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Enjoy an Amazing Historic Home In Lafayette Square, St Louis (downtown) Missouri

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Enjoy an Amazing Historic Home In Lafayette Square, St Louis Mo

Welcome to beautiful LaFayette Square … If this is your first time here, you are in for a treat! The area has a rich history dating back to the mid-1800’s; this wonderful historic home was built in 1880 in the Victorian style. You will enjoy the old-world architecture with the classic two parlors separated by pocket doors, a beautiful formal dining room, and the two staircases, one in front along with the back spiral staircase by the kitchen. The home is within easy walking distance to many outstanding restaurants, specialty shops, and the oh-so-beautiful and historic Lafayette Park. There is so much to enjoy within walking distance, but don’t miss out on the other treasures of St Louis – The Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, the St Louis Zoo, and so much more, all within a 10-15 minute drive from this home. Enjoy cocktails on the top-floor deck overlooking the city before enjoying a sumptuous night on the town in Lafayette Square, then return home to the luxurious three bedrooms on the second floor. Longing for a night in? Enjoy our fully stocked kitchen to create a delicious feast, to be savored in the luxurious formal dining room. The pantry is stocked with staples and spices to make your stay extra welcome. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall… each season offers a unique charm that will make your stay captivating and memorable. To learn more about the home and area, please feel free to visit our website found under 'Manager Info.'

Rachel Harbour
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

About Rachel Harbour

Our Father, Joe Fitzgerald, purchased the home in 1979, shortly after it was renovated as part of a focused effort to resurrect the beauty of the neighborhood that had fallen into disrepair. Dad was a twenty year military man, with multiple degrees in psychology, engineering and business, and who spoke three languages. He passed away in November, 2012, just a few weeks short of his 80th birthday.

We decorated his home to honor its history while preserving Dad’s personality and his rich life experiences. Our Father deeply loved this home and often said, “I feel more like a steward than an owner of this home. It is my job to preserve it for generations to come.” We were blessed to inherit this home from our Father and we feel the same sense of responsibility. We are happy to share this treasure with others to enjoy as we have. Cynthia and Rachel (Joe's Daughters)

Rachel Harbour purchased this house in 1979

Why Rachel Harbour chose Missouri

This home is a true treasure that was built in the late 1800's. If you enjoy a taste of the historic in a walking neighborhood with excellent restaurants and a magnificent park, this home is for you.

What makes this house unique

Roof-top deck overlooking the city and the St Louis Arch, a Foody-inspired fully stocked kitchen, great classic Victorian architecture, exquisite luxury, along with 21st century technology. The home is within walking distance of Park Avenue, the main street in Lafayette Square that has many wonderful restaurants, little shops and bars.


Lafayette Square House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Asia Room - 1 queen
    Forest Room - 1 double
    Parlor Room - 1 twin/ single , A perfect 'over-flow' room for a single adult.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
Please note, this house is not "child-friendly" and is not recommended for walking children under the age of 7 years old. There are numerous steep stairs, including a spiral staircase, that makes the home dangerous for little ones. Thank you for your understanding.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Enjoy an Amazing Historic Home In Lafayette Square, St Louis (downtown) Missouri
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful home in historic neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

Our family really enjoyed our stay. Lots of stairs! Be mindful if you have children or elderly members in your party. House had plenty of space and included everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. It's an historic home; so, it was a little dusty in some areas but wasn't too bad. Loved the gorgeous stained glass on the front door and all of the character. My son really enjoyed having the 3rd floor all to himself. It was a really great space for us to spend time together, while still providing privacy for each of us as well. The neighborhood and surrounding area was terrific. Neighbors were all friendly and welcoming. Good rental for families.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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May 2017

  • 5 of 5

This couldn't have been a better choice!!! The house was stunning and so conveniently located for our wedding party taking place in Lafayette Park.

I would recommend this VRBO rental to everyone.

The little patio on the right of the house was just lovely to hang out with a few relatives and friends.

Thank you.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, lots of space, great location!

  • 5 of 5

This house was great! Wonderful location, nice neighborhood, plenty of space in the house for the 4 of us adults staying there. We're all in our 50s so it was a good workout to climb those long stairways to use the fun room and deck on the 3rd floor. Suggestion: would be nice to have a mini-fridge up there!

