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A Victorian Sanctuary Perched On A Hill Above The Illinois River Road

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

One Bedroom Plus Fully Furnished Home with Charm & Solitude

This 100 year old Victorian home has a refined interior, and is fully furnished for one person or a couple. The main floor includes an enclosed porch, a living room, dining room, wine tasting room with wet bar & library, a country kitchen, and full bathroom with shower. The upstairs is a Jack & Jill design (one bedroom plus an extra sleeping or meditation room) and a full bath with tub. A front load washer & dryer are available in the basement, plus an additional shower, toilet, & room for storage if a longer term stay is desired. This is the perfect quiet get away to host an intimate family gathering or a place to stay while you visit local family or friends. It feels like a home away from home which is lovingly cared for.

Pamela Tarantino
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Pamela Tarantino

This home has been a legacy for family celebrations throughout my lifetime, and now we are passing it on to the next generation. My mother, Charlotte, selected this home for her retirement and brought its charm to the fore. My mother played sacred hymns and kept stacks of sheet music close at hand. I hope some of the composers she loved will bring you pleasure and inspiration too.

She and I loved reading and listening to music together. We read faith stories like a Man Called Peter, the Story of Peter Marshall. We read the great books series aloud, and whenever possible, after reading, would search out films with the same titles, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and the Good Earth. The time we invested in reading great books together continues to give its reward. When I listen to Eric Satie, or reread Kahil GIbran's book, The Prophet, I recall my mother's beauty, and feel gratitude for the way our friendship was braided together with life giving music and literature.

My mother left this home as part of her earthly legacy, and now I have felt, for a period of time, it would be a blessing to share the property with travelers. It is our intent that your stay here will offer you time to 'refresh and rest, then travel on.'

I am a retired teacher, but still work as a counseling consultant and retreat director. This photo shows a friend and I as we recall some of our childhood favorites! What are your favorite children's books? Dr. Suess? The Velveteen Rabbit? We hope you will share your favorites and maybe discover some new ones to share with the children in your life.

The home allows you to step back in time and also make the most of your present day hours. Come here to dwell in the quiet and reflect upon the authors and composers who have brought meaning to your lives. We hope you will take time to discover the serenity of the woodland setting, and like us, find joy in the simple pleasures of life.

Pamela Tarantino purchased this house in 1907

Why Pamela Tarantino chose Peoria Heights

Why do they call this region the heartland? Are there places still where people take time for bird watching?

Is there a place where you can wind down, and get off the express trains, as the Little Prince would ask? Do fairies dwell in the quietest corners of the garden?

Is there time to let the tea brew or really taste the wine? What about taking time to copy down a favorite family recipe and write an old fashioned, handwritten letter?

This property was chosen because it is a hideaway on a hill, surrounded by woodland calm. There must be something in our heritage about houses on a hill. I like to call it the Top House, as well as Story Book Retreat House. This property feels like a real home, because it is one . . . that may be the curious link that draws you here, to be at home while you see if your act will play in Peoria for a weekend, or maybe longer . . .

What makes this house unique

Leaded windows, lace curtains, high ceilings, a private home rather than a suite in a hotel. This home has been dedicated as a retreat house and sanctuary, so there is a warmth and ambience that is a result of being lovingly cared for. Kindness has been spoken here for one hundred years! If you are seeking a place to find serenity, as well as direction for important life decisions, this home may offer you the special welcome which comes only from being well loved for many years. You may want to purposely schedule a visit with the possiblity of getting snowed in for a day or two!

(The home was built in 1907, owned by friends of our family, and purchased by my mother in the 1980's.)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Peoria Heights

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Full Bathrooms on each level of home, three levels, including the basement.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • Jack & Jill bedroom upstairs (king bed), with an extra sleeping room with a twin bed. There is a twin size day bed on the porch for seasonal use, and a futon in the basement. Futon OK for a younger person who is not that concerned about comfort level.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Story Book Wedding Planning: Sue Lichtenberger: 309-857-1827. Ask Sue about Marriage Mentoring, Bridal Showers, Anniversary Re-Dedications, Faith Based Pre-Marital Retreats, Photo Shoots, A Special Day for the Ladies with Beauty Treatments: Hair, Nails, Make Up, Massage, & More! Massage table on site; ask about local private massage therapist recommendations, Becky Cobb:, 309-692-7834. Becky is a gifted healer and reflexologist. She has my raves and full recommendation. She will come to the house, and offer some pampering for everyone! Or you can call Natural Concepts Salon and Day Spa, 4701 N University St. 309-693-9850 to go to their location.


