About This Listing
Up to two children 15 and under stay free.
Even though the Hutch is a on a small hobby farm with animals, pets are not allowed at the Hutch. We are concerned with keeping the apartment as nice as possible, and this precludes animals. Sorry.
Booking the Hutch
We are new to Airbnb, and though we have, thus far, had five wonderful experiences hosting guests and none negative, we are still a little shy and careful about this new endeavor. After all, the Hutch is not a hotel; it's a part of our home and farm.
Therefore, we are most comfortable with those who introduce themselves with complete Airbnb profiles and even reviews, though we understand that those new to Airbnb may not yet have reviews.
So we agree with the Airbnb Help Center's advice on How to Travel:
"Profiles: It's a good idea to fill out your profile before you start contacting hosts as many hosts prefer to learn about potential guests. The fastest way to fill out your profile is to connect your (website hidden) account. You can also edit your profile by clicking the down arrow next to your name all the way at the top of the screen, selecting Profile, and clicking on Edit Profile. Some hosts require complete profiles, so if you haven't done so already you might get asked to upload a photo, add a description, or more when you try to message them." (https://www.airbnb.com/help/getting-started/how-to-travel)
Guests above the age of 16 should be registered on the Airbnb site. The present charge is $65 a night for a couple and $20 for each additional guest above the age of 16. As a courtesy, guests should let us know how many children under the age of 16 will be staying with them.
Service Fees: Airbnb charges a service fee in addition to the rental free. For example, with a one night stay for $65, this statement will appear below the "Book It" button: "Excludes Airbnb service fee ($8)"
A limited number of modest 'events' may occur at the Hutch. However, additional fees may apply, and the hosts reserve the right to decide about proposed events on case by case basis.
Under no circumstances will The Hutch be used as a "party" place with drunkenness and excessive noise. We advertise our place as "quiet country living." Games of volleyball, laughter, and children laughing and screaming would be welcome.
- An out-of-town Hillsdale College family wants to use the Hutch to host a party for a son or daughter who is graduating.
- A Hillsdale College club or honorary uses the Hutch for a campfire and cook out.
We built this apartment in 2006 for my mother, who spent her last years with us. It is now a comfortable, private apartment completely separate from our residence. Since my mother's passing in 2010, we have used her place to show hospitality to friends and family, and in 2013, we decided to dub the place "The Hutch" and list it here on Airbnb.
- The Bed: This apartment has a new IKEA king-size bed (purchased in March 3, 2013). It is very comfortable.
- The Futon: We have a very nice futon, which would be great for ONE large sleeper like Rob, who tends to "travel" when he sleeps, or two sleepers like Regina, who curls up and minds her own space when she sleeps. Either way, the futon is comfortable (no bar in your back!) and certainly suitable for two children, maybe even two teenagers, depending if they travel or curl.
- Love Seat Bed: We also have a love seat that folds out into a bed. This is great for a chid's bed or maybe a teen.
- IKEA folding mattress: In March 2013, we also bought an extra IKEA mattress that can be on the floor and used for another child.
Located just ten minutes from Hillsdale College on a small hobby farm, the Hutch is ideal for parents and visitors to the college as well as visitors to Allen, the antique capital of Michigan, just eight minutes away.
The Hutch includes air conditioning, high-speed Wifi Internet, a private entrance and cedar deck, two big bay windows overlooking woods and gardens, a combined living room and kitchen area with a full-size refridgerator/freezer, stove, oven, microwave, one bedroom, shelves with a good selection of books, table games, a walk-in closet, a Whirlpool washer and dryer, a bathroom with a walk-in shower, an iron and ironing board, and other amenities to make your stay convenient and comfortable. As of March 2013, we are still outfitting the kitchen, but we still need to get things organized there. (We just bought a collection of new pots and pans from IKEA.)
We have not yet listed the Hutch as accessible to physically challenged friends because of the three steps up onto the deck, but we are working on that. We hope to make a ramp available for wheel chairs, for once the steps up onto the deck are navigated, the Hutch really is fully assessable. We built the place for my ailing mother, so the shower is a walk-in with handrails and the bay windows are set at lower level, so friends in wheel chairs can look out.
The Hutch's side of the property, the west side of the building closest to the road, will be yours during your stay. Even though the Hutch is attached to our home, it really is private, as our respective entrances and decks are on opposite sides of the building.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our little hobby farm. We'll keep our distance, so you have privacy, but please let us know if you'd like to visit our barn, meet our animals, or even get a small taste of farm life. Indeed, guests are welcome, though certainly not obligated, to embrace the whole farming experience. But perhaps you would prefer completely ignoring the farm, though you might occasionally hear our horse, goats, excessively friendly dog, and rooster.
However you envision your visit, we will promise you a quiet place in the country to relax. You even have a quiet corner of our property, and just in the tree line in front of your deck is a fire ring with an ample supply of cut wood for campfires. If you want us to build a fire for you, just let us know.
Your hostess, my lovely wife Regina, is a native Austrian from Walding, Upper Austria. She also owns and operates Mama's Backerei throughout the year but especially during the warm months, when she bakes a large assortment of goodies for the Hillsdale City Market on Saturday mornings.
