They used to call it the "nanny quarters," but now it's a private suite for our Airbnb guests. Cheerful, well-appointed guest room with your own full bath, staircase, and hall, overlooking the rhubarb, asparagus, pawpaws, persimmons, and giant ginkgo tree behind our old stone Colonial Revival house. You will also see some very well-behaved heritage hens back there! To say nothing of your very own reserved off-street PARKING SPACE, right by the door.
Your suite has a queen-size bed, Wifi, and air conditioner. There is an antique desk and dresser for your use, and lots of updated train schedules and tourist information.
PLEASE SEE GUIDEBOOK (blue round icon in upper right corner) for details about Swarthmore. This is a great location if you're coming from the Philadelphia Airport (15 minutes), or if you plan to visit Philadelphia or the Brandywine Valley. We're an easy walk to the Media-Elwyn train line, which is a 25-minute ride to Philadelphia. Swarthmore College is a 10-minute walk away.
Please note that a well-behaved collie and two cats also live here. The dog doesn't go upstairs and we can keep the cats out if you prefer. Also, the stairs to your room are steeper than average, but the handrail is sturdy.
We know a lot about Philadelphia and the local area, and will be glad to give you travel advice if you need it. We love to chat with our guests and have met people from all over the world in our own kitchen!
You walk through our kitchen to get to your set of stairs up to your room.
Someone in my family is always home to cheerfully greet our guests and show them their quarters. We love to chat with you as you are passing through the kitchen, if you have time and if we have time!
Huge trees, sidewalks, old houses, cultural events at Swarthmore College, a walkable and friendly downtown with a great cafe, library, cutting-edge food co-op, and more.
It's a ten-minute walk to the Swarthmore stop on the Media-Elwyn train line to Philadelphia. We're also just off 476 and I-95 and a 15-minute drive from Philadelphia International Airport.
What a relaxing stay I had this past weekend! I was attending a workshop at the college which was less than a 5 minute drive. Lauren and her husband were very friendly, as were their cats and dog! I literally melted into the bed each evening and slept soundly. Lauren's home is beautiful and the room was perfect. I will definitely return if I am ever in the area again.
Lauren was a lovely host. She had everything so nicely prepared in the bedroom that I stayed in: filtered water, tea packs, a list of local dining establishments...just a lot of nice touches. She also made sure to stay up until I got to her house at around 11 PM, which was very kind of her!
I had a great stay at Lauren's. The weather was a little brutal, snow, ice etc but she has delightful children. Her son carried my bag upstairs and down so that was easy. The room was comfortable with its own bathroom. There's lots to do in the area, great restaurants and things to see. I recommend you stay with the McKinney's. You won't be disappointed.
Great stay - highly recommend. Private room/bathroom, beautiful neighborhood. Friendly and accommodating hosts.
I arrived late and left early, so I didn't have much time to get to know Lauren and her family, but the room was excellent. It's above the garage and in a different location than the other rooms, so it was super quiet, clean, and bright. Would definitely stay again.
Lauren's home was very close to my on campus destination; it was easy walking distance. Lauren herself could not have been a more gracious hostess. The room and en suite bathroom were clean and comfortable and nicely decorated. The in room tea was very welcome during my cold January stay. I look forward to staying here again.
Beautiful Home and lovely host!
Beautiful home and very comfortable bed with private bathroom. Host was very nice and made the extra effort in helping me find there home. Would definitely recommend this place.
I had an excellent stay at Lauren's place. My room was comfortable, warm and very private. Lauren was a great host, very welcoming! I definitely recommend her room and would stay again anytime.
Lauren was a great host and the room was perfect for my needs.Very convenient to PPL Park and a short drive to Philadelphia. Another great Airbnb experience.