Our "California Dreamin' Suite" includes a private living room, bedroom, and ensuite private bath on the ground floor of our tri-level home. Since you have the floor to yourself, the suite is perfect for late arrivals/early departures as well as for those who want to relax. Enjoy your complimentary morning coffee or tea with a view of the pool and garden from your covered patio. A small refrigerator and microwave are in the suite for your use, and you are welcome to also use the gas grill.
Enter your suite through our side gate (gate code will be provided) and covered patio. Step back in time to a period when life in California was more relaxed, but do it while enjoying modern comforts, including high speed wireless internet access and a USB wall outlet for charging your devices. The suite is named for the art and photographs of various parts of California that decorate the walls. The the Art Deco "Waterfall" style bedroom furniture and various other decorative "treasures" from the 1930s originally furnished my grandparents' home in Oakland and my husband's family's home in Napa.
The bedroom features a double bed with pillowtop mattress, luxurious linens, a matelasse bedspread and duponi silk comforter. You can put your suitcase on the wooden luggage rack, but there is no need to live out of it. The closet and dresser drawers are available for you to put away your things. A chest of drawers at the foot of your bed holds extra pillows and blankets. Your bedroom has a flat screen TV with Dish satellite (250 stations), Roku (Netflix and Amazon Prime), and a DVD player. We have a large selection of DVD's in our living room upstairs that you can borrow.
The bath was completely gutted and remodeled in winter 2015 and includes a shower with both handheld and rainfall shower heads, a water-saving dual-flush toilet, a granite counter with raised basin, and a heated tile floor too keep your toes warm. Fluffy towels and bathrobes are provided, as are basic toiletries and a hairdryer.
Living room furnishings include a small couch, a comfortable arm chair, and a large credenza (which is my sewing cabinet when there are no guests). If you are here on business, the top of the credenza provides a work space with an appropriate chair.
You are welcome to bring in your own food for lunch or dinner. In addition to the small refrigerator and microwave, there is a coffee bar with a coffee maker and an electric tea kettle. The cabinet under the coffee maker has dishes and bowls, glasses, flatware, and a blender. In temperate weather, you may chose to enjoy your meals at the table and chairs on the covered patio outside your suite. If it's colder, there is a small bistro table and folding chairs that you can set up in your suite (provided the aerobed is not set up) for inside dining for two.
The suite has central air conditioning and heat, although the controlling thermostat is in the master bedroom of the house on the upper floor. For more individual climate control, we provide a small space heater and an oscillating floor fan for your use.
The suite has hardwood floors in the living and bedrooms and tile floors in the bathroom. The small (1") step from the yard to the living room make the suite accessible for those with mobility issues. The bathroom shower is a walk in with a very small curb. However, the doorways are standard width, and the narrow spaces in both the bath and bedroom would make it difficult to get a wheelchair into the bath or near the bed.
The bedroom accommodates 2 guests, but the living room can be set up with a queen-sized aerobed which can accommodate two more. Upon request, we will set up the aerobed and make it up with regular linens.
Other amenities include:
-Clock radio with IPOD dock in your bedroom.
-Stereo in the living room of your suite (music CDs available).
-Ironing board and iron in your suite.
-Solar heated pool with waterfall (summer only)
-Garden with pond, gazebo, and deck.
-New smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your rooms.
In addition to the private keyed entrance from the garden, there is also an entrance from the the upstairs main entry hall of the house via a stairway, making it convenient to access the main rooms of the house upstairs. The keyed door at the top of the stairway, can be locked to ensure your privacy.
Guests have access to all the common areas of the house and garden. You are welcome to use the common areas (kitchen, living room, dining room, family room) on the main floor of the house, but the main floor is not wheelchair accessible and not easily accessible to guests with mobility issues due to the stairs.
Our garden and pool are right out your sliding door. You can swim in the pool in the summer. The patio, deck, gazebo, pool and yard have lights for evening and nighttime use. There may be other guests using the common areas in our home during your stay; we have two additional guest rooms upstairs (The Hakuna Matata Room and the Wisteria Room), both also listed on AirBnB.
You may arrange for kitchen privileges in our fully equipped kitchen upstairs. Just ask if you need pots or pans or anything else. If you would like to eat in, but don't want to cook, several restaurants in the area offer delivery service for lunch and dinner.
We have a portable crib, high chair, and booster chair you can borrow if you need them.
We want you to feel secure and safe. We own our home outright, so there is no risk of your reservation being cancelled due to foreclosure or landlord issues. Our pool is fenced separately from the rest of the yard with a 4' safety fence with a locked gate.
