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The Clarksdale White House (CWH)(325 W. 2nd Street) is an exclusive historical home and shares a common backyard with our other property, the Delta Bohemian Guest House (DBGH)(1114 Seminole Street). The two homes share a common, private back yard. Both properties are for short-term holiday accommodation only.

At the CWH every guest reservation is both important and special to us. We will strive to make your visit to the CWH and Clarksdale a pleasurable experience. We know you will leave wanting to return for more!

OUR POLICIES (TERMS AND CONDITIONS) – THIS IS IMPORTANT FOLKS!

Note: Hiring a Room in The Clarksdale White House (CWH) does not create a residential tenancy agreement. Hirers are granted a limited permission to occupy their room in the CWH.

Note: Variances can be agreed on but only by arrangement with the owner in writing.

DEPOSIT and FINAL PAYMENT:

Upon your reservation via our website your credit card will be charged an advance payment of one night’s stay plus tax. Your Credit Card deposit payment secures your booking with the CWH. Please see cancellation/refund policies below.

The day of your booking your balance will be charged to the credit card you originally booked with. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. No cash please.

DEPOSIT and FINAL PAYMENT FOR FESTIVAL RESERVATIONS, MINIMUM NIGHT RESERVATIONS, WEDDING ENTIRE PROPERTY RESERVATIONS, BUSINESS RETREAT RESERVATIONS, SPECIAL EVENTS and SPECIAL RATES RESERVATIONS ie: Juke Joint Festival, Sunflower Blues Festival, Deep Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Super Blues Sunday, Hambone Festival and others, minimum night reservations and special rate reservations, the balance of your amount due will be charged to your credit card on file thirty (30) days prior to your arrival date.

If you booked using Airbnb, Flipkey etc, those entities will collect your funds for disbursement to The Delta Bohemian®.

Extended stays are negotiable and at the owner’s discretion.

Payment of the rental deposit and/or the final payment constitutes the clients’ acceptance of these POLICIES (TERMS AND CONDITIONS).

WEDDING, SPECIAL EVENT and BUSINESS RETREAT:

Any entire property wedding, special event and business retreat reservations relative to ancillary services and the use of common areas of our property both inside and outside, require approval of the owner as well as a required booking of entire property, including the Delta Bohemian Guest House and all rooms in the Clarksdale White House. An additional Cleaning Fee of $100 will apply in additional to the room rates and the possibility of an added non-refundable security deposit. The cancellation period is ninety (90) days prior to your arrival date. Please see Cancellation Policies below.

CANCELLATIONS:

Please be aware of our CANCELLATION POLICIES.

If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, shorten your stay or check out early, please be aware of the following cancellation policies.

STANDARD RESERVATION CANCELLATION

Please contact us at least ten (10) days prior to your arrival date to cancel your reservation. (Please note Festivals, Special Events, Business Retreats and Weddings have specific cancellation policy.)

Please see REFUNDS if you must cancel in less than ten (10) days of your arrival.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR FESTIVALS, MINIMUM NIGHT RESERVATIONS, WEDDINGS, SPECIAL EVENTS, BUSINESS RETREAT AND SPECIAL RATE RESERVATIONS:

Please contact us at least NINETY (90) days prior to your arrival date to cancel your Festival Reservation, Minimum Night Reservation, Wedding Entire Property Reservation, Special Event Reservation, Business Retreats or Special Rates reservation. Please see REFUNDS if you must cancel in less than NINETY (90) days of your arrival. This includes Juke Joint Festival, Blues Music Awards, Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Hambone Festival, Deep Blues Festival and more, minimum night reservations, weddings, special events, business retreats and special rate reservations.

REFUNDS

Please understand that we must ask you to take financial responsibility for your entire reservation. If the cancellation is caused by the client, money paid is refundable if cancelled within the specified period required (referenced above) less a $20 credit card processing fee.

If the cancellation caused by the client is made outside of the specified period required (referenced above), money for the entire reservation is non-refundable unless your room in the CWH is re-let for the entire period of the original reservation. If we can re-book your room in the CWH, a full or partial refund will be made and a $50 cancellation credit card fee will apply.

Travel insurance is recommended for medical and cancellation coverage.

