Garden Cottage Bed & Breakfast
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Garden Cottage Bed and Breakfast offers warm hospitality in a beautiful garden setting with fountain and sculptures. An ideal retreat for those seeking a sense of beauty, comfort and peace.
Garden Cottage, located in North Berkeley, California, is within easy walking distance to Berkeley's best shops, cafes, gourmet restaurants, UC Berkeley Campus and public transportation. We are also close to the Berkeley Marina, parks and botanical gardens.
Garden Cottage invites you to enjoy a natural, healthy environment in an artfully landscaped setting of California native plants and trees---a feeling of quiet country living in the heart of Berkeley.
We are avid gardeners and enjoy sharing our garden of native plants, flowers, and herbs with you. We offer a natural, healthy environment.
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When you are guests at Garden Cottage, your comfort and well-being is our primary concern. Your Garden Cottage hosts, Mort and Yuko, look forward to hearing from you. For reservations please call: (510) 649-8938, or follow our link to our website and fill out our on-line reservations form.
Garden Cottage located in the heart of Berkeley. From I-80 take University Ave. to Martin Luther King Junior Way turn left. Go 5 blocks to Virginia Street, turn left. Go 1/2 block to 1822, Virginia Street
Our Accommodations include a 2 bedroom suite in the main house and a private cottage.
The Cottage offers a full size bed, a sofa, and a private bathroom with shower. For your convenience we provide a small refrigerator, toaster oven coffee maker, a tea kettle, utensils & dishes. We also provide complimentary high speed internet access, & TV. French doors open to a private patio and garden.
We look forward to hearing from you!
City of Berkeley Officially Licensed Bed and Breakfast
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Morton & Yuko for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
To visit family, attend workshops in town or at UC, Berkeley, attend cultural activities and business.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Clean, quiet, aesthetically pleasing environment close to public transportation, shops and restaurants and the UC campus.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Often, UC Berkeley related, visiting children who are students, graduation ceremonies. Also, some come for special concerts at the Greek Theater or Zellerbach Auditorium and to enjoy gourmet restaurants, such as Chez Panisse.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Peaceful, beautiful environment and friendly hospitality.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Lovely gardens in the neighborhood, including The Edible Schoolyard, founded by Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse, located in the nearby "Gourmet Ghetto."
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
The Berkeley Marina and Tilden Park with its Botanical Gardens offer wonderful nature walk opportunities and magnificent views. For music lovers, Zellerbach Auditorium offers a variety of concerts. Freight & Salvage Music Hall is great for folk music, and Yoshi's in nearby Oakland is famous for Jazz. For the best of theater, The Berkeley Rep is a must. For art lovers, there are many galleries in the area and The Berkeley Art Museum presents first-rate shows.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Excellent restaurants, unique stores, cafes, Yoga & health spas and farmer's markets.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Liaison Bistro, a charming and affordable French style restaurant.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Our website, gardencottage.net, links to many of the best cultural venues in the Bay Area.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have the Cottage, located in the garden and our two-room suite, Las Flores, located on the second floor of the main house. Photos of both facilities are available for viewing on our website, gardencottage.net
Do you accept pets?
Sorry, we do not accept pets.
The Garden Cottage is conveniently located in the heart of Berkeley, California. Below are some of the local cultural attractions that Berkeley and the Bay Area have to offer.
Julia Morgan Theater
Beach Blanket Babylon
Aurora Theater Company
MUSIC AND DANCE
The Mexican Bus
Mort's Ceramic Sculptures
Mort is a resident Berkeley ceramic artist, who has exhibited his work in many prominent Bay Area Galleries. His burnished earthenware vessels are, in part, inspired by Southwest Indian pottery. He describes the creative process as an unforeseen discovery that reveals an energy and emotion inherent in the material. His ceramic sculptures and found object assemblages explore form and texture as well as surreal imagery and expressionist energies. His work is available for purchase.
