Historic Jefferson Home - Restored & Spacious!

City: Jefferson, Iowa Property ID: 332709

grand total: From $135 total Per Night

    Plan your next getaway to the quaint town of Jefferson, Iowa and stay in the childhood home of Dr. George Horace Gallup. Known for his innovative ideas and pioneering public opinion polling, Dr. Gallup dedicated his life to learning about others. This fully renovated octagonal structure, built by Dr. Gallup's father at the turn of the 20th century, is now a unique vacation rental home that offers 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 2,500 square feet of historically charming living space.

    -- THE PROPERTY --

    Master Bedroom: Queen Bed | Bedroom 2: Queen Bed | Bedroom 3: Queen Bed | Additional Sleeping: Queen Air Mattress

    Upon arrival, you'll immediately notice the distinctive architecture of the home. The octagonal shape of the exterior was widely popular during the 1800's and was said to withstand the wind and provide improved air circulation throughout the interior of the home.

    Step inside the home to find a tastefully decorated interior that you're sure to fall in love with. Boasting craftsman style details accompanied by Victorian elegance, this fully renovated home offers original woodworking throughout, complete with a warm palette and craftsmanship provided by talented artisans.

    Start a memorable vacation morning while you sip on a fresh brew of coffee from the inviting wraparound deck. Later, prepare breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen, complete with a coffee maker and dishwasher.

    Gather around the octagonal dining room table, hosting seating for 12 guests, and enjoy a home-cooked meal or challenge your comrades to a friendly game of cards. When you're ready to call it a night, retreat to one of the inviting bedrooms, where you can slip into a peaceful night's slumber before the next day's exhilarating activities.

    -- THE LOCATION --

    You won't have to travel far to experience the "Mayberryesque" quality of life in the midwestern town of Jefferson, Iowa - a perfect small-town getaway for families. Walk to Raccoon Valley Bike Trail, only 5 minutes away, and bike, jog or stroll while you take in the picturesque scenery.

    Walk to town, only 10 minutes away, and eat doughnuts at Bunkers Dunkers Bakery or try the menu at Casa De Oro. Taste the produce at Greene County Farmer's Market or pick apples at Deal's Apple Orchard.

    Roll the dice at the new Wild Rose Casino or take a day trip to walk the campus of Iowa State University, only 45 minutes away. Head to Des Moines, just 70 minutes away, where you can shop til you drop or dine at casual eateries and upscale restaurants.


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    Key Residence Features:
    - Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen complete with a dishwasher and coffee maker, in-unit laundry machines, flat-screen TV, DVD player, off-street parking, central air-conditioning and more
    - This charming historic home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
    - Ideal location boasting easy access to hiking, biking, apple orchards, farmers markets, restaurants, shopping, casinos and much much more!
    - Nearest Commercial Airport: Des Moines International Airport (~70 miles away)

    -- POLICIES --

    - No smoking
    - No pets allowed
    - Events, meetings, and larger gatherings will be considered for an additional charge with prior homeowner approval. Please include any questions/requests in your booking inquiry
    - Must be at least 25 years old to book
    - The cleaning fee will be a minimum of $175.00
    - Additional fees and taxes may apply
    - Photo ID may be required upon check-in

  • Location

    Area Activities

    • Antiquing
    • Cinema/Movie Theater
    • Cross Country Skiing
    • Cycling
    • Eco Tourism
    • Farmers Market
    • Festivals
    • Gambling
    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Ice Skating
    • Live Theater
    • Museums
    • Nightlife
    • Playground
    • Restaurants
    • Shopping
    • Snowmobiling
    • Tennis
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Winery Tours

    Community Amenities

    • Onsite Laundry Facilities

    Included Services

    • Catering Available
    • On-Call Maintenance

    Inside Amenities

    • Air-Conditioning
    • Kitchen

    Key Amenities

    • Carbon Monoxide Detector
    • Coffeemaker
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • First Aid Kit
    • Free Parking
    • Smoke Detector

    Kitchen Equipment

    • Dishware and Flatware
    • Dishwasher
    • Ice Maker
    • Microwave
    • Refrigerator
    • Stove/Oven
    • Toaster

    Nearby Amenities

    • Downtown
    • Golf Course
    • Rural

    Other Amenities

    • Off Street Parking
    • Optional Housekeeping
    • Parking

    Outdoor Amenities

    • Charcoal Grill
    • Garden
    • Patio

    Property Amenities

    • Central Heating
    • Dryer
    • Flat-Screen TV
    • Linens Provided
    • Towels Provided
    • Washer


    • Access Only By Stairs
    • Events Allowed
    • Minimum Age Requirement
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Non Smoking
    • Suitable for Children
  • Guest Reviews (11)
    Write Your Own Review


    Reviewed by: MAS on


    We love staying at the Gallup House. It is a huge homey space for both large gatherings and peaceful cozy times. The bedrooms are large and comfortable with plenty of bathrooms. The kitchen had everything we needed and the whole house is spotlessly clean and well kept. Host Pete is the best. She even had a Christmas tree and decorations set up for us for our stay over the holidays. It made our time away from home so sweet. A big thanks to Pete and gratitude for this place.

    Great stay!

