This 100 year old Victorian home has a refined interior, and is fully furnished for one person or a couple. The main floor includes an enclosed porch, a living room, dining room, wine tasting room with wet bar & library, a country kitchen, and full bathroom with shower. The upstairs is a Jack & Jill design (one bedroom plus an extra sleeping or meditation room) and a full bath with tub. A front load washer & dryer are available in the basement, plus an additional shower, toilet, & room for storage if a longer term stay is desired. This is the perfect quiet get away to host an intimate family gathering or a place to stay while you visit local family or friends. It feels like a home away from home which is lovingly cared for.
- House1200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 nights
One Bedroom Plus Fully Furnished Home with Charm & Solitude
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 13, 2018
About Pamela Tarantino
This home has been a legacy for family celebrations throughout my lifetime, and now we are passing it on to the next generation. My mother, Charlotte, selected this home for her retirement and brought its charm to the fore. My mother played sacred hymns and kept stacks of sheet music close at hand. I hope some of the composers she loved will bring you pleasure and inspiration too. She and I loved reading and listening to music together. We read faith stories like a Man Called Peter, the Story of Peter Marshall. We read the great books series aloud, and whenever possible, after reading, would search out films with the same titles, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and the Good Earth. The time we invested in reading great books together continues to give its reward. When I listen to Eric Satie, or reread Kahil GIbran's book, The Prophet, I recall my mother's beauty, and feel gratitude for the way our friendship was braided together with life giving music and literature. My mother left this home as part of her earthly legacy, and now I have felt, for a period of time, it would be a blessing to share the property with travelers. It is our intent that your stay here will offer you time to 'refresh and rest, then travel on.' I am a retired teacher, but still work as a counseling consultant and retreat director. This photo shows a friend and I as we recall some of our childhood favorites! What are your favorite children's books? Dr. Suess? The Velveteen Rabbit? We hope you will share your favorites and maybe discover some new ones to share with the children in your life. The home allows you to step back in time and also make the most of your present day hours. Come here to dwell in the quiet and reflect upon the authors and composers who have brought meaning to your lives. We hope you will take time to discover the serenity of the woodland setting, and like us, find joy in the simple pleasures of life.
Pamela Tarantino purchased this House in 1907
Why Pamela Tarantino chose Peoria Heights
Why do they call this region the heartland? Are there places still where people take time for bird watching? Is there a place where you can wind down, and get off the express trains, as the Little Prince would ask? Do fairies dwell in the quietest corners of the garden? Is there time to let the tea brew or really taste the wine? What about taking time to copy down a favorite family recipe and write an old fashioned, handwritten letter? This property was chosen because it is a hideaway on a hill, surrounded by woodland calm. There must be something in our heritage about houses on a hill. I like to call it the Top House, as well as Story Book Retreat House. This property feels like a real home, because it is one . . . that may be the curious link that draws you here, to be at home while you see if your act will play in Peoria for a weekend, or maybe longer . . .
What makes this House unique
Leaded windows, lace curtains, high ceilings, a private home rather than a suite in a hotel. This home has been dedicated as a retreat house and sanctuary, so there is a warmth and ambience that is a result of being lovingly cared for. Kindness has been spoken here for one hundred years! If you are seeking a place to find serenity, as well as direction for important life decisions, this home may offer you the special welcome which comes only from being well loved for many years. You may want to purposely schedule a visit with the possiblity of getting snowed in for a day or two! (The home was built in 1907, owned by friends of our family, and purchased by my mother in the 1980's.)
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Loved everything about Pams beautiful home
My brother and I were in town for family, our step mom passed and dad had been sick, we needed a safe clean place to lay our heads after long days, and pams place is so much more than we expected. It was quiet, very clean and way better than a hotel room. Pam met us and showed us around and was so easy to communicate with, the pictures do not do this beautiful home justice. There's a washer/dryer in basement which is quite lovely in itself. Everything we needed and then some. I highly recommend to everyone. It was a beautiful home and our sanctuary in our time of need. Thank u Pam:), God Bless u!! Only thing to note was stairs are steep going to master, just be aware and go slow and it's worth it.
The pictures do not do this home justice! Secluded home! So much privacy for honeymooners or romantic getaways! I wish I would've stayed here longer ! Owner and her helper were wonderful and made sure we had everything we needed. The most wonderful vacation experience! I would stay here again!
Quaint Warm and close by the city
What a beautiful location. This 1907 home has been treated well over the past 100+ years. What a delightful stay. And its a 15 minute drive into the city. Pam was more than accommodating and gracious to us. The other two guys who traveled with me enjoyed her home as much as I did. We highly recommend it to anyone traveling into Peoria. Thanks Pam
Thank you, Jim and crew!
Best wishes on your film,
In Friendship, Pamela
Terrific Woodland Retreat
This is a very comfortable and very clean Victorian house that backs up to a wooded nature preserve. I saw two wild turkeys my first day, peeking in the basement windows. Lots of outdoor entertainment space, and there is a beautiful screened porch as well. We listened to crickets at night and watched for deer every morning. So quiet, beautiful and peaceful!
The kitchen is very well-appointed, with everything you need to cook a big meal. Very helpful and cheerful management by the owner. Thanks again, Pamela!
Unique and spacious
This is a hidden house on a treed hill in a residential neighborhood. Outstanding property. Comfortably secluded and interesting. A charming house with a great covered porch and outside patio. Perfect for a couple who in enjoy nature and privacy but also want to be close to town. The place was very clean and well appointed. We will come again.
This charming home was the perfect setting for our visit to Peoria. The owner and her manager were very helpful, providing us with useful information on this historic house, local restaurants and other fun attractions. Peoria is an amazing town, located on the Illinois River. There are many things to see here and we will be back to watch those paddle-boats steam by. My wife and I were here to visit the town I was born in and this lovely house helped capture the feeling of home and family. I would highly recommend this property to anyone considering a visit this part of the country.
Summer Activities: Cornstock, Band concerts, Spirit of Peoria River Boat Cruises, & a walk or drive along Grandview Drive showcase some of our midwest attractions. Don't forget to tour the Caterpillar & Art Museum and down town farmer's market! Winter Activities: Watch for eagles along the river's edge; Peoria Symphony.
Additional information about rental rates
Owner pays hotel tax for 7 night stays and longer. Rental cost for a 2 night stay = $300 for 2 weekdays + $42 tax (14%)=$342. (The hotel tax is paid by guests for "two night stays"; but absorbed by owner for "Seven night plus stays.") The tax will be taken by check when renters first arrive at the property. All renters are charged a $200 security deposit; there is a minimum $50 exit cleaning fee; the deposit will be returned unless "extra time" is required to clean and return home to "moving in clean condition." Any damages would also be deducted from deposit. A service fee charged by VRBO is added to all VRBO payments, a charge related to online web site fees & services. Example: $36 service fee for a $400 rental total. Get your online quote, and you should know exactly what your costs will be. Exit costs for damages, or EXTRA housekeeping duties such as washing dishes/emptying dish washer may be charged. (Or, Extra time to wash linens & make beds for additional renters. ) But unlikely if guests take care. Renters desiring a longer term contract can talk with owner about application process. Weekly/Monthly rentals will decrease your nightly averages & costs. Call owner at 309-222-4347 for a quote. Wedding Planning & Small Group Use: Call Sue Lichtenberger 309-857-1827: Story Book Weddings & More: Plan your Photo Shoot, Bridal Shower, Lodging for Out of Town Guests; Honeymoon Weekend; Anniversary Celebration, Ladies Day Use: Massage, Reflexology, Nails, Hair & Makeup; Marriage Mentoring; Faith Based Retreats.