The SpaceThe 350 square foot cottage has a studio layout and includes a washer and dryer, a reverse osmosis drinking water filtration system and a filter-type coffee maker (filters, non-dairy creamer and locally-roasted coffee are provided).
This unique cottage, with its comfy queen bed, started life many decades ago as a small barn. I finished a three-year rebuild from the ground up in 2007 to convert the barn to the present day eco-cottage. All the original old-growth redwood was reused. Non-toxic sealer was used on exposed redwood wall studs, and sheetrock wall panels, set between wall studs, were coated in zero-VOC paint. The result is a clean, super-insulated, solar eco-cottage.
South-facing windows look out at the organic food garden and greenhouse (greenhouse currently under construction), and the open-beam ceiling creates an expansive feel. Two skylights provide nurturing, natural light. It's a very peaceful hideaway.
Power for the cottage is supplied by a grid-intertied solar photovoltaic system, and hot water comes from solar thermal collectors on the roof. There is a gas-powered, on-demand (tankless) water heater for backup, so you never run out of hot water.
Room heat is supplied by a hydronic floor, which is barefoot-toasty on cold days. The kitchen is fully equipped with coffee maker and coffee, and includes a reverse osmosis drinking water filter. The pillow-top bed comes with organic cotton sheets, and the bathroom has a claw foot tub with filtered bath water. The tub is excellent for taking a luxurious bath or a european-style "sit-down" shower.
Note: We are building a greenhouse across the yard from the cottage, so there are construction materials taking up part of the garden. Although we are in the city, this is a country cottage, so, depending on the time of year you may encounter cob webs, fallen apples or overgrown vegetation.
Nightly rate includes cleaning fee, bed tax and wireless internet. The cottage is set up for two guests, but additional guests might be possible and will be considered on a case by case basis with approval prior to booking. Guest AccessGuests have access to the cottage and their own little yard with a small brick patio with two chairs and a table. A portion of the cottage yard is taken up by a greenhouse construction project. The cottage is in the back yard and is separated from the main house by a garage and garden area. The main house is inhabited by working people who are folk musicians in their thirties and who are very mellow and quiet. I live onsite in a tiny house across the yard from the Eco-Cottage and am also very quiet. Interaction with GuestsAs much or as little as they want. I love talking with new people and giving tips on restaurants and attractions. The folks in the main house are also very friendly and engaging whenever paths cross, and the default is that everyone respects the guest's privacy. I leave it up to the guests as to how much they want to interact. The NeighborhoodThis is the original Humboldt State University neighborhood, perched slightly above town and initially called the Spring Hill Subdivision due to the many springs on the hill. It is unknown when the barn that later became the eco-cottage was originally built, but the main house (our house) was built in 1906. The neighborhood is a mix of victorian and craftsman houses sprinkled with more recently constructed suburban-style homes that are generally well maintained. Getting AroundThe Eco-Cottage is within walking distance to downtown and it's many restaurants and shops. The local bus stop is 6 blocks away, and there is an intermodal transit facility that includes Amtrak and Greyhound service less than a mile away. There are several taxi companies as well as airport shuttles. The Arcata Airport (ACV) is about a 10 minute drive. Other Things to NoteFor your convenience, the kitchen includes a coffee maker & coffee (most often there is almond milk or some type of creamer in the fridge - if you like a particular kind you might want to stop and grab some on the way), organic tea, organic virgin coconut oil, salt, pepper and a few other cooking spices. There is a TV with DVD player and a selection of interesting DVDs, but no cable. The TV gets zero channels and only plays DVDs. There are playing cards and board games in a drawer, so you won't get bored! :-)