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Beautiful and Lush Hidden Wisteria Cottage

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Melissa Burnley at Bella Bay Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 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!

Amenities

Alameda Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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average rating of 4.971831 based on 71 reviews
5

Everything that was promised and more.

  • 5 of 5

This is a very special place, and I would love to see it a few times a year, and in all the 'seasons. The hosts were lovely to share their world with us, and I can't say enough - charming, clean, unique, quiet, sense of ease and peace. Thank you Ed and Arthur.

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ! It was so nice to see you relaxing in the garden with your morning coffee . I noticed you found Julie's coffee shop around the corner . You could have stayed there in her cafe garden , but you choose to return to our place and feed the koi . Maybe next time some of the nearby restaurants we could suggest will be a pleasurable experiences to finish off your stay here . Hope to see you again ! Thanks again , John & Arthur
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5

Best VRBO Imaginable

  • 5 of 5

We stumbled upon Wisteria Cottage a few months ago when we were unable to book with our "go-to" VRBO property. (It was a wonderful place as well.) That's how we met John and Arthur and their almost-too-good-to-be-true listing in Alameda. We visit our daughter and her family there, so we are frequent travelers to the East Bay. Wisteria Cottage is the perfect getaway--tranquil, well-maintained, tasteful and beautifully equipped. This was our second stay and we are already making plans for our next trip. The cottage is cozy, no matter the season, and the gardens are stunning. John and Arthur are warm and caring hosts. I cannot recommend this property highly enough. Staying there is a gift.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well ! What a gift you are to us ! We so enjoyed your visit !. Next time in the Spring ( mid-March ) you and your family can all hang out in the garden and we will join you in a glass of wine . The warmer weather will have the wisteria in full bloom !!! Cant wait to see you again ! Happy Holidays !!! John & Arthur
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5

Absolutely Charming

  • 5 of 5

John and Arthur have thought of everything you could possibly need in a rental cottage and provided it - tea selections, coffee selections, spices, wine, comfortable bed, nice linens, tv, music, books to browse, and a great location close to Park St. The "garden of Eden" is absolutely delightful, with koi to feed, canaries, and all kinds of living things to admire. We loved our stay here and enjoyed talking with John and Arthur so much. The toilet in the shower is odd but was not a problem as everything else was so perfect. Thanks and we will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

Wisteria Cottage was a delightful retreat and completely as advertised - tucked away in a beautifully landscaped garden, it was clean, charming and fully stocked for any need during my stay - the furnishings are lovely antiques and make for a cozy getaway - would definitely hope to stay there again and highly recommend to Alameda visitors

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Claudia ! It was lovely to have you here , wish you could have stayed longer , so you could linger by the pond and have your friends over to enjoy it all with you . Maybe next time . Till then , All the Best ! John & Arthur
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5

Amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

This place is so much more than the pictures show. It is so perfect, my husband and I enjoyed the yard so much. The homeowners are very helpful. We didn’t know the city very well and they had maps and everything we needed. I can’t wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Setting

  • 4 of 5

Lovely setting conveniently located. The mattress and pillows need some help being more comfortable. Did not care for the level of intrusiveness by the property owners. Did not care for owners showing up at the glass front or back door unannounced while I was not dressed. A phone call would be preferable. And getting chastised for listening to a podcast at 2 pm on a Monday afternoon made me feel unable to really relax or laugh outloud without worrying about being intruded upon more. Rather stifling.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Oakland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Walking distance
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Ferry Point
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Alameda Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Emeryville - Amtrak
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Walking distance
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Walking distance
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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