Thousands of books. Oriental carpets. Carved Buddhas, blowpipes and Martavan jars from Borneo. An Amazonian python skin and a black sable antelope head - welcome to my sun filled and charming house in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Charming, sun filled, rough around the edges in places, with old pine floors splattered with paint and exposed brick, Asmat shields and bow and arrows, objects and art. A great little back yard where you can eat or drink a glass of wine and escape the city. This is a house like no other, reflecting 30 years of traveling and working in more than 80 countries, including some of the remotest places on earth. There are plenty of other houses that are more polished, fancier, more luxurious, but none that are as authentic and individual and as interesting.
The room is the middle one of three in the house and the only one that I'm listing on AirBnB. It's medium sized, one closet, one standard-sized double bed (not queen), with one window. There's a fairly good sized dresser. The bathroom is immediately next door.
The house is 110 years old and I'm slowly working on it; it is, as described above, not perfect. The bathroom is simple. The kitchen is under renovation and a work in progress. A few wires hang, there is occasional dust in a few corners. It has character. The floors creak. Most people love it; if you require shiny perfection, it might not be the best place for you.
NOTE: There is no TV in the house or the room and no microwave and I don't supply a hair dryer. Also, the refrigerator is European size; i.e. it's small.
Zugang für Gäste
Guests have access to kitchen and back yard, as well as the washer and dryer for laundry. If I'm not around you're welcome to use the dining room and living room.
Interaktion mit Gästen
Sometimes I'm home, sometimes I'm not - I travel a lot. If I'm home you're welcome to say hi and to chat, but my general policy is to leave guests to their own devices.
Weitere wichtige Infos
I'm constantly working on the house, so there's a bit of construction going on, but your room right next to the bathroom will always be finished and clean and quiet, and I always dust and vacuum the entire house between each and every guest.
There is NO television in the house.
With decorum in all ways.
-No smoking in the house.
-Please don't take any of my books, though you're welcome to read them while here.
-LOCK THE DOORS WHEN LEAVING!
-If you use any dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher.
-I know it's tempting to eat my food, drink my wine, beer or liquor, or use my coffee. Please don't.
-Please be careful with water and the shower; make sure the shower curtain is closed, and hang the bath mat over the shower curtain rod to dry.
I'm a writer from Washington, D.C. and the author of “SAVAGE HARVEST: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art,” “THE LUNATIC EXPRESS: Discovering the World Via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains and Planes” and HUNTING WARBIRDS: The Obsessive Quest for the Lost Airplanes of World War II.
To report Savage Harvest I lived in a remote village amid 10,000 square miles of road-less swamp with a tribe of former headhunters and cannibals on the southwest coast of New Guinea. To report Lunatic, I traveled 50,000 miles around the world on its most dangerous conveyances, including by bus across Afghanistan and through the Gobi desert on a 20-ton propane truck. I'm a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine and have traveled to more than 75 countries.