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"My son and his family recently moved to Iowa from the east coast and had never experienced a lake vacation. The five of us spent a week at this lovely home and enjoyed fishing, swimming, eagle watching, barbecuing, canoeing and paddleboating. We made several day trips to Red Wing, Wabasha and other river towns taking in art fairs, boat cruises, national eagle center, wine tasting tours, scenic hikes and viewing barges going through locks. Jim and his wife were perfect hosts and went out of their way to return some items we left behind. Many thanks!"
Guest: papadoug G.Date of Stay: August 2014Review Submitted: August 21, 2014
"4 of us held our annual college reunion in Barb's wonderful house. It was perfect! We felt right at home since Barb put a lot of effort into creating a cozy ambiance. She went above and beyond by purchasing us new firewood since the old wood was wet! We enjoyed sitting in the gazebo that provided nice views of the lake. We were able to walk to hear the bands at the Water Ski Festival and to the Chickadee Cottage for lunch.
A good time was had by all!
Guest: BellarinaDate of Stay: June 2014Review Submitted: July 2, 2014
"We had a wonderful time! The view of Lake Pepin is spectacular. The cottage was neat and clean. Many hours were spent around a fire on the patio. This was a return trip for us and want to go again next year. Mark & Shayna are wonderful to work with."
Guest: Laurel M.Date of Stay: September 2014Review Submitted: October 1, 2014
"The Bell Tower Suites has been the "home" for our family holiday gathering for the past three years. Although the converted church with its original stained glass windows is beautiful year round, it is wonderful for a gathering during the holiday season. When we arrived, our hosts Dawna and Steve had made the suites festive for us with Christmas decorations complete with an absolutely HUGE Christmas tree!! There were even items strategically placed for the little ones to find and enjoy. Special gifts from the hosts to our group also were placed in each suite.
The Bell Tower allows us to create family memories that would not be possible in a typical hotel situation. For example, cookie decorating has become a major family tradition during our stays. Everyone participates which makes for a happy, but hectic scene. The results are as diverse as those who participate. Now place this family event in a converted historical church. Sunshine gave our entire room a splendid background of colors sparkling through the stained glass. Now add the cozy fireplace for a perfect setting. Very special!
We rented both suites which is ideal for families with children. If the doors to the two suites are left open, there is easy convenient access to use both suites simultaneously. During afternoon nap time, the children could nap in one suite, and the other suite was still available for the adults to visit. Also, in the evenings, the children could go to sleep with parents safely nearby. Since our families come from five different states for this weekend, the ability to be together yet have the space to spread out is a luxury. The layout of the Bell Tower Suites provides us that ability. Having TWO complete kitchens available for making a large holiday meal for a group gathering is very helpful and convenient. The suites are very clean and well equipped. Hosts, Dawna and Steve, are outstanding! Response time to any form of communication prior to arrival was especially prompt! It was always obvious that they really wanted our stay to be perfect.
If looking for only two bedrooms, then you can rent only one of the two suites. If you are looking for a lodging that is unique, large while still being cozy, with especially welcoming hosts, and want to create a memorable family gathering ANY TIME of the year, the BELL TOWER SUITES IS YOUR SPOT!!!! After staying here for three years now, our family group can't imagine being anyplace else."
Guest: Ruby Z.Date of Stay: December 2014Review Submitted: December 11, 2014