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View the Mississippi River from the front deck!

Bedrooms 2
Space 812 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

"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.

More Details

Lori Roling
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 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)


Bellevue House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 812 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Back bedroom can be a king bed or to twin beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , front bedroom
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming


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View the Mississippi River from the front deck!
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
Early Iowa USA

Comfortable, convenient, cozy home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family enoyed our long weekend at More than a Room - it was clean, comfortable, and so much better than a hotel. We had everything we needed and more. Lori was a great communicator and their property the perfect spot for our needs. Being able to travel with our dog was appreciated, too. We enjoyed the walking trail along the river being so close, watching activity at Lock and Dam #12, and ease of travel to Dubuque. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ann, I am so glad our little guest house worked well for you and your family. We hope you make it back to Bellevue again. I'd love to meet with you. Lori
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Randolph, Wisconsin

Cozy, comfortable home in a pleasant spot on the Mississippi.

  • 5 of 5

This is the reason we use Home Away!! Clean, comfy, affordable places where we can stay with our dogs, cook meals if we choose and get to know the neighborhood. Lori was so easy to work with and though we didn't actually meet, she made contact to ask if we needed anything or had any questions. All in all it was a very pleasant stay, thanks Lori!! Manette Babb & Dick Mader

PS Be sure to visit Flatted Fifth BBQ and Blues in Bellvue for a delicious meal, great service and gooooood music!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Denver CO

cozy little home

  • 5 of 5

had a great time at this property and would recommend to anyone else looking for a clean and quiet place to stay in Bellevue. Lori was very accommodating and helpful answering any question and checking in to ensure everything was good.

If you are coming to Bellevue you should check this place out!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jeff! I am glad all worked out for you with the house. I hope you make it back again. Maybe this time it would work out for use to meet. Lori
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Charming house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

This was my first time using VRBO, so I didn't know what to expect. It was nice not to be surrounded by noisy tourist and relax in a home atmosphere. The owner was very nice and even gave us a welcome gift. Everything we needed, including free laundry was at the house which made it very convenient. I would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! We would welcome your family back with open arms should you come back to Bellevue. Thank you for staying at our guest house. - Terry & Lori
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Nice quaint and like home away from home

  • 5 of 5

I will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the house. We look forward to your next stay. :) Lori & Terry
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Family Visits and Working Weekends

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad the house worked out for your families visit. We look forward to their next stay. - Lori
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Dubuque, IA
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Keils, The Bronco (4 blocks)
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
South of Guttenberg, IA
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Bellveue Golf course
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Water Street Market, Subway, 2nd Street Station
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Sundown Ski Resort
Car: necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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