Extenuating Circumstances for Host Cancellations

In the rare instance where extenuating circumstances arise, your host may need to cancel a confirmed reservation. In such cases, host will refund the deposit (one night’s stay) in full.

  • Death in the family
  • Serious illness or serious illness in the family
  • Natural disaster in the country
  • Political unrest in the country
  • Property damage
  • Sale of property
  • Maintenance issues that affect the ability to host

RATES: All rates, amenities and policies are subject to change without notice.

CHECK-IN TIME: 4:00PM for The Clarksdale White House

If arriving outside of check-in time, please call us! We can easily accommodate late arrivals. Any early check-in requests need to be made directly to Madge Howell.

CHECK-OUT TIME: 11:00 AM Late checkouts are subject to additional charges. NUMBER OF GUESTS

Number of guests should not exceed the number stated on the invoice or subsequently agreed to, in writing/email. Fees will apply for excess guests not agreed to by the owner in advance. All rates are based on a two adults per bedroom.

Late check-out time requests need to be directed to Madge Howell.

INNKEEPER

Your personal Innkeeper is Madge Marley Howell. Her cell number is 662-392-9249.

SMOKING

Absolutely No Smoking inside; however designated outdoor smoking areas are the backyard and patio areas or under the carport. Please dispose of any garbage or cigarette butts and do not litter.

BACKYARD AND PATIO AREAS

The DBGH shares a common private backyard and back patio area with the CWH. Chilly Billy and Magical Madge occupy the owner’s suite on the bottom floor of the CWH and stay there from time to time. Feel free to enjoy the large brick-wall enclosed backyard. Chilly Billy has created his own version of a Delta Pond and Garden. It is a perfect spot to relax before you head out for the night and super place to enjoy a cup of morning coffee or cold libation at the end of the day.

NOISE

Disturbance to the neighbors, including excessive noise, is prohibited and may result in termination of rental. Guests must not create noise, which is offensive to neighbors and other guests, especially between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. and during arrival and departure at any time throughout the occupancy. The CWH is in a residential neighborhood; please be considerate of the neighbors and of other guests. The owners trust that the hirer will understand the neighborly relations they are trying to uphold, whilst the hirer is enjoying a stay in a room in the CWH. Thank you for respecting fellow guests, the neighbors and the local community.

Regarding excessive noise, guests and visitors must comply with any instructions from owners, Madge and Billy Howell.

Guests and visitors must abide by any noise abatement conditions, standards, and orders issued by police or any regulatory authority to minimize impacts upon the residential amenity of neighbors and local community.

This is the Mississippi Delta, y’all, and we do enjoy excellent conversation along with an evening or late night libation in the patio area as well as an early morning coffee. We certainly do not intend to squelch a full Delta experience so use your good judgment and have a good time! Just don’t go crazy folks.

LOSS AND THEFT

The owners assume no responsibility for the tenants’ personal property.

WATCH YOUR HEAD

A booking with a room in the CWH releases The Delta Bohemian®, the DBGH, the CWH and Madge and Billy Howell from any claims regarding injuries, which may or may not occur on the premises.

FIRE

No open flame, outdoor fires or candles, without written permission from the owners.

NO PETS

Please call for help in making arrangements to board your pet. Owners Madge and Billy Howell have a Shih-poo named Dandy. From time to time Dandy will be present in the home. He is super friendly and a popular mascot and greeter.

CHILDREN

No children (12 and younger) are allowed. Only special situations granted by the owner allow for children (12 and younger). If permission is granted, parents need to check under beds, in the garden, and inside the guest house, as well as all around the property for items that children have left or moved. Children 12 and younger must be monitored and accompanied by an adult at all times whilst on the property, taking care around the pond.

SERVICES DURING YOUR STAY

In an effort to ease the impact on our environment, maid service is NOT provided for guests staying multiple nights. Fresh towel sets are available upon request.

MISSING ITEMS

Moved items may be considered as missing items, so please ensure that, if furniture or equipment is moved around, all items are returned to the original place where they were found.

