Just want a simple, but nice, space to write and relax? We're two fellow writers (with a small baby muse) and we want to open our home (and book collection) to anyone seeking a retreat from the city.
Please read our entire description, as it answers many questions about our location, transportation, limitations, rules, etc. We cannot allow refunds outside of the refund restrictions we have specified through this site, so we encourage you to make sure that this location, set up, and accommodation works for you.
Writer's Retreat features an Ikea firm foam mattress on a platform foundation. The room shares a bathroom with another room on the same upstairs floor. There is a desk with a chair as well. Towels are included with the room.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Sorry, there is no bathtub and the shower is a single stall shower.
Built in 1942, our rambling farmhouse-ish home is located in a residential neighborhood, seven minutes from SeaTac airport and 20 minutes from Seattle. We have one other room available on airbnb.com (Northern Light Getaway) if you need additional space for more guests. We cannot accommodate more people in this room. Since we have two rooms, our atmosphere is communal and friendly. There is no curfew or required check-in time, but we ask that you remember that even though the house is big, there are usually other guests joining us.
Our common spaces include:
-- a large, beautiful kitchen if you want to prepare any (vegetarian) meals. We do have a BBQ if you are interested in cooking meat, though. :) Guests have access to a mini-fridge for leftovers and other refrigerated items.
--the Tea Room (also know as the entry room) which offers an abundance of teas to choose from and lovely morning light for reading or writing
-- the Great Room with a large book collection, comfortable seating, and a large dining table
-- the laundry room (available from 10a-6p--the washing machine gets loud)
-- and the veranda, with a nice view of the sunset
We try to interact with our guests as much as they want to interact. We are a pretty good read of our guests and we'll meet you where you'(email hidden) had varied interactions with guests, so we're comfortable either way.
Outside Our Home/Burien/Seattle:
20 minutes outside of Seattle, we're located in a diverse residential neighborhood, 1-2 miles away from grocery stores, several different restaurants, markets, and cafes. We can recommend some great, authentic and delicious spots. If you like to run, need to walk the dog, or the kids need to get out their "willies," North SeaTac park is only a 10 minute walk away and has a playground, basketball court, biking/walking trails and Frisbee golf course. We are 2.2 miles from restaurants, the library, the post office, and the main drag of Burien. It's a great walk (2 miles), if you're up for it.
We have ample free parking and advise guests to park in front of the house, when possible.
A taxi from the airport will run about $17-$22 and will take a mere 7-9 minutes. Although possible to get to us by bus from the airport, it will take closer to an hour because there are no direct routes.
While some adventurous types have stayed with us carless, we HIGHLY recommend having a car. Enterprise Car Rental (we love them) is very close and will pick up and drop off, but the hours are 8-5p.
If you're a more leisurely-focused traveler, public transportation is 7-11 minute walk away (depending on the time of day the bus stops are in different directions), and will take you downtown. If you want to check out the bus times (King County Metro Transit) prior to booking WA-509 and S 128th St are good locator points for buses. If you don't see yourself traveling during commuting times, prepare yourself for 45-60 minute bus rides to downtown Seattle.
If you do have a car, we're 15-20 minutes from downtown, in no traffic (from 7-9:30a and 4-6p tack on an additional 20 minutes to and from Seattle, to be safe).
UPON RESERVING: You will get information about parking, self-check-in, house rules and arrival info. PLEASE read all of this and *print* it out, as it will help you have an easy check-in and a comfortable stay. Once you book the room, we ask a few questions to get to know you, in order to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Great place to stay, very nice couple ~
Funky, friendly, environmentally conscious with a few quirks. Josh and Becca went out of their way to make sure we would have something to eat when we had a very early morning departure. Overall, a good value for the Seattle area.
A great room!
Our stay with Josh and Becca was better than we could have anticipated. Their home is very cozy and was a great balance of rest and relaxation and making a good connection with them. We enjoyed talking with them so much, and they gave us some good ideas for making the most of our short time in Seattle. We felt like we were well hosted and the coffee and breakfast was delightful:)
wonderful hosts.. beautiful home.. if i can drive i'll stay there every time i visit seattle. Thank you Josh and Becca.
Becca and Josh were very accommodating to our schedule -- we got in late and left early, and they made sure to set out food for us so that we didn't leave for the airport hungry. The house was great and would stay there again sometime when we have more time in the area.
I was only there for a short period of time. I had the opportunity to meet Becca and their adorable son. They were both very welcoming, Becca was very helpful and made delicious breakfast (muffins were so amazing). I would definitely like to stay there again when I come back to visit Seattle.
Becca and Josh were wonderful hosts. Their house was comfortable and absolutely perfect for my first time visiting Seattle! It was close to the airport and only about a 15min. drive to Seattle. I was expecting to have more down time to read and write at the house, but I was so enamored with the city that I spent the majority of my time exploring. I wish I had gotten to hang out with Becca and Josh more, but they made me feel incredibly welcomed in my 4 night stay.
Becca and Josh were incredibly gracious and enthusiastic hosts. We were warmly welcomed and spent quite some time in interesting and engaging conversation. Becca's culinary talent filled the house with tantalizing wiffs of breakfast desserts. The room, bath and house were all neat, clean and perfect for our needs. A hearty recommendation...
I loved the kitchen and the room that we stayed in. The place was very clean and it looked exactly like the pictures. The only thing was the shower, it was very small and I felt like I could barely fit. But overall, we had a great stay!