Miss Spenser's of Longview Farms

3220 Wyoming Street , New Virginia, IA 50210 USA (Show map)

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Professionally Inspected & Certified by the Iowa Bed and Breakfast Guild -- Take to the open road for an unforgettable experience. Bask in 140 acres of gently rolling hills where breathtaking views of Iowa’s stunning countryside await. Miss Spenser’s of Longview Farms melds tranquil country ambience with luxurious accommodations. Guests relax in elegantly appointed suites, richly decorated with fireplaces and private baths. Delicious farm fresh, gourmet breakfasts served in the privacy of your suite daily. Nature lovers can explore the great outdoors where songbirds of the meadow reside. For those seeking a more leisurely pursuit, indulge in our tastefully decorated guest suites -- cozy up with a great book, sip on cups of gourmet tea, or enjoy a movie in the comfort of your room with a DVD from our huge collection. If you want to venture out, stop in town and browse Indianola’s eclectic shops. Miss Spenser’s also boasts a lovely English Cottage Tearoom where once a month tea events are hosted; perfect for any tea lover and/or history buff. There are places you visit…and then there are places you truly never want to leave…Miss Spenser’s of Longview Farms… “A Farm with a View” We are located just minutes from Des Moines, Iowa – 2.5 hours from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Kansas City, Missouri -- 2 hours from Omaha, Nebraska and 5 hours from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Overall
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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5.0
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5.0

A Very Special Place

5 on August 15, 2017

I planned a get-away for my wife and I to visit friends in Kansas City and decided to extend our trip an extra day for some alone time before our travels back to Minneapolis. Life had been very busy and I was looking for some time to just relax and enjoy each other's company before we got back to our busy routine. I went online and saw some options for B&Bs near Kansas City and also closer to Des Moines. Then I came across Miss Spenser's of Longview Farms. This one was different: away from the business of the city, on the farm, with a beautiful setting, and the rooms were just what my bride would like....not to mention the tea room! How could I go wrong? Did it deliver everything I was looking for? A resounding YES! It wasn't just the place, but it was the people associated with Miss Spenser's that gave it such charm! Donna is not only a wonderful host and cook, but a very sweet lady with whom we connected with right away. We had the opportunity to meet the entire family and it was clear that we were "kindred spirits". The dinner and breakfast were scrumptious, the chance to visit with the cows was a blast, and the strolls down the country roads were peaceful and refreshing. We look forward to a return visit in near future! Thank you for a most excellent time Donna and Family! Jeff and Dianne


A special place!

5 on February 19, 2017

Private, spacious, and comfortable! The innkeeper is a wonderful hostess and cook. The room is complete with games, movies, books. It is a wonderful place to relax and be quiet. We were welcomed with a hot pot of decaf tea and a tray of desserts. After selecting our breakfast time, our food was delivered to our room, along with another pot of delicious tea. We have visited several Bed & Breakfasts; this stay is at the top!


Best Bed and Breakfast Ever

5 on November 18, 2016

My husband and I stayed her for three nights in October 2016. First of all the hostess, Donna Hardin, is so sweet and kind and extremely helpful. She makes you feel so welcome and at home. Secondj she makes the most delicious and beautifully presented breakfasts for you. Our first morning my husband and I both said we didn't know if we should take a picture of the breakfast or eat it. We did both. I posted on my Facebook page and soon my friends were excitedly asking "What did she make you for breakfast today? Post a picture!" We stayed in the Garden Room which is downstairs in the carriage house. You have your own entrance. It was beautifully decorated and the bed was super comfortable. We slept so well which is sometimes hard to do on vacation. We also had a fireplace in the room and a little sitting area. There is a table for two (where you eat your breakfast that is delivered to your door) and a little kitchen nook with fridge and microwave and sink. Donna even had a "white noise" machine you can turn on at night to help you sleep in case the absolute quiet makes it hard for you to fall asleep. She has thought of everything. The bed and breakfast is located ion their farm and it is very relaxing and beautiful. I loved the sunrise in the mornings and the gorgeous sunsets at night. You can sit and watch the cows or just relax out in nature. We both highly recommend this place. Have nothing negative to say except you might not want to go home. By the time we left Donna felt like a long time friend. You will love staying here.


Peaceful Retreat

5 on August 03, 2016

What a delightful, peaceful, beautiful bed and breakfast! I went away by myself for a "planning" retreat and found a true treasure. The location in gorgeous, the hospitality is beyond compare, the breakfasts and afternoon tea I had were all delicious and filling. The bed was comfy, the decor beautiful, and the room spacious. I cannot say enough GOOD things about this wonderful bed and breakfast and Donna. I was ready to go back for another stay almost before I left. I want to take my husband with me next time. Or send my parents. Or do a girlfriends' weekend. I felt at home, comfortable, and cared for! I've now stayed at between 20 and 30 bed and breakfasts and this one is in the top 5 for most peaceful and wonderful hospitality and service! Go before it gets booked up! ;)


The best vacation we have had in YEARS!

