People looking for a chance to relax at a 'home away from home' have a unique option in Maryville.
The Victorian Rental Getaway, located at 411 N. Mulberry, offers luxury and comfort for any amount of time ranging from one night to several months.
Linda Lajcak and her husband, James, have spent the last few years remodeling the house in the style of a gracious Victorian residence, and while they have been accepting guests for more than a year, the work is not quite complete.
Only minor details remain, such as trim, but the work they have completed has transformed four bedrooms, each of which carries its own theme.
Filled with antique furniture and lighting, including a dresser built in 1776, a stay at the rental property is almost like a trip back in time.
That is, of course, excluding amenities like a washer/dryer, wireless Internet access, television and a modern kitchen.
The couple is working to convert their own home, located next door, into a bed-and-breakfast, but the Victorian Rental Getaway is billed as a "bed, no breakfast."
Renters have full access to the house but have to supply and cook their own food.
Each room is fitted with an antique door lock operated by a skeleton key.
The couple did all the remodeling themselves, from the tongue-in-groove ceiling on the porch to re-finished hardwood floors.
According to city records, the first evidence of the house is in the 1920's, but the Lajcak's believe the house is much older.
During the remodel process, they discovered a nickel from 1867 in between walls, along with wooden pegs and square nails, which suggest the home might have been built well before that era.
But in the 21st century, people book the house for a variety of reasons.
Linda Lajcak said they frequently host baby and bridal showers, graduation parties, anniversaries and people in Maryville on business.
"We are very proud of it," she said. "We have done a lot of work to make this happen."
James and Linda are both retired from the Air Force and met in England while on deployment. They have three children, one of whom runs a baked goods business.
Joyce’s Cookies & Cupcakes makes most of the food for the parties held at the Getaway, though guests are free to provide their own.
Linda recently completed a degree in interior design at Northwest Missouri State University and uses that knowledge to choose and arrange decor.
"I just try to make it homey," she said. "I put in what I like, and what fits the room."
Many of the decorations are family heirlooms, though most have come from auctions and estate sales.
Page 2 of 2 - A room at the Victorian Rental Getaway costs $75 a night and comes with both driveway and street parking.
Linda said she anticipates the bed-and-breakfast to open within the next two years.
"Once we opened, people just started coming," she said. "You can get away from the hustle and bustle and have a relaxing weekend.
"This is something that Maryville hasn’t seen, maybe for a long time.
We’ve had so many guests that travel all the time that have told us that we’ve topped any other stay. We feel very blessed to be able to do this."
Fore reservations, call (660) 541-2767.