Homestays By the Bay

Your San Francisco Bay Area Home Away

Derby Creek Guesthouse


Derby Creek Guesthouse is the home of a Berkeley resident who offers rooms for rent to travelers -- just like on Little House on the Prairie! Guests enjoy all the comforts of home and all the luxuries of a Bed & Breakfast at lower rates than a hotel.

With five bedrooms, extra sleeping spaces, use of living areas and a well-equipped kitchen, sparkling clean bathrooms, free breakfast, and shops and restaurants just steps away, you won't find better lodging in San Francisco's East Bay. 

Traveler Lodging by Day or Week
$59-$159/night (seasonal)

A Place Like Home
You can book a room at Derby Creek Guesthouse much like you would at a Bed & Breakfast, but you'll be sharing the living areas with your host, and cooking your own meals. The difference is, you get to relax in the living room, enjoy a leisurely meal in the spacious dining room, and cook in a fully equipped chef's kitchen, where you can also store your own groceries and use our cooking oils and spices. It's like taking your home with you on the road.

Personal Attention
We'll greet you for check-in, show you around, explain our house rules and neighborhood noise ordinance, and help you find nearby restaurants, transportation, attractions, and services. A self-serve breakfast is offered free of charge, along with an all day coffee and tea bar. 

Safe & Secure
Guests lock up the house when they come and go; each guest room is private and lockable; and we carefully screen guests; so you're safe and secure here.

Shared Baths
The two bathrooms are shared by all guests. Don't worry; because travelers are on such different schedules, bathroom access is no problem. And these spacious bathrooms are kept immaculately clean and tidy, well-supplied, and freshly ventilated. 

Everything You Need
We have everything you need for a comfortable stay. In addition to super nice furnishings and high quality bedding, each room has its own land line phone, wired and wireless internet with a great connection, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, mirrors, towels, closet with hangers and storage, space heater, fan, and more. All you need is your suitcase!

Rates vary based on season, and are double occupancy rates (add $25/night for each guest over two). To obtain a rate quote, let us know the dates you'd like to stay, how many people will join you, and how many separate rooms/beds you need. Here's our convenient inquiry form

"TOTALLY LUCKED OUT WITH DERBY CREEK GUESTHOUSE!!! First experience with a guesthouse, at suggestion of my daughter. Not sure how I'd like the experience having only ever stayed in a hotel or motel. All hotels were full, far away or very expensive for weekend of general UC Berkeley graduation. IT ALL COULD NOT HAVE GONE BETTER!! Quaint, clean, charming, comfortable, quiet, considerate host and guests!! Very close and walkable to daughter's apt, UC campus, restaurants and shopping! Shared full home with other lovely, friendly, graduates' parents and family. Pleasantly surprised by huge assortment of organic, yummy breakfast options - cereal, yogurt, fruit, bagels, milk, juice, coffee, teas. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! - Susan H., Carlsbad, California

The Wildcat Canyon Room
$99-$129/night (seasonal)


The Wildcat Canyon Room  is our largest room (17' X 15.5' | 263 sq ft). It's big enough to sleep a small family. It is furnished with a king-sized bed (sleeps 2), a futon sofa which can be opened out into a full-sized bed (sleeps 2), and a twin sized chair futon. New goose feather & down pillows and comforters provide a plush and restful sleep.

Furnishings include a desk and chair, end tables, bookshelves, an armchair with a cozy throw, and a coffee table. The closet holds an iron and ironing board, a space heater, a fan, a luggage rack, hangers, shelf space, and extra blankets and towels. Large windows on two walls flood the room in natural lights, which you can filter with sheers or block with curtains.

An extra room is fashioned from a former walk-in closet inside the room, which we call "The Little Farm." The room has a chair futon (sleeps 1) and a folding cot (sleeps 1) or a Pack N Play with bassinet for a baby or toddler.

The room is named after Wildcat Canyon, a valley just east of the Berkeley Hills where visitors love to go hike and picnic along Jewel Lake and Lake Anza. Wildcat Canyon was named for the mountain lions which used to be fairly common in the area. The southern end of the canyon is part of Tilden Regional Park and the northern end is part of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.

The Little Farm is named after a small teaching farm which is part of a nature education center at Tilden Regional Park. Visitors to Berkeley can take their children to experience The Little Farm, where they can pet the animals, travel on a miniature steam railway, and take a ride on the antique merry-go-round.

"My teenage son, daughter and I enjoyed the Wildcat Canyon guest room along with the entire house. The WIldcat Canyon room was spacious and homey. The location of the house provided us access to many shops and restaurants. It was also very close to public transportation which allowed us a great day in San Francisco. This was the first time my teenagers had stayed in a guesthouse and they were apprehensive. Once they met the other guests they enjoyed talking about where they were from and what brought them to Berkeley. We will be back again soon! - Nancy H., Costa Mesa, CA

The Muir Woods Room
$89-$119/night (seasonal)


The Muir Woods Room is spacious and rustic, with a hand-crafted queen-sized four-poster bed, an antique desk, a sitting/reading area, and forest-themed decor. You'll enjoy plush goose-down comforters and pillows, soft towels that match the room, and soft light, filtered through the trees outside. The room is also furnished with bedside tables, lamps, an iron and ironing board, hangers, a hamper, spare blankets and pillows, and a heater and fan.

The Muir Woods Room pays homage to Muir Woods National Monument, established in 1908 by President Roosevelt. Before the logging industry came to California, there were an estimated 2 million acres of old growth forest containing redwoods growing in a narrow strip along the coast. By the early 20th century, most of these forests had been cut down. In 1907, U.S. Congressman William Kent donated 295 acres of the redwood forest to the federal government, whereupon President Roosevelt established the Muir Woods National Monument. The trees' ages range from 400 to 800 years, and their height is up to 250 feet.

