5 on September 27, 2016
Kathy & Virl are excellent hosts. They pamper their guests and are so fun to visit with. The rooms are decorated beautifully and are comfortable and clean. They go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your stay and have everything you need. Kathy's breakfast and desserts are delicious. I look forward to staying again. Kay
5 on September 11, 2016
My husband and I stayed here for a last minute weekend away and we are so glad we did. Honestly, we both are somewhat reluctant to go to B&Bs due to we are both in stressful jobs in the medical field and usually just to rest/rejuvenate by ourselves on the weekends. The staff were extremely welcoming and accommodating but also respected our desire for privacy. We even were able to eat our gourmet (which was truly a feast) breakfast in our own suite. Kathy and staff were even able to accommodate my husband's nut allergy for the evening dessert, even though we booked only a few hours before arriving. So much attention to detail, top notch amenities, and great staff! Can't wait to go back! Highly recommend for those who love the mingling with other guests at B&Bs but also for those wanting a couples' retreat!
Thank You for the wonderful review. I am so glad that through your stay at Squiers Manor you were able to relax, and rejuvenate in the privacy you desired. We always enjoy meeting and visiting with our guests, to the degree that the guests choose. I hope you can plan another weekend get-away soon.
4.8 on September 09, 2016
This was a fantastical stay for my husband and I. WE enjoyed the PBS and hot tube and warm hospitality. However, we did feel the room was haunted. So whether you believe in that or not, sleep at your own risk. God bless this Bed and Breakfast!
5 on September 05, 2016
Our stay was a retreat or escape from the world to take time to be with each other and just leisurely explore new sites. The hospitality of the proprietors Kathy and Viril was warm and welcoming. No one steps away from breakfast hungry. Basically, you can skip lunch! We plan to return.
5 on August 29, 2016
Just a wonderful B & B. The room was large and comfortable and the breakfast astounding. The innkeepers were delightful and accommodating to special requests. We highly recommend this B&B.
5 on June 28, 2016
I apologize for the rather lengthy review, but words cannot and do not do justice for the hospitality, grace and customer service that Kathy and Virl provide. When we arrived to Maquoketa, Iowa, we had driven almost 12 hours that day, including thru several downpours and were experiencing another one when we arrived at our previously scheduled campsite. While debating on where to go and what to do, we stopped several places looking for WiFi and food. While my husband went in to a hotel to inquire about both plus accommodations, my son and I prayed about what to do, where to go, what to eat and most importantly, patience with each other since we were hungry, tired and weary because of such plus we had already paid for the campsite and didn't want to spend a lot of extra money. In one of the tourist magazines that hubs picked up from the hotel on his way out, a bed and breakfast was listed in the accommodations section. It was 8pm when Gino called the hostess Kathy, who was preparing to serve her guests dessert, dropped everything to meet us at the house JUST SO WE COULD LOOK AT IT, with no guarantee of booking a room. We toured the house and due to pricing and hospitality, immediately booked a room. We were greeted with open arms despite being soaked from the rain. We were whisked away to a room with amenities, meals and love that surpassed our expectations. We stayed in the Squires Room and was accompanied by a whirlpool bathtub, perfect for warming up from the cold rain. Our 4 year old son was warmly welcomed by hosts AND guests and was included in every conversation. We felt valued as a customer and appreciated as a guest. They have a sign on the back door that reads, "Come as strangers, leave as friends" and they couldn't live out this motto more perfectly. Their hospitality is unmatched and unequaled. We WILL DEFINITELY be staying with them again, unless they come visit us first.
5 on June 27, 2016
My newly minted husband and I decided to take a mini-honeymoon to Maquoketa, Iowa to visit the caves, relax after the wedding preparations and celebrations, and also to visit Dubuque, IA. I thought a bed and breakfast might be a nice, romantic touch to our mini-vacation, and did some research. Squiers Manor had a fantastic website, straightforward booking and rate information, and enough pictures to really let us get a feel for what we might be looking for. We stayed in the Ballroom Suite for three nights and had the honeymoon/sweetheart package. The house itself has been wonderfully restored and furnished, and our suite was no different! Attention to detail was everywhere from our check-in, our room, the house, and the amazingly delicious breakfasts. Kathy and Virl outdid themselves at breakfast and dessert, and it felt like we were staying with family and friends. We will definitely be back in the future! Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality, cooking, and company!
5 on June 06, 2016
What a wonderful stay! This property is gorgeous, immaculate, and welcoming in every way. So peaceful and comfortable. We enjoyed sharing interesting conversation with our gracious hosts over a delicious, hearty, homecooked breakfast, and also loved and appreciated the wonderful desserts the night before...my warm, homemade bread pudding with caramel sauce was the best ever! Will definately plan another visit to lovely Maquoketa and Squires Manor B&B. Thank you, Virl and Kathy!
5 on May 09, 2016
We had a wonderful time at Squiers Manor, friendly inn keepers, great food, comfortable beds and excellent hospitality. Rooms were in excellent condition and made you feel like you were at home. We will return next time we are in the area and highly recommend it to anyone exploring the area.
5 on April 04, 2016
My Mother and I, along with my Sister-In-Law and Brother had an enchanting stay at Squires Manor. The rooms are cozy and filled with beautiful antiques. Virl and Kathy were very welcoming and the food was terrific. You won't be disappointed if you stay at the beautiful home.
4.8 on March 13, 2016
My wife and I stayed for two nights to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. From the friendly welcome with Peggy to the enjoyable candlelight desserts with Kathy and Virl, Squiers Manor is the best B & B we've stayed in yet. The home is gorgeous AND comfortable, while Virl and Kathy are two amazing human beings. Their generosity, hospitality, and engaging conversation set Squiers Manor apart as one of the best B & B's in the Midwest.
