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The 4 bedroom inn is nestled in the scenic southern Iowa community of Humeston.

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This 3000 square foot home, circa 1908, has 4 large bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, full gourmet kitchen with eat at island, and large formal area suitable for small gatherings. We just completed a total restoration of the home updating all the mechanical functions, while maintaining the charm and feel of a turn-of-the-century Italianate. On-demand water heating, split floor HVAC, gourmet kitchen with gas range, filtered drinking water supply and full laundry are just some of the new features added. We chose a flower theme to outfit the 4 bedrooms and each room includes many period-correct antiques and fixtures. Mattresses were chosen to give each room a different sleeping experience to gratify the pickiest individual (plush pillow top, firm, firm pillow top and a memory foam). One bedroom has an on-suite bath with stand up shower, and the other full bath with double vanity supplies the other bedrooms. The upstairs also has a large furnished parlor area for lounging and reading. This house sits on a 1 acre lot full of shade trees in the Humeston city limits. A front wrap-around porch and large back deck give guest an awesome outdoor area to relax and enjoy the great, clean Iowa air. The location is within 1 hour from Des Moines, 20 minutes of Lake Rathbun, 10 minutes from Stephens State Forest, and 1 block away from the famous Cinder Path bicycling trail that connects Humeston with Chariton. Humeston is also home to the local favorites Snyder's General Store and Grass Roots Inn that draw people from all over Iowa and Missouri to shop and dine.

Todd Lambirth
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Todd Lambirth

Todd & Kari Lambirth are native southern Iowans with a passion for anything related to home and garden. Kari is the owner/grower at Ellis Greenhouse in Lucas, IA while Todd art directs for a woodworking publication in Des Moines. They have combined these two talents into the restoration of this turn-of-the-century Italianate and look forward to sharing it with the families of Humeston and any guests interested in exploring this wonderful area of Iowa.

Todd Lambirth purchased this house in 2011

Why Todd Lambirth chose Humeston

In 1908, the Honorable Joseph E. Doze (former Iowa state senator) built this house for his wife Elizabeth. It was built near the bustling Humeston train depot and hotel, and with 4 large bedroom upstairs, it provided ample room for their 4 children. Over time, it has passed through many families who called it home, briefly serving as an Inn during the late 70s and early 80s. At the time of our purchase of this property in 2011, it had fallen into a sad state of dis-repair, but still showed signs of the splendor and elegance of a time gone by. One walk through the house proved to us that it had “great bones” and would be more than worthy of a total restoration.

The restoration involved a complete update of all the mechanical aspects of the home. New wiring, plumbing, HVAC and energy efficient windows make this home comfortable and safe. At the same time, great care was taken to make sure the house visually looks like it would have in 1908.

What makes this house unique

Why Humeston? We’ve been asked that by several of our friends when we decided to take on this project. After spending some time in this area, it becomes very easy to understand why this is an ideal location for those wanting to get away from it all and just “unplug” for a short time. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do though. Humeston is home to the famous Snyder’s’ variety store. Just ask any discerning shopper from southern Iowa if they’ve ever heard of Snyder’s and you’ll probably get an emphatic “Yes!” If you can’t find it in Jill’s store, it’s probably not worth finding. Adding to this great shopping experience is Sweet Southern Sass children’s clothing boutique, Whiddledottles Antiques and Front Street Market for all your grocery needs. What’s a great shopping trip without a great place to eat? For lunch head across the street from Snyder’s to the Grassroots Cafe and Gallery, a quaint setting for great food and local artisan offerings. For dinner, Wojo’s Bar and Grill offers midwest Americana dining at its best . What about recreation you say? Humeston is the trail head for the Cinder Path bike trail that travels 14 miles between Chariton and Humeston. Abundant wildlife and rare native habitat await you on this beautiful scenic trail. You are also within 10 minutes of Stephens State Forest, the largest forest reserve in Iowa, and 30 minutes from beautiful Lake Rathbun and all it has to offer.


Humeston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting


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The 4 bedroom inn is nestled in the scenic southern Iowa community of Humeston.
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

This was our second rental of this home. We rented for a family gathering spot for a local funeral. Everyone in the family could not have been more pleased with the home. They all thought it was very wonderful. Todd was very accommodating. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very good! Property appears to need additional insulation, especially around the north and west side

  • 5 of 5

Other than that good!!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. With regard to better insulation, I think every homeowner would be in that mindset with the rare occurance of daytime high temperatures being below zero and wind chills in the minus 20 to 30 range. Those original walls are as full of insulation as they will allow. It's unfortunate that happened during your stay. Hopefully you were able to crank up the thermostat to keep it comfortable. Thank you for choosing us for your stay over the holiday. :)
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Perfect Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully restored home that served as the perfect gathering spot for our family Christmas. The owners are very accommodating and have provided all the comforts of home ( with space to spare for our large extended family). We had an amazing time & will be returning.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

This house is beautiful and welcoming! Lets our extended family sleep comfortably as we don't all for into one house any longer. Will be our go to for years to come!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

This was perfect for a little family get together while we were in Iowa for our cousin's wedding. Beautiful home - gorgeous kitchen and beds were comfy!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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So wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and super clean, as usual. The owners are very accommodating and professional. We have been to this inn 3 years in a row and intend to keep coming back!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Des Moines
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Humeston Golf
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 65
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Grassroots Cafe
Car: necessary

Humeston Iowa is a small, charming southern Iowa town with just enough amenities to be comfortable, but rural enough for a total relaxation type of get away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.0%

Our weekly rental fee will be based on a set fee of $100 per night for anything longer than the 2 night minimum. So as an example, if you plan to stay 5 nights, your total bill would be $700 + tax. We also have a 13 night maximum stay limit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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