A cozy cottage behind a lovely Victorian house. It has a 3/4 (meaning shower, but no bath). The cottage has a brick patio and a large trellis on the south side covered with roses and grape vines and is surrounded by an English Garden.
A cozy cottage behind a lovely Victorian house with separate access and a 3/4 (meaning shower but no bathtub) bathroom. The cottage has a brick patio and a large trellis on the south side covered with roses, grape vines, and wisteria and is surrounded by an English Garden. The pictures posted should give you the right idea.
(ANNOUNCEMENT: We also have a new rental space in the main house coming online this May with aggressive pricing for the first few weeks - a real bargain - see https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/20928 )
The cottage: there is a microwave, a small fridge, and an electric kettle for making coffee or tea. It offers considerable privacy if that is desired. The bed is queen-sized. Extra high-speed WiFi is also provided along with cable TV, including all of the premium channels. It is also possible to close some giant wood-paneled pocket doors if you want to divide the studio into a bedroom and sitting room, if case someone wants to sleep and someone else does not.
The cottage is used as a studio by Liz (who is the English gardener) when it is not being used as a guest house. So there is a lot of (really excellent) art, mostly studies in the human form, on the walls and shelves. (If you would like a cast of one of the statues, talk to Liz.)
The Ballard Neighborhood is a great place to visit:
*10 minute walk to downtown Ballard with fabulous bars and restaurants, great Sunday farmers market, nice three-screen cinema, and much more.
*5 minute walk to the Ballard Locks, where ships enter and exit Puget Sound from Seattle waterways.
*10 minute drive to downtown Seattle.
Buses also run regularly downtown from close by - either to downtown Seattle or to the University District and elsewhere.
Evenings are very quiet here and the air quality is unusually good for a city. We get a fresh sea breeze off of Puget Sound in the early evening. Guests find the cottage a calming and refreshing refuge from the bustle of the city.
Separate access for guest to come and go to and from the cottage up the "stairway to heaven" at the end of the driveway. Entrance is on the garden patio under the grape trellis. There is plenty of free parking on the street.
Interaction with Guests
We are usually quite chatty with guests when they want to get acquainted. But it varies with the weather and our schedule and the degree of privacy our guests desire. But we always make contact early on and provide guidance to amenities in Ballard.
Ballard is a fantastic destination neighborhood for restaurants and bars and music. We are an easy walk (5-10 minutes) from downtown Ballard. Great breakfast places even closer.
Convenient and frequent bus service to downtown Seattle and to the U District.
Other Things to Note
Golden Gardens Park on Puget Sound is a mile away and offers beautiful sunsets over the Olympic Mountains. The Ballard Locks are only a 5 minute walk and offer salmon ladder viewing and boats and a botanical garden worth the trip.
The cottage only accomodates 2 people - there is one queen-sized futon that sleeps two, but is at least as comfortable as a regular box-spring bed.
Smoking is allowed on the patio. Since recreational marijuana is now legal in Washington State, we are totally cool with folks smoking it on our property.
Sorry, no animals.
Also the studio-parts cannot be made child-proof, so we are not able to host small children or toddlers than might injure themselves.
We do not offer breakfast as we have day jobs. But if visitors on the weekend are keen for breakfast (or some other meal or tea in the garden or whatever) on the premises, let us know and arrangments can be made. But there are plenty of great options nearby for breakfast.
We enjoyed our stay at this very artful, picturesque cottage. Brad greeted us and made sure we were familiar with the space and the general parameters of staying here. We were especially pleased to find that there was ample curbside parking for our vehicle. We felt welcomed and comfortable with the cottage.
\We had a second great visit to Brad and Liz' cottage in the Ballard district of Seattle. We're looking forward to a third stay. Perhaps for the owners' sake, we should keep this a secret, but Brad did our laundry. Definitely above and beyond. A charming cottage in walking distance to an historic, unique area of Seattle.
Cozy cottage in a lovely neighborhood! The sound of wind chimes and the scent of flowers in the morning was very invigorating.
Many thanks Liz and Brad for a wonderful introduction to Ballard and Seattle by having us stay in your cottage/art studio.
Futon Bed very comfortable and cats jasper and lily also help create the home from home relaxing experience.
We hope to back one day soon again.
Best wishes from marina and wylie x
The cottage was amazing, exactly what was described and very homely. The art thats everywhere is so beautiful and makes the stay even more enjoyable. The two cats are very friendly and there was a great selection of tea waiting for us too. Location was perfect, a short walk to Ballard cafes, restaurants, shops and buses downtown.
We would most defiantly recommend Brad & Liz's cottage to anyone who wants a great space to chill while seeing the sights of Seattle.
Many thanks guys, if we return we would not hesitate to stay again.
Liz & Brad's Cottage in the Heart of Ballard is a wonderful, artistic gem. Liz & Brad are perfect hosts, striking a delicate balance of warm hospitality and respect of privacy. Their artist's studio is an excellent place to relax, recharge and be inspired. More than one person noted my calm demeanor this morning - all thanks to Liz, Brad and their two cats! Highly recommended to locals and world travelers alike.
Quaint, private, serene and oh- so - Ballard , our stay was perfect!
This cozy location was quiet yet close to all the things we wanted to enjoy.
Our hosts were available yet discrete! Highly recommended!
LIZ: Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, Gardening, Cooking, Yoga, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics
BRAD: Environmental activism, Cycling, Woodworking, Mixology, Mathematical modeling, Environmental Sciences, Historiography, Computer Science, Ecological Ethics, History and Philosophy of Science and Mathematics, Dead Can Dance, Alicia Keys; Northrop Frye, Judea Pearl, Elane Pagels, Peter Brown, RW Southern, Nicholas Georgescu Roegen, Spinoza, Bones, Patty Murray, Washington Environmental Council, My Ballard, American Historical Association, Intelligent, Classy, well-educated women who say "F*ck" a lot, Toxipedia, Environmental Priorities Coalition; Microsoft, Washington Toxics Coalition