Hello and thank you for the review. Virl & I are always love conversing with our guests. We often to learn about another occupation we knew nothing about, and sometimes are transported to another part of the country or world. In your case we learned about both. Thank YOU for the "engaging" conversation. We wish you many more Happy Anniversaries.
5 on March 04, 2016
My husband an i spent our honeymoon in the ballroom sweet. It was great an we've been looking for a reason to come back. The food is great, the owner is great. We had her pick our wine an it was AMAZING.
5 on November 19, 2015
My wife surprised me on my 60th birthday celebration by booking two nights in the quiet Midwestern town of Maquoketa, Iowa where an elegant and fully restored Queen Anne Victorian Mansion houses a Bed and Breakfast of epoch splendor and “World Class” 5 Star Service! Filled with a complete array of period antiques, welcoming homey atmosphere, spotlessly clean, and staffed by friendly, caring owners for whom attention to detail, customized diets, European dining, and a candlelight dessert is a lifestyle; not simply an occupation. Kathy is up at dawn and creating culinary, country delights which are hallmarks of her amazing, gourmet breakfasts featuring seasonal variations, many from their garden (tasty homemade juices, breads, and desserts are breathtaking) with a thoughtful eye to those with dietary challenges. Each room has a unique theme and blends historical furnishings with modern amenities, including central air and daily maid service. Most have single or double Jacuzzi tubs for the weary travelers who appreciate the modern comfort of this delightful farming town. From wineries to antiques, to fairground racing and county fairs, this destination makes for a stay you will never wish to forget! My wife was delighted at the bottle of Aloe Vera thoughtfully provided in our room. “I would have never thought to pack it, but who would not find it a handy”. Even the bath salts are provided, since they only ask that you refrain from the use of bubble bath in the Jacuzzis. “It tends to gum up the plumbing”, we were told. We will make this our definite lodging of choice the next time we are in the Jackson County area! We highly recommend Squiers Manor to those who wish to treat themselves to the elegance of a more relaxing time!
5 on November 15, 2015
We came with another couple and thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay. Lots of fun outings close to the Inn. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the food was superb. We will return and recommend to our friends.
5 on November 02, 2015
We have stayed at Squiers Manor before and keep coming back for the great hospitality and value. We enjoy antiques and the home and period furnishings continue to amaze us. Will return again.
5 on October 25, 2015
We stayed here for a weekend getaway. We have stayed at many bed & breakfasts and this is the best yet. The house seems to be perfectly restored to the original condition. The owner has decorated with period correct furnishings. The entire home is immaculate and the room we stayed in was so clean. We had a tour of the entire home and loved it. The breakfast in the morning and desserts served at 8 in the evening exceeded our expectations. Excellent food. The owner and other ladies working there are the best. Thank you for a perfect weekend. We will definitely go back!!
5 on September 27, 2015
My wife and I recently (25SEP15) stayed at Squire's Manor for two nights. We had a great experience. Kathy and Virl are outstanding hosts and the accommodations were excellent. Not to mention the breakfast, which was out of this world. Great place to stay and well worth the very reasonable rates.
4.8 on September 16, 2015
My husband and I stayed at the Manor for two nights recently in the bridal suite. It was like walking back in time and so beautifully decorated. The food was wonderful and Kathy and Virl were such excellent hosts. I would recommend staying here and hope to stay here again.
5 on September 09, 2015
Did a random pick on the internet and this is second to none compared to other B&B's we have stayed in. Immaculate, furnishings true to the era, and meeting new friends was a bonus. The town itself has a rich history of culture one would not expect.
5 on September 06, 2015
We had a very enjoyable stay in this very charming lovely old home. Our room was clean and comfortable and the breakfast was superb, with many dishes made from fresh produce grown in the back yard.
4.8 on August 23, 2015
We paid a little more than we had hoped to, but we certainly got what we paid for. The room, service, and food far exceeded our expectations. Wish the hosts were younger so we could count on them running the business for another 20 years.
5 on August 18, 2015
I have had only one other experience with a B&B that was, shall we say, less than stellar. My experience at Squires Manor was even better than expected! Kathy is an amazing baker/cook/hostess. She and Virl were so welcoming, it was like staying with friends by the time we left. The house is beautiful, rooms immaculate, comfortable, and stocked with amenities that rival any hotel. The manor and neighborhood make you feel as if you're in a movie set of "the good old days." I enjoyed my stay and will definitely return. I highly, highly recommend Squires Manor to anyone.
5 on August 09, 2015
We stayed in Harriet Squiers room and it was beautiful. Had a wonderful breakfast the next morning. Met some really nice people who were also staying at the B&B. The owners were very nice and knowledgeable about the history of the house. Looking forward to staying here again.
5 on July 08, 2015
We have been staying at the Manor since 2007 - Every July - on our way home from the AG Benefit Sale in Middleton. Virl & Kathy are super... You could not ask for better hosts, the BEST food ...wonderful atmosphere, fabulous home..I could go on and on... A MUST..put this on your bucket list. Will be there again the 19th of July and can't wait... cbest.....KcMo
5 on May 29, 2015
I have stayed quite a few times and wouldn't stay anywhere else when coming back to Maquoketa. Virl and Kathy have always made me feel like one of the family; even from my first stay. I'm planning on staying two different times in June and can't wait! Thank you Virl and Kathy for all you do!
5 on May 24, 2015
Excellent food and service, awesome food and incredible hosts with Virl and Kathy. We are celebrating our anniversary this weekend and could not have picked a better spot. Beautiful home with all the amenities you need. We will definitely be back. Dave & Louanna Miller, Monticello, IL.
5 on April 30, 2015
My husband and I received a night away as a gift from a dear friend who honeymooned at Squire's Manor. It was our first B & B and were not sure what to expect. It felt as though we were just visiting friends. Everyone was so welcoming. The house is a beautiful piece of history with such attention to detail. The evening desserts were delicious as was the morning meal. What a refreshing weekend!
