First spring flowers in Mockingbird's front garden.Front porch & garden.
Mockingbird Cottage: Historic Area
Mockingbird Cottage: Historic Area
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
You won’t be charged yet

All yours: entire house in the heart of McKinney's Historic District. Renovated 2 bd/2bath 1942 home has full kitchen, washer/dryer, cable TV & WiFi. Pet-friendly. A short walk through lovely neighborhood to downtown shops & eateries.

The space

Mid-century charm, recently renovated. Mockingbird Cottage, 1300 sq. ft, honors its vintage character while providing a lovely, modern accommodation.

Renting to adults and families with children 13 and over. Ideal for a writer, artist, or student study retreat, for a honeymoon getaway, or for a visiting business person wanting to have a sense of home.

Perfect for those waiting to close on their own new homes, for groups of friends visiting McKinney, or for housing extra family during holidays or special events.

-=-House Features-=-

Mockingbird Cottage has two large bedrooms, a full bath with original Art Deco tile/tub, and a second ensuite bath with a shower. Fully-appointed kitchen.

Additional appliances: ironing board & iron, washer/dryer, blow dryers.


Refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, blender, toaster oven, tea kettle, coffeemaker, French press, corkscrew, cookware (pots, skillets, baking pan, utensils), wine glasses and complete table service for six. Theatre-style popcorn cups for movie night in.


Hardwoods w/area rugs. New cork tile in second bathroom and in kitchen is soft underfoot.

Central heat and air upgraded w/new system in Sept. 2013. Ceiling fans in every room.


Front "Goldfinch" bedroom has a new American queen bed and a twin. Large bathroom just a few steps away.

"Dove" bedroom has a new queen four-poster bed and a twin, with an ensuite bathroom.


Antique dining table seats 4-6. Eat-in kitchen bistro table seats two.


House features an assortment of indoor and outdoor spaces in which to work or telecommute comfortably.

Upgraded cable 200+ channel TV, Wi-Fi / internet access.
Clock radio in living room has USB for charging devices, alarm, line jack for music playback, and Bluetooth capability.

Takeaway library. If you find a book you can't put down -- don't! Just take it with you and note it in the guest book. If you have a book you've finished and want to leave for the next guest, pay it forward.

Feel like a game night? Mockingbird Cottage has playing cards, Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, and Yahtzee available for play.

-= Children =-

We love children, but Mockingbird Cottage is most appropriate for children 13 and older. We cannot host infants, crawlers, toddlers, and children under 13.


We are one of the few properties in the area that is pet-friendly. Please see our pet acceptance policies as described in House Rules prior to booking.

The entire property has been certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (we provide food, water, cover, and places to raise young for birds). If you are a bird-watcher, we are on the migration route for many species and in the nesting area for quite a few. A female mockingbird routinely nests in the flowering quince in the front of Mockingbird Cottage, which is named for her.

Guest access

Guest rental includes the entire house and front yard with seating area beneath trees.

Backyard / deck area of house is not included in rental.

Interaction with guests

We live in an 1895 Queen Anne farmhouse adjoining on the property. We're glad to answer questions and assist in person, by email, or by phone, but we value your privacy. During your stay, please contact us using cell phone numbers provided in the cottage.

Please Note: AirBnB places a surcharge on every reservation, something like the fees associated with hotel stays. Our price-per-night varies across the calendar, with some weekend and peak season differences; on your reservation, you will also see charges for the one-time cleaning fee and AirBnB surcharges.

Mockingbird Cottage offers real value for money, eclipsing the rate + space + amenities offered by local hotels.

Other things to note

McKinney's original square has many celebrated restaurants -- everything from British pub fare to tapas to Mediterranean food, a steakhouse, luxe burgers, a Texas winery and gourmet pie shop. There are three coffee shops on the square, all three offering signature baked goods. You can eat happily,shop well, and enjoy an afternoon at a spa--all within six-eight blocks of Mockingbird Cottage.

McKinney has a considerable arts community, recognizing and sponsoring its artists, musicians, and authors.

Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

* Please note pricing policies are based on number of guests. While the house can accommodate six, the base rental per night is for two. There is a per-person/per-night surcharge for over two guests. Persons staying in house that are not on the original reservation must be approved prior to check-in and reservation altered to reflect the additional guest(s).

* Absolutely a smoke-free establishment. No smoking on any part of property. No electronic cigarettes.

* No candles.

* Mockingbird Cottage is not appropriate for infants, crawling babies, toddlers, or children under the age of thirteen. No children of these ages are allowed for overnight stay. Children 13+ are charged as adult guests. Infants in arms are hosted free of charge.

* This is not an event venue. Be neighborly. No loud parties or music. No overnight guests not on original reservation.

* $15 lost key fee

* Mockingbird Cottage is pet-friendly, with some restrictions. Pet fee is $25 per night for up to two pets. Any number beyond that, contact host to discuss fees.

Pet Policies: All pets must be housebroken.
Puppies in chewing stage must be crate-trained and restricted to crate when not in direct supervision. Pets may not cause neighborhood disruption, may not be left in vehicles, and may not be left in front yard unattended.
Pets are not allowed in back deck/garden area.
Guests are expected to pick up pet yard waste immediately.
All interior evidence of pet food and litter pans should be cleaned prior to departure from stay at the cottage.
We do have special pet blankets in the cottage to place on the floor or drape in places your pet likes to lie.

* We welcome service dogs, emotional support animals, search-and-rescue and detection dogs. Please mention anything you might need to help your canine partner feel comfortable.

Special needs pets are also welcome; contact us to talk about the comfort of your special needs pet.


118 Reviews

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Attila User Profile
October 2017
Second time for me at C.J. And Ellen’s place, and I loved it as much as the first time. Walking distance from the city center in the traditional old neighborhood of McKinney. Good style, spacious, and welcome bites and drinks waiting for you in the fridge. Will definitely come back again if in McKinney.

Megan User Profile
October 2017
My husband and I were in McKinney for a wedding on the square and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to stay! Wonderful experience, we highly recommend. Especially accommodating to our fur baby, with linens provided just for him

Steve User Profile
August 2017
What else is there to say other than simple cozy and perfect stay!!! Right from the start we're taken back by the hospitality of host. The rental was more than perfect and comfortable. CJ and Ellen made us feel like family making sure nothing was left out. I can truly tell you you should not have any reservations about using this rental... With it being centrally close to Dallas and only a few minuets walk to the quaint town square of McKinney you will be pleased!!!

Rocky User Profile
July 2017
This was our 2nd stay here. I cannot say enough good things about the house or the hosts. Everything is exactly as presented online. Very clean property and close to the historic downtown area. The owners are very good at communicating and were very accommodating to us and our 2 Frenchies. We will return again.

Michael User Profile
June 2017
Had a great night stay at Mockingbird Cottage. Everything was as expected. CJ and Ellen even had a cake for us to eat in the refrigerator!

Janice User Profile
June 2017
You'll love this place, quite area, great beds and at home feeling.

Neil User Profile
June 2017
Close to downtown McK where there are loads of restaurants & shops. House was super clean and well apportioned. We had a great a visit! CJ & Ellen were great communicators. Well worth a visit.

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