Guest Cottage



We understand that we are all living in this new reality of COVID-19 together. Once Stay Home, Stay Safe orders are no longer in effect, the appropriate time to venture out will be a highly personal decision for every individual. When that time comes for you, we are ready. 

As you consider where to book your lodging, we want to you be aware of the steps we are taking to ensure that our guest cottage does not become a vector for COVID-19 transmission

  • The guest cottage services one party of 1-2 people at a time.

  • For the foreseeable future, guests will do self-check-in.

  • Guests will have a unique PIN for the keypad entries at the courtyard and at the cottage.

  • Social distancing guidelines are in effect at all times,  which does not preclude the warmth of a face to face chat through our kitchen door. It is a full glass storm door!

  • We are attending to, as usual, the monitoring of the cottage HVAC filter and maintaining the proper replacement rate of indoor air.

  • We are implementing enhanced cleaning measures, using EPA recommended disinfectants, and paying particular attention to objects that are frequently touched, such as handles, handrails, switches, doorknobs, etc.

  • We are following the discussion as to whether or not COVID-19 is aerosolized, and if so, how long it takes before the virus dissipates and decays. The most conservative practice, we feel, is the best for us all. Therefore, the guest cottage is blocked two days before and two days after each stay. We are doing this at this time because we feel it is in the best interest of each guest and the safety of our cleaners. 

As Cottage Keepers, we welcome travelers to Independence, MO by providing a comfortable, private and well-appointed guest cottage for their stay. Waldo Guest Cottage sits behind the Twyman/McGuire/Harper House (circa 1910), a Historic Landmark within the charming, walkable Truman Heritage District and is accessible to all the places guests travel here to experience. 

The Cottage


Because the Cottage is a two blocks from the Truman Home and mere one-half mile from the Truman Library and Museum, scholars and writers traveling from around the globe are frequent guests here. We are pleased to provide home base as they further their research projects accessing the Library’s archives. Waldo Guest Cottage is equally close to the dining and entertainment on Independence Square, and it is an easy 8-mile drive to other Kansas City amenities such as Kauffman Stadium and the entertainment districts.


The property is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and the nature-supporting gardens are ever evolving to give more focus to native plants.

About the Cottage Keepers

Janiece, an Independence native, moved South in the 80s where she fell in love with and married Terry. After our wedding, we came home and stayed at a quaint cottage surrounded by gardens. Fast forward 16 years and we moved back to Independence, fell in love with a historic home in the Truman Heritage District, and now call this home. Behind our home just happens to be Stella’s Guest House, that magical place we stayed all those years ago. We reopened Stella’s as Waldo Guest Cottage in 2017.

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Telephone: (816) 866-1005


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