5 on April 28, 2015
I had the opportunity to stay in this fabulous B&B mid-April. The rooms were beautiful, the service excellent and unobtrusive, the breakfast yummy, the owners charming. I wish I could have stayed forever, but unfortunately I had to leave after one night. If you are ever in Maquoketa, this is a real find.
5 on April 27, 2015
We are a young couple, early twenties, and we came here to celebrate dating for 5 years and ger away from the city in a cozy, romantic way. This was absolutely perfect. The house is beautiful and full of history. It is a great way to escape all of the noise and hubbub of living in a big city. Our suite was beautiful and sported a beautiful sitting room. The bed was supremely comfortable and clean. The bathroom was the best part. Even with a modern jacuzzi tub the bathroom looks like a well-kept artifact. Kathy and Virl are both delightful and provided great service and food. Dessert was delicious and breakfast was everything we were looking for and more. The portions were also perfect. We would love to go again and recommend this bed and breakfast very much.
It is always a pleasure to know that our guests had a relaxing and refreshing get-away from the day to day routine we all live. That is the best part of being an innkeeper. Thank you for the review and we look forward to another visit in the future.
5 on April 16, 2015
A friend and I recently came for a painting workshop at the Maquoketa Art Experience and stayed at this lovely B&B. What a beautiful place and to top it off the innkeepers Kathy and Virgil make it extra special. Kathy is an amazing cook of her desserts in the evening and delicious "can't help but stuff yourself " breakfast. This is a place well worth staying at. SL & RM.
4.2 on January 30, 2015
Enjoyed the tour of the home and the history lesson. Breakfast was very good and we enjoyed your company while we ate.
5 on November 09, 2014
Stayed in the J.E. Squiers Room for our 44th anniversary the first part of Oct. What a great place to stay, the rooms were more than expected and the overall weekend was great. Don't forget the food was excellent just like home can not wait to go back
5 on October 13, 2014
If you are in the Maquoketa or the surrounding Dubuque area, this is a wonderful place to stay. I'm usually a hotel person but decided to take the recommendation of others and book a room at Squiers Manor for my Maquoketa stay. I received a warm welcome and tour of the historic landmark. Innkeeper Kathy made me feel right at ease and checked with me about my schedule and needs. I most definitely recommend the candlelight dessert. There were at least 5 - 6 items to choose from that night. Breakfast was also just unbelievable. It was served on china with fresh fruit salad, homemade breakfast bread, egg casserole, seasoned potatoes and items from the manor garden. My room was beautiful and very comfy. I stayed in "Opals Parlor", lots of light and plenty of room, although the bathroom was a wee bit on the small side. Other rooms have large baths and jetted tubs so you have that choice. I would most definitely return to Squiers Manor if I'm in the area again.
5 on September 27, 2014
Kathy and Virl and put years of love, decorating and attention into this property. It reflects an authentic Victorian atmosphere and it great fun to visit and experience another time. Walks around the neighborhood are also enjoyable. Good food, good conversation and well worth a reservation.
5 on September 08, 2014
We originally stayed years ago for an Anniversary. My wife who grew up in Maquoketa and I came back from Chicago in late July for our 35th Anniversary weekend in the Bridal Suite and were joined at the Manor by her sister and twin daughters from California. We enjoyed the hospitality, history, beauty, and breakfast so much that we came back last weekend and met friends from Des Moines for for a boating day on the Mississippi. Hats off to Virl and Kathy! Guests are treated like family. Converstations between former strangers at breakfast are great. We'll be back often when visiting my wife's folks.
5 on August 25, 2014
We had a wonderful room and breakfast was delicious!
5 on August 08, 2014
You think you are just checking in & going off to your room, but not when it comes to staying at the Squiers Manor...you get the history on the house...Our guide was Peggy & she was wonderful! Later that evening we meet Kathy & Virl & they made us feel like family! What a wonderful welcome we received & the conversations were like we knew each other for ever....You wont go hungry with the enormous,elegant & delicious breakfast....also there is Candlelight dessert where we meet some other guest & had wonderful conversations with.....Kathy & Virl really go above & beyond your typical B&B.....hope to visit them again soon.
4.8 on July 30, 2014
Our accommodations were beautiful, affordable, comfortable, and educational. The staff was helpful and kind. We left (reluctantly!) feeling like family. We had a wonderful time at Squire's Manor and would definitely recommend it!
4.6 on July 28, 2014
We celebrated our 23rd anniversary with our stay at Squiers Manor and a concert in a town near-by. The rooms are very clean and beautifully decorated. Virl and Kathy are personable and made us feel at home. They served a delicious breakfast. We would definitely plan to stay there again if we had the opportunity. Tom and Carol
4.6 on July 25, 2014
Delicious breakfasts and lovely setting in 1882 brick mansion with period furniture.
5 on July 16, 2014
My wife and I enjoyed staying here, it is so clean and so must history we loved the house and the meal were awesome and even treats at night and when our plans changed and we had to leave early they worked with us and we got to come back at another and enjoyed more the second time.
5 on July 13, 2014
My husband and I went and stayed at the Manor a couple of months ago. It was really amazing!! Seriously, I couldn't have asked for or wanted anything more. Kathy and Virl, were so nice and accommodating. I told Kathy that she didn't need to fix breakfast for us, and I am so glad that she insisted. Holy Cow! Quiche, ham, french toast, green tomato bread...not to mention the dessert the night before. I think that Kathy and Virl should be the poster people of the Midwest. Thank-you again for such a great night, just what we needed. Sincerely, jess weiler.
