guest·​house | \ˈgest-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of guesthouse 

: a building used for guests (as on an estate) especially : a house run as a boardinghouse or bed-and-breakfast

Examples of guesthouse in a Sentence

The estate includes a small guesthouse.

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Split between the main home and a guesthouse, there are five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms in 6,300 square feet. Jack Flemming,, "‘X-Men’ producer Simon Kinberg spins off Sunset Strip estate," 11 July 2018 The archabbey added amenities in the first years of the 20th century, including a guesthouse, a printing press and facilities to support agricultural operations. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 For example, a new estate could include a main house plus guesthouses, a winery and an equestrian facility spanning a total of approximately 80,000 square feet, Mr. Goldsmith said. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Paul Allen Asks $150 Million for 120 Acres of L.A. Land," 10 July 2018 Elsewhere in the floor plan, there are a formal dining room, center-island kitchen, five bedrooms and five bathrooms, including the guesthouse. Jack Flemming,, "Buster Keaton’s former Italian Revival estate seeks a fresh face in Hancock Park," 20 June 2018 Kuso, who is saddled with debt after his bet on a second guesthouse didn’t pay off, now includes lovemakers in his clientele. Per Liljas, Washington Post, "One of Australia’s notorious refugee camps has become an economic crutch for Papua New Guinea island," 9 May 2018 Based at his simple rustic guesthouse, Landhaus, visitors can tour the winery, sampling the 30 different wines Opitz makes each year; in the autumn months, grapes are dried on straw matting following an ancient Roman technique. Robert Joseph, A-LIST, "Hired It Through The Grapevine," 2 July 2018 There’s also a stand-alone 600-square-foot studio with one bed and one bath that can be used as a guesthouse or office, bringing the total square footage to nearly 3,500 square feet. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Renovated Malibu post-and-beam wants $2M," 23 May 2018 The property even features an income-generating guesthouse! Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Fixer Upper’s Famous “Dutch Door House" Is for Sale!," 24 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of guesthouse

: a building that is separate from the main house of a property and that is used for guests

: a small hotel; also : a private house that accepts paying guests

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