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I had a great time staying at The Annex. Gail keeps the house clean and orderly, and there's a real sense of community right outside the back door. The space out back is shared by the Bed and Breakfast - Fertile Grounds - along with other neighbors who tend a well manicured garden. When you throw in the vendors who serve tamales and Middle Eastern food, it feels like a slice of paradise. It's also a short walk to downtown Olympia, and found that I didn't need a car when dining or exploring the downtown area.
The Annex also includes a hot tub, which Gail was cleaning when I arrived, and fired up shortly afterward. My four day stay was very enjoyable, and I will stay there next time I return to Olympia.
If you're going to Olympia, stay with Gail! She is an awesome lady who was happy to tell us about all the neat things Olympia had to offer! We really enjoyed all her hospitality and getting to meet Bindi the cat as well. Gail is wonderful to visit with and made our stay so fun and memorable.
Also of mention is the amazing Common's area at Fertile Grounds. We loved spending some time in their garden and felt so peaceful, even though we were in the city. Gail and her team have done an amazing job making a beautiful green space that is open for all to enjoy... a true "commons" area. We loved her vision and are excited for our next visit!
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Friendly place to stay on a super charming property (gardens and a tamale cart out back, walkable to everything in downtown Oly). I used to live in Olympia and was visiting and really didn't want to stay on a friend's couch or in a hotel, so this was perfect :)
Like Gail says, this is a room in her house so it's close quarters. Nice ones, though!
And the hot tub was wonderful. I'll definitely recommend this to friends.
Gail was great. A very relaxed host. We felt welcome and comfortable right away. The house is clean and cute. Very close to downtown Oly. Would definitely recommend it!
Fertile Ground is one of the best airbnb places we have stayed. Gail is welcoming, accommodating, fun, and interesting. She cooked the most wonderful full breakfasts every morning, including omelets, pancakes with cooked apples, and fantastic huevos rancheros. The coffee was great, and we were treated to white grape juice that came from grapes out of the garden that we could see out the window. The bed was extremely comfortable, and everything just felt nice. When we saw the place upon arrival and were given a tour of the upstairs as well, I knew an artist must have been involved. I was right. Every detail in all places was tasteful, thoughtful, different, and interesting.The bedding is lovely, and even children can be accommodated in the upstairs rooms. We stayed downstairs and had a large, private bathroom. Finally, the views from all of the windows include beautiful flowers and other things pleasant. We highly recommend Fertile Ground and would definitely stay there again.
Very cool place! Beautiful garden, very warm house, extremely clean. Gail makes you feel welcome and at home!
Gail and the West Room at Fertile Ground were my first AirBnB experience! I'll keep it short and sweet: the place is immaculately clean, wonderfully appointed, has an *organized* library, big grounds, and Gail is very friendly.
What a great place to stay - I'll definitely be back just to visit Olympia on weekends, and so will my girlfriend.
Gail was incredibly kind and considerate & the property was very well located. I highly recommend staying in any of her properties!
This was my second stay at Fertile Ground; I was accompanied by my 10 & 11 year old sons on this trip. I love that the house is in a quiet neighbourhood within walking distance of downtown. The rooms are done really nicely with comfy beds and everything you need (right down to fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers). Gail makes a delicious breakfast and I really had to reign my older son in on our last morning. Love the hosts, love the house, will definitely be returning on my next trip to the US! Thanks :D
Thanks for staying and enjoying the ranch..It was nice having you! :)
Gail and her friends were great guests. We always appreciate hosting and getting feedback from fellow Airbnb hosts. I am looking forward to staying at Gail's place sometime in the future. Thanks for booking with us. And thank you for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy upon your departure.
Gail and her friend Karen were wonderful guests.. Being airbnb hosts themselves, they seem to know how to leave the place tidy and clean and they bring with them a very positive and appreciative attitude. You will love them both if you are lucky enough to host them. We miss them already and hope they will be back :)
Gail and her grandaughter were so quiet! It was a pleasure having them- even though I thought we would have more of a visit! Thank you for being yourselves and sharing a bit of yourselves here . You are super nice people!
Gail and her friend Diana (visiting from NY) were lovely house guests. Gail runs her own beautiful B & B in Olympia (Fertile Ground), so when they were preparing to leave she offered to strip the beds. Oh how sweet.
I hope to get down to Olympia sometime to stay for a night or two at her lovely place.