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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The guesthouse has a wine refrigerator stocked with top picks from the town, and its wine lounge—dating back to the 16th century, but refurbished in 2013—is an excellent place to sit and sip a glass or three. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "When in Germany, Drink Riesling," 4 Sep. 2018 Where to Stay Bad Gastein has seen an influx of boutique hotels and charming guesthouses that bring new energy to the town’s faded romance. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 In an effort to concentrate even further, Pearson recently renovated her detached guesthouse to create a dedicated studio space. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "Victoria Pearson Doesn't Use Color In Her Home For A Fascinating Reason," 9 Jan. 2019 The first hint that Elena hasn’t fully escaped her neighborhood comes when the Sarratores arrive at her guesthouse to stay for the summer. Constance Grady, Vox, "My Brilliant Friend offers Elena an escape — then yanks it away," 9 Dec. 2018 In addition to the main house — an opulent space filled with cathedral-style ceilings and stylish chandeliers — there are two guesthouses, a tennis court and a 60-foot swimming pool. Jack Flemming,, "Bob Hope’s longtime Toluca Lake estate fetches $15 million," 23 June 2018 Elsewhere are a lighted and fenced tennis court, an outdoor kitchen, a rose garden and two guesthouses. Neal J. Leitereg, sacbee, "Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant buys Malibu beachfront property for $12.05 million | The Sacramento Bee," 6 May 2018 Photo: Francesco Lastrucci for The Wall Street Journal More from Mansion The property—more than 9 acres with a 6,500-square-foot main house, a guesthouse and a heated outdoor pool—is selling for $3.3 million. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Luxury Homeowners Discover the Delight of Sicily Living," 20 Dec. 2018 Around the grounds, there’s a one-bedroom guesthouse that’s fully equipped with a kitchenette, while an extra studio sits next to the garage. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Charming pueblo-style home with modern amenities asks just over $1M," 15 Aug. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of guesthouse

chiefly US : a building that is separate from the main house of a property and that is used for guests
chiefly British : a small hotel also : a private house that accepts paying guests

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