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A Victorian Sanctuary Perched On A Hill Above The Illinois River Road
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this home justice! Secluded home! So much privacy for honeymooners or romantic getaways! I wish I would've stayed here longer ! Owner and her helper were wonderful and made sure we had everything we needed. The most wonderful vacation experience! I would stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 28/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint Warm and close by the city

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful location. This 1907 home has been treated well over the past 100+ years. What a delightful stay. And its a 15 minute drive into the city. Pam was more than accommodating and gracious to us. The other two guys who traveled with me enjoyed her home as much as I did. We highly recommend it to anyone traveling into Peoria. Thanks Pam

  • Review Submitted: 05/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jim and crew! Best wishes on your film, In Friendship, Pamela
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Terrific Woodland Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable and very clean Victorian house that backs up to a wooded nature preserve. I saw two wild turkeys my first day, peeking in the basement windows. Lots of outdoor entertainment space, and there is a beautiful screened porch as well. We listened to crickets at night and watched for deer every morning. So quiet, beautiful and peaceful!

The kitchen is very well-appointed, with everything you need to cook a big meal. Very helpful and cheerful management by the owner. Thanks again, Pamela!

  • Review Submitted: 19/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique and spacious

  • 5 of 5

This is a hidden house on a treed hill in a residential neighborhood. Outstanding property. Comfortably secluded and interesting. A charming house with a great covered porch and outside patio. Perfect for a couple who in enjoy nature and privacy but also want to be close to town. The place was very clean and well appointed. We will come again.

  • Review Submitted: 28/09/2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Claremont, California

Peaceful Visit

  • 5 of 5

This charming home was the perfect setting for our visit to Peoria. The owner and her manager were very helpful, providing us with useful information on this historic house, local restaurants and other fun attractions. Peoria is an amazing town, located on the Illinois River. There are many things to see here and we will be back to watch those paddle-boats steam by. My wife and I were here to visit the town I was born in and this lovely house helped capture the feeling of home and family. I would highly recommend this property to anyone considering a visit this part of the country.

  • Review Submitted: 27/10/2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Greater Peoria Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Jim's Bistro
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Peoria Country Club, WITH A MEMBER
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 29 & Hwy 150
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Jim's Bistro
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Illinois River Park, Across from Biefeldt Park
Car: necessary

Summer Activities: Cornstock, Band concerts, Spirit of Peoria River Boat Cruises, & a walk or drive along Grandview Drive showcase some of our midwest attractions. Don't forget to tour the Caterpillar & Art Museum and down town farmer's market! Winter Activities: Watch for eagles along the river's edge; Peoria Symphony.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Peoria Heights

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Exit cleaning minimum AU$67.37
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$269.46

Owner pays hotel tax for 7 night stays and longer.
Rental cost for a 2 night stay = $300 for 2 weekdays + $42 tax (14%)=$342.
(The hotel tax is paid by guests for "two night stays"; but absorbed by owner for "Seven night plus stays.")
The tax will be taken by check when renters first arrive at the property.

All renters are charged a $200 security deposit; there is a minimum $50 exit cleaning fee;
the deposit will be returned unless "extra time" is required to clean and return home to
"moving in clean condition." Any damages would also be deducted from deposit.

A service fee charged by VRBO is added to all VRBO payments, a charge related to online web site fees & services.
Example: $36 service fee for a $400 rental total.

Get your online quote, and you should know exactly what your costs will be.
Exit costs for damages, or EXTRA housekeeping duties such as washing dishes/emptying dish washer may be charged.
(Or, Extra time to wash linens & make beds for additional renters. ) But unlikely if guests take care.

Renters desiring a longer term contract can talk with owner about application process.
Weekly/Monthly rentals will decrease your nightly averages & costs. Call owner at 309-222-4347 for a quote.

Wedding Planning & Small Group Use: Call Sue Lichtenberger 309-857-1827: Story Book Weddings & More:
Plan your Photo Shoot, Bridal Shower, Lodging for Out of Town Guests; Honeymoon Weekend; Anniversary Celebration, Ladies Day Use: Massage, Reflexology, Nails, Hair & Makeup; Marriage Mentoring; Faith Based Retreats.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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