DERBY CREEK GUESTHOUSE
Half mile (10 min walk) to UC Berkeley
Rent one or more of six fully furnished and luxuriously appointed rooms in this gorgeously restored, immaculately clean, early 20th Century Craftsman home, with luxury down bedding, beautiful antiques, and every amenity. Located within walking distance of University of California, Berkeley, and all of the nearby shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities. Off-season rates start at a mere $60/night! With rates like that, why force your visiting relatives to endure the sofa, when they can sleep in luxury and enjoy their privacy? Since it's the off-season, if you can't afford the posted rate for the room, make a proposal, or ask about a barter.
Provided: high quality, down bedding, plushy towels, free wi-fi, nationwide phone calling, and full house privileges (kitchen access, comfy living room, wrap-around deck, pretty backyard). A limited number of off-street parking spaces may be available (ask me), and there is time-limited parking on the street. public transportation, Zip Cars nearby, and easy walks to amenities means you don't need a car. HOUSE PRIVILEGES
- A cozy living room with velvet Victorian sofas, cable TV and radio, comfortable seating, plushy throws, and a library with travel books, tourist guides, maps, magazines, and the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle.
- A spacious, clean dining room, with a large antique Craftsman dining table, antique high chair for babies, antique buffet hutches, and an antique chandelier.
- A fully modernized, organized, clean, well-equipped kitchen with large, stainless steel appliances, high quality stainless steel pots and pans, utensils, serving dishes, wine glasses/corkscrew, a breadmaker, a blender, a coffee grinder, a large electric roasting pot, and recycling/composting bins.
- A lush, private yard with teak outdoor furniture.
- A spacious front porch with seating and tables where you can take your breakfast or enjoy a quiet glass of wine in the ambiance of this mixed student/family neighborhood.
- Beautifully modernized bathrooms with large showers, and one with a deep, antique clawfoot tub, restored with gleaming white finish and sparkling chrome feet. Bright blue shower tiles, stainless steel towel hooks, and granite countertops create a sense of luxury and freshness. Everything you need is included: hair dryer, storage baskets for your things, plenty of plush bath towels and hand towels. ROOMS
All of the rooms are super clean and absolutely gorgeous, with clean, recently painted walls in traditional Craftsman colors, comfortable and interesting high quality furnishings - many antiques or hand crafted locally from recovered woods - in matching color schemes, and completely uncluttered. Some rooms can accommodate more than two guests with our portable cots/futon chairs.
See my other listings to rent rooms individually. THE WILDCAT CANYON ROOM - $115/NIGHT | $725/wk
17 ft x15 1/2 ft (263 square feet)
This is the largest room, with a king sized bed (sleeps 2), a futon sofa (sleeps 2), a table, a sitting area, and a large, walk-in closet that converts to a small bedroom for one adult or two children. All bedding is new, with goose down and feather pillows and comforters, pretty duvet covers and bedspreads, and high quality cotton sheets. You'll have your own iron and ironing board, a hamper or laundry basket, and extra blankets and throws. Large windows on two walls flood this room in natural light, which you can filter with the sheers or block with the curtains.
If you're traveling with children, the huge closet of the Wildcat Canyon Room, which we call "The Little Farm," is equipped with small cots which can sleep two children. The Little Farm is named after a small teaching farm which is part of a nature education center at Tilden Regional Park. Visitors to Berkeley can take their children to experience The Little Farm, where they can pet the animals, travel on a miniature steam railway, and take a ride on the antique merry-go-round.
The room's namesake, Wildcat Canyon, is a valley just east of the Berkeley Hills where visitors love to go hike and picnic along Jewel Lake and Lake Anza. Wildcat Canyon was named for the mountain lions which used to be fairly common in the area. The southern end of the canyon is part of Tilden Regional Park and the northern end is part of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. THE MUIR WOODS ROOM - $95/NIGHT | $600/wk
14 1/2 ft x 12 1/2 ft (181 square feet)
This is a large room with a comfortable queen-sized bed, a desk and chair, a reading chair, a dresser for your clothes, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and a small space heater plus extra blankets for those cool nights.
The Muir Woods Room pays homage to Muir Woods National Monument, the cathedral of redwoods located 25 miles west of Berkeley, which was established in 1908 when President Roosevelt signed legislation to protect an old-growth coast redwood forest from destruction. The trees' ages range from 400 to 800 years, and their height up to 250 feet. THE ROSE GARDEN ROOM - $85/NIGHT | $525/wk
13 ft x 10 ft (130 square feet)
This room is furnished with a gorgeous and comfortable queen-sized bed (sleeps 2), a reading chair, a dresser for clothes, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and extra blankets plus a small space heater for cool nights.
