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Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 3 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $15
Weekly Discount: 3%
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House Rules
No smoking
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is flexible

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.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

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58 Reviews

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Michael User Profile
April 2017
Had a great stay at Gillian's beautiful/funky/rustic house in Fort Collins. I was visiting with a prospective student at Colorado State University, and Gillian has a wealth of knowledge about Fort Collins and CSU. Her pace is best if you feel comfortable around medium-to-large dogs who can be playful and rambunctious. We are dog lovers, so we were happy to have the canine welcoming committee greet us every time we came back to the house. Her house is very close to City Park, and a 15-20 minute walk (or very short drive) to downtown/Old Town and CSU. She is a friendly, open, and engaging outdoors person and has a wealth of information about the numerous wonderful places for hiking, etc.

Danielle User Profile
January 2017
The entire house is very comfortable and beautiful! It is at a prime location, on Mountain Ave., and it's a walkable distance to Old Town, City Park, and the local grocery store, Beaver's Market. The cat and 2 dogs are very social and loving. I would recommend the place to any animal lover or anyone who wants to get a good feeling of all the positive things Fort Collins can offer.

Leah User Profile
October 2016
Gillian was fabulous! She was out of town when we arrived but provided all of the arrival information we needed to get settled comfortably and without any trouble! Her dogs and cat were wonderful greeters and accustomed to guests. The room was great for us. It was comfortable and private with the attached bathroom. The house was located very close to old town and the college. There was parking right outside the house and the neighborhood is beautiful. We weren't around much but when we did catch up with Gillian, she was super interesting, engaging and great to talk with!

Sheila User Profile
October 2016
Gillian is a wonderful host! She went out of her way to get me in and settled when my arrival plans changed. Her house is an historical gem, I so enjoyed the original hardwood floors, and the artistic embellishments! Her two dogs are enthusiastic hosts also, made me feel right at home. I was able to use her bike, helmet and lock to ride to Old Town, which is only a few blocks. This was the perfect location for a weekend getaway!

Thomas User Profile
September 2016
Gillian wasn't around to receive us, but communicated very well from a distance that we had no issues getting into the house on arrival. The dogs are quite excitable, which was sometimes fun, and sometimes a bit obtrusive, so be sure you like animals and have reasonable expectations from two sporty 90 & 40 lb. dogs, plus cat (who mostly kept to herself). The space listed/pictured was much as described, charming and functional, but again, check your expectations at the door 'cause it is an older house. You'll want to bundle up in bed at night when it gets chilly, use other mirrors after your bath (gets steamy without big vents or circulation), and expect to hear just about all movement around the house--and others will hear yours, so be respectful. The greatest feature of the house is its location. The neighborhood is beautiful, safe, and filled with friendly, active people. It's only a short walk to the city park (super nice for its size) and easy driving everywhere else. If you're looking for a reasonable, cozy stay in Ft Collins, be sure to consider here.

Worachart User Profile
September 2016
Gillian is a super great host. She is very kind and helpful. She lent me a bicycle and hiking stuff (i.e., mattress, sleeping bag, and tent) ;). The location is perfect (10 mins to CSU). However, the mattress is too soft, for me, which made me relatively uncomfortable to sleep. Thanks so much Gillian for being a great host!
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Response from Gillian:
Thanks Worchart! I am so sorry the bed was too soft! It has a pillow-top mattress which makes it softer than normal. Glad to you the chance to go hiking and enjoy the rocky mountains!
September 2016

Carole User Profile
July 2016
Gillian was a wonderful host. Her animals are the sweetest. Her house is chock full of cultural artifacts, and the view from the back door is beautiful. The room is cozy, and the nespresso machine was quite impressive. I recommend this place to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a true coloradoan environment, and play fetch with bouncy pups! --caitlin!
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Response from Gillian:
Thanks! Caitlin was great and so considerate and friendly! The pups were checking her door regularly for more attention! : )
July 2016

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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States · Joined in September 2012
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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!

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