Even though it is the end of a dreary, Iowa winter, the warmth and hospitality of this gorgeous setting brightened our sisters' weekend. The breakfasts were delicious, the "Room with a View" was clean, well-decorated, and perfect for us. There is the sweetest state park nearby, Hickory Hills, that I would recommend for walking off the yummy breakfasts. Des Moines is fairly close - we traveled to downtown for dinner and a show one evening and spent the other enjoying DVDs of Downton Abbey and playing games. I hope to visit again.
My husband & I celebrated our golden wedding anniversary last fall at Miss Spenser's. We were greeted with hot tea and other sweet treats. Before it got dark we went to Hickory Hills and took a brisk walk through the woods. When we got back, we turned on the fireplace and enjoyed our comfy room. The next morning we were served a wonderful breakfast! YUMMY!
My husband booked a room here as a surprise on our wedding night. The owner was more than hospitable and even left the door unlocked for us to enter whenever, being as it was our wedding night and we had a long night of festivities ahead of us. The room was remarkable and the decor was a vintage girl's dream! The owner even left cute treats and tea for us to nibble on as we wound down from a very exciting day. The next morning our power went out briefly due to a storm and the owner and her daughter literally hand pressed our coffee and cooked our breakfast regardless of the power outage. We will definitely be coming back here and have recommended this B&B for multiple people looking for a "stay-cation"
My wife and I booked a get-away at Longview Farms B&B as we were looking for some relaxation. What we received was opulent, luxurious peace that made us long for nothing. When we arrived Donna met us at the car and showed us to our suite. We had the "Room with a View." From the moment we climbed the stairs we were enraptured by the charming attention to detail that made each moment heavenly. From the selection and placement of the books, the choice in classic looking Christmas tree, the bedding, even the window treatments...it all lent to a wonderful sense of tranquility that harkens to a more simple time yet with all of the modern conveniences. There was a pot of piping hot tea waiting for us. What would you expect from a place that also houses a fabulous tearoom? We had arranged for a harvest dinner as well and were told it would be served in our suite at the time of our choosing that evening. Looking out the windows we were taken by the rolling hills of Longview Farms, the field of lavender, the cows in the distance and the "secret garden" that itself appeared to have complete equanimity. We enjoyed our tea near the fireplace and lazily thumbed through cookbooks and tea books on a perfectly placed sofa in quiet repose. Donna and Spenser appeared at the appointed time with our wonderful harvest dinner. It was a spectacle for the senses, bringing exultation to the eyes, nose and mouth. The repast was a mélange of colors, textures and flavors. We also had more amazing tea, of course. After dinner we enjoyed more time by the fire and there was no desire to use the available TV or cell phones. When our eyes could hold up no more, we moved to the bed, which we hadn't more than seen to that point. The choice of linen and pillows was far better than any hotel. The next morning we were greeted by another sensory feast for breakfast. Donna and her family were a wonder, everything was so serene and we haven't felt so rested and relaxed.
My husband & I stayed recently in the "Room with a View' suite. It was beautiful, relaxing, and very memorable. Spencer and Donna served wonderfully tasting, hearty breakfasts both days. On our arrival Friday, we got to sample the cakes, sandwiches & tea which were to be served at one of Miss Spencer's famous Teas, scheduled for the next day. Don spent almost 2 hours on Sat. showing off his dogs' herding abilities with his beef cattle. It brought back memories for both my husband and I. It was very peaceful, we never heard any sounds from the livestock or the family. We enjoy visiting different B&B's. This was definitely a unique experience, and at the top of the list for a return visit.
My wife and I were traveling through Iowa and decided to stay at Miss Spenser's Bed and Breakfast and we could not have been happier about the decision. Donna makes you feel at home right away and took care of us like we were her own family. We would not hesitate to recommend this bed and breakfast to anyone who wants to have a relaxing evening in a very peaceful environment (and by the way - she will make you a great breakfast!)
My wife and I (yes, I am a guy who enjoys staying at B&B's) spent a very relaxing evening at Miss Spencer's of Longview Farms. Everything exceeded our expectations, from the welcoming delicious treats to the sumptuous breakfast. The joy of walking around the farm, enjoying the well-tended gardens and watching the farm animals was very refreshing. We enjoyed the absence of of our daily distractions and were able to read, think and just relax. Donna is a great hostess and we plan to return for another visit!
My Husband and I had the privledge to stay at Miss Spenser's of Longview Farms. It was a very cold weekend but so nice and warm on the inside.The rooms are just beautiful.It was a great treat. If you are looking for a very special get away. Check it out you will not be disappointed.
My husband and I started our 20th anniversary trip at Miss Spenser's. The setting is casual elegance and the service is outstanding! Donna and her daughter Spenser are wonderful hostesses. They accommodated our special dietary needs without blinking an eye. We wish that we lived closer so that we could visit more often. You definitely want to include a stop at Miss Spenser's of Longview Farm on your next trip.
My boyfriend and I are always glued to our electronics and decided to checkout for a weekend. What a wonderful experience we had at Miss Spenser's; I didn't want to leave! Donna and Spenser were lovely hostesses, and the breakfast was absolutely delightful every morning. This is a must stop on your trip. You won't find better.
