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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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 Demand has been driven by the affordability of larger homes that can be converted into hotels or guesthouses. Kevin Brass, New York Times, "House Hunting in ... Costa Rica," 4 July 2018 On Tuesday, a convoy of official Chinese cars was seen leaving the guesthouse’s east gate. Time, "Is Kim Jong Un in China? A Mystery Train and Heavy Security Set Off Speculation," 27 Mar. 2018 There is a 2,100-square-foot main house with three bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms, an 817-square-foot one-bedroom guesthouse and a small pool house. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Hamptons Home of Playwright Edward Albee Asks $20 Million," 9 July 2018 Oxfam’s report shows the investigation was triggered by an email alleging that staff members in Haiti had violated the organization’s code of conduct by using prostitutes in Oxfam guesthouses and engaging in fraud, nepotism and negligence. Washington Post, "Oxfam says staff intimidated witnesses in Haiti sex scandal," 19 Feb. 2018 The property includes the former caretaker’s house, which is now a three-bedroom guesthouse, and two barns, each used as a two-car garage (one also has a two-bedroom apartment). Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$600,000 Homes in Florida, Connecticut and California," 24 Jan. 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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