Used to live in Chicago, SF, LA, NY
Ruby was very responsive, we didn't see her but it was not a problem. I was a bit nervous about the bugs and the lack of running water, I was afraid it would be a bit too rustic for me. But we went there for some quiet time and a break from our busy lives and this is what we got.
The property is gorgeous, silence and peace! The cabin is clean, well decorated, the bed is very comfortable. There is a lot of things to keep everybody busy: games, books, disks... It was very nice...
My host immediately responded to my questions and the Cozy Cottage was as described in the listing. After driving from Los Angeles, the surrounding area was delightfully quiet and peaceful. I counted 44 different species of birds from the front porch swing and on the short walk to the river. The bed was comfortable and I had plenty of water supplied in large containers plus a small frig, microwave, several fans, a radio, and enough dishes. Everyone that I met was very friendly.
Ruby was really great about calling us up ahead of time and telling us how to get in. Her house is super cute and was just the right size for us. Great location to many areas downtown and by UW Madison. The master suite bedroom was really nice and the bed was great. The pull out sofa was too lumpy/hard to give a good night's sleep so I would not recommend using that bed for an adult.
I wish we could have stayed a few more nights and days. It was really a sweet bright place and it's a pleasure just to write this review to remember it. I loved the view of the hills from the porch most of all. We were there with knee deep snow all over but we went down to the river anyway and dawdled and that was great. I liked the wood stove; we cooked on it and slept comfortably by it. And there were nice things to play around with--the record player with funny records, the drawing materials, the range of books, VHS movies. The water and bathroom arrangement is primitive but it was fine for us and exactly what we expected. Ruby was genuinely enthusiastic about the cottage and the local area, and was really responsive and helpful. The main house is up the hill but it feels really private down at the cottage--maybe especially in winter. If anyone's looking for an enjoyable getaway with a view and nothing sophisticated, happily, to do, this is a perfect fit.
Exactly as described, a great little cabin just outside of town. We were in town to see friends in Madison, and it served as a great escape when we were done in the city. Things around the cabin were a little hard to find at first, but Ruby was extraordinarily responsive and helped ensure we were settled in in no time. Thanks!
Ruby's house was wonderful! Just what my group needed for the weekend. Cozy and a great location.
Ruby was a delightful and accommodating host, in spite of her incredibly busy schedule. Her home is clean and cozy, and only a short bus ride away from downtown. She offers a lovely range of do-it-yourself breakfast options and even will provide the fixings for a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, should you arrive at her home late at night having not eaten anything (like I did). I'd definitely stay with Ruby again next time I'm in Madison.
We had an amazing time at the Cozy Cottage, it was a perfect place to escape the city for a weekend. We enjoyed listening to records while roasting marshmallows by the fire. Ruby left everything ready and prepared for our stay and it was very comfortable. The area around the pond is beautiful and tranquil - we even saw a bald eagle while we were enjoying our morning coffee! We've already recommended this place to our friends. It's a great base to explore Devil's Lake, Madison, and everything else Southern Wisconsin has to offer!
Ruby's cottage is very cute, cozy and private. The wood stove and porch swing are great. This place is perfect for a romantic getaway, as long as you are ok with the lack of plumbing and a walk to the bathroom. Water is supplied in 2 large coolers. Washing dishes is stepping back in time a bit. I suggest bringing provisions and ice in your own cooler. Heating things up is easy. Bring a book and enjoy the peace and quiet!
Great place! Great views! There is no running water, so be prepared, but the rustic quality of the place and the serenity are terrific. We had a wonderful stay.
We were so happy to meet Ruby and her mom before they left. Very great women. Come again! Hope to make it once your direction.
Thanks a wonderful person, even if, it was not for the best at first, my maid got sick, so the apt got a 24h delay for it's full cleaning, we worked it out. and finally enjoyed oysters and wine and wonderful stories in one of those secret little place around the corner, we both share love for. She is an amazing person, a supper one to have in your place, and I hope we'll meet again one day, maybe in Cannes!
Ruby and Jason stayed two nights with us - we thoroughly enjoyed their company. Easy going, kind, and funny, they both were a breeze to get along with and were very low-maintenance. Good communication regarding arrival times. And as Air BnB hosts, Ruby & Jason are super aware of the work that goes into making a place comfortable and welcoming - they surprised us by stripping the bed and tidying their room before checking out. We're just sorry they had to leave!
Ruby and her family were a pleasure to host. They not only were incredibly respectful, clean, and generous, but they were a ton of fun to talk with and get to connect with. Their light added a quick bit of wonderful to my apartment! Thanks- you are welcome back any time.
We very much enjoyed hosting Ruby and her partner, Clark. They were very gracious, respectful, and friendly and left the cabin very clean.
Ruby and her friend Clark stayed with me for two nights. They are totally cool folks, very clean and respectful. They left the place spotless, and in in the drink container on the sink a nice stem flower picked from my neighbor's garden -- nah, I'm messing about the garden part. ;-) They are very cool to chat with. You would enjoy having them as guests!
This Cozy Cottage is also tres chic! I loved the art, the turquoise couch, and the exquisite white leather chair. The bed was really comfortable too, and it was fun to climb up and be in the loft. I was very concerned about being cold, but the Scandinavian wood-burning stove kept it gloriously toasty.
Ruby is aptly named, because she is a true gem. Ridiculously accommodating, gracious and funny, she will make sure that your stay is as close as possible to exactly what you wanted. I would definitely go back.