Delta Bohemian Guest House
Delta Bohemian Guest House

Entire home/flat

4 guests

2 bedrooms

3 beds
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Historical Delta Bohemian Guest House
Perfect for a couple!
Ideal for friends.
Two bedrooms: 1 King Bed, 1 Double Bed, 1 Twin Bed
3 blocks from Downtown Clarksdale
Not too big. Just right. 1,000 sq ft
Upscale. Discreet. Safe. Quiet. Fun. Attention to detail.

The space

The Delta Bohemian Guest House was rated by Forbes Travel Guide as the #2 Best Hotel in the Mississippi Delta.

The Delta Bohemian Guest House, a beautiful, artsy, self-contained, short-term accommodation, is ideally located in the heart of old, residential Clarksdale, only three blocks from downtown. Clarksdale is known world-wide as the Birthplace of the Blues.

The DBGH is a one-of-a-kind lodging destination ideal for travelers interested in the Blues and Delta culture and who are searching for that perfect combination of authentic Delta, sophistication, comfort, and attention to detail.

Perfect for a couple!
Ideal for friends traveling together.
FREE WI-FI and flat screen tv for viewing DVD library


Docking station with speakers in living room area and both bedrooms.
Efficient and quiet ductless heating and cooling units throughout home.
600 thread count cotton sheets for bedding. Down comforters.
Down pillows. Medium firm down alternative pillows.
Bath sheets.
Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Lotion
Iron and ironing board.
Hair dryer.
Fully equipped kitchen.
Washer/Dryer available at Clarksdale White House which shares a common back yard. Inquire with owner Madge.
Complimentary welcome Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
One covered parking spot and one off street parking spot. Several street side parking spots, too.
And much, much more....

Amenities include a living area with a large flat screen television for viewing our DVD library (no cable signal), full kitchen stocked with complimentary breakfast items complete with Keurig coffee maker, and a downstairs eating area. Upstairs, guests will find two bedrooms. The Green Acres Bedroom has a premium King Size Bed. The Delta Princess Bedroom has a bunk bed with a full and twin Tempur-Pedic mattresses. One tiled and mirrored bath. Each bedroom accommodates up to 2 Adults. Quality linens, pillows and towels.

Guests have a side front patio, plus use of a private, large fenced-in backyard complete with funky lighted "Bohemian Pond and Garden" with picnic table and hammock.

Great attention to authenticity and detail has been paid to the décor and furnishings throughout the home.

As part of the "Delta Bohemian" experience, guests are personally greeted upon arrival by owners Billy and Madge Marley Howell, native Mississippi Deltans and publishers of The Delta Bohemian, an online literary and multi-media website celebrating the unity and diversity of the Mississippi Delta.

The Delta Bohemian Guest House, a former two story Delta cypress cook's house, was built in 1917 by a Delta planter and was extensively restored in 2012 by the Howells with the help of fellow native Deltan, friend, and interior designer Marilyn Trainor Storey, principal designer of Jackson, Mississippi's Per Design Studio and design blogger MS Design Maven.

The Howells and Storey have created a unique lodging using an upscale, yet earthy and bohemian style, infusing the house with warmth and a real sense of the old Mississippi Delta.

The DBGH is an ideal respite for couples, small group of friends, small family, business travelers, and Deltans returning home to see family and friends.

The Delta Bohemian Guest House is available for short term rental year round, in addition to availability during all Clarksdale and area Blues festivals.

Guests who stay at the Delta Bohemian Guest House leave feeling like they stayed somewhere very special. The home is comfortable, beautiful, intimate and unique. You will want to come back to this special home and this unique town.

Our private back yard, patio and garden area.

We greet our guests upon arrival to get you checked in and oriented to the home and to Clarksdale. We can make it brief or as detailed as you like.

We live in a diversified, historical neighborhood only three blocks from Clarksdale's downtown historic district.

Our town is small so driving around is a piece of cake. We will give you map and point you in the right directions. You can walk to downtown if you like but driving is quicker. ha

Guest access

Contact us when you are about 30 minutes away from arriving. If you anticipate a late arrival, we can always leave you a key. You will have the house to yourself! Your home away from home while in the Mississippi Delta. Perfect respite during your stay.

We can accommodate late check-ins using our secure lockbox.

Interaction with guests

We are available via text or phone call throughout your stay. We will provide you as much information as you desire regarding our area.

Other things to note

If you want to learn more about the Mississippi Delta, it's culture, history and blues, take a Delta Bohemian Tour with Billy. It will be one of the best things you will do your entire trip, other than staying at the DBGH.