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You will be staying in our home. We are both retired and one or the other of us is likely to be around to answer questions. If not, we can be reached by phone, text, or email.
We love to travel and try to anticipate what other travelers require. Our goal is to provide all that and more. We have lots of tourist info for Sacramento and other parts of California as well as personal knowledge of much of the state. We can help you plan your day or the rest of your trip. Or if you prefer, you can just sit back and relax in privacy. Because of the privacy afforded by the suite, there are times we never see some of our guests.
IMPORTANT: We have two very friendly medium sized dogs. The pets live in our house, but do not go into the suite. They have their own fenced yard separate from the garden/pool area. However, we do sometimes let them into the main yard when we are outside. Please keep the gate to the yard and the front door of the house closed at all times so the dog don't get out into the street. Our animals are friendly and well behaved in the house once they get over their initial excitement of meeting new people.
Because we have three listings, including this one, on Airbnb at this location, there may be other guests present during your stay. In the summer, they may be using the pool or yard during your stay.
We don't wear shoes in the house, but you can wear yours if you want.
Laundry privileges can be arranged for a small charge to cover our costs (instituted after a guest visiting her parents in Sacramento asked if she could do 10 loads of laundry here)--we practice and encourage water conservation. See our blog under "Useful Information."
Please note that there is an extra charge per guest for more than two guests that Airbnb will assess when you make your reservation.
If you have any concerns or suggestions that would make your stay more enjoyable, please let us know. We do make changes based on suggestions from our guests.
No smoking in the house. You may smoke on the deck, on the covered patio, or in the backyard. We don't smoke, but we have ashtrays for your cigarette butts.
Normal check-in time is from 3 pm to 6 pm. Normal check-out is 11 am. Earlier check-in and later check-out may be available depending on whether there are other guests staying in your room the morning of your arrival and evening of your departure, respectively. If you need to check in or out at times other than our normal times, please ask before you arrive. In any event, we would be happy to store your luggage for you until your room is ready the morning of your arrival or afternoon of your departure, and you are welcome to use the common areas of our home.
Please do not leave wet items on the wood floors, furniture or bed covers. It ruins them. Please put hot and cold drinks on the coasters that are provided. If you have dirty dishes during your stay, please let us know so that we can run them through the dishwasher upstairs.
No need to make the bed when you leave. We will wash and change the bedding. Because we care about the environment and we live in a dry state, we try to conserve water. We do not routinely replace linens for stays of less than a week, but if you need fresh bed linens at any time, please let us know.
Please remember to leave your room keys! There is a $25 charge for keys that are not returned.
I believe life is short, and we should all try to be kind to one another and leave the world better (or at least no worse) than we found it. I'm a wife, a mom, a sister, a licensed civil engineer, a retired manager, a community volunteer (ccurrently a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children and formerly a Girl Scout Leader and volunteer for nine years), a mentor, and a friend. My hobbies include making things (quilts, stained glass windows, dolls, and I tried blowing glass once), being outdoors (kayaking, camping, white water rafting), photography, baking, and reading. I like theater, music, and movies. I'm a native Californian and have lived here my entire life.
My husband of thirty plus years and your cohost, Ken, is one of the nicest people I know. He is also an engineer (environmental) and all around handy person. He is a retired Assistant Executive Officer for the Sacramento Regional Water Quality Control Board. He knows something about almost everything. He likes music, reading (science fiction, mostly), and building stuff.
We're empty nesters. We have two wonderful kids, of whom we are very proud. With our professional interest in environmental issues, it may come as no surprise that we recycle, upcycle, compost, and use minimal pesticides. We try to practice water conservation, and we reuse our greywater (your shower water irrigates our flower beds). We also have a solar heater for our pool and photovoltaic array on our roof to reduce our dependence on the "grid."
We love to travel. Most memorable adventures include seeing sea turtles hatching on the beach in Mexico; having humpback whales surround our boat for about an hour in Hawaii; watching a lion hunt a gazelle in Botswana; rappelling into a cave in New Zealand to zip line through a pitch black cavern (and then free-climbing up two small waterfalls to get back out); having a police escort on about 12 miles of closed freeway to the closing ceremonies of a conference at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China; and taking a series of gondolas over Mt. Blanc to get from France to Italy (with our young kids in tow). I've traveled most of the US and parts of western Europe. I'd like to sail around the Greek Islands.
We enjoy hosting people and learning about other places. In Ireland, it seems that most people have a bnb in their homes. When I heard about Airbnb, I thought "What a great idea!"