The Cloverleaf Bed & Breakfast
The Cloverleaf Bed & Breakfast
  • The Cloverleaf Bed & Breakfast

    "A Victorian Repose"

    History

     

    The home that is now The CloverLeaf Bed & Breakfast was built by  William Vander Linden in 1892 with both Dutch and Victorian  architectural elements.  
    Vander Linden came to the America at the age of four in 1847 with the  Holland Colony. After marrying in 1867, he fathered nine children and  began a slew of successful businesses in Pella. At the time the home was  built, he was president of the Security Bank in Pella. When he died in  1903, the home passed to his family.  
    In May or June of 1906, Hendrik and Johanna Lubbers left their home in  the Netherlands and settled in Pella, Iowa with three young children,  Katherine, Martin and Grace, who was only about six weeks old. In  America, the Lubbers eventually had three more children — Klassina,  Andrew and Gerard — bringing the total to six.  
    Within one to two years, Mr. Lubbers purchased some dairy cows and began  selling milk. As his modest business grew, he began to make home  deliveries by horse and a two-wheel cart. Thus began a dairy business  that would span three generations.  
    In the late 1920's, the the Lubbers' purchased the home, which included  an expanse of land to the north and east. At the rear of the home, some  still remember the vast and beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. The  land to the east of the home became the Cloverleaf Dairy. Behind the  dairy, they built a stable to house their milk wagons and beloved draft  horse, Douglas.  
    Over the years, the Lubbers children as well as some distant relatives  shared responsibilities in the management of the Cloverleaf Dairy, and  they also expanded their enterprise through an increase in land and  livestock. Eventually, the Cloverleaf Dairy was renamed to Lubbers  Dairy, and the horse stable was torn down to build a modern truck  garage. William Huyser later purchased the dairy facility at the home  site. Soon after, Andrew and Andrew Jr. established a new location for  Lubbers Dairy, offering over-the-counter sales and bulk delivery.  Lubbers Dairy was owned and operated at that location by Hendrik's  grandson, Andrew Jr., until his passing in 1999.  
    As the home changed hands, it fell into disrepair until present owners  and innkeepers Bill and Florence Slycord saved it from demolition in  1991 and lovingly restored it to its present condition. They preserved  the Cloverleaf name but capitalized the second "L" to distinguish the  inn from the dairy. They also preserved all but two of the original  fixtures and all the woodwork, including floors, staircase, trim and  cabinetry.  
    Today, you will find the home furnished exclusively with fine antiques  and decorated with period-inspired flourishes. It is truly a unique,  old-fashioned and tranquil experience in a world of copies ... a respite  from today's fast-paced world!  
    More information about the Lubbers family is available for guests to peruse in the home. 

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     Area Attractions
    ... Historic Village
     ... Historic Windmill
    ... Klokkenspel
    ... Tulip Time Festival in the spring
    ... Beautiful Parks
    ... Volksweg Bike Path
    ... Lake Red Rock Recreation Area 

    The Cloverleaf Bed & Breakfast

    314 Washington Street, Pella, Iowa 50219, United States

    (641) 204-1496

    Front Desk Hours

    6:30am - 5pm

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