The Secret Garden Hideaway is only a 5-minute walk from Oakland's friendly and vibrant Laurel District, with its many spas, gyms, cafes, yoga studios, health food stores, services and diverse shops. There is easy freeway access to Hwys. 580 and 13, nearby busses into SF and Oakland, with a BART only 8 minutes away and OAK a short 15-minute drive away. It is within a mile of 3 colleges; For lovers of the outdoors, you will relish our closeness to amazing redwood forests, bike and hiking trails.
The Secret Garden Hideaway, with its lush gardens and gracious ambiance, has always been a safe, serene and welcome haven for travelers, friends and family, folks on short term work or business assignments, scholars, writers, musicians, artists, poets, graduate and exchange students. It offers all the amenities and warmth of home, COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST, free wi-fi access, down comforters, fresh linens and towels, tasteful furnishings and art. The guest room looks out onto a private Secret Garden.If you seek peaceful, smoke-free surroundings, this is definitely the place. Please be reminded that, in keeping with airbnb's policy, there are no third-party bookings. All guests must be verified. Thank you.
And as an added amenity, for a nominal fee, guests may book a private one - hour Sound Healing Session during their stay, with live cello by host Suellen coupled with ambient atmospherics, to relieve stress, blockages, and to provide a deep sense of well being, comfort and peace. To book a session, kindly arrange this with the host at the time of your visit.
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Breakfast,as mentioned, is on the house, and includes gourmet coffee, assorted teas, breads, fresh fruit, juices, a variety of cold and warm cereals, and egg dishes. If you have special dietary preferences re: gluten, dairy or meat, just let me know. If guests like to cook, have their morning coffee, fix a snack or a meal, they are welcome to use the Secret Garden kitchen, fully equipped with a French press coffee maker, a microwave, blender, toaster, teapots, a double sink, gas stove, oven, fridge, pots and pans, plates, cups, glasses and utensils. Guests have access, as well, to a full /shared bath, living room/dining room and of course, the Secret Garden.
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It has been my pleasure over many years of hosting to meet new friends, assist and acquaint them with all the Bay Area has to offer. As a professional cellist and artist, I can guide my guests to some wonderful venues for art and music.
For guests arriving at OAK airport or Fruitvale BART from SFO, if I am available, I am happy to pick you up. Feel free to ask. Also with prior notice, it may be possible to reschedule the check-in time if, for example, your flight gets in after 6pm.
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Occasionally guest artists are invited to perform at The Secret Garden. If your booking falls at these times, you are cordially invited to the performances at no charge.
Please note: No overnight guests other than B and B renter/s.The guest room can accommodate ONLY 2 guests. The space is not suitable for children. Quiet time begins at 10pm. No loud music, please. Because this is a shared space, and so as not to disturb others, guests are asked to hold private phone conversations in the privacy of their guest room, not in shared spaces or on the front porch. And just to clarify, no smoking or heavy drinking is allowed inside or outside on the premises of The Secret Garden Hideaway.
I am a seasoned cellist, arts-integration consultant, educator, former gallery manager, Airbnb host, professional storyteller and event planner. For many years, starting in Santa Fe, NM, in the 80's where I ran a b and b, I have had the pleasure of hosting lovely guests from all over the world, staging music salons for visiting artists, offering Live Cello Sound Healing Sessions to guests, and connecting visitors with local resources. Nothing brings me more pleasure than this. Many guests have stayed in touch and have become good friends. I have had my own fine art book publishing house, restaurant, school for multicultural education and the arts, and calligraphy studio. I would be happy to welcome you to The Secret Garden Hideaway.