Comfortable, clean, memory foam mattresses on Ikea bunk beds. This is an opportunity to save a little money while staying in a clean room, sharing a kitchen and living room, and meeting friendly, inspiring travellers from around the world.
The house is a regular two-story family home built in the 1990s. The space has hosted a range of lovely travellers from over 15 different countries. At times, also staying are wonderful volunteers through Wwoof or Helpx who exchange room & board for working on our urban farm.
You are welcome to use the whole house, the kitchen, living room, dining room table, and there's even a sitting area in your shared room. There is a small grassy backyard for sitting and reading. You also have the option of using the full 200ft backyard space at our house around the corner. Feel free to come right in, and use the decks for hanging out and reading, playground for kids, trampoline, vegetable garden, and backyard chickens.
Interaction with guests
We live around the corner, and are happy to chat and connect if you want to explore ideas and get to know the people in the neighbourhood. You are certainly welcome to join us on our Wednesday potlucks if you happen to be here mid-week. Or we're happy to support your alone time by using the space to relax and retreat.
Other things to note
Prices for short term stays (under one month) include HST. For Canadian guests on a business trip, you can claim the HST as an Input Tax Credit by backing out the HST from the total price in your Airbnb Customer Receipt. The formula to calculate your HST = Total Price X 13 divided by 113.
If you require more of a private personal space, there is a bedroom next to the Shared Room also listed on Airbnb as Private Room Guelph.
Every Wednesday from 4pm-8pm from June to October, we host a potluck & CSA food pickup in our backyard at 47 Meadowview Ave around the corner that brings together community minded change makers from the neighbourhood & downtown.
Closest Grocery Stores:
Jones' No Frill's ($):
191 Silvercreek Pkwy N (5 min drive)
Food Basics ($):
222 Silvercreek Pkwy N (5 min drive)
Market Fresh ($$):
Royal Plaza, 10 Paisley St (4 min drive)
Goodness Me Health Food Store ($$):
36 Wellington St W (3 min drive)
Zehrs Markets Hartsland ($$):
160 Kortright Road West (7 min drive)
Please enjoy the shared spaces, and leave them better than you found them. Keep the common areas clean, wash up your own dishes promptly, and be courteous to other guests. No smoking in the house or anywhere on the property.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
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We are Mike and Mary-Kate. We care about creating an amazing, supportive community of people around us, local food, sustainable living, environmental design, and having a whole bunch of fun. We live in downtown Guelph, Ontario and are at the beginning stages of transforming our house and yard into an urban farm. We have three kids, Rowan (9), Sikhona (7), and River (5), a border collie (1)(Dash), 2 cats (Tiger & Luna), and about 15 laying hens.
We've loved watching our children learn to hold chickens, discover eggs, and develop a connection with their food. We're excited to help other people get backyard hens and believe there should be a chicken in every willing backyard in Guelph.
We have started the processing of transitioning our property to a "post peak oil" way of being. We have gutted our old stone house and have roughed in solar panels, solar hot water, greywater and to heat with a kachelofen. We are currently living in the beautifully designed and partially finished results of this long term planning. We are excited to try to determine how to grow and produce as much food as possible from our incredible property right in downtown Guelph. We have crazy ideas, and are loving every moment of living in possibility.
We own a 6-plex apartment building across the road from our house. Our aim is to fill this space with interesting, creative, inspired people who we will share our lives with. Around us, several friends have purchased houses and a community with intention has started to emerge as we are able to garden together, share child care, and help each other in a number of ways.
We also own a house in the neighbourhood that is set up as a hostel/ guest house to host volunteers and short term renters. This space enables us to host three volunteers at any one time. We have enjoyed a steady stream of really awesome travellers who have joined us over the past few months to help us in a number of ways. Some of the people who have stayed have specified particular interests and others just come and become part of this community.