One Bedroom Plus, Fully Furnished Home with Charm & Solitude
About Pamela Tarantino
This home has been a legacy for family celebrations throughout my lifetime, and now we are passing it on to the next generation. My mother, Charlotte, selected this home for her retirement and brought its charm to the fore. My mother played sacred hymns and kept stacks of sheet music close at hand. I hope some of the composers she loved will bring you pleasure and inspiration too. She and I loved reading and listening to music together. We read faith stories like a Man Called Peter, the Story of Peter Marshall. We read the great books series aloud, and whenever possible, after reading, would search out films with the same titles, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and the Good Earth. The time we invested in reading great books together continues to give its reward. When I listen to Eric Satie, or reread Kahil GIbran's book, The Prophet, I recall my mother's beauty, and feel gratitude for the way our friendship was braided together with life giving music and literature. My mother left this home as part of her earthly legacy, and now I have felt, for a period of time, it would be a blessing to share the property with travelers. It is our intent that your stay here will offer you time to 'refresh and rest, then travel on.' I am a retired teacher, but still work as a counseling consultant and retreat director. This photo shows a friend and I as we recall some of our childhood favorites! What are your favorite children's books? Dr. Suess? The Velveteen Rabbit? We hope you will share your favorites and maybe discover some new ones to share with the children in your life. The home allows you to step back in time and also make the most of your present day hours. Come here to dwell in the quiet and reflect upon the authors and composers who have brought meaning to your lives. We hope you will take time to discover the serenity of the woodland setting, and like us, find joy in the simple pleasures of life.
Pamela Tarantino purchased this House in 1907
Why Pamela Tarantino chose Peoria Heights
Why do they call this region the heartland? Are there places still where people take time for bird watching? Is there a place where you can wind down, and get off the express trains, as the Little Prince would ask? Do fairies dwell in the quietest corners of the garden? Is there time to let the tea brew or really taste the wine? What about taking time to copy down a favorite family recipe and write an old fashioned, handwritten letter? This property was chosen because it is a hideaway on a hill, surrounded by woodland calm. There must be something in our heritage about houses on a hill. I like to call it the Top House, as well as Story Book Retreat House. This property feels like a real home, because it is one . . . that may be the curious link that draws you here, to be at home while you see if your act will play in Peoria for a weekend, or maybe longer . . .
What makes this House unique
Leaded windows, lace curtains, high ceilings, a private home rather than a suite in a hotel. This home has been dedicated as a retreat house and sanctuary, so there is a warmth and ambience that is a result of being lovingly cared for. Kindness has been spoken here for one hundred years! If you are seeking a place to find serenity, as well as direction for important life decisions, this home may offer you the special welcome which comes only from being well loved for many years. You may want to purposely schedule a visit with the possiblity of getting snowed in for a day or two! (The home was built in 1907, owned by friends of our family, and purchased by my mother in the 1980's.)
Check-in: 12:00 pm
Submit Request via owner; link security deposit.
Non smokers only.
Pets w/out permission cause loss of deposit.
Perfect for one child or grandchild.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Text owner & confirm re: arrrival and departure times. See/Agree to Home Care Notes when checking in. Use hand rails when going up and down stairs.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Loved the wooded area
Pamela was there to greet us and show us around the place. She was a wonderful hostess. We loved the fact that it was kinda hidden in the wooded area and even saw 2 deer upon arrival. It was far enough away from things yet close enough that you still got to where you wanted in a reasonable amount of time. We would stay again in a heartbeat.
Beautiful Retreat on the Hill.
What a lovely throw back in time. A wonderful, peaceful home full of comfortable memories around every corner. We enjoyed the leaves drifting down from the trees and watching for deer in the woods surrounding the home. This Story Book Home is located conviently to all emmenities in town and still retains its hidden charm.
Someday we hope to come back.! Thank you again!
Patti and Tom
Whimsical house in natural setting
We enjoyed the feeling of being out in the woods while being just minutes from Peoria Heights and Peoria. The doe just outside the windows, and all the birds and other creatures that came (we picked up some bird seed to put out) made our visit to this hidden gem even more special. Pamela was very friendly and helpful.
Thank you for staying with us.
I hope your stay here was peaceful and that your work brought joy to the children!
We had a great experience , it was a really cool location . We would definitely rebook if we return to the area.
Peaceful Victorian in the woods
Peaceful Victorian in the woods near nature park. Quiet and a respite from hectic life events. Great for one or family. Loved the patio and porch.
We very much enjoyed staying here! Pamela went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable. Even left us a good Merlot as a bonus. If we’re ever back in Peoria, we’ll definitely stay here again.
Thank you, Friends, for selecting StoryBook Retreat House as part of your honeymoon celebration. It was exciting for me to meet you, to see your youth, your love, and to know you decided to begin your married life at this legacy home. May you enjoy many blessings in your life together! From Pamela
Summer Activities: Cornstock, Band concerts, Spirit of Peoria River Boat Cruises, & a walk or drive along Grandview Drive showcase some of our midwest attractions. Don't forget to tour the Caterpillar & Art Museum and down town farmer's market! Winter Activities: Watch for eagles along the river's edge; Peoria Symphony.