•There is a separate, private apartment within our home with a separate, private entrance, no steps to climb, and lock box for the key.
•The apartment is located on the garden level of our home and you walk out directly into a large grassy meadow filled with tall graceful walnut trees. See Fran's picture (photo gallery) of a visiting duck peeking through her bedroom window.
•Top Quality Memory Foam Queen size mattress/bed (60” X 80”) in master bedroom, dressers, executive massage chair that heats up, desk/ work station, direct entrance into bathroom.
•An Air-to_Air heat Exchanger for fresh air. The proprietary energy efficient design and construction of our home eliminates costly, uncomfortable drafts and air leaks. Because our home is tight cooking and other odors are much more noticeable. Turn the dial on the Air-to-Air heat Exchanger and that usually removes the odor in just a few minutes. It also works wonders on removing bathroom moisture after a shower.
•Super hosts with hospitality industry knowledge produces a quality home away from home experience. Consistently high reviews for cleanliness, value, and communication.
•Our “Tankless” on demand hot water heater eliminates the long waiting period standard hot water tanks take to refill with hot water. If you’re on the go and need to keep moving this is an exceptional feature you’ll appreciate.
•Maytag stacking washer and dryer, laundry soap, (included) counter top for folding clothes
•2nd bedroom- Queen size (60” X 80”) brass bed, dresser, desk, reading area
•3rd bedroom-Full size bed (53”X 75”), dresser, reading chair
•The bathroom is ADA complaint with a five foot turnaround to the right height toilet, bidet sprayer, female sanitary supplies (plastic bags for disposal supplied), and a 4' X 4" roll in shower with a shower seat, if needed.
•All doorways are 36” wide allowing for a wheel chair to easily pass through
•Large great room/main living room with Netflix/Hulu and comfortable seating
•Energy efficient for even, balanced room temperatures year round
•Radiant floor heat for warm feet in winter
•Central air conditioning
•Large casement windows that let in lots of light, fresh air, and crank open easily
•Exercise equipment- Stationary bike
•Basic apartment kitchen equipped with refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee maker with filters, pots/pans, plates, silverware.
•Outdoor charcoal barbecue grill (charcoal and lighter fluid provided)
•In-line water filter in kitchen
•Large closets with lights, hangers and storage shelves
•Bedding and towels
•Soap and Shampoo
•Set back off the main road nestled in a Black Walnut Tree grove
•A “Firefly sanctuary”, aka lighting bugs, in our garden. World renowned artist Lucy Sikes in a painting captured the fireflies in our garden at dusk during her stay. (See photograph of her painting in the listing photos.)
Note: Hosts are residents on property.
A more detailed, in-depth description of the space follows:
The apartment is located on the garden level/1st floor of a 2+ story ("duplex") home constructed using an antique post and beam barn restoration. It is 1623 sq. ft. - larger than most ranch style homes with a private entrance through a 12’ x 14’ (168 sq. ft.) greenhouse/solarium. The 30' x 16' "Great Room" with TV (NetFlix and Hulu), sofa, chairs, and dining table is a warm, inviting place to sit and relax with other members of your party. The private separate entrance allows you to enter without going through the main level front door.
There are three (3) individual, private bedrooms with door locks and keys, 8’ closets with adjustable shelving and solid alder hardwood doors; a spacious 9’ X 16’ (144 sq. ft.) bathroom, and a 30’ x 16’ (480 sq. ft.) great room with track lighting. Ceramic tile covers the entire 1636 sq. ft., except for the marble floor in the bathroom and stone floor in the shower. Casement windows throughout the apartment let in lots of light and open easily using a crank handle.
The master bedroom measures 16’ X 23.5’ (376 sq. ft.) and it accommodates two people very comfortably on a Queen sized bed with a Tempurpedic (memory foam) mattress and direct access into the bathroom. A large corner desk with chair (near to a window) is ideal for using a computer, for storing office supplies, and organizing documents.
The second guest bedroom is also large, 16' x 16' (256 sq. ft.) with a Queen Size Brass bed that sleeps two comfortably and a standard size desk and chair.
The third guest bedroom is 16 1/2’ x 13’ (214.5 sq. ft.) with a full size bed, dresser, night stand with lamp, and rocking chair
The entire apartment is wheel chair accessible starting at the secluded off street parking area to the 4’ x 4’ shower with a sit- down chair. The two bathroom doors lock when in use (see photographs). For your added convenience there is a Maytag stacking washer & dryer with laundry soap (no additional charge) and a large counter top next to the washer/dryer for folding clothes.
The entire structure of our home was built using an 1886 hand-hewn post and beam barn that we turned into a 21st Century, one of a kind, State of the Art “Green", 2.5-story, 4291 sq. ft. energy efficient home. It won't matter whether your visit is in the heat and humidity of the summer or the frigid cold in the winter the environment is balanced and comfortable year-round.
From your feet and ankles to your hands and head the temperature is consistent. No cold drafts. Walking bare foot in the house on cold winter days (because of the radiant floor heat) feels the same as walking barefoot in the house during the summertime .
The only way to describe comfort is by describing (the lack of comfort)- discomfort. Once you've stayed in our “EcoBuilt Efficient Building" you'll want to return again and again to re-experience the same comfort.
Please come and spend a night, weekend, week or month (See extended stay rates). We are experienced Super hosts.
