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A virtual Garden of Eden where it is okay to eat the apple, or orange!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 690 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Quaint cottage in a inspiring and private setting

This beloved and cherished property is situated next to a small creek that flows year round. A recognized garden designer and builder has embellished this oasis with a multitude of stone paths and benches throughout the property that give each space a different feeling and use. An organic vegetable garden right outside the front door and deck and with fruit trees sprinkled throughout the property is a haven for the gourmet cook.

Nature and bird lovers will also very much enjoy the peace and tranquility the place holds.

More Details

Owner
Keith A. Stover
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

About Keith A. Stover

I am a garden designer since childhood and now continue my passions professionally. I little eccentric and off the beaten path, I get along with most people and belief we are all here to help each other and along the way be having a great time.

Keith A. Stover purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Keith A. Stover chose Oakland

This was a unique and speacial peice of property before I purchased it. But since then a lot of love and care has gone into this property and most people would agree. From the cozy little cottage with lots of unique little features to the huge garden. There are dozens of little places to hang out in and just enjoy the surrounding. I think the property which has been well cared for radiates a lot of healing energy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Keith's cottage was the perfect getaway I needed as I was attending a retreat in the area. The grounds were beautiful and very relaxing and you can tell Keith puts a lot of pride in that. The cottage was surprisingly more spacious than I had expected. Keith was very respectful of my time and contacted me in advance if he had a question and he responded promptly to my needs. The location is very close to major highways but felt off the beaten track. And, I especially enjoyed his dog Guinness who at first glance is a large dog but was so sweet and friendly.
Jan 2015
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Amenities

Upper Dimond Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please download VRBO's hospitality app so you can inform yourself about check-in and check out times, where to park and where not to, address, etc.
  • No load talking or music of any kind outside. This is a basically a quiet residential neighborhood and I expect my quests to keep noise levels down.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , vintage clawfoot tub and old style brass valves
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Brand new queen sized bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , You'll need to walk though one corner to get to bathroom
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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A virtual Garden of Eden where it is okay to eat the apple, or orange!
average rating of 4.875 based on 35 reviews
Kansas City, MO
5

Peace and Quiet in the Middle of the Hustle and Bustle

  • 5 of 5

It made all the difference after a long day of playing the tourist or visiting friends to be able to come "home" and relax surrounded by a beautiful garden oasis. It was comforting to wake up in the morning to the peace and quiet of the cozy cottage and be able to start the day with a fresh pot of coffee and a relaxing breakfast. Such a huge difference from the experience of staying in a cookie cutter hotel where you have to get completely ready for the day and then leave your room to get decent coffee and your breakfast and then come back at the end of the day, having to a decide where to have dinner with the mob of other travelers.

Keith never disturbed our privacy, but was just a stone's throw away if we had questions. The cottage had everything we needed to prepare meals and have a great night's sleep. The location was perfect for a trip to San Francisco to visit Alcatraz, a drive up the coast to Bodega Bay to whale watch or for wine tasting in Healdsville.

My wife and I highly recommend staying at this property and will do so again when our travels bring us to this area.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kent, Thanks for the great review - I appreciate you taking the time to write one. You your wife were great guests and left the cottage in perfect shape. I am glad the cottage and grounds were a good place to unwind after a long day of being a "tourist". Needless to say your welcome back anytime. Kind regards, Keith
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5

Comfortable Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable property and great host, with attention to detail. We enjoyed coming back from our trips to San Francisco every day, to the quiet and peaceful respite here. Not recommended for the mobility challenged, but highly recommended for everyone else. You will like it here.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Victoria, Again, it was a pleasure hosting you and your guests and thanks for your review and feedback. I was glad to hear the major issue regarding mobility with the property was getting in and out of the claw foot bathtub. Coincidently, the guests before you had brought that to my attention and I had purchase a grab bar that arrived during your visit. As I mentioned in my text, I just installed it and hopefully it will help future guests get in and out of the tub a bit more easily. Thanks again, Keith
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Wellesley MA (Boston)
5

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enyoyed the flowers, birds and particularly the tomatoes we picked right on the deck. Keith was most hospitable and available. This is truly a lovely natural pocket in Oakland and we hope to come again.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Paradise

  • 5 of 5

From the moment the 3 of us arrived we fell in love with this place. It was so clean and well looked after by the owner Keith who was there to greet us. The garden was full of flowers and dome lovely tomatoes courgettes and the last of the runner beans plus of course freshly picked lemons.

The beds were so comfortable we all slept so well and the kitchen well equipped so we could eat at home, usually on the terrace after a long day in the city. It's easy and cheap to park at one of the Bart. Stations nearby so getting into the city was no problem. We loved it and we're sad to leave so a big thank you to Keith fir letting us share this dreamy house in a lovely part of Oakland. There are some lovely walks closeby if you have time.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ontario, California
5

Perfect, really very relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay, so peaceful and cozy. The beds were extra comfy and coffee in the morning with the hummingbirds was a treat.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous, cozy, relaxing home and gardens close to a variety of locations!

  • 5 of 5

Our time in San Fran/Oakland was enhanced with this clean, lovely home, delightful gardens and hospitality of our host Keith. The cottage offered a warmth and coziness with all the ammenities you could want. The beds were exqusite and the gardens soothing, beautiful and most relaxing. The beds in the cottage were luxurious and provided 6 nights of the most restful sleep I have had in quite awhile!! Keith provided all the creature comforts and hospitality that anyone could want, complete with his dog Stella, for those of us missing our pets and yet was most respectful of our privacy

Thank you Keith It felt like home away from home and even better at times! I highly recommend this cottage for your stay and I look forward to staying here again when I return to the area. Thank you Keith for the use of your FABULOUS home!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Fruitvale Bart
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
580 and 13

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $500

This is a small cottage and a relatively quite residential neighborhood. I expect all my guest to be respectful of my neighbors and myself by keeping noise levels to a minimum. That means no loud talking while outside on the deck, absolutely no music outside or loud music with the cottage windows and doors open. Basically enjoy yourself but not at the expense of me or my neighbors. This is not a party house. Any guests that do not abide by this rules will be asked to leave.

Please remove shoes upon entering the cottage.

Thank you

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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