About the property
- House812 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
"More Than a Room" guest house is located a 1/2 block from the Mississippi River in the heart of Bellevue, Iowa. The house is walking distance from downtown restaurants and night life. Walk the beautiful Bellevue River front or up to the lookout at Bellevue State park. Easy access to the snow mobile and ATV / UTV trails.
This 1960's built ranch home has some of it's original charm. The house is comfortable and well suited for family groups, girls weekends, wedding quests, boaters or a couples get-away. The house sleeps up to six people. The front and back bedrooms each have one king size bed that can be separated into two twin beds. The living room sofa converts to a queen sofa sleeper. Off street parking will accommodate two cars. The dine-in kitchen is well equipped. The house is complete with cable TV, DVD player, deck furniture, a charcoal grill, bedding and towels.
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
About Lori Roling
Terry and Lori both work in service related professions in local government. Lori's hobbies included kayaking, canoeing, camping and quilting. She volunteers for her church with the church garden. The produce from the church garden is donated to the local food pantry. She has been to Haiti twice for service trips. Terry's passions revolve around keeping his yard(s) and vehicles in tip top shape. They have two grown children that both live in the general area. Terry was born and raised in Bellevue and has only had one zip code his entire life. Lori was raised in DeWitt, Iowa and moved to Waco, Texas immediately after high school graduation. She returned to eastern Iowa in 1999 and married Terry two years later. She embraced Bellevue, Iowa as her home. She and Terry are both involved in community organizations and are not strangers to area fish-frys, fund raiser dinners and auctions. Lori wanted to buy a house in Bellevue specifically to use as a guest house since 2007. Terry was very apprehensive and did not easily get behind the idea thinking it was a risky financial venture. Terry and Lori were talking with classmates that were back for Terry's 30th class reunion in the summer of 2014. Terry heard of their difficulty to find affordable family style rentals in Bellevue. Lori asked the classmates their opinion of a guest house that would rent to one group of family at a time for about the same price as most pay to rent just a room. The classmates welcomed the idea and said they wished it was available already. As soon as Terry was on board with the idea, Lori went to work to find the "perfect" house for their venture.
Lori Roling purchased this House in 2014
Why Lori Roling chose Bellevue
Lori looked at the house at 100 Spring Street a few times. For Lori, the house was ideal! The view of the river from the front deck was more than she could have expected to find in their price range. She envisioned people sitting on the front deck sipping coffee and reading the morning paper. Terry agreed, the little 1960's ranch house seemed perfect! They made their purchase in September of 2014. They had a few weeks of of cleaning, replacing counter tops and painting. Their first guest stayed in October of 2014.
What makes this House unique
Since the opening of the guest house, it has been home to families that have been visiting friends and family, family staying for weddings & holidays and families back to Bellevue for funerals. Terry & Lori welcomed their first international guests in April of 2015. The house has proven itself as a convenient and comfortable family home for it's guests. The short walk to the river to the east and watching the trains pass on the west side of the house is something unique for most people to experience. ( Bellevue is a horn free zone for the trains. Horns are only used by the trains in case of emergency or to warn a track crosser that their crossing is not safe)
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Nice quaint and like home away from home
I will be back.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the house. We look forward to your next stay. :) Lori & Terry
Family Visits and Working Weekends
The house is cute and the furnishings are beautiful. Everything you need is at your fingertips. I reserved More Than A Room for my son and grandson while they re-roofed my house and my sister and her husband visiting from Maine, all at the same time. They all enjoyed their stay -- Sis was able to do some laundry and the boys enjoyed the showers! We will for sure book More Than A Room for family visits.
