About This Listing
The Garden Bedroom overlooks the mixed perennial borders on three sides of the yard. The bedroom feature a king-sized bed and high thread count, all cotton sheets. The windows are large and allow a lot of natural light in during the day.
Two bedrooms are available in the top floor apartment of this 1890s brick home. The apartment also contains a living room, a full, eat-in kitchen, a shared bathroom, and a laundry room. If both bedrooms are booked by the same party, the entire apartment is available for use. If separate parties book the two bedrooms, then the open areas of the apartment are shared. The bedrooms and bathroom lock for security.
Breakfast is when you want it from food provided in the kitchen. Juice, coffee, hot or dry cereal, yogurt, and fresh fruit are typical. Prior to your stay, you will be asked for preferences so you have what you like.
Mavhouse is located in the Lowertown Arts District. The house occupies a corner lot with deep mixed perennial, conifer, and shrub borders on two sides. Many unusual plants make the gardens interesting year round, from the riot of spring bulbs to the Christmas roses (Hellebores) beginning to bloom in December and lasting for months. Guided tours of the garden are available to those interested.
The house is what I call casually formal, as we are not formal people but live in a semi-formal house. It is filled with art, as we are in the arts district and have a family of artists. I love to cook, so for extended stays, expect at least one dinner invitation.
There is public transit available, and the neighborhood is so warm and inviting. We have regular artists in residence, whom we "mother" a bit, so count on lots of help finding things, getting places, or just getting the scope on what's up. Galleries and studios are on most of the nearby streets, waiting for you to stop in.
Communicate clearly, be considerate of others in the house, and enjoy your stay.
We came to Paducah over Memorial Day weekend for a wedding with another couple. Staying at the Mavhouse was a wonderful experience for all of us. The apartment was much much larger than we anticipated, and felt very spacious and uniquely southern and victorian. Anita's collection of art is very intriguing and she has a wonderful selection of books as well as maps and information about Paducah. The garden is incredible and was a delight to see in May. To top it off, Anita was a lovely host, and left us handpicked strawberries one morning which we enjoyed in our breakfast. Also, I must say that the bed was AWESOME! That feature is super important to me and it was not lacking.
Anita made us feel welcome days before our arrival by maintaining friendly, warm, incredibly helpful communication from the time we booked until the time we left her.
She went above and beyond by ensuring that we had all the breakfast items we requested and more! The room was generous in space with one of the most comfortable and roomy beds I've ever experienced.
She was available when we needed her guidance, but didn't hover or overwhelm us.
We arrived relatively late and she was up and ready to show us around without a glimmer of hesitation or fatigue. She's a trooper!
Anita was welcoming via timely emails as well as by her individual greeting and attention when we arrived. She inquired ahead of time about our food preferences and then met and exceeded them. She made sure we were aware of how all the appliances worked and what space in her large house was available to us. She also oriented us thoroughly to the community in conversation, then supplied printed material that we found very helpful so we could head out with confidence by car or walking.
It's no surprise Anita has so many positive reviews - she is as warm, gracious and interesting as everyone says. Her home is lovely, spacious and filled with art (her family is very artistic). The location is ideal - just a few blocks from the Quilt Museum and Lowertown Arts area. After almost two weeks on the road, the washer and dryer were a Godsend. I would stay with Anita again in a moment.
Anita gave me a warm welcome to her beautiful home. Guest area is an upstairs suite of two bedrooms, sitting area, bath and kitchen, all VERY spacious, clean and comfortable. Wonderful art and antiques throughout. Comfortable mix of old and new. Neighborhood very convenient to downtown sights/attractions.
Lovely, lovely and all the way 'round! Had some great contact with Anita prior to arrival so, yes, we did show up at the new artist collective where she was volunteering so we could meet in person and we both knew each other on sight. Great conversation and recommendations, we did all we'd set out to accomplish on this trop and Anita was a big part of it. Ours was a brief stay, only one night but we did have the entire apartment to ourselves and it's perfect - spacious, wonderful colors and light, loaded with art and antiques and reading classics, VERY COMFY BED. Looking forward to returning in spring/summer when Anita's wrap-around garden commands attention!
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About the Host, Anita
I am a retired university professor and administrator, first from the University of Southern Mississippi, then from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee when that school closed in 2011. I have also worked as a research specialist and as a public school teacher. I would find retirement extremely trying were it not for being the caregiver and coach to my newest granddaughter, Wren, who is a source of constant delight.
I also am a fanatic gardener and write articles for gardening magazines. I love writing of all sorts and have published a few poems, several textbooks, and articles. To fill the void in my report-writing life, I volunteer with the Paducah Civic Beautification Board and the Paducah Arts Alliance, the group responsible for creating an artist-in-residence program for the (website hidden) is another love, especially big meals with lots of company. My children and friends like to call these events "feasts," and that is a good description. In the coming season I will be extending my back yard tomato patch into a kitchen garden, as the whole family loves fresh things to eat.
When not cooking, writing, caring for my granddaughter, or managing Mavhouse, I love needlework. Mostly I knit, but occasionally I will spend extended periods of time with counted cross stitch.