Stayed January 2013
We had the pleasure of staying a the Garden Bed and Breakfast. The cottage is located within walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, parks and groceries which was perfect for us since we were in Berkeley to visit family, but also wanted to be able to enjoy the things that make Berkeley a great place to hang out in. Mort and Yuko,our hosts are really nice friendly people. Felt very welcomed as soon as we arrived. We were greeted with complimentary home baked bread and little notes explaining how to use various things. There is also a nice collection of magazines and books about Berkeley and the Bay Area. The cottage is located behind the main house in a beautiful garden with many of Mort's artworks part of the surroundings. A small patio adjoins the cottage, and on sunny days is a wonderful place just to sit, chat and enjoy being there. The cottage is very clean and artfully decorated with original paintings and textiles and on cold nights is well insulated. (We come from Chicago and are often amazed at how drafty most Bay Area homes are in the Winter,so were pleasantly surprised that this cottage is well constructed and retains heat well.) The hosts provide a small refrigerator, toaster, silverware and dishes so snacks and very light meals can be conveniently prepared (especially since Trader Joe's is just a short distance away.) My mother-in-law visited and LOVED the place. She lives close by in Berkeley, and was so impressed that she plans to take a "stay-cation" at the cottage. She is very picky, so this is high praise! Size is perfect for couples who want to stay in a central Berkeley location among beautiful surroundings.
Greg J, Evanston, Illinois
“A great home away from home”
Stayed October 2012
I was in Berkeley for a training course for 7 nights and stayed in the apt. of the main house. It was everything one could ask for. Microwave, coffee pot, filtered water, electric tea pot, and great goodies from Yuko made this a welcome retreat. Located in a very quiet neighborhood and only a few blocks in either direction from most anything you could want. I did not have a car and the location was perfect. Would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it.
Stayed October 2012
I stayed at the cottage three nights and this was by far the greatest accommodation I had during my stay in the San Francisco area. The place is very peaceful, located in a residential area of Berkeley, while very practical since it is a few blocks from two bart stations. The cottage is great, located in the back of the garden, well furnished and with a tasteful decoration. Yuko takes great care of the place - she's japanese and obviously is very concerned with keeping the cottage clean and tidy at all time. And so discreet at the same time! I definitely recommend the place, and should I have to come back to Berkeley, I would directly go for the garden cottage. A last information: internet connection is high-speed and reliable, which when you come for business may be important. Special bonus for French people: Mort and Yuko are fond of France, and you could have with them passionate discussion about French culture and food provided you are willing to do so....
moujikk - Yvelines, France
“A Serene Retreat”
Stayed July 2012
A simple and lovely garden cottage in a serene setting. I stayed here while visiting family who live a few blocks away. I thoroughly enjoyed the peace and beauty of the cottage and garden. Mort and Yuko were perfect hosts, helpful and friendly but never intrusive. I recommend it highly and look forward to my next visit.
SusanandToby, Washington DC
“The Place of Paradise Moments”
Stayed June 2012
Tucked away from the busy streets of Berkeley, surrounded with a garden blooming in variety and profusion is the guest house of the Garden Cottage Bed & Breakfast. Its ambiance is one of Japanese simplicity built from natural materials. It is a place of calm and serenity, a perfect counterpart to the stimulation and excitement of the Bay area. We are frequent guests and always enjoy our return and the hospitality of Mort and Yuko.
Campbell L - Stockbridge, Michigan
“Enter a Garden Paradise”
Stayed May 2012
A delightful surprise to find oneself in a spacious, spotlessly clean and wonderfully comfortable second floor retreat centrally located in Berekely. The outside balcony is the perfect spot to read, relax and take in the incredible fragrances of the garden which is in bloom everywhere one looks. The owner is a sculptor and the result is a zen paradise to stroll in while reflecting on the next event of the trip. I did not stay in the cottage but was enchanted by the view of it from the kitchen window of my suite of rooms. The hosts were helpful, friendly and accommodating in every way. I was greeted with a delicious slice of home made banana bread on the counter and an excellent selection of teas. Too bad "hidden gem" is so overused as this truly is one.
lee f - Stamford, Connecticut