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Kara's Kottages ~ Sleeps 5, Includes Breakfast, No Cleaning Fee or Security Dep.

9 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment

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Overview

West Main HIll Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Bed and Breakfast; http://www.karaskottages.com/

This kottage is located on the 2nd floor of our original W. Main St. location, only 1/2 mile from the downtown district and sleeps up to 5 guests. This warm, loft style space has an open concept living room and kitchen separated by a quaint, eat-in peninsula. Comfy furnishings include a lush sofa, 2 chairs and ottoman, electric fireplace, flat screen television and many more comforts. Both spacious and restful bedrooms include 1 queen bed in each. 1 very comfortable, pull-out twin sleeper is available in one of the bedrooms. The spacious bathroom offers a tub surround, granite counter/sink, lots of natural lighting, tall ceilings, soft water and many convenient toiletries.

Guests may enjoy breakfast from an assortment of pre-stocked goodies along with coffee and teas each morning.

http://www.karaskottages.com/

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Owner
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About The Owner

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 kottages and working on DIY projects, she's often found running, cross country skiing, biking, kayaking and traveling.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1996

Why The Owner chose Michigan

This Unique, Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully renovated, Italianate-style, three-unit home nestled in between three historic Kalamazoo neighborhoods and located on Kalamazoo College’s scenic campus.

All three private Kottages within this multi-unit house are furnished with all the necessities of home, including a well stocked kitchen, cozy living room, separate bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. Plus, all the warm touches you’d expect from a beloved B&B– like fireplaces, beds you melt into, European-style breakfast treats and even mini-bars.

Available for overnight, weekly or monthly rental, this Kalamazoo B&B is an ideal choice for business or pleasure.

http://www.karaskottages.com/

What makes this apartment unique

In practical terms: I have developed a space that is unique and ideal for today’s modern travelers who desire all of the comforts of home during their stay; A separate spaces within a home that allow for additional visitors, multiple guests and total privacy. All this, and on a heavily wooded lot with a great outdoor space in a safe and quiet, historic neighborhood near Downtown Kalamazoo.

This Extended Stay Bed and Breakfast allow for the flexibility of renting to 1-5 guests for 1-90 days while offering each guest every comfort of home no matter what their length of stay.

In Idyllic terms: Attractive, peaceful and picturesque.. In good design, this has always been my objective and this Bed and Breakfast is no exception. What you will enjoy most about each Kottage is the attention to detail, gorgeous design and little extras. This home reflects my vast experience, healthy outlook, connection to nature and strong work ethic.

This conveniently located, Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance to Downtown Kalamazoo, bike paths, shopping, great restaurants, 2 Local Colleges and much more!

Kara’s Kottages is also unique in that there is not a live-in innkeeper. This detail gives my guests more privacy and autonomy during their stay, giving this B&B a vacation rental flavor.

http://www.karaskottages.com/

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a fabulous time in your kottge. It was so cozy and I felt so comfortable. The kottage contains everything to make for a great time. I love the decor and furnishings, too.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Oct 2013
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4.8
based on 9 traveler reviews

Kara's Kottages ~ Sleeps 5, Includes Breakfast, No Cleaning Fee or Security Dep.
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 29 reviews
Swartz Creek, Michigan
5

Great get away

  • 5 of 5

This loft was perfect. The owners have thought of everything. It was so tastefully decorated and comfortable. The beds were just right and there were robes in the closet for us to use!! My granddaughter said she would love to live there!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

Mom and I stayed in the Driftwood cottage during the 4th of July weekend of 2016. The place was easy to find and very close to attractions and downtown shopping. The checkin process was very simple...just input the two codes given to you and you are all set. The patio area was very welcoming and had a nice setup. You can have your breakfast, lunch and dinner outside at the table that seats 8 (I believe). My mom cooked on the grill and it was a very relaxing time...especially when the patio lights came on. Another couple staying at the cottage made a pitfire so mom and I joined them and had a really nice conversation. The parking was a nice gravel lot. Our cottage was on the top floor and was beautiful and ,very spacious, spotless, welcoming, and cozy all at the same time. The decorations were beautiful and made you feel as though this was your second home. The beds were very comfortable with top of the line bedding. There were ceiling fans in each room which was great with controlling the temperature. The kitchen...although small was very accommodating and most of what we needed was there. The breakfast food that was there consisted of cereal (with almond milk..very good), waffles, bagels, sausage, granola, cinnamon rolls, coffee and tea. Eggs would have been nice but we made it work. The entertainment system was nice and there were a basket of DVD'S to choose from if you didn't want to watch cable. The bathroom was stocked with everything you may have forgotten...mouthwash, lotion, shaving cream, cotton balls, lint brushes...etc...the owners was very easy to work with and answered all questions. I can't think of anything negative to say. I do want to mention the steps leading inside the cottage...they are very thin, narrow stairs which may be difficult for those with knee or back issues. It was a little time consuming trying to get all of our luggage up and back down the stairs. However we made it work. If you are in great shape and young...if won't be an issue at all. However if you are older with limited mobility, you should consider one of the cottage on the first floor. I do recommend this cottage. I almost forgot that its dog friendly!! I'll be back soon!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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KZoo restaurant week

