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Apfelbaum the Heart of Missouri Wine Country

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Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)


Apfelbaum Cottage is a cozy little house located in the beautiful german community of Hermann Missouri, in the heart of Missouri's wine country. The cottage is casual and comfortable, perfect for a quiet retreat, but near many activities.

Within walking distance of the cottage are antique shops, restaurants and award winning wineries. Outside Hermann are eleven more wineries and numerous small towns full of wonderfull shops. The rolling, river filled, hills of Central Missouri are ideal for nature lovers. You can fish, canoe, kayak, hike, bike or do just about any outdoor activity you can think of. For day trips, St. Louis, Six Flags, Jefferson City and Columbia are all less than 1 hour away.

Apfelbaum Cottage accommodates up to four adults, with a queen size bed, and a queen size sofa sleeper. Aside from the warm and inviting living room and bedroom, the cottage also boasts a country kitchen and a spacious bathroom. Each room is stocked with everything you need to be comfortable, including all bed linens, cookware, dishes and towels.


Make yourself at home, the space is all yours to take in a good movie, some music, or sit back with a book. A flat screen TV with cable and built in DVD player, a small DVD library, and a stereo with CD player are provided for your enjoyment. Need more sleeping space? The sofa pulls out to provide a second queen size bed at night.


Decorated in a rustic Americana theme, this room is warm and inviting. Curl up under the cozy comforter and enjoy a restful night's sleep, or an afternoon nap.


The homey, country kitchen provides the perfect place to partake in a home cooked meal, or sit around the table and play a game. Everything you need to create that meal, including a full size refrigerator, stove, microwave, cookware, and fun, colorful Fiestaware dishes are provided for your use. For your added convenience, there is also a washer and dryer located in the closet.


A large bathroom with shower and private toilet enclosure will meet all your needs and you won't have to share it with other is all yours.


The yard is completely fenced and has a picnic table and grill.

Below is a list of some of our favorite things to do in and around Hermann. If that is not enough, search the web, you will find something to keep you busy.


Wineries - Hermannhoff Winery and Stone Hill Winery are a short distance from the cottage and five more wineries are a short drive away.

Restaurants - Hermann has a number of casual restaurants as well as fine dining at the Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery. We recommend the Rivers Edge Restaurant in Fredericksburg MO for fun casual dining and The Cottage Restaurant and Gallery for fresh hand-grafted dishes.

Shops - Many quaint antique and specialty shops line 1st St., 4th St. and Market St.

Biking - The Katy Trail is located just across the Missouri River and a new bridge has been built with a bike lane for direct access. For more serious riders the rolling hills that surround Hermann are favorites.

Museums - Deutschheim State Historic Site and German School Museum are only a few block from the cottage.

Golf - Loutre Shore Country Club is three miles away offering a semi private 9 hole course.


Fishing - The Missouri and Gasconade Rivers are favorite fishing spot of locals and visitors alike, as are the many lakes dotting the area.

Canoing & Kayaking - The upper and middle Gasconade are some of the best floating areas in Missouri without the crowd of the Maramec. But, if you want the party of the Maramec it is only an hour away.

Hunting - There are plenty of hunting grounds in the area.

Hiking - Many state and national parks surround Hermann.

Wineries - Besides the wineries mentioned above,eleven more are within a short drive. You can spend a couple days traveling the beautiful countryside sampling Missouri's best wines.

More Shops - Just poke around, you will be amazed at what you will find.


Six Flags - Fun for the whole family only is an hour away.

St. Louis - Home of the Gateway Arch, Rams Football, Cardinal Baseball, Blues Hockey, museums, festivals, etc, is only 1 1/2 hour away.

Jefferson City - Our state capital is an hour from Hermann.

Columbia - At just over an hour away is University of Missouri among other things.

Purina Farms - A Small animal farm that is fun event for the whole family.

Rafting - An endless number of fantastic floating rivers cover central and southern Missouri.


Keywords: House, cottage, pet friendly

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About The Owner

In 2000 my wife and I were hiking in the Mark Twain National Forest when we came upon a bluff and looked out over the Missouri River. Just across the river was a quaint little town looking like it came out of a post card, so we decided to check it out. It was Hermann, and we fell in love. We came back over and over again, visiting at least three times a year always dreaming of living there.