5 on August 02, 2016

My wife and I are a young couple in our late 20's, most people laughed and said we were way to young for a bed and breakfast, but they were SO wrong! We absolutely loved our stay at Miss Spenser's of Longview Farms Bed and Breakfast! Our hostess was so sweet, and even meet us when we pulled up to great us. She had a pot of the best tea I have ever had in my life brewed and ready for us. We stayed in the "Room With a View" and found it to be nicer than any hotel suite we have stayed in. My wife kept going on about how great the place was decorated. I loved that it felt like we had left Iowa, the US even, to stay in at the English countryside! We had both dinner and breakfast, and they did not disappoint. The food was better than anything you could get at a local restaurant, I say that without hyperbole! We had stuffed chicken, potatoes, and asparagus for dinner, with a fresh baked cake decorated with freshly picked flowers for desert. The salads served before dinner were AMAZING, with fresh fruit perfectly blended in with the greens. For breakfast we had banana fosters over steel-cut oats, an omelet that was to die for, sausage, fruit, pastries, biscotti, and more, we could not finish the feast provided for us! Our hostess was so accommodating to! She helped me surprise my wife by displaying flowers I had sent beforehand, and a gift I had shipped to their B&B, she even wrapped the gift! My only regret is this, we only stayed one night. If you are considering going to a B&B, look no further, this is the place. Stay in the Room with a View, Stay at least two nights (Go horseback riding during the day at a nearby ranch, or go visit a historical pilgrim style village nearby), and make sure to order the dinner at least one night. You will be so glad you did!


On the Farm!

5 on July 13, 2016

What a peaceful getaway for my hubby and I! The bed was amazing, the room was over the top and yummy food!!! We enjoyed the little garden sitting area, the view for miles from their yard, and even walked the rolling gravel road for a workout you won't get at the gym! HEHE We will go back for sure!!


Perfect anniversary get away

5 on June 10, 2016

We have enjoyed tea at Miss Spencer's and know their style and service are outstanding, so we were not disappointed when we planned an anniversary celebration at their Bed and Breakfast. It was a most memorable experience. All aspects of our stay were outstanding and so enjoyable. The peace and quiet of their farm, the comfortable accommodations, along with delicious food for both supper and breakfast made for a lovely anniversary celebration. Thank you so much, Donna.


A piece of heaven in Iowa!!

5 on May 31, 2016

It was fortunate indeed to find Longview Farm! It's truly a charming and beautiful B&B in Iowa. As far as the eye can see are rolling hills and beautiful skies. I was treated so wonderfully in the Garden Room. There is a little English garden next to it. I loved the breakfast and afternoon tea. Just like being in the UK, but even a bit better! The owners, Donna and Don are wonderfully kind and talented. I felt very pampered. Loved their BBC film collection. Ask to see their amazing tearoom too!! Can't wait to go back there!!!


Sisters' weekend at Miss Spenser's

5 on March 23, 2015

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.


A great escape from the hustle & bustle of the city.

5 on March 05, 2015

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!


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Rooms & Rates

Garden View Suite

This delightful room is decorated in a garden theme with refreshing shades of green. It features a comfy, king-size, wrought iron antique reproduction bed made up with luxurious linens, comforters, fluffy pillows, and an old-fashioned quilt; en suite bath with shower. This room boasts a comfortable sitting area in front of the fireplace and a table for 2. Tea/coffee are available for the making any time of day. This sunny room enjoys views of the countryside and overlooks the English-Cottage Garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $145 - $145

A Room with a View

A romantic suite richly decorated in warm hues and mahogany furnishings. This English/Country suite houses three distinct rooms with over 700 sq. ft of private relaxation! The sunny bedroom features dormered ceilings with a King Size bed made up in luxurious sheets, comforters and fluffy pillows; en suite bath which includes a traditional tub/shower. Library/sitting area boasts a comfy couch, t.v. and fireplace. The sunroom includes a coffee/tea bar, mini refrigerator/microwave, table/chairs, couch in the window which showcases a breathtaking view from the farm, hence its name "Longview Farms"

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

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Location

Location Type

Indianola, IA Area, 30 Minutes S. of Des Moines, IA, 2.5 hours N. Kansas City, MO, 2 hours from Omaha, NE, 6 hours Chicago, IL, Countryside

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, Miss Spenser's Special-Teas Tearoom, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Rodeo, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Cottage, Farm

On-site amenities

Videos , King Size Bed with luxurious linens, Private Bath

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Kitchenette, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Radio, TV

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Des Moines Civic Center, Miss Spenser's Tearoom, Sightseeing - Covered Bridges Madison County, Historic Sights, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well behaved children 12 years and older.
  • Childcare Provided: No Not available.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Yes
  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be made by speaking with the innkeeper in person via phone and must be made 14 days prior to arrival date; 30 days are required for special events, holidays, (this includes holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Pella Dutch Days, Covered Bridge Festivals, Indianola Balloon Festival, and long weekend holidays, etc.) or multiple night stays. For cancellations less than 14 days prior, payment in full is expected unless the room is re-rented, less a $25 handling fee. Please note that rescheduling your stay constitutes a cancellation. Guests are responsible for payment of all nights reserved regardless of actual arrival or departure date. You will not be held responsible for any night where we are able to rebook your room; however, a $25 handling fee will be applied. Cancellation upon day of arrival, ‘no shows,’ or early departures, guests are responsible for ALL nights reserved.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Don and Donna Hardin

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , Fuzzy farm critters

About the innkeepers

Don and Donna Hardin have been married for 35 yrs and blessed with 4 children. This endeavor would not run efficiently without the help of their children! Their daughter, Miss Spenser helps with managing and operating the Tearoom. Their sons can be found doing projects/chores around the farm.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Serving Location: Guest room

Recipes

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