- Room Type:Entire Apartment
- Max Guests:2
- Min Stay:4
- Pets Allowed:No
- satellite / cable
- dvd player
- washing machine
- clothes dryer
- wireless internet
- linens provided
- cooking utensils
- deck / patio
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
- minimum age limit for renters
- horseback riding
- sight seeing
- bird watching
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
Italian Garden Flat with Grand Piano (Sleeps 2)
~ Maximum occupancy = 2
~ Minimum 7-night stay
~ Ask about last minute stays with a 4-night minimum at $165/night plus cleaning fee.
Read the reviews, then book an unforgettable week in our newly-constructed custom suite in Upper Rockridge with p …
I can't say enough wonderful things about Lori and Craig's lovely flat. I just returned from my second stay and for both visits I stayed for a month while in the Bay Area for work. I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else! The flat is beautifully furnished and the back terrace and gardens are beautiful and peaceful. Gorgeous views from the french doors, both in the living room and bedroom. The flat is very quiet and cozy and has every thing you need. Lori is such a gracious host - always has a bottle of wine and cheese plate awaiting new guests on check in and is always available while respecting your privacy at the same time.
Perfect for a solo traveler or a couple. You do have to go up and down quite a few steps to access the flat so may be difficult if mobile impaired. Parking on the street across from the house was never a problem (and you will want a car if staying here although there are some bus stops within walking distance).
Because I was there for work and staying for quite awhile, it was so important to feel like I was at home. And I have always felt that way when staying at Lori and Craig's flat (although my actual home is not as nice!!) Always sad to leave.
Thank you Lori!!!
My only regret is that I have to give this rental a 5* rating because it will than become more popular and harder for us to book it again because we DEFINITELY WILL!!!! This is everything we look for in a rental - clean, uncluttered, comfortable bed, bathroom with space to put your toiletries, workable kitchen and great location with a fantastic view. Upon arrival, Lori explained everything to us and treated us to wine , cheese and crackers. If we needed anything, she said to please ask. Craig asked if we needed help carrying bags. They are both very accomadating. One night there was a storm and first thing in the morning we got an email if everything was OK and did we need anything. The yard is absolutely beautiful. It is even nicer in person than the pictures. We definitely recommend this rental. It is also very convenient to getting to College Ave and BART. The Village Market is a short drive and has everything you need. Next to the market is the Terrace Coffee Shop. Don't miss an opportunity to stay here, you won't regret it. Thank you Lori & Craig.
My husband and I stayed in this fabulous flat for the past five weeks. I started reading the reviews today before writing our own review and honestly I agree with all that I read and more. This has truly been a beautiful, restful, enjoyable experience. We thank the owners, Lori and Craig, for their hospitality, thoughtfulness and willingness to assist us in any way they can. We both look forward to coming back again.
My husband & I have returned again within eight months. Lori & Craig's flat is our home away from home when we come to visit our family who live only 2 miles away. It's a wonderful feeling entering their flat once again. It's always so spotless & welcoming. The 4 poster bed with the luxury linens & comfortor is always so inviting. Lori always adds some special touches--better than a five star hotel. She is very artistic & I like to scan the walls for new artwork. The beautiful maintained gardens were in bloom. The weather was ideal to dine & relax on the patio. There is a great selection of books to read, also. We look forward to our December 2013 stay that has already been booked.
The moment I stepped into the Italian Garden Flat, my heart jumped with joy, it is like coming inside a dream world: the real world is shut off, and one is embraced by peace, beauty and grace. Here you want to enjoy and appreciate art, music, nature and improve your inner self. The flat presents a fashionable yet mindful life style which makes that possible. It has such an unique atamosphere which should be agreeable to many artists, musicians, intellectuals, or people who want to get some nice and quality time for themselves. And what a great quality of the grand piano there is, I have played it every day for 4 months and enjoyed all it's colors in gentleness, briskness and grandness. The hosts Grag and Lori are friendly, generous, always ready to help and very considerable about their guest(s). I could hardly find any complaint in such a period of stay. Every thing is clean, lots of things are new, the bed is super comfy, the shower is nice and strong, and you have a total privacy inside the flat as well as in the garden. A truly ideal place for retreat, for heart and soul.
We stayed in this beautifully maintained apartment Nov. 7 - 14, 2012. The apartment is tastefully furnished. The kitchen is equipped with everything you may need and more. The garden is gorgeous and the view is great. The photos of the apartment and environs are true and even better in person. We hope to stay there again this year when we are visiting family.
A nice retreat in art, music, landscape, history and comfort which I have found all in this graceful home!
Art---self-done stylish paintings on the wall; music---a nice grand piano singing in tones of Bach and Chopin; landscape---a romantic garden with views of hills and waters afar reminds you an 18th centry oil painting in Italy; history---books in every room telling history of different regions, particularly the local history about Oakland and Rockrige; comfort---tiled counters, artistic ceramic dishes and glasses, quality furniture, fresh and clean everywhere in this home. I am a world traveller with a class, this is as good as a five-star hotel room. I also spent vacation at two different homes in Berkeley Hills, Italian Garden Flat is far more better with a reasonable charge. The hostess is a hard-working fine artist with kindness and fairness offering the best to her guests. I will definitely come back!
We returned for our 3RD stay within 1 1/2 yrs. because it feels like our home away from when we visit family in the area. Lori & Craig are warm & friendly hosts. The flat is always clean & cozy.. The views were fantastic since the weather was great. Information is available for sights & restaurants. Lori & Craig were available to answer questions. The flat was as pictured only nicer in person. We love Montclair Village & shops on Piedmont & College Aves. Looking forward to our next stay.
