About this listing
Old-fashioned double bed, TV with cable and DVD player. Private full bath. Sliding door closes off the area like a Suite.
My neighborhood -- River Road Historic District --is quiet, green, tree-filled -- bordered by the San Antonio River and a City Golf Course -- yet it is super convenient to downtown and many SA attractions. My neighborhood is FANTASTIC for walks -- short or long.
Guest bedroom is at the front of cottage. Guest bath is on the hall and is used only by guests. The hallway is made private by a pocket door, making a little suite. Guests are welcome to sit and talk, read in the lovely living room/library. Guests may use the kitchen with fridge, microwave, coffee maker, tea kettle. Guests are welcome to sit ( including eating) on front deck ( screened-in) or back deck ( open ) -- have a glass of wine under the Italian pergola with its bubbling, lighted fountain. Note : I am a non-cook. I have a kitchen range, but I seldom use it, and it has no vent hood. So I prefer that guests not cook, beyond using the small microwave, the blender ( for smoothies) , the electric kettle for tea or the coffee maker. There are great places to eat within easy walking distance, not to mention the plethora of downtown restaurants.
Interaction with Guests
I like to meet guests when first arrived and give super-brief orientation( 2-3 minutes) ; I enjoy taking guests on a drive around my special neighborhood
( 15 minutes ). I know a great deal about inner-city SA -- restaurants, bars, clubs for live music, tourist attractions, etc. -- happy to share info. I am absolutely content to leave guests on their own. A key is hidden for them and they may come and go at any time, including very late -- or very early.
Location provides EASY walks to : Big YMCA and in that building is a cool coffee shop with Wi-Fi. Cafe voted "Best Bakery" in SA. In front of the "Y" is a major bus stop for downtown and a new bike rental station. Walk out of the cottage and in one minute you will be at a completely natural stretch of the San Antonio River. Turn south and walk to a sidewalk-size crossing for walkers or bikers. This then makes a "loop" walk of one mile from the cottage. The east side of loop is well-known by bird watching visitors ( it's on some list). If you turn north at the River, you will walk in five min. into our Brackenridge Park -- with trails, picnic areas, a major Zoo, a cool little train, Japanese Sunken Gardens ( with a renovated Tea House, and the Witte Museum -- it's a BIG park!
Yes. Two bus lines are in easy walking distance and there is a bicycle rental franchise next to one bus stop
Other Things to Note
My guest bed is termed "full" we used to say "double" -- it is not queen or king. Most guests find it very comfortable.
1. Absolutely NO SMOKING inside or out. 2. Respect driveway access of my "Back House" tenant -- a great, quiet older guy ( like me ! )
3. I ask guests not to eat in bedroom -- other than water, tea, coffee. I provide dining table and both front and back decks for eating.
4. I provide a small microwave. I have a gas range, but is has no hood -- so I don't encourage cooking on it. I am a non-cook. There is a coffee maker and an electric tea kettle. San Antonio has many fine restaurants, from inexpensive to fancy -- four are in easy walking distance from cottage. Most of my guests enjoy eating out. I ask for no extensive cooking in the kitchen.
5. No pets. My cottage is too small.
George was a wonderful host. He was very thoughtful, welcoming and considerate and we really appreciated that. He is a wealth of knowledge on San Antonio and we could have spent weeks in this amazing city with all his great tips. The room and bathroom are spacious, clean and beautifully furnished. We enjoyed sitting on the front porch and enjoying the delicious granola George provided. Thank you for welcoming us into your home, we would definitely stay again.
George really knows his area and is very comfortable assisting with recommendations for places to eat and where to go. The bedroom is lovely and the little writing desk just perfect. The bench at the end of the bed helps with that early morning shoe donning and is great to put an overnight bag.
The check in is quick and informative and George is really interesting to talk to.
George made us feel extremely welcomed and was very knowledgeable about activities in San Antonio. The neighborhood was beautiful and readily accessible with a very convenient location for activities. George left us waters in the dining room table after we went out late in the riverwalk which was extremely nice. The cottage was very clean and welcoming. Overall a fantastic experience and would definitely stay here again and recommend to everyone!
This is an amazing house to stay in. George was a great host! We wish we had more time to talk to him and find out more about the beautiful neighborhood. The room is great and very comfortable. The location was also excellent. Definitely stay here!!
George was great to stay with. His home was very clean and accommodating! He's a very friendly guy and has a lot of suggestions on things to do and restaurants nearby. The house is only about a 5 minute drive from the Riverwalk/Downtown area and down the street from a ton of places to eat. This was my first airbnb experience and I have 0 complaints. I highly recommend staying with George!
George is a great host! His home is in the perfect location-just a few miles from downtown San Antonio in a quiet neighborhood. He gave us several suggestions of things to do and places to eat. He had granola, fresh berries, and yogurt available for breakfast as well. I would highly recommend George to friends or family looking for a place in San Antonio.
Lovely home! So close to downtown San Antonio. Comfy and clean. Plus George has traveled all over, so his house is full of art and fun surprises. He was an excellent host and has thought of everything for a perfect stay.
About the Host, George
I am a long-time college English professor ; I'm currently teaching MWF through May 14.
I am very well-known and well-regarded in my small historic neighborhood. My first cousin, best buddy and close neighbor is one of the best Traditional Jazz musicians in the world ! I am quiet, love classical music, poetry, art. I am laid back, easy going. I'm an expert on much of SA, especially downtown. I have traveled a LOT around the world, especially Europe, and I have a LOT of experience staying at B n Bs. So ... come be a tourist in SA !