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Marsh House Bed & Breakfast

833 East Street , Grinnell, IA 50112 USA (Show map)
3 Reviews
$60 - $90
per night

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Within walking distance of Grinnell College, fine dining, and downtown, Marsh House epitomizes the height of Victorian elegance throughout its interior while surreptitiously providing modern comfort and conveniences. Every room is stuffed with the finest antiques and retains its original architectural features. A luscious china/linen/crystal/sterling breakfast is prepared around the guest's schedule and requirements. Every effort is made to make your stay a pleasure.



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Dining5

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Meticulously restored Victorian home takes you back in time

5 on November 06, 2012

I stayed in the Marsh House B & B's Turret Room on November 1 - 4, 2012 for a Grinnell College reunion. Based on previous reviews, I was expecting the breakfast to be excellent, which is why I was very surprised that Linda was able to still exceed my expections! The photos of the house, as beautiful as they are, do not do the place justice. Authenticity to the time period awaits your every turn. The atmosphere transfers you to another time without anything feeling "old" since the home and contents have been restored so beautifully. The B & B is located only a couple blocks from downtown and from the college. Jim & Linda's hospitality were over the top. I will definitely stay here again when I return.

Glorious Luxury and Peace and Quiet

5 on June 19, 2009

My husband and I stayed for two nights and three days. We had the most delicious breakfasts! The recipies were gourmet all the way, the fruit was fresh and beautifully displayed, the food was to die for!! We were invited to help ourselves to the refridgerator for drinks and snacks. The rooms were beautifully decorated with period pieces throughout the house. (I loved the wallpaper the best)There was a photo album detailing the restoration of the house which was great fun to look through. Our room was gorgeously decorated, it had windows with beautiful views of the landscaped yard and I could see downtown as well. The beds were very comfortable with plenty of pillows. We were able to walk downtown to the city park and listen to a bandconcert and enjoy the local farmers market. Downtown has many interesting shops to visit including a branch of the Grinnell College Bookstore. Grinnell College is just two blocks away and an enjoyable stroll. We enjoyed visiting the campus on our walking tour of the town. We had lunch and dinner at some wonderful restaurants that were in easy walking distance. Really the location couldn't be better for enjoying your stay without having to drive everywhere. I absolutely loved the place and would highly reccommend it to anyone wanting a getaway or someone wanting to get a real feel for the town and the college. I can't end my review without mentioning our hostess, Linda Paulson. She was absolutely charming and provided us with a informative history of Grinnell and Grinnell College. She is very entertaining and accommodating to all kinds of special requests such as diabetics, gluten free, and just plain " I don't really care for..." Breakfast time is according to your schedule which is really great!!

Wonderful B&B

5 on April 06, 2009

We had a lovely stay! The house was beautiful and we had fun examining every detail of the restoration & decor. The attention to little guest details like sherry and home baked cookies really made the place special. The breakfast was delicious and we had fun chatting with Linda. I recommend it to anyone and look forward to an opportunity to go back.

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Location Type

Grinnell College, Small town


Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 60 miles

Directions to property:

From I80, take exit 182 and drive north. In town, turn right on 4th Ave. and drive 6 blocks to our corner. From Hwy 146, turn east on 4th Ave. and drive 6 blocks to our corner. From Hwy 6, turn south on East St. and drive 2 blocks. Park S or N of our garage or on 4th.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Architecture, Carroll's Pumpkin Farm, Campus, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Library, Videos, Washer/dryer , 600 movies, Antique book collection, Victrola and 78's, Limited kitchen use, Sherry, Reed organ

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Grinnell Historic Museum, Stained glass store, Faulconer Art Gallery, Live theater performances, Shopping, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 12:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Check with host
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card number
  • Cancellations: Same day cancellations are charged. Host urges guests to give two weeks cancellation notice if possible, but very rarely puts through a charge except major or repeated abuses. Guests are not expected to travel on ice.



James and Linda Paulson

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Jim is an M.D. at Grinnell Family Care. He built an observatory outside town and displays his astrophotography at the Des Moines Science Center. Both love reading, antiquing, and major house restoration. Sons attended GC and we still enjoy college events.

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  • Time Served: Guest chooses
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


833 East Street , Grinnell, IA 50112 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

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