About this listing
The Bell House was built in 1880 during the early days of Colorado State University. The Historic Old Town area is a great place for walking and the house is an easy 15 minute stroll to downtown restaurants and biking distance to the major brewpubs! Neighborhood is quiet and safe. You can walk downtown for dinner or happy hour down the Historic Mountain Ave.
What is the space like?
Historic home built by the Bell Family in 1880 on the western end of the Old Town district of Fort Collins. The house was built in the style of a western Denver Cottage by the Bell family when they first settled in the area and is one of only a handful of the original houses left on the block. The house is full of an eclectic mix of antiques and garage sale finds. Wooden floors are original to the house so plenty of comfy slippers available for guests while outside shoes stay at the door!
What should you expect?
The house was built in 1880 and has creaky wooden floors throughout. As with many old houses, it is an ongoing project that requires loads of love and attention and at 137, this old gal sometimes shows her age! The kitchen is well equipped for your use and I stock many teas from all over the world. The house has a front and back porch perfect for sipping coffee during the summer months and the backyard has a wonderful garden provides herbs and vegetables. During the summer fans and open windows provide a welcome breeze; winter storm windows keep out the cold drafts
Conservation ethics: the house is equipped with energy saving Smart nest thermostat and tankless hot water heaters. All food waste is composed in the backyard and the City of Fort Collins has a very robust recycling program (bins by back door on porch).
Where is the University?
Colorado State University is located one kilometer (half mile more or less) from the house. It is a pleasant 15 -20 minute walk to the main campus through quiet and safe residential neighborhoods. Bikes and locks are available for guests to borrow to ride to campus as well. Fort Collins is one of the most bike friendly cities in the US and it is certainly easier to get around by bike than to find parking downtown!
Parking is available in front of the house and public parking is available on the campus (and is pretty reasonable). There are bike lanes throughout Fort Collins and most of the local conference centers and the Lincoln Center for Performing are within bike able distance from the Old Town area (and again often easier to walk or bike than to try to find parking!).
How to get there?
From the Denver Airport Port, Fort Collins is about one hour and twenty minutes drive from the main terminal to the front door (Fort Collins is about 70 miles from the airport). The area is well served by both Super Shuttle and the Green Ride (a local company). For short term visitors, a car is really not needed if you like to walk and explore town! Bikes, helmets and locks are available to borrow and Fort Collins is regularly voted as a most bike able city! The MAX bus stops at Mountain ave and goes south past Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Sierra trading post and loads of restaurants.
The house has electronic locks so guests have easy access and can come and go at any time. Check in is quite flexible depending only on if there is a previous guest in the room the night before
Your room: The guest room is off the kitchen and has its own private bathroom and clawfoot tub (with shower head). There is also a walk-in shower available for guests down the hall (shared space) for those who prefer. The guest bed is a full sized brass bed that belonged to my grandmother with a comforter to snuggle in for winter nights and a nice Pendleton blanket for extra comfort if needed. There is a door directly to the bathroom so the space is private but it is close to the kitchen with creaky wooden floors! The old clawfoot tub is also nice for occasional bubble baths after a day of skiing or biking (bubble bath provided!).
The guest room has a coffee and tea bar with an Nexpresso machine and milk frothier in cabinet. Coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and teas provided. Milk is in the main kitchen and there is a market very close for those who may prefer other additives to their morning coffee.
There is a washer and dryer in the basement as needed (although please be energy conscious and run these only with a full load). There are plenty of racks for drying clothing as well that save energy!
Interaction with guests
The house is cozy and the living space and kitchen are shared so its fun to meet and greet as folks get ready for the day! During the summer, doors are open and gardening is in full swing. Kitchen is available for your use and please do tidy up after yourself and put used dishes into the dishwasher!
Other things to note
Two young dogs and a cat are on the premises. While my pets are not allowed in the guest room, guests are welcome to bring friendly animals although the cat is a bit of a bully and likes to chase small dogs. The yard is pretty secure for most dogs to play in; however small dogs may find a place to wiggle out.
No smoking on premises.
I believe in conservation and preservation so please recycle, conserve water and compost while visiting! The City of Fort Collins is wonderful about recycling so please place all recyclables in the bins on the back porch--if in doubt, put it in the recycling bin and I can sort it out later!
Feel free to use the barbecue grill on the back porch--great place for summer meals! The local market makes their sausages on the premises and they are very good. Colorado State University's department of Animal Science also sells meat raised on the campus. Great smoked bacon but the store hours on campus are a bit variable.
Please no overnight guests other than those listed on the reservation without prior arrangement.
House has old wooden floors that creak so please be comfortable and use slippers (provided) especially during wet winter months. Outside shoes are parked by the front door.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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Colorado State University researcher on ecology and sustainability. Prior to Colorado State, I worked for the National Park Service as a wildlife biologist for years posted at seven different national parks across the country including Yellowstone, Tetons, Joshua Tree, Wrangel St. Elias, and Badlands. I love to hike, snowshoe, ski and bike and there are extras of all of the above at the house for adventurous visitors. I enjoy being an Airbnb host and also enjoy meeting other hosts all over the world!