First off...Lori and Craig...hats off to you both!
All the reviews are spot on...This flat is absolutely beyond 5 stars from A to Z....We have stayed all around the world in vrbo, airbnb, homeaway and first class hotels....and Lori and Craigs' rental is by far the best place we have ever stayed...I can't even think of anything to add that would improve the unit at all!! So here goes..top ten reasons to stay at the Italian garden Oasis:
#10: Location is perfect especially for Berkeley and oakland visitors but still extremely accesible to san francisco
#9: Quiet, quiet, quiet...unless the sounds of nature are a problem for you!
#8: Views out your windows and doors looking over the beautiful landscaping down to the city
#7: Incredibly beautiful garden setting with fountain and wonderful bird life
#6: Size of rooms was perfect for a couple....a romantic getaway (but room for small extra person works!
#5: Bathroom is well appointed with lots of cabinet space, blow dryer, and bathroom supplies
#4: Kitchen is well apppointed with wine glasses, shot glasses, drinking glasses, cooking utensils, pot, pans, etc....coffee and tea pots, delicious olive oil, and various other cooking ingredients as well as Pete's coffee as well as tea!
#3: Great wifi and tv and beautifully decorated from top to bottom...first class all the way...Oh, and a spotless living environment!
#2: Lori and Craig...hospitality galore...instant response, pefect directions and ready, willing and able to answer any questions regarding your stay at their home and the surrounding cities...flexibility (we arrived after midnight and no problem accomodating our arrival)
#!: Pete's coffee along with milk, cheese and crackers, and a bottle of wine awaits....Morning coffee was fabulous!! But really, Lori and Craig...thank you so much for caring to make all that arrive at your home feel welcome and ready to enjoy their vacations! Can't wait to stay in again in the future!
I love to find great places to stay when we travel and I usually don’t write reviews because if I find a great place, I hope it will be available the next time I want to visit the area. I’m making an exception this time because sometimes a place just seems too good to be true. Believe me, this place is the best of all the VRBO rentals we’ve ever experienced, and the price is amazingly low. (Don’t tell Lori and Craig!) My husband and I stayed at Lori and Craig’s the third week of July, 2012. The posted reviews of this rental are all very favorable and there isn’t a lot to add. I did notice that no one mentioned how soundproof the apartment is. When the bedroom and/or bathroom door is closed, no sounds can be from any of the other rooms. The sound insulation is so good that even a running shower cannot be heard from anywhere in the apartment.
The apartment is spectacularly clean and very nicely decorated. The artwork on the walls is personal and beautiful. When we walked into the apartment for the first time, we both felt as though we’d come to a “destination” rather than a place to stay while visiting our son who lives in Oakland. The grounds are beautiful and attract lots of birds. We saw a flock of wild turkeys one afternoon, many robins, western scrub jays, hummingbirds, finches, an oak titmouse, and woodpeckers. Though only about fifteen minutes from the heart of downtown Oakland, this home feels a world away. Everything about it was perfect. Lori and Craig are into art, classical music and Shakespeare. What more do they need to recommend them?
If you have read the other stellar reviews of this charming property, we can only say "ditto." My husband and I found the accommodations and grounds accurately depicted on the website by owners Lori and Craig who were incredibly gracious, helpful, and knowledgeable about points of interest, etc in SF and the East Bay area. We were thrilled to find this accommodation since we have two sons who live in Oakland and are only 5-10 minutes away.
Although very compact, the apartment is well designed, perfect for two and had everything we needed. The bath had lots of storage for toiletries which is something even good hotels often skimp on. The bed is a dream (although it takes up most of the bedroom!). Also, be advised that the featured baby grand does take up a big chunk of the living space, but what remains is cozy and comfortable for two.
Our favorite part of this property is far and away the lovely, large terrace patio with cafe table, two chairs, and a lounge chair as well. Just below the patio is a beautiful lawn with a working stone fountain -- all in all a wonderful spot to read, write a postcard, have coffee, a glass of wine.... or just nap! When the sun is shining I could easily spend the better part of the day there (although we didn't have time!). The view is quite nice and occasionally you will hear church bells which truly are reminiscent of Italy.
The neighborhood is great for walking; shopping, along with good restaurants, only minutes away in Rockridge.
We feel fortunate to have experienced Lori and Craig's hospitality and thank them for opening their home to travelers looking for a unique and comfortable home away from home. Btw, this apartment is on the lower level of Lori & Craig's own home, but has a separate entrance and is very private.
Would highly recommend to friends and/or family looking to stay in the East Bay with easy access to Bart and the city. We've already booked again for Labor Day weekend!
I can't recommend this property highly enough. Compared to a similarly priced hotel stay, this is just embarrassingly much better. The accommodations, grounds, and owners were all stellar. Would stay here again in a second.
I was delighted by my decision to stay in this beautiful flat. Lori was gracious and accommodating. The pictures in the posting cannot really do justice to the patio and terraces. They are truly wonderful. I began my days with coffee on the terrrace while catching up on email using the Wi-Fi. It was an exceptional way to begin the day. My trip was made for a visit to family in the area. When they came over to the flat with me, they were so taken with the terraces that they returned for a wine and cheese gathering there one night. The flat itself is well-appointed, spotless and carefully maintained. I would highly recommend this spot for anyone staying in the area. My only regret was that I never took piano and thus could not play the baby grand that accents the living room. I have been using VRBO for sometime but this is the nicest spot I have found. Do yourself a favor and try it out.
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