Each tour is customized to suit your particular interests. Billy is very knowledgeable and entertaining. Visit our Delta Bohemian website and click on TOURS at the top of the page.



The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people £31 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee £11
Weekend Price £179 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 single bed, 1 bunk bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Note: Hiring the DBGH does not create a residential tenancy agreement. Hirers are granted a limited permission to occupy the Delta Bohemian Guest House.

Note: Variances can be agreed on but only by arrangement with the owner in writing.


Any special events or wedding related reservations relative to ancillary services and the use of common areas of our property both inside and outside, require approval of the owner as well as a required booking of entire property, including Delta Bohemian Guest House and all rooms in the Clarksdale White House. An additional Cleaning Fee of $100 will apply in addition to the room rates and the possibility of an added non-refundable security deposit. The cancellation period is ninety (90) days prior to your arrival date. Please see Cancellation policies below.

Your acceptance of your Airbnb reservation constitutes the clients' acceptance of these POLICIES (TERMS AND CONDITIONS).

Please be aware of our CANCELLATION POLICIES.

If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, shorten your stay or check out early, please be aware of the following cancellation policies.

Please contact us at least ten (10) days prior to your arrival date to cancel your reservation.

Please contact us at least ten (10) days prior to your arrival date to cancel your reservation.

Please contact us at least ninety (90) days prior to your arrival date to cancel your reservation.

Travel insurance is recommended for medical and cancellation coverage.

All rates are subject to change and vary during festivals, holidays and high impact periods. Some minimum nights may be required during these special rate periods.

If arriving outside of check-in time, please call us!

CHECK-OUT TIME: 11:00 am

Up to Four Adults Maximum. Number of guests should not exceed the number stated on the invoice or subsequently agreed to, in writing/email. Fees of $150 per person per night will apply for excess guests not agreed to by the owner in advance. Our rates are based on two person adult occupancy with added fees per person per night for up to two more additional adults.

Your personal Innkeepers are Billy and Madge Marley Howell. Billy and Madge live in the Clarksdale White House part time. It shares a private back yard with the Delta Bohemian Guest House. Please feel free to use this common area.

Absolutely No Smoking inside; however designated outdoor smoking areas are the backyard. Please dispose of any garbage or cigarette butts in the trash cans provided.

The White House shares a common private back yard and back patio area with the Delta Bohemian Guest House. Feel free to enjoy the large brick-wall enclosed back yard and funky patio area. It is a perfect spot to relax before you head out for the night and an even better place to congregate after a night of celebration, music and fun. The patio is a laid-back spot for relaxing and enjoying meaningful conversation or, if you prefer, just listening to the birds sing and the pond fountain splashing.

Disturbance to the neighbors or other guests next door at the Clarksdale White House, including excessive noise, is prohibited and may result in termination of rental. Guests must not create noise which is offensive to neighbors, especially between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. and during arrival and departure at any time throughout the occupancy. The DBGH is in a residential neighborhood; please be considerate of the neighbors. The owner trusts that the hirer will understand the neighborly relations he is trying to uphold, whilst the hirer is enjoying a stay at DBGH. Thank you for respecting the neighbors and the local community.

Regarding excessive noise, guests and visitors must comply with any instructions from owners, Madge and Billy Howell.

Guests and visitors must abide by any noise abatement conditions, standards, and orders issued by police or any regulatory authority to minimize impacts upon the residential amenity of neighbors and local community.

This is the Mississippi Delta, y'all, and we do enjoy excellent conversation along with an evening or late night libation in the patio area as well as an early morning coffee. We certainly do not intend to squelch a full Delta experience so use your good judgement and have a good time! Just don't go crazy folks.

The owner assumes no responsibility for the tenants' personal property.

No open flame, outdoor fires or candles, without written permission from the owner.

Please call for help in making arrangements to board your pet. We have a Shih-poo dog named Dandy who may accompany the owners from time to time. He loves everybody.

No children (13 and younger) are allowed. Only special situations granted by the owner allow for children (13 and younger). If permission is granted, parents need to check under beds, in the garden, and inside the guest house, as well as all around the property for items that children have left or moved. Children 13 and younger must be monitored and accompanied by an adult at all times whilst on the property, taking care around the pond.

In an effort to ease the impact on our environment, maid service is NOT provided for guests staying multiple nights. Fresh towel sets are available upon request.

Moved items may be considered as missing items, so please ensure that, if furniture or equipment is moved around, all items are returned to the original place where they were found.

Keep the exterior wrought iron carport door locked. When vacating the house, please close all interior and exterior doors. You have the option of setting the alarm if you so choose. Leave and lock the exterior wrought iron door.

We will show you how to use the alarm; it's easy.

