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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.