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2 Bedrooms
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Stay in a food & travel writer's cozy, comfy, 90-year-old house walking distance from Churchill Downs, in the heart of an authentic Louisville neighborhood.

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This cottage is your perfect home for Derby - or any visit to Louisville

This cottage is your perfect home for Derby - or any visit to Louisville

The Space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $40
Security Deposit: $150
Weekly discount: 15%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

Our house is a cute little almost 90 -year-old cottage in a real-people Louisville neighborhood called St. Joseph’s. There’s one big bedroom plus a loft with air mattress upstairs [note this is *not* recommended in the hot summer months]. There’s one bath stocked with fluffy towels, a kitchen outfitted for people who love to cook (like us! and you’re welcome to cook with our prized French copper on our gas stove) and a little dining nook. We have wireless internet, televisions in the living room and bedroom, a small patio in the fenced-in garden and a crazy comfortable double pillowtop king-sized mattress. This is our home - we leave town and you get the keys.

Please take note that this is an old house furnished with a mix of antiques and newer furniture with the charms and character that entails -- and with the wear and tear that comes with age. We think that adds character but it's not for everyone.

You'll definitely have the feel of being in a home. We've lived here since 2004, and have filled our house with photos and little treasures from our travels around the world. You'll find custom-made curtains of fabric I brought home from Paris, a tagine I hand-carried back from Marrakech, a beautiful Moroccan hanging lamp, antique lanterns from Rhodes, cool old books from France, a classroom world map, and any number of fun things like that. It's not all old-school though. Our Marshall speaker is bluetooth ready, and you can crank it up, and the flat screen tv comes with Roku (help yourself to our netflix and Prime).

If you've read this far, you get the really cool news: there's an honor bar stocked with several bourbons (and a couple clear spirits, but this *is* Louisville after all) and assorted bitters. A welcome drink is on us. Thanks for reading the full description! When you write, tell me your favorite bourbon so I know you read everything, and odds are better we'll take the booking :)

Guest Access

You get the entire house - we leave town (usually to go to our house in Detroit... Check out the Rambler's House there!) We'll help out ahead of time with any questions, and make sure you're all set to have a fantastic experience.
You're welcome to use the washer and dryer, park in the driveway, and hang out in the enclosed back yard. You'll probably meet our neighbor Josh. He's nice; say hi!

Interaction with Guests

Bonus: I’m a food writer and will consult with you on where to eat while you’re in this amazing food town and make your restaurant reservations for you.

The Neighborhood

This is a real Louisville neighborhood, and part of a growing area called Germantown that's dotted with fantastic locally-owned spots. We'll clue you in on our favorites. We're also super close to popular areas like the Highlands, downtown and NuLu. The airport is five minutes away. Parking on the street is easy, and you can also use our driveway.

Getting Around

Our bus system leaves a bit to be desired, so you'll want to rent a car, bring a bike, or budget for taxis or Lyft /Uber. However, if you're energetic you can totally walk to the track (and you will be congratulating yourselves for not fighting traffic, I promise!).

Other Things to Note

You should know we have two dogs. (I'm afraid we don't allow other pets; we know how hard it is to travel with furry families, but we've opted to not risk the damage from accidents). The house will be cleaned before you arrive, but if you’re allergic or just don't like houses with pets this may not be the rental for you.

It bears repeating that this is an old house, and it shows its history, from the spot where our puppy chewed the baseboard, to the original windows. We are continually working on home improvement projects, but if you're a luxe kind of traveler, there are some lovely hotels in town that you might prefer.

If you use the second floor as a bedroom, note that it's a finished attic with low, sloped ceilings, and the access staircase is very steep. Think ladder meet stairs, actually, and you get the idea. The central heat and air does not extend up there; we heat it with a plug-in radiator that warms it nicely. Highly not recommended for summer months.

We're close to the airport. That's great, except when it isn't. You'll get to see a few jets en route and will certainly hear them.

You probably know about the parking situation for Derby. If you’re energetic enough you could walk it. We’re 1.8 miles from the track - that’s a nice stroll on a spring day.

We've been renting our house for Derby since 2007, before airbnb was even a gleam in somebody's eye, so we are experienced hosts who will make sure you're happy with your home for the weekend.

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House Rules

Here's where we get strict: No smoking whatsoever, and sorry, no pets.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay.
From May 5 - 8, 2016 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
Derby cottage ☆ Food writer's house

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Member since August 2011


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