For breakfast, you may enjoy artesian European style breads and rolls made from organic whole-grain flours. In the fall of 2012, Regina baked about 12 different kinds of breads (including gluten free items) and other baked goods each week for the market.
Rob and Regina
We might eventually write more here, but in the meantime, here are a few high-interest items for us:
- BOOKING THE HUTCH: We are new to Airbnb, and though we have, thus far, had five wonderful experiences hosting guests and none negative, we are still a little shy and careful about this new endeavor. We are most comfortable with those who introduce themselves with complete profiles and even reviews. We agree with the Airbnb Help Center's advice on How to Travel:
"Profiles: It's a good idea to fill out your profile before you start contacting hosts as many hosts prefer to learn about potential guests. The fastest way to fill out your profile is to connect your (website hidden) account. You can also edit your profile by clicking the down arrow next to your name all the way at the top of the screen, selecting Profile, and clicking on Edit Profile. Some hosts require complete profiles, so if you haven't done so already you might get asked to upload a photo, add a description, or more when you try to message them." https://www.airbnb.com/help/getting-started/how-to-travel
- COUPLES: We respectfully reserve the Hutch for single individuals and married couples only. No unregistered overnight visitors are allowed.
- SMOKING: Even though we said "No" in the Amenities tab, you will, of course, be allowed to smoke on the deck or grounds. We purchased two Adirondack chairs, a small table, and an ash tray for the deck. Smoking is NOT permitted inside.
- ANIMALS: No pets are allowed. (Changed July 8, 2014).
- FIRE: Please do not have open flames in the apartment, including candles. Please stay in the apartment if you are using the dryer. We have three smoke alarms and two fire extinguishers in the apartment. BACK STORY: One winter morning a few years ago, we watched in horror as our next-door neighbors' house (just south of us) burnt to the ground because they had thrown a load of laundry in the dryer and had gone to Walmart. So that is why, considering the Hutch is attached to our home, we are slightly pyrophobic.
- PROBLEMS: Please let us know if anything is wrong. As we are rookies to AirBnB, we want you to be happy and write nice reviews about our place. :-)
We always feel very welcomed at the Hutch. Thank you Rob and Regina.
My family and I had a fabulous experience at The Hutch. Regina welcomed us in to the cozy accommodations, thoroughly explaining the area including Hillsdale College, the purpose of our visit. The setting of The Hutch was a quaint hobby farm. Regina openly shared her farm with us, from fresh eggs to baby goats. We will be recommending The Hutch for friends and family.
We had a wonderful time at The Hutch! I surprised my wife with a Valentine's Day getaway, and this was the perfect place. Rob and Regina had the place fully ready for us, including fresh milk and orange juice in the refrigerator. The Hutch is spotless, and it leaves nothing wanting. Thank you!
Our host, as usual, was very hospitable and eager to assist us in any way.
We were looking for a quiet getaway within easy driving distance to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The Hutch was a perfect choice! We enjoyed the fresh farm goods, the beauty of the snow, and the chance to meet the goats, pony, and chickens. We barely missed a chance to milk a goat and would love to do that if we return. Thank you for a very pleasant stay!
About the Host, Rob And Regina
I'm originally from the LaSalle section of Niagara Falls, New York, and my wife, Regina, is from Walding, Austria. I served eight years in the U.S. Air Force -- working with SR-71's in California and England, F-4G's in West Germany, and B-52's in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I 'flew' an IBM Selectric III.
Regina and I met in Marquette, Michigan, where I was an undergrad at Northern Michigan University and she was a nanny. Before moving to Hillsdale, we lived for six years on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northernmost part of Michigan. The Mackinaw Bridge is half-way between Hillsdale and our old home of Hancock (ten hours away), which should give you an idea of how big our beautiful state is! Our past lives and homes in the Great Lakes region (Michigan, western New York) and in Europe (Austria, Germany) are reflected in some of the decor and books found in the Hutch.
Our two daughters are students at Hillsdale College, and our son is a home-schooled high school freshman who likes Taekwon-Do, the Boy Scouts, his yellow lab Jean Louise (Scout), and his mandolin. Although we are called "townies" by some at Hillsdale College, we are grateful that our girls can still attend a place like Hillsdale. This nationally-known and elite little school still believes that truth, goodness, and beauty are both objective and knowable, so it's little like going back to the 1950's -- in a very good way.
Regina, an Austrian elementary school teacher by profession, teaches (or has taught) at home, at a Montessori preschool, and at Hillsdale College as an adjunct professor of German. She is the farmer, baker, and creative artisan of the family. In fact, Regina has a baking and crafts business called Mamas Bäckerei, which has a website easily found with a web search engine. She not only bakes great breads and makes delicious cheese with the assitance of our goats, she also spins and knits beautiful things to wear.
I teach English in a local public high school, have served on the board of directors of a classical charter school, and will soon appear in a documentary on the first liberal art (grammar). I enjoy writing, sleeping, prog rock, Jerry Garcia, Doctor Who, Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, the Book of Concord, good wine, and diagramming sentences.
The Hutch is still very much an experiement for us, and we hope that we will have guests, especially fellow Hillsdale College parents.
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