SECURITY

Keep all doors closed and locked. When leaving the property, please close all doors and engage the dead bolts on the wrought-iron exterior doors. Please enter and leave the CWH through the carport door.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Clean-up of vomit or other bio-hazards in WH: $300
Damaged Television, DVD Player, broken or missing remote control or DVD: $100
Cleaning fee for odor removal due to smoking inside which is strictly prohibited: $300
Damage to guitar in CWH: $150
Damage to piano in CWH: $1,000

GIFT CERTIFICATE POLICIES

Gift certificates must be presented at check-in along with a valid driver’s license. Gift certificates are transferable. Any remaining amount on gift certificates can be used at a later day up to the expiration date. Gift certificates cannot be redeemed for cash.

PARKING

Covered off-street parking in the CWH carport or numerous street side spots and one pull-in spot in front of the red storage shed on Seminole Street.

BREAKFAST

Coffee and Tea provided plus bread, cereal, milk, creamer, juice and fruit – make and serve yourself.

COMMUNICATIONS

Free wireless internet.

Television provided in common area for viewing of DVD library. No cable signal.

KITCHEN

Appliances include Refrigerator/Freezer, Range/Oven, Dishwasher, Keurig Coffee Maker and Microwave. An assortment of pots, pans, plates, glasses and flatware are provided.  Please be careful if you decide to cook.

The CWH does not allow a fryer or frying foods. Hot grease presents a fire hazard, pollutes the environment and just ain’t good for you. If you need something fried, we suggest you buy it already made and bring back to the house for your enjoyment. Thanks for understanding! Please clean up dishes after cooking.

Washer/Dryer

A compact combination washer and dryer is located in the CWH should you need to wash a load of laundry.

MORE ABOUT

The Clarksdale White House and the Delta Bohemian Guest House are historical homes built in 1917 by a local Mississippi Delta planter named John Nause. Some of the wood used to build the DBGH and WH came from his farm called Ashlog Plantation near Marks, Mississippi.

John Nause built the guest house for a farm employee named Riley and his wife, who served as the family’s cook. Another bit of trivia: John Nause’s wife, Hazel, was later crowned “Miss Clarksdale.”

The Delta Bohemain Guest House and The Clarksdale White House are owned by Delta Bohemians “Chilly Billy” Howell and his wife “Magical” Madge Marley Howell. The two properties share a common and private backyard and patio.

Chilly Billy has marked a part of the large, bricked walled back yard with his unique, true Delta style garden. You ain’t seen nothing like this folks! Lingering on the patio with libation in hand, songbirds singing, sometimes bumble bees buzzing, along with sounds of Clarksdale is an ideal way to relax and relish being a Delta Bohemian® while catching your breath between adventures around town and the Mississippi Delta.

Billy and Madge were born in Clarksdale. The couple married in 2009 in a Pirate Wedding at the historical Clark House Residential Inn in Clarksdale where Billy serves as the Innkeeper. With encouragement from the owner of Clark House, Billy and Madge started THE DELTA BOHEMIAN®.

The website is a literary, erudite, provocative, providential, felicitous and bohemian website which celebrates the UNITY and DIVERSITY of the Mississippi Delta. The DB Guest House and The Clarksdale White House are their dream come true. The many travelers to their hometown arrive from all over the world. Billy already meets many visitors at the Clark House and Madge, while managing Morgan Freeman’s MADIDI Restaurant, was hostess to many, too. The couple relishes making new friends, sharing their unique community with others and learning about other fascinating places in the world.

The DBGH and the CWH gives them even greater opportunities to make new friends and show them a true Delta Bohemian® experience. The DBGH and WH are only 3 blocks from downtown Clarksdale.

The couple’s newest venture under The Delta Bohemian® company is Delta Bohemian Tours. Check it out at DeltaBohemianTours.com.

OUR UNIQUE AREA IN CLARKSDALE

As you walk or drive along West Second Street you will notice many beautiful homes. Back in the day, this was the premium place to live in Clarksdale. In the past ten to twenty years many families have moved away or to other newer neighborhoods. If you drive around you will see pristine homes and yards and you will see impoverished homes and yards and you will see everything in-between.

We enjoy our neighborhood and are grateful we live in a community filled with diversity. We know you will love it too.

Welcome to our unique part of the world and make yourself at home in The Clarksdale White House!

FINAL NOTE!!

Visit the DELTA BOHEMIAN® website and Subscribe!

Book a Jeep Custom Tour with Chilly Billy or give him a call at 662-701-5020. He can also be reached at tours@deltabohemian.com.

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