Unique antique cottage is located in a quiet, safe neighborhood, yet just 2 blocks from Central Square Redline (subway). It is conveniently located between MIT and Harvard (1 subway stop) and just a 2 block walk to many restaurants, clubs, markets and shops on Massachusetts Avenue. A quick 10 minute walk will take you to the river and spectacular views of the Boston Skyline. Cottage was built in 1815 and has a very cozy feel with low ceilings and plenty of light from southerly windows. Stairs leading up to bedroom are quite steep, typical of that time period but not ideal for those with limited mobility. It is fully furnished and has a living room, eat in kitchen, pantry with washer/dryer, full bathroom, bedroom and study area. Cottage is not fancy or luxurious but has new furnishings and can make for a very comfortable visit. It is tucked back from the street in a perennial filled, fenced yard shared with the house in front. On-street Parking is available with a visitors pass (provided) and is good for 3 consecutive days. For longer stays, parking is available at the public garage 1/2 block away for $13 night. Reduced monthly rates available.
Guests have access to the yard which has an outdoor table and chairs, rocking bench and a grill. They also have access to a locked shed on the property where they can store luggage if they need to check out due to another guests arrival but are not leaving town until later that day.
Interaction with Guests
I live in Vermont, so sadly I don't have much interaction with the guests. I do have neighbors that are available to help out if anything is needed or not functioning as expected.
The best thing about the neighborhood is that many people have been living there for 20+ years and everybody knows everybody. Because it is a multigenerational neighborhood, someone is always around keeping an eye out. This keeps the neighborhood safe and friendly. The second best thing is the proximity to everything. The subway and center of Central Square is only 2 blocks away, yet the neighborhood remains surprisingly quiet.
The subway and buses are only a 2 block walk away. The subway is the Redline which is a central line and the best running of all the subway lines. There are also buses that will take you to parts of the city and surrounding towns where the subway does not travel. If you care to walk, Boston is only 15-20 mins with a beautiful walk across the Mass ave bridge and Charles River. MIT is about a 10 min walk and Harvard is about 15 mins. Driving is a challenge in Boston because the city is old and the streets go every which way. I still get lost!
No smoking inside.
We had a great time in Cambridge and staying in Gail's cottage made our time there all the more special. With public transportation within close walking distance we could easily hop the 'T' to explore the local area. Everything was as described and the cottage was very comfortable. Having a kitchen gave us flexibility with meals and a modern washer and dryer meant that we didn't have to pack as much on the plane. A great deal!!! We would definitely recommend this to others.
Our stay at the cottage was perfect, it was exactly like Gail had described it and she was prompt to answer any questions we had.
While I do think that the place might be uncomfortable for very tall people and hard for anyone that needs special access because those stairs are very steep, for my husband, my father, and I it was fine. Downstairs futon was very comfortable and the house had everything we needed. After reading other reviews we found it easily and we felt safe in the neighborhood; it is very quiet despite being a couple of blocks from a station. We also liked the restaurants and bars around it and could walk to Harvard Square and had easy access to everywhere in the Boston area with the subway system.
It was all great, cannot thank Gail enough for keeping such a good place.
Everything was as advertised. It's like a coach house, behind a house, and it's very cozy, with some really steep stairs to a loft bedroom. But all in all, great value, great location. If you're over 6'5" you won't love it, but I don't have that problem ;)
Very cozy cottage in Cambridge. Nice and clean and just as Gail described it. The location is awesome; plenty of bar/restaurant choices and the cottage is just a few blocks from the metro. I really enjoyed my stay. Just keep an eye on the ceiling upstairs if you are on the tall side ;)
Un sitio bonito y acogedor a pesar del frío extremo de estos días. El cottage está muy bien colocado cerca de la estación del metro "Central" y tiene cerca un montón de locales, restaurantes. A un salto del centro y a otro salto de Harvard. Para repetir.
Gail's cottage in Central Square was exactly as she described, located just about a block from everything good about Central Square - even during the heavy snows, we were able to enjoy easy access to the T and Central Square restaurants. Gail's place had everything we needed to cook meals, and a washer and dryer for laundry needs - if the streets hadn't been snowed in, we would have been able to find easy parking as well. As it was, we used the Green Street garage, which was about half a block from the Cottage.
Gail was more than accommodating to our travel needs, because of weather we shifted our travel dates a couple of times, and because there was no conflict with booking, she was flexible and gracious.
We really enjoyed our retreat into the woods, right in the middle of the city - highly recommend! (maybe try going when there isn't 3 feet of snow, though!).
The cottage is small, but cozy. Very clean with a comfy bed. The location is awesome; you can't beat 2 blocks from central square. Gail was very communicative and has a good system in place to grant access. I ran into an issue with the heater and she was very responsive. She's not kidding that it's not a good fit for anyone with mobility issues b/c the stair to the bedroom are very steep. Still, I'd give it an easy A+
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I am a nutritionist living in Vermont with my family, 2 kids and 1 husband :)
I used to live in Cambridge but traded city life for the country. I still love going back for visits and staying in the cottage. I also love the water, love to travel and love little dogs!