About This Listing
Third floor (No Elevator!) room with new bathrooms that are shared. This room has a full size bed with a convertible cot. Central AC, Kitchen, Laundry, off-street Parking. 10 minute walk to the train. Back yard goes directly to bike path and beach.
We live in an 18 room 160 year old house that was once occupied by just one family! Barney has lived here all of his life, our 4 children grew up here, and we like the combination of a small town dynamic, living on the beach, and still be 20 minutes from the center of the city.
Enjoy the fresh fruit in the bowl on the kitchen table, the orange juice, english muffins, yogurt, and Mary's homemade granola. Barney makes great coffee early in the morning, as well as a fresh batch of his signature muffins!
You will have full Kitchen to make meals, Back Porch for Outdoor Meals, and Lounging. Back yard for relaxing. Laundry room. Baby Grand Piano on the second floor that you are welcome to play.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with guests when we are around, which is usually in the evenings. Conversation, guidance about Boston and New England. We are available to greet and facilitate our guests' visits; we can be around as much, or as little, as needed. We will provide detailed directions to access the house if guests arrive when we are not at home.
A diverse, residential neighborhood with lots of families and trees. Paths to jog or walk on the beach, easy access to bike rental, food shopping, restaurants, and coffee shops. The neighborhood is old - people who come here, stay here. Large Victorian houses - two city parks - walk along the harbor. 10 minutes away is a local, breakfast spot: McKenna's, open at 5:30 and Savin Bar and Kitchen open for lunch and dinner till about 11. About 20 minutes walk away are several restaurants - Indian, Chinese, Pizza, Vietnamese, Irish, UMass Boston, and the JFK Presidential Museum.
We are located an easy and pleasant 10 minute walk from the red line, providing easy access to all parts of the city, airport, Amtrak train, bus station, ferries to Cape Cod, and beyond. The Red Line operates from early morning till just after midnight daily, and later on the weekend.
Other Things to Note
You can walk out of the back yard to Dorchester Bay and the beach. The harbor walk bike path starts there and goes on for miles. Enjoy the fresh fruit, orange juice, english muffins, and yogurts in the morning or anytime. Barney makes great coffee in the morning as well as his signature muffins! All guests have access to a full kitchen for cooking and/or enjoying meals. Feel free to play the piano; we love music in the house!
If you have a car, park on the left side of the street upon arrival and we will assign you a parking space in our driveway as soon as possible. Our house is on a curve so park a little before or a little after our house, rather than right on the curve. The walk will be just a few steps.
Check in time is 2 PM, check out time is 10 AM. Guests who arrive early or need to stay later are more than welcome to use the common areas on the first floor: living room, kitchen, and bathroom, for luggage storage, relaxing, etc. as convenient on the either the day of arrival or departure.
No Smoking in or around the house.
We didn't have the opportunity to see the Carney family very often but the few times we did interact with them were pleasant. Everything they say about the stay is true - the free muffins in the morning, the fresh towels, and the excellent neighborhood. It was also extremely convenient that the house is 6 minutes walk from the T (Boston's metro system) especially since driving downtown is a nightmare. The entire place is run better than a hotel and feels way more inviting.
Mary and Barney were one of the sweetest people! Descriptions of listing were very accurate and bathrooms were very clean especially. I visited Boston because of my sister's college graduation so we had a bouquet of flowers and Mary even gave us a vase for it - which I believe was way out of her way to make us feel at home! She was very accommodating and had a lovely house. Also, Barney's muffins were top-notch! Thank you for a great stay.
Very clean and comfortable place. Definitely come back if need a place to stay in the area.
I was made to feel very welcome in the Carney Family home which is a lovely house, full of character. The room was very clean and comfortable and a lot of thought has gone into making life easier for the traveller i.e. microwave, laundry, hair dryer, juice in fridge and, of course, Mary's granola and Barney's muffins.
The neighbourhood is quiet, residential and within walking distance to a regular train service into town. It's definitely worth buying a 7 day pass for $16, even if you're not staying the full 7 days.
I recommend staying with the Carneys - you will find it a positive experience.
Barney is very kind and nice. I always has prompt response before my stay. Barney sent a very detail check in instruction that I feel peace of mind. During my stay Barney always offer help. He is just like Boston people, very nice! Every morning some delicious breakfast was ready. The house is located at a quiet neighborhood. It's good to walk around in the morning. It's just few minutes away to a sand beach. The house is cool. The antique furnitures and art works are my favourite. The room is cozy, clean and tidy. It's my first airbnb experience and I feel amazing to stay here. It's a pity that I can't spend more time with barney's family because we came back late everyday.
What a great home! Super clean, super comfy, super cute! This was the closest to an old-school bed and breakfast that I've had with Aribnb. I sadly had virtually zero interaction with the hosts other than email, but everything was easy and smooth. If you are looking for a great spot to stay in this neighborhood in Boston, you cant go wrong.
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About the Host, CarneyFamily
Mary and Barney Carney live here in the Savin Hill neighborhood of Boston. As a family of 6, we've lived in this house for about 27 years, Robert, who's 19, Andrea, who's 31, and John and Grace who are 20 year old twins. are also here from time to time.
We're Bostonians and New Englanders from birth; we spend time here, in Provincetown and in Vermont. We don't have much spare time because Mary and Barney work full time, in higher education and computing. All four of our children have gone to the oldest school in the United States, Boston Latin School. We're all involved in community activities, mostly music - choirs, bands and the like, some politics and some church, and many other kinds of activities.
We live in what may be the most diverse square mile in Boston - people of every model and make. We've always had people living with us; we've sponsored refugees and had guests from around the world. There are lively discussions and debates about everything from quantum mechanics to driving habits, from living to dying, from rock climbing to meditation.