Collection of cigarette butts from garden/grass/patios: $100
Cleaning fee for odor removal due to smoking inside which is prohibited: $200
Clean-up of vomit or other bio-hazards: $300

Gift certificates must be presented at check-in along with a valid driver's license. Gift certificates are transferable. Any remaining amount on gift certificates can be used at a later day up to the expiration date. Gift certificates cannot be redeemed for cash.


The DBGH is located in a residential neighborhood on West 2nd Street. It is only three blocks from downtown Clarksdale where you will find shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, business offices, governments buildings, library, etc...

Clarksdale IS the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Blues lovers travel to this historical spot from all over the world. Follow the blues trail markers around town. Visit the Delta Blues Museum. See the Crossroads. Take a Mississippi River canoe trip with Quapaw Canoe Company's John Ruskey. Enjoy live music seven nights a week. (Subject to change) Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA (77 miles south of Memphis, 25 miles south of Tunica & Helena)


The DBGH is owned by the publisher's of The Delta Bohemian, Chilly Billy Howell and his wife “Magical" Madge Marley Howell. The DBGH shares a back yard and patio with the Clarksdale White House.

Lingering in the backyard with libation in hand, songbirds singing, sometimes bumble bees buzzing, along with sounds of Clarksdale is an ideal way to relax and relish being a Delta Bohemian while catching your breath between adventures around town and the Mississippi Delta.

Billy and Madge were born in Clarksdale. The couple married in 2009 in a Pirate Wedding at the historical Clark House Residential Inn in Clarksdale where Billy serves as the Innkeeper. With the support of the owner of Clark House, Billy and Madge started the DELTA BOHEMIAN.

The website is a literary, erudite, provocative, providential, felicitous and bohemian website which celebrates the constancy and diversity in the Mississippi Delta. The DB Guest House and the Clarksdale White House are their dream come true. The many travelers to their hometown arrive from all over the world. Billy already meets many at Clark House and Madge, while managing Morgan Freeman's MADIDI Restaurant was hostess to many too. The couple relishes making new friends, sharing their unique community with others and learning about other fascinating places in the world. The Clarksdale White House and the DBGH gives them an even greater opportunity to make new friends and show them a true Delta Bohemian experience.

As you walk or drive along West Second Street you will notice many beautiful homes. Back in the day, this was the premium place to live in Clarksdale. In the past ten to twenty years many families have moved away or to other newer neighborhoods. If you drive around you will see pristine homes and yards and you will see impoverished homes and yards and you will see everything in-between.

We enjoy our neighborhood and are grateful we live in a safe, beautiful neighborhood filled with diversity. We know you will love it too.

Welcome to our unique part of the world!

Visit the DELTA BOHEMIAN website.
Consider hiring Chilly Billy to personally orient you and show you around via DELTA BOHEMIAN TOURS. Read more about this on our DB website!


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay.
From Apr 10 - 17, 2018 the minimum stay is 5 nights.

13 Reviews

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Jonathan User Profile
August 2017
Madge was great! She's wonderful at responding and giving you information ahead of time. Check-in was very simple and easy. The house is full of character, we loved the interior decor. She had blues music playing when we walked in which was a wonderful part of the experience. Madge has wonderful recommendation sheets and provides great coffee selections. When we're back in town, this would be our top pick on places to stay.

Anthony User Profile
August 2017
The Delta Bohemian Guest House is our new favorite in Clarksdale. We've visited Clarksdale 8 times over the last year and a half and this place is our new favorite. Very walkable and you have access to a lovely backyard. Highly recommend!!
Madge User ProfileMadge is a superhost.
Response from Madge:
Tony, it was a delight meeting you and Valorie, two seasoned Airbnbers! I'm so thankful y'all were able to book the Delta Bohemian Guest House for the Sunflower Blues & Gospel Festival! This review is such a blessing! Wow! I'm so glad y'all enjoyed staying in the unique home! It has a special energy! :) It was a pleasure showing you The Clarksdale White House and thank you for your interest. We hope you will make another trip down soon and return for another stay! Y'all are fun! This review is amazing! I'm so grateful you shared this!
August 2017

Kat User Profile
May 2017
What a lovely home, and Madge is a wonderful hostess. It is exactly the type of place we like to stay on vacation -- not cookie cutter. The home is very comfortable and decorated so cute. We had a fantastic time in Clarksdale. You come for the music, and you come BACK for the people. It is a one of a kind place. We stayed two nights, and wish we had stayed three. I brought books for us to read, thinking there wouldn't be much to do and that we would get in some reading, but we never even took them out of the suitcase. We will be back!
Madge User ProfileMadge is a superhost.
Response from Madge:
Kat, please excuse my delay in responding to your fabulous review! Wow! You bless us! Thank you for telling potential new guests so much about your stay! We hope you will come back again and stay longer!
May 2017