    Reviewed by: Marc H. on


    Easy easy check in with Pete! A very beautiful & spacious home with everything we needed for our stay! Plenty of off street parking was a major plus!The only drawbacks we had were that the back door needs to be replaced, the mattresses are super super firm to the point of being uncomfortable, & there's not a couch to lounge on. We loved the binder in the kitchen with ideas for things to do in & around Jefferson & I particularly loved the history of Greene county that the binder had! The Gallup home is located close enough to businesses that we usually walked to where we wanted to go.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in October 2019

    Family Stay

    Reviewed by: Roxanne on


    Our family enjoyed our time at the Gallup House. My husband was working in the area and this was a great house for our family to stay in. The house is so neat with it's octagon shape and many features like hardwood floors, secret staircase in back, rocking chairs on the front porch, original wood staircase and all the history displayed from the Gallup family. This is located in a friendly, small town with several interesting sights like the bell tower, 1875 woodworking shop, Deal's apple orchard, etc. We especially loved the blue bedroom with the beautiful quilt on the bed. Lots of natural light from the windows and character with the octagon shape. There were plenty of bathrooms and the large table was great for family dinners.

    Lovely quiet property

    Reviewed by: Doris F. on


    We were in Iowa for my mother’s memorial. This was a wonderful relaxing place to come back to each evening.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in September 2019

    Reviewed by: Kolawole on


    This house is great. It is spacious and sparkling clean. It has a ton of history and a nice wholesome feel that was perfect for my family.
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in August 2019

    Perfect for us!

    Reviewed by: Lori on


    This was an ideal place for our stay in Iowa. The area was quiet and grocery stores were within minutes. The house was beautiful and charming. It's decor suits it perfectly . I loved the huge dining room table and the other furnishings that complemented this historic home. Everything was clean and fresh.
    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.

    I would highly recommend this home to friends.

    Reviewed by: Linda S. on


    The home was exactly as described and the manager was friendly and professional. The property was clean and well-maintained. The home is extremely spacious.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in March 2018

    Loved it

    Reviewed by: Kirk S. on


    Loved it
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in December 2017

    Nice place to stay if you're in Jefferson for a visit!

    Reviewed by: Ernest G. on


    Everything was great! Plenty of room for everyone, plenty of bathrooms, house was clean and neighborhood was quite, central heat and air worked great. Only thing i would recommend is a couch and loveseat or sectional and add a Roku or Firestick for the television, not anyplace to crash in the evening and be comfortable, other than that our stay was great!
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay on September 1, 2017

    Beautifully restored, but creature comforts lacking

    Reviewed by: Janet F. on


    This is just a lovingly restored house. Having restored an older home of our own I can appreciate all the details and upgrades that went into it. That being said, ALL of the beds were so hard. My 9 and 12 year old kids even mentioned it. And there are no comfy spots to sit - just two uncomfortable chairs and a settee in the living room. It's like the owners stopped at the end of the restoration process and forgot to add in comfortable furnishings for their guests.It also wasn't super clean, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. One shower looked like it hadn't been cleaned at all and had lots of hair and dirt in it (we just didn't use that one).The water pressure rocked though. And the street is calm and quiet. We had family in the area and spent most of the time at their house enjoying the slow lifestyle of Jefferson.I would stay here again if they cozied up the place a bit and ensured it was much cleaner. If you have back problems, look elsewhere or check with the owner's to ensure new mattresses and furniture have been secured.Property manager friendly, accessible and helpful. Not thrilled to use Evolve to book - they have a zero cancellation policy which is always dicey when booking vacations.All in all, it had it pros and cons and we enjoyed the history of the house.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay on June 15, 2017

    Manager's Response:

    Janet, we're glad that you appreciated many features of this property. However, we're sorry that some aspects of your stay fell short of expectations. While bed comfort is very subjective and personal, we're sorry they weren't to your liking. We apologize for any cleanliness inconveniences, and we have relayed your experience to the homeowner so we can ensure this doesn't occur for future guests. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope to have the chance to travel with you again! Best, the Evolve Team

    Reviewed by: Amani on


    We stayed at the Gallup House in Jefferson, IA. It's out of the way and in a small town, but it's a large property and it was big enough for three couples. The house itself is beautiful with plenty of historic charm and certain renovated features. Overall, we enjoyed our stay there, but there was one major issue: we kept finding some dead insects (mostly roaches?) throughout our stay. For those who care, the three full bathrooms do not have locks. There is WiFi there even though it is not listed for some reason. We also found hangers, an iron, and detergent for use; all of these things are also not mentioned in the listing and would have been helpful to know beforehand. This is a good place to stay for a family or group if the bug problem is resolved and if you don't mind driving about an hour to get to the nearest city.
    *This review was orginally posted on Airbnb for stay on 05/18/2017

    Homeowner Response -

    Thank you for the feedback. We are glad that overall you enjoyed your stay,
    but do apologize for the issues that you experienced, and we will forward
    your feedback to the homeowner so that they can make any necessary
    adjustments. Please note that this property is in a rural area, and the
    homeowner does treat the home for the insects that are local to the area.
    Thanks again for your feedback.

    Best, The Evolve Team