Private bedroom with shared common areas in the upper floor of a house. Between December 14-March 31, you can have it all to yourself! Located in a peaceful and safe lake community 1.5 hours west of New York City.
Welcome to Lake Hopatcong, a restful lake community in the gateway to the Skylands, in northwestern New Jersey. I'm an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, and this private bedroom is generally used for foreign students who want to improve their English through total cultural immersion.
However, it is often vacant and I also offer it to travelers. In the winter months, you would have it all to yourself, because we are usually traveling. All facilities are shared when we are here (kitchen, bath, living room with cable TV, laundry area downstairs), and there's high-speed wireless internet. There is a TV with a DVD player in your bedroom.
In our house affectionately nicknamed "Hippie Haven," it is ideal for an artist type wanting to get out of the city and spend some time being creative. There are many light and bright rooms for drawing. However, all travelers and people in transition are welcome.
It's a single occupancy space, but we do have an air mattress in case you are traveling with a friend or relative. Two would be the maximum this bedroom could accommodate, but I'd only recommend that for a very short stay.
Due to the nature of this listing, please write and tell me about yourself and how you will use the space. REFERENCES AND VERIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS ACCOMMODATION, either from AirB&B or other sources. If you are an AirBnB newbie, may we suggest our ESL STUDENT HOUSE instead.
There is also semi-private apartment listed separately under "ESL, Music & Artist Haven," which can accommodate a few more people in our downstairs level. So if you're a band, or you have more people in your party, you may want to check out the other space. It includes an equipped music rehearsal room.
Free off-street parking is available. On-site laundry facilities are available.
When we are here, you will see us all the time, as this bedroom is in our living space. When we are here, we also offer:
* FULL MEAL PLAN - custom tailored to your dietary needs is $15-$25 per day. Please inquire for details. If you are going to cook, you must abide by kitchen house rules (reasonable hours, cleanliness).
* NEW YORK CITY TOURS - $65 PER PERSON, includes lunch.
* FORMAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR LESSONS 1-on-1, $25/Hr.
* COOKING LESSONS - just pay cost of food!
ADD-ONS ARE PAYABLE IN CASH UPON ARRIVAL.
Restaurants, bars and shopping are all within 12 minutes' drive and these places are are within walking distance when the weather is nice:
* Pavinci's Italian Restaurant, which is right on the Lake, and has live music on weekends and Karaoke on Wednesdays.
* The Grotto Pizzeria, which will deliver, and next to the restaurant is a thrift shop and beauty salon.
* Lucky House Chinese takeout
* Dunkin Donuts
* 3 in 1 Deli and Convenience Store (ATM here)
* The U.S. Post Office
* Sovereign Bank
* Modick Park
The New Jersey Transit train station and a bus stop are both 3 miles away in Landing. I will pick you up or drop you off at no charge or you can call a cab. The train station is called the Lake Hopatcong Station. The Lakeland Bus Lines stop is called "Lake Hopatcong/Landing/Pathmark." IMPORTANT: The train does not run all the way to Lake Hopatcong on weekends. If you are coming by public transport, you will need to go to Dover station or take the bus to Landing. I can pick you up on weekends in Dover for $10, or you can take a cab or a local bus from Dover to my house.
In spring, summer and fall, some of our guests come with their own bicycles. We have one here that you can borrow.
Other Things to Note
This space is dog friendly. We have a Chihuahua that lives with us. If you are bringing your dog, please indicate the size and breed and if it gets along with other dogs. We have a dog crate and can sometimes provide dog sitting services ($15/day extra charge applies).
Quiet hours are generally between 11 PM and 8 AM, but are negotiable depending upon the situation. Access to the kitchen must be coordinated during normal hours, or just order a meal plan. Check-in arrivals are between 4 PM and 11 PM. Longer-term stays of one month or more will require a larger security deposit. If you're coming in late or leaving early during your stay, please just let us know what to expect. No smoking in the house.
I enjoyed my stay here. The space is very inviting and I felt comfortable and at home. It was a very peaceful stay. The area is quiet and the views of the lake are beautiful. Mercedes was always available if I had any questions and checked in to make sure everything was going well. She is the first person I will reach out to the next time I stay in the area. Thank you!!
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I'm an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher/professor at the Culture Palette School, who also does a variety of creative activities, like acting, singing, photography and filmmaking. I like to travel and I like to host travelers and visiting students. If you are new to AirBnB and have no references, please write me a detailed message about why you'd want to stay with me and what you want to do while you are here. Hope to see you soon! SPECIAL TRIBUTE: My partner, Roger, passed away on January 23, 2015. He was an amusing, wonderful man who will be missed by all our guests, and especially, by me.