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Charming Cottage--Modern Amenities-Quiet Downtown Neighborhood

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,460 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Houston Street Cottage is a 1460 square foot Victorian Cottage built in 1904. Retaining much of its historic charm, the home is now modern in all of its amenities. This 2-bedroom, 2-bath house is located in a quiet neighborhood on Manhattan’s historic Houston Street. Upon arrival, guests may park on the street in front of the house or, off street, adjacent to the alley out back. Original limestone curbs line the Street and brick sidewalks carry pedestrians past the historic homes. A smaller brick sidewalk leads you to the front porch where you enter into a domain of peace, relaxation and tranquility.

Once inside, guests will immediately notice the attention to detail and eclectic decorating style throughout. You’ll first be greeted by the comfortable parlor that includes a chase lounge, loveseat and reclining chair. Next is the living room decorated in modern décor, with its large sectional couch, swiveling chair and 43” HDTV with Blue.ray player. Connecting the living room to the Kitchen and Dining areas is the gracious hallway with the bedrooms occupying opposite sides of the hall. The dining room is set up with a table that seats six and a buffet/serving table to the side. Tasteful trash and recycling bins occupy this space as well. Adjacent to the dining room is the spacious kitchen with full sized appliances, including a full sized washer and dryer. The cabinets are stocked with all the items necessary to cook your favorite meal and there is still room in the cabinets for your dry goods. Off the dining room is the ¾ bath, which is a little odd yet oddly convenient. Both bedrooms feature queen sized beds, night stands with lamps, full sized dressers with mirrors and armoires with extra towels and blankets. The master bedroom also has the attached full bath and a private deck.

We have designed the Houston Street Cottage to be quaint and charming yet spacious and comfortable enough for you to spread out and truly relax. We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we enjoyed creating this place for you.

Cheers! Your hosts,

Michael and Judine Mecseri

Keywords: house, bungalow, historic, charming, quaint, cute, single story, downtown, quiet neighborhood, off street parking, hardwood floors, 2 bedrooms, 2 bath rooms, modern amenities

More Details

Judine or Michael Mecseri
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Judine or Michael Mecseri

We (Michael and Judine Mecseri) both grew up in the mountains of Colorado but, moved to Manhattan in the late 80s to finish our college degrees. We ended up staying, building careers and raising our daughter. Manhattan has become “home” and Michael runs his own design/build business, Timber & Stone while Judine is the Director of Program Operations for Homecare & Hospice. We enjoy Manhattan and all it has to offer and wanted to make a place that would allow others to do the same, if only for a short while. It is such a pleasure to live in a community that is constantly improving itself. It's fun to see all the progress and take part in a town that's 'on-the-move'. As much as things have changed over the years, Manhattan still retains the great small town atmosphere while providing some great amenities.

Our vision for the Houston Street Cottage is to provide a home-like setting for visitors to Manhattan while they are enjoying and experiencing the town. Houston Street Cottage is a second home for Michael’s parents, who live in Colorado. It is a place they can call home while visiting with their children and grandchildren. From our house to your home—we hope you enjoy your Home Away from Home at the Houston Street Cottage!

Michael and Judine Mecseri


Judine or Michael Mecseri purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Judine or Michael Mecseri chose Manhattan

Houston Street Cottage is excellently located in downtown Manhattan where guests can walk to many of our best amenities. Just a few steps away, you will find Manhattan’s downtown historic district which boasts the Strecker Nelson Art Gallery, the Wareham Opera House and, Manhattan’s new convention center, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Union Pacific Depot, Houston Street Ballroom, Riley County Courthouse, Manhattan Public Library, Several Churches, the Town Center Mall and some fine eateries. One can enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Chef Café rated “Best Breakfast in Kansas” by the food network and super Coffee is at Radina’s Coffee House right across the street from the Chef. Della Voce Italian restaurant is just around the corner as well. Jump in the car and you’ll find Kansas State University a hop, skip and a jump away with McCain Auditorium, The Beach Museum of Art, Bill Snyder Family Stadium and much more for anyone interested in all that is K-State. Other nearby attractions include historic Aggieville with its unique assortment of bars, restaurants and shops, City Park, with the aquatic center, spray park and park pavilion, Sunset Zoo, Linear Park Trail and Manhattan Marketplace to mention but a few and all, minutes away. Want to get in a round of golf? Call for a tee time at one of Manhattan’s premier golf clubs; Colbert Hills, Stagg Hill or Wildcat Golf and Fitness. For those who enjoy hiking, the Konza Prairie Research Natural Area will certainly not disappoint with its unbeatable views of the Flint Hills and gorgeous Kansas sunsets. Want more options for outdoor activities? Try visiting Kansas State University Gardens, Tuttle Creek Lake, Tuttle Creek State Park or Wildcat Creek Sports Center all within 10 – 15 minutes by car. So much to do, so little time…

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a Beautiful house which is very well equipped and nicely furnished. We were at home during our stay August 9, 2012-September 2, 2012.
Aug 2012
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Manhattan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1460 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Washer and Dryer are on site, iron and ironing board, Blue-Ray Player


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Charming Cottage--Modern Amenities-Quiet Downtown Neighborhood
average rating of 4.952381 based on 65 reviews

Perfect House

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect. The owners are absolutely wonderful to deal with. Always there to help.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

This house is a beautifully appointed and equipped! Very clean and comfortable! The owners are very pleasant to work with! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Lovely, convenient cottage in Manhattan!

  • 5 of 5

Charming Cottage in Manhattan is just that, charming but so much more and Judine and Mike are wonderful hosts. Great communication to make sure we had everything we needed upon arrival and informaton about the cottage that was written up in a binder was more than helpful. I loved that all of the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen were labeled with their contents. Very useful. The furniture and beds werebl very nice and comfortable and tge decorations were perfect and added to tye homey feel. Most of my family were staying in a hotel and it was really nice to have a convenient place where we could get together. Great location within walking distance to restaurants and shopping. Thanks again Since we were in Manhattan for my granddaughter's graduation from K State, my only regret was not finding it sooner! Thanks again Judine and Mije for sharing your lovely cottage!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cottage was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

The house was immaculate and nicely decorated. We rented this over Thanksgiving and the kitchen was well equipped for all of our cooking and baking to make it a perfect holiday. Anything we needed was within 5 minutes. We normally stay in hotels but this was so much more comfortable and spacious. We are changing our next hotel reservation in the area to book this house again. I would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Manhattan Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This house worked well for us during a busy weekend in Manhattan. It is close to practically everything.

The owners truly do want their guests to have a relaxing time at their cottage. The attention to detail is amazing.

Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved our stay at the cottage! We will definitely stay again when we are back in Manhattan.

  • 5 of 5

Nicely decorated with all the small touches that made our visit relaxing and easy. We hosted supper for our sons and several of their friends and did it with ease as the kitchen is so nicely outfitted. Spotlessly clean with comfy beds and plenty of room to enjoy a family visit! We will definitely be back to Houston Street!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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within walking distance of Manhattan Convention Center, Discovery Center, Wareham Hotel, Houston Street Ballroom, Mall, Manhattan Historic Depot, in Historic Neighborhood, canoe river


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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