About this listing
Carytown--you won't find a neighborhood like it--anywhere! Stay in a relaxing room in the coolest part of town that's close to everything, and leave the rest to us. We love hosting our amazing Airbnb guests. ¡Bienvenido! Accueil! Wilkommen! Hun yaow!
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Many thanks to those travelers who take the time to read the listing details and who, along with other gracious guests and hosts, make the Airbnb experience AWESOME, AFFORDABLE and FUN: THANK YOU!! We have made some of the most amazing connections though our Airbnb experiences (both as hosts and guests) and now have lifelong friends from all over the US, and around the world!
Please note: We have been in our 90-year-old home a little over 2 years: It is an in-progress work-of-art lovingly being improved and upgraded for your comfort and enjoyment (new bathroom with heated floor & towel warmer, for example). Please pardon the dust/signs of upgrade projects (tools, paint, landscaping material).
Thanks for taking the time to read the listing details:
This is a listing for a room in our home (so ... no front desk clerk on duty 24/7 ... buggerit). Please be so kind as to let us know your rough arrival AND departure times. This information allows us to plan and prioritize our time and our tasks. Also, we often receive requests from guests for earlier/later check-in and check-out times than those posted. We like to accommodate these requests as much as possible, including yours if this applies. MANY THANKS!
WE UPDATE OUR CALENDAR DAILY. Although Airbnb suggests contacting the host first, if you know you want to stay with us and the dates are open on the calendar, feel free to go ahead and send in a booking request. We look forward to hosting you :)
To see our other listings for the same location, go to the bottom of our profile.
The room is at the end of a hallway at the back of the house from where you can see Cary Street and the Byrd Theatre. The room has it's own corner gas-log fireplace for the winter weather and a Hunter fan for those who like air circulation. The room has 4 windows so it's a bright and welcoming space. For your convenience, we have put a mini fridge and Keurig single-cup brewer stocked with a variety of teas and coffees, both caffeine-free and regular (let us know if you'd like cider and/or hot chocolate) in the room. The shared bathroom is the room next to your private bedroom.
Breakfast is self-serve so you can eat when it best suits your schedule. Along with the regular types of breakfast fare, we may have on hand dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs.
The house is a 1920s house that's recently been almost completely renovated but which has retained it's charm and many original details. (We continue making upgrades, so please check with us regarding in-progress construction projects, and pardon our mess if we're in the middle of a project.) We have a wonderful front porch that faces the south so on a pleasant winter's day it's nice to sit and soak up the sun and in the summer time, to sit in the shade and take a break. We recently added a ceiling fan on the porch and plans to install mister are in the works! We have all the modern conveniences including central air, amazing radiant heat, high-speed internet, and a dishwasher. We have a fully-functioning office set up with printers, a scanner and other office accoutrement should you need access to any of it.
As you can see from our reviews, we're hospitable and accommodating. Because I work from home, check-in/check-out is usually a breeze. (Knowing your rough check-in and check-out times helps me prioritize--please remember to include these details in your request. Many thanks!)
We look forward to hosting you! :-)
If you're out late, we'll leave the light on for you.
PROCEEDS: Part of our proceeds provide much needed funds for 2 sets of sisters who live near the dump in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, so the 4 girls can go to school. Our monthly contributions pay for their entire year's schooling, including supplies, uniforms, and shoes for school. Thank you!
For fun and interesting things to see and do, make sure you check out our guidebook on the map at the bottom of the listing!
. Private bedroom room (~100 sq ft 9x11)
. Shared bathroom next to room
. Free on-street, unrestricted parking
. High-speed Wi-Fi 24/7 access
. HALF a block from cool Cary Street
. And ALL of Carytown's awesome offerings
. Mini-fridge in room
. Keurig single-serve coffeemaker in room
. Gas fireplace in room to cozy up by
. Heated floor in bathroom
. Towel warmer in bathroom
. Half-bath on main floor
. Breakfast items provided, self-serve
. Coffee/tea/hot chocolate supplies
. Clean & Comfortable
. Central cooling & heating
. Hunter ceiling fan in room for added comfort
. Flat screen TV in room with cable
. We provide robes so leave yours at home
. Lots of windows, so it's a cheery space
. Charming 1920s house
. Usually easy check-in/check-out
. See our GUIDE/MAP for restaurants/sites of interest
. Bikes for rent @ $10/day (we have 4)
. 4 blocks from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
. 1 block from Downtown Expressway
. 1 block to public transportation to downtown
. 4 blocks to an amazing park system!