5 on June 29, 2014
Virl and Kathy go above and beyond for their guests. Breakfast is amazing!! There is desert in the evening and if you can't be there when it is served you can just go to the fridge and take it to your room. I am sure we all gained a few pounds! We asked the two gals that worked there for a place to eat supper and they gave us some great places to eat! It is true to B&B with some modern conveniences (cable tv and WIFI). There was a rain storm late evening and I sat out on the swing on the porch and watched the rain and lighting. All and all we love it and will be back!
5 on June 26, 2014
Everything about this stay was lovely, from the hosts (Kathy and Virl) who made one feel like a long standing friend, to the friendly other guests Very relaxing and welcoming.
5 on June 07, 2014
This is an amazing place to stay and the hosts are so much fun to talk to! The drive there from the Cedar Rapids area is outstanding too. We plan to return for sure!
4.8 on May 17, 2014
We loved our stay here, it was entirely worth it. Kathy and Virl were wonderful, and they were so accommodating. We loved learning about the history behind the manor. If you are in town it is well worth the price paid to stay here. We hope to return!
5 on April 17, 2014
I cannot describe how wonderful this place is - as well as Kathy & Verl and the rest of the staff - For the past 7 years in July we stay on our way home from Wisconsin. The rooms are fabulous, the food is great, and Kathy & Verl are so considerate and go out of their way to make sure you have everything you could possibly need. Kathy is a wonderful cook, Breakfast is wonderful, and she makes the best pies and cakes, I cannot tell you my favorite. I look forward to returning many more times. Connie B - From Kansas City, Mo.
5 on April 13, 2014
I've stayed at Squiers Manor for the last 3 years while attending the Woodcarvers Congress, and make reservations a year in advance, for the next Congress, because I would be devastated should I find there are no rooms available. The owners, Kathy and Virl, make their guests feel not only welcomed, but like family. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous, clean and spotless. The bed in my room is more comfortable than the one I have at home. Their employees are so very friendly that I hug them good bye at the end of my stay. The breakfasts are gourmet - more than I can ever eat - and the desserts are simply spectacular. I feel so fortunate to have found Squiers Manor, but even more fortunate to have found two new friends in Kathy and Virl. Their B&B is truly a "Home Away From Home." Spending a week at Squiers Manor is a luxury I give myself every year. Thank you Kathy and Virl!
Thank you for the compliments. We're so glad you consider this your "home away from home." The best part of being an innkeeper is getting to meet so many wonderful guests. Virl & I truly enjoy all of our guests and many have become friends and as close to family as you can get without actually being related. But we couldn't do what we do without our excellent staff. Thank you Peggy, Mary, Becky, Delores, & Lisa for all you do for Squiers Manor B & B. Kathy Banowetz, Innkeeper
5 on April 07, 2014
Squires Manor is a very relaxing get away. Nicely restored home and wonderful hosts. Evening dessert and hearty breakfast were excellent. Would highly recommend and will definitely stay there again!
3.2 on December 28, 2013
We would stay again. Very kind hosts,and allowed us to bring our 4month old.
5 on November 10, 2013
I've stayed twice at Squires Manor - first a week in July 2013 and then my husband and I went back for a weekend in early October 2013. From the first minute I arrived, Kathy, Virl and staff went out of their way to make me feel at home. The furnishings are beautiful, the food is awesome (you can't possibly leave the table hungry!) and the rooms are spotless! I loved that Kathy and Virl take time to get to know their guests and love the conversation! Will go back again and again....absolutely my favorite place to go!
5 on October 31, 2013
My husband & I spent 3 nights at Squiers Manor from 10/17-10/19. We came to the area with no specific destination in mind, simply to have a mini-vacation & enjoy the fall scenery. We had a great time! While the surrounding area provided lots of things to do & see, we enjoyed the warmth & hospitality offered by the Squiers' staff. The owners were out of town & I must compliment Mary & Peggy immensely for their friendliness, courtesy & culinary talents. We have never been so impressed with any place we have stayed previously. We chose Squiers because of the good reviews we read about & intend to keep that ball rolling! We will definitely return for a visit! This place feels like home! I would not hesitate to recommend Squiers Manor to anyone. Thanks for a fantastic stay!
5 on October 29, 2013
We stayed at Squirers Manor B&B this past weekend and we had a delightful experience.. The rooms were comfortable,clean and tastefully decorated, Virl, Kathy and staff were very friendly.. Breakfast was outstanding and it was fun meeting the other couples staying there. The photos online of the rooms do not do them justice - each room is unique and more beautiful that the picture. We wished we had planned on staying another night. For those who like to hike, there is a state park nearby that has some great caves - take a flashlight along! We would like to make a return visit to this B&B!
4.6 on September 27, 2013
All service was so welcoming, made you feel right at home. A tour of the home was such a delight, all rooms are exquisitely decorated and so quaint. We had a wonderful stay, enjoyed the visits at dessert time with owners and other bed and breakfast guests. We would love to go back again sometime. Thank you Kathy and Virl.
5 on September 17, 2013
Originally opting for a place in Galena or Dubuque...so glad we stumbled on this place instead. Not too far away from anyplace and absolutely the BEST B & B we've ever stayed in. Beautiful furnishings, comfortable, squeaky clean, fresh from the garden delicious breakfast AND evening candle light dessert, PLUS the friendliest inn keepers ever- Kathy & Virl are gems! Can't say enough wonderful things about this place! (and you can't beat their prices either!)
4.8 on September 08, 2013
We stayed here one night on a return trip home from our vacation out of state, I wish we could have stayed here longer, I do plan to return here as it is one of the the best B&B we have stayed at. We enjoy staying at all kinds and styles of lodging, but this place is beautiful and has so much original features and history to it. I must say we were impressed from the tim we arrive to the time we left, the staff and owners are friendly and quite interesting to visit with. The decore is full of antiques and fitting to the the time period of the home. Everything is clean, the beds are comfortable and the food is truely amazing. It is a quiet and relaxing place to be.
