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Serene, Eco-Friendly Rooms/House in North Berkeley

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
3 nights minimum
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This beautiful, eco-friendly guest house in the Berkeley Hills is a serene refuge for visitors from around the world. Most guests rent ONE OR TWO ROOMS ONLY*, sharing the house with the innkeeper and enjoying B&B ambiance along with full access to our gorgeous kitchen! There's room for your favorite groceries. Make yourself a cup of Peet's delicious coffee or a pot of tea; some guests make breakfast and are gone for the day; others head out first thing to join family, friends, or local foodies for all their yummy meals; and a lucky few are here when the organic garden harvest is in! Guests find this haven surprisingly peaceful as well as convenient; we're just a block away from the restaurants and shops in Kensington Village, two miles north of UC Berkeley, and a five-minute drive to the...This beautiful, eco-friendly guest house in the Berkeley Hills is a serene refuge for visitors from around the world. Most guests rent ONE OR TWO ROOMS ONLY*, sharing the house with the innkeeper and enjoying B&B ambiance along with full access to our gorgeous kitchen! There's room for your favorite groceries. Make yourself a cup of Peet's delicious coffee or a pot of tea; some guests make breakfast and are gone for the day; others head out first thing to join family, friends, or local foodies for all their yummy meals; and a lucky few are here when the organic garden harvest is in! Guests find this haven surprisingly peaceful as well as convenient; we're just a block away from the restaurants and shops in Kensington Village, two miles north of UC Berkeley, and a five-minute drive to the Gourmet Ghetto. We offer two (occasionally three) sleeping rooms, a stunning kitchen, a view of the GG Bridge on a clear day, a beautiful art collection, and a lovely, restful garden with organic fruit, veggies, and herbs. Since doing a deep green renovation in 2006, we've hosted many grateful guests with chemical and fragrance sensitivities. To accommodate them, we ask that ALL guests refrain from bringing any scented personal care products or we will store them away from the living quarters during your stay. We provide unscented soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair styling lotion, shaving cream, after-shave, and body lotion at no extra charge. From time to time, the entire home is available for up to 6 guests.* We've been hosting guests since 2000 — from 25 countries to date! — and are happy to recommend restaurants, offer guidance (for everything from nature walks and sightseeing to massage therapists and realtors), and provide maps of the entire Bay Area. *The rate on the listing is only for 2 in the Asia Suite, NOT the whole house. The current rates are as follows: - Asia Suite, $135/nt + $75 cleaning. Queen bed plus ensuite bath. Add $20/nt for a twin Aerobed and $40/nt for a queen Aerobed. - Library, $110/nt + $50 cleaning. Queen bed, shared bath (in Asia Suite if renting together; hall bath if renting separately). - Treehouse, $125/nt + $75 cleaning. Queen bed, shared bath. - Whole house (occasionally available), $400 and up + $250 cleaning. Nightly rate depends on number of guests and dates desired. You'll find more detailed information at our hillshomestay dot com website. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: ZCSTR2018-0096More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Guests really relax and sleep deeply in this peaceful refuge. Many note the quiet here, despite being so close to all the pleasures of the SF Bay Area! - Quiet hours are 10 pm-8 am - Shoes off at the door; bring your own slippers or borrow a pair - Unscented personal care products only! We provide high-quality, fragrance-free hand & body soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream & aftershave to protect our sensitive guests - No pets - No smokers, illegal drugs, or drinking beyond moderation
Bathrooms
1 Attached (ensuite), 1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Terry M
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:89%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2012
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Reviewed May 26, 2016

"We had a delightful time in your lovely and welcoming home! Love the light and airy feeling, and the beautiful views from each window. Each time we walked through the front garden, we noticed a plant or flower we hadn’t seen before! So comfy and...More

Date of stay: May 2016
Thank corneliaz431
Reviewed January 4, 2016

What a fabulous guest house and host! Terry really took care of us. I had a recent ice skating accident prior to arrival and both of my wrists were in braces. This handicap made travel really challenging for us. Terry saw this and went out...More

Date of stay: December 2015
Thank Zosia1
Reviewed September 10, 2015

My husband, my daughter and I stayed here for about 3 weeks in August, 2015. Although we didn't need the chemical free environment and in fact it initially seemed impossible for us to get our rubbish sorted correctly in line with the recycling guidelines practised...More

Date of stay: August 2015
Thank Rasha A
Reviewed December 3, 2014

Three of my friends and I stayed with Terry while we participated in a spiritual retreat in Berkeley. Her home and her presence provided a wonderful holding for us to return to each evening. I'm very appreciative of the experience.

Date of stay: November 2014
Thank Scott S
Reviewed August 21, 2014

My husband planned to visit UC Berkeley in August 2014 during which he wanted to spend most of the time in reading and writing at home other than the appointed meeting. As such, our needs were somewhat different from those of other holiday makers and...More

Date of stay: August 2014
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our stay with Terry was a very pleasant experience. We were in Berkeley looking for an apartment and she was very helpful in our search. She worked closely with us to help identify the best areas to live and what the price range of each...More

Date of stay: July 2014
Thank MSB1980
Reviewed December 3, 2013

A warm, comfortable and welcoming home-away-from-home environment created by an equally warm and gracious owner, Terri....I visit Berkeley 2-3 times a year, have stayed in various places and have found my new second "home" in this lovely hillside spot. Thank you, Terri, for sharing your...More

Date of stay: November 2013
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South Dakota
Reviewed October 11, 2012

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Date of stay: October 2012
Management response:Responded October 11, 2012

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Duhita Samaiyar
UAE
Reviewed September 28, 2012

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Date of stay: September 2012
María
Spain
Reviewed September 4, 2012

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Date of stay: August 2012
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Alarm Clock
Grill
Blender
Books
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Deck
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Parking
Safe
Shared Yard
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Stereo System
Stove
Telephone
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Wi-Fi
City Getaway
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighborhood
The North Berkeley Hills Homestay is tucked away in a charming residential neighborhood just below beautiful Tilden Park, a block from wonderful restaurants and shops in Kensington Village, one mile from North Berkeley's best shopping street (Solano Avenue), two miles north of UC Berkeley, and a five-minute drive to the Gourmet Ghetto. We are 30-45 minutes from SF and a little more than an hour from Napa, Muir Woods, and other favorite Bay Area sights. In Tilden Park, you'll find great hiking trails, the Brazil Building, petting zoo, carousel and steam train. It's an easy walk to two AC transit bus routes (#7 and #67), one that goes directly downtown, the other to UC Berkeley, and street parking is plentiful; there are no time limits and no need to move for street sweeping. There ar...
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