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.
This was my second time to stay at George's house and again I found it cozy and inviting. The room and bed are quite comfortable and quiet, a welcome hideaway in the heart of San Antonio. George kindly offered suggestions for dining and there was an assortment of breakfast coffees, teas and snacks to start the day in the morning. If I'm looking for an overnight stay in San Antonio, this is my first choice!
George was the perfect host. He showed me around the first day and the location is perfect. I rode the bus into town and did not have to be concerned with parking.
The room was perfect and very clean. I stayed with George twice once on the front of my trip and then again when I was (website hidden) is very close to the airport so makes it easy if you have an early flight.
I would love to come back and stay here.
On my return I felt like I was returning home.
I am looking forward to my next visit and time at the Cottage.
Listing exactly as described. Very nice house in a great neighborhood. When we first got there, George was away for the day but his communication was excellent and we had no trouble getting situated. George was also very knowledgeable about the area and actually took us out for some live music the one night we were there. Definitely made it a great experience in San Antonio!
We visited San Antonio from Austin to meet some friends. George's cottage is located very close to downtown and was easy to find. The neighborhood, though close to the highway, is quiet and peaceful. George was very welcoming and gave us lots of recommendations on places to see and where to eat. There was a neighborhood bar a short walk away, which was very nice. We only stayed one night, but we look forward to visiting San Antonio again and seeing more of the city based on George's recommendations!
George was a good host. the room was exactly like the picture. clean, organized. he had called in to check our arrival, and gave us a description which helped to find the house easily.
he had instructions waiting for us, that helped us get everything that we needed. he was kind enough to have some water, juice, yogurts available just in case we need. a private restroom in the hallway for our use. we had a very pleasant stay.
Thank you for hosting us and providing a good experience.
I had the best time in San Antonio thanks to super host George! What a hospitality is to get picked up and dropped off at the airport, get rides to downtown and a tour in the fantastic central neighborhood. George is a gentleman, friendly and always fun to be with. He took me to the Japanese garden. I learned a lot. The guy is a live encyclopedia. Never a dull moment. My private bedroom was large and quiet. The shower with the strongest water pressure is quite relaxing. Front and back patio to choose from for breakfast. Backyard with fountain and pergola to meditate. Home nestled in a park. What a stay! Highly recommended.
George was a welcoming host. This was my first trip and I'm glad it turned out so well! His house was lovely and I felt very comfortable in the room, bathroom and kitchen. There was water for guests and breakfast every morning. All of his instructions were clear and simple so I felt at ease there.
George drove me to several places and I learned a little bit about San Antonio. He also suggested various places to eat and visit during my trip. I appreciated the advice and a local's view on the area.
The neighborhood had a cozy feel to it and I encourage visitors to walk around to see all the unique houses.
I would certainly stay here again! Thank you 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 !