. 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to VCU main campus
. 3.0 miles (4.8 km) to VCU MCV campus
. We enjoy our Airbnb guests!
. We look forward to hosting you too!
Interaction with Guests
The amount of interaction is up to our guests. Fiona works from home so is almost always available to answer questions or provide assistance as needed. She does have plenty to keep her busy, though, so will continue working on her tasks unless you wish to interact with her. We will give you a house key--you are welcomed to come and go as you please and to interact as much, or as little, as you need to make your stay enjoyable and productive.
For food, fun and interesting things to see and do, make sure you check out our GUIDEBOOK/MAP!
Carytown: Diverse! Convenient! Trendy! Funky! And! Locally owned! A wide variety of restaurants and stores. Lots of local beers and Virginia cider on tap. The Byrd Theatre! Byrd Park. Maymont & The Dooley Mansion. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Virginia Historical Society. Virginia Society of AIA. Agecroft Hall. The Virginia House. The Fan. VCU. MCV. Richmond Convention Center. Downtown. American Civil War Center. Tredegar Iron Works. Hollywood Cemetery. + MORE ... too many to list here.
Cary Street is within HALF a block right out the back door! From our house we have a view of Byrd Theatre (a Virginia Historic Landmark and also on the National Register of Historic Places). It has $1.99 movies 365 days of the year; what's more, every Saturday there are live performances on the Wurlitzer organ--this is a MUST see! Ray Dolby (yes, the creator of the Dolby Sound system) visited the Byrd in 2004 and was so impressed with it, he donated a Dolby Sound system (installed in 2006).
Immediately behind us on Cary Street is The Nile restaurant that serves delicious Ethiopian food. The front of the house is The Portrait house where there is a menu of craft beers and ciders on tap! Sit out on the deck and enjoy Cary Street up front and center! Bev's Homemade Ice Cream is next door! The Daily on the corner of the same block is also very nice with wonderful wines, local beers, hard cider, and a delicious menu of healthy and organic food. Capitol Coffee and Desserts has organic coffees, teas, sandwiches, treats, and vegan options (and free WiFi). Also, Coppola's deli (Best of Richmond) and the New York Deli (it's not really a deli, but a bar that's open 9 am till 2 am with a DJ after 10pm) are on either side of Byrd Theatre so you won't be lacking for wonderful food and entertainment. If these options aren't appealing, there are tons of restaurants all up and down Cary Street: Galaxy Diner, Mom's Siam, The Tidewater (excellent seafood says a guest), Amici's, Can Can, Nacho Mamma's--WAY too many to list them all here. You may also enjoy the boutique, antique, and consignment shops in Carytown. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (has a cafe, a restaurant, free wi-fi, and live music on Thursday evenings and free networking/wine/tours on Friday evenings until 9pm) is a short four-block walk away, as is the most amazing park system and trails for walking/jogging/biking--The James River Trail System. Make sure you check out our guide book on the map!
Within 1 block of city transportation. Another Two bus routes are within 1-2 blocks, and several others are within 10 blocks. Check out their routes at rideGRTC (add the usual suffix). Additionally, the area where we live is mostly flat, so RVA is a great city to see the sights by bicycle (downtown is a bit more hilly). We have some bikes available for rent if you are interested in this option.
Other Things to Note
Welcoming hosts ready to help you as needed.
Quiet time is 11 pm - 7 am, but you are welcomed to come and go as you please.
PARDON OUR MESS! My motto: There's always room for improvement (whether personally, or where I live and work). Maybe it's an asset, maybe it's a liability. Nevertheless, I have it: A keen ability to see where I can improve. We adore our recently acquired (Dec 2012) 90-year-old house which has become an in-progress work-of-art. We are constantly tweaking and upgrading the house to make it more accommodating and functional for our guests (for instance, installing a heated floor, towel warmer, and claw foot tub) in our complete demolition and remodel of the 90-year-old bathroom). You may see signs of our work in the common areas: tools, in-transition tasks, in-progress projects, etc. Your space, however, is a relaxing room that's always clean, comfortable, and welcoming. As is the new bathroom right next to the private bedroom.
We have a small, friendly 11 pound toy poodle who is hypo-allergenic so he does not shed--at all! He's usually very quiet so you won't hear him unless someone is walking up to the house: He will bark to let you know he's keeping an eye out for newcomers--he makes for a GREAT door bell! If you like dogs, you'll become best friends. If dogs are not your thing, once he comes to greet you and say hello, he'll wander off and amuse himself.
