This 3000 square foot home, circa 1908, has 4 large bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, full gourmet kitchen with eat at island, and large formal area suitable for small gatherings. We just completed a total restoration of the home updating all the mechanical functions, while maintaining the charm and feel of a turn-of-the-century Italianate. On-demand water heating, split floor HVAC, gourmet kitchen with gas range, filtered drinking water supply and full laundry are just some of the new features added. We chose a flower theme to outfit the 4 bedrooms and each room includes many period-correct antiques and fixtures. Mattresses were chosen to give each room a different sleeping experience to gratify the pickiest individual (plush pillow top, firm, firm pillow top and a memory foam). One bedroom has an on-suite bath with stand up shower, and the other full bath with double vanity supplies the other bedrooms. The upstairs also has a large furnished parlor area for lounging and reading. This house sits on a 1 acre lot full of shade trees in the Humeston city limits. A front wrap-around porch and large back deck give guest an awesome outdoor area to relax and enjoy the great, clean Iowa air. The location is within 1 hour from Des Moines, 20 minutes of Lake Rathbun, 10 minutes from Stephens State Forest, and 1 block away from the famous Cinder Path bicycling trail that connects Humeston with Chariton. Humeston is also home to the local favorites Snyder's General Store and Grass Roots Inn that draw people from all over Iowa and Missouri to shop and dine.
About Todd Lambirth
Todd & Kari Lambirth are native southern Iowans with a passion for anything related to home and garden. Kari is the owner/grower at Ellis Greenhouse in Lucas, IA while Todd art directs for a woodworking publication in Des Moines. They have combined these two talents into the restoration of this turn-of-the-century Italianate and look forward to sharing it with the families of Humeston and any guests interested in exploring this wonderful area of Iowa.
Todd Lambirth purchased this House in 2011
Why Todd Lambirth chose Humeston
In 1908, the Honorable Joseph E. Doze (former Iowa state senator) built this house for his wife Elizabeth. It was built near the bustling Humeston train depot and hotel, and with 4 large bedroom upstairs, it provided ample room for their 4 children. Over time, it has passed through many families who called it home, briefly serving as an Inn during the late 70s and early 80s. At the time of our purchase of this property in 2011, it had fallen into a sad state of dis-repair, but still showed signs of the splendor and elegance of a time gone by. One walk through the house proved to us that it had “great bones” and would be more than worthy of a total restoration. The restoration involved a complete update of all the mechanical aspects of the home. New wiring, plumbing, HVAC and energy efficient windows make this home comfortable and safe. At the same time, great care was taken to make sure the house visually looks like it would have in 1908.
What makes this House unique
Why Humeston? We’ve been asked that by several of our friends when we decided to take on this project. After spending some time in this area, it becomes very easy to understand why this is an ideal location for those wanting to get away from it all and just “unplug” for a short time. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do though. Humeston is home to the famous Snyder’s’ variety store. Just ask any discerning shopper from southern Iowa if they’ve ever heard of Snyder’s and you’ll probably get an emphatic “Yes!” If you can’t find it in Jill’s store, it’s probably not worth finding. Adding to this great shopping experience is Sweet Southern Sass children’s clothing boutique, Whiddledottles Antiques and Front Street Market for all your grocery needs. What’s a great shopping trip without a great place to eat? For lunch head across the street from Snyder’s to the Grassroots Cafe and Gallery, a quaint setting for great food and local artisan offerings. For dinner, Wojo’s Bar and Grill offers midwest Americana dining at its best . What about recreation you say? Humeston is the trail head for the Cinder Path bike trail that travels 14 miles between Chariton and Humeston. Abundant wildlife and rare native habitat await you on this beautiful scenic trail. You are also within 10 minutes of Stephens State Forest, the largest forest reserve in Iowa, and 30 minutes from beautiful Lake Rathbun and all it has to offer.
Pool / Spa
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Beautiful home. Great amenities!
We had three couples staying in the house for the weekend. It's a beautiful space with plenty of room. We very much enjoyed the stay and would book the home again if we are in the area.
Beautiful! Loved it!!
The house was clean, well stocked and so inviting. We held a family reunion in great style, with plenty of space and it felt like we were "home". Thanks so much! I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a home away from home.
Relaxing country retreat
We have stayed at this lovely Humeston home multiple times and always find something new. The house is well stocked, the caretakers are very responsive, and the town is friendly and very family focused. We look forward to coming back in a couple months.
Great house, lovingly restored.
This is a beautiful house . It offers both historic charm and modern conveniences. Perfect location for a country retreat.
Great place. Lots of space
Fit all our needs. Full kitchen utinsels big table and very comfortable
What a gorgeous and historic place! We had a lovely stay for our sister's gathering---lots of rooms for sitting and visiting in various parts of the spacious house and the beds were VERY comfortable. The modernized kitchen was equipped and great for our group-cooking style. We would definitely stay again. Thanks, Todd!
Humeston Iowa is a small, charming southern Iowa town with just enough amenities to be comfortable, but rural enough for a total relaxation type of get away.