The Methodist Church Retreat is nestled in the Des Moines River Valley in Van Buren County, IA., in a small town called Bentonsport. The Church was built in 1857 and served its congregation until 1988. It then became a private home. Shortly thereafter it became a rental property for those wanting to visit historic Van Buren County. Room. Visitors that stay at the Church definitely enjoy the comforts of a true home-away from home.
The Methodist Church is a comfortable home-away-from-home. The residence is in a semi-secluded area and is a beautiful, serene, and spacious rental that can comfortably sleep 11 people. There is plenty of floor space for airbeds which we will supply if needed. It has sleeping space for eleven people, a full kitchen, dining area, TV area, and two full bathrooms. The Church is perfect for family getaways, business retreats, receptions, family reunions, ladies' or men's outings, honeymoons, and much more.
The entire Church is available for residents. It has plenty of parking, and an outdoor place to visit, cozied around a fire. The backyard is spacious and is adjacent to a public conservation area. A basketball hoop, corn hole game, croquet set and more outdoor games are available for use. During the winter, we have snowshoes available and plenty of games and puzzles to help encourage a stress-free get-away. Also offered are special weekends: Chocolate Weekend, Wine and Cheese Weekend, or a Beer tasting weekend that you can choose from.
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My husband, Keith, and myself are usually in the Bentonsport area, at home or at our business, Paddle, Pedal and MORE. We have provided our numbers at the Church so you can easily reach us.
We know the area well and offer to give you advice about where to visit, eat, hike, horseback ride, swim, hike and more.
Don't hesitate to call us or knock on the door if you need something or have questions.
We love visiting with our guests, but for the most part we will greet you when you arrive and not bother you until you check out.
Visitor will receive a 10% discount at our store for rental of kayaks, canoes, and bicycles.
- Parties are allowed, but if they get out of hand, action will be taken.
- There is an extra charge of $20 per person over 2. Children under 5 are excluded from the extra charge.
We are avid outdoor people who especially like to be around water. We are both retired from our lifetime jobs, but operate The Church and Paddle, Peddle, and MORE right here in Bentonsport. We have two grown sons and a 4 year old granddaughter. We love Bentonsport because of its history and the peaceful calm that envelops the small village.
We like to travel, especially to places where we can snorkel in warm clear water.
We take care of our guests, making certain they have everything they need. We live right across the road, which makes it easy to communicate.