'The Church' was formerly a Methodist Church built in 1857 and is located in Bentonsport, Iowa. It was purchased in 1988 and converted to a private residence. It is now a daily or weekly vacation rental. 'The Church' has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and is completely furnished. It will comfortable sleep 6. There is a Queen size bed in the downstairs bedroom; a Queen size Murphy bed in the living area and a California King adjustable bed in the loft. Outside there is a deck with a fire pit to enjoy. The kitchen is fully furnished with an electric stove, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, washer/dryer, heat/AC, internet connection, and Dish Network. All linens are completely furnished.
My husband, Jim, grew up In Keosauqua and after he retired he wanted to move back to Iowa. We moved here from Illinois and my husband was a Auto Mechanic Instructor at a Community College. I am a quilter and had a Longarm Quilting business (I did customize quilting for other quilters). I still do quilting and we both are involved in our community.
owner/property manager purchased this house in 2011
We actually bought 'The Church' from my husband's cousin and her husband. This was his first church and when the church closed they purchased it and made it into a home. They were wanting to move to Des Moines to be closer to their children and we wanted to downsize and move to Iowa. It was a good decision.
Bentonsport is a very unique small village and it feels like home. If you are tired of the city life and just want to get away where it is quiet and peaceful, then this is the place to be. Some of the highlights of our little village is our downtown. There is Jennie's Sweet Creations where you can sit on her deck and enjoy the peaceful Des Moines River floating by while you are enjoying one of her delicious sub sandwiches or her mouth watering homemade fudge. We feature the Iron and Lace Shop owned by Bill and Betty Printy. Bill is a working Blacksmith and creates some beautiful custom pieces. Betty is the potter and creates some very unique and beautiful pottery. We have the Greef Store that features antiques and homemade craft items. The Artisan is a shop that features unique gifts from our local artisans.
'The Church' features a deck with a fire pit and you can enjoy the summer evenings listening to the crickets chirp. During the day you may be able to enjoy one of our many Amish families going by in their buggies. There are many other things to see in VanBuren County. One of our claims is, there are no traffic lights in the county. So, we invite you to come and visit and be a part of our community.
Great owners. Very neat church/house, with a well stocked kitchen. We were made to feel very at home right away. Has some questions about the satellite TV and Jim was readily available to answer our questions. Also gave good suggestions for places of interest and dining suggestions. Would definitely stay again.
The Church is truly a peaceful place. We really enjoyed staying there, it was very clean, comfortable, and homey. There was plenty of room to stretch out and the kitchen had everything we could need. I especially enjoyed the beautiful quilts. Jim and Pat were wonderful to deal with. We definitely want to come back and do some more exploring of the area. Thanks for your hospitality!
This former church was a private residence until recently, when the owners moved to another historic property that they are renovating. It feels as though they had just stepped out the door; furnishings are a mix of antique and contemporary, and we agreed that we felt very much at home.
Everything was immaculate and yet very personal. The quilts are beautiful, the sense of history pervasive...but we also enjoyed the Wi-Fi and the dishwasher! About 1800 square feet, there is a bedroom and bath on the main floor as well as living room, full kitchen, and laundry equipment. I scored the gigantic loft bedroom with king-sized bed and its own bath with shower.
We selected this rental, in part, because they allow pets. When we stepped into the house, we were disbelieving; it's much nicer than any other pet-friendly property we've found (and we've stayed in a lot of them).
If you are seeking a peaceful, relaxing vacation, 'The Church' is perfect. For information about what to do when you are ready to move away from the patio, check out the Villages of Van Buren website. Lots of quaint shops, antiques, crafts, a potter, and some great parks for walking around or a picnic. The owners provided a variety of helpful brochures, and were willing to take the time to tell us more about attractions and the history of the area.
'The Church' was formerly a Methodist Church built in 1857 and is located in the picturesque unincorporated village of Bentonsport, Iowa. 'The Church' served the people for 131 years. It was purchased in 1988 and converted to a private residence. It is now a daily or weekly vacation rental.
'The Church' can comfortable sleep 6-8. It is approximately 1800 square feet and has a full kitchen with microwave, electric stove, refrigerator with ice maker, and dishwasher. All dishes, pots/pans, coffee maker and etc. are completely furnished. There is a queen size bed downstairs with a full bath plus a queen size Murphy bed in the living area. Upstairs in the loft we have a California King adjustable bed and a Trundle bed with a 3/4 bath. All linens are completely furnished. In addition there is a gas grill for your use and a deck to enjoy.
In the village we have a blacksmith and pottery shop (Iron and Lace), the Greef Store which has antiques and crafts, Artist Co-op where you will find many wonderful items made by our local artists and a quaint charming sandwich and fudge shop. We also have a beautiful Rose Garden for you to enjoy and take a walk across the Des Moines River on our historic bridge to the settlement of Vernon. There are many historical places and fun facts in Van Buren County for you to explore.
We have no stop lights in Van Buren County and only one flashing caution light. So,if you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy some peace and solitude then this is a place for you.
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