Perfect for traveling professionals—much less than a hotel or extended suites!
I have been hosting on HomeAway and another platform for over 3 years now. First at my former condo in Chicago along with my partner Drew (where we welcomed over 100 stays!)… then in Rockford at what was once my childhood home. This is also the site of my late father's 50-year-old Barber Shop, which I have been rehabbing and will be up and running for business again soon! It's located near Rockford in Cherry Valley, IL. Every once in a while Macie, my lovable 12 year old lab may come for a visit—just watch any food related items! ;). I live in the country near Caledonia, about 20 minutes from the Cherry Valley property. I am a freelance graphic designer/art director and an aspiring culinary trained chef. Drew is an attorney. I enjoy travel and good food and can be adventurous. I love to explore the arts, cultural and historical attractions... but every once in a while a "chill" beach vacation is in order.
Why Owner chose Rockford
I can't emphasize enough how convenient this location is! This is on the outskirts of Rockford, technically in Cherry Valley, IL. So close to everything anyone would need— a great bar & grill (Drink), a pizza place, a Chinese restaurant, a wine and cigar shop, a pack & ship store and a dry cleaner. Walgreen's, TGI Fridays, Granite City Brewery, Eggsclusive Cafe and Kegel's—the world's oldest Harley-Davidson dealership with a great diner for breakfast and lunch (and there's always a classic Harley on display). Several fast food places are all in the immediate vicinity as well as a 24 hour Schnuck's grocery store. Finally there is Cherry Vale Mall, a major regional mall—with Macy's, Sears, H&M, Barnes & Noble, a food court and over 130 stores. Charming and historic downtown Cherry Valley is less than 5 minutes away.
What makes this Apartment unique
There is a history to this property that I will gladly tell any guest! This is my childhood home. I've inherited it... and getting it back up to snuff has been a labor of love.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Children not allowed
Children under 12 may require an extra sec deposit
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great location. The rear apartment that we stayed in was nicely furnished with everything we needed for our 9 day stay..
This is our second stay at this property. It works great for our family of four. My son enjoys sleeping on the couch. There are so many restaurants within a mile or two. We used the grill this time, so you don't have to eat out all the time. Tom is readily available should you need his assistance.
It was great!!
Tom was a great host and went above and beyond anything we expected. The apartment was a great find for our visit and had everything we needed. It was quiet, clean and plenty of space. It was also near grocery store, gas station, and downtown area with many restaurants and shopping malls. If we are ever in Rockford again we hope to stay here again!! Thanks Tom for everything!!
Stylish abode with owners who thought of everything
I was surprised to find a vacation rental at all in Rockford and was thrilled to have stumbled upon this property. Located in the back of a barber shop, it has an unsuspecting exterior that opens up to a quaint stylish apartment that has been remodeled to include the cutest details with the guest in mind. The sling TV was just installed before our arrival, the bathroom was loaded with toiletries, and the kitchen was stocked with light groceries so we were able to enjoy breakfast every morning without having to do any shopping. We stayed a few nights in January during sub-zero temperatures, and the heat was fighting to meet the temperature at which we set the thermostat. We are used to a much warmer climate so the temperature would probably have been fine for other midwesterners. Highly recommend this rental. The interior decorating keeps you intrigued, and the attentive owners make you feel welcomed.
Comfortable & Cozy
We stayed here over Christmas 2017. The owner, Tom, was very responsive to our questions and went out of his way to help us with our concerns even whilst away himself at Christmas. He even decorated the living room for Christmas! We very much appreciated the extras such as the welcome basket, groceries in the fridge, etc. The place is, generally speaking, spacious, comfortable and cozy. We were visiting family over the holidays and the place was very conveniently located. The wi-fi worked great. We appreciated the ability to be able to watch Netflix during our downtimes.There was a major cold snap while we were there and the furnace worked well; however the property itself is a bit drafty so was always on the cooler side and the floors were quite cold. There's no alarm clock in the bedroom. We would have personally liked it if there was local TV (a digital antenna may have solved this inexpensively.) Overall, we were extremely pleased with our stay here & would likely stay here again, when Rockford isn't in the middle of a deep freeze!
We always appreciate a frank review. This is the information that we learn from to constantly improve our guest's experience. Actually, we have plans to install an air antenna in the spring or when the temperatures moderate a bit... but in our listing we spell out the fact that the only tv viewing is through streaming services or the guest's own devices. We do tell everyone to adjust the temperatures to their own comfort levels... the apartment does get a tad chilly especially during extreme weather such as the conditions Kathy and her husband were subject to during their stay. We are looking into supplemental efficient wall heaters for the bedrooms and could have provided a space heater for the living room to take the chill out. Again, Kathy (from Calgary, Canada) probably experienced the worst-case cold weather scenario in Rockford in years. We regularly check-in with our guests during their stay and ask them how everything is and if they need anything. It would have been nice to know the issues at the time rather than after the fact... however, we do appreciate their candor. Thanks again Kathy and Randy -t
Comfortable, clean with lots of thoughtful touches.
My husband and I were very satisfied with the accommodations! We called this location a little bungalow. 😊 The bed was extremely comfortable! The space was perfect for us. It was clean with everything you could need. Very close to all the major roads and retail. We were very pleasantly surprised to see all the groceries provided. Tom, the manager/owner was very accommodating and responsive. We would definitely stay there again and would recommend it.
Located in the Cherry Vale Mall commercial area with scores of restaurants, shops and services very close by.