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Welcome to The Shady Rest!
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Welcome to The Shady Rest!

Loren Hageman and Nancy Kovarik have just opened a country guesthouse just off the highway at 1658 US Hwy 52 between Calmar and Ossian, bringing you back to quiet country living at it’s finest.

The couple’s new adventure all began when Loren found out his old friend and neighbor wanted to sell, but not to strangers since the farm had been in the family for generations. Before that, Loren, his father and brother had helped the owners work the land for many years and then later rented the land for themselves. A year later, Loren got possession of the acreage, including the 1890 farm house rich with fond memories for both families. Worried about the old home’s character getting ruined, the couple decided not to bring renters in full time, but to make it a guest house as a week-end or week get away to the quiet country life.

After a couple of months of  hard work, the remodeling and decorating has been finished, enhancing the quaint and comfortable beauty of the farm house rich with history. The hardest part was deciding on a name for the guesthouse. They first thought of “Green Acres” from an old television series,  but because the train track can be seen from the front of the house they went with  “the Petticoat Junction” where hotel in the show was called “The Shady Rest.”

Nancy laughed, “It was determined that I would manage the business, since Loren doesn’t like to make his own bed, let alone someone else’s!”  Nancy goes on, "You will find all the comforts of home in the fully equipped kitchen with all the pots, pans and utensils you will need to create wonderful meals and a washer and dryer. Bedding and bath towels are also furnished to make your stay one of convenience. And yes, the second floor bedrooms are named after the three pretty sisters, Bobbie Jo, Billie Jo, and Betty Jo Bradley, with Uncle Joe’s bedroom and bath on the main floor."

These life-long residents of Winneshiek County feel strongly that our area truly is God's country and are so very pleased that they can bring you this comfortable country setting to relax and unwind in. Centrally located between the kitchen and living room, the dining area is great for enjoying a meal together or a game of cards table seats six to eight people. In the living room there is flat screen television hooked up to DISH TV so you won’t miss any games with the guys or family movie time, along with steam engine photos in a collage on the wall for the train enthusiasts in your family by Joyce Meyer Photography. The place has two full baths, one is located on the main floor with shower tub combo and on the second floor there is a walk-in shower.

If your home is full for the holidays and more guests to arrive, give Nancy a call at 563-379-4132 or email at and lock in your dates, as already the reservations are pouring in. The Guesthouse is rented as a complete unit with accommodations for 10. Rates vary from $125 per night to $600 for a week. Contact Nancy for a special offer on weekday and weekend specials or long term deals. They also offer flexible check-in / check-out times to work with your schedule. At this time they are not accepting credit cards. They gladly accept cash, checks or money orders. For more information about the guesthouse, visit their website their website





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