About this listing
Welcome to Phoenixville! We are twenty something miles north west of Philadelphia, a former steel manufacturing town that is being revitalized with a great selection of brew pubs, restaurants, scheduled festivals and easy access to the Great Outdoors. This listing is for a former steel worker's "cottage" : a petite-sized home, with most of the modern amenities you should need (!). The location is very walkable, but you will need a vehicle to access Philly and other sites beyond the city limits.
Modest but comfortable accommodations ten minutes from the PA turnpike, convenient for Valley Forge National Park, King-of-Prussia, Ursinus College, Kimberton Waldorf School, Philadelphia Expo Center (in Oaks) and more. This cute, 100 year-old twin home is in downtown Phoenixville, 20 something miles north west of Philadelphia and home of various festivals, First Friday events and many independent stores, pubs/wineries and eateries. We have live music venues (Steel City Coffee House, Black Walnut Winery, Pickering Creek Pub), and an independent movie theater, The Colonial. Other attractions include bike trails, Lock 60 canal path, the Wharton Escherick museum, the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove and kayaking, to name a few.
You will have the house for your own use during your visit. It is an old home, with low ceilings, vintage fixtures and fittings, and is missing a few modern amenities (namely, microwave and dryer).Please check the amenities list to see if we have everything you need to make your visit comfortable. What you WILL have is two double bedrooms. The front room has a comfortable queen bed with memory foam mattress topper, bedside tables and lamps, chairs for your luggage, ceiling fan and wall mounted, quiet, high efficiency air-conditioner, essential for steamy summer days on the East Coast. There are blackout shades on the windows, however light does still intrude slightly from the street lamp outside.
The back bedroom has a double size bed. It has the same type of high efficiency air conditioner as the front bedroom, a love seat sofa for quiet reading, and a nice view over the back garden. It belongs to a teenage girl in its everyday life and the questionable reading materials belong to her. I try to keep the decor as neutral as possible for our AirBnB guests.
Our bathroom is small and unsurprising. There is a claw foot tub, so you need to be able to climb in and out of that. There is no AC in this room. Shampoo and soap are supplied, but you are welcome to use any supplies in here. The hairdryer lives in here, too.
You should find most things you need in the kitchen. There is no microwave, nor ice maker. I try to keep a small bag of ice available in the summer. Breakfast supplies will be left for you, which vary from visit to visit. There is always a selection of teas (I am from the U.K. after all ), coffee, creamer, some kind of bread product (s). If you are here for a longer visit, this will cover the first couple of days. You are also free to use herbs and spices and produce from the garden, if there is any. There is no AC in this room, but I find the room receives benefit from the unit in the living/dining area, and combined with the standing fan I keep in there during summer this is usually adequate. Personally, I do not use the stove during the hotter months.
***Please respect my personal food stores and don't deplete them!
In the combined living/dining area there is a dining table that seats four but extends to seat six, using chairs from the front bedroom. There is a ceiling fan over the table. There is seating for about four in the living area, and another high efficiency air conditioner that cools the entire space. You are welcome to entertain guests...but no wild parties please.
My back garden is special to me. Depending on the season it can be delightful, or inhospitable. Feel free to decide for yourself, make yourself at home. I only ask that if you or your guests smoke you dispose of the butts in a trash container.
Parking is on-street, and you may not get a spot right outside the house. If you arrive before 5pm it will be easier for you. Some of my reviews address the parking situation, most people have found it OK. It would definitely be preferable to have a dedicated parking spot, so that could be a deal breaker for you.
There are more dogs on this street than there are houses... but my house is pet-free. Dogs may wake you up earlier than you'd like. Ditto church bells.
Finally, if you have any questions about my listing, or any of the reviews I have received, please contact me. My explanation of why I do not have Super Host status may be found in the "Other things to note" section.
Updated March 2017
You have access to two floors, the third is closed off.
Access at time of check-in is most often through you retrieving the key from the mailbox. Sometimes I am able to personally greet you, but usually I am at work.
Interaction with guests
As this is my primary home, which I am vacating during your visit, you won't see too much of me. I try to be as available as possible, but have a job where I can't always get to my phone immediately. I am extra vigilant of my messages when I have a guest staying, and have a backup contact in case of emergency.
If it's the summer and you have an extended stay, I will probably ask permission to access the yard a couple of times to tend my planters etc. This would be by mutual agreement.
This is a working class neighborhood, which can seem a little shabby to begin with. But I love it here and my neighbors are wonderful. It's true the sidewalks could use a facelift, but read my reviews and see that many people have visited and had a great time here!
SEPTA Bus routes 99 and 139 are conveniently accessible, from besides the Wells Fargo bank on Church St. Fares are a fixed $2.25 between any two stops. You can get to King of Prussia mall one direction, and the Premium Outlets in Limerick the other.
Other things to note
FULL DISCLOSURE: this has already been mentioned, but parking on my street can be an issue. The later you arrive, the less likely you are to get a spot right outside the door. There is a spot to pull over to unload, however, even if you have to move your vehicle afterwards.
SUPER HOST STATUS: There are articles in the media suggesting that if you are an Airbnb novice, or hesitant about trying this type of rental experience, that selecting a listing with a Super Host may be the preferred way to go.
I do not have Super Host status, and this is because I only host on a part-time basis, so it is impossible for me to generate the volume of guests and subsequent percentage of positive reviews required to qualify. I also tend to have guests stay for longer visits, which also generates fewer reviews than a high turnover of one-night stays. I do, however have repeat guests, and I think this demonstrates that I am worth considering for your home away from home. Thanks for listening!
Please leave the house as tidy as you find it, and averagely clean.( I don't provide a sterile environment and don't mind a little dust or a few spiders!)
In winter, please leave the thermostat below 65 degrees when out of the house, and turn off the supplemental wall heaters, if you are using them.
During the summer please don't max out the cooling units while out of the house.
Don't allow children to use the remote controllers for the A/C units.
Please respect my neighbors.
Really, really don't smoke. Thanks.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
Originally from Britain,(eight miles from Stonehenge), I have travelled a lot, and now have dual citizenship. I enjoy meeting new people, and used Airbnb as a traveller before listing my own property. There are so many places I'd like to visit I can't list them all.