Named after the Berkeley Rose Gardens, it features floral rose decor and antique wooden dressers with hand-painted roses. The Berkeley Rose Garden, opened in 1937, is a gorgeous, terraced amphitheatre and 220-foot-long redwood pergola, where people go to amble, picnic, and relax in the florid surrounds. THE BAYSHORE ROOM - $95/NIGHT | $600/wk
21 ft x 10 ft (210 square feet)
This is a large sunroom with wrap-around windows, a comfortable queen sized bed (sleeps 2), a teak cabinet with drawers for your stuff which opens to become a desk, a teak chair, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and a small space heater plus extra blankets for cool nights.
This room is an homage to the bay area's coastal environments, from the bay shores at the nearby Berkeley Marina to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean against the rocky shores along Highway 1. Stintson Beach, Muir Beach, and Point Reyes National Seashore are less than an hour away. THE ANGEL ISLAND ROOM - $60/NIGHT | $400/wk
7 ft x 10 ft (70 square feet)
This tiny room is big enough for just one person. It has a twin bed, an amazing antique secretary desk, a chair, and a small teak hutch that can also open out into a desk. Brand new down and feather pillows and comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets, and cozy throws offer a downy soft respite at the end of a long day.
The room is named after Angel Island State Park, the largest natural island in the Bay. The island's mere 1.2 square miles accommodates over 1(phone number hidden)sitors annually from all over the world, who come by boat or ferry to visit its four historic sites and miles of hiking and biking trails. THE STRAWBERRY CREEK APARTMENT - $115/NIGHT | $725/wk
180 square feet
This unusual apartment is sometimes available (other times it is occupied by the host) and is great for someone who wants a lot of privacy. It is a tiny efficiency apartment that sits at the very back of the house, just off the backyard garden, and has its own private entrance. It includes a built-in kitchenette, a private bathroom, a raised sleeping loft (queen sized), and a small table and chair.
The apartment is named after one of several Berkeley area creeks which were formerly channeled into underground culverts and which creek restoration groups are working with the city to "daylight," or bring back to the surface. The Urban Creeks Council and Friends of the Five Creeks support conservation of the riparian areas in the town and along the coastlines as well. CLEAN AND GREEN
We provide green living supports (recycling, composting, chemical-free bath products, etc.). Each person cleans up after themselves immediately after meals and other activities in common areas. Your host does weekly deep cleaning of the entire house and launders your linens and towels weekly. Cleaning products are chemical-free and unscented (Seventh Generation and Dr. Bronners), so you'll smell only the fresh air. LOCATION/NEIGHBORHOOD
The house is located approximately 1/2 mile from University of California, Berkeley; just a few blocks from the popular Telegraph Ave, College Ave, Claremont Ave shops and restaurants; and 11 miles from downtown San Francisco. Public transportation, walkable shops and restaurants, and Zipcars are abundant nearby. *** NOT A PARTY HOUSE ***
Important: if your group is looking for a house where you can hold loud parties or stay up all night, this is not the place for you. ***CONTACTING US***
Please include in your inquiry your name and address, number of people/beds/rooms in your reservation, the dates you're interested in, and the reason for your stay in the Bay Area. We won't always reply without this info, because of spam and scams. RECENT REVIEWS
AC and Dermot said: "We cannot say enough about the beauty, comfort, and ease of our experience of this guesthouse! The location has been perfect - we could walk to friends' houses, cafes, and shops. Our room was so warm and cozy, we didn't even want to go out, and the house had everything we needed and more. On top of that, the hospitality was more than gracious. We hope to stay here again and again - who needs a hotel? Thanks so much!" Dec 16, 2012
Lynn says: "Thank you so much for making our staff meetings a real event! With all the stress and work we had, the clawfoot tub was AMAZING. Such an incredible home." Dec 14, 2012
Simana says: "Thank you for the excellent stay and for thinking of EVERYTHING for your guests! We were so comfortable and truly felt at home." Dec 8, 2012
Zanette and Clayton said: "We had a great stay at your guesthouse. The proximity to UC Berkeley and other attractions made this a wonderful homestay. We appreciated all of the amenities and your generous hospitality. Thank you for making our family vacation a very unique and memorable one!" Oct 8, 2012
Smirti G says: "We had an excellent stay at this guesthouse. The room and the house are well-maintained, clean, and beautiful - even though all rooms were occupied when we stayed, it still felt like our own private place. The location is close to UC Berkeley and food/shopping area neighborhoods, and I was able to explore the area without needing a car. Amy is a welcoming host and she was extremely prompt in accommodating all our requests. She helped us change the room when we needed an earlier check-in, provided us a parking space, and even called to make sure we don't get lost while driving to the house. She has stocked the dining/kitchen area with organic teas/coffee/etc. instead of generic brands for the guests - it's a small detail but shows the amount of care Amy puts in to provide a high quality accommodation. I would definitely stay here again."