5 on August 31, 2013
I've stayed in a lot of wonderful Bed and Breakfasts in the midwest, but I have found Squiers Manor to be my favorite of them all. You feel special the minute you walk in the door and everything they do has a personal touch. Cleanliness, food, price, beauty...can't say enough. Stay there once, and you'll be encouraging everyone you know to book a stay there.
5 on August 29, 2013
We stayed in the ballroom which is over 1100 square feet. Very impressive and the bed was really comfortable.
5 on August 20, 2013
We searched all of eastern Iowa to find a B&B and this one far and away exceeded all our expectations. It's on the National Register of Historic Places and it lives up to the name. The food was superb and we were quite pleasantly surprised with a scrumptious dessert the evening we arrived. Great prices, too. The owners are most accommodating and friendly. Don't miss this B&B!
5 on August 16, 2013
My husband booked a room at Squire Manor for my birthday. Lovely, welcoming home, great room, superb breakfast and 'to die for' evening desserts. Recommend highly.
5 on July 02, 2013
We travelled on our motorcycle to eastern Iowa and searched online for a different place to stay. Squiers Manor was excellent in every way. The house is wonderfully restored and expertly decorated, the food is wonderful and Virl and Kathy are the perfect hosts. We definitely want to return.
5 on July 02, 2013
We stayed Friday and Saturday and had a wonderful experience. Catherine and Virl were the most gracious hosts. We truly enjoyed Virl's stories. Catherine's baking and cooking were out of this world. It was so enjoyable to share desserts and breakfasts with the others staying at the Squire. The rooms were extremely clean and adorable. We will definitely be going back over the next years. The Maquokat area was also very pleasant - people were so friendly. Loved everythng about our weekend.
5 on June 29, 2013
We had the pleasure of using four rooms on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. We were on a wine tasting trip in central and eastern Iowa and this was our overnight stop before heading back to the Des Moines area. There were 4 couples traveling together and we all enjoyed our lovely rooms with private baths. We learned about the house and the community from Kathy when we arrived and Virl and Kathy were wonderful hosts. We had delicious dessert choices Saturday evening after we returned from dinner and then a large and varied breakfast in the dining room in the morning before departing. The desserts and coffee were a real "plus" of the stay. We would definitely return to this B&B if we're in the area again.
4.8 on June 10, 2013
We stayed in the Loft Suite June 7-9,2013. We'd shied away from B&Bs in the past, wondering if we'd get the privacy we wanted when we did have a chance to get away now and then. We were so pleasantly surprised, not only by the quiet, privacy, and restfulness of Squier's Manor, but also by the beauty of the property and how lovingly it had been restored and maintained by Virl and Kathy. Breakfast was delicious each day! Maquoketa is a cute little town, but we were most attracted to the nearby hills and valleys surrounding the town, since we'd brought our road bikes. Got in some excellent, challenging rides! Also hiked around Maquoketa Caves State Park a bit. Thank you, Squiers Manor, for showing us all that a B&B can be! We'll definitely recommend you to our friends. ~Kim & Paul, Freeport, IL
5 on May 30, 2013
I work at a very stressful job some times my wife and I simply like to get away from the technologies the hassles and the Headaches,,We found this special gem. The hosts have done a fabulous job in the restoration and preservation of this landmark home. If you are into antiquing this is the place! The owners also manage an antique mall. The nights rest I got here was amazing. even with all rooms filled all of us had the peace an quiet we expected.A rare treat these days
5 on May 28, 2013
Our family stayed at Squiers Manor B&B while we attended a wedding in the area. We felt welcome the minute we stepped into the beautiful Victorian home. Kathy, Virl and staff went out of their way to make our stay one to remember! We especially loved the evening desserts that awaited us when we returned to the B&B each evening.
5 on May 27, 2013
What a pleasure to return for another stay in this beautiful historic home. Welcoming Inn Keepers, Kathy and Viril, offer a house tour with wonderful stories. The aroma in the house of Kathy's kitchen creations will float you into the beautiful dinning room. ...And if one's schedule does not permit to be present for afternoon or evening tea, a surprise will be waiting in the frig upon return with your name on it! We look forward to our return.
5 on May 22, 2013
What a wonderful way to celebrate our 50th anniversary! The room was so relaxing and the desserts and breakfasts were delicious. Kathy's peach pie was to "die for"!! We enjoyed hearing all Virl's stories and it was nice having them dine with us as it gave us a chance to get to know them.
5 on May 06, 2013
We came to celebrate our 25th and had a wonderful time. It was our first time at a B&B and I can say it won't be our last. We will be back for another visit we have more rooms to try out. The owners Kathy & Viril were fantastic and Kathy is a superb cook . The two of them know so much history of the town and the home they refurbished. We met Wayne and Ellen over dessert at the the B&B one evening and really enjoyed the visit we went to visit the local artist at old City Hall art Museum. Wayne and Ellen own the place and their daughter Rose Frantzen is the star artist in the town we spent a few hours going thru all the wonderful paintings that she has done. We are hoping to maybe meet her on our next visit. We left the art museum with a print of one of hearing paintings. The owners of the B&B owner a antique market WOW want beautiful pieces. We actually ended up buying a piece. We are looking forward to our next visit and taking some of our friends.
5 on April 27, 2013
From the moment we walked in we felt very relaxed and welcomed by the owner. The tour of the antique filled home and learning it's history was great, We loved our room and it was decorated beautifully and spotless.The breakfast was delicious and the dessert by candle light was perfect! We were thankful for the beverages available anytime. Innkeepers and staff were a joy! Look forward to staying again.
