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Nina Howard

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Bellanina Guest House #1 - Historic Kerrytown

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

Bellanina Guest House is located in the heart of Ann Arbor's historic Kerrytown District and one block from Bellanina Day Spa. This exclusive and private residence is on the second floor of a 160 year old home surrounded by antique perennials and across from Kerrytown Shops and Market and the famed Kerrytown Farmer's Market (open Wednesdays & Saturdays in season). The area is vibrant with life and activity. With the Kerrytown Concert House next door, classical and jazz music often escapes their confines and fills the Guest House! Our floors are creaky but are covered in Natural Seagrass flooring and antique oriental rugs. The charm of this house keeps regulars, such as parents of kids at U of M or those coming for football weekends coming back. It becomes their home away from home. We have housed many professors for short and extended stays or couples come to escape their work-a-day world in search of a little peace and quiet from the kids and a night on the town.

Bellanina Day Spa & Spa Amenities: Bellanina Day Spa & Gift Boutique is a sister company, located one block South on Fourth Avenue. Bellanina Day Spa is an award winning Spa with the finest services in skin care, massage and nail services, steam rooms, whirlpool hydrotherapy and a gift boutique. Just mention you are a Guest at the Guest House when booking your appointment and receive a free Steam shower when you purchase a massage or skin care service, Tuesday - Thursday. 734 327 1000

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Nina Howard (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Nina Howard

My life is ruled by my two dogs, Ling-Ling and Chen-Chen. I never thought a dog could have such power over me! When I am not playing with them I am busy running 4 Guest Houses in Ann Arbor, and being Co-Owner of Bellanina Day Spa (one block south of this location) or Bellanina Instiute (located on the first floor of this Kerrytown location). I travel a lot teaching a wonderful anti-aging technique called Bellanina Facelift Massage, to massage therapists, estheticians at spas and resorts around the country. My dog, Ling-Ling and I call North Carolina mountains my home but travel back and forth to Ann Arbor, enjoying my time in one of my three Bellanina Guest Houses. What a life!

Nina Howard purchased this house in 2003

Why Nina Howard chose Michigan

I rented this property in 1994 on the first floor and began working out of my home offering massage and facelift massage. I also painted abstract art in the front room of the first floor. As time went on, this building turned into a Spa and I took over the second floor. Now, a couple of decades later, this building has re-invented itself and houses an apartment upstairs and the offices to the Institute and Spa downstairs. This property has been a gift to me and allowed me to re-invent my businesses over and over again!

What makes this house unique

Unique benefits in Kerrytown - the list is long:

Kerrytown Concert House next door (I've listened to Wynton Marsalis LIVE while lounging in bed sipping champagne); The Farmer's Market across the street; Kerrytown Shops and great food, shopping and cappucinos; Zingerman's a block away; Bellanina Day Spa down the street - A MUST FOR R & R!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have stayed all over Ann Arbor for the past 7 years - visiting our daughters at UM. The Bellanina Guesthouse is the very very best! Outstanding charming apartment, well appointed, high ceilings, hard wood floors, greta light, super comfy king bed, good futon for our other daughter, sweet kitchen with coffees, teas, and very well organized. We could put yummy supplies from the Kerrytown shops and Farmer's Market (right across the street) in the full size frig. Cannot overstate how excellent the location is. Walk to Main Street, meander to the Farmer's Market, Zingerman's, Co-op, campus, everywhere. There is a good off street parking spot as well. The den with supplies for doing business tasks was great. Sweet bathroom with plenty of hot water. if anything the photos don't do the Guesthouse justice. We loved everything about it and appreciated the extra touches, clear instructions, recycling bins, and all the little extras. It was so festive there that we had our graduation "picnic" in the kitchen and the 4 of us enjoyed the amenities immensely! If we are coming back to Ann Arbor we will definitely stay at Bellanina if it is available. Thanks, Nina, for such a wonderful spot. Truly a gem in Ann Arbor!
Apr 2015
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based on 17 traveler reviews

Bellanina Guest House #1 - Historic Kerrytown
average rating of 4.647059 based on 47 reviews

Clean and Cozy

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed in this flat twice and would stay again. Comfortable and relaxed with easy access to anything in downtown Ann Arbor.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An incredible spot in a wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

