Avoid reserving expensive hotel rooms and eating out every meal - rent our entire first floor (1,700 sqft), complete with a full kitchen, grill, private yard, media room with 8' projection screen, king and queen beds, three queen air mattresses and a futon, and two bathrooms - one with a jacuzzi! Pets are very welcome but require us to charge an extra cleaning fee (not deposit). Each dog under 25lbs is $35/stay; each dog 25lbs and over is $50/stay. We give 5% of our profits to local charities.
OVERVIEW: Guests will have access to entire first floor (approximately 1,700 sqft). Access is through front door (shared with hosts) or through sliding glass doors in guest living room (private entrance). High-resolution floor plan available upon request. Host family (Matt, Lara, baby Isaac, and small dog Zelda) live upstairs on second floor.
TWO OR THREE BEDROOMS: The master guest bedroom has a memory foam bamboo pillow-top king mattress (purchased new in August 2015), flat-screen TV with Apple TV, swiveling recliner chair, vanity, and ample closet space. Its large, sunny windows look out onto private backyard with mature weeping willow and sculptural flower pots. The second guest bedroom has a 2012 memory foam queen mattress, ample closet space, and antique furnishings. Our private spa room can also be converted into a third bedroom for additional sleeping accommodations.
TWO BATHROOMS: The master guest bathroom has jacuzzi tub and showerhead, vanity, and heated tile floors. The second guest bathroom is up one flight of stairs from bedrooms and has bathtub with detached showerhead and vanity.
KITCHEN, LIVING ROOM, AND PATIO: The guest living room has an office desk with external monitor and cables for laptops to connect as well as ethernet hook-ups, dining table for four, and sliding glass door with access to backyard and patio. Attached kitchen has electric range/oven, cooking utensils, pots and pans, baking sheets/dishes, full-size refrigerator with freezer, microwave, Keurig, sink, and dinnerware. A second dining table with seating for six is available in media room. The private backyard has sculptural flower pots, mature trees, cement patio, seating for six, and propane Weber grill.
EXTRAS: The private spa room has an infra-red sauna, professional massage table, and space for yoga. The media room room has Dolby surround-sound, 8' projection TV, and Apple TV. Two blow-up mattress (queen-sized) with pillow-toppers are available in the spa, and a futon is available in the media room for extra sleeping options. The entire suite offers high-speed wireless internet (5 Ghz w/up to 100 megabits/sec download speeds). Ample street-side parking is available with space for up to four vehicles. The suite is mostly carpeted, which is professionally cleaned annually. Washer and dryer are available in host’s living area upon request.
A passcode unlocks the front door, and we provide guests with the code upon check-in. The front door enters onto a landing with the second guest bathroom and entry door into our living room. Guests must descend one, extra-wide flight of stairs off the landing to access all guest facilities except for the second guest bathroom. Guests can also access facilities without entering the front door by walking down a short grassy slope and entering through the sliding glass doors in guest living room.
Interaction with guests
We love to host people, but our work at the university keeps us quite busy. We look forward to meeting everyone and expect our interactions with guests to be primarily limited to check-ins, check-outs, and short conversations in passing.
Other things to note
We live on the second level above the guest facilities with our 10lb hypo-allergenic Maltese poodle and baby boy Isaac. The previous owners of our house had cats, but we have thoroughly cleaned to remove cat dander. We have hosted many people with severe cat/dog allergies without issues.
We typically go to bed around 10PM, and we expect guests to keep noise to a minimum after this time. We also expect guests to ask for instructions to use home theater and spa before use. Also, we ask guests not smoke anywhere on the premise. Please tell us a bit about your dog before bringing him/her (no cats please).
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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I'm an Iowa native, recent graduate from Virginia Tech, and assistant professor in the department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois. I enjoy gardening, road/mountain biking, running, hiking, cooking, piano playing, and photography in my free time. My wife is also a faculty member at the university, and her background is landscape architecture.