Wi-fi is free and the pass code is provided through the AirBnb reservation system when your reservation is confirmed. Guest AccessParking is private and off from the main road there are NO steps to climb for access into the living space or your bedroom. From the parking area take the walkway to your right and follow it down and around the house to the solarium/sun room entrance door. The lock box is on the wall on the right side next to the entry door. You will receive the lock box combination prior to your arrival. Interaction with GuestsWe have fairly flexible schedules. We are involved in various activities but we enjoy interacting with our guests as time permits. It is important that your privacy be maintained so individual room keys are also available should you wish to lock your room. The NeighborhoodWe are nestled in a tall walnut tree grove off the main road in a rural area of Chester County, (also known as the historical "Brandywine Valley") PA. Our home is not visible from the main road. It is common to see: red headed woodpeckers, doves, blue birds, and most recently visiting mallard ducks (see photograph). Rabbits roam around our property, and on occasion a fox, blue heron or even an owl can be seen. Bald Eagles have also been spotted in South Chester County and are known to have a local nesting place.
There are nearly 50,000 acres of land preserved in Chester County’s Open Space Preservation landmark program and we are less than 1.5 miles to what was once known as the King Ranch. This area has more than 1,000 acres of lush green pastures where cattle and horses can be seen grazing. Almost daily from early spring to late fall people can be seen riding bikes, walking along the Brandywine Greenway Trails, cannoning down the Brandywine River, and “Leaf Peeking”.
There are many places of interest in Chester County for you to visit and you will need your own form of transportation to get there. The following is a list of some places that guests have mentioned they really enjoyed visiting:
Take a scenic canoe trip with your family and friends down the Brandywine River just 4 miles from our home. "Before Chester County became known for it's beautiful road tours, it was known for the Brandywine River." Have an adventure in beautiful Chester County by canoe and have a day to remember.
Laurels Preserve is just Five (5) miles from our home.
"Native Americans once fished the streams that are now called Buck and Doe runs. Mill workers harnessed the water for gristmills and a steel rolling mill during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. For decades in the 20th century, the King Ranch grazed cattle in lush pastures adjacent to the streams.” The Laurels Preserve is made up of an original 5,367 acres plus an additional 771 acres protected today by conservation easements. Visitors need to register as members.
Some visitors chose to stay here because of the very close proximity (1.2 miles walking distance) to the Mazar of the Sufi Saint, M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. Travelers from all over the world come to visit the Mazar seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. It is the only Mazar in North America. The garden (maintained by local area volunteers) begins blooming in early spring and continues throughout the fall. The welcome center is a great place for visitors to meet and talk with students of M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen".
The United Sports Complex, a youth and adult sports center is just minutes away on Route 30 bypass and is located on 100 acres of land with a 127,000 square-foot indoor facility and a 60-acre outdoor sports complex.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country is a 15-20 minute ride from our home. Ride on a real steam engine train and visit the train museum. From spring to fall you'll find all sorts of delicious freshly picked produce starting with snow peas, asparagus, and strawberries in the spring to hard winter squash in October.
In addition to being close to the Pennsylvania Dutch Community there are many other places to visit:
Multiple Equestrian Centers are located throughout Chester County and are within a few miles of our home in Cochranville, Unionville, and Honeybrook. Services and events include horse boarding, horse shows, fox hunts, tough mudder events, etc.
The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is 17 miles away in Chadds Ford, PA. The Museum is open daily from 9:30 AM to 5 PM and features tours of Andrew Wyeth's Studio, America’s best-known twentieth-century artist.
We are near to (20-30 minutes driving time) major corporate business parks in Valley Forge; King of Prussia; Chesterbrook; Great Valley; Malvern; Paoli; the Mainline; Frazer,; Exton, Lionville; Glenmoore; Downingtown; Chester springs; and Limerick. Route 30 By-Pass & Route 202 have undergone extensive reconstruction making access and driving time to the various corporate parks reasonable. We are also close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Local train service is available to Philadelphia from three locations, Parkesburg, Coatesville and Thorndale, PA. Travel time by train to Philadelphia is one hour (+). Train service to New York and Washington connects in Philadelphia. Lancaster and Harrisburg train service is available at the Parkesburg Train station 4 miles west of our home.
Airports: Philadelphia International Airport; Thurgood Marshall Airport (aka-BWI, Baltimore Washington International)
Local Airports: Chester County G. O. Carlson Airport Getting AroundWe drive for LYFT and can provide for your transportation needs during your stay in a Volvo S80. There are local car rental agencies as well. Millennium Car and Limo Service is a local company that operates 24-7 if you need transportation for more than 4 people at a time.
We have two local Amtrak train stations, one in Parkesburg and the other in Coatesville with service to Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Lancaster and Harrisburg. The Septa regional rail train station is in Thorndale for travel into Philadelphia (30th Street, Suburban, Market St. East (AKA Jefferson) stations).
There are just a few local businesses within walking distance (30 minutes each way or less) for eating out or purchasing groceries.
There is 24 hour police protection in our community that can be reached by calling 911. Even though we are located in a rural community there are essential services available such as an urgent care center ( 4-5 miles away), pharmacies, as well as a regional airport. Other Things to NoteYou may check in anytime at or after 3 PM on the day your reservation begins and check out is no later than 11 AM on the day your reservation ends . We have a lock box like the ones used by real estate agents at the entry door. After your reservation is confirmed we will send you the pass code to unlock the lock box containing the key. AirBnb's system is not set up to handle sending out the pass code for a lock box key system once a reservation is confirmed, at least not yet.
Guests in Pennsylvania are required to pay tax on their AirBnb stay. At the time of booking the 6% tax is added to the total room charge. AirBnb handles the administration of the room tax on behalf of hosts and guests.
A final note:
The Airbnb system asks guests and hosts to rate value, location, accuracy, communication, observance of house rules, and cleanliness. Since becoming an AirBnb host we have earned 5 stars 99% of the time for cleanliness from every guest. Maintaining a clean environment is our highest priority for your health and for ours.