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 and grape vines and is surrounded by an English Garden. The pictures posted should give you the right idea. 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. 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.
Bus service downtown and to the U District.
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.
The cottage was amazing. It was in a quiet neighborhood with plenty to do within walking distance. The art is beautiful and gives the cottage a nice feel. Everything was exactly as described. The futon bed was very comfortable. We got to meet Brad and Sam and it was very pleasant talking to them. They made us feel very welcome. The cats were super friendly too! Defnintely planning on coming back!
Brad and Liz are such accommodating hosts - bending over backwards to make the stay work for us while they were out of town. Though we didn't meet in person, they were incredibly easy to communicate with and even took the initiative to reach out and make sure everything was going smoothly. The space is very well-maintained and unique - overall a very interesting stay that I would highly recommend.
What a lovely cottage and such a fantastic stay we had! it was everything and so much more than what we saw through these pictures and description online. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the art on the walls, among the books and atop the shelves. We truly felt at home here and enjoyed coming back to the cottage each night after all our fun in Seattle. Thank you so much for being such great hosts and for the recommended spots! (Stoneburner and Cafe Basalu are the favorites!)
You two are such a wonderfully interesting couple and we enjoyed meeting you both. We definitely plan to come back and look forward to chatting with you once again.
~Parker & Candice
Awesome place, clean, awesome location, charming quiet and what I wanted! Brad and Liz are both great and hospitable and friendly. Highly recommended and a short walk to everything that I wanted to experience. I really liked all the art and sculptures in the place. Also very easy parking in the neighborhood.
Brad called to give us directions and met us when we arrived. The cottage was clean, quiet, and had everything we needed. Very interesting to be staying in an artist's studio! Brad also gave us a map and guide to the area, which we used extensively. Stoneburner cocktails for the win!
The cottage was great. Very peaceful. Brad provided tea to use in the cottage and when he realized that we were staying for the week, he bought more varieties to the cottage.
The two cats are very friendly.
This was my first time staying in Ballard. It was much more relaxing than other time I had visited Seattle.
Brad was very welcoming and related some of his life and travel experience with us. He spent time in Amsterdam where we live. We appreciated his collection of literature and his wife's amazing talent as a sculpture. The studio was very nicely furnished with wood work by Brad, art and sculpture by Liz. We liked the tile floors. The bathroom is small but adequate. The coach converts into a bed that did tend to cause the occupants to drift toward the center. Privacy in the living room section was somewhat compromised by the reed blinds that allowed a view out into the yard and, we assume, into the room. The small refrigerator is located right behind the head of the bed and we had to turn it off when we wanted to sleep. We are both light sleepers. All in all, we found the room very comfortable and conveniently located close to down town Ballard.
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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