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Discounts w/Longer Stay- Hot Tub- Free Bikes- Private Dock- Pontoon-Fishing Guid

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Queen BRs/ Futon Den/+Lower Level 2 Full B/1/2 B +1/4B finished lower level

* 15% discount over 2 night stay and 25% over 5 night stay. * Contact Owner for more details.

The Merrick House is a unique, upscale home, architecturally designed to include a portion of the original historic (1840s) brick structure. It is located in scenic Guttenberg, IA, on River Park Drive with direct access to the Mississippi River, city park and river walk. Guttenberg was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of America's 20 prettiest towns. Relax on the 8x20 balcony or lower level porch and watch the barges pass the entry point of the lock & dam or enjoy the large outdoor hot tub. There are plenty of things to do in Guttenberg and the surrounding area for every season. Fly into Guttenberg and land at the island airport, enjoy a round of golf at Guttenberg Golf Club and delight in the breathtaking views, visit the Fresh-water Aquarium, Lock & Dam #10, Eagle Preserve, bike or hike. Within 20-35 minutes in either direction you can visit 2 river boat casinos, Pikes Peak State Park, Effigy Mounds State Park, shopping, antiquing, Amish country, and many wonderful restaurants. You can even enjoy a ferry ride across the Mississippi to Cassville, Wisconsin or Captain the owner's pontoon boat moored conveniently just across the park on a private floating dock.

Keywords: Wonderful home in historic Guttenberg, Iowa, just 35 minutes from Dubuque, IA or a 3.5 hour, picturesque drive from either Chicago or Minneapolis.

More Details

Property Manager
Michael C. Shriver
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

About Michael C. Shriver

I enjoy recreating outdoors and this property is a a great place to start out and return to. I water ski, kayak, swim, and fish the river, or bike, hike, and run nearby parks and trails. The scenery is awesome whether I am on the water, road biking, or hiking in one of the state parks nearby.

Michael C. Shriver purchased this house in 2007

Why Michael C. Shriver chose Iowa

It's fun to just hang around the house if the weather doesn't cooperate or get outside when it does, and return to spacious serenity that invites one to relax and enjoy the comforts of a home with a well equipped kitchen, home theater system, and hot tub.

What makes this house unique

I have tried to allow our clients to have easy access to some of the things I like to do in the area. I've lost count of all the road, mountain, or hybrid bikes (including tandems) I make available free of charge. I also have one large and one smaller pontoon boat available for rent at reasonable prices.


Guttenberg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 9
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - shower , jetted tub , part of master br suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , near 2nd bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , near den and on main level
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , lower level
  • 1 in master br/1 w/2nd br/1/2 main level/den and 1/2 in lower level. all linens available
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (2) One queen be in each of two bedrooms., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeps 2. Located in den. 'third bedroom' (half bath close by) Queen and Full air mattresses available which can be used in lower level to make a forth private sleeping area with the equivalent of a half bath.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Lower level with bar/kitchen and quarter bath. Home theater with surround sound. Exercise equipment (C-2 rower, treadmill/weights). Bikes available. Private floating dock.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Discounts w/Longer Stay- Hot Tub- Free Bikes- Private Dock- Pontoon-Fishing Guid
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Northern Suburbs, Illinois

Great House and Location

  • 5 of 5

Had a girls trip in August of 2016 and just realized I never left a review! The house was great- the pictures do not do it justice! We loved sitting on the porch and of course the hot tob was fantastic! Plenty of sleeping options and the house is very roomy! Great location to town and wonderful views of the river. Great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Don't quite understand why your review is headlined "Disappointed" when you had so many nice things to say about the Merrick House and surrounding area. Thanks for the 5 star review.
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Serene Retreat on the Mississippi

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect for a girls getaway. It has stylish decor, comfortable beds, and a wonderful, well-equipped kitchen. We ate well, slept well, and spent hours talking on the spacious porches that overlook the river. There are fascinating sites for day trips; we loved the Indian Mounds National Park. But you only need to cross the street to enjoy biking or walking by the Mississippi River. I would recommend a stay here to one and all. The owner is wonderful to work with and the property is outstanding.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's good to hear your group had such a pleasing experience. I should take more time to enjoy the porches when I'm in Guttenberg. I agree Indian Mounds is a great place to hike, learn about culture, and view the Mississippi.
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Great Fall Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is my third stay at the Merrick House in two years and I am already planning on staying next year. My Mother and I met my brother and his wife there for a family get together and all really enjoyed their time in Guttenberg. It is one of the prettiest locals in the Midwest in my opinion and their is plenty to do especially in the fall with the leaves changing. Several nice places to choose from to dine out at. Riding bikes one day was a "new experience" for my mother since it had been over a decade since her last ride. The river was very high this stay so the fishing was poor compared to other times. The Merrick house itself was a novelty for the people in our party who had not seen it before but they all really enjoyed its style and accomadations. Would recommend staying there anytime of the year.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's nice to be reminded that someone appreciated the decor of the house itself. It also delights me to know that your mother took advantage of the bikes that are available. Next time you come ride one of the tandems with her if you haven't already. Thanks, Brad
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Absolutely one the best vacation rentals!

