, musical and theater performances, film screenings, lectures, museums and dining will satisfy the most demanding or curious customer.
My favorites include CalPerformances, BAM/PAF, Aurora Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Gregoire, Cheese Board, Chez Panisse, Acme Bread, the Off The Grid on Wednesday nights, the farmers Market on Thursdays.
Also at walking distance (20-30mns downhill) is the Berkeley Downtown BART station. The train will take you up and down the East Bay as well as to the two local airports (OAK and SFO) and to the city of San Francisco in 20mns.
Most importantly, the landlords Carol and Joe are friendly and welcoming. They reside in the main house on the other end of the property and are very respecful of tenants privacy while remaining attentive to your needs.
This rental will provide a one-of-a-kind experience and meet the standards of sophisticated travellers looking for a quality vacation stay or a base for a business trip.
This is a great find for anyone staying in the Bay area. It made the perfect home-base for our visit. Located in the Berkeley hills, it's walking distance from the University and lovely dining and shopping. Also just a BART ride away from the sights in San Francisco and the San Francisco airport. Clean, comfortable, peaceful, lovely. My daughters, who shared the pull-out couch for sleeping, urged me to note that it's like a "real bed." The owners were very friendly and quite accommodating. The gardens are divine and help make this cottage feel like a real get-away. We would definitely stay here again and we highly recommend it to others.
This is to recommend the Magical Cottage in Berkeley as all that and more. Over a several week period it proved a welcome respite from the busy Berkeley area; nestled in a hillside garden overlooking the Bay. A lush cocoon seemingly out of a movie, any day may find small deer peering out from hillside nooks, or wandering by a stream that ripples through the garden. The cottage itself feels spacious, has all the amenities, and yet is private and cozy. While there I called it my tree house. I regularly long to return to this peaceful setting, and hope one day I shall.
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