Gehlen House History

Peter Gehlen, an immigrant from Olm, Luxembourg, built this inn 150 years ago from native limestone quarried from the hills around the village of St. Donatus. One of 34 area buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Gehlen House features traditional architectural traits of Luxembourg, including a roof that is gabled at the ends.

Over the years, the Gehlen House has served travelers and the community at large in a variety of ways. It’s been a post office, a road-side tavern, and a doll museum. In its current incarnation--the Gehlen House is a seven-room bed and breakfast inn.

Enjoy Country Living - by the day or week.
At the Gehlen House, you’ll relax and enjoy Luxembourg hospitality. You’ll get a taste of real country living, with its inherent natural beauty and tranquility. No hassles, no hustle and bustle, no fax machines. Nestled in the rolling hills of northeast Iowa in the quiet village of St. Donatus, The Gehlen House offers year-round accommodations for calming getaways and/or family fun.

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