""We stayed in the Muir Woods Room and will definitely be staying there again the next time we are in the Berkeley area. The house was everything described and more. Fresh organic fruit every morning, clean facilities, great location, warm, inviting, and tasteful. It is a charming, well-appointed house, and she knows how to make people feel at home. We have a little boy just under two, and not only did she accomodate us with a bed for him, but she had a big toy basket and childrens books for him too. Dr. Seuss The Lorax and the stuffed animal bunny made his trip. Thanks so much Amy." - Shane R., Chicago, Illinois

The Rose Garden Room
$89-$109/night (seasonal)

The Rose Garden Room is a pretty room with a queen-sized bed, lovely antique dresser, lamps, and end tables. Lace sheers and floral print curtains create a soothing, romantic ambiance. The closet contains a luggage rack, iron and ironing board, space heater, fan, hamper, and extra blankets and towels. Named and decorated after the Berkeley Rose Gardens, it features floral rose decor and antique wooden dressers and mirror with hand-painted roses.

The Berkeley Rose Garden, opened in 1937, is a gorgeous, terraced amphitheater and 220-foot-long redwood pergola nearby, where people go to amble, picnic, and relax in the florid surrounds. It was one of the first Civil Works Progress Projects built under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) established by President Franklin Roosevelt to provide jobs and facilitate economic recovery after the Great Depression. East Bay rose societies and community members donated hundreds of hours of volunteer time, and they still participate in its upkeep. It's just a short drive away from Homestay By The Bay, and a lovely place for a picnic and stroll.

"The Rose Garden room and all the shared rooms were equipped with high-quality furniture and very well kept. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom is big. There was enough room for storage. A lot of attention to detail: from the extra towels to the healthy breakfast items and fresh fruit. Internet reception was also very good in our room and in all shared rooms. We very much liked the well-equipped kitchen (where we also cooked), the dining room and the homey sitting room. We spent a week there and would definitely stay there again. - Wolfgang and Teodora (Canary Islands)

The Bayshore Room
$89-$119/night (seasonal)


The Bayshore Room is spacious and bright, with wrap-around windows, and a marine themed decor. Its comfortable, queen-sized bed is layered in plush, goose-down comforters, bedspreads, and pillows. The room is also furnished with a teak cabinet with a drop-down desktop, a comfy reading chair, bedside tables and lamps. This room enjoys views onto the surrounding neighborhood. Like all the rooms, you'll have your own iron and ironing board, space heater, fan, hangers, hamper, luggage rack, and extra blankets and pillows.

This room is an homage to the bay area's coastal environments, from the bay shores at the nearby Berkeley Marina to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean against the rocky shores along Highway 1. Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, and Point Reyes National Seashore are less than an hour away.

Despite its urban character, San Francisco Bay is one of California's two most important ecological habitats. The few remaining salt marshes support endangered species and provide key ecosystem services such as filtering pollutants and sediments from the rivers. Millions of waterfowl use the bay shallows as a refuge. Many parks and protected areas surround the bay, and 
a shoreline bicycle and pedestrian trail known as the San Francisco Bay Trail encircles the edge of the bay.

"My husband and I stayed in the Bayshore room for several days in August, 2013. We loved the room, which was decorated in soothing tones of cream, blue, and green. The windows on three sides gave us plenty of light and a great breeze. The bed was comfortable and there were plenty of blankets. The house is well maintained and furnished with lots of great old pieces fitting with the period, while the bathrooms are completely updated. There was plenty of hot water and good water pressure in the shower (really important when you're traveling). We would definitely stay at Amy's lovely house again."

The Angel Island Room
$69-$99/night (seasonal)

The Angel Island Room is small, but bright and well organized to accommodate your things. It is suitable for just one guest. It is furnished with a twin bed, with plush goose-down comforters and pillows, an end table with lamp, and a bookcase with a flip down desktop. Included in the room: iron and ironing board, space heater, fan, hangers, hamper, luggage rack, spare blankets and pillows.

This room is named after Angel Island State Park, a beautiful natural island in the Bay, which was originally a fishing and hunting site for Coast Miwok Native Americans. The island's mere 1.2 square miles accommodates over 100,000 visitors annually from all over the world, who come by boat or ferry to visit its four historic sites and miles of hiking and biking trails. A cafe, tram tours, bus tours, segway tours, and bike rentals are available seasonally (

"I had a great time staying in the Angel Island Room for my visit to the university. The guesthouse was perfectly located in a very nice neighborhood south of campus. Amy is certainly one of the best organized innkeepers I have ever met, so the stay was very pleasant and uncomplicated. Many thanks, if I ever come to Berkeley again, the place is bookmarked." - Malte Z., Germany

The Bayshore Suite
$139-$189/night (seasonal)
The Bayshore Suite pairs the Bayshore Room and the Angel Island Room. These two rooms sit next to one another at the end of a hallway that's separated from the rest of the house by a locking door. Each room is separate and has its own door, as well, so you can enjoy privacy by closing your individual doors, or leave your doors open and close the hallway door for family privacy. This arrangement is most often used by parents traveling with children or friends traveling together. When it's not rented as a suite, the hallway door is kept open and unlocked, and guests rent each room separately. 

"I highly recommend staying at Amy's guesthouse. Myself and my mom stayed in two separate rooms, both very clean and comfortable. Responses to questions were very prompt, sometimes within minutes after sending. We extended our stay to enjoy a backyard BBQ and fireworks on the bay organized by Amy. For anyone looking in this area for short term or long term, I don't think a better place could be found. In addition to the very well-kept house, there are shops and restaurants that take no more than 5 minutes of walking to get to.!" Jeff and Jennifer, San Diego, CA