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)
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
3rd stay, never disappoints, thanks, 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
Thanks Lori for the stay in Bellevue, Iowa. The house was perfect and great for relaxing. Ideal setting in small town. Loved being able to have the dog with us and he loved the walks around the well manicured town. Local establishments and people in them were fantastic, friendly and helpful. We are thrilled that we chose to come to Iowa to stay in your home instead of the same hotel that we stayed in for the last 20 years. It was time for a change! Thank you.
Sheeey, I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at the house and in our town. Since your stay, I have done some research on public lands in our county. There are literally 1000s of acres where you could mushroom hunt in Jackson County. If your journey leads you back to Jackson County / Bellevue area, be sure to check the web site of call the Jackson County Conservation Board for info. I hope I get to host you again next year.
We certainly enjoyed our stay. Lori is so personable & helpful. The house is cozy & comfortable just like being at home. Having the ability to take my dogs was so wonderful. We cook when we travel due to food allergies so having the ability to do so is priceless. We will definitely return the next time we come to visit our family.
I am so glad all worked out with your stay. Irlt was a joy to visit with you and your husband when you arrived. I appreciate how easy it was to communicate and share information with you. Hope to see you again! -Lori
Home away from home
Probably the best home you could get. It has all utilities, furniture that are required for a family to stay in. House was very clean and everything was arranged very well. It was very easy to access the items in kitchen and living room. Owner Lori was very helpful in providing information about the house and she was very quick with her response. We would like to comeback to same house for our next visit. We never felt that we were staying outside. we felt like its our own house. It was so natural. View of river and mountain from deck is very good. The house is a block away from river lock&dam. we had best time staying at this house.
I am SO happy you enjoyed your stay, not only at our house, but in the town we are happy to call "home." I look forward to meeting you on your next stay.
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)