The Bellanina Guest House was an extremely comfortable place to stay with tons of amenities (including a speaker system wired throughout the house to enjoy tapes & CDs); a kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, coffees & teas; and you can't beat staying in Kerrytown. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you as our Guest and happy you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your feedback!
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this cute and comfortable apartment! I would highly recommend to other travelers. Great location for walking and entertainment, with good restaurants close by.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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A wonderful retreat at the Bellanina Guest house

  • 5 of 5

I can't imagine a nicer place to stay - cozy, close to everything - and stocked with everything I could possibly need. Thank you for the wonderful apartment - and I also visited your spa - which was STELLAR. All best to you.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We appreciate it and we are so glad your stay was wonderful. All the best, Nina
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Beautiful apartment in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Nina is an amazing host, and the apartment is beautiful. The location is in perfect walking distance to shops and restaurants, I recommend Zimmermans for breakfast.

I am a repeat customer, and highly recommend to anyone looking to stay in Ann Arbor!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are looking forward to your return to Ann Arbor! Nina
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Nice little place in Kerrytown

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for five day and quite enjoyed it.

- The location was perfectly located in Kerrytown, which was a wonderful mixture of shops and restaurants.

- The small flat was very comfortable, with great amenities of home, coffee maker, toaster, fridge, a cute bathroom, the layout was very European. Even though there was no stove, we were able to make due with the combination of a hot plate and toaster oven.

- Having access to free off street parking came in very handy

- wifi, stereo and television were perfect.

- high quality linens and towels as well as health and beauty products were added bonus

- The place was quiet as was the neighbourhood

- the little porch patio at the front was a relaxing place to sit and watch the world go by

- The Weds and Saturday Farmers market across the street was delightful, fresh food and crafts of all sorts to be had

- storage space was adequate

- the owner was magnificent to deal with, promptly answering any questions and flexible

Overall, we would defiantly recommend it in the fortune to friends and family

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Edward, for such a nice review. We enjoyed having you as our Guest and hope to see you again in the future!
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Zingerman's Delicatessen
"The best deli in America! 7 blocks away!"
Cafe Zola
Michigan Stadium
"Go Blue! Michigan Stadium is across the street from this location."
Whole Foods Market
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Mani Osteria
"My favorite restaurant and it is only 2 blocks away on Division and Liberty!"
Zingerman's Delicatessen
"The best deli in America! 7 blocks away!"
Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
"Two Starbucks nearby, one on Liberty and State (4 blocks) and one on Liberty and Main (4 blo..."
Bellanina Day Spa & Gift Boutique
"Our sister company! The best spa in town!"

Downtown Ann Arbor, Historic Kerrytown District, Farmer's Market, Zingerman's Deli, Kerrytown Shops, Bellanina Day Spa,


Rates & Availability

Ann Arbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
U of M Hawaii
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M UCF Knights
Sep 9 2016 - Sep 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Colorado
Sep 16 2016 - Sep 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Penn St
Sep 23 2016 - Sep 24 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Wisconsin
Sep 30 2016 - Oct 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Illinois
Oct 21 2016 - Oct 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Maryland
Nov 4 2016 - Nov 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Indiana
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 19 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Graduation
Apr 28 2017 - May 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping per 2 ppl $65 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Event rates for Art Fair, holidays (3 day max event rate chg) and U of M events such as Graduation, Parents week, sporting events incur an additional charge of $25 per person per night.

In addition, rates are based on 2 person occupancy. Over 2 persons, there is a $25 per day charge for each person, up to 4.

A dog fee of $75 for dogs with prior approval plus $10 per day, first dog $5 per day 2nd dog. 2 dog limit. Dogs must be crated if guest is away from guesthouse. Dogs allowed on furniture as long as you provide sufficient blankets or sheets to protect furniture and bedding.

We refund your deposit up to 30 days prior to your stay less a 5% cancellation fee for stays less than 30 days and up to 60 days prior for stays over one month.

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Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom is small but the bathtub is delicious and shaped well for a great soak!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Den w/ Queen Futon - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The bedroom is extra large with a King bed. The living room/sitting room is extra small with a queen sleeper sofa. We also have a pack 'n play available for toddlers upon request as well as a high chair.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • ice skating
Pets allowed by pre-approval with a $75 pet fee plus $10 per day. This unit is a second-floor unit. There is no elevator or ramp access.

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