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 Bellevue
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)
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Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
We were surprised at how nicely update the property was and we loved the surrounding towns and countryside- our only complaint is that it is not as close to Galena and Chestnut Mountain as it appears on the map. But the amount of wildlife (mainly eagles!) we saw on the way did make the drive very entertaining.
Kathleen, I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. This really is a beautiful area. Sorry for the inconvenience with Galena not being as close at VRBO shows it to be. If we only had a bridge or ferry that crosses the river, they would be correct. I hope that you make your way over here again. I would be happy yo host you again.
Weekend Family Getaway
Stayed at this property with my family for a short weekend getaway. The area was beautiful and the home was perfect for our small group. Check-in and check-out was super simple and owner provided all of the necessary details. Excellent choice! Thanks so much for your hospitality! Would highly recommend!
Skye, I am so glad our house worked out for you and your family. I'm glad to hear that our checkin process was simple. My goal is to make as easy as possible for the guest and of course myself. If you make it to Bellevue again, I hope you will consider staying at the house again. -Lori
3rd stay, never disappoints, thanks, Lori.
We are do glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next visit. -Lori
Awesome house, great location.
House is exactly as described. Great hosts.
another excellent stay!
Second time staying at the guest house and this time we held a small graduation party with family and friends. Lori is an excellent host and very accommodating even with our special request. The house is very clean and grounds are outstanding. Super friendly people here in Bellevue and the location of the home couldn't be any better. Highly recommended and we will be back!
We were so glad to have you and your family back as guests! The house seemed to work out very well for your little family party. Thank you for being so respectful and taking on the extra precautions to prevent wear and tear on the house. That was so much appreciated. We are looking forward to your next visit. - Lori & Terry
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)