This 1 bedroom Kottage is lovingly referred to as our Douglas FIr Kottage. It accommodates up to 3 guests and is located in a quiet neighborhood, one mile from the Downtown District. This beautiful kottage includes a private living room, a bedroom with 2 beds and 1 bathroom, all located on the 2nd floor of my residence and is exclusive to travelers.
This beautiful, 2nd floor, loft space is located within a 1920's bungalow that is my residence in a quiet, Kalamazoo neighborhood. It is newly renovated and includes a private bedroom, bathroom and living room, all within 1.5 miles from the Downtown District.
This space includes 1 queen bed and 1 very comfortable, pull out twin sleeper. A total of 3 guests are comfortable here so long as they are okay with sharing a bedroom as all beds are in the same room.
The spacious bathroom offers a soaking, slipper tub, plus a subway tile shower enclosure, a rain shower head, double vanity and lots of warm lighting and colors.
Enjoy evenings gazing at the stars through 2 over sized skylights or watching television and movies on Netflix in this intimate living room on comfortable furnishings that include an electric fireplace and views of the mature tree tops.
Guests have lots of privacy as they have a door that separates their living space from the rest of the house. Upon arrival, guests will enter into the only kitchen and then proceed through a door to their private, 2nd floor "kottage".
Guests are welcome to use the outdoor space & fire pit located in the back of the house.
Complimentary breakfast goodies include Kierig coffee and teas along with half and half, bottled water, organic granola, Kefir, almond milk, dried cranberries and breakfast bars, all located in the comfort of this space in a mini-fridge and breakfast cart. A mini-bar is available and located in the door of the mini-fridge with an assortment of soft drinks, beer and wine.
Zugang für Gäste
A few days prior to check-in, guests will receive detailed instructions including access codes allowing them to freely check themselves in. These instructions must be sent to guests personal email and not through airbnb as airbnb email is not compatible with my software.
Guest park on the street (free and overnight) and enter through the side door to the house on the driveway side. Once inside the house, guests are only steps away from a door leading to their "kottage" that occupies the entire 2nd floor of this residence.
Interaktion mit Gästen
I interact with guests on a case by case basis. Sometimes, I see guests often as they come and go and sometimes we miss each other altogether. I know that guests are not here to visit me, so I try and give them lots of privacy and freedom. However, I am a great resource and enjoy my interactions if guests need local direction.
Weitere wichtige Infos
I have two cats that live in this house. While guests are present, I will either keep them in my finished basement or to roam freely on the first floor (my living space). This will be on a case by case bases. The cats do not roam freely on the 2nd floor. However, if the door is left open, just as in typical cat fashion, they will run right up to explore, so guests will want to keep this door closed at all times.
This space is designed to accommodate 1-3 people and no pets.
The indoor spaces are non smoking. Smoking outdoors is permitted.
Smoking is prohibited indoors. If it is determined that smoking has occurred indoors during your stay, a $200 charge will apply to cover damages.
Guests are expected to gently use this home during their stay while not inflicting damage to any surfaces. NOTE: Stiletto shoes are NOT permitted as they will damage the flooring! (it is a soft, pine wood floor).
The outdoor sauna is not available for guest use.
Many attempts have been made to make all of Kara's Kottages child-friendly and safe for all of our guests, both inside and out. However, if we know that a small child will be present, we will happily go the extra mile prior to their arrival to implement additional safety features such as baby gates and receptacle protection.
We ask that you exercise extreme caution while burning candles
• Do not bring your own candles to burn
• Candles provided are all soy based and healthy to burn
• Keep wicks trimmed so that the candle burns properly and safely
• Do not burn candles that are placed inside of a book shelf
• Do not burn candles while asleep
• Do not tip over candles while burning when wax has liquefied
• Guest will be charged for any damages associated with candles
As die-hard stewards of the planet, we take great pride in our efforts to minimize our ecological footprint whenever possible. This includes such things as biodegradable cleaners, soy candles, compact florescent light bulbs (where we can), high efficiency appliances, aerated faucets, motion activated lighting, excessive laundering and recycling everything possible. In turn we ask that our guest recycle all possible paper, plastic, glass and aluminum in the basket provided in the bathroom next to the trash can. We'll make sure that all recyclable trash doesn't end up in landfills!
We also request that guest be conscious of waste on the part of heating, cooling and electricity.
• Please turn down furnace when you're away for long periods. It heat and cools very quickly when it is turned back up.
Please, always close the windows when using heating or cooling and when possible, do not leave lights on when you're away or during daylight hours unless needed.
Safety against theft
Due to the fact that there isn't a 24/7 innkeeper at the house at all times we ask our guest to be mindful of their possessions and the protection of the home.
Theft has never been an issue and we would like to keep it that way. Your efforts include:
• Not leaving valuable items in plain sight inside of your vehicle and locking vehicles at all times.
• Closing doors behind you so that the house is locked at all times. Doors lock automatically.
• Not leaving valuable items out on the patio
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Kara is a Michigan native with an appreciation for nature, a passion for good design and a love for historic homes. She moved to Kalamazoo from the shores of Lake Michigan in 1990 to attend college. She remained in Kalamazoo because of it's youthful energy, amazing people and an up and coming direction which has since been realized. When she's not combing the earth for treasures to use in her sweet kottages and working on DIY projects, she's often found running, cross country skiing, biking, kayaking and traveling.