After just staying at Richards House for one night in early July, we feel compelled to post this review immediately to counter a previous negative review. Yes, the exterior of Richard House is off-putting! Yes, you might expect to be greeted by Lurch or some other member of the Adams family! Put aside your reservations and step inside. You will be transported back 125 years! You will not be taken into to a kitchy Victorian-styled guesstimate, but rather a carefully preserved home of a wealthy 19th century Dubuque banker totally committed to the conspicuous consumption aspirations of his day.
The woodwork, paneling, wall coverings, electrified gas lighting fixtures, tiled fireplaces, stained glass windows, artwork, pottery, sculpture and library are all authentic, mostly original - and amazing. We stayed in the downstairs suite, installed in the library and front reception room. We prefer space, and since the rate was so reasonable, we went for the added space. We got both space and an amazing experience. We slept on a queen sized partially-canopied bed surrounded by over a thousand books from the original library. Lincoln looked down on the bed. Jackson looked down on the large Victorian soaking tub set in the front room. (There is a half bath adjoining the bedroom.)
So, a note about the experience. We encountered no offensive cat (or any other) smells in our suite. (There were a few musty and mild cat smells in one public room.) We saw just two friendly cats, though more would not have been a problem. The proprietor couple are a bit introverted and nothing like the typical often over-the-top owners of B&B's. Perhaps that's why they are outliers on the scale of how long owners keep B&B's. Breakfast was great, with a fine egg dish, bacon, coffee cake, fresh fruit, juices, wonderful crepes, and fine coffee.
No, this isn't a cooky-cutter B&B experience! It can be a comfortable and educational experience if you want it to be. Have a bit of an adventure - or go the conventional route elsewhere!
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