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The Guesthouse! NEW! European Style Lodging!

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay


Pella Bungalow Rental Photos and Description

Studio, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

A touch of Europe, in the midwest! Set on the town square in historic Pella, Iowa, the second story aspect, combined with the Dutch architecture gives your stay at The Guesthouse a distinctly European flavor! The street-level veranda serves as premier seating for local festivals and parades!

Fill your days with high-energy outdoor activites or leisurely strolls through gardens, specialty shops and museums! Then regroup in cozy comfort with your favorite blended beverages and signature snacks, shared at the large country-cottage, kitchen table or in one of the more private alcoves!

While each queen-bed room is luxuriously appointed and equipped with large-screen cable TV, DVD player, radio/alarm clock and extra linens; The Volendam offers a credenza for writing postcards or emails and is nearest the bathroom; The Piccadilly offers extra dresser/drawer storage for extended stays, extra in-room seating and a queen-sized sleeper sofa for extra guests; The Antwerp, down the hall offers the most privacy. Recently added, The Stockholm is a private studio unit with a queen-size bed, it's own bathroom, a kitchenette and covered deck as well as the TV, DVD player.

On-site laundry: free of charge.

Old-world style furnishings in a downtown loft setting, create an exraordinary out-living experience!

Keywords: guesthouse, bungalow, loft

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 15, 2015
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About Shelly

I'm not a Gershwin fanatic, but I loved being An American in Paris!...and in Venice, and in Lake Havasu! Atop the list of my best-days-ever are all those I've spent traveling; either abroad or here in the States. I've visited at least one place I've never been before, every year since 1992. Some years that's been with my husband & sons, sometimes with my parents & sisters and sometimes with dear friends, but ALWAYS in search of what's out there that's different! And... you know what?...They Can't Take That Away From Me!

Shelly purchased this bungalow in 2011

Why Shelly chose Iowa

'Pella' means 'City of Refuge' and vistors to The Guesthouse will find exactly that; a calming, refreshing kind of solitude, set above the bustle of the street. If it's Solice for the Soul you seek, choose from one of 25 churches inside the city limits. If it's retail therapy you need, explore the the specialty shops that line the streets. There's a lake for watersports, river bluffs for nature hiking, and Bald Eagle sightings, bikes trails to bike, jog, walk or cross-country ski, a bowling alley, swimpark, movie theater, ethnic and American eateries; ALL inside a 5 minute car ride. I'm born and raised a 'Pella-can' and Dorothy, there's no place like home!

What makes this bungalow unique

The Guesthouse is the only lodging available on the Pella town square which puts no less than four Dutch bakeries and meat markets within smelling distance! Visitors won't fight crowds or lines anywhere unless it's the annual Pella Tulip Time festival, in which case you're still in luck because The Guesthouse's street-level veranda is prime seating for the Volks Parades and centrally located between all the poffertjes, vetbollen and pork-chop-on-a-stick stands!


based on 4 traveler reviews

The Guesthouse! NEW! European Style Lodging!
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Wonderful stay in Pella, IA

  • 5 of 5

We just returned to California from a two week visit to IA. We stayed in the Picadilly for a week with our daughter. We had plenty of room and all the amenities of home. We especially liked the location. Within walking distance to dine, shop, movie and the Farmers Market across the street on the square. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. This quaint and charming property will be a return destination for us. Better than a hotel and more reasonable too!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alexandria, Virginia

Charming Guesthouse

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed at the Guesthouse in May for three nights while in Iowa attending my son's graduation festivities. The hotels in his college town were booked which turned out to be a good thing because we ended up in Pella. Notwithstanding the 1 hour drive to and from his college for 4 days, the drive was well worth it. Pella is a darling village with two wonderful bakeries (you must try the Dutch Letters), two butcher shops (both carry homemade beef jerky) and a number of owner run shops. There are also a number of very good restaurants that are reasonably priced. A windmill sits in the middle of the village square and when we arrived there were tulips galore. The Guesthouse is fully equipped with everything you need, including all the necessary appliances, cookware, utensils, coffee maker, blender, dishwasher, comfortable beds, immaculate rooms, quiet surroundings, reading material, and multiple levels of security. Because everything in the Guesthouse was perfect we had no need to contact Shelly, the owner. She was very helpful during the reservation process. If I ever find myself back in Iowa I would definitely stay there again. For those of you that have children attending college in Iowa, I highly recommend you stay at the Guesthouse in Pella. You will feel like you are on vacation when you return from the hectic days to this delightful village and European style Guesthouse.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Poulsbo WA

extended family in town for wedding

  • 5 of 5

My 89 year old mother, wife, daughter and son-in-law were in Pella for our Nephew's wedding. We had a great time. Listing and photos accurately reflected appearance, amenities and location. The apartment was clean and well maintained. Shelly was very helpful in answering questions. I would recommend this location. We didn't have a lot of time to explore the region, but found bicycling trails by the reservoire to be very enjoyable. Marty at the Bike shop 1 block from the guest house was extremely helpful. Apartment and bicycle rental were priced so as to bring extraordinary value. My mom was initially intimidated by the chair ride up the 25 step stair case, but was completely relaxed with it by the end of our stay. We were grateful to have that access available.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

The Guest House in Pella was a wonderful experience. Great location for exploring Pella. The GH had everything you needed. Warm, cozy and very roomy. Plan on returning.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Des Moines International Airport
Nearest Barpub
The Lampost
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Pella Golf & Country club
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Ottumwa, Iowa
Nearest Motorway
US 163
Nearest Restaurant
several in walking distance
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Fun Valley
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Red Rock Lake, North Overlook
Car: recommended

Pella Tulip Time Festival, municipal swimpark includes waterslides & lazy river & children's waterplay area & indoor pool for off-season, 5 minutes from Bos Landen Golf, 5 minutes from Lake Red Rock, 15 minutes from the Knoxville National Raceway, 20 minutes from Tassel Ridge Winery, 30 minutes from Maytag Bleu Cheese, 45 minutes from the Iowa State Fair, Iowa Cubs baseball, Iowa Wild hockey and Des Moines Science, Art and Civic Centers.


Rates & Availability

Pella Bungalow Rental Rates


  • From $65/nt
  • US Dollars
  • The Antwerp......................$65.00/night.....$250.00/week...2 night minimum
  • The Volendam.....................$75.00/night.....$275.00/week...2 night minimum
  • The Piccadilly...................$85.00/night.....$325.00/week...2 night minimum
  • The Stockholm...................$135.00/night.....$450.00/week...2 night minimum
  • The Guesthouse(all 4 bedrooms)..$375.00/night.....$2200.00/week..2 night minimum
  • Rates include all taxes. Confirmation requires $50.00 refundable deposit.
  • Balance is due at check-in.
  • We offer multi-room combos & rooms by the month. Call for rates and availability.
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Pella Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Shared Kitchen ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • The Vollendam - 1 queen
    The Piccadilly - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleep sofa opens to queen-size
    The Antwerp - 1 queen
    The Stockholm - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Walking distance to local shops, eateries, theaters and cultural events, kitchen also includes waffle maker, blender, and coffee maker, chairlift to manage stairs.

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