Kara's Kottages

837 W. Main St. 509 N. Clarendon St. , Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
Innkeeper(s): Kara Keller

Douglas Fir

$139.00 / $159.00 night

This beautiful, 2nd floor, loft space is located within a 1920's bungalow that is my residence in a quiet, Kalamazoo neighborhood. It is newly renovated and includes a private bedroom, bathroom and living room, all within 1.5 miles from the downtown district.
This space includes 1 queen bed and 1 very comfortable, pull out twin sleeper. A total of 3 guests are comfortable here so long as they are okay with sharing a bedroom.

The spacious bathroom offers a soaking, slipper tub. plus a subway tile shower enclosure, a rain shower head, double vanity and lots of warm lighting and colors.

Enjoy evenings gazing at the stars through 2 over sized skylights or watching television and movies on Netflix in this intimate living room on comfortable furnishings that include an electric fireplace and views of the mature tree tops.

Guests have lots of privacy as they have a door that separates their living space from the rest of the house. Upon arrival, guests will enter into the shared kitchen and then proceed through a door to the private, 2nd floor "kottage".

A well stocked, custom cooks kitchen is only steps away for guests to use as they wish.

Guests are also welcome to use the deck, back yard, fire pit and the charcoal grill, all located off of the kitchen.

Complimentary breakfast goodies include Kierig coffee and assorted teas along with half and half, bottled water, organic granola, kefir and dried cherries, all located in the comfort of this space in a mini-fridge and breakfast cart. A mini-bar is available with an assortment of soft drinks, beer and wine. The "breakfast" section of this website does not apply to this kottage due to the shared kitchen arrangement.

Note: This space is located within a residence of two adults, no children and two cats whom reside on our side of the house.

Nightly Rates (1-4 nights): $159/night + 11% tax
Weekly Rates (5-29 nights): $149/night + 11% tax
Monthly Rates (30+ nights): $139/night ~ tax exempt, call for reservation

Pets are not permitted in this kottage.

Check-in is anytime after 3pm
Check-out is anytime prior to 11am
*Both are flexible with prior authorization.

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Pine Cone

$139.00 / $159.00 night

This well appointed kottage is located on the 1st floor of our original W. Main St. location, only 1/2 mile from the downtown district and sleeps up to 2 guests.
This is an open concept space encompassing a fully furnished living room, inviting bedroom and well stocked kitchen. Comfortable furnishings include a queen bed, lush sofa and chair, wicker bench, electric fireplace, bookshelf room divider and flat screen television. Its spacious and well stocked bathroom offers soft water, a glass shower enclosure, a pedestal sink and many stocked toiletries.

Guests may enjoy breakfast from an assortment of pre-stocked goodies along with coffee and teas each morning. See "breakfast" tab on the website for an itemized menu.

Nightly Rates (1-4 nights): $159/night + 11% tax
Weekly Rates (5-29 nights): $149/night + 11% tax
Monthly Rates (30+ nights): $139/night ~ tax exempt, call for reservation

Pets ~ 1-2 med. size dogs: $15/night/pet + 11% tax

Check-in is anytime after 3pm
Check-out is anytime prior to 11am
*Both are flexible with prior authorization.

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DVD Player
Eco-Friendly Inns
Fireplace
Historic Inns
Internet/Wifi
Kid Friendly
Pets Welcome

Driftwood

$139.00 / $159.00 night

This kottage is located on the 2nd floor of our original W. Main St. location, only 1/2 mile from the downtown district and sleeps up to 5 guests. This warm, loft style space has an open concept living room and kitchen separated by a quaint, eat-in peninsula. Comfy furnishings include a lush sofa, 2 chairs and ottoman, electric fireplace, flat screen television and many more comforts. Both spacious and restful bedrooms include 1 queen bed in each. 1 very comfortable, pull-out twin sleeper is available in one of the bedrooms. The spacious bathroom offers a tub surround, granite counter/sink, lots of natural lighting, tall ceilings, soft water and many convenient toiletries.

