The Bait Shop, close to KU and downtown!

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Entire guesthouse hosted by Jennifer

  1. 3 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
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The bait shop is a private, separate house, with its own entry and parking. It’s very cozy and quiet. It’s a short walk south to the KU stadium, and a ten-minute walk to lovely downtown Lawrence.
The house is perfect for a single person or couple.

We recently added an outdoor patio area with a barbecue grill for your enjoyment!

The space
The Bait Shop was built 110 years ago for use as an actual bait shop. At the time, it was an isolated building, set apart from the center of town by a few blocks. In the 1970's, the Community Mercantile (now located at 9th and Iowa) opened its first location directly behind us, and the bait shop then served as a bakery for the Mercantile. Then, in 1994, Dan Rockhill purchased the property, built the "big house" (701 Alabama) as a spec house, and rebuilt the bait shop as a studio living space. Jennifer bought the properties in 1997, and when not traveling, has lived there since.
The space is 450 square feet, a studio floor plan, with a private bathroom. It's very clean, bright, cozy and quiet.

Where you'll sleep

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1 queen bed

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free driveway parking on premises – 2 spaces
37" HDTV with Disney+, standard cable, Roku, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix
Air conditioning
Bathtub
Private patio or balcony
Backyard
Luggage dropoff allowed
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Lawrence, Kansas, United States

Old West Lawrence, where the little house is located, was the first neighborhood in Lawrence. When William Quantrill attacked Lawrence in August of 1863, his troops came straight through Old West Lawrence. If you walk towards downtown on 7th street almost to Louisiana, you'll see a marker on the ground where three soldiers were killed during the raid. Catty-cornered from that is the former home of the mayor of Lawrence at the time, who escaped the massacre by hiding in a cistern behind the house.
If you look up Quantrill's Raid on the internet, you'll find a lot more fascinating information about the rich history of this neighborhood!
I love living in Lawrence because of the small-town feel. In recent years, Lawrence has developed significantly to the south and to the west, but the original neighborhoods--Old West, East, and North--along with downtown still feel very close and neighborly. It's very unusual for a town its size to have maintained the original downtown and adjacent neighborhoods as the center and soul of its culture and business. Lawrence is a friendly, busy place, and the downtown has fantastic shops, restaurants and bars. The local history museum and the Lawrence Arts Center are also must-sees!
To the immediate south of the little house is the KU campus. The stadium and the Spencer Museum of Art are a five-minute walk from the little house, and the rest of the campus, especially the Campanile area, is lovely to walk through. The Natural History Museum is also a real treat.

Hosted by Jennifer

  1. Joined in July 2017
  • 332 Reviews
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Hi! I'm Jennifer, I've lived in Lawrence and have run a downtown business for 28 years. I love it here. I bought my house 22 years ago from the architect who built it 25 years ago, and the little house is the carriage house on the property, a former bakery. My 15-year-old son and our three dogs live here too! The dogs stay inside for the most part, FYI! I love being an Airbnb host. It’s really fun for me to get the place ready and make sure guests have everything they might need. I am very careful to make sure everything in the little house is perfectly clean for guests. I am also very happy to suggest restaurants, events, museums, etc. during your stay. I’ve lived in Lawrence for 28 years and can tell you most anything you would want to know!
Hi! I'm Jennifer, I've lived in Lawrence and have run a downtown business for 28 years. I love it here. I bought my house 22 years ago from the architect who built it 25 years ago,…

During your stay

Jennifer is always available to answer questions or to help should the need arise! Otherwise, we will totally give you your space and privacy. If you do have a question or need something, you are more than welcome to knock on the door of the big house, or just give Jennifer a call or text!
Jennifer is always available to answer questions or to help should the need arise! Otherwise, we will totally give you your space and privacy. If you do have a question or need s…

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House rules

Check-in: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide detector not required Show more
Smoke alarm

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