About us

I am a lucky girl with a 
handsome hubby sporting a cute British accent, 
4 wonderful children who chose well in marriage, 
and at the moment, 9 grandchildren, the loves of my life:) 
I love creating beauty, gathering people, 
and my Texas roots. After my family, 
Nellie's Cottage is my best accomplishment!

My two boys, Aaron & Keith and their families are on the left,
 my two girls Brittany(my caterer!) and my youngest Danielle on the right.

   p.s. we added 3 babies in 2017! Luxton, Avery, & Lizzie:)
           New family picture on the books for Christmas 2017!

The story of Nellie's Cottage...

My Geldard grandparents Albert and Nellie left an example of honor, integrity, and generosity. After losing their first home in the depression they bought this acre of land with $25 down. After they paid the $150 asking price Albert began building their home in 1939 with two rooms and a shanty kitchen.

Albert & Nellie Gedard 1939 when they bought the property
All of these pictures are in front of the family home, 
now Nellie's Cottage
Oldest daughter Helen in the 40's
Nellie 1950's
My mother Martha & her brother Albert 1950ish

 I bought their home in 2009 some 20 plus years after they passed away. After many months of complete renovation Nellie's Cottage became a reality. 

After 20 years of neglect, this is where I began spring of 2009

Renovation complete December 2009
As the cottage looks today...we are constantly evolving:)

Everywhere I turn in the cottage there is a memory...butter pecan icecream, the smell of coffee brewing, Mama Nellie making skillet pancakes, Papa Albert doing crossword puzzles, and picking peas in the garden. 

Visitors never left without a plant, homemade jam or fresh vegetables.
We have come full circle in many ways...as a little girl my mother would sit in their strawberry patch picking and eating strawberries off the vine...my granddaughter Annabelle does the same thing with our strawberry "pot patch!"

We carry on Nellie & Albert's hospitality with our retreats. I am blessed to meet wonderful creative women who love their families. Is there a better business? As I said in the beginning...I am a lucky girl!

September 3, 2017
Hurricane Harvey

Nellie's Cottage officially closed on September 3rd 2017.
My daughter Brittany & hubby Travis lost their home in the catastrophic flooding of hurricane Harvey. They have four small children ages 6 months to 6 years. Nellie's Cottage is their new home. My house took on about a foot of water, which doesn't sound bad until you realize 4 ft of sheetrock insulation & all cabinets have to be removed.
I do not know the future, Nellie's Cottage may be back someday, or life may take us in another direction. 
Right now it's one day at a time.
It has been a wondrous journey to renovate my grandmother's home and create Nellie's Cottage retreat. I have loved being your hostess for the last 7 years. Brittany and her family have enjoyed catering for you!
God bless all of you. Anyone who has ever come to Nellie's for a retreat, party, shower, or any other event...is now directly helping hurricane relief. Flossy's cottage is housing a good friend that had massive damage to her home. And when my downstairs apartment is repaired, it will be snatched up for another person or couple impacted by Harvey.

Thank you for being a part of our lives...we will miss you!         God bless you and God bless Cajun's & Texans!                                                                                                                                                               Love, Kimberly                                                                                                                                                                                       p.s. you can see my video announcement on Facebook, scroll down to September 3rd post               https://www.facebook.com/NelliesCottage/

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