The cottage welcomes guests with an inviting mix of vintage charm and 21st century updates. It sits in a garden on its own lot, next door to our house. Our neighborhood, on the border of Shoreline, offers a quiet and convenient springboard to the Seattle area's attractions.
Beadboard and shingle walls, an antique stained glass window and a tile floor in the foyer greet visitors to the front door. The foyer opens into the warm fir floors of the living room, where a vintage sofa and rocker allow you to relax with a book, the stereo/iPod dock, or the flatscreen TV. Netflix streaming is included, along with a DVD player. A wall of bookshelves is stocked with a variety of reading material, and an assortment of games and puzzles. Wireless internet and a small desk provide comfortable workspace if needed.
The newly remodeled kitchen (winter '17) includes a full-sized stove, and new refrigerator, small dishwasher and microwave/hood , soapstone countertops and custom cabinetry. Cookware is on hand to prepare full meals for family or friends. The kitchen is stocked with a variety of breakfast foods, plus pantry basics such as cooking oil and spices. A table and chairs are tucked in a beadboard-lined nook off the kitchen, with larger windows offering a view of the back garden. An ironing board, original to the house, is built into a cabinet in the kitchen wall (the iron is 21st century!).
The bathroom maximizes its small footprint with great function and thoughtful details. It features the charm of a marble hex-tile floor with the modern comfort of radiant heat to keep toes toasty. The quiet overhead fan includes a heater and nightlight. Shelves and hooks are conveniently placed to keep your gear handy around the pedestal sink. A vintage light fixture and medicine cabinet combine with tile walls and a curbless shower to create a comfortable, eclectic space.
Just outside the bathroom, a full-sized washer and dryer make it convenient for guests who need to do laundry. Allergen-free detergent and stain remover are kept stocked.
The large bedroom features a queen bed with brass headboard. The small bedroom offers a double bed with painted iron headboard. In warm weather, both beds offer high thread-count cotton sheets; soft European flannel sheets are supplied in winter. A variety of cotton, wool, and down blankets and comforters allows you to customize the level of warmth and weight you sleep with, and several types of pillows allow you a choice of support. Each bedroom includes a clock radio and ceiling fan.
The private backyard offers a patio and yard furniture where you can enjoy your morning coffee or relax with a book. Help yourself to the organically grown herbs for your cooking, or cut some fresh lavender to tuck into your pillowcase. We will work around your schedule for lawn mowing and garden maintenance.
We respect our guests' privacy, and will only check in occasionally to ensure that they are finding everything they need, in the cottage, the neighborhood, and Seattle in general. That said, we enjoy getting to know our guests, and welcome them to visit with us as much as their time allows!
Seattle sales tax (10.1%) is included in the quote.
1. Please respect our need to maintain this as a non-smoking house. If you wish to smoke outdoors, please use a receptacle for your cigarette waste.
2. The soft fir and hemlock floors in the cottage appreciate gentle treatment. Please remove outdoor footwear when you enter.
3. Seattle is proud of its recycling success, and makes it relatively easy for everyone to help reduce the load in our landfill. We appreciate your help in separating recycles, compost, and garbage. A quick guide to what goes where is posted on the refrigerator.
4. Please help us maintain the cottage by treating it as you would your own—with respect and gentleness.
5. We have wonderful neighbors! Please show them the respect that you would like to be shown.
Mike: journalist, handyman, history major, big into cycling
Margaret: college student, double major in Chinese and science, loves highland dance, the violin, and roller skating (quads!)