View from the lawn of the new shade canopy and chairs.So sweet and cozy
Vintage Caravan ~ Urban Glamping!
Hosted by Ginger&Lewis
Ginger&Lewis is the host.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Glamour + camping = glamping!

- Centrally located to BART, UCB, and restaurants

- BART (7 blocks away) to SF in 25 minutes

- Wifi, linens, towels, coffee, and tea provided

- Big ol' yard with chickens

- One of two Airbnb spots here, so you might meet some other travelers! It's like a hostel, but clean. ;)

The space

Welcome! Enjoy all the comforts of home in this fabulously restored vintage caravan. Come say hi to the chickens, borrow a bike, enjoy coffee and tea in the garden. You'll be close to pretty much everything and BART is 7 blocks away. We look forward to hosting you!

MAKING A RESERVATION: Please check out our FAQ & house rules first. If the dates you want aren't available, check out our other listing (click on our profile to see listings.)

Come glamp in our little slice of country life. This 1964 Kenskill camper has been fabulously restored and customized so you can play "pretend camp" while enjoying the comforts of home. This is a great spot especially if you've ever been tiny-home-curious.

In a previous life, this caravan was the food truck for Katie Cupcake, serving up the delicious treats in Flagstaff, AZ. You're sure to enjoy sweet dreams. ;)

We rearranged the interior so it feels much more spacious than the traditional layout. It's really quite nice inside. And yes, there's even a full bathroom with a proper flush toilet, sink, and small separate shower. Towels and linens provided.

All greywater (sinks and shower) is recycled into the garden. We'll provide you with biodegradable soaps safe for plants and animals.

Full kitchen is stocked with the tools you need to cook for your stay. Working gas range, double sink, microwave and fridge. Coffee and tea provided, plus fresh eggs when the hens start laying enough! In the meantime, watching "chicken TV" is a relaxing way to enjoy the garden. There is a cat on the property Mr. B and he is very friendly but please don't let him into the unit.

Our place is one of those homes that's all front yard, and we positioned this trailer so you can sit at the dinette and enjoy a view of the garden and our silly flock of chickens.

Some people ask about safety. We've lived in the East Bay for 15 years, sampling the whole socioeconomic spectrum of neighborhoods. The only times we've ever had issues were in the "nicest" and the "worst" of them. We've felt more at home here in this slice of town that we've felt anywhere else in the Bay Area. Put on your city smarts and you should be A-OK.

That being said, there are lots of great places to eat and drink nearby whether you want to walk, bike or drive. Three great new restaurants opened nearby: Moxy (excellent beer garden with amazing fries), Restaurant 44 (comfortable bar/lounge with tasty fried dishes), and Easy Creole (casual and delicious). Our favorite local spot is Sweet Adeline with delicious pastries and tasty coffee. Another coffee and sandwich shop, Alchemy Cafe just opened up next to Easy Creole. It's straight out of Portlandia.

On Tuesdays, there's a farmer's market from 3-7pm just a couple blocks away! A little further and we have a Saturday market nearby too on Stanford Ave.

Your hosts are two UCB alums and former co-opers. Lewis is a programmer by day, musician by night. Ginger takes care of their new baby, Jules. We enjoy playing innkeep so after we get you all settled in, we'll leave you to your own devices, but don't hesitate to ask if you need anything.

Thanks for looking and happy travels!

Guest access

Everything inside the trailer and shared garden. Patio is for the cottage guests.

Interaction with guests

Once we get you all settled in, we'll leave you to your own devices. This is our home and we live onsite, so we're very accessible. You'll probably see us puttering around the garden or enjoying chicken theater at some point.

Other things to note

We have a camp cot you can use as a second bed. To fit it, you will have to sacrifice the dinette.


Amenities
Internet
Family/kid friendly

Prices
Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $98 AUD
Security Deposit $263 AUD
Weekly Discount: 12%
Weekend Price $112 AUD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in time is 3PM - 11PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with keypad

***FAQ***
Q. Is there heat?
A. Yes, we provide a space heater that keeps it warm and cozy.

Q. Is there hot water?
A. Yes, there is a dedicated on-demand water heater for the caravan.

Q. If we don't want to share the bed, is there room to put a mat on the ground?
A. Kind of, but I wouldn't recommend it. You could fit a mat on the walkway to the bathroom, but then you'd have to step on each other to get around!

