About this listing
A cozy cottage behind a lovely Victorian house. It has a 3/4 bath (shower). The cottage has a brick patio and a large trellis covered with roses and grape vines set in an English Garden. Also see our fab new space: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/20928
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.
(NEW LISTING: 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.