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Homestead Inn offers Preston hospitality


Modern Homestead at Tathams' owner runs business in Reedsville


Modern Homestead at Tathams, a home and garden shop in Reedsville, opened a guest house across the street from the store. 
 

Owner Trellis Smith said the inspiration to open Homestead Inn came from traveling and staying at other houses. 
 

“We’ve traveled and stayed in guest houses and we thought it would be a really nice addition, especially since it’s so close to the rail-trail and Arthurdale, Kingwood and only 12 miles away from Morgantown,” he said.
 

Smith thought it would be a good business to bring to the area for people who need a place to stay that is set up for their needs.
 

“We just saw that there was a need in Preston County for places for people to stay for short-term or long-term stays that are comfortable,” he said. 


The house has two rooms set up for use and another is in the works.  “The two-bedroom suite will be available this summer.  They’re like little apartments,” Smith said.


Each room was recently renovated and has new furniture, a private bathroom and a kitchenette, which has all the pots, pans and utensils stocked. 


The house is equipped for people who are traveling to work in the area and need a place to call home for a period of time.
 

 “You can stay there if you need to stay somewhere quickly for work. We have high speed Internet, full of capable housing professionals,” Smith said.


Since the Homestead Inn opened in spring, a variety of people have come to stay from places all over the country.  “It’s been going very well, we’ve had guests from New Jersey, D.C., we even had someone from Canada,” Smith said.  “We’ve gotten really good reviews.

When we first opened up, we had a guest stay for a couple of months.”

Guests who stay at the house are often invited to participate in activities at Tathams.

“We try to have a synergy so guests who stay at the house are welcome to join us at the Trellis Cafe for weekend brunch.  We also have book and music events that they can come to,” Smith said. 
 

There is also a small gift shop within Tathams.  “A lot of our guests come and buy either gifts for themselves or other people,” Smith said.
 

“We have gifts like jellies and things. We also sell West Virginia art.”

One guest who stayed at Homestead, Carolyn Frazee, spent three weeks there while her son  finished school at WVU.
 

“My son was graduating from WVU and I just wanted to spend time [here],” she said.  “He was a music major, so he had final recitals, and  I was able to work while I stayed, it worked out great.”
 

Frazee said her stay was enjoyable and would recommend it to other people traveling in the area.  “I thought it was great, they were very hospitable, and since it was across the street from the garden center it was just lovely,” she said.
 

“They were very attentive and they recommended activities in the area, they had events there while I stayed. If I was back in the area, I would stay there again.”


Homestead was up to par with Frazee’s idea of a nice place to stay.  “The room was clean, it had everything I needed, even for an extended stay,” she said.  “I was able to buy gifts at the shop across the street, it’s accessible to the Decker’s Creek Trail to run or bike, it was great.”

To make reservations at the Homestead Inn visit mymoderhomestead.com or call (304) 864-4333.