5 on April 22, 2013
We had reservations for one room but ended upgrading to the Ballroom. It was lovely. We just enjoyed the radio and imagining hat life was like years ago when they held wedding receceptions in that room. It was a much needed relaxing evening. Having dessert and breakfast with others was GREAT. We always enjoy meeting new people. Thanks so much for a Fabulous weekend. I would highly recommend this to everyone that needs a relaxing night away
4.8 on April 07, 2013
A lovely home with lots of beauty and elegant charm. Wonderful hospitality and delicious home cooked breakfast. Thank you again Kathy and Virl!
5 on March 23, 2013
I can't speak highly enough about this beautiful B&B! Spectacular home and wonderful service. The antiques add to the beauty of this home. The breakfast was delicious and a delight, shared with the owners. 6 of us ladies stayed for a "girls" overnight and get away. It was just great!
4.6 on March 18, 2013
Kathy helped us pull off a surprise birthday party for my sister-in-law. She was super helpful and accommodating. B&B is very clean and breakfast was great. She also has a selection of desserts at night that are outstanding. I highly recommend this B&B.
4.8 on March 17, 2013
Our family had been planning a surprise birthday party for my wife for a couple of months. We could never have pulled it off without Kathy's help. From the time we arrived, until the moment we said goodbye, we were immersed in good old midwestern hospitality. The rooms were clean, comfortable, and quite charming. The architecture was impressive, and the decor of the rooms was a real treat for anyone, but in particular for people who appreciate antiques. The food was great, and the drinks and homemade snacks available any time was a nice homey touch. I would recommend this B&B and plan to make return visit . Virl and Kathy thank you so much
5 on March 13, 2013
We travel for our job and we LOVE staying here. Always friendly and warm. We like to stay at B&B's whenever possible and this is definitely one of our favorites. Highly recommend it.
5 on March 10, 2013
This B&B was AMAZING! I HIGHLY recommend booking The Ballroom Suite! Even if you stay in any of the other GORGEOUS rooms, you are sure to be amazed. From the charming original woodwork, the gorgeous staircase that warmly greets you as you walk through the front, to the dining room that demands your attention- this is the place to be! There is no lack of history in this home that is decorated from top to bottom with antique pieces! My husband and I will DEFINATELY be coming back here! We loved Cathy & Virl and how they shared all their family stories. We felt like we were old friends instead of guests. Thinking about staying and bringing wine? Don't bother! You can buy amazing bottles of wine from the kitchen! (Try Picket Fence for a savory not too sweet but not too dry wine!- complete with wine bottle opener) But the highlight of my night was going out for dinner at True Restaurant and coming back to Squiers Manor to HOME MADE DESSERT AND COFFEE BY CANDLE LIGHT! Thank you, Cathy & Virl for making our stay so special! - George & Melissa Gonzales
5 on March 08, 2013
Squires Manor is a beautifully restored old mansion and well situated among wine trails and antique stores. Virl & Kathy are wonderful hosts. Breakfast and dessert are outstanding
5 on November 03, 2012
This is the second time that we have stayed here. Enough said.
5 on October 24, 2012
My husband and I made last-minute reservations at the Squiers Manor for a fall weekend get-away. We were thrilled by the accommodations, hospitality and food. Kathy and Virl are the perfect hosts. The rooms were stunning. The breakfasts and desserts were wonderful. We'll definitely be back!
5 on October 22, 2012
I was looking for a surprise for my wife for our 20th anniversary. Having never stayed at a B & B before I had not considered one but I happened get lucky and find this one while searching on the internet. To say we were pleasantly surprised is an understatement. This bed and breakfast is amazing. The house is completely restored to its former glory. We stayed in the Ball Room Suite which if you are looking to put you stay over the top it is well worth extra cost. Both breakfast and the evening desserts were awesome. Had dinner at the historic Decker Hotel a few blocks away which we would also recommend. The staff was very friendly. Mrs Banowetz gave us a tour and the history of the house when we arrived. If you want the complete tour arrive early as she will show you all the rooms that have not been checked into yet. Having not stayed in a bed and breakfast before we do not have anything to compare this one to but it is hard to imagine how you could get any better than this one.
5 on October 21, 2012
I felt truly pamperedfor my anniversary. An exceptional value for an outstandingly beautiful home. Dessert by candlelight in the evening was really fun. Kathy and Virl were knowledgeable about the area and great at making us feel comfortable. I slept so well and the rooms were so quiet! You wouldn't have known there were 10 people staying in the house. You should give this B&B a try, you won't be disappointed.
5 on October 19, 2012
When I was making plans for an out-of-state family reunion, a Maquoketa resident recommended Squiers Manor. The owners made the planning easy for me. The Squiers Manor website gives an accurate description of the rooms and how many people each room can accommodate. Even though the website photos are lovely, photos cannot do justice in conveying the warmth and charm of this 19th-century mansion. The house is an extension of its owners, Kathy and Virl. Their kind hospitality made us feel like longtime family friends. They transformed our family reunion into lifetime memories! -- Theresa, Chicago
4.8 on September 17, 2012
We arrived very late after a very wet and cold ride. The owners Cathy and Viril met us outside to welcome us and asked if we would like a cup of hot chocolate. We went inside we felt as though we stepped back in time. The decorating,the craftmanship,the lights were all just amazingly beautiful. By the time we checked in, went to our room and came back downstairs are hot chocolate was ready and they also made us grilled cheese sandwiches since we had not eaten any dinner. We were so overwelmed with their hospitality. The breakfast each day was delicious and way more than we could finish. They even give you an evening desert. We would definitely go back and would recommend the Squires Manor B&B to anyone who loves the elegance and charm of the late 19th century and gracious hosts.
5 on September 17, 2012
We spent the day stopping in every little shop between Des Moines and Maquoketa. We arrived one of the loveliest Victorian homes I have ever seen. We were in awe of the beautiful woodwork and antiques. Our room was spotless. And breakfast was filling and delicious. If you are looking for a great place to stay after a long day, this is it. We ate dinner at the golf course club restaurant, and highly recommend that also.
