This house is a local charitable effort. We have hosted an American family whose house burned down, a family of asylum seekers from Colombia, an immigrant family whose primary wage earner was recovering from a work-related injury, and several short-term immigrant families who needed a month of help while they saved up for a deposit on an apartment, etc.
Casa Guate was built ca. 1920. It is old fashioned and not fancy, with the possible exception of the original woodwork, which has been painted white, and a front picture window with its original stained glass panel. Windows are large and air circulation is excellent. The northwest corner of the house has settled noticeably, but has been evaluated and is only an aesthetic issue. The two bedrooms, combined with two separate living rooms, would make this a great house for two families traveling together, who might like to feel like they have their own space from time to time. The house is completely furnished secondhand and by donation. It is clean and tidy, but if you require matching linens and are not comfortable with thrifty shabbiness, please consider whether booking is appropriate for you.
Serveis i zones comuns
You'll have the whole house, with the exception of the basement, which has an exterior locked entrance. If for some reason you need emergency access to shut off the water, I'll be right over. The yard has a lightweight fence, more of a visual barrier than anything else, so small kids would still need supervision.
Interacció amb els hostes
I'm available for questions if needed, but I won't intrude. I've lived in Kirksville for 20 years and used to work at the university.
Altres aspectes destacables
Today I added wifi and basic cable plus the Spanish package, until the end of 2017. We have is two large living rooms and a nice big dining room, so plenty of space for face-to-face interaction. I have comfortably hosted up to 15 people here for a party, and you're welcome to have friends over, but please keep it reasonably quiet and respectful. I have a master key if needed, but the front door has a code lock, so you won't have to worry about meeting me at some specific time to get in. The code will be unique to each booking and reset upon your departure; it should not be shared except among registered guests.
Please imagine you're staying at your grandmother's house, and clean up after yourself in the kitchen and bathroom :) Feel free to have friends over, but no loud parties. Absolutely no smoking inside or out, and no pets. Casa Guate is mostly carpeted, and the guests after you might have allergies. You can get your $50 cleaning fee refunded by remaking the beds with clean sheets, washing and replacing towels, and vacuuming before you leave, so that I only need to do a quick walk through to make sure it's ready for the next guests. Anything else, please just leave me a note if you run out, so that I can resupply for the next guests. Kindly unplug all appliances before you leave.