The Carriage House Bed & Breakfast

1133 Broad Street , Grinnell, IA 50112 USA (Show map)


The Carriage House Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful Queen Anne style Victorian home. In the summer months guests gather on the front porch to lounge in the white wicker furniture or swing on the cushioned porch swing. In winter they play the piano in the front parlor or read by the fire in the central parlor. We serve a gourmet breakfast of fresh fruit, an egg dish such as mushroom quiche, meat (perhaps glazed sausages), and warm breads including Irish Soda Bread fresh from the griddle. Arrington's Journal for 2004 named Carriage House Bed and Breakfast under the heading of"Best in the Midwest".

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Innkeepers: Ray and Dorothy Spriggs



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Loved it!

5 on March 19, 2017

The house is beautiful, well kept and very clean. Ray and Dorothy are friendly and the breakfast was superb. The rooms are spacious and the beds very comfortable. I will definitely be returning.

Charming property; great breakfast

4.8 on March 12, 2017

A charming place to stay in Grinnell; close to campus and downtown. Comfortable room and the best breakfasts I've had in ages.

Wonderful and charming!

5 on June 21, 2011

We have stayed at The Carriage House Bed & Breakfast several times over the last four years while our son was a student at Grinnell College. We always had excellent service, beautiful and well-appointed rooms, and superb breakfast. In addition, the conversations at breakfast were always memorable - the guest and Dorothy are lovely - friendly without being overbearing. Can't recommend this B & B enough- even though our son has graduated, we may have to make a few more visits there, just to stay at The Carriage House again.

Yes, stay here.

4.8 on April 29, 2011

May be the best breakfast I have ever had! Great old house. Nice people, close to the college. Yes, we will stay there again.


4.0 on March 10, 2010

Three nights at The Carriage House (3/4 - 3/6/2010) and it was all good! Rooms are spacious and most include private baths. The Direct TV in the room was a pleasant surprise. Easy walk to campus. Our Grinnell College alumni group of six (on-campus to plan a reunion) was very comfortable at The Carriage House. Great breakfast too! :)

Great Place to Stay

5 on March 10, 2010

I slept great here. The beds were very comfortable, the rooms a nice size, and the showers hot. Dorothy made wonderful breakfast two days in a row and I felt very comfortable in the main parlor just hanging out. Thanks for the great stay.

Victorian B&B

5 on September 25, 2009

This was our third visit to the Carriage House. We are originally from this area so whenever we come back to Iowa, we always stay here. The hosts, Dorothy & Ray Spriggs are great. They are very cordial & helpful but not intrusive. We have always stayed in the Windsor Room. It is large with King size bed and large private bath. A lovely old Victorian home beautifully decorated & clean. Dorothy fixes wonderful, tasteful breakfasts every morning. The price is right and I am sure if you stay here, it will be beyond your expectations. Jack & Evelyn, Anaheim, Ca.

A Delightful B&B

4.8 on March 30, 2009

My husband and I stayed at The Carriage House to break up a long roadtrip. It was a delightful experience. Ray and Dorothy are wonderful hosts, and Dorothy's breakfasts are delightful. We will definitely stay again when passing through.

The only place I will stay at in Grinnell

5 on March 19, 2009

Excellent location, phenomenal service, delicious breakfasts, charming atmosphere, superb! Beautiful decor, proprietor is kind, flexible, considerate, lovely! A most pleasurable stay always!

Great B&B!

4.8 on February 04, 2009

Quaint, cozy, warm, beautiful breakfast, and very charming proprietors. If you're visiting Grinnell College, this should absolutely be your first choice for accomodations!

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Location Type

Countryside, Downtown, Small town

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ski area, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, Videos, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, TV, VCR

On-site activities

Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, College, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 3:30pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Childcare Provided: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card number



Ray and Dorothy Spriggs

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Hostess is Irish. Host is Welch/Irish. Hobbies include: cooking, trying new recipes, restoring and maintaining property & gardening. Like to read, travel and shop for antiques.

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining room

Special meal options

Vegetarian Diet

Signature Dish

Irish Soda Bread
Baked fresh on the griddle every morning and served with butter and home made jam.