Guests may enjoy breakfast from an assortment of pre-stocked goodies along with coffee and teas each morning. See "breakfast" tab from the website for an itemized menu.

Nightly Rates (1-4 nights): $159/night + 11% tax
Weekly Rates (5-29 nights): $149/night + 11% tax
Monthly Rates (30+ nights): $139/night ~ tax exempt, call for reservation

Pets ~ 1-2 med. size dogs: $15/night/pet + 11% tax

Check-in is anytime after 3pm
Check-out is anytime prior to 11am
*Both are flexible with prior authorization.

CHECK AVAILABILITY
DVD Player
Eco-Friendly Inns
Fireplace
Historic Inns
Internet/Wifi
Kid Friendly
Pets Welcome

Birch Bark

$139.00 / $159.00 night

This Kottage is located on the 1st floor of or original W. Main St location, only 1/2 mile from the downtown district and sleeps up to 5 guests. This beautiful Kottage offers a modern and well stocked kitchen with lots of high end materials, a separate dining room that seats 4-6, 1 very spacious bathroom with a double vanity, soft water and a tub surround. Also, enjoy the privacy of two seperate bedrooms with a luscious queen bed in each along with an inviting living room with furnishings that include an over-sized and comfortable sofa, electric fireplace, flat screen television, and a leather love seat with a pull-out twin sleeper along with many more comforts.

Guests may enjoy breakfast from an assortment of pre-stocked goodies along with coffee and teas each morning. See "breakfast" tab on the website for an itemized menu.

Nightly Rates (1-4 nights): $159/night + 11% tax
Weekly Rates (5-29 nights): $149/night + 11% tax
Monthly Rates (30+ nights): $139/night ~ tax exempt, call for reservation

Pets ~ 1-2 med. size dogs: $15/night/pet + 11% tax

Check-in is anytime after 3pm
Check-out is anytime prior to 11am
*Both are flexible with prior authorization.

CHECK AVAILABILITY
DVD Player
Eco-Friendly Inns
Fireplace
Handicap Accessible
Historic Inns
Internet/Wifi
Pets Welcome
  • Policies

    Cancellation Policy

    Kara's Kottages fireplace

    Kara’s Kottages are designed to be a user friendly and flexible lodging choice for today’s modern traveler. This means that we will hold a room for our guests from the point of their reservation until their check-in. In return, we ask that our guests contact us at least 10 days prior to their arrival date if their travel plans have changed or if they need to cancel a reservation to assure that they will not be responsible for any costs associated with that reservation.

    If a guest cancels or makes alterations to their reservation less than 10 days prior to their arrival date, we must hold them responsible for the entire reservation. In this case, we will make every effort to advertise that Kottage and refund any nights that we are able to re-book.

    Check-In & Check-Out Times

    Check-in is anytime after 3pm EST. For guest coming from Illinois or Central Time Zones, please remember that Michigan is Easter Time; one hour later.

    Check-out time is anytime prior to 11 am.

    Both times are flexible with advanced authorization as long as there isn’t another guest checking in that same day.

    Non-Smoking Environment

    Smoking is prohibited indoors. If it is determined that smoking has occurred indoors during your stay, a $200 charge will apply to cover damages as a result.

    Smoking is allowed outdoors only. We ask that smokers please be courteous of other guests and be sure that smoke isn’t able to pass through open windows, that it is not in a the presence of other guests who may be offended by the smell and is disposed of properly in receptacles (not thrown on the ground).

    Pet-Friendly Environment

    • Only well adjusted, well behaved and domesticated dogs allowed
    • Only dogs under 50 pounds are allowed
    • Maximum of 2 pets allowed per kottage
    • In consideration of other guests, absolutely no barking is allowed
    • Pets must be leashed when out of the guest room
    • Owners should bring their own pet bedding, dishes and food
    • Extra charges apply; $15/night/pet
    • Loaner bowls, beds and towels and/or sheets available upon request
    • No pets permitted on the beds or furniture. Protective covers advisable, "just in case."

