The "couch" is a twin bed & comfy. There's plenty of storage & guest is expected to keep all belongings stowed away, & store bedding during day & return pillows so it's a couch (unless you're napping of course!) This is a shared space living room that all guests r welcome to enjoy, so if ur uncomfortable in shared spaces a private room might be a better option for you. Additionally, there is light from the porch. If u need complete darkness this isn't for u. A cute cat might cuddle w/u though.
This is a family home, named "Chick & Turk's" because those were my grandparents' (Marge & Fred) nicknames. My mom & uncle grew up in this home (hence the room named "Ric" & the one named "Janie Marie.", & my grandmother lived here over 5 decades. She was a gardener, cook & host. She even used the home as a B&B long before the internet! I'm walking in her footsteps, & I'm carrying on the tradition of Southern Hospitality taught to me my whole life. The house was built in the 40s & the additions, "Fred's" room & "Bear's" room were added, by my grandfather who was an engineer, in the 50s. The house is old, & carries all the charm & kinks associated with old homes. I love the character; however, if "brand new" is your preference a different location might better suit you. For those of you who appreciate unique architecture & the quirks of an old home, you will adore Chick & Turk's!
Guests can sit on the screened in front porch; relax in the living room; eat in the dining room; use the kitchen; enjoy the triple-lot backyard where there is a patio, summer house (sometimes rented out), grill, fire pit, outdoor furniture, hammock, swing & outdoor shower with heat. The only off limits space is occupied guest rooms & behind the red curtain in the dining room.
Everyone's welcome at Chick & Turk's B&B - I embrace diversity. I always have ice-cold sweet tea in the fridge, as I say "It's what we drink, y'all should too!" I've got romantic get-away specials, nonprofit discounts, semester rates & I'm open to bartering price in exchange for work done around the home. I welcome interns. My space is great for special events. Ask about using the B&B as a venue/event space! Everyone loves the firepit!
Mandatory House Rules
EVERYONE is welcome at Chick & Turk's. We embrace diversity & build community. Be nice or stay somewhere else :-).
I take Southern Hospitality very seriously; & my goal is to exceed your expectations. Review your stay as you see fit; however, please consider when reviewing that:
Airbnb penalizes hosts for any rating that is below "5 stars." Guests shared they’ve rated their favorite Airbnbs “4 stars” & were shocked to learn the negative impact this has for the host’s business. Also, tell me while you’re here if something isn’t up to standard – I can probably fix it.
In NO WAY am I asking you to rate me better than you feel I deserve; however, knowing this information might better inform your choice.
-Booking a Room:
-Please read the description of home, neighborhood, your room/bed & other useful info on Airbnb website as then you’ll know if you will enjoy your experience.
-Check-in is 4pm or after & check-out is 10:00am or before. If you desire an early check-in or a late check-out, please ask. I’m as flexible as possible when I can be.
-At least one day before trip provide me with an hour window of when you will arrive & the day of your trip please narrow that to a 30-minute window.
-Consider how often you’ll stop on trip (bathroom breaks, food, sightseeing), time changes & other activities that affect your ETA (estimated time of arrival.)
-Immediately text or message me as soon as you’re aware of any delays.
-Checking-In & Checking Out:
-Text or message me through Airbnb upon arrival as opposed to knocking on the door upon arrival.
-If you’ll arrive at a time I can’t welcome you, there is information on this site re: lock box instructions.
-Clean up messes you make!!!!!!! (This is HUGE)
-Use/move items as needed; however, return pillows/blankets/furniture etc. to where u found them.
-Keep personal items in your room.
-I keep the house cool. Extra blankets, personal heaters, socks, scarves, etc. are available.
-Do not adjust the thermostat.
-If you want to get in touch with me msg me. Please don’t yell for me or knock on my door. I keep odd hours but will respond ASAP.
-Alert me to things such as a broken toilet seat, a burst water pipe etc. so I can contact someone to repair.
-Please alert me if you break or damage something so we can work out fair compensation. Don’t just hide it…yes, I’ve found MANY broken things hidden.
-There is a dry erase board on the bathroom door. Check it for announcements. If rules are not being followed I’ll 1st post there, & if ur the one that forgot a rule please indicate that to me. Otherwise, I’ll have to ask each guest.
