I've included below a few of the hundreds of reviews I've received in several years of offering accomodations. To see more, go to my Airbnb profile.
"Thank you for hosting me last minute this holiday season. I have had another peaceful and lovely retreat in this quiet, colorful home. I love all the spaciousness in the room!
--Amanda, December 2017
“I had a great experience at Inner Light Guest House. It was far more quiet than a hotel, other guests were friendly and respectful, and the atmosphere very calm and inviting. All the instructions given were accurate and easy to follow so I knew exactly what to expect and do on arrival. Deborah introduced me to her chickens and rabbit when I asked her to, which I really enjoyed. She was diligent in maintaining the house - a problem with one of the toilets was detected and completely repaired in short order. I loved that in the Meditation Room I could faintly hear the fountain just outside the room, and that there was a delicious library right there for me to peruse. I only wish I could have spent more time in this lovely retreat.”
--Quinn-Columba, British Columbia, Canada, October 2016
"Clean, basic, & straightforward. A simple & comfortable reprieve from an American politically correct socializing existence. Come, but leave all complexities on the street!"
-- Amanda, from California, August 2016
Amazing charming house (feels like a typical californian house you'd see in movies)! Deborah is a great host and a very generous person! Do not be afraid by the rules: they are basically common sense (removing shoes or washing your dishes etc.). I felt no pressure whatsoever during my stay regarding those rules: they are applied pretty much everywhere. The house feels very quiet and relaxing and everybody gets his own privacy. The atmosphere was great. Regarding the rooms: I stayed in the Enchanted Lair and the Peaceful Retreat for over 2months. Both are pretty and comfy. Enchanted Lair (1rst floor) is more luminous, Peaceful Retreat (ground floor) is bigger. Regarding the location: simply perfect. -2min walking to Bart which makes it ideal for short term stay (direct from the airport) . Ideal to get to SF, UC Berkeley, Oakland etc. -15/20min bike ride to UC Berkeley (flat, mostly bike lane). -2min walking from where most of the silicon valley buses leave (check with your company). -Berkeley Bowl close by! Have a look at the chickens!
--Antoine, from Switzerland, March 2016
Deborah is a marvelous welcoming person. Her home is vibrant with happy energy and clean and comfortable. The location is prime, a 2-3 minute walk to the BART, an easy walk to landmark grocery store Berkeley Bowl, and diverse, high quality dining options all in 5-10 minute walks as well. I really enjoyed staying here!
-- Joel, from New York City, May 2016
I LOVE deborah's place! this is the second time I've visited this enchanting home in the middle of the city, and every time I'm amazed at how quite and relaxed this place is. the decor is inviting and warm, deborah is a lovely person, the rooms are very clean and made with a colorful and good-vibes style .and the chickens outside are adorable :) will surely come back again! if you love reading you will allso love the HUGE collection of books in the meditation room..
--Elizabeth, from Israel, May 2016
You couldnt ask for a more quintessential Berkeley experience than staying in this house, in this neighborhood. Ideal, lovely, perfect. I would happily retreat here for a month or two. Convenient, amazing room, spotless and gorgeous house. Deborah was helpful and responsive. Fabulous place for a solo traveler.
--Anke, from Lebanon, April 2016
Grand chambre agréable dans une maison propre et calme. Bien située près du Bart pour aller à SF. Je recommende.
Mathilde, from Montreal Canada, March 2016
Wonderful, warm and colorful place to stay or even live for a while. This was my third time at Deborah's and I'll continue coming back when I'm in East Bay or San Francisco (since the commute to the city is so easy from her house via BART which is ultra close by). The rooms, bed, etc, etc, are super comfy, very clean and tidy. Really, just a lovely home.
--Jason, from San Francisco, January 2016
The Magical Hobbit House was a charming and very comfortable and tranquil retreat. So near BART, in a safe neighborhood, secure, with lots of surrounding amenities. I loved the backyard chickens, quail and rabbit! Deborah was an accommodating and helpful host. I would love staying there again!
--Richard, from Phoenix Arizona, December 2015
I really really enjoyed my stay at the magical hobbit house. The house is located buried in trees and a secret garden with water fountain and hens. It gets an amazing amount of sunlight and shade at the same time. I felt transported to somewhere other than the bustling life of the bay area. Deborah was wonderful too. She even shared her precious fresh hen eggs with me, which was an extra treat! Im not sure how she does it, the house, property and all who inhabit it are cared for immensely. I highly recommend you stay here, this place especially, and for a loooong visit.
--Steph, from California, November 2015
Deborah's home was the best! It's a short convenient walk from campus, Berkeley Bowl as well as really good restaurants. My favorite thing about my stay was how Deborah had her system down to a tee. Everything was very clean, and organized. I look forward to staying there again should I need another place to stay in the area. The other guests were amicable and easy to get along with. Although our interaction was short, Deborah was easy to speak to and get in touch with. Just has a few simple rules to keep in mind but they were a breeze. She also was kind enough to share fresh eggs from her chicken coop set up at the back and I loved that!
--Margaret, from California, October 2015
Meditation Room es una habitación muy comoda y acogedora. Amplia y agradable. Necesitaba un espacio apropiado para trabajar, y descansar, y lo encontré. El barrio esta bien, seguro y tranquilo. Cerca de la casa esta "La Peña", un centro latino en el que me trataron de maravilla. Comida mexicana de la buena. Muy recomendable.
--Amalio, from La Cala del Moral, Spain, June 2015
I spent 4 months living here, and it was absolutely great. Deborah is first and foremost very professional; her check-in, check-out procedures are very straightforward and easy, and all the house rules are clear. The room I stayed in was spacious and clean. The house was very quiet, and the neighborhood was quiet as well. The best part was its proximity to the Ashby BART station, as well as several cafes. Deborah provides a bike shed (and rentable bikes!) for this who want to get around the city without paying for bus/subway -- I found this extremely helpful. The next time I'm in the Bay Area, I'll stay here again in a heartbeat.
--Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, May 2014