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Decorah House- Airy, Modern, Full of Natural Light, 5 Blocks to Downtown

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1 bedroom, WiFi, bed sheets
Fridge, oven, stovetop, coffee/tea maker
Fridge, oven, stovetop, coffee/tea maker
1 bedroom, WiFi, bed sheets
1 bedroom, WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Decorah House- Airy, Modern, Full of Natural Light, 5 Blocks to Downtown

Decorah House- Airy, Modern, Full of Natural Light, 5 Blocks to Downtown

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire apartment

1 bedroom1 bathroomSleeps 3

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationUpper Iowa Speedway6 min walk
  • Popular LocationPorter House Museum12 min walk
  • Popular LocationIce Cave Hill Park3 min drive

Space details

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 3
900 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 queen bed

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire apartment to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Decorah House- Airy, Modern, Full of Natural Light, 5 Blocks to Downtown

Adults-only apartments in Decorah
Welcome to Decorah House, a private and beautifully renovated stay on the second floor of our historic 1850s brick house just five blocks from downtown Decorah. We have spent the last several years meticulously renovating the house and warmly welcome you to enjoy it. We welcomed our first guests in June 2018. And please check out our other rental we've welcomed visitors to for the past six years, Trout River Log Cabin, located six miles east of Decorah.

The space is airy, full of natural light, and sits perched overlooking the Oneota Valley. The unit consists of a large living area with adjoining kitchen, a spacious bath, and large bedroom. The bedroom has a queen bed and there's a blow up mattress to accommodate a third or fourth person.

In the main living space you'll find two orange barrel chairs with accompanying hand made shaker style walnut end tables, a sugar maple butcher block dining table made from flooring from a local landmark school, and Persian rugs. The floors are beautiful vertical grain doug fir. All the woodwork, the butcher block countertops and tables, maple cabinets, maple vanity, shaker end tables and much more were all made by Paul in the second floor of our garage workshop. Paul's also a high school industrial arts teacher and teaches several furniture making classes.

The kitchen has a high quality European brand stainless steel gas range, small refrigerator, and deep-basin stainless steel sink. The kitchen is stocked with quality cookware. We also supply organic coffee and a french press. The kitchen is small yet functional.

The bedroom is spacious and overlooks the forested bluffs of the Oneota Valley. And to boot, there's a 200 year old magnificent bur oak tree that sits just outside the bedroom windows. The bedroom has a firm queen bed, a reading area, and clothes closet. A third or fourth person can be accommodated on a blow up air mattress. Linens and bedding are provided.

The spacious bath has a floor to ceiling subway tile shower. The bathroom flooring is Marmoleum, a traditional petroleum free, linseed oil-based linoleum made to look like marble. It was invented in England in the early 1850s. The hand made vanity is sugar maple with a white oak butcher block top. Bath towels, Nature's Gate shampoo, conditioner and body wash are provided.

The house was built in the early 1850s by Decorah's original founding family, the Days, from upstate New York. By the time their son Claiborne built the house a few years later, the village of Decorah wasn't more than a few log houses and a saw mill. Today it survives as one of the few remaining structures of the period. Claiborne was the entrepreneurial type, serving as Decorah's first postmaster. He also owned a lumberyard and built several houses around town.

Our house sits in a quiet residential neighborhood just five blocks from downtown Decorah. It's a six minute walk to Impact Coffee, a ten minute walk to Oneota Food Coop, or a fifteen minute walk to Pulpit Rock Brewery.
Guest accommodations at this apartment offer air conditioning. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, cookware/dishes/utensils, and coffee/tea makers.

Property manager

Paul Cutting and Nathan Thompson

Property amenities


  • WiFi available


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Towels provided


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 3
  • Unit size: 900 sq ft (84 sq m)
  • Property does not allow children

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

This property welcomes adults only

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a deadbolt lock

Property is also known as

House Beautifully Restored House Five Blocks Apartment
House Beautifully Restored House Five Blocks
House Airy Modern Full Natural Light 5 Blocks Downtown Apartment
Decorah House Airy Modern Full Natural Light 5 Blocks Downtown
House Airy Modern Full Natural Light 5 Blocks Downtown Apartment
Decorah House Airy Modern Full Natural Light 5 Blocks Downtown
House Airy Modern Full Natural Light 5 Blocks Downtown

About this area


This apartment is located in Decorah. Porter House Museum and Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum are local landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Ice Cave Hill Park and Dunnings Spring Park. Decorah Bald Eagles and Decorah Fish Hatchery are also worth visiting.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Upper Iowa Speedway - 6 min walk
  • Porter House Museum - 12 min walk
  • Ice Cave Hill Park - 3 min drive
  • Dunnings Spring Park - 4 min drive
  • Luther College - 4 min drive


  • Don Jose — 9 min walk
  • Impact Coffee — 9 min walk
  • Hay Market — 10 min walk
  • Mabe's Pizza — 10 min walk
  • Memphis Pitt BBQ — 10 min walk

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5/5 Excellent

Comfortable light filled oasis
Meticulously restored historic home. Very comfortable accommodations with a well appointed kitchenette. Chickens roam their chicken run and succulents dot the window sills. All in all simply charming. Easy access to downtown, the Trout run bike trail and the scenic by-ways.

5/5 Excellent

Great place
Enjoyed the stay. Provided us everything we hoped for and more.

5/5 Excellent

Gorgeous Place!
My parents stayed here on in overnight visit and they were so impressed with the quality of design and construction, as well as how spotless the place was for them. You can't go wrong staying here!

5/5 Excellent

Great Place
Place was beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

5/5 Excellent

Decorah vacation
This was a very nice property. We lived the historical history of the property. We did have the opportunity to meet the owners and they were very pleasant.