Second bedroom is quiet and tucked away.Spa room has professional massage table, sauna, and room for yoga.
Beautiful Spacious Suite with Kitchen, Media Room
Beautiful Spacious Suite with Kitchen, Media Room

Entire home/apt

10 guests

3 bedrooms

2 beds
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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 2
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Keypad


Extra people: 35 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: 106
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: 210 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 air mattress
Common spaces
1 sofa bed, 3 air mattresses

House Rules
No smoking
Check in time is flexible

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.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

46 Reviews

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Alisha User Profile
August 2017
This space is the perfect sanctuary that could be used for many types of visits to Champaign-Urbana. Not only was it spacious and affordable for our family of four (which includes two small children) and our dog, it contains the type of amenities one would expect to find in a higher-end hotel. It felt like we were staying in a very high quality Bed and Breakfast. I could see this listing being perfect for visiting scholars who want to bring a spouse or family, it would be great for a couple's weekend because there are two spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. I could also see this as a great place to reside if one is coming to the area to explore on bike or for the Illini marathon weekend as the jacuzzi tub and sauna in the spa room would make the recovery so much nicer. For us, it was quiet, comfortable, and we had enough space for everyone to get the rest and relaxation they needed. The hosts have clearly put a lot of thought and care into offering their home for others to enjoy and have attended to many important details. I highly recommend this airbnb because it is an incredible value and comfortable stay. I cannot overstate how nice our stay was!

Tim User Profile
July 2017
We could not have asked for a better host or more perfect retreat for our family. Your place made the trip an over the top experience. We will make this our go-to Airbnb when returning to Champaign. Great space, clean to perfection, all the amenities and extra touches, beeper than described. Thank you! Everyone can reserve this place with total assurance of an excellent stay.

Cathleen User Profile
July 2017
This was one of the best airbnb experience I've had! Located on a quiet, almost nondescript street in a subdivision, adjacent to cornfields and a beautiful parkland with a walking path. The specialness of the house quietly unfolds. Spotlessly clean, with hotel-quality linens. Several light-filled rooms, with a wall of large windows. The media room and spa room don't have windows. The sleeping rooms are private- spaced well apart from each other. Well-appointed small kitchen. An incredibly comfortable firm but soft king bed in the main bedroom (plus 3 other beds that I saw-we didn't test the queen bed in the second bedroom; there was a futon in the media room, and in the spa room, a somewhat uncomfortable air mattress bed). Long expanses of clean cream colored carpeting that my dog loved racing down to retreive her toys. Mirrors, antiques, a beautiful garden in progress outside the windows. Lovely bathrooms. Attention to the details of what a guest might need. It smelled clean, and host Matthew was friendly and quick to respond. I highly recommend Matthew's place!

Denae User Profile
July 2017
We very much enjoyed our stay at Matt and Lara's wonderful home. They've managed to convert the entire downstairs unit into a wonderful retreat, complete with a beautiful backyard (with hammocks!). The space is really great, and even has 3 full bedrooms and 2 bathrooms if you are looking for a place for a group to stay. Everything was well-appointed and comfortable. We brought our dog with us, and he really enjoyed the place as well. Matt was incredibly gracious, responsive, and friendly, and we would love the chance to stay with him again. Highly recommended!

Sarah User Profile
June 2017
Beautiful, comfortable, spacious, and clean! This was the perfect place to enjoy time with family. The whirlpool tub was wonderful, projector movie night with complimentary popcorn was so fun, and the easy to use grill made summer dinner simple. Matthew was gracious and attentive. Absolutely loved our stay here!

Bob User Profile
June 2017
A unique and lovely home with a country setting in a university town. The hosts are just the best!

Billy User Profile
June 2017
Matt and Lara are great hosts, fully attentive to all of our needs. Their house could not be more comfortable or perfect for us.

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Urbana, Illinois, United StatesJoined in July 2012
Matthew User ProfileMatthew is a superhost.

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.

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