The Gallery Studio, unit A, is normally rented in combination with one of the main floor units–it connects to both B and C through lockable doors.
Officially in fact, it can only be rented with one or both of the other units.
That said, occasionally in an emergency, or for special circumstances, we have broken our own rule about this.
There are many reasons not to do so–it really needs to be used with another unit. For one thing it is clearly “extra space” on the living front. No dining table, good Internet, but no dedicated TV. Our display of slip shade glass occupies the glass cabinet.
The Gallery is a lovely space, but used somewhat publicly on occasion and looks like that–very staged with a for sale tea display and many interesting oddments with price tags.
The closet is out of bounds–though not locked–it contains our “not currently hung” art work, and some sound proofing to the other units when the doors are open. You will see from our staging how much we want people rummaging about in there! The paintings stored are valuable and smell, well, like paintings! (Subtle oil smell)
(There is a place to hang clothes in the bath, which also currently contains a file cabinet which adds zero to the aesthetic appeal–perhaps down to a negative number–and a group of silk creations by Lana St Michelle, which add considerably more. Kimono fabric–but they still take up space!)
Then there are the beds.
One (used to be two) very movable twin futon bed that rather cleverly flip open to make a low-to-the-floor queen-sized sleeping area–though you must tell us if you want that option as we make it up differently.
Here is what they are when sold:
I have slept on one–they are okay, a bit narrow. When folded out to queen size they are rather firm and a mattress topper should be used (we do).
Does this look like where your grandmother should sleep?
What the Gallery IS good for is housing extra folks without the cost of a whole other unit. Ideal occupants would be a close-knit family unit with members old enough to know what not to touch, yet young enough to cope with a platform level sleeping situation.
The Gallery also provides a very lovely, convenient access to the porch and the seating areas on it. It is good for a baby shower or small party–taken with another unit of course, with close family or friends who do not mind sharing space as it is not very self-contained. It is what it is–extra space for the right and flexible group.
I write this in an effort to both be honest and to encourage people traveling together to think about their individual family members true needs.
To underline this point I will share with you a–names changed to protect the innocent–note I received about the Gallery space! This group booked space months previously, one individual doing all the arranging and communication–not the person who wrote the note below.
In this group there were seven individuals, described as a son who needed to sleep in the same unit as his parents, two couples, two additional single people. That is all the information that we received.
It appeared that they might well split out three units containing two and a half kitchens, three baths, two queen beds and four “twin” beds. (Yes, FOUR twins–there was one extra “real” bed in this lineup.) They appeared not to want the cost of a third full apartment.
On leaving the woman who had booked the space told us how much fun they had all had–a great weekend. Very little communication.
But the day after I received this message from one of the single women assigned to the gallery space as the family spread through the rest of the downstairs units: (my clarifications in bold)
I feel I need to let you know my impressions after staying three nights at the Odell House May 17-20 – in the “front studio area with two twin beds,” which my mother and I occupied as part of the a family (X) reservation.
First, there were no “twin beds” – just makeshift mattresses on the floor, which (by their red upholstery fabric) suggested they were actually long sofa-couch cushions appropriated to be beds. They were uncomfortable to sleep on, and difficult to arise from. I emphasize the latter because my mother is 93 years old and while still in remarkably good physical shape, she should not have had to struggle to get into and out of a bed on the floor (especially during the night when she had to go to the bathroom, as elders do). I’m a mere 65 years old, and I also did not sleep well on these uncomfortable makeshift mattresses.
(Again, Dania, $325 The Driana Futon)
So I think you should be much clearer and more descriptive when renting this “front studio area with two twin beds.” In fact, it really shouldn’t be rented as a “studio area” at all, because it isn’t – it is your Irimi art office.
The closet was unusable until I removed the large foam mattress (our sound proofing for the unlocked door) blocking access (moving it into Unit B) and rearranged the jumble/clutter (Curt Hanson, Bill Elston, Irene Dahl and tom Holt are not going to be happy to have their off duty art described as such!) of closet stuff so my mother and I could hang up our clothes necessary to attend grandson graduation FYI – when we returned home, those clothes had a musty, moldy smell.
(Like large valuable oil paintings?)
The small bathroom provided nowhere to put our toiletry kits while we used the bathroom – so I moved your things on top of the toilet tank (extra soap). Your large filing cabinet in the bathroom and clothes hanging on the back of the door contributed to our impression that this was your studio bathroom and had not been appropriately prepared for guests. Ditto the tiny kitchen area, cluttered by a vacuum cleaner and other stuff.
Mom and I also moved a number of your collectable lamp fixtures from the long chest between our “beds” to atop the white chest in the hallway leading to Unit C so we could have somewhere to put our purses, toiletry kits, etc. Again, it was apparent this “studio area” hadn’t been prepared for guest usage. No, we didn’t put them back, but I didn’t want you to think anything was missing – we simply rearranged things for our accommodation as guests.
So I’m afraid I won’t be recommending the Odell House in the future, but I hope you will take my comments as constructive advice if you do rent the “front studio area with two twin beds” again.
Sincerely, X and Y
Yes, we will still be offering it, and I truly appreciate this note as it makes it clear that better communication needs to happen.
Rick and I were both terribly embarrassed by our aged and unknown “guests of guests” having such a rough time. We hope those of you booking space for others in any situation will also take a lesson, as we have, from this experience. It would have been totally possible to have taken another deluxe unit–several if necessary for these no doubt charming women, giving them their own space, large comfortable queen-sized beds. Or, if we had been told we could have moved the extra “real” (and unused) twin bed from B the east ground floor unit they also had rented.
Better yet, this unit was also available at the time the booking was made–as were two more similar:
A “real” queen bed, private bath adjacent.
Plenty of space for makeup.
Why was this choice not made?
I don’t know for sure. Perhaps I did not press the issue, thinking we were expecting younger folk. But after fifteen years in the business my guess is that finances figured. The studio adds $75 a night to the cost of a stay: $37.50 per person if you fit two. Another whole apartment would have been $125-150 on that particular weekend. And at $75 a night we simply cannot remove every item from our gallery space that might be in the way of a makeup bag. It would make offering it impossible. More to the point we assume that people will tread lightly there as it contains a great deal of very expensive (and quite stunning) art and light fixtures–that we do not really expect to be rearranged, or worse yet, piled in a corner.
And in closing, please forgive the rant, but I am afraid this situation also shows a trend that older single women are looked at as “less than” in our society. Not by the Odell House, the sole description of the needs of these guests were they were “single” and extra informal beds were okay. My impression was we were talking about recent college graduates.
(So if I now ask the age of your guests on booking please forgive me! But better yet, it is very wise when on vacation to not underestimate the comfort level ideal for a nice stay.)
Older guests very frequently and modestly proclaim: “I don’t NEED all that space!”
Yes, frankly, you do!
Anyway Rick and I are appalled that the Gallery would be both booked and used like this–it was a very poor fit. How terrible for those ladies! And what a miss on my part.
I hope this little story gives some perspective on unit choice and how to wisely help us to help.
Best wishes, Dale