5 on September 08, 2012
What a delightful experience--incredible house and furnishings, evening dessert by candlelight and breakfast in the beautiful dining room, and innkeepers' hospitality and attention to detail. What a treat to be greeted at the door and taken on a tour of the entire house by Mrs. Banowetz. Opal's Room was pristine clean and very beautiful and comfortable.
5 on August 21, 2012
My first time ever in a B&B and truly enjoyed it. The residence is awesome and so elegant, and my room was airy and very nice. Enjoyed everything about my stay there. Well worth it, in every way. Very quiet and the food was delicious and in abundance. You won't regret staying here. Would love to go back every weekend. If you try it, you'll love it. Thanks so much for a lovely memory in my Maquoketa visit. Debbie L.
5 on August 19, 2012
My wife and I have stayed here twice. The first time we were in Opal's Parlor and recently we chose the Loft. The Manor is beautifully decorated and very clean. Kathy and Virl are great hosts and Kathy a great cook. It was a wonderful experince each time. We will return.
5 on August 10, 2012
I have been meaning to write this for over a year. Last year (2011), over the 4th of July weekend, my wife and I decided to go on a drive and spend the night wherever we ended up. We came to Squires late in the evening and were happy to hear that there was still a vacancy. Having never stayed in a B&B before we did not know what to expect. We now refuse to stay anywhere but a B&B. Thank you for a wonderful stay, very good food and a most gracious hostess. Dan & Dianna
5 on July 17, 2012
My husband and I stayed in the Ballroom suite for 3 nights. In our room when we arrived was a mini chocolate cake complete with candle as they knew we were celebrating my birthday. Every morning breakfast was brought to our room which was a wonderful option as we prefer to "hide out" and enjoy a little seclusion. The breakfasts were huge. The nightly desserts were amazing!! The room was spotless. The staff was wonderfully accomodating. I can't say enough wonderful things about our stay. We will definitely be back!
5 on July 02, 2012
My husband and I needed a one trip tank trip for a weekend. We used the B and B website and found Squires Manor in Maquoketa. What a wonderful find for us. The historic house is beautifully and authentically maintained. The food was delicious and the hosts were helpful but not hovering. I especially loved the front porch swing and the desserts. Outstanding
4.8 on June 26, 2012
My husband and I received a gift certificate to stay here and had a wonderful time. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. Breakfast was delicious and they let us invite guests to eat with us. We hope to stay again soon!
5 on June 01, 2012
I needed a place to stay for one night because I was just passing through the area. I originally was looking for a chain hotel. For about the same price, I found Squiers Manor. As a result, what would have been a plain night in a plain hotel turned out to be absolutely delightful. The host and hostess were very dedicated to pleasing their guests.
5 on May 28, 2012
We found this place by accident and didn't know what to expect, but had such a wonderful stay! The rooms are very clean and well-kept, and Kathy & Virl are so welcoming. The food was great, we had a breakfast casserole made with veggies from the garden, banana pancakes, everything was homemade and delicious! The candlelight desserts was a nice extra. We had a great time relaxing around the house with our 7 month old baby (they don't have a crib so if you do come with a baby, bring a pack n' play). We'll definitely be back!
4.8 on April 19, 2012
This is a beautiful house and most pleasant staff and services were provided. The house is period decorated-many beautiful pieces. Definitely recommending this to others. Our room was very comfortable. The staff couldn't be more helpful or accommodating.
4.8 on February 08, 2012
We stayed in the J.E. Squires room, and were not disappointed. When we arrived, Kathy gave us a tour of the house and most of the rooms. We were amazed at the number of antiques, the beauty of each room, and the ambiance of the whole house. Gorgeous! We had a delicious breakfast the next morning, and a nice visit with Kathy and Virl. From there we visited the Old City Hall Gallery, and then the Banowitz Antique Mall. It was a fun visit!
4.4 on January 04, 2012
This B&B had such gorgeous furnishings. Relaxing and calm environment. Enjoyed our stay
5 on October 25, 2011
We had an exceptional experience. Kathy was a gracious host and willing to take care of the smallest details to make our stay perfect. My elderly parents received extra special treatment. The rooms were beautifully decorated and immaculate. The evening dessert was delicious. Breakfast yummy! All this and the price was very reasonable. I highly recommend Squiers Manor..and know you will not be disappointed!
5 on August 29, 2011
This B&B is by far the best one we have stayed at. Beautiful, clean, great hosts, good food, and an out standing experience. Virl and Kathy are great hosts, with an evening dessert, and a great breakfast, plus all the conversation you want. Virl has some great stories to tell. The room was spacious and beautiful, and the hot tub was great. Overall, a great experience. Can't wait to come back again.
4.8 on August 02, 2011
We arrived later than we hoped and were greeted warmly by Mary. There were homemade desserts and cold water in the fridge waiting for us. The home has been lovingly cared for, with high ceilings, gorgeous wood trim, tiled fireplaces, antiques in all rooms, and a big porch with a swing. Peggy and Mary served us delicious breakfasts and they were very friendly to our curious and sociable first grader. Highly recommended!
5 on May 31, 2011
My boyfriend and I decided to head to Iowa from New York City to do some antiquing and get away from the city. We by chance came across Squiers Manor online and are so glad we did. The accomodations are amazing and you couldn't hope for two more lovely inn keepers. If you go (and I recommend that everyone does) be sure to partake and breakfast and dessert. Mrs. Banowetz is an incredible cook. Also, the ballroom is well worth it - we have never seen such a room before. I hope to go back again!
5 on May 26, 2011
I just spent two days at Squier's Manor and enjoyed every minute of it. The accommodations were an "experience" of stepping back in time. The food was wonderful and the hosts delightful. Maquoketa is a quaint town and the Old City Hall Gallery is not to be missed.