Since real life prohibited us from live in Hermann we decided to purchased a small place where we could spend our weekends. In 2007, that idea became the Apfelbaum Cottage. We are very proud of our 2nd home, as quaint as it is, and love to share it (and Hermann) with others. Welcome!

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

What makes this house unique

Wine, hiking, biking, shopping...and more wine!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your maticulous and artistic (and loving)renovation provided a most comfortable and relazing fall break for us. The cottage is delightful. We admire your commitment to preservation. Wolfie loved it too. We are always grateful for a place that will occommodate him.
Oct 2008
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Hermann House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen size bed with vintage style iron head/foot board and americana bedding, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size sofa sleeper in living room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
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Apfelbaum the Heart of Missouri Wine Country
average rating of 4.375 based on 17 reviews

Relaxing, quiet - great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We visited Hermann, MO for our 29th wedding anniversary and thoroughly enjoyed our time at this cottage. It was Maifest weekend, so lots going on in Hermann! The cottage is quiet, clean, nicely decorated, comfortable and stocked with everything you'll need for your stay - and the location is great - with lots to do within walking distance. The pictures on this site are accurate. The back yard is fenced, shady, and includes a picnic table. The only suggestion for improvement is it would have been lovely to have some lawn chairs to relax in the back yard. Eric was easy to work with and responsive. Would stay here again and would recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wedding weekend

  • 4 of 5

This was perfect accomadations for our family we were all in a wedding at Hermann Hill and rehearsal dinner at Stoney hill both beautiful places! Cottage is in great location!!! Walking distance to gas station very good experience

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Central IL

Perfect Stay

  • 4 of 5

After an initial mix-up, which was taken care of very quickly, we completely enjoyed our stay at the Apfelbaum Cottage for our 30th anniversary get away. The pictures are a true description of the place. If we return to Hermann, we would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kansas City


  • 2 of 5

We stayed at the cottage this past weekend, there were a few issues regarding our stay - the biggest issue was the sofa sleeper and how uncomfortable it was. The mattress was horrible - thin, lumpy, sunk in the middle, and wires poking at us. It was so bad we had to switch nights sleeping on it so we could get one good night of sleep. Also, the pillows were absolutely gross (for both beds) stained and yellowed (we wished we'd brought our own). Other issues we had while we were there - the ceiling fan in the bedroom didn't work, the rugs in the bathroom were dirty and the coffee maker took 45 minutes to make a pot of coffee. I can over look the last few issues but not the condition of the sofa sleeper mattress and pillows. I'm requesting a refund on the additional fees we were charged for the use of the sofa sleeper. Had I known how bad the sofa sleeper was I would not have booked the cottage. I sent two emails and left a voice message and didn't receive a response.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sofa Sleeper - The mattress is thin, that's how they fit inside a sofa. Pillows - Regularly washed. Ceiling Fan -Checked it and it works fine, probably user error. Coffee maker - Checked it and it works fine, probably user error. Bathroom rugs-Natural fibers that were a blend of browns but a bit worn. We replaced them.
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Small town,TN/Southeast US

Relaxing, Quiet, and Close to Everything!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in the Apfelbaum Cottage for four days and loved every minute of it! Not only was it immaculate and charming, it was within easy walking distance to all of Hermann's downtown attractions. The bed was comfortable, the shower was hot, the cottage was well stocked, and the owner was really nice! The house is in a residential neighborhood, and I awoke each morning to a rooster crowing. While you're there, be sure to visit the local bakery for fresh sourdough bread, enjoy homemade chocolates of all sorts at the Chocolate Box, and take a few hours to check out local history at the Deutschheim State Historic Site and the Old German School Museum.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for a long weekend getaway! Cute, cozy cottage with a fenced-in yard for the fuzzy family members; perfect for resting between antiquing, hiking, and walking the riverbank. We enjoyed it, loved that it is pet-friendly (too few vacation rentals are!) and would love to visit again sometime!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wineries, Breweries, Hunting, Canoeing, Rafting, Endless outdoor activies


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Tax Rate 11.1%

50% upon booking & 50% two days prior to arrival via credit card


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