The Dwelling Place B&B

935 Main St. , Pella, IA 50219 USA (Show map)


Our guests tell us our B&B is one of the best ever! You will find beauty, comfort, peace along with delicious food! Upon entering The Dwelling Place you will be stepping into the 1918 elegance of a Craftsman style home, completely updated in 2012. Refresh your spirit, soul and body surrounded in tranquility. Our home invites you to relax, take your shoes off and sit awhile! You can feel at home, while here, and leave feeling refreshed. A comfortable chair for relaxing, and books or music to soothe your soul. Come sit by the fireplace put your feet up relax enjoy. Bottled water is always available. The original house where Pella's founders came from the Netherlands, is just behind our house. Visit the Tulip gardens with 25,000 tulips in the spring, and flower gardens in summer. We were thrilled to be honored by The Pella Historical Trust Society for the restoration and historical preservation of the house in 2013. With both Doug and Beverly experiencing restoration in their personal lives because of Jesus love and transformation power, we too desire others to experience His great love for them. Come enjoy a beautiful lodging place where you can enjoy a visit to Central College, a Vermeer Business trip, or ladies a visit to the quilt shop and others shops. Elegance and hospitality will meet you at the door, as you take a step back in time, with all the modern conveniences. And only 1-2 blocks from everything, shopping, dining!! The Innkeepers Doug and Beverly




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Perfect place to stay

5 on September 09, 2017

We stayed in the "well" basement bedroom. Cute, quiet, cozy and just perfect. The house was beautiful and welcoming. The hosts were very friendly and made sure we had what we needed. The breakfast was outstanding! If ever in the area again, I would book another stay!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you very much! We love hosting!

- Beverly Terpstra (innkeeper)

Jeet and guri

5 on July 03, 2017

Beautiful house, great couples dev and bev. I would love to come again in future. The breakfast was awesome. Overall everything was outstanding

Wisconsin Bopa

4.6 on October 11, 2016

Great location, beautiful home.

Great place for an overnight stay

4.0 on May 23, 2016

Very relaxed atmosphere; very comforting environment; very encouraging conversation with the owners. We highly recommend it!

Girls get away

3.8 on May 05, 2016

Enjoyed our stay at The Dwelling Place. It is conveniently located within walking distance to the main town square in Pella. Beverly and Doug were friendly and accommodating. The home is very clean and tastefully done. The breakfasts were delicious. Sharing a bathroom might be a drawback for some.

Pleasant and Peaceful

4.4 on April 22, 2016

Elegant and serene, easy walking distance to the tulips, shops and restaurants on the square at center of Pella.

A Blissful B+B

4.8 on February 04, 2016

A lovely, immaculate B+B with everything done to perfection. Doug and Bev Terpstra are a delightful Christian couple. The have transformed a former dentist office into an elegant B+B with Doug doing all the carpentry work himself. Beverly served a delicious breakfast and presentation was picture perfect!


5 on February 04, 2016

The owners have completed restored this 100-yr old home with beautiful woodworking and decorating. They made us feel completely at home and made our overnight getaway very enjoyable. Breakfast was terrific. Location is convenient. We will definitely return.

The Dwelling Place B & B - A Lovely Arts and Crafts Renovated Home

5 on September 02, 2015

My husband and I very much enjoyed our stay at The Dwelling Place in Pella, Iowa. We spent a weekend there for The Tulip Festival. We could walk to most of the activities and restaurants. We would definitely stay there again and recommend it to our friends.

Wonderful Bed and Breakfast

5 on October 05, 2014

My husband and I have gone to many bed and breakfast places, but this one is by far one of the BEST!! It is beautifully kept, quiet, a refreshing oasis in a neat college town. Beverly and Doug are wonderful hosts and the breakfast was delicious. If you are looking for a lovely get away this is among the best! Sandy Schneekloth

Innkeeper Response
Thanks! You were both delightful guests!

