The Space***NEW: a special welcome to students of Danielle Dulski and Living Mandala Yoga. It is less than ten minutes' walk to Ocean Earth Wind Fire yoga studio, home base to Danielle's yoga intensive training sessions. Leave your car here and avoid parking restrictions at the studio.
Please message me if you are interested in sharing this listing with another student. I may be able to list the bedrooms separately, or put you in contact with each other. Special student pricing applies. ***
Modest but comfortable accommodations ten minutes from the PA turnpike, convenient for Valley Forge National Park, King-of-Prussia, Ursinus College, Kimberton Waldorf School, Philadelphia Expo Center (in Oaks) and more. This cute, 100 year-old twin home is in downtown Phoenixville, home of various festivals, First Friday events and many independent stores, pubs/wineries and eateries. We have live music venues (Steel City Coffee House, Black Walnut Winery, Pickering Creek Pub), and an independent movie theater, The Colonial. Other attractions include bike trails, Lock 60 canal path, the Wharton Escherick museum, the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove and kayaking, to name a few.
You will have the house for your own use during your visit. It is an old home, with low ceilings, vintage fixtures and fittings, and is missing a few modern amenities. Please check the amenities list to see if we have everything you need to make your visit comfortable. What you WILL have is one or two double bedrooms. You will indicate how many beds I should make up during the booking process...but feel free to use the second room to stow your stuff, or as a separate living space, even if you don't need the bed : this is an energy saving device to save both me and the environment from excess laundry (!)
The front room has a comfortable queen bed with memory foam mattress topper, bedside tables and lamps, chairs for your luggage, ceiling fan and wall mounted, quiet, high efficiency air-conditioner, essential for steamy summer days on the East Coast. There are blackout shades on the windows.
The back bedroom has a double size bed, which is against the wall, so only accessible from one side. It has the same type of high efficiency air conditioner as the front bedroom, a loveseat sofa for quiet reading, and a nice view over the back garden. It belongs to a teenage girl in its everyday life and the questionable reading materials belong to her. I try to keep the decor as neutral as possible for our Airbnb guests.
Our bathroom is small and unsurprising. The shower is over a claw foot tub, so you need to be able to climb in and out of that. There is no AC in this room. Shampoo and soap are supplied, but you are welcome to use any supplies in here, there are plenty of them. The hairdryer lives in here, too.
You should find most things you need in the kitchen. There is no microwave, nor ice maker. I try to keep a small bag of ice available. Breakfast supplies will be left for you, which vary from visit to visit. There is always a selection of teas (I am from the U.K. after all ), coffee, creamer, some kind of bread product (s), butter, eggs...There is no AC in this room, but I find the room receives benefit from the unit in the living/dining area, and combined with the standing fan I keep in there during summer this is usually adequate. Personally, I do not use the stove during the hotter months.
In the combined living/dining area there is a dining table that seats four but extends to seat six, using chairs from the front bedroom. There is a ceiling fan over the table. There is seating for about four in the living area, and another high efficiency air conditioner that cools the entire space. You are welcome to entertain guests...but no wild parties please.
My back garden is special to me. Depending on the season it can be delightful, or inhospitable. Feel free to decide for yourself, make yourself at home. I only ask that if you or your guests smoke you dispose of the butts in a trash container.
Parking is on-street, and you may not get a spot right outside the house. If you arrive before 5pm it will be easier for you. Some of my reviews address the parking situation, most people have found it OK. It would definitely be preferable to have a dedicated parking spot, so that could be a deal breaker for you.
There are more dogs on this street than there are houses... but my house is pet-free. Dogs may wake you up earlier than you'd like. Ditto church bells.
Finally, if you have any questions about my listing, or any of the reviews I have received (my first negative one just today, sadly), please contact me.
(URL HIDDEN) Updated August 2016 Guest AccessYou have access to two floors, the third is closed off and is a total disaster zone : peek at your own risk!
Access at time of check-in is most often through you retrieving the key from the mailbox. Sometimes I am able to personally greet you, but usually I am at work. Interaction with GuestsAs this is my primary home, which I am vacating during your visit, you won't see too much of me. I try to be as available as possible, but have a job where I can't always get to my phone immediately. I am extra vigilant of my messages when I have a guest staying, and have a backup contact in case of emergency.
If it's the summer and you have an extended stay, I will probably ask permission to access the yard a couple of times to tend my planters etc. This would be by mutual agreement. The NeighborhoodThis is a working class neighborhood, which can seem a little shabby to begin with. But I love it here and my neighbors are wonderful. It's true the sidewalks could use a facelift, but read my reviews and see that many people have visited and had a great time here! Getting AroundSEPTA Bus routes 99 and 139 are conveniently accessible, from besides the Wells Fargo bank on Church St. Fares are a fixed $2.25 between any two stops. You can get to King of Prussia mall one direction, and the Premium Outlets in Limerick the other. Other Things to NoteFULL DISCLOSURE: this has already been mentioned, but parking on my street can be an issue. The later you arrive, the less likely you are to get a spot right outside the door. There is a spot to pull over to unload, however, even if you have to move your vehicle afterwards.