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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.
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. is set up for local channels, Netflix (basic subscription) and Hulu plus. There is also a DVD and VCR player if you care to bring your own tapes. The apple 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, water feature right outside your door for a relaxing atmosphere and a place for your dog to cool his/her feet. Outdoor kitchen (BBQ), mini hot tub, and pool (lounge chairs and towels provided). 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 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.
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 - the yard is secure and a wonderful place for your four-legged friend to hang out.
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.
The cottage was everything that it says it will be - it felt like we were visiting friends - Darcy has everything you could possibly need. We arrived into town much earlier than we anticipated and Darcy just welcomed us. She had eggs, waters, fresh fruit, and sodas in the refrigerator. A loaf of terrific sourdough bread on the counter along with a basketful of treats. She had dog dishes with fresh cool water for the dogs and several treats for them, also. The bathroom was stocked with everything you could possibly need. It was beautiful, quiet, clean, and very charming. It was just what we needed and exceeded everything we thought it would be. Darcy was a terrific host and we truly felt wanted and comfortable in her cottage. The dogs loved running in the yard and playing with Darcy's dogs. Thanks so much for making our trip extra special.
My sister and I had an absolutely wonderful time staying in Darcy's cottage on the creek. She has thought of everything to make her guests' stay enjoyable. The outdoor patio and BBQ and wonderful amenities that we took full advantage of, entertaining nearby family members totaling eight people. We had everything we needed, including plenty of room in this tastefully decorated cottage. I am already planning a return visit with my husband, hopefully in the fall. Thank you Darcy!
We had a lovely stay at Darcy's Creekside Cottage. Darcy was there at check-in to show us around, & remained easily accessible as needed. The cottage has everything one might need, including provided snacks & drinks. The bed is very comfortable, & the towels & linens of high quality. A few of our stay's highlights include: the bike ride through town one morning (bike provided!), pet therapy effects of playing with the adorable resident dachshunds, the convenience of being very close to town, & the enchanting "happy lights" throughout the property that welcome you after the sun goes down. Thank-you, Darcy, for sharing your little slice of Heaven!
Darcy was kind and wonderful. She went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable. She not only left us goodies but left treats for our dog as well .We loved the beautiful cottage.The bed was very comfortable. The grounds are spectacular. Beautifully landscaped. Everything was all lite up at night ,it was magical. The most charming place we have ever stayed. LOVED it ! Can't wait to go back. Thank you Darcy!
Our stay was very comfortable and pleasant. We were pleased to have an outdoor lounging area, an outdoor cook station and a fire pit. Too bad it was too cool to use the pool. Darcy is so gracious and considerate. Everything was supplied--including shampoo and toiletries, paper towels--and even laundry detergent. She even provided dog treats so we could make friends with her little dogs. We shall return!
Yes, the property was as described, even better!
We arrived to a warm and welcoming cottage stocked with treats, fruit, coffee, tea and more! Our dog, Savannah, even had her own treat basket! Could not have felt more welcomed!
The gardens were beautiful and the house was a pleasant atmosphere to come home to at the end of a day of hiking and exploring.
Wonderful to sit on the porch sipping a glass of wine, visit and review the exceptional day we had had and plan the next.
Being a person who enjoys to cook I especially appreciated the kitchen and it's amenities.
Darcy could not have been nicer, more accommodating and helpful!
Many thanks! We look forward to our next 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!
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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.