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Alling House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Orange City
Miami, Florida
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33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

My husband and I stayed over the past weekend. It was a great experience. Gerald and Nan were wonderful,especially breakfast. Anyone coming to this area should stay here. Will definetly be back when we come to visit our son in Stetson for his next concert.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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115 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed at the Alling House B+B a couple of weeks ago whilst visiting Blue Springs and some other nearby State Parks.

Initially, we had intended to stay at one of the cabins that are inside the Blue Springs park but on searching Tripadvisor, we came across the Alling House. It also offered cabin type accommodation that seemed much nicer for around the same money.

Eventually we decided to stay at the main house and were very pleasantly surprised. The house is a 'mock Victorian' type of place and is beautifully decorated and furnished inside. On our arrival we were shown around by Gerald who with his wife Nan, own and run the property. They live on site and run a very good operation. Gerald told us of the history of the place. Mr. Alling, who had previously owned the place was a prominent local resident. He also told us of how they have built up the business from scratch and we really admire what they have done. There are many thoughtful touches throughout the property. Examples include a pair of binoculars left by the swing seat on the porch. There are saucers of candy throughout the place - now a little depleted following our visit! They have put together local guides of eateries and places to visit. WiFi is provided foc and in addition, Gerald has provided computers for guests to use. Having previously been a software engineer, Gerald has set up a very comprehensive arrangement. They offer free kayaks and bicycles for guests to use. Gerald will take you to the nearby St Johns River or other nearby places using his SUV. All is included in the price. There is an upstairs guest area where you can sit and relax. They also provide a large fridge with complimentary soft drinks and snacks. Downstairs is a large dining room where breakfast is served and a drawing room with baby grand piano. Musicians will find themselves at home here!

The room itself was very well decorated in the same 'mock Victorian' style as the rest of the house. Some might argue that it was a little 'over fussy' but we were comfortable. All rooms are air conditioned. My only slight grumble is that the door to the en-suite bathroom would not latch shut and there was no bolt fitted. Privacy is required at times.

Breakfast was included in our deal and it was one of the best breakfasts that we have ever had. Nan certainly knows here stuff here. It is served at a large dining table which is shared with other guests. We had fruit salad, eggs benedict, sausages, bacon etc. The list just goes on and on. Whilst enjoying breakfast, we got to chat with Gerald and Nan a little more. They are charming company and clearly care very much for the welfare of their guests. It was clear that they have strong religious convictions but did not appear to mind that we do not share their convictions. They did not proselytize.

In terms of location, Alling house is just off the main highway 92/17. It is easy to find. There is large brown road sign pointing towards Blue Springs State Park. You just turn in the opposite direction to the arrow and Alling House is second house on your left.

Having stayed for a couple of days, we were sad to leave. We have really got to like Gerald and Nan. They are the sort of people that we would include amongst our friends, were they nearer to us. We were delighted by the numerous 'thoughtful touches' throughout the property and we really wish them well in their enterprise. This is one of the best, if not the best B+B that we have ever stayed in. If you can get a reservation, you won't get a better place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Daytona Beach Shores
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

We just left his wonderful B&B in Orange City. We wish we could have stayed for the full two nights however he got called back in for work! Gerald and Nan are an absolute delight. Our cottage, the Victorian, exceeded our expectations. It was filled with everything you could possibly need for a weekend getaway or even for an extended stay! Washer/Dryer, Jacuzzi Tub, Fire Place, Full Kitchen, Swing on the Porch ALL PRIVATE. It was just amazing. The grounds were well kept. Our dog Logan had a blast running around the property like it was his home. We hope to return soon!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sneha D
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Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Gerald and Nan - you have thought of EVERYTHING!!! Our Ya-Ya (aka girlfriends) getaway could not have been more perfect. You do it right!!! We stayed in the Railroad Cottage, but got a tour of the rest of the property. Every room/cottage was just priceless. Keep up the good work!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

This was our second time staying at the Alling House and it was just wonderful. We stayed in the Victorian Cottage and loved the comfortable setting. This time we even had a large barn owl enjoying the rain in the tree right outside our cottage! The refrigerator was stocked with water, oj, milk, and coffee. Snacks were waiting on the counter and the bathroom even had an old fashioned ice cap should we need it. We have never stayed in a B&B with the comfort of the guest so anticipated and provided for. Nan and Gerald provide a wonderful atmosphere, canoes, kayaks, bikes, awesome breakfast and helpful advice. Privacy, a great location and spoiled rotten guest.....what could be better?

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

This place is so beautiful & relaxing ,im outside the cottage on the swing and the view is so perfect u can't ask for a better location.Gerald is awesome he goes out of his way to make sure everything is on point and Nan is the sweetest woman & also a very good cook. Would recommend this place over a hotel any day.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank leggs2011
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Vero Beach, Florida
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97 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

Gerald and Nan Hill really know how to do it right! The main house is full of antiques and Victorian in style. Everywhere you look, there is something of historical interest, and Gerald and Nan have a story to go with it. Nan's homemade breakfasts, complete with fresh fruit, juice, fresh muffins and a main course, were delicious. We had some dietary restrictions, and she was quick to make something special for us. Dining and chatting with them and the other guests was a delight, and we all felt like their special guests and lifelong friends.

We stayed in the Frontier Cottage. Each cottage has its own theme and motif, and ours was cowboys and the old west. What a hoot! The decor was replete with cowboy paraphernalia from a gun and holster and a canteen on the headboard (with pony skin inserts!) to a saddle out on the porch. Every time I looked up I noticed something else in the theme and giggled. But, more importantly, the cottage was furnished with every possible thoughtful amenity from Q-Tips to a picnic cooler to a computer with high speed internet and a printer with paper. There was a complete kitchen, including coffee, tea and condiments, milk, cold cereal, orange juice; and a washer and dryer with detergent and fabric softener sheets included. They even included Cutter insect repellent and a citronella candle on the porch and a flashlight next to the bed in case of power outage. Great details!

We purchased a package deal that included use of kayaks and transportation to Blue Spring State Park, use of bicycles, chocolate covered strawberries, and sparkling white grape juice. Gerald and Nan know all the local haunts and have many suggestions and guidance. They are really wonderful innkeepers. We highly recommend Alling House for an escape to Florida as it used to be, before all the theme parks. Put away your cell phone, and set a spell on the porch, taking time to watch squirrels and cardinals darting around a wooded setting, and take a deep breath of fresh air.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Alling House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 215 E French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763-5204
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Location: United States > Florida > Orange City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Orange City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Alling House Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Folk-Victorian style bed and breakfast just down the street from Blue Spring State Park and near many natural sites and activites in the area. Breakfast comes with the rooms in the main house. Our cottages have full kitchens. We supply milk, orange juice, bottled water, coffee, snacks, Pop Tarts, and cereal in the refrigerator for your convenience at no extra charge. You may make arrangements for a full breakfast in the main house at $7 per person. We can deliver breakfast if you request it. ... more   less 
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