  • 5 of 5

This house is absolutely gorgeous. Went last summer for memorial day, and going back again this July. Couldn't ask for a more relaxing atmosphere. This is one of the very best house/cabin my wife have stayed in about 40 trips. I would highly suggest booking a stay here, you will not regret it. The owner is extremely accommodating and very easy to work with.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill, Here is hoping that a couple of improvements we made with the hot tub, pontoon boat, and bike options will make your planned stay in July even better than last year. Thanks for your kind review. Mike
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Great location and views

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful view of the river. Close to everything on the riverfront. On the days it rained, we visited a winery outside of town. Also took a trip up the river to quaint little towns and ended at Cabelas across the river in Wisconsin. Lots of bikes in garage to ride along the river or around town.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dave, thanks for mentioning the bikes that are available to ride. In addition to riding around town, going on a more aggressive road ride along the Great River Road with designated bike lanes, there are some very scenic great gravel roads to ride that start just outside of town. I just road a 10 mile loop that included Miners Creek Rd. The rural scenery was incredible and I never passed a car during the 6-8 mile gravel stretch. Gravel riding is becoming very popular and many of the bikes I have for use can be used for this type of riding, including tandems. Mike
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Beautiful Home and Views

  • 5 of 5


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Mike, the owner, was very flexible in changing and adding dates to meet our changing schedule. I started my stay at Merrick House with co-workers, for a girlfriends overnight. We went to dinner, rented the pontoon for a ride with Jim, listened to a band in the park, and used the hot tub. Breakfast on the upper veranda before they left in the morning. My family arrived, and iIt got hot so we didn't use the hot tub again, but enjoyed boating, swimming and the A/C. We rented the pontoon each day with Jim as our captain (we paid him separately). It is moored on a small, private dock - lots of steps down the levee to the water. We had 7 adults, and all enjoyed the beautiful house for over a week! There are 5 levels - just gorgeous, but there were no railings on the stairs, so my mom (who was 89 and uses a walker) was limited to the first floor. We knew the house was not advertised as handicapped accessible, but Jim was so helpful in making arrangements to help my mom be comfortable and get her on the pontoon! The two porches are perfect to sit and watch the Mississippi and the occasional barges and boats go by. There is a park directly across the street with a paved walk along the river. We thought it might be really loud and busy, but the street and town are quiet, as is the river. Jim was our pontoon guide, and fit right in with our family. We used the gas grill and well-stocked kitchen, plus our own groceries. The pontoon was an older smaller one, but it did the job, and we had fun swimming at the huge sandbar. Jim and Mike were talking about getting the newer, larger pontoon ready to go when we left. My son went fishing with Jim and caught a huge fish - a Northern, I think! The downstairs bar area has a table where we played games and cards.There are only two bedrooms, plus a fold-down couch. My daughter and son-in-law slept on the couches in the downstairs and thought they were very comfortable! We also used the fold down couch and regular couch in the TV room , 1/2 flight down. The master bedroom and bath on the top floor is gorgeous, and you can lie in bed and see the river. We enjoyed Judy too, the caretaker. Suggestions to make this stay even better would be to add stair railings, and foldout couches in the living room and upstairs landing/sitting room. I meant to write this review right away last fall and send pics to Mike, but procrastinated. I highly recommend this house for a relaxing, beautiful getaway!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the extensive review Mary. Jim and I got the larger pontoon going this spring. He is pretty excited about using it this year. I also will consider your suggestion to use the upper landing for additional sleeping quarters as I just purchased a queen sized futon. if you come back this summer I will bring it over. Jim keeps reminding me about the enjoyable week he had taking you and your family out on the pontoon and wants you to come back and stay again. Mike
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Fantastic access to the Mississippi River. a beautiful/challenging golf course, scenic bike and motorcycle riding.


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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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15% discount over 2 night stay and 25% over 5 night stay.

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