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DISCOUNTS W/ longer stay, 15% 3-5n, 25% over 5n

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Queen BRs/ Futon Den/+Lower Level 2 Full B/1/2 B +1/4B finished lower level

* 15% discount over 2 night stay and 25% over 5 night stay. * Contact Owner for more details.

The Merrick House is a unique, upscale home, architecturally designed to include a portion of the original historic (1840s) brick structure. It is located in scenic Guttenberg, IA, on River Park Drive with direct access to the Mississippi River, city park and river walk. Guttenberg was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of America's 20 prettiest towns. Relax on the 8x20 balcony or lower level porch and watch the barges pass the entry point of the lock & dam or enjoy the large outdoor hot tub. There are plenty of things to do in Guttenberg and the surrounding area for every season. Fly into Guttenberg and land at the island airport, enjoy a round of golf at Guttenberg Golf Club and delight in the breathtaking views, visit the Fresh-water Aquarium, Lock & Dam #10, Eagle Preserve, bike or hike. Within 20-35 minutes in either direction you can visit 2 river boat casinos, Pikes Peak State Park, Effigy Mounds State Park, shopping, antiquing, Amish country, and many wonderful restaurants. You can even enjoy a ferry ride across the Mississippi to Cassville, Wisconsin or Captain (with a check out from Jim) the owner's pontoon boat moored conveniently just across the park on a private floating dock.

Keywords: Wonderful home in historic Guttenberg, Iowa, just 35 minutes from Dubuque, IA or a 3.5 hour, picturesque drive from either Chicago or Minneapolis.

More Details

Property Manager
Michael C. Shriver
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Michael C. Shriver

I enjoy recreating outdoors and this property is a a great place to start out and return to. I water ski, kayak, swim, and fish the river, or bike, hike, and run nearby parks and trails. The scenery is awesome whether I am on the water, road biking, or hiking in one of the state parks nearby.

Michael C. Shriver purchased this house in 2007

Why Michael C. Shriver chose Guttenberg

It's fun to just hang around the house if the weather doesn't cooperate or get outside when it does, and return to spacious serenity that invites one to relax and enjoy the comforts of a home with a well equipped kitchen, home theater system, and hot tub.

What makes this house unique

I have tried to allow our clients to have easy access to some of the things I like to do in the area. I've lost count of all the road, mountain, or hybrid bikes (including tandems) I make available free of charge. I also have one large and one smaller pontoon boat available for rent at reasonable prices.


Guttenberg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - shower , jetted tub , part of master br suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , near 2nd bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , near den and on main level
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , lower level
  • 1 in master br/1 w/2nd br/1/2 main level/den and 1/2 in lower level. all linens available
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (2) One queen be in each of two bedrooms., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeps 2. Located in den. 'third bedroom' (half bath close by) Queen and Full air mattresses available which can be used in lower level to make a forth private sleeping area with the equivalent of a half bath.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Lower level with bar/kitchen and quarter bath. Home theater with surround sound. Exercise equipment (C-2 rower, treadmill/weights). Bikes available. Private floating dock.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews

Awesome Property!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a really great place. Everything you need and tremendous view of the river. The communication is top notch from Michael to Julie. Would love to come back.

Mike and Tess

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the positive review. See you soon. Mike
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Wonderful experience for the family!!!

  • 5 of 5

Super comfortable house with many amenities. We highly recommend going out on the pontoon boat with Jim. He is an expert guide with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Mississippi and its many denizens. Guttenberg is fantastic getaway from busy urban life.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Agree, I get nothing but positive feedback when clients engage Jim's services for a river adventure. He is a great guy to hang with and always enjoys the experience as well.
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Beautiful area and very peaceful and relaxing. We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

The Merrick House was very nice. The location right on river street was so nice with the front porch and upper balcony overlooking the Mississippi. Mike was very accommodating and responded quickly in getting ready for the trip. Hot tub was nice but might be leaking a little. Wireless internet was very weak and spotty. No tv but did have movies to watch. We did a lot of sight seeing, hiking and some fishing. The river was a little high so the dock and boat were not accessible as the ramp to get on the dock was not long enough to reach the lower sidewalk. The bicycles were excellent. The neighbors were also very friendly. The house is big...just my wife and I went ... but it was very clean and very comfortable. The porch and balcony were our favorite places... so peaceful and relaxing. We went in late June and the weather was ideal - low to high 70's. The sidewalk on the dike overlooking the river was also very nice to go for walks. Would love to go back sometime.

Craig & Debbie

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memorial Day Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This home was wonderful to stay in. Character was very unique as well! House was well-kept and has everything you need including bikes! It was so nice to sit on the porch and overlook the river. It was also nice that it was a quick walk/bike ride to watch barges go through lock & dam #10 and downtown. It is also within distance to Pikes Peak State Park, McGregor, Marquette and Prairie Du Chien. There is a winery as well near by - Promiseland Winery that was phenomenal.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jamie for mentioning the bikes. I counted over 15 on them including 3 tandems that are free to use as well as a few that are more high end that I would rent. It sounds like you found many things to do around Guttenberg besides hangin' on the porch. I so appreciate how nice you left the house and the glowing review. Mike
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Great House and Location

  • 5 of 5

Had a girls trip in August of 2016 and just realized I never left a review! The house was great- the pictures do not do it justice! We loved sitting on the porch and of course the hot tob was fantastic! Plenty of sleeping options and the house is very roomy! Great location to town and wonderful views of the river. Great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Don't quite understand why your review is headlined "Disappointed" when you had so many nice things to say about the Merrick House and surrounding area. Thanks for the 5 star review.
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Serene Retreat on the Mississippi

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect for a girls getaway. It has stylish decor, comfortable beds, and a wonderful, well-equipped kitchen. We ate well, slept well, and spent hours talking on the spacious porches that overlook the river. There are fascinating sites for day trips; we loved the Indian Mounds National Park. But you only need to cross the street to enjoy biking or walking by the Mississippi River. I would recommend a stay here to one and all. The owner is wonderful to work with and the property is outstanding.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's good to hear your group had such a pleasing experience. I should take more time to enjoy the porches when I'm in Guttenberg. I agree Indian Mounds is a great place to hike, learn about culture, and view the Mississippi.
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Fantastic access to the Mississippi River. a beautiful/challenging golf course, scenic bike and motorcycle riding.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

15% discount over 2 night stay and 25% over 5 night stay.

Personal Check deposit to hold the reservation and the total one week before occupancy.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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