About This Listing
All yours during your stay in the heart of McKinney's Historic District, this private, renovated 2 bd/2bath 1942 home has full kitchen, washer/dryer,cable TV & WiFi. Pet-friendly. A short walk through lovely neighborhood to downtown shops & eateries.
Mid-century charm, recently renovated.
Mockingbird Cottage, 1300 sq. ft, honors its vintage character while providing a lovely, modern accommodation.
Ideal for a writer, artist, or student study retreat, for a honeymoon getaway, or for a visiting business person wanting to have a sense of home.
Perfect for those waiting to close on their own new homes or for housing extra family during special-events (holidays, wedding, new baby, graduation, reunions, etc.)
Whether guests visit one night or ninety, we welcome you. Families, please see our policies for children and pets, below.
Mockingbird Cottage has two large bedrooms, a full bath with original Art Deco tile/tub and a second bath with a shower. Entire house has been freshly painted and updated. Fully-appointed kitchen.
All-new bedroom and bath linens, ironing board & iron, washer/dryer, blow dryers. An eclectic mix of new and antique furniture and artwork, most from McKinney shops.
Refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, toaster oven, tea kettle, coffeemaker, French press, corkscrew, cookware (pots, skillets, baking pan, utensils), and complete table service for four. Also champagne flutes, a traditional tea service for one, and a Japanese tea service for four. Theatre-style popcorn cups for movie night in.
Hardwoods w/area rugs. New cork tile in second bathroom and in kitchen is soft underfoot.
Central heat and air upgraded w/new system in Sept. 2013. Ceiling fans in every room.
Bedroom #1 has a new American queen bed and a twin. Large bathroom just a few steps away.
Bedroom #2 has a European queen bed (a bit smaller than the American queen) and a twin, with an ensuite bathroom.
Antique dining table seats 4-6. Eat-in kitchen bistro table seats two.
House features an assortment of indoor and outdoor spaces in which to work or telecommute comfortably.
Upgraded cable 200+ channel TV, Wi-Fi / internet access, CD/DVD/VHS player.
Takeaway library. If you find a book you can't put down -- don't! Just take it with you and note it in the guest book. If you have a book you've finished and want to leave for the next guest, pay it forward.
Feel like a game night? Mockingbird Cottage has playing cards, Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, and Yahtzee available for play.
Renovation and new interior design completed in April 2014.
-= Children =-
We love children, but Mockingbird Cottage is most appropriate for babies in arms and children 10 and older. We cannot accommodate crawlers, toddlers, and very young children.
We are one of the few properties in the area that is pet-friendly. Please see our pet acceptance policies as described in House Rules prior to booking.
The entire property has been certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (we provide food, water, cover, and places to raise young for birds). If you are a bird-watcher, we are on the migration route for many species and in the nesting area for quite a few. A female mockingbird routinely nests in the flowering quince in the front of Mockingbird Cottage, which is named for her.
Guest rental includes the entire house and front yard with seating area.
Backyard / deck area of house is under construction and renovation and is not included in rental.
Interaction with Guests
We live in an 1895 Queen Anne farmhouse adjoining on the property. We're glad to answer questions and assist in person, by email, or by phone, but we value your privacy.
Please Note: AirBnB places a surcharge on every reservation, something like the fees associated with hotel stays. Our price-per-night varies across the calendar, with some weekend and peak season differences; on your reservation, you will also see charges for the one-time cleaning fee and AirBnB surcharges.
Mockingbird Cottage offers real value for money, eclipsing the rate + space + amenities offered by local hotels.
McKinney's beautiful Historic District features many Queen Anne and Carpenter Gothic Victorians and Arts-and-Crafts-era homes--from grand mansions to tiny bungalows. We love and are proud to share our neighborhood, just a short distance from the downtown square, ca. 1848. On some evenings, music from restaurants on the square can be heard on the front porch. Horse-drawn carriages often pass --and rides are available for hire. On calm days, hot air balloons may fly over. (Hot air balloon rides available locally, as well.)
On-street parking in front of Mockingbird Cottage or pad parking available just around the corner at the edge of the property.
Historic McKinney is pedestrian-friendly and features ample public parking if you choose to drive to the square, downtown (2 minutes).
Quick access to major highways. We are 45 minutes from DFW Airport (Hwy 121- to Hwy 75 North), about 45 minutes from Love Field in the heart of Dallas, 30 minutes from north Dallas (Hwy 75 Southbound) and about 15 from the nearest DART rail station in Plano into Dallas proper.
Other Things to Note
McKinney's original square has many celebrated restaurants -- everything from British pub fare to tapas to Mediterranean food, a steakhouse, luxe burgers, a Texas winery and gourmet pie shop. There are three coffee shops on the square, all three offering signature baked goods. You can eat happily,shop well, and enjoy an afternoon at a spa--all within six-eight blocks of Mockingbird Cottage.
McKinney has a considerable arts community, recognizing and sponsoring its artists, musicians, and authors.
* Please note pricing policies are based on number of guests. While the house can accommodate six, there is a per-person surcharge for over three guests. Persons staying in house that are not on original reservation are subject to surcharge and/or security deposit deduction.
* Absolutely a smoke-free establishment. No smoking on any part of property. No electronic cigarettes.
* No candles.
* Infants in arms are welcome, but Mockingbird Cottage is not appropriate for crawling babies, toddlers, or children under the age of ten. No children of these ages are allowed for overnight stay.
* This is not an event venue. Be neighborly. No loud parties or music. No overnight guests not on original reservation.
* Mockingbird Cottage is pet-friendly, with some restrictions. Pet fee is $15 per night for up to two pets. Any number beyond that, contact host to discuss fees.
Policies: All pets must be housebroken.
