Our tiny guest room, often a favorite in a house of cool rooms, feels much like a tree house or ship's berth with a full sized bed. Our antique house in hip JP has a modern kitchen, shared bath and is a quick ride to downtown and the Medical Area.
We have one tiny room available for guests in our sweet little house. Our guest room, often a favorite in a house of cool rooms, feels much like a tree house or ship's berth. The full sized bed takes up almost the whole room, but that’s what tree-house-ish rooms are like.
Our petite c.1890 house is settled ideally in lovely Jamaica Plain, MA. Lovingly renovated and filled with art you will find it welcoming and comfortable. Built for the mistress of the mansion owner across the street, our house is small, straight forward, and simple, with very fancy period radiators. We try to bring the outdoors in with lots of light and fresh flowers. In the warm months you can hang outside in the garden.
Our modern kitchen, which our guests are welcome to use, looks out on a shaded terrace with a table for four and flower gardens, berry bushes and herb and vegetable beds. All linens and a hairdryer are provided and the bathroom is shared. There is ample and easy on-street parking.
Interaction with Guests
We like to be welcoming and also let you do your own thing. At times we have shared meals with our guests and at other times our paths barely cross. Our primary goal is to make you feel at home and at ease so you can comfortably enjoy our neighborhood and city.
Jamaica Plain, often considered the grooviest place to be in Boston, we are a 5 minute walk to the Orange Line train and 3 minutes to the 39 bus; both getting you downtown in 15-30 minutes. Longwood Medical Area and Harvard Medical School are a 20 minute ride from the end of the street. Walk to many fabulous restaurants, or if you prefer to cook get your ingredients at Wholefoods, only 7 minutes away by foot. Jamaica Pond is perfect for a run or stroll and slightly farther on you can lose yourself in Harvard's Arnold Arboretum.
Subway and Bus, both getting you down town within 20 minutes door to door. The neighborhood of JP also offers wonderful walks and street life.
We want our guests to be comfortable and enjoy not just our house but our city. To those ends we welcome inquiries about what to do and where to go. Our guests should feel free to use the kitchen and living room and not feel confined to "their room". Store your food in the fridge, eat your meal on the terrace, read a book on the couch or hammock. We request only your general consideration of living with others.
Our one hard and fast rule is:
No smoking on the property.
Hilary was very helpful at leaving us directions, maps etc and hints about the free days for museums.
Cozy house, friendly hosts, included the dog; nice neighbourhood, easy to get to diferent places with buses and metro.
My daughter and I enjoyed been there.
Hilary is amazingly responsive. She sent me everything I needed to know before I arrived including step by step public transit instructions for my husband and I (we were coming from separate locations). She answered all my questions by e-mail very quickly and she answered when I called her by phone as well. She is intelligent, kind, and friendly. She wasn’t there when I arrived (which she had communicated to me via e-mail), but gave me instructions to use the lock box for the key, left me a note, and book of maps, menus, and brochures, which was very helpful. The book also included the WiFi password (which works great) and tips about the house (including where she keeps the coffee and tea). I didn’t need to ask for a thing, she is clearly a seasoned Airbnb host and has this down to a science.
I would stay with Hilary again and plan to if I’m ever in Boston again. Everything was as expected/described or better. She has a charming single family old Victorian style home, with all the modern conveniences. As typical with older homes, the bedroom was on the small side (although seemed bigger than pictured) and there wasn’t a closet. There is a tall empty bookcase in the bedroom, where we kept most of our things and there is space under the bed for your suitcases. There were small end tables on each side of the bed as well. My husband was with me and we felt like we had plenty of space.
The home was clean, towels were fresh and fluffy, and the bedding was warm and comfortable. The home is heated by a thermostat, but you also have your own room heater (which we didn’t need, the home was a comfortable temperature for us). She has hardwood and stone floors, which tend to be cold, so if you travel there in the winter bring a pair of slippers.
The neighborhood is so adorable! The houses are beautiful Victorian works of art and there is a hipster vibe. I walked all over Jamaica Plain checking out shops and restaurants that Hilary kindly recommended. Everything is pretty much shut down by 9 or 10, not much of a nightlife there. But the Orange line, which is walking distance from Hilary’s (about a half mile) runs late and frequently on Friday evening. It takes about 30 minutes to get downtown on the orange line. To the airport it takes maybe 45-60 mins, you need to switch form the orange line to the blue line. It was very easy to get around on the T.
We felt very welcome in Hilary's home. She was very helpful and enthusiastic about her home, neighborhood, and City. Unfortunately I did not have much time to explore the neighborhood and city of Boston due the schedule I needed to keep but Hilary was very knowledgable about what Boston had to offer and had plenty of information detailing the city as well. Her house is very conveniently located and easy to get to and from downtown Boston.
We really enjoyed our stay with Hilary and Hazel. Their home was very eclectic, with a warm and cozy feel. The room looked exactly like the pictures and the bed with very comfortable. Coordination with Hilary was easy and everything went smoothly. She left us a book with lots of information about local restaurants and attractions which was very helpful. I loved the little town of Jamaica Plains and would definitely stay here again.
Lovely place, feels like home right away. Hilary is a caring and relaxed host and Aggie is a cool dog! Loved the mug-collection ;) Oh an the bedroom is bigger in real life the it´s seems on the picture!
The neighborhood is conveniently located near the 39 bus line and the orange T line, both of which are useful for getting to downtown.
Hilary is helpful and is talkative when you want to talk and stays out of your way when you need to get your own stuff done.
The layout includes a full bed with a room heater, a bookshelf, a light, two hangers, and two hooks.
There is some room at the foot of the bed, but there is only about 6 inches between the sides of the bed and the wall.
It works great if you have one large piece of luggage, but would be a bit tight for more than that.
Overall, I strongly recommend, especially if you are traveling by yourself. The location is close enough that you quickly get in and out of downtown Boston, but far enough away that the neighborhood is quiet and quaint at night.
Hilary was an amazing host. She was extremely welcoming and had provided us with a very detailed guide around Boston. Her place was clean, quiet and cosy. The dog, Aggie, was also a sweet heart and we had tons of fun playing with her. Her place is a short walk away (5 mins) from the subway and was relatively close to the restaurant and ice cream shops (JPLICKS!!!!!) in Jamaican Plains. We had an amazing time in Boston and were grateful for the advice that she had provided us with during our day.
I was born and raised in New England and have lived here for most of my life. I moved to Boston in 1986 and have lived in Central Square, Coolidge Corner and Fort Point; finally settling in Jamaica Plain in 1996. I am an artist working in primarily textile-based media. I bought my home sixteen years ago and have lovingly renovated it bit by bit ever since. I am now lucky to share it with my teenage daughter and our short dog. If you visit in the warm months you will see I love to garden and if you visit in the winter you will find I bake when I can’t be outside digging. Not sitting still for long I am always working on something and my home shows my passions for contemporary ceramics, tools, and the color orange, among other things. I love where I live and enjoy sharing my house, my collections and my neighborhood with others.