Sitting atop Banker's Hill, the most historic and romantic of San Diego's neighborhoods, is the Sherman Doig House (SDhouse). Built in 1887, this historic Victorian home offers the intimacy of bed & breakfast in the center of "Americas Finest City".
This listing is for the lower 2 floors in SDhouse (a Victorian 4 story home) with private access and includes linens, towels, paper products, and kitchen accessories to make this your home away from home.
FloorsOne sleeps 7 and has 2 two-bedroom suites, each with 2 separate entrances and interiors of each suite separated by full length privacy curtains for each bedroom. FloorTwo is an example of a traditional Victorian 2 bedroom home.
If you have a larger group (more than 12), please refer to our other SDhouse airbnb listing for other options.
NOTE: We can also include the Carriage House for this listing, which includes an additional full sized bed, to increase sleeping capacity to 14.
In addition, there are a unique variety of optional 'extras' available which help set this vacation rental apart from any others in San Diego.
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Guests will have PRIVATE entry to FloorOne + FloorTwo which includes 2 full bathrooms, a full kitchen, butler's pantry, a large living room with flat screen TV and dining for 4 on each floor, and extra sitting area with kitchenette on FloorOne.
TERMS for AIRBNB guests:
Unexpected guests will automatically forfeit 100% of deposit, as we prepare the set-up, linens, towels, and paper products for a comfortable stay for the designated number of guests at the time of reservation.
If additional guest spaces are needed, we need at least 3 days advanced notice - and there will be additional charge at posted rates. (which MUST go through AIRBNB)
Likewise, because we match the space for the number of guests requested at time of reservation, we do NOT offer partial refunds if ANY of your guests cancel at within your group AT ANY TIME after the reservation made.
In order to ensure a peaceful environment for all guests, we limit entry to the house strictly to OVERNIGHT guests at ALL times - unless other arrangements are made to host an "event".
Events include meals, gatherings, parties, or any entrance of 1 or more individuals into the home (or using outside patios/decks) that were otherwise not part of the overnight guest roster.
If you would like to host an "event" at the house arrangements must be made at time of reservation. Events can only be held if there are no other reservations in the house.
Hosting an “event” without prior consent will forfeit 100% of deposit.
Interaction with guests
We prefer to meet and greet ALL of the guests in a reservation upon arrival. Other than check-in and check-out, we so however respect the privacy of our guests but remain available via email, text, or phone at all times.
NOTE: All reservation changes must be submitted through airbnb - including adding/reducing days and adding/reducing guests. We do not allow any alterations of reservations outside of the airbnb system (no exceptions).
Other things to note
The home is currently under stewardship of the trustee of the Bertha Stroud Family Trust and was purchased not only to establish a legacy estate for the heirs of the trust, but to share this historic landmark with locals and visitors to San Diego. This property was chosen because, just like the namesake of the trust, it is eclectic, whimsical, and possesses a unconventional character that can best be described as eccentrically unique.
This house is historically preserved and was registered as a California landmark for San Diego in 1975 after undergoing a complete structural and aesthetic restoration. So although there are modern amenities such as electric stove, energy saver refrigerators, microwaves, flat screen TVs, satellite dish cable, wireless internet, etc.....the construction is definitely from Victorian era. Stairs (both in and out) are steep and narrow, railings are historic (i.e. not current safety code), and plumbing is limited to a bath on each floor (except the first floor which has additional powder room and spa room because the former owner ran a luxury Day Spa).
Guests therefore must use caution when navigating between floors. This home is NOT suitable for small children, and guests under 18 may only stay on top floors.
We can make arrangements for your overnight guests to host an event - only with advanced notice, as there may be other guests staying on other floors. An event is any gathering that involves visitors to the house that are NOT part of the overnight guest list.
We expect guests to treat this house with respect, courtesy, and to be mindful of the antique contents that have been collected over the past 100 years.
Also, we can not accommodate unexpected guests at check in. Please have an accurate head count at time of reservation.
The Golden Rules are:
1.Respect the Victorian plumbing !!!
2.Honor the collectibles & antiques
3.Keep ALL windows shut at ALL times
4.Avoid using ANY candles/flame INSIDE
5.SMOKE OUTSIDE the HOUSE only
6.UNSWAG curtains to darken rooms
7.Leave FURNITURE where it is!
8.Have fun with the late owner’s hats
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Formerly from Ohio, I migrated to California after medical school, grew roots, and haven't looked back since. (although I still miss real tomatoes, sweet corn, and Cedar Point)
My two "adult" children and I try to find time to travel together and stay in private homes when on vacation.
We have been using airbnb since 2007 and hosted many wonderful guests from around the world.
Currently we have a large Victorian house that can be split up many ways to accommodate a wide range of group sizes (from 1 to 26 guests) and thus we have 8 separate listings for variations within this house, with a private entrance for each.
Looking forward to your visit!