About this listing
Not fancy but comfy private accommodation in my 1889 Victorian home.
Welcome to my 1889 Queen Anne Victorian house which is still a work-in-progress but (I think) a great home nevertheless. I'm offering my 2nd floor parlour as a guest room, comfortably fitted out with a double bed, wardrobe, dresser, work desk, IKEA chaise, cube fridge and TV w/DVD player and ROKU box (sorry, no cable TV but on master antenna system for local channels). House offers shared bathroom, kitchen, sunspace/dining room, living room and TV room. Broadband WiFi (average 8-10 mbps) and off-street parking also available. Breakfast items usually on offer include coffee, tea, yoghurts, bananas, oranges, cereals and milk, toast, OJ and eggs (which you can prepare as you like). House is close (walkable 10-15 mins) to train/bus station and downtown venues (15-20 mins) as well as the West End; West Hartford (4 miles west) is best reached by bus or car. Local bus service is available right outside the front door ((website hidden), Route #76). There's also local (hourly) bus service from the airport (Route #30X) to downtown with an easy transfer to my neighborhood bus. The household is gay-friendly and everyone is welcomed for a night or longer stay. See special pricing by the week and month.
Guests have access to the main (ground) floor of the house as they wish. For extended visits the sunroom makes a nice place to enjoy the day reading and relaxing and looking at the yard and gardens. For any extended stays, use of the basement laundry facilities can be arranged.
Interaction with Guests
I generally enjoy meeting and chatting with my guests which is why I like to serve breakfast in the sunroom. However, if you really prefer your privacy I can always set out breakfast items in the kitchen which can be taken to the guest room for your private consumption.
Local bus service (CT Transit) information can be (email hidden). A system-wide map is there, as well as detailed maps and all schedules for local routes for Hartford and out to the suburbs. My neighborhood service (Route #76) runs from 6AM - 11PM (various frequencies throughout the day). There's a downtown loop shuttle - the Dash shuttle - which is free and serves all the hotels, the Convention Center and the bus/train station. The bus/train station is serviced by AMTRAK, Peter Pan and Greyhound (but not Megabus which stops at the Marriott/Convention Center). The Bradley Flyer (Route #30X) runs from the bus/train station to Bradley Airport on an hourly basis. My house is within a mile of the bus/train station so is an easy walk or, if my schedule permits, a convenient pick-up point to meet you and get you to the house.
I share my house with 1-2 other resident housemates so any guests would be sharing common space with up to 3 others of us living in the house. However, the guest room is a private room. Quiet time is 10PM - 7AM. There's no smoking in the house but smokers are welcome to go outdoors on the front and back porches as necessary. No pets. I can accommodate 1 car parked in the backyard driveway. Breakfasts can be arranged ahead of time although I can't promise that I'll be cooking; I can have the basics available for your eating pleasure.
This experience was a mixed bag. On one hand Jonathan was very gracious and nice, our initial phone talk he asked what kind of breakfast foods and coffee I wanted and was welcoming. His housemate, Michael, is also very nice and I enjoyed my few talks and sharing laughs with him. The room was nice with modern and good conveniences (ceiling fan, a/c unit, mini fridge, abundant lighting, and more). Although I didn't drink any, the free wine was a nice compliment to the room. Also the bed was comfortable.
On the other hand it would've been nice if at least one photo to show the level of extensive remodeling the house is in was posted. Also, even though it's a huge and historic Victorian house, the surrounding neighborhood is sketchy with some of life's downtrodden. On occasion I had trouble falling asleep with the neighborhood folks talking loudly on the street till very late and loud car stereos. With that said I did feel safe there and my car was fine.
Jonathan was a great host! The room was immaculate and comfortable, down to a welcome glass of wine in the mini fridge. Jonathan was friendly and helpful, and my brief stay was a very good one. I'd definitely recommend staying with him.
Jonathan was a wonderful host. It was like staying at a relatives house I felt so confortable. The house is so unique and in a great location. I can't reccomend this place enough.
Jonathan was a great host. He was more then helpful reaching out in advance to make sure the arrival and travel arrangements were taken care of and offered to help whenever needed. I ended up having to leave early and he was very flexible on a last minute cancelation of part of the trip. Was beyond hospitable all around.
Jonothan is a lovely person and his house, although partially in renovation, is wonderful. We loved the breafast room overlooking a wonderful garden flowering in the mix of wonderful colours. The morning coffee was delicious! The bed was comfortable and the house was clean. Do not expect 4* living and a posh neighbourhood but if you like something authentic then try it! Thanks Jonathan :-)
I could not have asked for a better host than Jonathan. His hospitality began via email, helping me to plan my arrival and offer suggestions for the visit. When I arrived at his lovely house, there was wine and candy waiting for me. The room is airy, clean, and delightful, with colorful character and every amenity you could want. The house is awesome, especially his stunning sunroom and beautiful garden. Jonathan was kind, classy and incredibly thoughtful. He made us a delicious dinner and provided all kinds of food, juice and coffee for my breakfasts. I loved hearing his stories of adventure and travel over tasty desserts at night, and he is full of history and wisdom about Hartford. My last day, he got up early to drive me to the train station! I had the best stay at Jonathan's house and can't wait to return.
Jonathan was a terrific host! He was extremely nice and helpful: he picked us up at the bus station and drove us back at the end of our stay, which really meant a lot to us since we were travelling with a lot of luggage. In the evening, we had a lovely conversation over wine.
The location is great; the Mark Twain House and Museum is within walking distance. The house is clean and cozy; the room in which we ate breakfast was amazing, and our room was perfect as well (there were even little goodies waiting for us on the pillows), and oh, the breakfast - he prepared everything with such care, made us tea and coffee, and even packed a bag of homemade cookies for us. We can't recommend this place highly enough!
About the Host, Jonathan
I'm a 62yo GWM, living and working (self-employed) in Hartford for over 30 years. I enjoy walking, hiking, biking, gardening, theatre, movies and traveling (including an annual long-distance walking trip in the UK every year) - and hosting AirBnB guests! Looking forward to your visit.