We are so glad the house worked out for your families visit. We look forward to their next stay. - Lori
Perfect Holiday Retreat
A friend and I needed a time-out from the holiday hustle and bustle, and this charming home in Bellevue was the perfect retreat. Lori texted us the morning of our travel to report on the state of the roads. When we arrived, a freshly baked apple pie was waiting for us! Lori herself dropped by the first evening to deliver more coffee and ensure we had everything we needed. The house was very clean, well-stocked, and tastefully decorated for the holidays--warm and welcoming, not overwhelming. I caught up on my sleep in a comfortable bed, watched DVDs through the frigid nights, and ventured out for delicious meals at the Flatted Fifth at Potter's Mill. One evening, we walked along the icy river and marveled at the supermoon rising over the Mississippi. The proximity to train tracks was not a problem at all. We'd happily revisit. Bellevue looks like a great little town for all seasons.
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay! I am excited to see you were able to find the beauty and charm Bellevue has to offer, ever when the temps are frigid and snow blankets the town. I hope you make it back sometime.
It was five star.
We were very happy with everything. The location was good with a beautiful park over looking the Mississippi lock and dam 1/2 block away. It was very comfortable and clean. We even had a garage for the car. When we got there a fresh pie was waiting for us from the pie shop. The big plus that they let us have our small dog in the kitchen. He happens to be very special to us. He helped me get thru stage 3 cancer. Thank you Lori for being just a great host.
Carma, We enjoyed having you! I hope you make it this way again. Plus, your 4 legged traveling companion is always welcome! He was a good boy. -Lori
We really enjoyed staying here. The house is clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. Everything was as described in the ad. We went to the library when we needed to catch up on the internet. It was so nice being so close to the river. We enjoyed many hours watching boats go through the lock. It was also fun having the train go through the other end of the street. No loud whistles, although that wouldn't bother us. We loved Bellevue and plan to come back.
Lori was great to work with and we enjoyed chatting with her. She left us a yummy pie as a welcome gift.
Thanks so much for a great stay.
I hope you make it to Bellevue again. I would love the chance to catch up with you on your latest adventures!
Vacation at "More Than A Home"
Wonderful home away from home. Well appointed two bedroom house with everything we needed including washer and dryer. Owner was so thoughtful, left candy and wine to greet us. Comfortably furnished and so superior to staying in a motel. Front deck with view of the Mississippi River, what more could one ask for.
Margie, I loved hosting you and your family! You were all such a joy to meet. I am glad you found the house to be agreeable for your family. I am hoping you get to make another trip to Bellevue again soon. -Lori
Bellevue is a community the is nestled between the Mississippi River, scenic river bluffs and rich farm land. Water lovers will enjoy the view of the river. Three boat ramps within 5 miles of the house. Brush Creek winery is a short trip outside of town or their store front is on S River View Dr in the Serendipity Shop. Golfers will love the 9 hole golf course north of Bellevue with an elevated view of the Mississippi River. Bellevue has a host of small businesses which include specialty shops, a hardware store, grocery store, laundromat, banks ( with ATM's), salons and massage therapists. There are a variety of small town restaurants to choose from. You can choose from a mom and pop style diners, pizza places, chef prepared meals to burger joints. Most people would find them to be all within walking distance of the house. There is a doctors office that is open Monday thru Friday. ( Dubuque has two large hospitals with Acute care clinic and emergency rooms. approx 30 minute drive)
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Our weekly rate is $600 per week ( 7 nights) We will have special rates for multiple night stays of three nights or more up to 7 days. 3 day weekend special rates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights $360 or Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights $360 4 day weekend special rates: two week nights along with Friday and Saturday nights $425 Multiple week nights- discount: 3 week nights $95 per night or 4-5 week nights $90 per night Multiple weeks discount: Ask about additional discounts for two weeks or more, but less than a month. Contracted bookings for more than 31 consecutive days are not subject to state excise and local hotel motel tax. 5% excise tax and 7% local option hotel/ motel tax. ( 12% total) No Pets, No Smoking, No guests under that age of 21 without parent of responsible adults. We are considering using "Homeaway " payments, but at this time we are not. We do accept payments by check or cash.