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Serene, Eco-Friendly Rooms/House in North Berkeley

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Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
14 nights minimum 
Private Room
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 °: ZCSTR2018-0096
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
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
Bedrooms
3 Queens1 Single
Bathrooms
1 Full bath1 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Terry M
Hosting since May 2012
Languages spoken: English, French
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (14)
consaac
consaac
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely Homestay
We stayed here for three nights in June, 2012. It is the best value we have seen in Berkeley, after looking at a variety of options and staying in a hotel down near the marina. The home is comfortable and very nicely furnished. We didn't need the chemical-free environment but appreciated both it and the environment-friendly practices. We felt welcome to share the living, dining and kitchen area and the back deck and yard. The host provided us with privacy yet we felt was available and helpful if we needed her. A car is necessary as it is up in the north Berkeley hills. It is easily walkable to a small commercial area, and not far from the Blake House botanical garden. We would gladly stay here again when visiting the East Bay.
Visited June 2012 Travelled as a couple
Written June 10, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jane -:- Santa Cruz
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A safe, healthy oasis in the Bay area
Here I found a beautiful oasis, a home base from where I could venture out and enjoy the very best of the Bay area. Because the house is so healthy and quintessentially Berkeley (in a wonderful, unique way), I could relax and be myself without worry of chemical intrusions. Modern toxins such as most cleaning products, air fresheners, etc. make me ill. It is rare to find a place that is fragrance free and uses natural products throughout. This is the best I've found. The location is fantastic. Very accessible and the views are beautiful. Terry is wonderful. She was there if I needed her, but I had all the privacy I like, too. Thank you Terry for providing this oasis! Blessings to you and all who stay here.
Visited October 2011
Written May 9, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Benherenow -:- Gainesville, FL
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place to rest
What a beautiful, comfortable, serene, and thoughtful place. Terry is amazing, and her space is wonderful. We had a great stay, made better by Terry's resources and fine company. There's probably not a more satisfying and personable bed to be had away from home in the East Bay.
Visited March 2012
Written May 8, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Marcelo -:- Belo Horizonte -- Brazil
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A perfect place for a quite and nice stay in Berkeley
I was really happy to stay there and will always remember my stay. The house is located up the hill in North Berkeley, in a nice and quite neighborhood. There I could use all the facilities including the well equipped kitchen, where I could prepare light meals. It was a perfect place to rest after my working days at the university and my vacation days in Berkeley and around it. I am grateful to Terry for receiving my friend Daniel and my parents well, for picking us up at the station, for all the advice, and for taking care of everything we needed for a pleasant stay. After my lovely stay it was hard to say goodbye. Hope to go back soon!
Visited February 2012
Written May 8, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Outdoor amenities
  • Deck
  • Private yard
Scenic views
  • Waterfront views
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Location info
  • City getaway
Entertainment
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Cooker
  • Toaster

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About the neighbourhood
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 are more Nobel Prize laureates in this zip code and the one next door than anywhere in the world, so even casual conversations here can be very enlightening!
Access
Car not needed

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 p.m. Check out by 10 a.m.
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
Whole house rates for 1-6 guests (9when available, 14-night minimum stay): $450/nt, 30% discount for 30+ nts $250 cleaning fee Asia Suite rates for 1-2 people: $145/night $75 cleaning fee For an additional 1-2 people, add the Library $115/nt $50 cleaning fee A 12% short-term rental tax, required by the City of Berkeley, is added to your total.

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