    Child-Friendly Environment

    Many attempts have been made to make all of Kara’s Kottages child-friendly and safe for all of our guests, both inside and out. However, if we know that a small child will be present, we will happily go the extra mile prior to their arrival to implement additional safety features such as baby gates and receptacle protection.

    Candle Safety

    • We ask that you exercise extreme caution while burning candles
    • Do not bring your own candles to burn
    • Candles provided are all soy based and healthy to burn
    • Do not move provided candles from their original location
    • Keep wicks trimmed so that the candle burns properly and safely
    • Do not burn candles that are placed inside of a book shelf
    • Do not burn candles while asleep
    • Do not tip over candles while burning when wax is liquified
    • Guest will be charged for any damages associated with candles; scorching, wax or the like

    Entertainment Policy

    Out of consideration for other guests, we ask that the use of each kottage is limited to outside guests.

    • A maximum of 10 people is allowed in the two bedroom kottage at any given time
    • A maximum of 6 people is allowed in the studio kottage at any given time

    Quiet Zones

    Parking lots, front and back entrances, outdoor patio and exterior lawn areas will be considered to be part of a quiet zone determined by Kara’s Kottages. Quiet, mindful and respectful behavior specifically before 8:00am and after 11pm is expected of all guests.

    Gatherings shall not take place outside on the porches that could disturb the neighbors after 11:00pm and before 8:00am

    Music and audio levels shall be respectful and mindful of other guests and should not be heard outside of any kottage or through open windows.

    I would strongly recommend a friendly and neighborly disposition with other guests if you wish to entertain outdoors.

    Outdoor Space

    A charming and inviting, fenced in outdoor space is provided for all guest to share. Please be courteous of the shared part and invite other guests to enjoy along with you. The fire pit is just outside of the window of the Birch Bark Kottage. Please be sure to respect other guests by keeping voices low enough so that it isn’t disruptive.

    Parking

    A parking lot along with an open garage is provided for all guests to share. There is no reserved parking, so feel free to park anywhere. Please be sure not to block in other vehicles and do not drive onto landscaped areas.

    Ecological Efforts

    As die hard stewards of the planet, we take great pride in our efforts to minimize our ecological footprint. This includes such things as biodegradable cleaners, soy candles, compact florescent light bulbs (where we can), high efficiency appliances, aerated faucets, motion activated lighting and recycling everything possible. In turn, we ask that our guest recycle all possible paper, plastic, aluminum and glass in the baskets provided in the kitchens. We’ll make sure that all recyclable trash doesn’t end up in landfills!

    We also request that guest be conscious of waste on the part of heating, cooling and electricity.

    Please turn down furnace when you’re away for long periods. It heats up very quickly when it is turned back up. Also, please do not be excessive with high temperatures.. It’s just respectful on all levels. Air conditioners have several setting. Please be sure and adjust to a low setting if you’re away for long periods or if it isn’t very hot outdoors. The entire house only has 1 small southern facing window, so it stays quite cool in the summer with the absence of direct sunlight.

    Please do not leave lights on when you’re away, during daylight hours (unless needed) or when you’re asleep.

    Safety Against Theft

    Due to the fact that there isn’t a 24/7 innkeeper at the house at all times and that it’s located in a historic neighborhood with foot traffic, we ask our guest to be mindful of their possessions.  Theft has never been an issue here and we would like to keep it that way. Your efforts should include:

    • Not leaving valuable items in plain sight inside of your vehicle
    • Closing doors behind you so that the house is locked at all times
    • Not leaving valuable items out on the patio

    If you’re in a 1st floor suite, be sure that the safety latches are engaged if windows are open and that windows are locked if they are closed.