"The Ohage House is a mansion featured in the Wikepedia article on St. Paul's historic Irvine Park. If anything, it exceeds in every department the superlative description provided with the HomeAway listing. The 1889 home of a prominent doctor has undergone grant-funded and loving restoration: details like the art nouveau-like gold designs in the leather (?) front of the mantel surround in one of the two front parlors--other mantels have stunning woodwork--simply shine. The kitchen is well equipped--with ample spices and other basic staples, to boot!--and the beds in the spacious bedrooms are firm and comfortable.
My wife and I (both 67) stayed in the house for three nights with our son (39), daughter (36), and two granddaughters (2 & 3/4 and 11). We were in town for a family wedding. The six of us were joined from time to time by one or both of my wife's two siblings and their children and grandchildren (there may have been as many as fourteen of us in the house at one time), and the fact that the sheer pleasure of being in the place (the beautiful dining room that could squeeze in all of us--some infants, mind you--around the round table, the lovely sun porch overlooking a long, gently curving lawn with nice seating along the gravel footpaths, the big, efficient kitchen, the game room where various members of our party played electronic ice hockey, pinball, and pocket billiards, the comfortable media room where we watched the Tony Awards Sunday night) created a warm, welcoming center for all of us, making a wedding weekend that might have been merely nice really special for everyone.
Dirk and Ruth have the house beautifully furnished, with very appealing art too. They are superb hosts. One of the bedrooms has a rack of superb children's books on the side of the closet. A neighbor told me that Dirk is rarely far from the square, and in fact when I called to ask him how we could get street parking passes for family members (the paved drive behind the house can only accommodate three vehicles and parking on the street around the square is restricted) he showed up with more passes than we turned out to need in two shakes of a lamb's tail (literally, in 5 minutes).
The house is wonderfully located too, on the charming square at the center of Irvine Park with fountain and bandstand (fun to watch because folks have wedding ceremonies there). The Science Museum, to which the 11-year-old and I walked, is two-tenths of a mile away. Five stars!!!"
Guest: Daniel K.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: June 18, 2015