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Kara's Kottages with another couple and our dogs in the 2-bedroom rental and had a wonderful night. The rental was FULLY equipped with everything from fluffy towels to high-end bedding. There's also everything you need for that morning cup of coffee/tea, to the perfect breakfast.

We will definitely be back. Thanks Kara for being pet friendly and for taking such good care of us. :)

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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4

Much Better than a Hotel!

  • 4 of 5

My family stayed here last weekend in the Driftwood Kottage. It was decorated beautifully and had so many amazing touches. The kitchen was stocked with much more than a typical rental home supplies. The outdoor space looked very welcoming. If you are traveling with small kids or older adults, be aware that there is a set of extremely steep stairs that made our stay somewhat treacherous with our small children. There are also train tracks right behind the house and it was quite noisy between that and the street noise.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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California Ky
4

Warm Inviting Stay

  • 4 of 5

We found the Driftwood Kottage, clean, comforatable and decorated with charm and taste. It was an extra touch to stock the fridge with breakfast items. The beds were very comfortable. Good job Kara!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in Kara's Kottages over 4th of July weekend. We rented Our Birch Bark and Our Drift Wood. The decor is very warm and welcoming. There were breakfast foods to meet a variety of tastes. I especially thought the granola was delicious. Kara thought of everything from Q-tips and Static Guard in the bathroom to sound machines in every bedroom. We ate one dinner out on the deck with plenty of room for 13 people. Thanks for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Map

Cosmo's Cucina/O'Duffy's Pub
Food Dance Cafe
Kalamazoo Air Zoo
Webster's Prime Steakhouse
Bilbo's Pizza
Bell's Eccentric Cafe
Crow's Nest
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Bell's Eccentric Cafe
London Grill
Bravo! Restaurant & Cafe
Water Street Coffee Joint
Mangia Mangia
Shawarma King
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Just Good Food
Caffe Casa
The Entertainment District
Boonzaaijer Bakery
Rustica
Irving's Market
Wild Bull
Sawall Health Foods
Saffron
Alfred E Bike
Nature Center
Martini's Pizza
Gilmore Theatre Complex at Western Michigan University
Olde Peninsula Brewpub
Zazios
Old Burdicks Bar and Grill
Gonzo's BiggDogg Brewing
Old Dog Tavern
Central City Tap House
Harvey's on the Mall
Park Trades Center
Something's Brewing
The Union
Fandango
Martell's
Waldo's Campus Tavern
Nearest Airport
5.28 Miles
http://azoairport.com/
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
http://comensolis.com/
Nearest Ferry
91.2 Miles
http://www.lake-express.com/
Nearest Golf
2.88 Miles
http://www.grandprairiegolfcourse.com/
Nearest Train
0.89 Miles
http://www.amtrak.com/home
Nearest Motorway
0.54 Miles
US 131
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
http://comensolis.com/
Nearest Ski
21.65 Miles
http://www.timberridgeski.com/
Nearest Beach
12.85 Miles
http://www.ross-township.us/index.html
Car: recommended

http://www.downtownkalamazoo.org/

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Rates & Availability

West Main HIll Apartment Rental Rates

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$179
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

All nightly and weekly reservations include breakfast.
Minimum 2 night stay for weekends and holidays.

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Amenities

West Main HIll Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • There is a tub & shower surround offering soft water along with lots of natural lighting through the floor to ceiling windows and tall ceilings.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • All beds have very comfortable mattresses, soft linens, fluffy comforters with duvet covers and lots of lush pillows.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • tennis
Notes:
The most notable feature to this unique bed and breakfast is the ability to have up to 5 guests in one kottage; a perfect space for families and small groups who wish to be together to play games, watch movies and visit without the fear of affecting other guests. This Kottage design also gives guests the ability to invite other visitors into their home away from home where they can entertain and host small events. Another benefit of this Kottage design is that it offers many comforts and necessities to extended stay guests to Kalamazoo who wish to have comforts such as a kitchen, living room, television, separate bedrooms, etc..

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