About this listing
Welcome to our glorious old Mainline home! Note, to reserve more than 1 room: From our main profile page, scroll down to "About the host." Mouse: "More" then "Full Profile." You will see all listings in left margin. Mouse your choice & request!
This is the first of our three elegant rooms available. Room #1, here, has a queen sized bed, bureau, closet and 3 small windows plus one more huge window. There is an AC unit installed for hot weather, too. (Note, to reserve more than 1 room: From our main profile page, scroll down to "About the host." Mouse: "More" then "Full Profile." You will see all listings in left margin. Mouse your choice & request! ). We are experienced hosts living in a large, conveniently located Mainline home - one block from the Bala Cynwyd train station (taking you directly to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station) and also the “Rails to trails” Heritage Trail which connects to over 75 miles of paved trails. We are within a 12 minute drive to Center City & 5 minutes from SJU, Bryn Mawr & Haverford colleges. U of P and Drexel are within a 10 minute drive and Villanova is about a 20 minute drive away. The Mann Music Center lies about a mile from our front door. And, we are also less than a mile’s pleasant walk to the Beck Institute (did I say, “conveniently located??”)
All 3 bedrooms are air-conditioned and each has at least one Queen sized bed. “Room 2 of 3” has 2 beds in it. All 3 rooms lie on the top floor of our home; set aside from the family’s sleeping quarters.
The guests share their own private bath but have the use of two other bathrooms, also. The guest bath is home to our newly installed and huge walk-in shower! Breakfast is served every morning and linens, hair dryers & alarm clocks are in each room. Wifi access is available throughout the house.
In addition to their rooms & private bath, guests have access to other bathrooms and the 1st floor living areas (kitchen, living room, dining room) and driveway for parking. The kitchen is for all of us, too! In temperate weather, the veranda and patio are also for their use. For extended stays (more than 4 days) our guests have use of the washer and dryer and temporary storage too.
Interaction with Guests
The house is large enough that those seeking privacy can keep their interactions with us at a minimum. The common rooms (kitchen, dining area, living room, veranda) are, well, "common" in that we use them too. However, each of us is sensitive to the needs and wants of our guests and reading the social cues of "do not disturb" adeptly!
It is just plain beautiful. Huge homes, expansive lawns, easily traversed sidewalks, nature and bicycle trails, friendly faces and good eats!
Park in our private drive or on our friendly neighborhood streets! Our home lies one block from the Cynwyd Train station that runs only during regular business hours. We are within a mile's walk of the larger, more active, Merion Train station too. Many of our guests use the public bus system that runs within a few blocks of our home, or the reliable MainLine Cab service too.
Other Things to Note
We are a family of friendly faces to make your stay just as you like it. Availability is often negotiable.
If you have a well behaved dog that will be friendly with ours, you are welcome to bring the little darling along too.
For stays of longer than a week or a month we have an extremely reduced rate! We will forward this special offer to you after you request the reservation.
You will have your own access to our home and as much socializing or quiet as you prefer. We run a polite and respectful home with quiet times between 10PM and 8AM. One well trained dog resides here with us. Seasoned travelers ourselves with decades of residence, we can support your stay as you need.
I was in town for business meetings. Joe and Carol's place was the perfect location. They were great at communicating everything! The room was perfect. The whole family was very easy-going and lovely to be around. All was according to the description. I had a little difficulty with getting an extension on my stay through the online portion of AirBNB and my host quickly cleared that up.
I booked this room for my parents who were in town to help babysit our son. We all had a wonderful experience staying with Joe and Carol, as described by my parents below:
"Mahilig kaming magpunta sa iba't ibang bansa at tumitira lagi sa mga hotels. Ang lugar ninyo ang una naming B and B. Magpasalamat kami sa aming anak na introduce kami sa air B and B. Your place and kind hospitality gave us a very rewarding, unique and enjoyable experience. We will certainly look forward to trying AirBnB again in our next travels.
Maraming Salamat, Joe and Carol and of course Piglet, the amazing dog with tricks.
Roly and Gem from the Philippines and Florida"
Gracias por su hospitalidad, y el tiempo que me brindaron, en mi experiencia en Filadelfia, muchas gracias. Les deseo lo mejor
My first of five weeks staying with Joe and Carol was fantastic. They made me feel right at home. Their house is very well kept and homey, I love staying here. The whole family is so hospitable, it is easy to feel so comfortable living in their house with them.
Joe and Carol were very flexible and accommodating since we had to plan at the last minute when to arrive at their house. The house is beautiful and it is clear they put a lot of love in its restoration. Joe was very open to our questions about the area and school systems. He was very friendly and warm and provided a wealth of information. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet Carol in person, but perhaps next time. Thank you, Joe! You made us feel so welcome in your lovely home.
This is the 2nd time we've stayed with at Joe and Carol's. Very hospitable and comfy. Both Joe and Carol are very gracious and friendly. We'd stay again without any hesitation.
Carol and Joe made me feel very welcome in their home and the communication prior to arrival was wonderful! What made the biggest impression on me was how incredibly polite and helpful their teenage sons were! This is a family that truly cares about making people feel "right at home." My stay was very brief, but I enjoyed a very good night of sleep and loved the cleanliness of the room (VERY) and the comfortable soft sheets! Thank you!
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About the Host, Joe & Carol
We are active & educated... in constant pursuit of knowledge and new experiences. Connections to other people are our pleasure and we are particularly sensitive to caring for others and enjoying deep belly laughs, together! Favorite travel destinations include sunshine, sea breezes, nature, bicycles, delicious meals, lots of activity and the kindness of strangers. A family of athletes, we work in the counseling and education fields and choose to thrive surrounded by music, laughter and enthusiasm.