We love our home and feel that we have something special to share with our guests from all over the world. We have lovely gardens, heated pool, cats, and an interesting art collection.
Welcome to IHOB - International House of Beatty
A lot of garden space and private pool surround our house still has the original charm of the 1960s with a modern house in the middle of the century - beamed ceilings and terrazzo floors and plenty of natural light. Screened in pool protects against insects , gardens, lounge / dining room and separate family room , laundry room and a large kitchen. The pool has a solar heater, but this means that in winter it will be cool, not cold or hot. It should be well above the ambient temperature in the evenings. We offer coffee, biscuits , yogurt and granola , oatmeal for breakfast but there are several diners nearby if you want a bigger breakfast.
Each guest room has a small refrigerator.
You are invited to join us for dinner - we often barbecue and we are ready to throw the meat or vegetables of choice on the barbie with our dinner.
We have two rooms , each accommodating two people with a queen bed, sofa , cable TV , wifi and large private bathroom . It opens directly onto the pool, but see the floor plan to understand the layout of the house . Two people - additional children - can be accommodated on the sofa bed in the lounge which is very private and comfortable or on an Air mattress in the room altho it gets snug.
You want to have full access to the terrace / pool and barbecue , laundry and kitchen. We have snorkeling equipment for pool and bikes, and yoga mats .
Parking is not a problem - we have a circular driveway that will accommodate 3-4 cars .
Grocery , shopping , restaurants, etc. is nearby - you can drive , bicycle or on foot. " High-end " shopping and restaurants are better than 20 minutes.
We are located midway easily all 10 minutes from downtown , 15 minutes from International Drive and a shopper's paradise , Convention Center, Universal Studios , Sea World, 35 min. Disney , 45 min. Port Canaveral , 15 min. at the airport, etc. There is public transportation , but not recommended because it takes too long .
My husband and I are in our early 60s - have fun and enjoy meeting new people and share a glass of wine. David speaks French , German, Russian , Spanish and Italian and I speak Spanish but do not understand a word.
Smoking is permitted outside .
We want you to enjoy your visit and we want to enjoy it, too, so the wild party is not part of the package. Our home is our refuge and hopefully yours too . I assure you that everyone who stays here enjoys their visit.
Our house is located on a corner so we have two means of accessing the curved driveway. Although the address is on Sweetbriar Rd. the front door is actually around the corner on Delaney. You may come around the corner and come up the driveway to the front walk to reach the front door.
Interaction with guests
We love to interact with our guests but try to be respectful and give them as much space as they like. "It is your vacation, not ours."
Other things to note
Smoking is permitted outside only.
Please let us know what time you will check-in as soon as possible after you make your reservation or within 24 hrs of arrival. If your travel is delayed then please let us know when you expect to arrive. If we are not able to be here when you arrive you will be sent codes and other info you will need so be sure to check your email or airbnb messages.
Please let me know what time you will be able to check out to help prepare for the next guests arriving.
INTERNATIONAL GUEST/SMS: If you are traveling from outside of the country please make sure to send your mobile phone number and also let me know if you are able to send/receive SMS while in the USA.
Our only house rules are:
1.) be nice to the cats - but that doesn't mean that you have to let them into your room if you don't want them. They usually stay outside during the day anyway and are not overly friendly anyway :(.
2.) Before buying any food or condiments please check with us - we have most condiments and spices, so, unless you are vegan or need gluten free products you don't need to purchase them again. We have butter and olive oil. We have Greek yogurt, soy or almond milk and granola type cereal for breakfast if you like. And we have coffee and teas.
3.) We assume that you will be as careful with our home as you are with your own. We allow smoking outside. :-)
4.) Bathing suits required when swimming at least during "guest hours" you may wear whatever you like after everyone else has gone to bed ;-)
Please make sure to turn off lights and appliances when you are finished using them! Also please make sure to LOCK THE DOOR when leaving the house.
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We are a recently married couple in our mid 60's, feel like 30's - we kayak, ride bikes, swim, garden. We enjoy meeting new people and having new experiences. David is a retired banker, very liberal, an ex-opera singer (baritone) and speaks Spanish, German, Italian and French, a little Russian. I am a retired commercial interior designer, Texan, artistic and creative and can't sing a note, I speak a little Spanish but don't understand it. We enjoy tipping a bottle of wine or making a batch of margaritas especially with our guests. Don't smoke or do drugs.