If you're out late, we'll leave the light on for you.
PROCEEDS: Part of our proceeds provide much needed funds for 2 sets of sisters who live near the dump in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, so the 4 girls can go to school. Our monthly contributions pay for their entire year's schooling, including supplies, uniforms, and school shoes. Thank you!
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THE FOLLOWING:
THE GOLDEN RULE: Treat others as you would have them treat you--with respect and consideration.
Please be cognizant of your footprint: Because you walk away does not mean whatever you were doing before you walked away disappears in a puff of smoke.
I attempt to keep our towels and washcloths free of stains and discolorations and have done my best to make prior guests aware to PLEASE, USE THE TOWELS TO ONLY DRY WASHED AND CLEAN hands (or other CLEAN items) and to NOT WIPE OFF creams, lotions, potions, benzoyl peroxide products (often found in acne treatments), food, or dirt onto the towels without FIRST RINSING/WASHING YOUR HANDS AND/OR FACE. Should you encounter a stained or discolored/bleached-out towel, please be assured it is clean but that someone before you has used it to clean off makeup, dirt, or other staining substances including acne medicines or creams that contain BENZOYL PEROXIDE (leaves unsightly bleached out blotchy spots on our colored/dark towels). We have plenty of cleaning rags and will leave a small bag of them in the bottom dresser drawer for dirt or spills. Feel free to use them and drop them in the bucket in front of the washer. Thanks!
RULES RULES RULES--you have rules?!
RULE # 1: Enjoy your stay with us!
RULE #2: After you have checked in and you realize you have a question or concern, contact me! I'm available in person, by text, by Airbnb message, or mobile/cell phone. We can't help you if you don't let us know what you need or what's not working.
RULE #3: If you decide to stay with us, please READ your reservation details--it contains all of our CONTACT INFORMATION, including our address and phone numbers, + DETAILED DIRECTIONS. Print it out if necessary.
RULE #4: Quiet time is 11 pm-7 am. You are free to come and go whenever you please regardless of the hour of the day or night. We have had the pleasure of hosting fabulous guests who are incredibly thoughtful and considerate, so people's comings and goings have been no worries at all. We merely ask you to be aware of noise levels during quiet time 11pm-7 am--thanks! And so far, in over 300 stays a year, we've had absolutely wonderful experiences with uber thoughtful guests!
RULE # 5: LIVE WITH INTENTION AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FOOTPRINT
If you open it, CLOSE it.
If you turn it on, turn it OFF.
If you drop it, pick it UP.
If you dirty it, CLEAN it.
If you borrow it, RETURN it.
If you break it or lose it, REPAIR it or REPLACE it.
If you slide it out (the chair, for example), slide it BACK in.
And other generally basic rules of CARE and CONSIDERATION for people and their things.
RULE #6: Smoking outside only please. Please place cigarette butts in the container provided rather than toss them (again, it's a matter of being aware of your droppings/footprint).
RULE #7: We recycle! The bin is next to the refrigerator.
RULE #8: Accept our thanks and appreciation! We may not always get the chance to thank you in person, but your thoughtfulness and consideration is very much noticed, and very much appreciated. THANK YOU!
Other than that, I'm sure we'll figure things out as we go!
This was such a nice room! Carytown (the neighborhood) is really nice, it has a lot of cool restaurants and bars. Fiona and her husband are two of the nicest people I've ever met. I sóó recommend staying here!
I had a great experience with Fiona and Family. Take the time to read her description. Very accurate. Room was great as was bathroom. The area is very fun so I kept some later hours. Their killer dog seems more like 7-8 pounds than the listed 11 as fighting weight! Fiona always gave me great recommendations before I went out and was interested in feedback I was willing to offer. I surprised her on a few occasions on what I discovered. Location is awesome. Hope to be back in the area at some point. Like her site says, she does have projects which included me watching her split Belgium block with a hammer and a chisel! Enjoy!
LOL! Thanks for the great review, Glenn. Were delighted you enjoyed our fun Carytown and took maximum advantage of being able t walk everywhere! We hope you do make it back to the area; we'd be happy to host you anytime. (I gave up on the hammer & chisel and broke out the tile saw & diamond tipped blade!)
Everything was accurate and catered for. The area is great and the house is beautiful.
Fiona, her husband and daughter were all so hospitable and helpful.
The location is ideal (in the heart of the historic, but now "in" Carytown) and with easy access to Richmond's transportation hub.
