About this listing
Life as it was in days gone by: This bright and beautiful room has an antique four-poster bed with a new down comforter (not shown in the photo), a reading lamp, a big teacher's desk, its own small refrigerator, and an antique mirror & vanity that will make you think you're at Grandma's house...but the bed doesn't sag! For parties of three, we will provide a twin-sized (single) air mattress and bedding, which can fit on the floor of the room.
Bed linens and bath towels are provided. You are welcome to share all of the common areas of house with us as well as two or three other people who are renting other rooms in our home. The house has hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, wonderful Whirlpool Duet washing machine and dryer (with limited hours since we share these with the occupants of our basement apartment), a fabulous deck overlooking a patio, yard, & garden.
The shared full bathroom has just been (email hidden) boring neutral colors here, this is a happy bathroom that will get your day off to a great start. This bathroom serves two bedrooms on the house's second floor (this room plus Ian's Room.)
While breakfast is not included, there are bagel and coffee shops as well as numerous restaurants within about a 10-minute walk. We invite you to kick back with complimentary morning coffee or tea, or relax after a big day with your own happy hour in our fantastic yard, garden, and patio, with a huge dining deck overlooking it all (you can buy wine and beer at the nearby Whole Foods grocery store, and those items plus spirits at Plain Old Pearson's across the street from Whole Foods.)
Housemates include our indoor/outdoor cat, Blackie, and might include a dog. Blackie has her own cat door, but may like to use the big doors whenever anyone is willing to open them. We don't own any dogs, but we do occasionally board a dog (or, very rarely, two dogs) whose owners are out of town. If having a dog in the house is a concern for you, please ask me if we will have any dogs staying with us on the dates you need a place.
If you have a car and need parking, we can obtain a parking permit for your car for $15/day. Street parking is available, but like almost all residential areas of Washington, it is zoned for residential parking and if you don't have a resident parking permit, you are limited to parking just two hours on weekdays.
Within about a 10-minute walk, you will find a Whole Foods grocery store, a new Giant Foods grocery store (where you can buy a glass of wine or a beer to enjoy while you are shopping!), numerous restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and pharmacies. You can walk past the Vice President's residence and down Embassy Row, or run/walk on the nearby Glover Park trail (no cars or bikes on this trail) and into Georgetown. Washington National Cathedral is 2 blocks away.
Interaction with Guests
We are usually home in the evenings (unless it's hockey season and the Washington Capitals have a home game...we usually go to the home games.) If we are having nice weather, we will probably be enjoying the evening on our deck. We welcome our guests to join us, and often have impromptu gatherings of friends or neighbors, with everyone bringing their beverages of choice.
There is so much to love in Cathedral Heights! The trees, the birds, the quiet, and the low crime rate. Since buying our home in 2004, we have never had any of our guests or renters feel unsafe walking home at night. Friendly neighbors, great nature trails nearby, and easy public transit to the National Mall and other points of interest. We enjoy city living but with lots of space, clean sidewalks, and a safe environment, and without the city noise.
Metrobus stops are 2 short blocks away; Woodley Park/Zoo metro is the closest subway station and is a long walk at 1.3 miles or 8 minutes by bus to Tenleytown/AU station. One mile walk to Georgetown University and American University, 10 minutes by bus to Dupont Circle or to the center of Georgetown. About 20 minutes by bus to George Washington University, Foggy Bottom, World Bank, IMF, State Department, and Johns Hopkins SAIS. Taking the metrobus to the National Mall to see the monuments and Smithsonian museums takes about 25 to 30 minutes.
* Laundry room access is limited to the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with hours subject to change (changes will be posted onsite.)
* No smoking on the property, including the deck and patio. Please do not discard cigarette butts on the sidewalk or lawn of our home or our neighbors.
* Check-in 3:00 p.m. or later, check-out by 11:00 a.m. unless other arrangements are made. It is important that you let us know IN ADVANCE of your estimated arrival time so that one of us will be at the house to let you in and give you a key.
* Visitors (who are not registered guests) are limited to the first floor of the house; only registered guests are allowed on the upper floors.
* You are welcome to come and go at whatever hours suit you, but to make a quieter entry late at night or departure early in the morning, please remove your shoes...our hardwood floors can be noisy!
* Please note that you will be responsible for any damages and losses to our home and property that are caused by acts or omissions of yourself and your invitees. You will be required to pay me for any such losses. (Airbnb requires hosts to give guests this notice in order for the host to be protected by the Airbnb Host Guarantee.)
I stayed in Ian's room. Quiet & clean with shared bathroom. Nice neighbourhood, short walk down Wisconsin Ave to good restaurants. Easy bus ride on Wisconsin Ave to the Mall. One can take a $7 ($3.50 for seniors) 1 hour bus ride from L'Enfant Plaza near L'Enfant metro station by the Mall to Dulles Airport.
Teresa was great. Very welcoming. The place was clean & comfortable. Great bed. She was very helpful with any questions we asked and has alot of insight into DC and knows exactly how to get places.You can walk to bus & metro, also the Nat.Cathedral, close to everything. Having a kitchen and coffee were priceless. Would definitely stay there again. 3/17/10. Luanna
Teresa was a perfect host. We stayed for 2 nights in her room "peaches and cream" and had a great time - it was really more than we could expect. She and her husband Reid were very helpful all the time and made us feel home. we would always come back.
Just a little note: it is quite far away from the city centre, although busses and subways are within walking distance. So this should not keep you from choosing her :)
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About the Host, Teresa
I am a somewhat gregarious middle-aged PhD/JD Nebraska native, mother of a teenager, working at home after many years in the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Clinton Administration, and running a nonprofit organization. Reid, my Canadian husband, and I enjoy sharing our home with people from all over the world.