Missouri’s Top Airbnb Host Rents ‘Cozy Barndominium Loft’ in South County
ST. LOUIS – Airbnb has released a list of the highest-ranked hosts in all 50 states and Missouri’s top host is Gill Wagner who rents a barn in southern St. Louis County.
The barn sits on almost an acre of land and three people can sleep comfortably in the one bedroom, one bath loft. It measures 562 square feet and features a full kitchen and bath, queen bed, twin Murphy bed, living room, firestick, Roku, a DVD player and Wi-Fi.
Wagner built the “Barndominium” in his backyard in 2013 and updated it and made it Airbnb-ready in 2016. Wagner and his wife Cindy have lived on the property since 1985.
Gill’s biography on Airbnb reads:
“Business Gill” is a sales expert with over 40 years of advocating for the elimination of deception and dishonesty in the profession he loves. His peers have named him the “Father of Honest Selling”, “Best Business Connector in St. Louis”, and one of the “Top 100 St. Louisians You Need to Know” for business success. His passion is sales and his model is prospecting, marketing and selling on a 100% commission basis.
“Craftsman Gill” built a barn in his backyard and created a cozy loft on the top floor, complete with handcrafted cabinets, a custom Murphy bed and a really cool headboard made from an old extension ladder in wood. Business travelers can find the “Barndominium” on Airbnb if they want to ditch the routine of St. Louis hotels and try something unique.
“Hobby Gill” cycled 200 miles in 14 hours, then balanced it on his chin. He can say the alphabet in six different directions. The dogs follow him obediently. Puzzles fear him. And he can juggle anything from beanbags to bowling (both literally and metaphorically).
“Husband Gillby” is a hopeless romantic who met the girl of his dreams at 14, FINALLY brought her on a date with him at 22, married her at 23 and won the title of “World’s Most Disgustingly Loving Husband” for himself. He also calls the 7.5-year-old courtship “My most successful long-term marketing plan ever”.
Gill and Cindy give guests their cell phone numbers and encourage them to text or call if they have any questions.
The couple also welcomes socializing. “If you want to sit on the patio and chat for a bit, let us know – plenty of room for social distancing. But if you’re the type who prefers privacy and solitude, this is a self-contained living space. You decide how much quiet time you want,” their list reads.
Wagner has a 100% response rate and a response time of less than an hour according to Airbnb’s site.
When last checked, the listing says the rate per night is $95.
The listing says check in is flexible, but check out is at 11am. The “Barndominium” is not suitable for children and babies, smoking is not allowed, pets are also not allowed and parties or events are not allowed.
Out of 379 reviews, the list average is 4.99 out of 5.0.
Some guest comments read:
This was our second stay and it has continued to be perfect. There are so many thoughtful touches and features that Gill and Cindy have brought to this place. They have really thought of everything. We will come back!
Daniel, stayed ad July 2021
This was our second visit to the barn. The decoration of the apartment is beautifully done and once inside you will forget that you are in a barn. Gill and Cindy are quick to respond and care about their guests. We highly recommend that you visit the barndominium for your next stay.
Sherry, remained on the list in July 2021
Wow, what a wonderful place to stay while exploring St. Louis! Gill and Cindy were very friendly and welcoming! My husband and I felt like home. They had everything you could think of and everything was so organized and clean! Everything was as the photos and description show. We will definitely recommend the Barndominium to anyone planning a trip to the St. Louis area!
Becca, remained on the list in June 2021
Fantastic apartment for two. No more than 20 minutes from any major St. Louis attraction and the barndominium is so cozy and clean. Gill and Cindy are great hosts and two of the nicest people ever.
Joe, remained on the list in June 2021