It was perfect for me.
We arrived at 10:30 pm, and Fiona's family was very accommodating to us. The bed was comfortable, the shower had good water pressure, and Fiona was fun and friendly to talk to in the morning. She had great recommendations for breakfast and shopping the following day. Cary Street was super fun!
Comfortable setting, quite and a good nights sleep. Thank you!
It was a pleasure meeting Fiona and her family. When we had trouble with the traffic getting there, they were still waiting for us, and we arrived late the night!!! Evetything was arranged for us, clean room and bath. And their dog
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About the Host, Fiona (& Family)
ABOUT FIONA: She first traveled using Airbnb and loved it! When Fiona returned to the States, she was instrumental in getting the family on board to host on Airbnb.
She's educated, well traveled, respectful and fun, and a transplant from Australia. Fiona has diverse tastes in music, food, and friends. She loves different cultures and connecting with people from all walks of life. She's just as happy dancing on a dirt floor in Mexico as she is dancing on a ballroom floor in Washington, DC (hmm ... maybe that's because she loves dancing! Fiona's credo: Who needs the gym when you can DANCE!)
Fiona grew up by the shores of the Pacific Ocean and in the the middle of the Sonoran Desert. She's lived in cities with populations in the millions and a one-horse town with a population of ... oh, around ... fewer than one hundred (yikes!). Fiona is open to adventures and new experiences. She is easy to get along with, and fun to travel with. Fiona is open to most lifestyles and understands there's not one exclusive formula for success--there are an infinite number of ways in which to successfully navigate relationships, the world, and life's ups and downs.
Fiona likes to keep a balance: She's quite happy taking time to be with herself as well as spending time engaging with others. Her native language is English, but Fiona is fluent in Spanish. She's studied smatterings of other languages and also speaks conversational Persian (Farsi) and elementary Arabic (current language of study). Besides managing an online editing business, Fiona is multi-talented and knows how to sew, knit, crochet, paint (fine arts & walls), read music and play basics on a smattering of instruments, write, install a computer network, fix a computer, repair, dig up and replace plumbing, lay tile,replace a wax ring and the innards of a toilet, do other types of handyperson work around the house, change the oil and fuses in a car, diagnose (some) car problems, panel beat and spray paint a car, etc. Fiona has been described as a renaissance woman.
ABOUT THE FAMILY: Keith is a born-and-raised Richmonder, so if there's anything you need to know about Richmond or the surrounding area, just ask! He's a hospitable host and enjoys meeting Airbnb travelers. The children: one is grown and is working on her medical degree at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. The other is a straight-A student in high school and very much enjoys meeting and engaging with the diverse mix of people we have the good fortune to host through Airbnb.
FOR OUR AIRBNB GUESTS: Fiona & Family don't discriminate based on anything--not race, not religion, not language, not culture, not sex, not sexual orientation, not education, not socioeconomic status, not how much $ is in your bank account (as CPAs, both Fiona & Keith know appearances are NOT necessarily reality), nor your political leanings. We have friends from Central America who don't have more than a 6th grade education, and we have friends with multiple PhDs. We are equally comfortable conversing and engaging with both sets of friends--and everyone in between. Whatever your background, we look for the things we have in common through which we will connect and engage with you.
PROVISO: Regardless of the genitalia, Fiona & Family have two deal breakers: 1) bullies--in every sense of the word--including those who intimidate, ostracize, belittle, or emotionally and/or physically bully others, and 2) people who are not respectful of others and/or the belongings of others, which is very closely related to bullying anyway: they're both disregarding the sovereignty of someone else and/or their belongings. We practice what we preach, so you can be assured that at all times we will be respectful of you, your space, your privacy, your wishes, and your possessions.
We've met some inspiring people and have made lifelong friends through our Airbnb hosting and traveling! We look forward to meeting you and, if the timing's right, to having whatever interesting conversation(s) you may have time to fit in.
MOTTO 1: Remember to act spontaneously from time to time--it maintains the balance between order and chaos.
MOTTO 2: Take calculated risks (versus dumb ones)--it keeps the adrenaline in your system, and the fun in your life!
MOTTO 3: Educate yourself--it enlivens your brain: Our classroom is all around us, all the time--and it's FREE!
MAY YOU FOREVER BE THE BENEVOLENT RULER OF YOUR DOMAIN THAT IS YOUR LIFE!
WISHING YOU SAFE TRAVELS AND AMAZING ADVENTURES!