5 on May 06, 2011
Our first time at a B&B...and we absolutely thoroughly enjoyed it!! Hosts werevery gracious and personable. Breakfast lasted us all day! Great food and deserts! Would definitely recomment this B&B and would return again! Thank you Virl & Kathy for a great new experience and making our stay a pleasant memory!
4.8 on March 24, 2011
My boyfriend and I stayed here for our anniversary, the entire experience was perfect. They gave us a tour of the house and told us the history, and made me want to come back and stay in each room! Each room has a great story and it's own personality. The food was fantastic, and everything was homemade! Absolutely lovely, best experience we have had.
4.0 on March 21, 2011
My daughter and I had a great time at Squire's Manor B&B. We had the pleasure of staying in Opal's Parlor and it was perfect for us. We loved the bay window area and there was plenty of room for us to relax and feel pampered in. The food was absolutely wonderful - from the rich brownie and ice cream dessert in the evening to the almond pancakes + so much more for breakfast. Addionally, our hosts were delightful! We will definitely visit again and highly recommend Squire's Manor B&B as a place for all to stay! Thank you, Kathy and Virl!!
5 on February 23, 2011
Wow!!! What a house. The owners are so nice. We had a great breakfast with them at the dining room table. This house is amazing. We are going back this weekend.
5 on October 14, 2010
we were greeted by kathy, we felt right at home, can't wait to come back!!! the candle light desert and breakfast WOW!!!! THANK YOU!!
5 on September 14, 2010
Last year friends and I were in Maquoketa and spent the weekend in a noisy, crowded, hotel where the other guests absconded with the breakfast buffet stuffed in their pockets. This year we opted for Squires Manor instead. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed, shown around the fabulous B&B, and given delightful personal care. The candlelight dessert was a delicious delight. After a quiet, peaceful night's sleep, we were treated to a healthy and outstanding breakfast. We enjoyed the other guests, conversed with our hosts, and pretty much wished we could move in permanently. This B&B is personality plus.
5 on August 07, 2010
Every July we travel to wisconsin, and it would not be the same if we didn't stop in and see Virl & Kathy - you could not ask for a more pleasant place to stay and the food is wonderful. Virl & Kathy treat you like family - I would reccomend this to any and everyone....... Until next year......
5 on August 05, 2010
I had the opportunity to stay in this exquisite B&B for two nights. Kathy and Virl are wonderful hosts and the food is fabulous. It is worth the drive to Maquoketa just to see this beauitful mansion.
5 on March 22, 2010
Squiers Manor is one of the most delightful and elegant B&B's I have ever stayed in.It is a meticulously restored Victorian home with loving adherence to period furniture and decor, and I couldn't have felt more welcome. The Inn is tucked into a beautiful and historic part of eastern Iowa, with any season a treat for the traveler. The innkeepers obviously know what they are doing in treating their guests to a memorable stay, and I would recommend this B&B to anyone: couples, corporate people, or just those of us who love an exceptional place to relax and savor the ambience. By the way, did I mention the delicious breakfast, served on lovely china, with food I only wish I could make as well! I'll be back, and it will be worth traveling the 1500 miles from California. Thanks, Squiers Manor!
4.6 on February 23, 2010
Delightful- the loft suite is a perfect romantic getaway, and the breakfasts are to die for. Beautiful home, and we love visiting wineries in the area! We look forward to it every year!
5 on December 07, 2009
My husband and I enjoyed our quick get-away to your lovely B&B. Verl and Kathy were very hospitable (even when we locked her out!) We would certianly return for another visit.
5 on August 08, 2009
The rooms were all very unique including the Ballroom on the third floor. This room has 1100 square feet and has luxury that you would not expect on the third floor. The meals were all made from scratch and they offered a candlelight dessert in the evening! The innkeepers were very nice and spent considerable time with us. Please check this one out.
5 on May 29, 2009
Beautifully restore mansion, excellent food and accommodating hosts; small, quiet town
5 on March 31, 2009
Kathy and Virl cater your every desire. The house has an amazing look and feel with stunning woodwork throughout. The suites are luxurious, but the regular rooms exceeded my every expectation. The rooms are large and well furnished with a coffee machine, television, phone, spacious bathrooms, and fine furniture. The room rates are very affordable, especially when you consider you receive a great breakfast every morning and wonderful dessert every night, and beverages as you desire. The surrounding activities in Maquoketa are ample and very fun. The caves are amazing, and Rose Frantzen's (a local artist) art gallery is very interesting (even for someone who is unfamiliar with art, like myself). Overall, the stay at Squire's Manor was spectacular, and I will definitely be returning.
4.0 on March 31, 2009
Squires Manor had the nicest host's Virl and Kathy, they made sure your experience was great. Anything they could do, to make your experience there better, they did. The woodwork in the house was amazing. Our room was very clean and filled with all the necessities needed. We will definitely go back!
4.0 on March 29, 2009
5 on March 26, 2009
As we contemplate where we should go to rejuvenate, our 1st choice is Squiers Manor B & B. Coming from the Quad Cities, it's a quick jaunt. We enjoy the emaculate, peaceful atmosphere, the yummy breakfast and dessert, and the spacious hot tub. The close proximity to Galena, Bellevue and Dubuque make for a terrific shopping trip. Maquketa Caves are great for an outdoor adventure too. Our favorite rooms include the Ballroom and the Loft. Although we have stayed there many times in the past 10 years, we look forward to returning to our favorite B & B.
4.6 on January 03, 2009
Relaxing, private retreat in the Loft Suite. Great whirlpool tub, and we very much enjoyed our breakfast (delivered to the room!). Would definitely stay here again.
4.8 on October 06, 2007
Wonderfully inviting property. Pictures don't do it justice. Beautiful!