The SpaceA cabin in the woods + a cottage at the beach + a cutting-edge art gallery = the happily factory. Just outside Boston (30-45 min), near Quincy Center, w/public transport access, free parking, 10 minutes' drive to the freeway. It feels like Boston & Cape Cod combined.
It’s a special treat - IF you like antiques, weird cool things, and see beauty in imperfection. But it's not for everyone - so please read on to see if it's right for you...
On the plus side:
- half block walk to the beach
- reading in the hammock on the porch watching birds & squirrels
- grilling steaks or boiling lobster to eat on the farm tables inside or out
- fans, shade, ocean breeze, gentle weather
- flat screen with Netflix & DVDs in the living room
- ping pong, toys, games, & art materials to play with, books to read
- self-serve coffee/tea & Light breakfast included your first week
- loaners like beach stuff, umbrella, sunglasses, stuff you maybe forgot
- cute furry wild animals in the yard who won't bother you (really!)
- naturally clean indoor air, avoiding chemicals
- It's exotic! Stay in the home of a real Bohemian!
- super safe neighborhood, quiet, peaceful
- witty, playful art like the best contemporary museum, in a range of media
- charming! unique! full of life!
- cheaper than a hotel!
On the minus side (for some folks):
- no AC, no TV
- the yard outside is a wild-life preserve, not a croquet court
- inside you may see a spider or something with wings (it's ok! it won't get you!)
- something is always not quite finished being renovated
- sound travels thru wood walls & ceilings more than thru modern ones
- some of that art is related to sex! or bodies! or (gasp) feminism!
- it's not a familiar perfect chain hotel or McMansion
- it's not the cheapest thing imaginable!
But what is the bedroom like?
a memory foam-topped queen bed, a comfortable laptop workspace. 2 mirrors, hooks, closet, fan, personal heating. and a warm, relaxing ambiance.
But how's the daily lifestyle in the household?
We enjoy the bohemian life of an artist - a few dirty dishes on the counter, an occasional batch of clean laundry on a living room chair. But there's always room for you to sit, cook, or eat. We're about win-win situations: be sure you can accept our lifestyle before booking. Guest AccessFull kitchen, living, dining, porch access. I work from home and often use the dining room as a studio and tend to camp out there, but happily vacate when guests are getting ready to do a meal at the table. Occasionally we even share a meal together. Interaction with GuestsI'm always happy to give advice or suggestions, but have also prepared a detailed manual of recommendations/information on the house & area for efficiency and convenience. there are times when i'm feeling sociable, and it's not uncommon to hang out with guests for a conversation or a movie (when we Both feel like it) and even occasionally share a meal. however i am introverted and often quiet. i'm also sensitive and can be very affected by world, political, or personal events, which makes me less chatty. If i'm not chatty it has nothing to do with you, i believe in equality and respect for all people. i am deeply shaken by recent electoral events so if you were not with her, i will be more comfortable not to know. And if you were, i am happy to commiserate.
It's kind of a big house - many nooks & spaces, so several people can feel private, free & easy even while working or relaxing separately. The NeighborhoodThe best sky, the most relaxing beach, the most pleasant walks, and the best smelling fresh air in the Boston area! Getting AroundPUBLIC TRANSIT: 2 block walk to bus, 15 minute ride to Red Line subway (T) / Quincy Center (where there are also lots of restaurants & pubs. 5 minutes' bus in other direction to Hingham marina w/shops, restaurants, movies)
TOTAL TRAVEL TIME: approx. 45 minutes via rush hour driving OR mass transit to most areas of Boston including suburbs. The MBTA (mass transit) has a very thorough “how to get there” website, *** Please consult it or G. maps for travel times from “corner of Pilgrim Rd. & North St. in North Weymouth, MA” to your destinations before writing to ask me for transit info! *** I’d just be consulting the same websites or copy & pasting this paragraph, unless you have questions those sites can’t answer : )
Drivers enjoy our guaranteed free parking right in front!
CAR RENTAL: Often available: 2-seater smart car w/hatch, 36$ / day or 25$ / 4-hours. Other Things to Note1. Kids: art is within reach, it's not too fragile but active youngsters should be supervised. There's lots of toys and games kids get to play with too!
2. Dis/abilities: 1 full flight of Imperfect stairs outside, squirrels who like to throw walnuts on walk paths & such, & 1 full flight of wood stairs inside.
3. Upstairs balcony: off-limits currently.
4. Yard: not off-limits, but not conventionally landscaped.
5. LGBT friendly, welcoming all, regardless of race, language, nationality, etc.
6. Art: Some of our often playful, witty contemporary art references a bit of nudity & the existence of a concept called sex!
In 4 years I've had 100's of air bnb guests, including children and adults of every age - 98% of guests were content (often overjoyed) with the decor. There are over 100 works of contemporary art. Many are abstract paintings, but others are more unusual sculptures or imagery.