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Nina Howard

Member since: 2011
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Bellanina Guest House #1 - Historic Kerrytown

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Kerrytown holiday house

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

Bellanina Guest House is located in the heart of Ann Arbor's historic Kerrytown District and one block from Bellanina Day Spa. This exclusive and private residence is on the second floor of a 160 year old home surrounded by antique perennials and across from Kerrytown Shops and Market and the famed Kerrytown Farmer's Market (open Wednesdays & Saturdays in season). The area is vibrant with life and activity. With the Kerrytown Concert House next door, classical and jazz music often escapes their confines and fills the Guest House! Our floors are creaky but are covered in Natural Seagrass flooring and antique oriental rugs. The charm of this house keeps regulars, such as parents of kids at U of M or those coming for football weekends coming back. It becomes their home away from home. We have housed many professors for short and extended stays or couples come to escape their work-a-day world in search of a little peace and quiet from the kids and a night on the town.

Bellanina Day Spa & Spa Amenities: Bellanina Day Spa & Gift Boutique is a sister company, located one block South on Fourth Avenue. Bellanina Day Spa is an award winning Spa with the finest services in skin care, massage and nail services, steam rooms, whirlpool hydrotherapy and a gift boutique. Just mention you are a Guest at the Guest House when booking your appointment and receive a free Steam shower when you purchase a massage or skin care service, Tuesday - Thursday. 734 327 1000

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Nina Howard (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks english

About Nina Howard

My life is ruled by my two dogs, Ling-Ling and Chen-Chen. I never thought a dog could have such power over me! When I am not playing with them I am busy running 4 Guest Houses in Ann Arbor, and being Co-Owner of Bellanina Day Spa (one block south of this location) or Bellanina Instiute (located on the first floor of this Kerrytown location). I travel a lot teaching a wonderful anti-aging technique called Bellanina Facelift Massage, to massage therapists, estheticians at spas and resorts around the country. My dog, Ling-Ling and I call North Carolina mountains my home but travel back and forth to Ann Arbor, enjoying my time in one of my three Bellanina Guest Houses. What a life!

Nina Howard purchased this house in 2003

Why Nina Howard chose Michigan

I rented this property in 1994 on the first floor and began working out of my home offering massage and facelift massage. I also painted abstract art in the front room of the first floor. As time went on, this building turned into a Spa and I took over the second floor. Now, a couple of decades later, this building has re-invented itself and houses an apartment upstairs and the offices to the Institute and Spa downstairs. This property has been a gift to me and allowed me to re-invent my businesses over and over again!

What makes this house unique

Unique benefits in Kerrytown - the list is long:

Kerrytown Concert House next door (I've listened to Wynton Marsalis LIVE while lounging in bed sipping champagne); The Farmer's Market across the street; Kerrytown Shops and great food, shopping and cappucinos; Zingerman's a block away; Bellanina Day Spa down the street - A MUST FOR R & R!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have stayed all over Ann Arbor for the past 7 years - visiting our daughters at UM. The Bellanina Guesthouse is the very very best! Outstanding charming apartment, well appointed, high ceilings, hard wood floors, greta light, super comfy king bed, good futon for our other daughter, sweet kitchen with coffees, teas, and very well organized. We could put yummy supplies from the Kerrytown shops and Farmer's Market (right across the street) in the full size frig. Cannot overstate how excellent the location is. Walk to Main Street, meander to the Farmer's Market, Zingerman's, Co-op, campus, everywhere. There is a good off street parking spot as well. The den with supplies for doing business tasks was great. Sweet bathroom with plenty of hot water. if anything the photos don't do the Guesthouse justice. We loved everything about it and appreciated the extra touches, clear instructions, recycling bins, and all the little extras. It was so festive there that we had our graduation "picnic" in the kitchen and the 4 of us enjoyed the amenities immensely! If we are coming back to Ann Arbor we will definitely stay at Bellanina if it is available. Thanks, Nina, for such a wonderful spot. Truly a gem in Ann Arbor!
Apr 2015
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based on 18 traveller reviews

Bellanina Guest House #1 - Historic Kerrytown
average rating of 4.611111 based on 48 reviews

Great location. Apartment very well cared for and beautifully decorated.

  • 4 of 5

Nina was very responsive and helpful in responding to our questions. The apartment is in an old building, but it's beautifully decorated and very well supplied with anything guests might need. We had a wonderful stay and would be happy to return. Our only hesitation is that we feel it is somewhat overpriced.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and Cozy

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed in this flat twice and would stay again. Comfortable and relaxed with easy access to anything in downtown Ann Arbor.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An incredible spot in a wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

The Bellanina Guest House was an extremely comfortable place to stay with tons of amenities (including a speaker system wired throughout the house to enjoy tapes & CDs); a kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, coffees & teas; and you can't beat staying in Kerrytown. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you as our Guest and happy you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your feedback!
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this cute and comfortable apartment! I would highly recommend to other travelers. Great location for walking and entertainment, with good restaurants close by.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful retreat at the Bellanina Guest house

  • 5 of 5

I can't imagine a nicer place to stay - cozy, close to everything - and stocked with everything I could possibly need. Thank you for the wonderful apartment - and I also visited your spa - which was STELLAR. All best to you.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We appreciate it and we are so glad your stay was wonderful. All the best, Nina
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Beautiful apartment in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Nina is an amazing host, and the apartment is beautiful. The location is in perfect walking distance to shops and restaurants, I recommend Zimmermans for breakfast.

I am a repeat customer, and highly recommend to anyone looking to stay in Ann Arbor!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are looking forward to your return to Ann Arbor! Nina
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Downtown Ann Arbor, Historic Kerrytown District, Farmer's Market, Zingerman's Deli, Kerrytown Shops, Bellanina Day Spa,


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Kerrytown, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
U of M Illinois
21 Oct 2016 - 22 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Maryland
4 Nov 2016 - 5 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Indiana
18 Nov 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
23 Dec 2016 - 24 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years
30 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Graduation
27 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
U of M Cincinnati
9 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Air Force
15 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M -OPEN
30 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
6 Oct 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
27 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Minnesota
3 Nov 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
U of M Ohio State
24 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping per 2 ppl A$90 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Event rates for Art Fair, holidays (3 day max event rate chg) and U of M events such as Graduation, Parents week, sporting events incur an additional charge of $25 per person per night.

In addition, rates are based on 2 person occupancy. Over 2 persons, there is a $25 per day charge for each person, up to 4.

A dog fee of $75 for dogs with prior approval plus $10 per day, first dog $5 per day 2nd dog. 2 dog limit. Dogs must be crated if guest is away from guesthouse. Dogs allowed on furniture as long as you provide sufficient blankets or sheets to protect furniture and bedding.

We refund your deposit up to 30 days prior to your stay less a 5% cancellation fee for stays less than 30 days and up to 60 days prior for stays over one month.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Kerrytown

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • The bathroom is small but the bathtub is delicious and shaped well for a great soak!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    Den w/ Queen Futon - 1 sofa bed/futon
  • The bedroom is extra large with a King bed. The living room/sitting room is extra small with a queen sleeper sofa. We also have a pack 'n play available for toddlers upon request as well as a high chair.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • ice skating
Pets allowed by pre-approval with a $75 pet fee plus $10 per day. This unit is a second-floor unit. There is no elevator or ramp access.