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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
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 April, 2017

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 Iowa

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)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bellevue in Jo Daviess County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 812 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , front bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Back bedroom can be a king bed or to twin beds
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

View the Mississippi River from the front deck!
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Perfect Holiday Retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, 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. Sincerely, Lori
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It was five star.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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The Villages fl


  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sally, I hope you make it to Bellevue again. I would love the chance to catch up with you on your latest adventures! Lori
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Seaside, Oregon

Vacation at "More Than A Home"

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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New Castle, Kentucky

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay as it is more than just a place to lay your head. From the moment we walked through the door we felt like we were at home. It was very clean and everything was provided from a furnished kitchen to a washer and dryer. The owners were very friendly and made sure we were comfortable. It's also in the perfect location for taking walks along the river, going to Cole Park to watch games or walking downtown to shop or eat at 2nd Street Station (great pizza). We loved it and hope to go back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim, I am glad to hear the house worked out well for your family when you were in town. I hope you will get to stay with us again! Thank you, Lori
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Bellevue Guest House

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the house for the 4th of July weekend/ family reunion. House had everything we needed for my family of 4. We pretty much walked the whole weekend with the house being so close to town and Cole park. Owners are very friendly and accommodating. We will be going back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bellevue, USA

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Nightly Rate
23 Jun 2017 - 26 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £77.3
Tax Rate 12.0%

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

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