|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Outside The Cottage:
Wonderfully large, private backyard with water feature, palapa,fire pit and lots of places to relax.
Comfortable and cute, the cottage comes fully furnished: kitchen with Dansk dishes, silverware, cutting knives, Kitchen Aid Mixer, Cuisinart, blender, coffee maker, Keurig style also available, pots, pans, mixing bowls...gas stove; whatever you may need, it should be there. Extra rolls of paper towels and new sponges are provided as are any cleaning supplies you may need. Dish soap and liquid hand soap are also stocked.
The wall unit is both air conditioning and heat and can be operated via remote control. There is a ceiling fan in the living room and bedroom plus portable fans for additional air circulation in the summer time.
Handmade quilts by my mother grace the bed and sofa. 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 inflatable bed)… dog treats. I provide snacks, drinks, bread, eggs, and seasonal fruit upon your arrival, and am also happy to pick up specific items you may want. There is also coffee, tea, and coca, mix for hot drinks.
The T.V. has basic cable, Netflix, commercial free Hulu plus, and Amazon. There is also a DVD and VCR player if you care to bring your own tapes. The amazon 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!
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 digging grounds for my dachshunds. My hope is that someday they will actually catch a gopher! The garden is also here and guests may helps themselves to whatever is ripe.
Competing for your attention will be Bean, Cooper, 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 – my oldest - 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, we will work out a system to have yours out and mine in and visa versa. This works well, and during the week mine are used to their outdoor kennel which is where they stay. They do not need access to the yard during the day. If you leave your dog in the cottage while you are away, please crate your dog. Also, Chico has fleas, so make sure your dog has been treated for fleas before arrival. If you forget, I have extra - please notify me and we will get him/her treated.
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.
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.
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, as three of them are very affectionate and will want to give you kisses!
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.
Darcy Davis purchased this cottage in 1992
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.
Very cozy, close to good food, and welcoming hosts. Everything we need was thought of.
The cottage was quiet, accessible and well located. Everything we needed for our stay (bathroom and kitchen supplies ) was clean and available. Darcy was charming and the dog brigade was amusing.
We love staying here! This is our second time renting Darcy's cabin, and found it just as delightful as the first. The cabin is clean and well-appointed, and is stocked with snacks, good breakfast eats, and cold drinks. Darcy provides many amenities that made our stay comfortable, like bath soaps, lotions and shampoos, and large beach towels that are handy for lounging pool side. She is also very easy to get in touch with, and tried hard to accommodate our needs, like early check-in. Situated under some large, old oak trees, the property remains shaded for most of the day, providing cool relief as it was very hot during our visit. Bonus: Bidwell Creek is across the street from the cabin, and we found it to be a wonderful place to take our dog for a walk and swim. Darcy also left some doggy snacks in the cabin to help us get acquainted with her dachsunds; all very cute! We plan to come back next year.
I felt welcomed from the moment I arrived. Darcy's dogs greeted me with barking, love and affection. The accomodations were excellent. Very comfy bed. Every gadget you could imagine was in the kitchen. Snacks, sparkling waters, farm fresh eggs, lovely bread and Brie cheese staved off hunger. My son and family,my sister and other friends visited me at the cottage, they all were impressed and would stay at the Cottage by the Creek. I cannot wait to return!!
We once again had a wonderful stay at the cottage. Darcy thinks of everything and she is so accommodating and the dogs are lovely. We truly will never look to stay anywhere else in Chico!
Darcy and her pups are so kind and welcoming! The cottage is nestled in a thriving backyard with its own garden and babbling brook
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
All deposits are non-refundable. There is a $15 per night charge for additional guests over 2.
There is lots of room for outdoor entertaining. If you would like to host a group of 15 or more people, there is a large party fee of $25. This covers my time to assist you in getting the yard set up for your party, and of course, in some cases, clean up. If you bring a pet, there is a $25 cleaning fee which I ask you to leave on the kitchen counter when you leave.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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!