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Dessel Street Guest House: Family Friendly Home Close To Decorah, Iowa

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About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bathrooms, Close To Decorah Iowa Attractions!

The Dessel Street Guest House is a two-story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located in Ossian, Iowa. We are a short 15 minute drive from Decorah, Iowa.

This home has three bedrooms to choose from on the second floor and sleeps 6. Bedrooms one and two have pillow top queen-sized beds, bedroom three has a full-sized bed. There is a full bathroom on the first and second floor. For your convenience we provide a washer and dryer on the first level; complementary laundry soap is provided. All linens and bath towels are provided.

The fully-equipped kitchen has everything you need to prepare and serve meals. We also provide dish soap, tinfoil, paper towels, trash bags, dish towels etc. Appliances include refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. There is a large table that seats 10 in the dining room to accommodate your group large or small. Off the dining room you will find a deck with table and chairs for alfresco dining or your morning coffee. You will find locally roasted coffee in our coffee bar area. Our living room has large comfy leather furniture. Step through the first floor living room into a relaxing three-season porch.

Our finished basement has tables and chairs for 24 people making this an ideal option for family reunions, retreats, meetings etc.

An attached two-stall garage is available for your use during your stay.

Come and enjoy northeast Iowa! We are a short 15 minute drive to Decorah, Iowa which has been recognized as one of the prettiest towns in the country by Forbes magazine and in the top 25 safest cities in Iowa.

Decorah area attractions include:

Fine dining

Sports Bars

Nationally recognized Toppling Goliath Brewery

Gourmet coffee houses

Trout Run Trail

Decorah Eagles/Fish Hatchery

Seed Savers

Oneota Food Coop

Winneshiek Farmer’s Market

Vesterheim Norwegian Museum

Van Peenen hiking/mountain bike trails

Decorah Ice Cave State Preserve

Dunning's Spring Park

Panoramic views Phelps or Palisades Park

Kayaking/canoeing/tubing on the Upper Iowa River

Trout stream/river fishing



Cross country skiing

We are also a 35 minute drive to the Mississippi River area attractions (Harpers Ferry, McGregor, Prairie du Chien, Marquette).

More Details

Carolyn Hemesath
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Carolyn Hemesath

Welcome to the Dessel Street Guest House!

Northeast Iowa is a beautiful and friendly place to visit. Kevin and I (Carolyn) were born and raised here and know the area very well, in fact I grew up across the street. We will be happy to provide you with information regarding the local attractions and amenities.

We look forward to hosting you in our home. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Kevin and Carolyn Hemesath


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Ossian

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There is a full bathroom on the first and second floors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • This home has three bedrooms to choose from on the second floor and sleeps 6. Bedrooms one and two have pillow top queen-sized beds, bedroom three has a full-sized bed. I have sleeping bags for kids to sleep on the floor if needed.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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Dessel Street Guest House: Family Friendly Home Close To Decorah, Iowa
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 47 reviews

Beautiful Home -- Hostess with the Gift of Hospitality

  • 5 of 5

The Dessel Street Guest Home was everything, and more, than the pictures and reviews show.

My family and I LOVED this home. We arrived later in the evening to a welcoming light on the countertop, real flowers in the kitchen and both bathrooms, fresh farm eggs and a cheese and fruit platter in the refrigerator.

There were many other special touches, big fluffy towels, flannel sheets on the beds, thick rugs in the bathrooms, big bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Did I mention the real flowers in the bathrooms and kitchen :)

While you are in the area, try The Fort (bar and restaurant) in Fort Atkinson, and Horsfalls in Lansing (about 40 minutes northeast). Hidden treasures in a very rustic setting (don't let the outside intimidate you-it's fun to see what you can dig up in this store), and the IGA in Lansing has the biggest chocolate covered raisins we have ever seen (yes, worth the trip).

On a last note, I know the Gift of Hospitality when I see it, and Carolyn has this gift. It is clear that she enjoys making her home special for her guests.

I would definitely recommend The Dessel Street Guest House.

  • Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing host!

  • 5 of 5

Carolyn's home was very clean, comfortable and cozy. She went above and beyond giving us dining recommendations and even gave my mother a ride into town while I was away. We felt right at home at the Dessel Street Guest House. Highly recommend booking a stay here. Thank you for the stellar hospitality and the delicious homade bread!

  • Submitted: 17-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a girls getaway weekend at this well equipped property. The house was comfortable, clean, and decorated nicely. It accommodated 6 adults without any issues. Carolyn is professional and timely in her responses to my emails. I would not hesitate to rent here again.

  • Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Wonderful accommodations & so welcoming upon arrival!

  • 5 of 5

We were elated upon our arrival with the property! Carolyn had fresh pumpkin bread waiting on the counter and farm fresh eggs for our family in the refrigerator. We felt so welcomed by the owners and the house was perfect for our family get together! The home is clean, tastefully decorated & sleeping arrangements comfortable! This is a property the owners, Carolyn & Kevin, can be proud of! Thanks to Carolyn & Kevin for providing the location for making our family weekend an awesome memory! 😊�

Randy & Mavis

  • Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just perfect! Very comfy, peaceful & welcoming! Stay here! Gorgeous house in a nice town!

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect! We walked in and found homemade pumpkin bread near the coffee bar. It was delicious!

The curb appeal is lovely! The attracted garage is great for cold days. The keypad worked so easily for coming and going. The twinkle lights on the enclosed porch and pumpkins on the doorstep made the home look so cute and welcoming.

The ten foot table kitchen & decorations in the whole house were tasteful and charming. The kitchen was full of everything you’d need for cooking or snacking. Thank you for the farm fresh eggs! Finding the togo coffee cups was wonderful! It’s always nice to have plastic wrap for leftovers.

There’s lots of dishes and pots & pans. Just everything you’d need!

The bedding is such nice quality, soft and clean too. We slept great! There are lots of extra blankets & pillows. The bedrooms have plenty of room for suitcases. Hangers in the closet were nice to have.

There was plenty of hot water for showering and the bathrooms are up to date and large. The towels smelled great and were very soft. A sparkling clean bathroom is wonderful! 😁?

Having a washer & dryer is awesome. Even if it’s just to fluff wrinkles out of clothes.

I LOVE having control of the temperature! I am always cold and keep my house warmer. It was so nice to feel warm and comfortable.

We ate at a delicious BBQ restaurant in Decorah, Old Armory. The smoked meat was loved as well as the marinated veggies.

My family wants me to make sure and say how much they appreciated the cleanliness of the house! And how easy it was to come back and have a quick nap. The quiet neighborhood and soft beds was great for that.

I would definitely recommend this house to my friends & family! I’d love to stay here again.

We couldn’t say enough good things about this place!

Thank you so much!!

  • Submitted: 11-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A stately gem!

  • 5 of 5

Our week spent @ the Dessel guest house could not have been more enjoyable. The house was so clean and furnished with a very nice touch. We cooked many meals and the kitchen provided every thing needed. The eggs Carolyn had waiting for us provded breakfast every morning and the home baked cookies were an added treat. Her generosity cannot be overstated.

Only one bedroom was used and that queen bed was so very comfortable. We appreciated the outdoor plantings with the autumn themed decor. The home presents a very beautiful and stately image on a corner lot.

Once again Decorah provided our entertainment. So much to do and enjoy. Our favotrite city in Iowa.

Thanks Carolyn and Kevin for letting us end our three week vacation on such a high note.

The Larsons.

  • Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
1.1 Miles
Silver Springs Country Club
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

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1 night minimum stay

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Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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