First spring flowers in Mockingbird's front garden.Front porch & garden.
Mockingbird Cottage: Historic Area
Mockingbird Cottage: Historic Area

6 guests

2 rooms

4 beds

2 baths

6 guests

2 rooms

4 beds

2 baths

Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
6 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

All yours: entire house in the heart of McKinney's Historic District. Thisrenovated 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.


Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $25
Security Deposit: $300
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: $110 / night


The space

Mid-century charm, recently renovated. Mockingbird Cottage, 1300 sq. ft, honors its vintage character while providing a lovely, modern accommodation.

Renting to adults and families with children over 12. 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, for groups of friends visiting McKinney, or for housing extra family during holidays or special events.

-=-House Features-=-

Mockingbird Cottage has two large bedrooms, a full bath with original Art Deco tile/tub, and a second ensuite bath with a shower. Fully-appointed kitchen.

Additional appliances: ironing board & iron, washer/dryer, blow dryers.


Refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, blender, toaster oven, tea kettle, coffeemaker, French press, corkscrew, cookware (pots, skillets, baking pan, utensils), and complete table service for six. Theatre-style popcorn cups for movie night in.

Window herb garden has rosemary, sage, and thyme for your use!


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.


Front "Goldfinch" bedroom has a new American queen bed and a twin. Large bathroom just a few steps away.

"Dove" bedroom has a new queen four-poster bed 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.
Clock radio in living room has USB for charging devices, alarm, line jack for music playback, and Bluetooth capability.

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.

-= Children =-

We love children, but Mockingbird Cottage is most appropriate for babies in arms and children ten and older. We cannot host crawlers, toddlers, and children under ten.


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 access

Guest rental includes the entire house and front yard with seating area beneath trees.

Backyard / deck area of house 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. During your stay, please contact us using cell phone numbers provided in the cottage.

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.

The neighborhood

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.)

Getting around

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.

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

* Please note pricing policies are based on number of guests. While the house can accommodate six, the base rental per night is for two. There is a per-person/per-night surcharge for over two guests. Persons staying in house that are not on the original reservation must be approved prior to check-in and reservation altered to reflect the additional guest(s).

* 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 thirteen. No children of these ages are allowed for overnight stay. Children 13+ are charged as adult guests. Infants in arms are hosted free of charge.

* This is not an event venue. Be neighborly. No loud parties or music. No overnight guests not on original reservation.

* $15 lost key fee

* 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.

Pet 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.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

107 Reviews

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Cheri User Profile
April 2017
Excellent accommodations, loved being close to McKinney Square.

Candy User Profile
April 2017
Mockingbird Cottage is just the perfect place to stay in McKinney. Great location, very cozy, excellent neighbourhood. While the cottage is cozy, it is also spacious and is stocked with all the basic amenities you'll need. CJ was a great host and communication was quick/easy! Loved our stay and would recommend to friends and family!

Cynthia User ProfileCynthia is a superhost.
April 2017
Good communication before our arrival. Easy self check-in. The home is in a quiet historic neighborhood and is beautifully decorated with lots of thoughtful amenities. The full kitchen is well-stocked and the grocery store is nearby, so we even enjoyed a few home-cooked meals during our four-night stay. We did however find a gourmet affordable restaurant that we highly recommend called Harvest (farm-to table cuisine) and ate there twice. Lunch and dinner were both outstanding and memorable. Although we didn't meet C.J. and Ellen, they were next door if we needed anything and checked in with us by text. Very nice stay. We recommend.

Houston User Profile
April 2017
My stay was great! The place really felt like home! Everything I needed was readily available, even things I didn't realize I would need. But it was a comfortable stay and would easily enjoy a second stay!

Monique User Profile
March 2017
The Mockingbird cottage was perfect for our business in Allen, Texas. The kitchen was well appointed and the place was clean clean clean. The small touches make all the difference! There was even a magnifying mirror in the bathroom. Nice! I know I appreciated it as I was assured my old eyes had some help for a perfect makeup job! This place is highly recommended.

Janet User Profile
January 2017
Mockingbird Cottage was such a lovely surprise - much bigger than the photos portrayed. The beds were very comfortable, the bedrooms huge, the kitchen well equipped, and lots of well organized material about the neighborhood. It was cold when we stayed - but next time, we will certainly take the walking tour of the town to see the beautiful homes. The village is wonderful. Everything was so well planned, we never had a need to call on C.J. or Ellen, but knew they were just a text message away. We will be staying here again next time we visit our kids in Frisco.

James User Profile
January 2017
This was one of our best locations to stay. Wonderful cottage was enjoyed by the entire family. Host provides an assortment of snacks as part of your stay and baked bread to enjoy for breakfast. Both bedrooms of the cottage had great decor and all was comfy. Would definitely stay again if ever in the area.

McKinney, Texas, United States · Joined in March 2014
C.J. And Ellen User ProfileC.J. And Ellen is a superhost.

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.

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