7 minute drive to downtown and Yale yet right next to the hiking and jogging trails of East Rock and Mill River! Your own en-suite bathroom, your own sitting room, as well as use of the kitchen/dining and sitting rooms downstairs. Off street parking and use of bicycles
The spacious double room sleeps two but there is also a sofa-bed in the guest sitting area. There is a large closet and a chest of drawers as well as an en-suite bathroom. The room has two windows and looks on to our very quiet street. The mattress on the King size bed is a brand new Ikea Sultan Flokenes. We Provide clean bed-linen, towels, comforter and extra blankets as well as soap and shampoo. You will be on the second floor while your hosts live on the first floor. We have a set of keys for you and you may come and go freely.
Guests also have access to the shared areas on the first floor - we have a large, open, 'loft-style' living space which includes Kitchen, dining area and sitting room. Guests are welcome to use the washing machine and to borrow the house bicycles - it is a 15 minute bike ride to downtown and to Yale. We live by the trail heads to East Rock Park - you can climb the 'Giant Steps' for a wonderful view of the City and the Long-Island Sound Beyond.
Interaction with Guests
Your Hosts Paul and Sophie are artists - we both have studios nearby and second jobs. We have two cats, Hank lives outside on the porch and Nicky mostly lives on our bed! - They don't go upstairs and we have had guests with cat allergies who haven't been affected (we are also happy to put them out if you would prefer...as long as its not mid-Winter!).
Our neighborhood is a tiny little neighbourhood called Cedar Hill. We are bordered by the park and river on one side, by East Rock (great for hiking) on another side, by State street to the East and by the Highway to the South. State Street is one of the main arteries to downtown and provides us with many good restaurants and bars, the highway makes it very easy to get in and out of town and the Park and hiking trails of East Rock are where New Haven keeps fit and watches the sun set. Cedar hill is a family oriented neighborhood, its small enough that most of us know each other by sight and to say hello. Its a friendly place with its own 'neighborhood block-watch' organisation.
We are 2 miles from downtown and Yale - a 15 minute bike ride or 7 minutes in the car. We have an off-street parking space for you to use. We are also close to the Yale Shuttle Orange Route and the 'M' bus routes both of which will take you straight downtown. We have bicycles that are yours to use while you are here.
Other Things to Note
We provide coffee and all sorts of teas but no-longer provide breakfast. You will have a shelf in our fridge and space in the pantry to store your own food and are very welcome to use the kitchen to cook.
I had a great time at Sophie's and Paul's home and can recommend it without hesitation.
I was there for one week doing research in the Yale Archives and I wouldn't have mind to stay some more weeks. Sophie was on a trip and not there during my visit, but I can assure you Paul also is a great host. It was very easy to feel at home. And everytime I needed help with something Paul was there to assist me.
I enjoyed using the bike to go to University and to the beaches around New Haven. And in the direct neighbourhood you also find some spots for recreation.
I've always had good experiences with airbnb, but this was my best.
Sophie and Paul were kind and extremely generous with their home. The place was warm and cozy, with a fire burning every day before we woke up. I enjoyed talking with them, and sitting on their porch listening to the wind-chimes. The cats are adorable, and their home is bright and fresh and clean and gorgeous. I really fell in love with the place. Paul walked us to the grocery store on the first day and offered to drive me to the airport on my final day when my cab was late. I couldn't be more pleased.
The time spent in this really big room was really pleasant. Sophie and Paul are really friendly and welcoming people, and they helped me everytime I had a problem. They also gave me a bike to ride around the city even if the bus stop is just down the street.
we arrived on a cold and rainy evening and Paul and Sophie welcomed us with hot tea and offers of other snacks. They were friendly, the room was roomy and clean. Overall a pleasant stay.
Sophie and Paul were absolutely great! They were both very accommodating and friendly, always wanting to make sure I had a great stay! The room was very nice and spacious. You will sleep like a rock on that bed as well, so comfy!
Sophie and Paul were warm and friendly hosts. Sophie was very welcoming when I arrived, making me a cup of tea and helping me with some maps and the bus schedule. There's a bus stop close to the house that makes getting around easy (although you do have to plan ahead on Sundays when there is limited service).
The space is great and looks just like the photos. I felt like it was the best of both worlds in that I both had a lot of privacy and quiet space to work, but also felt comfortable being downstairs and chatting with Sophie and Paul. The bed is comfortable, as is the sitting area, and it was great to have my own bathroom. This is a great value and location, and I would definitely recommend it to others!
It was a real pleasure to stay with Sophie and Paul. Their home is very nice, and Paul and Sophie are extremely welcoming.
I really enjoyed the cup of tea on arrival,and they even provided me with a bicycle, which was unexpected.
I would highly recommend staying at Sophie and Paul's home.
My husband and I are both artists and I also teach. I am from London England and he is from New Haven Connecticut USA where we now live. I teach at The Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven and Paul is a private contractor and renovates houses. We like to travel and where ever we have been in the world we have stayed at an airbnb! - we very much enjoy being part of the airbnb community and we try to make sure that our guests are as comfortable as we would expect to be.