- Beverly (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

Under His Wings Room

A very private room tucked away in the newly remodeled basement. A queen bed and also a twin bed for an extra person are in this room. Additional charge of $25.00 for the third person in room. The private bathroom with shower is located outside of the room in the hall. If you need a place to lounge and relax there is a sitting area just outside the room with comfortable furniture. A nice place for small family.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $110 - $140

The Secret Place Room

The Secret Place is a nostalgic room tucked In the quiet place of the house. A glider rocker provides a relaxing place to read or visit. A closet or an original wall cupboard provides the traveler with extra storage should your stay be longer. The shared bathroom and shower is in the hall just outside the room, and is shared only when someone is staying In The River.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $140

The King's Chambers

The suite a favorite for all who enter its doors. An elegant way to spend an anniversary or your honeymoon. For relaxing and reading your own private space to cuddle or read or simply plan and dream. Guests can retreat to a relaxing hot bath in the jacuzzi just before slipping off to dream land. It is a hidden treasure waiting to be found. Must call innkeepers if desiring other guests in room. No children.

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

Nightly Rate: $189 - $240

The Well

Enjoy a soothing nights rest in the quietness of this completely remodeled basement room with a queen bed. A chair in room convienen to for reading creating a welcoming space to retreat. The Well has its own bathroom en suite. Shower in bathroom. A lounging area outside of room with overstuffed chair and reclining couch.

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

Nightly Rate: $110 - $140

The River

A tranquil room with a queen size bed and the bathroom is just in the hall outside the door. A writing desk provides a place for the traveler for business or journaling. A double window allows light to be filtered in through sheer curtains.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $140

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Location Type

4 blocks from Central College, 6 blocks from Pella Corp., Vermeer 1 mile east, 4 blocks from Pella Regional Health Center, 1block from city square, Airport, Countryside, Downtown, Small town


Burlington, IA (BRL) 45 miles

Directions to property:

We are located just 20 minutes off of exit 173 on Interstate 80. It turns into Main Street in town and if you get to the first stop light you have gone too far. Our home is 1block north of the stop light just before the city square and businesses on Main Street. Our location is great for walking to shops and restaurants and flower gardens and museums. If coming from the west or Des Moines area take exit 40 off of hwy. 163 and turn left, go approx. 2 miles to Main Street and turn left. We are the 4th house on the left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Tulip Time Festival May, Vermeer manufacturing, Central College, Pella Corporation, Lake Red Rock, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Homestay

On-site amenities

CD player, Computer, Fireplace, Ironing Board, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Washer/dryer , Ceiling fans, Ice cream and all the fixings in evening, Walking distance from shops and bakeries, Fireplace in common area, Delicious full breakfast, Jacuzzi in Master Suite

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Spa, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Hiking trails, Business travel, Knoxville nationals 15 miles away, Tulip Time Festival first weekend in May, Central College Sports Activities, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3 pm to 9pm
  • Check Out:: 10:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Ask Innkeeper if any questions
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Our property is not suitable for pets.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: There will be a minimum stay required for tulip time and for Knoxville nat'ls
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We require credit card information to hold room for reservation.
  • Cancellations: A cancellation is accepted 72 hours prior to day of arrival or you will be charged full amount of stay reserved Any cancellations without notifying innkeepers will result in being charged full amount for the room For Tulip time and Knoxville Nationals a 15 day cancellation notice is required or you will be charged for entire amount of stay Thank you for understanding, we are a small business and when we turn someone away because we are full, and then have a cancellation it affects us greatly.
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Doug and Beverly Terpstra

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Resident Pets

None - Pet Free Environment

About the innkeepers

Doug and Beverly have need up their home in hopes you may fine a place of peace and refreshing. We have enjoyed creating a place of beauty where you may encounter the Living God. We like to visit with our guests and finding out who you are and your journey. We also like to encourage the broken and pray for those in need of hope. Doug like landscaping and building small woodworking projects. Beverly loves the 16 grandchildren and doting on them in a little of her spare time.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 or negotiable
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Signature Dish

Our quiche is delicious and served with a variety of tastes. Doug's favorite blueberry coffee cake is a mouth watering delight. A full breakfast includes a quiche, or another hot egg and meat dish, or pancakes and waffles with fruit, a fresh fruit so some kind served in a lovely dish along side. You will also be privileged to enjoy a homemade coffee cake or healthy muffins or maybe even pastries from a bakery. Bev enjoys preparing your breakfast with the extras. Coffee and tea are always available. Come and experience our lovely environment and leave refreshed.


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