The SpaceWe love our home and we keep it pretty tidy, and I love a clean house, but we have 2 dogs and a cat who seem to shed at alarming rates, so I can't guarantee that you won't see the occasional "tumbleweed" of pet hair on the kitchen floor despite daily vacuuming! We live in the "country" and that means there are some flies, beetles, mosquitoes, etc. While we are definitely out of town, our house is very close to 20A (a 2 lane regional road) and there is some road noise. After living here 24 years we don't hear it anymore most of the time, but if you are a light sleeper, the road noise may bother you.
We are early risers, but generally quiet, unless the dogs see some sort of threat, like deer or a squirrel, or a bicycle on the road. They bark. I try to keep it to a minimum. Our rooster crows, but you really can't hear it in the house. Our dogs will love you and greet you with exuberance. They are generally well behaved, but will be relentless at trying to befriend you.
We have a very large deck with two tables and quite a few chairs (one sunny, one shady depending on the time of day). Many of our guests have enjoyed morning coffee and the sound of our rooster, Lucky, crowing in the morning, or an evening glass of wine and watching fireflies in the evening.
Freshly washed linens and towels are provided, and we have "in case you forgot your toothbrush" baskets in the rooms. We are also 3 miles from a Walmart. That said, we are not the Hilton.
This is an old house and can be a little chilly in the winter. We provide extra blankets and comforters, but you might want to pack your "warm pajamas"
We are LGBTQ friendly. Guest Access-You will share a bathroom with our family. We have 2 full bathrooms upstairs and a half bath downstairs which are available to guests. This is an old house and I only consider one of the full bathrooms "guest ready". If you desire your own private bathroom this is not the right fit for you.
-Kitchen, within reason: This means you are welcome to use the refrigerator/freezer, microwave, heat some water for tea, etc. It does not mean you can occupy the kitchen for an hour to cook a full meal unless this is arranged ahead of time. This is the only kitchen in the house and I need it to be mostly free to do our cooking and baking. Depending on how my hens are laying, you are welcome to cook up some fresh eggs in the morning!
-Common areas such as the living room and dining room
-Guests staying longer than 3 days may use washer/dryer.
-Deck and yard, walking trails, and gym.
-Check in is best between 4 and 8 PM, and check out by Noon. With advanced notice, we can be flexible with check in and check out times.
- No check in after 11 PM. I can't stay up that late, I don't wake up for my alarms, and it makes for a less than wonderful experience for both host and guest. I had guests who misunderstood my written instructions and ended up using the bathroom my college-aged son uses. Needless to say, they had a bad experience and I was embarrassed. If you need a late check in, a hotel or a stand-alone airbnb is a better choice. Interaction with GuestsWe view our airbnb guests as friends (we haven't met yet) from out of town who need a place to stay.
We will be mostly present during the guest's stay; friendly and helpful, but mostly going about our own business.
We try to be home as much as possible when we have guests. We block out dates that we are out of town or have major family events going on. I do appreciate knowing your approximate arrival time so that I can make sure I am home to greet you and show you around. The NeighborhoodThe house is located on over 40 acres of beautiful property without neighbors, yet 1.5 miles from Campus and village. The fireflies in June/July are amazing, as are the sunsets! Getting AroundWe have plenty of space for parking. This is a rural area and a car is needed to get around. Other Things to NoteGPS has some trouble finding our address. Long story with the Post Office. I usually provide coordinates and directions to guests when the reservation is made. If it slips my mind, don't hesitate to message me for the information!
Guest feedback is very important to us. Hosting airbnb guests is really fun for us, and way more important than any income we receive. We are very interested in suggestions for improvement, and have made some great changes based on feedback from guests. We ask that if you cannot rate your stay 5 stars that you tell us why. Your suggestions will contribute to a better experience for future guests!