Splurge on a couple nights in this green-and-cream 1902 Edwardian popular with honeymooners and those looking for a romantic getaway with an English countryside ambience. British innkeepers Jane Bertorelli and David Coyle (former chef for the Duke and Duchess of Bedford) play the perfect hosts, artfully blending chattiness and discreetness.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While the hosts love kids, the precious antiques throughout the property make this a better choice for adults.
Family antiques, unique artwork, candles, fresh orchids, wine glasses, and fine linens make rooms feel at once posh and comfortable. Expect plush bedding, double-paned windows, and a fresh fruit basket delivered to your room at check-in. The Carriage House, separated from the main house by an old-fashioned English garden planted with lemon trees, is equipped with a double Jacuzzi and refinished hardwood floors.
Private bathrooms, many with a stained-glass window have been newly updated to include rain shower-heads and new tiles.
The living room features antique knickknacks. Victorian-era furnishings might look fancy, but they provide a sense of comfort to enjoy afternoon tea or your morning meal.
Delight in their elaborate breakfast of French toast or omelets accompanied by plenty of fresh fruit, tea, and coffee. Enjoy afternoon tea and evening hors-d'oeuvres in the lovely English-inspired garden.
Jane and David pour wine in the evenings, paired with a hearty spread that replaces dinner for some.
The hosts will point you to a garage charging $25 a night. On this side of the city, many prefer to have a car. However, walkers will find the proximity to Crissy Field, the Presidio, and even Golden Gate Park accessible. Alternatively, Muni buses pass right outside, connecting travelers with downtown.
Posh Atelier Crenn (3-minute walk) proves itself as the table to snag in the Marina district for those with $700 (for two) to spend on Dominque Crenn's outstanding tasting menu. On the casual side, families line up for seafood bowls or salmon tacos at Pacific Catch (7-minute walk).
Nightlife in the Marina centers on the young urbanites that live in this neighborhood. Hit up the Matrix (3-minute walk) for swanky cocktails in a sultry setting. Over at the cozy California Wine Merchant (8-minute walk) sample well-priced local vinos.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Feel like you're staying at your well-heeled British aunt's house in this cozy B&B just steps to the Union Street shops and restaurants. The gorgeous breakfast and lovely garden cultivate repeat guests.