In July 2018 my historian husband, Dean and I purchased a small, but charming house for our mid-life creativity project. Built in 1941, a prototype 4-room house design constructed a couple of dozen times in the historic town of St. Charles, Missouri during the WWII era. Our house was the first of its kind in St. Charles, and is on the preservation list in The Commons neighborhood. We have named our home “Deanna’s Cottage”, Dean and Anna’s cottage. Photos are updated as we work through our ongoing projects. The decor has been refurbished, repurposed antiques and second-hand finds. A love nest and enjoying the empty nest. No children, grandchildren, or pets except for a short visit here and there. Refreshing for us.
In December 2018 we listed our cottage on Airbnb under the name Deanna’s Cottage. Weekend, 2-day reservations are for most festival weekends. Guests have full use of the guest bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. The living room has 2 sling-back pullout single beds, so it is possible to house 4 people comfortably. We lock off our bedroom, and stay nearby with my daughter & son-in-law those weekends. Here is the first guest’s review you can view on Airbnb’s website: “This 1930’s cottage was a cozy retreat from all that St. Charles has to offer during the holidays. Impeccably clean, it was a great value and a charming environment. The tasty tray of treats was my husband’s favorite, though I liked having access to my own kitchen and the warmth of staying in a home.” Deanna’s Cottage maintains high reviews from its guests, and has kept cleanliness a top priority during the COVID pandemic.