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Review 3769: Sea to Sky Rentals, University Lilac Cottage
2bed/1bath house in Seattle, Washington
August 2008, 4 nights
The cottage is near the University of Washington, in the northwestern part of Seattle. Very convenient for driving, and there are buses which travel downtown. It is around the corner from the University Village shopping complex, with many shops, restaurants, and services. The neighborhood is a mixture of nicely kept up houses and some showing their age. The cottage is on a side-street near a busy road, but you only hear traffic when at the outside front of the house. The neighboring houses are quite close, but we didn't hear any noise. The front deck overlooks the Gilman-Burke bike path.
You can walk to grocery stores, shops and restaurants in University Village.
The house is an older Victorian-style cottage, recently updated. You park the car in a space off the alley running along the back of the cottage, and then walk through the small backyard to the kitchen door. You enter into a mudroom, and then the large kitchen. The bathroom is off the kitchen, and also has a door leading to the dressing room of the master bedroom. A hallway leads to the two bedrooms, and then the living room at the front of the house.
You can view the property directly: University Lilac Cottage.
In the back yard is a patio with a dining set; and there's another on the front deck overlooking the bike path.
Furniture was fairly new and in excellent condition. The house has been simply but comfortably furnished, with attractive furnishings and decoration, wood floors, and light-blocking window shades. It was spotlessly clean; and very comfortable for four people.
The master bedroom had a queen-size, comfortable bed with antique headboard and wooden dressers and nightstands. The twin bedroom had two twin beds. Large closets in both bedrooms. The bathroom had older fixtures, but they were in very good shape. The claw-foot bathtub had a shower attachment hung from the wall, and a shower curtain surrounding the tub. If you're short as I am, you'd need to use just a bit of care when getting in and out.
The kitchen was wonderful. Good appliances, lots of counter space, granite counter-tops, and lots of dishes and cookware. There were some simple things in the cabinets -- sugar, coffee, spices and the like.
Problems or Bonuses
This was a great find for Seattle, where hotels are expensive and parking scarce.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was great to work with. They responded very quickly to e-mail, sent complete directions and access info, and returned the security deposit promptly.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'd happily stay here again, and recommend it without hesitation.
Things to do in this area
In University Village, Zao's Noodle Bar is good for inexpensive Asian noodle dishes.
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