I can't recommend the Old Church House Inn enough. They have one room that gets half of the church to itself: a downstairs living area, the bedroom upstairs (with a very soft bed), a bathroom with jacuzzi, and a sitting area.
The owners, Dean and Holly, are what take takes this bnb from lovely to fantastic. They are warm and attentive, while giving you space to relax by yourself. They add small touches that make all the difference. Classical music plays softly (very softly, not irritatingly) in the living area. A little plate of freshly baked cookies waits on the desk in the sitting room. At night, a handwritten weather forecast sits on your turned down bed.
Breakfast is delicious! They asked about any preferences, but as we didn't have any, we were greeted by surprising and delicious meals. Fresh fruit and entrees with great and interesting flavor combinations (cream cheese herbed eggs with crispy bacon, fresh popovers, oven baked apple granola).
Although it isn't located in main Peoria, it is really a very short drive to town (less than ten minutes to Peoria Heights). If you are visiting Caterpillar in Mossville, it's really only two minutes away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether as a restful retreat, a home away from home while on business or for any other spontaneous reason, you'll find the warm, classic atmosphere just what you need to relax the mind and refresh the body. Billowy beds, delicious food, beautiful accommodations, and friendly innkeepers. Our inn is a perfect choice for your next getaway. We're looking forward to having you as our guests! Built as a colonial church in 1869, the Inn welcomed parishioners until the 1960's. Today, guests are welcomed by its expansive, 18' ceiling, tall, arched windows, open banister staircase and elevated library loft. Completely renovated in 2008, the rooms exhibit a blend of rich, historic colors and fabrics, with a contemporary twist. Marble topped, antique furniture, tastefully coordinates with colorful stripes and hand glazed walls. These spaces are separate from the innkeepers, so guests feel at ease in over 1900 square foot of inn. ... more less