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A Victorian Sanctuary Perched On A Hill Above The Illinois River Road

People3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
People
3
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
2 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday home in Peoria Heights - Story Book Retreat House

One Bedroom Plus Fully Furnished Home with Charm & Solitude

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.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Pamela Tarantino
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 November, 2016
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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 Illinois

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!

Reviews

5/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

A Victorian Sanctuary Perched On A Hill Above The Illinois River Road
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
5

Quaint Warm and close by the city

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jim and crew! Best wishes on your film, www.nojokeproject.com. In Friendship, Pamela
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Terrific Woodland Retreat

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique and spacious

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Visit

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Greater Peoria Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
No Wake Zone, Jim's Bistro
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Peoria Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 29 & Hwy 150
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Jim's Bistro
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Illinois River Park, Across from Biefeldt Park
Car: necessary

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!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Peoria Heights, Illinois

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£236
for 2 nights
From
£118
From
£157
Fri,Sat
£689
£1,416
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £157

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Peoria Heights, USA

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Full Bathrooms on each level of home, three levels, including the basement.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Jack & Jill bedroom upstairs (king bed), with an extra sleeping room with a twin bed. There is a twin size day bed on the porch for seasonal use, and a futon in the basement. Futon OK for a younger person who is not that concerned about comfort level.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Massage table on site; ask about local private massage therapist recommendations. Suggest calling Natural Concepts Salon and Day Spa, 4701 N University St. 309-693-9850; or www.BalanceandHarmonyBC.com, Becky Cobb at 309-692-7834. Becky is a gifted healer and reflexologist. She has my raves and full reccommendation. She could come to the house, and offer some pampering for everyone! What a special treat.

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