The Cottage By the Creek isn’t just an alternative to a hotel/motel, but rather a truly wonderful experience when you visit our lovely town of Chico.
I decided to rent the cottage as a bed and kitchen property when my mother left her and my father’s home to move to the medical center where my father was suddenly a permanent resident due to multiple strokes. Many of their furnishings were too beautiful to part with, but too large for her new, one-bedroom apartment, so she shipped them to Chico in hopes that I could use them myself, or sell them for her. Well, selling her pieces was not an option in this economy, and there was no room at the main house in which to store them. While looking for cheap storage alternatives for her many things, the long-term renter in the cottage gave notice. Suddenly, there was my solution...furnish the cottage and make it available to those adventurous travelers seeking a different kind of experience.
I have been renting the cottage on the airbnb site this past year. There are 38 reviews on that site, and until I have bookings through this site, you may wish to read the reviews on airbnb.
Comfortable and cute, the cottage comes fully furnished: kitchen with Dansk dishes, silverware, decent cutting knives, Kitchen Aid Mixer, Cuisinart, blender, coffee maker, coffee bean grinder, rice steamer, tortilla maker, ceramic bowls for cooking, gas stove; whatever you may need, it should be there. Extra rolls of paper towels and new sponges are under the sink as are any cleaning supplies you may need. Dish soap and liquid hand soap are also provided.
The newly installed wall unit is both air conditioning and heat and can be operated via remote control. The ceiling fans in the living room and bedroom are new, as is the faucet in the kitchen.
Handmade quilts by my mother grace the bed and loveseats. Soaps, towels, razors, hand lotion, puzzle books and pencils are stashed in the bathroom along with extra t.p. and Kleenex.
There is also a stacked washer/dryer with laundry soap provided, built-in ironing board (I know, who irons?), iron, spray starch, queen sized bed (additional queen sized Coleman inflatable bed)…dog treats. I provide flowers, snacks, drinks, and seasonal fruit from our Farmer’s Market upon your arrival, and am also happy to pick up specific items you may want in addition to these. There is also coffee, tea, coca, and apple cider mix for hot drinks.
The T.V. is set up for local channels, Netflix (basic subscription) and Hulu plus. There is also a vintage Nintendo Player (Mario Bros.!), DVD and VCR if you care to bring your own tapes. The box for the Netflix/Hulu options has the HDMI cord, which you can plug into your laptop if you want to stream from that. And, yes, that would mean there is WIFI! I know I can’t live without my computer, and I wouldn’t expect you to live without yours either! There is also a pretty nice stereo in the living room with CD, cassette and AM/FM. I didn’t think the CD part worked, but one of the guests said it did…I keep forgetting to test it…so it might. But the FM/cassette is great for sure!
There are two bicycles with locks and helmets (I usually use one during nice weather to commute to work with), tennis courts (rather new and only a short 10 minute walk or 3-minute bike ride away), outdoor dining with furnishings from the World Market (bug spray is also provided), water feature right outside your door for a relaxing atmosphere and a place for your dog to cool his/her feet. Outdoor kitchen (BBQ) and pool (lounge chairs and towels provided) with three different sun screen SPF lotions to choose from. The area is well-lit at night, and there are tiki torches you can also light if there is little to no breeze.
Your large covered deck looks out onto the training grounds for my first dachshund, Bean, who has now placed twice in the Chico Elk's 'Best Male Dog Ball Catcher' in Chico - and he competes against the big dogs! He will insist you throw the ball...so bring your throwing arm - he'll provide the tennis balls! (New as of May 2012, Bean made the cover of the AKC Family Dog Magazine!). Competing for your attention will be Coco, Mem (short for Agamemnon), and Obi-Wan. They are particularly fond of the treats in the cottage. Feed them, they’re yours! Doesn’t work with Bean – he’s all about the ball – but if you throw his ball in the pool on a hot day - that will be treat-like enough!
If you are bringing a dog, there is a secure, rather large dog run that was just built this summer. So, if you are not able to take your dog somewhere, you have access to this. I also have two large crates, if you are more comfortable crating your dog.
The heart of Chico is our downtown and it is a mere 5 minutes drive from the Cottage (exactly one-mile). Chico State is also very close and is easier to visit by foot or by bike. The area where I live fronts Big Chico Creek and is a haven for walking, jogging, and biking.
Traveling with another couple? There is a master bedroom and spare bedroom available in the main house for overflow guests for an additional fee. Bathroom is shared - dogs may want to sleep with you.
With the addition of instant booking the check-in and check-out times are not always flexible. If no one is scheduled to check in the cottage the day you leave, then you can leave as late as you like, however, if someone is coming in, then check out will be 11 a.m., however, you can store your belongings in the main house for as long as you like.
No maid service unless prearranged.
So there you have it…not a cheap alternative to a motel/hotel, but a comparable one, with way more amenities…and the chance to experience Chico as if you lived here! I work Mon-Fri, so the backyard (pool) is completely yours all day.
Thank you for taking the time to read this rather lengthy description… I look forward to meeting you…
I have lived in Chico since 1978 when I first attended Chico State. I love our town and the wonderful activity and diversity the University brings. I have 4 weiner dogs...they're a wonderful breed albeit a tad noisy at times...but they are great company and provide an excellent warning system! If you stay with us, you must like dogs! If you have a small dog - bring it - mine hang with many small dogs on a weekly basis and they get along just fine!
Chico is a great place to experience small town life with big city choices. There's also a lot of recreational opportunities in the area, beginning with Bidwell Park...just 2 miles from my home.
I love this part of town because it is old Chico. The Oak trees are enormous, there are chickens in the alley and the location is close to town and the park.
Bidwell Ave. is basically a one-lane street with lots of foot traffic and the occasional biker. Big Chico creek runs along the Avenue (approx. 3 miles long), and adds much beauty to this unique side of town.
The Cottage by the Creek is within walking distance to the Chico State baseball fields and graduation ceremonies and is exactly one mile to town (and 1-1/2 miles from Bidwell Park). The neighborhood is quiet and a mecca for biking and walking. Bidwell Avenue is fronted by Big Chico Creek.
The Saturday Farmer's market is a year-round event and a must do for all visitors. During the summer months there is also a Thursday night farmer's market downtown with added vendors for dinner.
Our downtown does not have a bad restaurant! We have all types of food, and a restaurant that isn't good will not last a month, so they are all fantastic!
Sierra Nevada Brewery is another popular attraction and is only a little further from town - probably 3 miles from the Cottage.
There are many wineries in the area and there is a special two-day tour of all of them sometime in April.
The Cottage has magazines, maps, and brochures depicting these attractions and more!
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