About this listing
Our family-friendly finished lower level sleeps you and your kids! Rest well in a quiet suburban neighborhood on Madison's west side. Nearby are the beltline highway, bus stop, and popular bike trails. 16 minutes to the Verona EPIC campus or UW.
Lower level guest room with a double bed, single bed and optional single futon bed. Also your own living room and a private full bathroom. Fireplace and wireless internet are included. We are on the west side of Madison near the "beltline" and city bus. We are also near the West Towne Shopping Mall and many restaurants. Private entrance through the garage. Your hosts are mother and daughter homeowners with interests in history, sustainable living, literature, Frank Lloyd Wright, writing, teaching, traveling, genealogy and gardening.
The guest room was remodeled for your enjoyment after we won a contest for Madison's ugliest room. A local TV channel offered a makeover--furniture, flooring, artwork, painting--for the "winning" room, and all viewers were invited to vote. What was once an unappealing, unfinished room blossomed into a pleasant, comfortable space, which we enjoy sharing with guests!
The room includes a refrigerator, microwave, pod coffeemaker and disposable tableware. This is our attempt to provide you with a kitchenette. We welcome people for lengthy stays, but city regulations prohibit paying guests from using the family kitchen. There's a laundromat a mile away, and a variety of restaurants are in the area.
The guest bedroom, adjoining hall, bathroom and family room/living room are yours exclusively. The family room opens to a backyard patio which is yours to use, and the back yard has a tree fort play structure you or your kids are welcome to enjoy!
Interaction with guests
We will welcome you when you arrive and give you the code to open the garage door, so you can come and go at any time. We provide packaged cold breakfast items in your room. Feel free to use us as a resource on the local area and places of interest! We want you to enjoy our city as much as we do.
We live in an established, wooded area with a large city park at the end of the street. Our tree-lined street is home to many birds and squirrels, as well as the occasional fox or raccoon. We know and like all our neighbors.
We are fifty yards from a city bus stop that serves travelers heading in to the university or capitol area of the city. Our house has ample on-street parking, and you can park in the drive with no trouble. We are on the other side of town from the airport, so a cab will be needed to reach us if you come by air. The bus will get you here, too, but it's a long ride from the airport. If you drive, we are easily reachable from all area interstates and highways 12, 18, 14 and 151.
Other things to note
If you suffer from cat allergies, this may be a difficult house for you to stay in. However, the cat is scrupulously kept out of the guest bedroom, so that area, at least, should not exacerbate your symptoms.
We are proud to be licensed and inspected by the city. Our $69 price includes the city room tax. You pay NO extra fees.
We are a non-smoking household, but we can arrange a smoking area on the outdoor patio in good weather, if need be.
For the sake of our own cat, we don't allow pets.
A refrigerator is provided in the guest bedroom; please don't use the kitchen refrigerator for storage.
There is office space adjacent to your family/living room, behind a screen. That office area--computers, office supplies--is for our use only, please.
My daughter Teresa and I own our home together and would love to share it with you. I'm a retired journalist and college English instructor and she is a home energy auditor. We both write. I've published a couple of books and many magazine articles. My daughter writes television and movie fan fiction. We love to travel. We've visited China, Western Europe, UK, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Egypt, and frequently the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. It's great fun to meet fellow travelers. We share our home with a sixteen-year-old calico cat named Nike. We pay state, county and city taxes on our rental room as part of the listed price. We are inspected by the Health Department and follow regulations.