The Strawtown Cottage

The Strawtown Cottage Reserve a room in our 1865 store completely remodeled and located in the Strawtown historic district of Pella only a few blocks from downtown.
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07/06/2019

Only 3 weekends left this summer. July 13, August 3 and 31. Reserve on Airbnb.

05/19/2019
The Strawtown Cottage

The Strawtown Cottage

We are so thankful for the wonderful reviews. Our latest review says "This is the best place I have ever stayed in all of my travels. A complete must. Adorable home, cute antiques, gorgeous backyard and moments of walking from downtown Pella."

05/19/2019

We are so thankful for the wonderful reviews. Our latest review says "This is the best place I have ever stayed in all of my travels. A complete must. Adorable home, cute antiques, gorgeous backyard and moments of walking from downtown Pella."

05/13/2019

We have Saturday the 18th open. Great time to visit Pella. Find us on Airbnb.

03/20/2019

Our guests have been from Pella, IL, MN, CO, OR, Germany and Australia!

03/17/2019

February Sold Out ✅
March Sold Out ✅
April - 13 Days Left
May - 2 Weekends Left

01/06/2019

Our guests are giving us 5 Stars.

Our most recent review:
We didn't have a care in the world as the kitchen and laundry room had all that we needed and there were plenty of towels in the bathrooms. Having brought our own food, every meal was thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end, from cooking in the beautiful kitchen to eating in the dining room among beautiful antiques. Thanks, Mary, for the perfect get-away. Those who are reading this review, CHOOSE THE STRAWTOWN COTTAGE. You won't regret it!

11/30/2018

Come see us on The Tour. Tonight til 8 and tomorrow 10-2.

Dec 23-30 is still available! 2 bedroom, 2 bath, family room and full kitchen.
11/27/2018

Dec 23-30 is still available! 2 bedroom, 2 bath, family room and full kitchen.

Excited to showcase The Cottage on the tour.
10/01/2018

Excited to showcase The Cottage on the tour.

Christmas comes to life in this historic home built in 1857! Beautifully restored this year by Mary Van Wyk to serve as an Airbnb. The cottage welcomes you in with warmth and charm. Your tour will take you back to a time filled with oil lamps, ship-lap and antiques. The cottage features original beams, front windows and hand built cabinet. As you exit the home, you will see the original foundation with layers of landscaping out front. Mary hopes you enjoy your visit as much as she did restoring the home at 1110 Washington Street.

Original photos from the Historical Pella Trust and photos during The Cottage transformation.
09/28/2018

Original photos from the Historical Pella Trust and photos during The Cottage transformation.

Original photos from the Historical Pella Trust and photos during The Cottage transformation.

Sitting area in the front bedroom.
09/28/2018

Sitting area in the front bedroom.

09/25/2018

Have you heard?? The Strawtown Cottage is on the Christmas Tour!

Original photos from the Historical Pella Trust and photos during The Cottage transformation.
09/19/2018

Original photos from the Historical Pella Trust and photos during The Cottage transformation.

Original photos from the Historical Pella Trust and photos during The Cottage transformation.

Cottage Pictures
09/16/2018

Cottage Pictures

Two beautiful bedrooms with private bath, new queen beds, shiplap walls, and luxury towels ready to welcome you.
09/16/2018

Two beautiful bedrooms with private bath, new queen beds, shiplap walls, and luxury towels ready to welcome you.

Today we celebrated all those that helped us remodel and rebuild. We are so thankful for the support and happy to begin ...
09/16/2018

Today we celebrated all those that helped us remodel and rebuild. We are so thankful for the support and happy to begin welcoming guests.

08/27/2018

We are in the final stretch! Stay tuned for reservation details.

Pulled out these square nails from the ceiling!
06/14/2018

Pulled out these square nails from the ceiling!

It's hard to see, but this is the original pocket door that will soon be the doors between the first bedroom and a luxur...
06/12/2018

It's hard to see, but this is the original pocket door that will soon be the doors between the first bedroom and a luxurious bathroom. #TheStrawtownCottage

06/10/2018

We are getting excited as our cottage is nearing completion. Stay tuned for reservation dates!

The Strawtown Cottage's cover photo
06/10/2018

The Strawtown Cottage's cover photo

The Strawtown Cottage
06/10/2018

The Strawtown Cottage

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1110 Washington
Pella, IA
50219

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History of the ten Hagen/Stegeman Store

Before Pella was 10 years old, Adrianus Jan Cornelis ten Hagen and his wife Charlotte built the home, either in 1856 or 1857. The home was constructed from native lumber, flooring was built from planks measuring up to 20” wide, the wood siding was walnut, and some of the floor joists (logs) still have bark on them.

In time, Mr. ten Hagen passed away, but Charlotte continued to live in the home until she sold the property in 1876 to Garret and Catharina Stegeman. Garret, then 49, proceeded to build additions to the west and north, more than doubling the size of the house. With the added space he turned the southeast room of the home into a store. Little is known about the store, but it is said to have operated for several years. Mr. Stegeman passed in 1887 after a two-year battle with throat cancer, but Catherina continued to live in the home until her death in 1903. Following her death the home had several different occupants.


  • 1920 Mrs. H. de Booy sold the home to Will and Kora Koopmans for $1,500.

  • In 1926 it was reported that 36-year-old William Vander Waal, who was living at that address, was killed in St. Joseph, Missouri. William had been temporarily working in that city when he attempted to jump a train to return to Pella.

  • In 1935, Arie Teseling, aged 73, died at the residence.

  • In 1938, J. Klootwyk was listed as living here.

  • Clarence and Mabel Van Der Veer purchased the home in 1940 and became their longest residents.
  • The Van Der Veer family made this their home for the next 62 years. According to records, Clarence frequently advertised items for sale:


  • In 1940 a “Full Blood White Jersey Giant Roosters”

  • In 1943 a milk goat and posted he was looking for a small building to purchase as a chicken house.

  • In 1945 “Rabbits and Hutch: one buck and six doe with some youth”

  • In 1948 a “1934 Plymouth coach with good tires, reasonable price”

  • In 1950 a “V-8 Ford motor in A-1 condition”
  • Clarence worked 29 years at Rolscreen Company, retiring in 1972 and passing away in 1985. Mabel had worked at the Frundt Seed Cord Company, the Pella Canning Factory and Central Park Café.

    Mabel lived in the home until 2002 when she moved into a care facility and passed away at 2003.

    The property went into limbo for several years after Mabel’s death ultimately slated for demolition. The Historic Pella Trust inquired and was told the home could be theirs but only if they could come up with $100,000 in one week! The bulldozer was literally standing by.

    Scrambling, the trust received a generous donation for half and a loan for the remaining half.

    The Trust engaged Iowa historian Will Page to add the property to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. During this time Wayne Stienstra and Ed Sprague spent many hours removing and installing new rafters; fascia and soffits; installing new cedar shake shingles; returning the rear of the structure to its original configuration; removing and reconstructing a side porch; and having a rock foundation placed under the 1876 addition.

    In 2017, the Trust voted to sell the property to Mary to complete the project. We are excited to officially open as an AirBnB a year later in September of 2018.

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    Just beautiful, Mary!