Puppies in chewing stage must be crate-trained and restricted to crate when not in direct supervision. Pets may not cause neighborhood disruption, may not be left in vehicles, and may not be left in front yard unattended.
Pets are not allowed in back deck/garden area.
Guests are expected to pick up pet yard waste immediately.
All interior evidence of pet food and litter pans should be cleaned prior to departure from stay at the cottage.
We do have special pet blankets in the cottage to place on the floor or drape in places your pet likes to lie.
* We welcome service dogs, emotional support animals, search-and-rescue and detection dogs. Please mention anything you might need to help your canine partner feel comfortable.
Special needs pets are also welcome; contact us to talk about the comfort of your special needs pet.
My friend and I loved the historic area of McKinney. The cottage is even more perfect than the pictures depict, if that is possible. The cottage was so comfortable that we stayed in one night and ordered a pizza and relaxed in the living room. The rooms are spacious and the cottage is like home away from home. You can make a day out of driving around or walking the neighborhood looking at the historic homes. The Downtown square took a day to explore with the wonderful restaurants and shops.
This was the perfect weekend getaway. It was private yet felt like home. There was plenty of snacks, sodas, coffee, tea and even a delightful breakfast pastry. Everything was clean and comfortable.
We were close to downtown McKinney and got to try several restaurants and browsed some cute shops.
We would definitely love to go back sometime. It really was the perfect stay! Nothing at all to complain about and our hosts seemed to have thought of everything!
Adorable house, much more space that I expected. Plenty of privacy and amenities. There were snacks waiting for us upon arrival, a nice touch. The bed in the first bedroom was very comfortable - memory foam topper. The house was very clean and tidy, no clutter and had tasteful decor. The weather was nice while we were there so we took advantage of the porch and chairs outside on the lawn to drink our morning coffee. The house is a little less than a mile to downtown McKinnney, makes for a nice stroll through the neighborhood. Would definitely stay there again. The host was very accommodating and responsive to inquires .
This is a wonderful place to stay while in McKinney. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay instead of a hotel. It's a beautiful cottage with lots of room in a great area. It is so close to the town square and easy to get to the square, restaurants etc. everything was great as far as the owners being so friendly and helpful - this will definitely be a repeat for our family if several of us travel to McKinney again. Loved it!!
We just finished a four-day stay at the cottage. Our expectations were exceeded all around. All the rooms were very spacious. It was very homey. All the treats and basic grocery items in the kitchen were very much appreciated. We plan on returning in the summer!
The Mockingbird Cottage, located in a quiet neighborhood, was what my family hoped it would be...comfortable and welcoming. Each room had more than enough space to move about during our stay. C.J. and Ellen welcomed us with snacks for the evening as well as breakfast for the next morning. Also, our hosts left information about local eateries and other places to visit in the area. I would be delighted to return to Mockingbird Cottage when my family visits the area again.
About the Host, C.J. And Ellen
C.J. (pictured) and Ellen (not pictured). But we bet the golden retriever in the photo gets the most attention.
We are professional pilots and emergency responders who partner working dogs. We are 30-year colleagues with a love for travel and an eye for what makes a stay enjoyable. Home-away-from-home should be a place of comfort, cleanliness, beauty and renewal. As travelers, we seek these things and enjoy seeing Mockingbird Cottage and our neighborhood through the eyes of visiting guests. Our favorite trips are those where it is possible to thoroughly explore a place and live like a local, coming "home" to a space that we can be happy is "ours." We hope to make that possible for our guests, as well.
C.J. is an author who has slept in the back of cars while on emergency search-and-rescue missions and five-star hotels while on book tours. She has retreated to places like Mockingbird Cottage just to achieve Zen with a manuscript. By choice, she has stayed in more than 200 B&Bs all over the world since 1977. She takes good notes in guests' behalf!
Mockingbird Cottage has two human owners, but the golden retriever above likes to think she's the one in charge.
Great selection of fresh, local foods. If youre cooking in at Mockingbird Cottage, this might be a good place to swing by.N Tennessee St McKinney TX 75069
Boutique shoes and accessories.W Virginia St McKinney TX 75069
Mediterranean / Middle Eastern BistroN Kentucky St McKinney TX 75069
Homemade cupcakes and baked goods in a wide array of flavors.W Louisiana St McKinney TX 75069
Unique collection of antique and vintage furniture and accessories, with a French twist.E Virginia St McKinney TX 75069
Texas-based winery with open-air and indoor seating on the square.N Kentucky St McKinney TX 75069
Spa just off the downtown square is set in 120-year-old house; charming place for a facial or a massage.S Church St McKinney TX 75069
Friendly waitstaff and excellent all-day breakfast, plus homestyle cooking for lunch and dinner.E Louisiana St McKinney TX 75069
Excellent modern Italian and upscale pizzaE Louisiana St McKinney TX 75069
Spanish tapas just off the downtown square.S Church St McKinney TX 75069
Mans best friend can get yummy homemade biscuits here. :)E Louisiana St McKinney TX 75069
Fun antique and collectible shops -- featuring shabby chic pieces, old signage, and rooms dedicated to mid-century design, as well.E Louisiana St McKinney TX 75069
Friendly owners; fun place for antiquing in old, former hardware store, rumored haunted.E Louisiana St McKinney TX 75069
Excellent rotating selection of gourmet pie offerings. Try the Earl Grey latte (on the secret menu).S Tennessee St McKinney TX 75069
McKinney and North Central Texas the way it was 150 years ago. A nice place to wander. Farmers Market held here some Saturdays.S Chestnut St McKinney TX 75069
Dog boarding -- safe and happy boarding facility for small and large dogs, with separate compounds and plenty of green running space and shade.Farm to Market 2933 McKinney TX 75071