-ALWAYS lock black iron security door. (if you lose your house key it’s a $10 replacement fee)
-Never lock white wooden door - or close it for that matter.
-Doors can be left unlocked while in backyard; however, for kitchen ensure screen door is locked, all 3 locks on kitchen door are locked & that the alarm is set while inside. The glass door should have screen locked, door locked, wooden stick in place & alarm set.
-Keep porch light on.
-CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF!
-Clean up messes you make in kitchen. Wipe up crumbs after making toast, clean up your spills, wipe down stove after cooking, pick up food you drop. (Cleaning supplies under kitchen sink & bathroom sink)
-After using a dish cloth, napkin or hand towel place in laundry basket & replace dish rag & towel.
-Don't leave items on counter or dining table etc.
-Don't leave dirty dishes on kitchen counter, in ur room, outside or anywhere in the B&B except for in the dishwasher or in the right sink.
-Dirty dishes: when magnet on dishwasher indicates clean; rinse dishes in right sink where strainer is, empty contents of strainer in trash & put dishes in right sink. Leave left sink empty for people to wash their hands or fill a pot with water etc. When magnet indicates dirty, place dishes in dishwasher. If the magnet indicates clean & the red light is on the washer is running so don’t open; however, if red light is off grab dishes from washer first.
-Don't hand wash dishes with the sponge. Do scrub dishes that won’t come clean otherwise in dishwasher.
-Use stove fan when cooking.
-Don't let cats outside or leave doors open enabling them to escape & don't feed them.
-Don't call them fat. They're healthy according to my vet, & it would be like me coming to your house & calling your kids ugly. I realize people mean no harm; however, I find it offensive.
-Bathroom – PLEASE follow bathroom etiquette
-CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF - (Cleaning supplies under kitchen sink & bathroom sink)
-DON'T leave wet/dirty towels, wash cloths etc. in bathroom, instead put in hamper.
-Hang towels in your room to dry if you reuse, or put in brown wooden laundry hamper in dining room.
-Lower toilet seat after use.
-After showering pull curtains back to dry, & ensure liner is inside tub & curtain is outside of tub.
-Leave bathroom door open when not in use.
-If you make a mess in/on the toilet, please clean your mess – meaning if there are bodily fluids of any kind in bowl, on seat or anywhere on toilet CLEAN it up!
-Rinse sink & tub after using - nobody wants to shower with ur stray hairs or use a sink w/toothpaste or makeup residue.
-Don't leave your personal items in shower (not even soap), on sink or anywhere except in your room or bathroom closet in a caddy (I can provide one.)
-Bathmat: if it’s wet when you want to shower, feel free to grab a new one. If you do, place the one you remove in brown wooden laundry basket in dining room.
-If you shed a lot of hair, you know who you are , please take a moment to grab a rag or some toilet paper & wipe the floor or wherever you see hairs that were previously on your head.
-Cars/Bicylces/Motorcylces (SKIP unless you have a car, bike or motorcycle)
-Park on the street, there are no regulations re: street cleaning, no meters etc.; therefore, parking is free -DON’T park in front of the house that is one house over from me if you took a left out of my driveway. Although it’s legal, they will call & msg me until car is moved. Neighbors across the street are very welcoming of my guests & encourage you to park in front of their house.
-Don’t park your car in the driveway unless you’ve paid to do so.
-Don’t leave valuables in your car. *Safety Tip
-If you have a bicycle, I recommend you keep it locked up in the backyard.
-Shared Spaces (SKIP unless you’re staying in a shared space)
-CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF
-“Couch Surfing at its Finest” (the twin bed/couch in living room), “Futon in Fred’s Room”, “Twin Bed in Fred’s Room”, “Top Bunk in Fred’s Room”, “Bottom Bunk in Fred’s Room”, “The Summerhouse” & “Have Tent? Will Travel” are the shared space rooms/listings.
-If you book a "shared space" area, expect other people to be coming & going & for the noise & light levels to be more audible/bright than if you were in a private room. I do have ear plugs, head phones, fans for white noise & eye masks if any of these items will make your shared space stay more comfortable.
-I’ve provided ample storage for all shared space guests so keep all of your items neatly stored.
-Long-Term guests (Read if your stay is 1 week or longer; otherwise, this section is optional)
-CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF
-If your stay is 1 month or longer & wish to have items removed from your room (decorations, small pieces of furniture etc.), let me know & I’ll remove them.
