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…