Elizabeth User Profile
December 2015
Truly wonderful stay at Delta Bohemian. Madge was an outstanding host, excellent communicator and provided for our every need. She had fresh breakfast supplies for us and very comfortable beds. We got tailored recommendations on arrival for gigs and restaurants around town and had a fantastic time exploring Clarksdale. Clarksdale is a friendly town seeped in music and history. A stay at Delta Bohemian for your visit to Clarksdale is a must.
Madge User ProfileMadge is a superhost.
Response from Madge:
You bless us with your kind comments. Thanks for choosing to stay with us! I'm so glad you enjoyed exploring Clarksdale and we were pleased to offer you a home away from home during your trip here. Please come back soon! Madge
December 2015

John User Profile
August 2015
This was our third stay at the Bohemian Guest House, and everything was wonderful as usual. Madge was very accommodating about our arrival and departure, and the house is exactly what you're looking for when you're on a blues pilgrimage.

Steve User Profile
May 2015
Madge was a very friendly, welcoming and informative host with lots of great tips for getting the most out of our stay in Clarksdale. The DB is a great place to stay - loved the garden ( with hammock!) and great collection of music DVDs

John User Profile
March 2015
The Bohemian Guest House is a fantastically stylized Delta escape with very comfortable accommodations and in close proximity to numerous blues and local sites. Madge was incredibly welcoming and accommodating, going above and beyond as a host and ensuring that our visit was as enjoyable as possible.

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Clarksdale, Mississippi, United StatesJoined in October 2012
Madge User ProfileMadge is a superhost.

I am the Publisher and Producer of the DELTA BOHEMIAN, an online magazine about our unique perspective of the Mississippi Delta, where I was born and raised.

We offer overnight accommodations in the DELTA BOHEMIAN GUEST HOUSE and the CLARKSDALE WHITE HOUSE. Both properties share a common, large, private backyard.

The three private bedrooms in the CLARKSDALE WHITE HOUSE are very large and each one has it's own expansive private bathroom. The common areas are abundant with multiple options for lounging and/or working. The home itself is beautiful.

The DELTA BOHEMIAN GUEST HOUSE is an upscale and funky self-contained accommodation. Guests who book this unique property get the whole 1,000 sq ft home to themselves. It is ideal for a couple, several friends or a small family.

ABOUT ME: I was born in Clarksdale in 1958 but was raised in Tallahatchie County near a little town of 250+ people called Sumner. I went off to school at All Saints Episcopal High School in Vicksburg my junior year in high school. Upon graduation I went to Southwestern at Memphis, now called Rhodes College, and later transferred to the University of Texas in Austin where I graduated in 1980 with a BA in Theater.

During my college years I lived in Paris and in Bilbao, Spain during the summers. I enjoy traveling. I lived in Dallas, Memphis 3 different times, Austin, Red Rock, Texas, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and New York City where I worked for Putumayo.

I moved back home to the Mississippi Delta to Sumner in 1994 to raise my daughter Corinne. I finally moved to the place where I was born, Clarksdale, in 2010 when my husband, Billy, and I bought the CLARKSDALE WHITE HOUSE on West Second Street, a home I long been my favorite house in Clarksdale while growing up as a child. When it became available for sale, and Billy and I were newlyweds looking for a place of our own, I couldn't believe it. We feel so blessed to live in it.

In addition, we were wildly blessed when we found out that if we bought the house on West Second, we also got the bonus guest house in the back yard. Oh My! Are you kidding me? It needed a lot of work.

We partially renovated it in 2010. New roof. New siding. Insulation. Basic stuff. We rented it to two Teach 4 America girls for 2 years. Once their commitment here in Clarksdale ended, they each returned home to their families and Billy and I had a decision to make. Continue to rent it long term or bite the bullet and fully restore this special place.

Many thousands of dollars later, after 9 weeks, and with the help of our good friend, Interior Designer Marilyn Trainor Storey, we opened the Delta Bohemian Guest House. We adore this place and we think you will too.

It is difficult to describe just how good it feels to stay in the DELTA BOHEMIAN GUEST HOUSE or the CLARKSDALE WHITE HOUSE. It's something very special and we feel honored and blessed to be your hosts. It is our privilege to offer you a real taste of southern hospitality.

Life is about relationships and we treasure every encounter. We look forward to meeting you, welcoming you and giving you a place to experience the Mississippi Delta like nowhere else you have ever stayed.

Goodness abounds!

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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