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2020 Award-Winning 1868 Victorian Italianate Villa

Entire home
hosted by Valentino Diaz Whitman
  1. 8 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2.5 baths
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2020 Recipient: Landmarks Illinois + Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Preservation

Need to escape from the city? A week? Or a weekend? The time you spend at our award-winning 1868 Victorian is up to you. Book a weekend for rural relaxation. Or redefine working from home with days connected to the office and nights spent grilling, biking and just hanging out with family beneath gorgeous sunsets. Either way, our home is perfect to stop feeling cooped up and spread your wings and fly.

The space
*** 2020 Recipient: Landmarks Illinois + Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Preservation ***

In 2005, John and Valentino bought this house and spent the next 15 years bringing it back to its original character. We were looking to create a peaceful, intimate escape from the city. It's so lovely here that we even got married on the lawn under the old-growth oak trees in 2019. (Check out the photos in the profile.)

Now we are opening the home for you to enjoy as well.

This 1868 Victorian Italianate villa has been lovingly restored through years of effort. The charm of the time period has been preserved. Floors, doors and windows have been restored to their original detail, the home has been repainted to its original palette, and Victorian furnishings fill the rooms. The home sits on five acres of old growth oak trees and flowing pasture. Escape from the 21st century and step back in time. The house is here for you to enjoy.

Our home has ten rooms/spaces and sits on five acres on the edge of town facing the countryside. We have two older bikes that you can use to tool around town or take jaunts through the country. There is a gas grill at your disposal, and we'll leave you lounge chairs and beach towels so you can take advantage of the summer sun.

A park 500 feet away has tennis courts and a baseball diamond. We keep tennis rackets, tennis balls, pickle ball rackets and pickle balls on hand in case you'd like to venture over.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
65" HDTV with Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Netflix
Washer
Dryer
Air conditioning
Bathtub
Security cameras on property

Where you’ll be

Watseka, Illinois, United States

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4.94 out of 5 stars from 81 reviews

Hosted by Valentino Diaz Whitman

Joined in August 2016
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Valentino, a chef, and John, a marketing professional, live and work between Chicago and Watseka, IL. Most of the time we are in Chicago, which means our lovely, restored 1868 Victorian Italianate home sits empty and alone in Watseka.

Valentino moved to the US from MIlan, Italy, in 2019, which is why some of the reviews in his profile are in Italian and reference MIlan. His partner, John, is from Watseka and has spent the last 15 years restoring this home back to the way it looked when it was built in 1868.
Valentino, a chef, and John, a marketing professional, live and work between Chicago and Watseka, IL. Most of the time we are in Chicago, which means our lovely, restored 1868 Vict…

During your stay

You will have the house and grounds to yourselves, but we will be available via phone and the Airbnb app to answer any questions and resolve any issues that may arrive. We are very responsive.
  • Languages: English, Italiano, Español
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 81 reviews.