Enjoy your stay in a unique historic home in the town of Paxton. The house is walking distance to antique stores, and restaurants on the downtown strip of Paxton, and 30 miles from Chambana and the UIUC campus.
Enjoy your stay in a unique historic home in the town of Paxton. The house is walking distance to antique stores, and restaurants on the downtown strip of Paxton, and 30 miles from Chambana and the UIUC campus. All of the bedrooms are on the 2nd floor. The main bedroom is essentially a suite; it is connected to a semi-private bathroom, and office space. The two other bedrooms are down the hall, and they only have access to the downstairs bathroom. The main bathroom on the first floor has a jetted tub and shower. The bathroom on the second floor has a clawfoot tub/shower. Kick back and relax in the common areas downstairs; read a book in the bay window nook or try out a tune on the old piano. When the weather allows, enjoy the landscaping of the front yard, and the organic gardens, sitting areas, and fruit trees in the back. Grab a book and enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine beneath the magnolia tree, and lounge in one of the hammock chairs or hammocks strung around the property. For breakfast, coffee/tea, local eggs, toast or English muffins, and local jam are available for you to prepare to your liking.
Wireless internet is available. There is plenty of street parking available.
Accès des voyageurs
You will have access to the whole house, but please remember that this house is the place that I normally call home. Please stay out of the all of the closets and dressers besides those in the main guest bedroom; if guests in each bedroom will need closet or drawer space that can be accommodated with ample notice. There is a shared jetted tub and shower on the first floor. Kick back and relax in the common areas downstairs; read a book in the bay window nook or try out a tune on the old piano. When the weather allows, enjoy the landscaping of the front yard, and the organic gardens, sitting areas, and fruit trees in the back. Grab a book and enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine beneath the magnolia tree, and lounge in one of the hammock chairs or hammocks strung around the property. For breakfast, coffee/tea, local eggs, toast or English muffins/bread, and local jam are available for you to prepare to your liking. If you will need fridge space, please let me know ahead of time (when the garden is producing fridge space can be very valuable).
Échanges avec les voyageurs
I really enjoy meeting new people from all sorts of backgrounds. I am usually quite busy with work, school (I am pursuing my PhD), and various projects, but when time allows, and if you are up for it, I would love to relax and chat over a cup of tea or glass of wine. Although odds are that if you are renting the entire place I will probably head out of town to play somewhere else for the day... or I might work on one of my other historic properties down the street, and in that case I would love to give you a tour of the place and make sure that you are comfortable and get settled in.
I also rent just the main guest bedroom through Airbnb if you do not need the entire house.
Unfortunately, the outside of the house needs to be painted, but despite that external blemish, the house is quite comfortable. I have been doing a lot of remodeling on the house over the years, and though it is mostly finished, the hallways and back porch still need some work (it is still a work in progress). If I ever have an indoor project that could conflict with your stay I will definitely let you know before you book.
This is a sustainably oriented, low waste house, which means that recycling and composting are mandatory (it takes me several months to fill one small trash bag with actual trash). Please be respectful of this low waste effort, and if you have any questions as to what or how, I will gladly explain my strategy or help you find the information.
If you are familiar with that living style, fantastic! If not, please don’t be intimidated by the concept, it is pretty simple in practice.
Check in is flexible, and check out is by noon (though if you ask nicely you can lounge in the garden until later or keep your bags here while you are off antiquing).
Arrangements can be made to accommodate more than two guests.
There is a cat that usually lives here, his name is Cinder, and he can be very affectionate and friendly; he also seems to like dogs. Depending on your preference and length of stay, I will likely house Cinder elsewhere while you rent the house.
I have a lot of my own artwork throughout the house, as well as many fragile items, so the house is not very child friendly. That said, I am open to hosting families with well behaved children.
For wintertime guests: in an attempt to make this house more energy efficient I opted to have forced air heat just downstairs, and heat the bedrooms on the second floor separately as needed. The guest room has an electric heater as well as an electric mattress pad heater, which should keep you nice and cozy.
No smoking, and no drugs allowed on premises. Pets might be allowed depending on their temperament, but there may be an added fee, and/or they may have to stay outside. Please contact me to discuss that option. Unfortunately I had a very negative experience with a previous guest who had brought a large dog, so now I am very hesitant about allowing other people's pets into my house.
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I am a very passionate and driven woman who takes on a lot of different things and thoroughly enjoys living life! I appreciate positive attitudes and motivated people. I love cooking, gardening, drinking good wine, travelling, good conversations, as well as relaxing and enjoying what life has to offer. I also love the outdoors and am a competent outdoors-woman (I am good at wielding an axe and running a chainsaw as odd as that may seem for a girl that actually grew up in the city). I love rock climbing, backpacking, caving, scuba diving, triathlons, marathons, and all kinds of other sports. I love learning new things and going on adventures. I love art; I love appreciating other people’s talents as well as expanding on my own. I have a curious nature and because of that I love trying new things, seeing new places and learning as much as I can about the world. I am also very passionate about the environment and being 'green'; I'm constantly thinking about ways I can live my life more sustainably.
I grew up in Chicago, but I have also lived in Montana and Hawaii. I am back in Illinois pursuing my PhD, which is great because I get to spend time with my family (all of whom live in Chicago). When I moved to Hawaii, I bought this house in Paxton as a major fixer upper project/glorified storage unit. I have really enjoyed fixing it up over the years, and now I am really excited to be able to share it with guests. Now that I am back in the midwest for my PhD I split my time between Chicago and Paxton depending on what I have going on with school and other projects. I love going back and forth between both worlds; I love the culture of Chicago and all that the city has to offer, but I also like getting away to the small town life where the nights are calm, the stars fill the sky, and the drone of the insects serenade you to sleep in the summertime. Life is a delicate balance.