Waldo Guest Cottage is a freshly updated guest house in the charming, walkable Truman Heritage District. Just two blocks from the Harry S. Truman National Historic site, it is also within walking distance of restaurants and merchants on the Independence Square. Surrounded by a private enclosed courtyard, couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers will appreciate privacy, the natural setting, and home-like ambiance.
Waldo Guest Cottage sits behind the Twyman/McGuire/Harper House (circa 1910), a Historic Landmark within the charming, walkable Truman Heritage District and is accessible to all the places you’ll want to visit. The Truman Library and Museum is .5 mile to the north, and the dining and entertainment on Independence Square is .5 mile to the south. Kauffman Stadium is 7 miles away, and the entertainment districts of Kansas City are an easy 8-mile drive.
The property is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and the nature-supporting gardens are ever evolving to give more focus to native plants. You’ll enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine from the café seating on your private balcony which overlooks the sunken courtyard gardens surrounding the Cottage. Think writer’s or artist’s retreat!
Amenities include reserved off-street parking; keypad entry with a unique PIN for your stay; closet with hangers and ironing station; kitchenette supplied with complementary French Roast coffee and biscotti, juice, fresh fruit, and bottled water. The Cottage has a mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, dining area and dinnerware. The comfortable living room sofa converts to a queen sleeper, and you’ll have access to 200+ television channels. The guest Wifi, tech charging unit and work space meet your connectivity requirements. The bathroom suite is outfitted with a large shower, towels, hairdryer and basic toiletries. As a discriminating guest, you’ll appreciate all that Waldo Guest Cottage delivers.
You have a designated off-street parking space, and common area security camera.
The Cottage sits to the south of the property, directly across a large garden deck from the main house. We share the courtyard door, and will likely see each other as we come and go, but the Cottage is your private space during your stay. Outside, enjoy your balcony overlook or feel free to stroll through the courtyard gardens.
The Cottage is fully stocked upon your arrival, but if you run out of coffee filters, etc, please text or call me. If you would like trash removal, please place the trash in a white kitchen trash bag (located in the kitchen base cabinet) and set the tied bag outside your door. We will take it from there!
Recycling trucks make their rounds Monday through Thursday. Our recycler picks up on Tuesday morning, around 7am.
Independence, Missouri guest tax of 6.5%, and Missouri combined state and local sales tax of 7.850% apply. These taxes are included in the fee quoted on Airbnb.
As required by local ordinance, a valid government issued photo ID and current vehicle tag number is required at check in.
Our home is on the Cottage property, as well, and though we believe that you will be a respectful, responsible guest, we need to state the following:
No personal deliveries to the Cottage, except by mutual arrangement prior to booking;
No overnight guests other than those previously discussed and paid for at the time of booking;
No smoking (applies to all exterior areas on the premises, as well);
No open flames, incense or candle burning;
No illegal drugs or excessive alcohol consumption;
No parties, loud music, or other disturbances (quiet time after 10pm).
For any special arrangements, please contact me to discuss your request as we may be able to make accommodations for your circumstance.
These House Rules are set forth to avoid any misunderstandings, and we appreciate your respect of them. The Rules reflect what we have committed to under our Special Use permit with the City of Independence, as well as the safety and respect for our neighbors, and all guests of Waldo Guest Cottage.
I'm an Independence native, and moved South in the 80s where I fell in love with and married Terry. After our wedding, we came home and stayed at a quaint cottage surrounded by gardens. Fast forward 16 years and we moved back to Independence, fell in love with a historic home in the Truman Heritage District, and now call this home. Behind our home just happens to be Stella’s Guest House, that magical place we stayed all those years ago. We reopened Stella’s as Waldo Guest Cottage in 2017.
In the spring of 2017, I completed Master Gardener training through the University of Missouri Extension Service, and started the process of converting our gardens to native plantings. Recently, we achieved Certified Wildlife Habitat status through the National Wildlife Federation to honor what exists, and the environmental path to which we are committed.
In addition to hosting guests, gardening and engaging in environmental stewardship, I'm working to complete my Masters in Creative Writing studies.