Thanks so much for renting this to us!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rick, thank you so much for the nice review. Our Dad had no problem staying in shape in this house! In his 70's, he still took two stairs at a time (show off! :-) ). I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you next time! Rachel
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Gorgeous home, wonderful location, LOVED it!

  • 5 of 5

This spotless, historical home is truly exceptional, with perfect gathering places, a well-equipped kitchen, and lots of private spots, as well. The location is a walkable neighborhood, but just minutes from the city.

We would love to stay here again. Thanks for sharing your family's beloved gem!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Julie, We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and our beautiful home left to us by our Father. We look forward to seeing you next time! Rachel
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Very comfortable and convenient

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was great. Very clean and orderly home. Missed not having the BBQ grill but I think we were there too early in the season. Very convenient to the activities we were attending. Extremely easy to work with Rachel and everything went perfectly.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Janeece, I'm glad that everything went smoothly for you with the reservation and your stay. I'm sorry you didn't get to enjoy the BBQ. Yes, it is a seasonal feature, but we are happy to pull it out out of season if we know in advance. We hope you are able to join us again for your future travels. Rachel
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Wonderful Historic House! Plenty of Space! Great Technology! Great Kitchen!

  • 5 of 5

If you want where you stay to be part of the excitement of the trip, this is the one to pick!

We traveled back to STL at Christmas time to visit relatives. it was a group of 5 adults: My wife and I and 3 adult sons.

The house proved to be a wonderful "base camp" for activities in the city as well as being convenient to relatives who lived in the suburbs (you will find it is quick-on, quick-off to the highway systems around STL.)

First, it is in the Lafayette Square area, which is a historic area. Just take a walk around the block or up to the park to take in the beautiful scenery and historic homes. Also, the Square provides many amenities, including basics like dry cleaning, but also micro-breweries, restaurants, and coffee shops.

Parking is easy, right in front. The street is quiet and the cars are safe.

The house was great. Tall ceilings, classic old architecture, and a very cozy feeling throughout. There are three full bedrooms that are very spacious. There are also other places to lay down if you want to -- a day room on the first floor and a TV room on the third floor.

Also, on the third floor, is a great little deck on the roof that affords a view of downtown and the Arch! This TV room also has a handy desk and office space.

Throughout, the house had plenty of TVs, wifi, and stereos for hooking up your phone via bluetooth! For such a big house, it is really well "wifi'd up"!

We really loved the way the home was decorated. It gave you a sense of the historic nature of the house, and also included some pleasant remembrances of the former owner, who was a pilot and world traveler.

The kitchen was also great. Very large and very well-equipped. It included a lot of cookware, dishware and gizmos that make it easy to prepare and serve your own meals.

Finally, the owners (Rachel and Cynthia) were really great to work with. They are very friendly and accommodating and go the extra mile. We were visiting at Christmas time, and Cynthia had popped in before we arrived and set up some Christmas decorations, including a small Christmas tree.

We can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay, and will be looking up this property the next time we visit STL!

Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi John, wow... thank you so much for the very kind review! We are very glad you enjoyed lovely St Louis and that our home treated you and yours well. We look forward to seeing you during your next travels to St Louis! Warmest Regards, Rachel and Cynthia
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Lambert–St. Louis International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Lafayette Square House Rental Rates

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Standard pricing
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
One time cleaning fee $100
Service fee $25

Extra $50 per night per person for more than 4 adults.
3 night minimum
AARP, AAA and Military Discount available at $240.00 per night for 4 adults. Please advise owner when making reservation.
Enjoy one night free with a 7 night stay at $1500

Inquiries requesting discounts off the rates posted above are not considered at this time.

Please note, this house is not "child-friendly" and is not recommended for walking children under the age of 7 years old. There are numerous steep stairs, including a spiral staircase, that makes the home dangerous for little ones. Thank you for your understanding.

Cancellation Policy: Deposit 100% refunded if the cancellation is prior to 30 days of reservation. If within 30 days of reservation, deposit will be refunded, minus $50 administrative fee, if an alternate renter is identified for the same time period. Owner will use best efforts to re-rent the property should the reservation be cancelled.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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