Butler County Times Gazette
  • Lindsborg rentals offer something new, different

  • Jim Prugh is impressed with Lindsborg.
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  • Jim Prugh is impressed with Lindsborg. So much so, that the Colorado resident has purchased four downtown properties, the tops of two on which he’s put his unique, yet decidedly Swedish, stamp.
    The word “unique” is not an overstatement.
    “These are the only two short-term rental units in Lindsborg,” Prugh, who is nearly half-Swedish, said. They’re not a bed and breakfast or an inn, but rather “a very short-term housing rental,” he said. They’re the second floors of businesses in downtown Lindsborg.
    Minimum rental is for two nights; rates are two nights at $139 per night; three to seven nights at $119 per night; eight to 14 nights at $99 per night. Stays longer than 14 nights would need to be negotiated.
    “They’re really designed to be vacation rentals,” Prugh said.
    The addresses are 110 1/2 N. Main St. (Tradhuset, or Tree house) and 105 1/2 N. Main St. (Vetehuset, or Wheat house). Both offer cable TV and Internet. Both properties are now solar-powered, are equipped with all new energy efficient appliances, and use a keyless code entry. “Must see to appreciate” should follow the fee schedule, as the properties vie with upscale resorts for amenities.
    In June, Prugh offered locals the opportunity to see these new additions to Main Street through an open house.
    Tradhuset consists of one studio apartment with complete kitchen, large bathroom and on-site laundry, located in a second-floor carriage house, tightly insulated and powered by the sun for maximum energy efficiency. The unit sleeps up to four people: Two in the queen-size bed and two on the sofa that converts to a full-size bed. Earth-friendly all-natural cleaning products are used.
    “You can feel good about staying here,” Prugh said.
    Prugh used a local contractor, Brian Freeman, and employed his wife, Vicki, as the interior decorator. Lindsborg has something to boast of in this team. Vicki utilized local art wherever possible, and Brian incorporated many local aesthetics, tucking them in unexpected and clever places throughout the build. Minimalism, functionality and beauty have been mixed to combine smartly with the units’ small ecological footprint.
    The unit does not have an elevator, though the Vetehuset, across the street, does.
    A stylish blend of functionality and Swedish modern design, the apartment boasts high white-washed wooden ceilings, local art, sleek light fixtures and patterned fabrics, IKEA appointments, and a wall-mounted flat screen HDTV that swivels to face either the couch or the bed. Wi-Fi, local and long-distance phone calls within the USA are free.
    Part of the experience of a stay in Lindsborg would be cooking in this ultra-modern Swedish-style kitchen. An open-house visitor said, “Now I’m going to have to remodel our kitchen,” glancing at his over-the-moon wife. The glass-front white cabinets, gleaming wood countertops and blue tile backsplash are chic, while the Swedish-inspired high-top bar provides room enough for four to eat, unless they’d rather sit on the couch and chairs in the living room.
    Page 2 of 2 - The separate bathroom also features sleek, modern finishes, plenty of counter space on the double vanity, a row of glass block windows for additional light and another vaulted ceiling. The floors are heated, and white robes wait to enfold guests stepping out of the extra-large shower.
    Tradhuset’s downtown location makes it easy for guests to enjoy the town’s full schedule of Swedish festivals. And it’s literally only a few steps away from the new pride of Lindsborg — the Sundstrom Conference Center.
    There is a private deck under the oak trees just off the living room, fully and comfortably furnished. Parking is just below in a covered carport.
    The Vetehuset, the Wheat house, across the street, consists of two studio apartments, each with a complete kitchen, large bathroom and laundry, shared between the two units on the site.   
    The Vetehuset features its own private elevator, enclosed in the “grain elevator” entrance in the rear of the building, where, again, parking for two vehicles is under a carport. The elevator exterior was built using reclaimed materials from the area. There is even a storm cellar located on the property.
    “We tried to think of every eventuality,” Prugh said.
    Vetehuset also takes advantage of high ceilings, though the styling here combines ultra-modern with antiques, in keeping with the theme of wheat and its historic significance to the area. The living area includes a sofa that converts to a full-size bed. A wall-mounted flat screen HDTV swivels to face either the couch or the kitchen, with its stainless steel appliances, wood-faced cabinets, gleaming quartz countertops and stainless steel backsplash. A roomier space than the Tree house, there’s an industrial-style table with room for four.
    A custom bathroom features sleek modern finishes, an extra-large barrier-free shower, plenty of counter space at the vanity sink and a tile backsplash. In addition to the barrier-free shower, Vetehuset-Skorda, one of the units, offers a full-size tub.
    There are several photos and more information on their websites: http://www.trad-hus.com/home.html and http://www.vete-hus.com. These websites describe the vacation rentals as “short-term apartment rentals.” As with any apartment rental, a signed lease and fully-refundable damage deposit are required. The vacation rentals were designed to compete with motels, hotels and Bed and Breakfasts.
    Vicki Freeman is the property manager. She can be reached at 855-838-3487.

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