Donna and Spenser must really love what they do because they made my husband and I feel so welcome. It was obvious that between the room and the tearoom and food that it is a labor of love. You won't find better.
My husband and I had an opportunity to get away from our very busy and hectic life! This was just what we needed! It was relaxing and peaceful! Charming and Cozy! Breakfast was Wonderful! I'd recommend it to anyone!! Can't wait to return!
We are urban Californians who have now made four visits to Iowa. Why? For the small town experience, the leaves changing and the people. All of these goals were more than met when we spent three nights (October 13-15, 2012) at Longview Farms. We had the Room With a View but it is more a house than a room. The whole second floor; living room, dining area, and bedroom. The rooms are spacious; the bed was extremely comfortable.. The B&B is brand new and beautifully done. Donna and Spenser brought breakfast to us each morning. Not just the usual eggs, fruit, meats and coffee (brewed in our room by them) but fabulous pastries that they made. Although we were only 30+ minutes from Des Moines, we were definitely in the country -- which means quiet with views of the countryside. The gravel road may have been two miles but it didn't seem so given the quality of the road and the beautiful scenery.Would we return? In a heartbeat. Would we recommend this? Absolutely.
The Garden Room was beautiful. Having tea and snacks upon arrival was wonderful after a long day of traveling. The bed was very comfortable and it was so quiet. It was the perfect start to a cousin weekend get-together. Thank you for the wonderful hospitality. Shari, Huron, South Dakota
As my husband put it "Our Room with a View was a 'Peak at Heaven'. Every corner a new discovery!!" Afternoon Tea when we arrived was a joy, even for a retired Navy S.E.A.L.!!!! Can't say enough Lynne & Peter Roers
My husband and I stayed at the Longview Farms B&B this past week for 2 nights. We were both so amazed by the size, the cleanliness, the beauty and comfort of our suite. It was beyond any expectation we had. The hospitality of Donna and Spenser was also above expectations. The snacks and breakfasts were hearty, delicious and beautifully presented at the perfect temperatures. We hope to go back soon. It is one of the best B&B's we have stayed at. We have not found one even close to compare at this value.
My wife and I recently stayed at Miss Spenser's B&B for our anniversary. We were looking for a quiet, relaxing getaway. What we received was so much more. Our hosts, the Hardins, were overwhelmingly accommodating. They welcomed us with homemade cookies and an extremely exquisite and very elegant bedroom suite. Donna and her daughter, Spenser, were very polite and always available for any of our needs. Yet they were very respectful of our private time and were never a bother. The breakfasts were superb, and our entire stay was very relaxing and peaceful. We stayed in the suite, and they allowed us to view the Garden View room as well. My wife and I agreed if the suite was unavailable, we would gladly stay in the smaller, but very nice, Garden View room. The suite is divided up into 3 separate, but open to each other areas: bedroom and bathroom, kitchenette with dining and sitting area, and living area with TV and fireplace. Each of which is very elegantly decorated and made for relaxing. The quiet, off-the-main-highway location of this B&B is what helps to make this place so appealing. There is no traffic to be heard. Yet, shopping and dining is only 30 minutes away to Des Moines, or less than that if you are satisfied with the smaller Indianola. Or, one may simply choose to come prepared to make a few small meals (there is a large dorm-sized refrigerator and microwave) and stay in for quiet, all-day relaxation. If you're looking for a quiet, elegant B&B with some of the most accommodating hosts you'll ever find, this is the place for you. My wife and I are already looking forward to our next stay.
My granddaughter and I had a most wonderful stay in the Garden Room. It was very nicely decorated and especially clean and roomy. The bed was very comfortable, towels very soft,food absolutely wonderful! We enjoyed the large choice of movies to watch and also played with the cards/games provided. Miss Spenser's hospitality was exceptional and she provided for our every need. The B&B was a little drive off Highway 35, but well worth it. Highly recommend.
My wife and I recently stayed at Miss Spencer's per the recommendation of a friend. My desire was too treat my wife to a little get-away from the ordinary. In making our way to Miss Spenser's of Longview Farms I had no idea we would be transported to an authentic English Tea Room, Garden, and countryside, in rural Iowa! Never before have we stayed in such an attractive, peaceful, and refreshing bed and breakfast. Our room was crisp and clean, the great variety of tea was wonderful, the food exquisite, the atmosphere warm, and the hospitality amazing. The only regret was that we could not stay an additional evening. Not only do we plan to return but my wife is making plans to treat our daughters to special visits to the Tea Room. If you enjoy feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and renewed you will absolutely want to make plans for a visit!! Thank you Miss Spencer (& Mrs. Hardin) for making our trip so special!
We recently spent the weekend with the Hardins and we loved it! The suite was really beautiful, spacious and even had a little kitchen with snacks, tea/coffee and a microwave and mini fridge. It had the comfiest couch to lounge on while reading a book or watching a movie. Donna and Spenser were very friendly and available. The breakfasts were amazing!!! And very romantic in front of the fireplace. Way too much food but delicious! It's not especially close to any city attractions, but if you're looking for a romantic weekend in with your special someone, this is perfect. We are definitely going back.