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Kara's Kottages ~ Sleeps 5, Includes Breakfast, No Cleaning Fee or Security Dep.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Bed and Breakfast;

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.

DIY Breakfast Combinations Include the following:

English Muffins, Cream Cheese, Bagels, Waffles, Eggs, Sausage Patties & Links, Assorted Cereal, Organic Granola, Greek Yogurt, Almond Milk, Fruit Juice, Peanut Butter, Whole Bean Coffee (regular & decaf), Half & Half, Assorted Teas, Oatmeal, Farina, Muffin Mix, Dried Cranberries, Real Maple Syrup & Cinnamon Rolls. In addition, guest enjoy a wide assortment of condiments and pantry staples.


There is a fairly steep staircase leading to this kottage (think historic). However, it's well lit, safe and has a very sturdy hand rail and optional gate at the top.

Check-in is anytime after 3pm

Check-out is anytime prior to 11am

More Details

Kara Keller
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Kara Keller

Kara is a Michigan native with an appreciation for nature, a passion for good design and a love for historic homes. She moved to Kalamazoo from the shores of Lake Michigan in 1990 to attend college. She remained in Kalamazoo because of it's youthful energy, amazing people and an up and coming direction which has since been realized.

When she's not combing the earth for treasures to use in her kottages and working on DIY projects, she's often found running, cross country skiing, biking, kayaking and traveling.

Kara Keller purchased this apartment in 1996

Why Kara Keller chose Stuart

This Unique, Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully renovated, Italianate-style, three-unit home nestled in between three historic Kalamazoo neighborhoods and located on Kalamazoo College’s scenic campus.

All three private Kottages within this multi-unit house are furnished with all the necessities of home, including a well stocked kitchen, cozy living room, separate bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. Plus, all the warm touches you’d expect from a beloved B&B– like fireplaces, beds you melt into, European-style breakfast treats and even mini-bars.

Available for overnight, weekly or monthly rental, this Kalamazoo B&B is an ideal choice for business or pleasure.

What makes this apartment unique

In practical terms: I have developed a space that is unique and ideal for today’s modern travelers who desire all of the comforts of home during their stay; A separate spaces within a home that allow for additional visitors, multiple guests and total privacy. All this, and on a heavily wooded lot with a great outdoor space in a safe and quiet, historic neighborhood near Downtown Kalamazoo.

This Extended Stay Bed and Breakfast allow for the flexibility of renting to 1-5 guests for 1-90 days while offering each guest every comfort of home no matter what their length of stay.

In Idyllic terms: Attractive, peaceful and picturesque.. In good design, this has always been my objective and this Bed and Breakfast is no exception. What you will enjoy most about each Kottage is the attention to detail, gorgeous design and little extras. This home reflects my vast experience, healthy outlook, connection to nature and strong work ethic.

This conveniently located, Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance to Downtown Kalamazoo, bike paths, shopping, great restaurants, 2 Local Colleges and much more!

Kara’s Kottages is also unique in that there is not a live-in innkeeper. This detail gives my guests more privacy and autonomy during their stay, giving this B&B a vacation rental flavor.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a fabulous time in your kottge. It was so cozy and I felt so comfortable. The kottage contains everything to make for a great time. I love the decor and furnishings, too.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Oct 2013
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Stuart Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • There is a tub & shower surround offering soft water along with lots of natural lighting through the floor to ceiling windows and tall ceilings.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Located in the smaller bedroom - 1 queen
    Located in the larger bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • All beds have very comfortable mattresses, soft linens, fluffy comforters with duvet covers and lots of lush pillows.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • tennis
The most notable feature to this unique bed and breakfast is the ability to have up to 5 guests in one kottage; a perfect space for families and small groups who wish to be together to play games, watch movies and visit without the fear of affecting other guests. This Kottage design also gives guests the ability to invite other visitors into their home away from home where they can entertain and host small events. Another benefit of this Kottage design is that it offers many comforts and necessities to extended stay guests to Kalamazoo who wish to have comforts such as a kitchen, living room, television, separate bedrooms, etc..


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Kara's Kottages ~ Sleeps 5, Includes Breakfast, No Cleaning Fee or Security Dep.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 32 reviews

Highly recommend this place

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for 6 days and really loved it. We invited some people to the apartment, first our son and daughter inlaw on their wedding night and they were pretty happy with their bridal suite. We then invited friends to visit us in the living room and had a great time.

The needs of guests are well taken care of in terms of bathroom supplies and kitchen stock.

We would surely like to stay here again in our future visits.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Small Getaway!!!!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time. The cottage was nicely decorated and very comfortable. We loved how close to everything the cottage was. We truly enjoyed our stay and definitely will be back again!!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
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black mountain, NC

Happy in Kalamazoo

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was clean, well stocked and roomy enough for our 3 adult group. It is convenient to the downtown area. Breakfast items allowed choices and were very good. Would take this place over a motel/hotel any day. I do think there should have been some notice of the steep stairway to this upper apartment. If you have anyone in your party the east bit mobile, they'd have problems with the steps. Some road noise starting about 6.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Swartz Creek, Michigan

Great get away

  • 5 of 5

This loft was perfect. The owners have thought of everything. It was so tastefully decorated and comfortable. The beds were just right and there were robes in the closet for us to use!! My granddaughter said she would love to live there!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

Mom and I stayed in the Driftwood cottage during the 4th of July weekend of 2016. The place was easy to find and very close to attractions and downtown shopping. The checkin process was very simple...just input the two codes given to you and you are all set. The patio area was very welcoming and had a nice setup. You can have your breakfast, lunch and dinner outside at the table that seats 8 (I believe). My mom cooked on the grill and it was a very relaxing time...especially when the patio lights came on. Another couple staying at the cottage made a pitfire so mom and I joined them and had a really nice conversation. The parking was a nice gravel lot. Our cottage was on the top floor and was beautiful and ,very spacious, spotless, welcoming, and cozy all at the same time. The decorations were beautiful and made you feel as though this was your second home. The beds were very comfortable with top of the line bedding. There were ceiling fans in each room which was great with controlling the temperature. The kitchen...although small was very accommodating and most of what we needed was there. The breakfast food that was there consisted of cereal (with almond milk..very good), waffles, bagels, sausage, granola, cinnamon rolls, coffee and tea. Eggs would have been nice but we made it work. The entertainment system was nice and there were a basket of DVD'S to choose from if you didn't want to watch cable. The bathroom was stocked with everything you may have forgotten...mouthwash, lotion, shaving cream, cotton balls, lint brushes...etc...the owners was very easy to work with and answered all questions. I can't think of anything negative to say. I do want to mention the steps leading inside the cottage...they are very thin, narrow stairs which may be difficult for those with knee or back issues. It was a little time consuming trying to get all of our luggage up and back down the stairs. However we made it work. If you are in great shape and young...if won't be an issue at all. However if you are older with limited mobility, you should consider one of the cottage on the first floor. I do recommend this cottage. I almost forgot that its dog friendly!! I'll be back soon!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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KZoo restaurant week

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Kara's Kottages with another couple and our dogs in the 2-bedroom rental and had a wonderful night. The rental was FULLY equipped with everything from fluffy towels to high-end bedding. There's also everything you need for that morning cup of coffee/tea, to the perfect breakfast.

We will definitely be back. Thanks Kara for being pet friendly and for taking such good care of us. :)

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5.28 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
91.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.88 Miles
Nearest Train
0.89 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.54 Miles
US 131
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ski
21.65 Miles
Nearest Beach
12.85 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15

Minimum 2 night stay applies only to weekends and holidays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.