Q. Do you have luggage storage?
A. Sure, we can fit a few pieces of luggage in our supply room.

Q. Where do I park?
A. Parking is onstreet and fairly easy. If you don't get a spot just outside, you can usually find one on the block. Watch for street sweeping signs (a few hours out of the month).

Q. Can I get a discount?
A. We only offer discounts for long term stays, and the long term rates are automatically figured into the price.

Q. Can I bring an animal?
A. Sorry, no. We need to keep the space allergen-free.


***House Rules***
We ask guests to be respectful of the place and its contents, of the people who work and live here, and of the grounds.
-Since we occasionally host guests with allergies, no animals are allowed inside, including our cat.
-Quiet hours (keep noises low) are between 10pm and 8am.
-You must be comfortable with cats, chickens, and cannabis. Smoking is OK outdoors; please use the ashtrays.
-If you cook, please wash up after yourself.


Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

171 Reviews

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David User Profile
September 2014
Ginger and Lewis gave me a warm welcome despite my being tired and a little grumpy. The caravan is tight for one and any couple staying would have to be on good terms with each other. The van has adequate facilities and would better suit anyone used to camping, as it is certainly a step up from a tent! The location is close to an F Bus stop which takes you into San Francisco. I must admit that I didn't explore Oakland/Harvard to any extent but there are some good bars and a great little cafe, which serves real (espresso) coffee for breakfast, only a short distance away.

Ivan User Profile
October 2017
Very lovely caravan, we had a special experience. Easy parking and very convenient to downtown.

Joshua User Profile
October 2017
Exactly as described. Communication was great. Staying in a camper was definitely a fun experience. If you’re 6ft or taller maybe consider staying somewhere more appropriate (small shower!), but I would definitely stay again! Perfect for my needs.

Pilar User Profile
October 2017
I had a great time at Ginger and Lewis's glamping trailer. it was so so fun hanging out in their garden and playing with their cat. it was the cutest place ever! i dont think i would have ever gotten it if i didnt have the coupon i had on airbnb because it was outside my price range, but i feel so lucky to have been able to experience it! Thanks :)

Katrina User Profile
September 2017
My family and I had such a fun night at your place. The caravan was perfect. So cute, and the bed was very comfy and accommodated my little family of 3! We had so much fun in the morning sittting in the yard which was BEAUTIFUL. The chairs and table were a great spot to drink our coffee. The cat was so cuddly and my son loved the chickens. Definitely check it out!

Lynn User Profile
September 2017
Nice place and location. Be prepared for the odors from garden and garbage bins next to the caravan.

Miquel User Profile
September 2017
We loved our stay at the Muffin Mansion! Check in and out were super easy. We enjoyed the fun decor and amenities and took a few tips from 'The Best of Oakland' book of restaurants and shops to visit. We loved petting the sweet cat, Mr. B, in the morning and admiring the garden and chickens that were surprisingly quiet. The shower is small and cramped for anyone over 6 ft tall, but besides that, the space a great value and has anything you could need for a weekend visit. Very happy with our stay. Would recommend!

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Oakland, California, United StatesJoined in April 2012
Ginger&Lewis User Profile

Can I just say we love Oakland? Many of our guests come here as a base camp for exploring San Francisco, but Oakland is HOT. It's in the middle of a rapid transformation and the air is just crackling with energy. In all our travels, we've discovered that it's easy to visit a place, but it's hard to visit a time. If you want to experience a city that's alive, where Something Is Happening, where the glory days are here and now -- then Oakland is where you want to be.

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We (Lewis and Ginger) are two UC Berkeley alums and former co-opers. As of this January, we are also new parents! Lewis plays with computers and music, Ginger plays with glass and design. Our son, Jules, is learning to blow spit bubbles. We love coffee, brew beer, throw BBQs and religiously attend the East Bay Bike Party. A few years back, we bought a fixer-upper and have been terraforming it here and there as the budget allows. As more and more friends and family started staying the night, we realized we love playing host. So we've decided to open up the place, give Airbnb a try, and play innkeep to folks passing through.

Together we've traveled to Norway, Peru, Nicaragua, Jalisco Mexico, New York, New Orleans, Boise ID, Madison WI, Denver CO, Salt Lake City, Tucson AZ, Chicago IL, all up and down the US Pacific Coast, Argentina, Philippines, and Bali.

P.S. My parents have a Philippines beach resort on Airbnb. Check it out: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/539038

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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