John Pribble never thought he'd end up in the hospitality business. But now that he is firmly entrenched as co-owner of the German Village Guest House, he believes in making his business the best he can.

John Pribble never thought he'd end up in the hospitality business. But now that he is firmly entrenched as co-owner of the German Village Guest House, he believes in making his business the best he can.

"We never had any secret desire to end up in the bed and breakfast business -- it just happened," Pribble said.

Pribble, along with his wife Darci Congrove are the owners of the German Village Guest House, a bed and breakfast that in the past several years has received numerous accolades from a number of travel writers.

Some of the papers that have featured the Guest House include the St. Louis Post Dispatch, New York Post, St. Louis Suburban Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Nothing is more hip," Laura Johnston, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote about the Guest House last year.

Pribble, however, hasn't let his business' budding success go to his head. He said the Guest House is based on what he would like to see in bed and breakfasts around the country.

"We both had traveled a bit and stayed at a lot of bed and breakfasts around the country so we both had an idea of what we thought worked and what didn't work," said Pribble, who also is an adjunct instructor at Franklin University.

What Pribble and Congrove wanted in their business was a feeling of autonomy.

"Some of the things that we found problematic was having to check in at a certain timeand be beholden to someone else's schedule when we're the ones on vacation," he said.

"We didn't want it to feel like somebody else's home," he continued. "Some of the places we've stayed felt like you're staying in grandma's attic or somebody's spare room."

The Guest House, located at 748 Jaeger St., has three rooms. In addition, there at the Whittier Suites, which are larger accommodations a few blocks away.

The inside of the Guest House has a modern design with many items and artwork purchased from local shops. Outside is a large, immaculate garden and year-round fireplace.

Pribble and his wife stumbled into the business by chance. The couple bought the house several years ago from their neighbor, who was having a difficult time selling the land.

After completely renovated the property, the couple was unsure about what to do and decided a bed and breakfast would be best.

"We thought the rental market was soft and we didn't want to sell it because we didn't want to lose the garden," Pribble said. "Finally, my wife said, 'Let's try a bed and breakfast.'"

Pribble attributed his business' success to the area.

"If our business was in any other part of town it would not be nearly as successful," he said. "German Village is the reason."

To this end, Pribble advocates guests experience the area.

"It's about walking around the village, walking to restaurants, walking to Schiller (Park) and walking to shops," he said. "The things that we take for granted living here are the things our guests find to be the most special."

dcross@thisweeknews.com