Based in the Haight district this is a fabulous example of the city’s famous painted ladies. The owners have filled it with their eclectic collection of antiques and art, much of it collected during their travels. If you google The Parsonage you will find that the owners have lived there for decades and are credited with having contributed significantly to the improvement of the Haight as a community. This is reflected in their care for their guests, you couldn’t be in better hands! Oh yes, we also fell in love with their dog, a lovely Belgian Water Dog.
Ten years ago when I submitted my first review with TripAdvisor, it was about the Parsonage where we had spent some wonderful days. „A place to feel at home“ I wrote back then, and thus it was clear right from the beginning that when we ever would visit the Bay City again, we‘d also return to the Parsonage. It took us longer than we had thought, but in this year‘s mid-April we finally came back and spent another 6 days at the Parsonage. We became older in these 10 years, but the Parsonage stood the test of time. From the moment the door opened it was just as this: coming home! A brown, cute, curly dog showed up to greet us, just like the Pilar did back then. And the living room, the breakfast room and the entire interior kept its wonderful charme which had enchanted us during our first stay: full of carefully collected antiques and items, books and magazines all these rooms still perfectly match the entire house‘s Victorian charme. And the Parsonage even improved in between, an elevator has been installed which now took up our baggage while we preferred to step up the stairs, slowly arriving at the first floor. We stayed in the same room than ten years ago, the „Luisa Tetrazinni“ with its charming little alcove facing Laguna St. Breakfast at the Parsonage still is a highlight and an extremely good way to start into the day. Fresh fruits, very tasty bread (toast) and a coffee that really deserves its name. And it remains the meeting point of all those lucky enough to spend their time at the Parsonage. Joan and John again really took care of us – in case you‘ll need any ideas for your day at San Francisco they‘ll be there any time to give their suggestions! One of those was the French-style bistro „Revelry“ just a few meters away from the Parsonage (297 Page St.) which I suggest to visit at least one time during a stay at the Parsonage. As both Joan and John are very interested in any kind of cultural event and – therefore – always know what‘s going on in their city, ask them for the latest ballet or concert, the latest exhibitions or simply about cultural hotspots your guidebook may not have. The neighbourhood the Parsonage is situated in still is one of the nicest in San Francisco and provides a number of good bars, restaurants etc. within walking distance. Lower Haight and the adjunct Hayes Valley still is as charming as it was back in 2009. If you are lucky to be around at the time it takes place, do not miss the Cherry Blossom Festival in the Japanese quarter and the cherry blossoms in the Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park. Also, we enjoyed the concerts in the SF Jazz Center (Hayes Valley, 10 minutes walk from the Parsonage) and the bar Mr. Tipple‘s (a bit noisy but nice life jazz music) on Fell St. (12 – 15 min walk from the Parsonage). And if you still like public transport more than Uber, the stops of No. 6 and 7 bus lines are just a few meters outside the Parsonage. It was a perfect stay and a wonderful time at the Parsonage and although we do not know when we will return to San Francisco, we are sure we will stay at the Parsonage again!…
My husband and I, along with our three adult children, spent four wonderful nights at the Parsonage- we absolutely loved it! Joan and John are welcoming, entertaining, and helpful (even as we arrived from the airport at 1am our first day). Breakfast each morning was deliciously prepared and the table set and ready for us. My one regret: our days were quite busy - I would have loved more ‘down time’ in the Parsonage to lounge and take in its beautiful surroundings. Lovely art and decor, an impressive and memorable experience awaits. And Carson, Joan and John’s sweet pup (a Peruvian water dog) is there to welcome you too...what a sweetheart. We hope to visit again and recommend a stay to all who love the beauty, style, and historical charm of the Victorian era.
Pros and cons list...oh, wait. There are no cons to a stay at The Parsonage. Position was so central to everything and public transport so easy. Comfortable room. Gourmet breakfasts. Beautiful home. Welcoming parlour to relax in. But the reason we will stay again is more to do with how incredibly at home we felt. We were welcomed like old friend. Joan and John were not there the whole time but their “locum” was wonderful. And there are dogs!!! Thank you everyone at The Parsonage. You made our first trip to Sam Francisco so special
My wife and I stayed at The Parsonage for two nights in late October 2018. The house is exquisite, clearly the recipient of many years of love and care. John and Joan were superb hosts. The location was walking distance to the concert halls where we attended a couple of concerts, and there were many fun and fine restaurants in the area. We have stayed in many B&Bs throughout the U.S. and Europe, but the Parsonage was truly one of the finest that we have ever experienced. Looking forward to a return visit!