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The Gallup House: Beautifully renovated historic home in America's Heartland

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
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Jefferson House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 6

This three bedroom home, situated in the small town of Jefferson, Iowa, is the birthplace and childhood home of distinguished pollster, George H. Gallup. The home is located just 45 minutes from Ames, IA – home of Iowa State University, 90 minutes from Des Moines, and walking-distance to downtown Jefferson – a true small town in America’s Heartland. The home has been recently renovated, the kitchen and bathrooms have been completely updated with modern and high-end fixtures and appliances, and the bedrooms and living rooms are fully furnished, making it perfect for a family vacation, a short- or long-term rental, and corporate or social events. Its unique octagonal shape, original quarter-sawn oak woodwork, studio furniture, and “secret” back staircase add to the site's special interest.

A Place to Gather: The Gallup House is the birthplace and boyhood home of Dr. George Gallup, the pioneer of public opinion polling. Located in Jefferson, Iowa, the house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, also has a unique octagon shape, hilltop location, and quiet residential setting, all of which make it a perfect place to gather. Stay over-night. Plan a retreat. Take a vacation. Hold a meeting, conference, or reception. Visit the heartland, Refresh the spirit. Enjoy the Gallup House experience.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

I grew up in this house! What history.
Jul 2012
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Des Moines International Airport
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Highway 30
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Several located around the town square
Car: recommended

Jefferson is a small, progressive town of 4,500 located in Central Iowa. It offers all the amenities that one would expect of a county seat, including a diverse set of stores, restaurants, parks and recreation facilities. It is also less than an hour from Ames (the home of Iowa State University) and Des Moines (the state capital) so it has convenient access to more conventional shopping, cultural and entertainment options. But the real reasons to visit Jefferson are that it lies at the heartland of some of the world's richest farmland and is a community of self-sufficiency and small-town values.


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50% deposit is required to confirm a reservation, balance due at time of departure. 7-day cancellation notice required for deposit refund, subject to a $100 handling fee. Accepted methods of payment include personal check or cash.

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Jefferson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • En Suite Bath - toilet , shower
    En Suite Bath - toilet , shower
    Hallway Bath - toilet , shower
    First Floor Bathroom - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • The Claude Robinson - 1 queen , En Suite Bath
    The George Gallup - 1 queen , En Suite Bath
    The Ophelia Miller Gallup - 1 queen , Private Bath (Detached)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • tennis
This home provides the ideal setting for a weekend get-away, an extended stay, or a corporate or personal retreat or event. Please contact us to see how we can work to accommodate you for any and all of your needs.

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