About this listing
Carroll Gardens is one of the most charming neighborhoods in Brooklyn and our home is one one of the quietest blocks with wonderful parks nearby, and the oft written about shopping boutiques and restaurants of Smith and Court Streets just minutes from the front door. Carroll Park with it's popular children's play area is three blocks away.
We have two separate rooms available with private bath in a modern, renovated 1864 carriage house - it's a single family home located on a super quiet, tree-lined block. At night it's rare to hear anything and you'll wake up to the sound of birds (website hidden)ing in the tree branches in the front garden. For more info about Carroll Gardens - (website hidden)_Gardens,_Brooklyn
It's a quick one and a half blocks to trendy Smith Street's restaurant row, bars and shops and 2 minutes walk to the F train, ten to the R train. Soho is 15 minutes away by F-train. It's a lovely 25 minute walk through Cobble Hill and historic Brooklyn Heights to the Brooklyn Bridge or east through Park Slope to Prospect Park. Our home is in a safe, diverse neighborhood with young families, singles and retirees who gather on their stoops for a chat.
The two rooms are adjacent one another on the second floor and one or both are available depending upon your needs. Each room has a twin bunk bed and the larger room has it's own seating area, TV with Netflix & Wii and computer. The smaller room is sized mainly for sleeping. Both rooms have air conditioning and the house has steam heat in the winter. The set up is perfect for friends, solo travelers or couples who, ahem, like a bit of quiet at night away from a snoring partner. Families with children will enjoy the playful space. You'll have your own private, full sized bathroom with tub shower in the hallway. It's more like staying in a country cottage than being in the middle of a busy city.
We're very easy going, have a clean and creative home and our interests are eclectic. We love Brooklyn and NYC and are happy to help you with suggestions for visiting some of the locals-only sights. There is surprisingly easy street parking on our block for those of you driving in. Also available: wifi, internet, cable and a lovable terrier mutt, Roxy. Roxy is very good with kids and people of all sizes. Breakfast and tea or coffee included if requested. For families traveling with kids - there is no charge for children who sleep with you or in a pack-n-play. If they need a bed of their own, please include them in your guest count. The rooms sleep 4, total.
You have free run of the house, living room and kitchen during your stay. The upstairs bathroom is exclusively yours and you can unpack your stuff and make yourself at home there.
Interaction with Guests
We love answering questions, helping to plan outings and give advice. We're also happy to give you space and have guests come and go on their own - we chat and say 'hi' as well as happily go about our business while you come and go. Whatever works for you.
We've lived in the neighborhood since the 1990's and love the friendly stoop culture, amazing restaurants and convenient and quick subway ride to the city.
The 'F' train is 1.5 blocks from our house so it doesn't get much better. We also have plentiful cabs in the area if you prefer. It's a lovely walk to the Brooklyn Bridge, Prospect Park and we are conveniently located between Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope.
Other Things to Note
We get a lot of questions about whether the upstairs bathroom is private. Please know it is all yours and is adjacent to your room. We use the full bath downstairs. You can unpack your toiletries and make yourself at home. There is organic shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels and washcloths provided. A special note - if you are booking at the start of 2015, please note that we have completely redone the bathroom (ripped out walls, floors, everything) and the work will be done by end of January when we reopen for bookings. Trust us when we say it will be gorgeous with an amazing shower, separate shower/toilet with door and a double sink area.
We're a shoes-off house and quiet hours are generally 10pm to 7am. You can totally come and go as you wish, just know we may be up at 7 or in bed by 10 if it's a week day. Experience has taught us what seems to work best with this AirBnB house sharing thing:
In true B and B spirit we're happy to provide coffee, breakfast and nibbles - just let us know your preferences when you check in and we'll do our best to have something available between 7-9 am. Also, you are more than welcome to keep food in our refrigerator and use the kitchen for eating take-out or food prep. Please do not eat or drink in the bedrooms or leave food trash there (water ok). It's messy, encourages bugs and we definitely don't want those.
If you're coming to NY to stay out late until the wee hours and sleep in until noon, a hotel or private apartment might be better. We're generally up around 7-8 am and go to bed at 11-ish and do our best to respect sleeping in after we get up.
Our check-in time is 2pm but we're flexible if there is no other guest checking out. We ask that you come get keys and check in by 8pm. Late nights spent waiting up for folks with delayed flights makes us bleary eyed and cranky the next day. It also gives you a chance to meet our dog so she knows you as you come and go (if you are a dog owner, you'll understand - she's the boss) and for us to show you things you need to know about the bathroom, AC, locking the door and where to find things in the kitchen.
A word about Roxy the dog. She's a VERY friendly 50 lb Wheaton terrier mix and loves kids and people. She's also good with babies, crawlers and toddlers. If you or your children are terrified of dogs she may be overwhelming in her tail wagging exuberance when she first meets you. All of the dog lovers we've had so far adore her but we understand pooches are not for everyone so please, if you or your children are deathly afraid, know she will be in the hallway and kitchen looking for your love and attention in the morning and before bedtime.
Smoking is ok outside.
This was my second stay with Elizabeth and Jeff, who informed me in advance about the bathroom repairs going on in the bathroom that would have been assigned to me. They were good to have me stay at their place despite the difficulty of having a guest during the repair work. For me, the inconvenince of sharing a bathroom was minor compared to the benefit of enjoying their excellent hospitality. I was in New York to spend time with friends. The location could not be better for me for this stay as my friends were living with their son, wife and grandchild in an apartment that was just a few blocks away. I would strongly conisder staying here again. Roxy was a joy as usual
Elizabeth was very nice, but they have been going through major renovations in their home, so my stay was unusual insofar as the cleanliness of the home. The location was very convenient, but the closet was full of clothes, so no room for mine. Perhaps when the renovation work is finished it will be back to the way the former guests have found it.
We were made to feel very welcome by Elizabeth and Jeff, they were always happy to share local tips on transport, food and places to visit.
We are so pleased we stayed in Brooklyn as it gave us another view of New York City away from the traffic of Manhattan. It is really easy to get into Manhattan and there were great cafés and restaurants within minutes of their house.
The bedroom was comfortable with room to relax. We would highly recommend staying with them.
Elizabeth and Jeff's house is located very close to the metro station, only 5 mins walk and it's a safe district. We had a very good stay with Elizabeth and Jeff.
If we visit NYC again, I would chose their place again, definitely recommend to everyone.
Elizabeth and Jeff are very welcoming. The bunk beds were comfortable (great pillows), bathroom was clean, and we had access to the living room and fridge as needed.
This is a great place to stay if you have never been to Brooklyn, as Elizabeth and Jeff are experts on the neighborhood and are very willing to share their advice and show you around.
This is a lovely place to stay. They made me feel very welcome back in my old 'hood. Comfy bunk bed and they allowed me to use their kitchen, including the tea kettle! Right near the beautiul new Whole Foods. Their dog also made me feel welcome from her first huge greeting.
Elizabeth & Jeff were both very nice as well as helpful in suggesting places to visit and how to get around. Home is very cozy and it has a lot of character. Roxy, the family dog, is just great! Always brought a smile to our face!
Home is located in a very convenient location just two blocks from the train station as well as many restaurants and small shops.
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About the Host, Elizabeth (And Jeff Too)
It's always been Elizabeth's dream to have a B & B and her home is a haven within the city. She is a textile designer, artist, avid gardener and loves to cook. Her latest passion is writing fiction and a new business helping homeowners renovate their apartments based on her own experience with several apartments and now their 1864 carriage house. She and her husband, Jeff, love the Carroll Gardens area - especially walking their dog, Roxy, and chatting with neighbors.