The Cattle House was built in 1904 by Walter & Bessie Turner Cattle.  They raised six children in this house, one of them being Robert T. Cattle Sr. who  lived here with his wife Mercedes and their children until 1950.   

Guests entered the house into a foyer with a fireplace.  The Cattle Family rolled up the carpets and held dances here.  To the left as you entered the foyer was a music room with a baby grand piano.    There was always a pianist and sing-a-long when the family entertained.  To the right of the foyer was a living room with a fireplace.  The picture that now hangs over the fireplace at The Cattle National Bank & Trust Co. in downtown Seward always hung over the fireplace.  The next rooms were the dining room with the kitchen in the NW corner of the house and the breakfast room in the NE corner.  There was a butler’s pantry in between.  The back stairway led up from the kitchen.   The 2nd floor housed the Master bedroom with a fireplace and sleeping porch and three other bedrooms. Bedrooms and storage were on the third floor.  The garage was located in the back with a lily pond to the north west.  The grounds extended north to the current Faith Lutheran Church and west to the Davisson Furniture property.

The house was donated to Concordia Teachers College in 1950 and was used as a dormitory for over 25 years.  Concordia sold the home to a local couple who brought the house back to its former elegance. Two other families subsequently lived in the house until 2013 when Bonnie Etzold purchased the property and began its transformation to a Bed and Breakfast. La Ruche Bed and Breakfast officially opened in June 2014.

La Ruche Bed and Breakfast was created with you in mind. The room configuration is close to the original, but bathrooms and a fire sprinkler system were added to ensure your comfort and safety.  We've tailored each room to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. We hope that our attention to detail and desire to pamper you shines through each and every moment of your stay. 



Our rooms feature the elegance, class and comfort you would expect in a gracious home. You are sure to enjoy any stay with us, whether you're here on business, to visit family and friends or just for some fun. All of our beds offer luxurious comfort,ensuring a sound and refreshing sleep.

La Ruche is French for "The Hive".  There really is a La Ruche in Paris - home to artists such as Picasso, Diego Rivera and Chagal.  The Innkeeper is not an artist, but she does like bees!

Bessie Cattle 

Modern Bathrooms

All rooms feature private baths. Be sure to ask about the rooms featuring a luxurious 

jetted or soaking tub.

Walter Cattle

Spacious Guest Rooms

We offer four spacious rooms  that are designed to fit your budget and taste. 

An Exceptional Bed & Breakfast

Bonnie Etzold

Mercedes Cattle

Robert Cattle

La Ruche