|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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 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 . . .
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!
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
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!
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!
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£166|
Owner pays hotel tax for 3 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 "Three night plus stays.")
The tax will be taken by check when renters first arrive at the property (or from deposit).
All renters are charged a $200 security deposit; there is a minimum $50 exit cleaning fee; the remainder of deposit will be returned based on the hours needed to clean and return home to "moving in clean condition."
Upon occasion the exit cleaning fee is waived.
A service fee charged by VRBO is added to all VRBO payments, a charge related to online web site fees & services.
A recent renter was charged $36 service fee for a $400 rental total.
EXAMPLE: Cost for a three night weekend stay: $450 rental fee +$40.50 VRBO Service Fee
+ minimum exit cleaning fee of $50= $540.50= $180 average a night.
(Owner absorbs the 14% hotel tax out of charges for rentals of 3 nights or more.)
* The VRBO site advertises the average nightly fee WITHOUT including their service fee. They must be figuring the averages based on a weekly baseline cost.
Once you get the online quote, you should know exactly what your costs will be. Exit costs for damages, or duties such as washing dishes/emptying dish washer could be charged, but unlikely if guests take care.
Return long term guests get a price reduction; call owner to request this benefit before booking.
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.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.