-Leave the room the way you found it; therefore, at the end of a long stay please sweep/vacuum/take out trash/wipe down surfaces etc. Long term guests staying one month or more are required to pay a $50 cash deposit upon arrival to be returned in full if your room is clean upon departure. If not, I keep deposit.
-Long-term guests receive discounts as compared to people staying a few days. Therefore, I have higher expectations. If the kitchen trash is full, take it out to the green garbage can on side of house & replace liner, if dishes are clean put them away sometimes etc. Basically, chip-in around the house on occasion. I’m not asking you to do my job; however, when you’re staying long-term please do help out some. Guests create most of the mess; therefore, show me some Southern Hospitality too. ;-)
-Continue to follow house rules for the entirety of your stay. Don’t be offended if I remind you about rules. The aesthetics, cleanliness & organization of C&T’s is of paramount importance to me.
-Guests need to book their stay through Airbnb
-If you plan on leaving town during your stay, notify me of the dates.
-Don't stockpile C&T’s towels & wash cloths in your room – place in hamper.
-Smoking (SKIP if you’re not a smoker)
-No Smoking in the house
-Smoking is allowed outside & ash trays are on the front porch & in the backyard – empty ash trays after use
-Visitors/Guests of Guests (SKIP if you won’t have visitors)
-You’re welcome to have a friend stop by for a visit or tour. If you're in a private room, it's an additional $15 for each night you have a guest spend the night. If you wish to have a pallet built it’s an additional $10. If you booked a shared space bed, your guest would simply need to book a different shared space bed through Airbnb.
-Payment in full is due prior to your guest’s arrival, & I need to be notified of the dates.
-NEVER give a key to anyone who’s not a member of your registered group.
-You’re responsible for ensuring your visitors & overnight guests follow house rules. If your guest makes me uncomfortable, I’ll ask him to leave & will not refund $.
-Pets (SKIP if you’re not traveling with pets)
-I welcome travelers w/furry friends; but, my cats, Naxos & Sappho, don’t share my enthusiasm. Therefore, I’ve got strict rules re: pets.
-Pets must stay in your private room at all times, unless you’re taking pet outside. Dogs are welcome to run free in the triple lot backyard but, I’m not sure it’s secure enough that a dog couldn’t escape.
-Clean up after your pets both inside & outside including using a lint roller to remove pet hair from furniture & pillows etc., sweeping/mopping up any dirt/leaves/debris their paws track into the house, picking up poop from yard & placing in outside trash & thoroughly cleaning any accidents they have in house.
-DON'T let your pets roam the house (even on a leash) or even stand w/them anywhere but your room.
-A $50 cash pet deposit is required upon arrival. It is returned if you clean after your pet, & your pet hasn’t destroyed anything. I keep it if not.
I love meeting new people! I respect anyone's desire to be left alone, but I've often accepted guests' invitations to socialize. Stay to yourself or let's enjoy each others company, it's up to us! I've become extremely close friends with numerous guests, keep in a touch many, have a lot who book repeatedly & others who come back simply to visit. We often have group dinners or go out together. However; sometimes I need alone space, am working, have social plans etc. so don't be offended if I retreat to my room, don't have time to socialize or leave the property. The best way to reach me is via Airbnb msg or text, & ur welcome to msg/text me at anytime; & I'll respond ASAP (which isn't always immediately).
Born in Memphis, I've also lived in NY, D.C., Minneapolis, Amelia Island, Atlanta & Colorado Springs. However; I always come home to my favorite city...Memphis! I consider myself a "Hospitality Host" because Southern Hospitality is real to me, & my goal is to ensure every person who stays with me feels welcomed, comfortable & has all their needs met. Chick & Turk's B&B is my primary occupation (& I LOVE my job); however, I do some consulting work & work as well. My core values are forgiveness, justice & equality. We build community, embrace diversity & live in a supportive environment. Greece is the most idyllic place on earth: I spent 2 weeks there on my honeymoon. Four years ago, after 9 years of marriage I was widowed. I lost everything & thought I might never function again. Opening Chick & Turk's saved my life. I've met the most incredible people & many remain friends. This is a place of healing, but also a place of fun. Many guests call it magical...come experience the magic!