|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
L'auberge ('the inn') St. Charles, circa 1868 Second Empire French home contributing to the National Register Historic Frenchtown District. Recently underwent a complete restoration saving original doors, wavy glass transom windows and beautiful woodwork while adding a full gourmet kitchen, beautiful bathrooms and high end furnishings. You get the best of both worlds; the quaintness of a bed and breakfast with the comfort and privacy of a fully furnished home. Located in the quiet, Frenchtown District of old town St. Charles, yet still within walking distance of all the shops, restaurants, historic sites and festivities of Main Street, Lamborghini Indoor Soccer Club, Missouri Riverfront and Katy Trail and just 8 miles to St. Louis Lambert Airport and only twenty minutes to St. Louis. Within a scenic 40 min. drive to many of Missouri's award winning wineries. Come see why picturesque St. Charles is nicknamed 'the Williamsburg of the Midwest'
This home includes secure off street parking, outdoor gas grill and comfortably furnished covered back porch area. Inside, the main floor has a large living room with large flatscreen TV, game table and desk: full bathroom with tub/shower; large dining room that seats six; and the kitchen has cherry cabinets, stone countertops, gas range with warming drawer, dishwasher, Keurig coffeemaker, micro, full sized ref/fzr, toaster, mixer, blender and more. Plus, full sized laundry equipment is tucked in a closet.
Upstairs are three bedrooms; The king bed room has a hand painted Missouri River scene headboard, reading area and flat-screen TV with DVD player. The queen bed room also has a reading dormer. The equally beautiful, albeit smaller, full bed room has an antique brass bed. All have ultra comfortable cool gel foam mattresses, luxury linens and hardwood floors with access to the large bath with antique claw-foot soaking tub. We also provide luxury bath salts and soaps from Herbaria.
Interior designer and sales manager during the week and historic property restorers on the weekends, the guest house is our sixth project in St. Charles, this is our only guest house in St. Charles. We live one block away, so we're usually 'on site' managers to assure a wonderful stay.
Ed Akers purchased this house in 2010
We bought this property in our continued effort to restore and improve our historic neighborhood. It took over a year to complete the rehab and all of the approvals that St. Charles required to open the first guest house in historic Frenchtown.
We had long admired the beautiful Mansard roof windows, pretty front porch woodwork and large lawn of this house in our neighborhood. When it came up for sale, we immediately purchased it thinking we would move into it ourselves and only after it was mostly redone did we decide to turn it into a vacation house. So, it has high end finishes and accents that are seldom seen in guest houses. The rooms are large with tall ceilings with cherry hardwood flooring throughout and all of its original ornate woodwork. The covered back porch is a favorite spot to relax and we know you'll love it as much as we do!
What a treat! Spent a few nights at L'Auberge for a girl's trip and wine tour. Ed is such a pleasure to deal with and the house is wonderful. Updated, but the historic ambiance and charm has been maintained. Close to shopping and restaurants. We hired a limo to pick us up for a winery tour and had a ball. So nice to come back to a quiet relaxing place to fix dinner and enjoy a glass of wine on the patio. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. We will definitely be back.
We needed to be at the St. Charles Convention Center for a dance competition for several days, but also wanted to be able to relax away from the event. This house was only a few miles away and gave us the relaxation we were looking for! We were able to sleep comfortably, eat "at home", and still attend our competition without excessive travel.
The kitchen was perfectly outfitted for cooking with a lovely adjacent dining room. There was plenty of room in the house to spread out and relax as well as a living room with family games to get together as a group.
Check in and out was easy and the owners provided all of the information needed prior to and during the stay. They even thought of leaving names and directions to grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.
Stayed at this roomy and charming home recently for our families summer vacation. We were really excited to stay at this property, I think we forgot about our luggage in the car for about an hour as we admired the home. I mean, how often do you get to stay in a home that's almost 150 years old! Our family of six had plenty of room to roam around inside and out, the rear and side yard is large. If you stay here make sure you take the golden eagle ferry to the grafton ferry, one crosses the Mississippi River and the other crosses the Illinois River, beautiful drive! Also there are a handful of antique shops on the street. Thanks Ed, we'll be back.
A group of us chose St. Charles to meet for a long weekend and catch up. We have used VRBO several times and have never been disappointed. The house was perfect for our needs and most charming. It is beautifully decorated and provided all of the comforts of home. We had everything we could possibly need. The kitchen was well appointed and provided plenty of cookware/serving dishes and even had a welcome basket full of goodies for us! The bedrooms were all comfortable and the linens superb. We enjoyed the patio immensely and it had more than ample outdoor seating. There was even a grill if you chose to cook out. Ed was there when we arrived and very friendly. St. Charles was a darling town with fun shops and excellent outdoor patios almost everywhere you looked. We will be back! I would mention that all bedrooms are upstairs and the stairway is QUITE steep. If you have any hip/knee issues this might be a problem.
My husband and I were taking his 22 year old daughter to see Fleetwood Mac in St. Louis (because as she put it - she wanted to see them as they were all about to die ;) )
The L'auberage is an immaculate, charming, beautifully decorated, historic home. As my step-daughter quoted, "This is the cutest house ever." I loved the big soft lounge chairs in the living room and master bedroom. The mattresses were very comfortable. Ed was very accommodating and easy to work with. He even left a thoughtful gift basket and Keurig k-cups. Upon arrival, he told us to take advantage of the large yard and pretty outside porch. My only regret is that we did not spend more time in St. Charles. We did have dinner at the quaint and delicious Bella Vino Wine Bar (highly recommend), but would have loved to spend more time checking out the historic area.
We commonly use VRBO for our vacation getaways. This year we choose St. Louis so that we could visit family. Everything about L'auberge was exactly as marketed. We were pleased that the owners have a keyless entry, which allowed us to arrive on Christmas Day- something many rentals do not allow. The owners had made available to us several brochures of places and events. The historic district and Missouri River- easily within walking distance- was an enjoyable afternoon. The rental has incredible freeway access yet far enough away that there is no associated noise. It's about a 15 minute drive to the airport; about 30 minutes to the train station. There was a brand new supermarket within a 5 minute drive. All in all, I can not think of a negative. I would like to note that during our stay, a kitchen glass was broken. When brought to the owners attention (and expecting the deposit to be withheld) the owners did not address it and our entire deposit was returned. We have rented in Malibu, Angel Fire and Durango and have never had the entire deposit returned and so timely. I can't thank the owners enough for their help in making our 5 day trip so memorable. We look forward to coming back!
Located in historic Frenchtown and within walking distance to historic Main street St. Charles with all kinds of wonderful shops, antiques, outdoor Cafes' and weekend festivities including horsedrawn carriage rides, parks, hiking, convention center, Lewis & Clark museum, Dusable riverside nature walk, scenic Missouri River trail - bicycling, Bass Pro Shop, Casino St. Charles and more.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Minimum stay is 2 nights. Weekday rates are $205.00 per night. Weekend rates are $260.00 per night. The house is located within easy walking distance of Main Street (8 scenic blocks) in the National Historic Register-Frenchtown District.