Two-room pool-house in which we will allow you to squeeze up to 6 guests. Free and easy parking. Fridge and Microwave. We have tried to anticipate your questions, so PLEASE FIND AND READ THE DETAILED DESCRIPTION before submitting questions or booking. We love hosting. Include the code in the full description for faster confirmation. We rely on your being able to follow our written directions.
Our poolside guesthouse has a separate entrance from the main house and can be accessed from the street without disturbing the residents of the house. The guesthouse has two bedrooms and a private shower bathroom. The larger room has a queen bed and room to squeeze in a cot or air mattress. The smaller room has a bunk with a twin over full. See pictures. The larger room opens to and overlooks our swimming pool (solar heated from late May through September), which is available to guests. You are always renting the entire guesthouse. While there is room for 6 people to sleep, if you are a group of more than 4 adults, you will probably find the space crowded especially if you stay several days and have large luggage. There is enough hot water for everyone to take a shower and there is an outdoor shower as well if that is helpful.
Free and easy street parking.
AMENITIES: Very high-speed Wifi, and 32-inch Smart TV with Cable (Not HD). (You can use it to watch on-demand Netflix, Prime, or HBO if you have an account.) You may use our washer and dryer when we are not using it. (max: one load per booked day).
FOOD: There is no kitchen. The room has a coffee-maker and a microwave and there is a coffee shop less than 100 meters away. You will have access to a fridge/freezer and a table top propane or butane cook-top for cooking outside (camping style). We also provide pots and pans, plates and bowls, and knives and forks for eating outside. There are a dozen restaurants within walking distance. Most of our guests do not eat in, however, you are welcome to if you prefer If you do use the dishes, please clean them in the garage sink before leaving. (Alternatively, you can leave our housekeeper a $5.00 tip to wash the dishes after your stay).
BIKES -- We have up to five adult bikes you can borrow, which some guests really enjoy, along with locks and helmets. (You are responsible for ensuring the bikes are safe to use. We are not a bike shop.) We do not guarantee that we will have a bike to fit every guest.
PRIVACY: The guesthouse is at the back of the property, so we are not likely to disturb you if you are in the guesthouse. However, we are a busy household with 5 kids ages 15 and up and a small dog. You may hear trumpet practice or encounter any of our kids or their friends in the backyard, playing basketball, swimming in the summer, building things or engaged in other ventures. Most guests tell us the room is very quiet, but we don't guarantee that. On a warm day, we are often outside in the back, so you won't have privacy if you choose to hang out by the pool or swim.
TWO ROOM LAYOUT: One of the pictures is our attempt to show the layout of the rooms. As you can see the two rooms are both connected to the one bathroom and there is no direct access from one room to the other. These two room are always rented together. You will not be sharing the bathroom with someone you don't know.
The price quoted is always for the entire two-room suite. However, if you intend to use the beds in the second room, you need to book for at least 3 people. That is, if there are two of you and you are not going to share the queen bed, book for three people.
DOGS/PETS. We have a small white Maltese who roams the ground and is quite friendly, but if you are not a dog-lover, she usually gets the message if you tell her to go away. Please do not invite her onto the beds. Her name is Snowball.
You are allowed to bring your own dog, but you must pick up after him or her and pets are not allowed on the furniture. (You must inform us in advance of any pets). We will charge you as if you had an additional person for each pet. So if you are three people and you have a dog, book for 4 people. Minimum price for one pet is 3 people.
We consider all people and all pets to be guests. Even if you have a infant, please include him or her in your count of guests. According to Airbnb we are not "suitable for children under 2" because of the pool, however, we have no problem with kids as long as you understand the risks.
We have a garden full of fruit trees that we love. At times, there may be something in season that we will offer you. Unfortunately, these trees attract squirrels and other critters and there isn't much we can do to keep them away.
NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY: The suite opens directly on to the swimming pool. (About 12 feet from the door to the edge of the pool.) Be aware of this if you have children or cannot swim. Also the pool is often covered in the summer to keep it warm, which can make falling in even more dangerous. There is no fence around the pool, and occasionally we can forget to leave the outside lights on at night. (This has never been a problem for anyone, but . . .)
BOOKING A ROOM: We welcome all happy guests including people who have used Airbnb for all their vacations and people who are new to Airbnb. We prefer it you give us a two or three sentence description of who you are and why you are coming to Long Beach when you book.
We don't have a minimum stay but we reserve the right to reject a booking if you are only going to stay one or two nights leaving us with one or two single nights unbooked.
We only want guests who will be happy and give us a five star review. If after reading our description and a few reviews, you are not certain that this is your version of five star accommodation, please book elsewhere. Our guesthouse is not new. If you are looking for new and modern (rather than charming and interesting), this place is not for you.
We don't guarantee that the room will be cleaned until after 4pm on the day of arrival. Otherwise you can check-in anytime until well past midnight. You will be asked to follow the written directions given to you when you confirm (YOU MUST CLICK ON AND READ THE FULL ITINERARY). The guesthouse has a combination lock and you will be given the combination. Guests do not have access to the main house. We may not be here when you arrive. You will need to follow directions. Use the following statement as a CODE when requesting a booking for quick confirmation: "I can read and follow directions"
Interaction with guests
We are a friendly bunch and will interact with you if you are interested in interacting with us. However, we understand that some guests are here just to get away and spend time with each other so the amount of interaction will depend upon you. If you feel you are not getting the interaction you would like (either too much or too little), please let us know while you are still here.
Please use the message board for your communications both before and after you book your stay. Several of us monitor the message board. The message board works better than texts, emails or phone calls, plus we can instantly identify who you are and when you are staying with us.
Other things to note
Our home is solar-powered. The guesthouse has fans but no air conditioning. The room is cleaned between every visit, but nothing is new. If you expect new and shiny, this place is not for you.
No smoking of any kind in the room or within 10 feet of the door.
Be respectful, and polite.
Understand that you are renting a guesthouse that is part of our home. We are usually happy to assist you if you are gracious and appreciative, but running the guesthouse is not our primary occupation.
We only want people who are excited to be here and who will give us 5-star reviews. If you are not sure whether this place if for you, read the reviews. If you are still not sure, it is probably not for you. Most people love this place, but it is not for everyone.
Tips for getting a good review from us: If you want something from us, let us know. Don't wait till the end of your trip and then complain about it. Be appreciative. Even though you are paying to stay here we still think of you as guests.
We are from California and U.K. That's Paula and our oldest daughter in the picture. You can find a picture of Ronan among those of the guesthouse. We love to travel, seek adventure and meet new people. We are friendly, outgoing and open to trying new things. We have been hosting for six years and have met many wonderful people.