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Welcome – Please sign our guestbook here and leave any comments you would like about your stay with us.



  • To all our guests and new friends… THANK YOU!!! We hope to see you again real soon!!!

  • Holly & I have been visiting B&B’s since the late ’70s. We have enjoyed some wonderful locations as well as unique facilities. At the Grey Goose Inn, we experienced ‘over-the-top’ hospitality. Our hostess, Diane, went ‘above & beyond the call of duty’ to gracefully & graciously take care of not only us but our son, our daughter-in-law & 2 grandkids. Her care for us began each morning with a sumptuous breakfast out on the deck overlooking Rathbun Lake. We had more than enough to eat, and each breakfast came with at least one delectable surprise. Throughout the day, we felt like we were a part of Diane & Jim’s family; this became important as we, like any family, had needs that the Wakelin’s responded to without making a big fuse about it. This included providing travel tips for us about sites & events around the region. Each of our 7 days at the GGI was capped off with a special, made-from-scratch dessert, something that is rare to find in other B&B’s.

    The occasion for our visit was a family wedding in Chariton, Iowa (approx. 35 miles away). The distance didn’t matter because our time at GGI made the additional travel well worth it.

    Phil & Holly Olson

  • We had such a wonderful time!!!!!! Great old friends. Great new friends. Diane and Jim you are the perfect hosts. We will be back. Keep in touch.
    Dave & Carol Banks
    Prole, IA

  • I have hosted a Stampin’ Up! Weekend Crop at the Grey Goose twice now….spring and fall. We have had a wonderful experience at the Goose both times. I am already planning the the next spring crop because Jim and Diane are so welcoming and accomodating and the planning is easy with them. We have a nice size group of 12 ladies and we have had a blast at the Goose stamping, scrapbooking and papercrafting. We have had the space we needed and love the twin bed set up in the lower level, perfect for a group like ours. The newly added kitchen to the lower level area was an awesome addition and worked out great for our group. Diane prepared a great breakfast each morning and it was delish! I am looking forward to the spring crop at the Goose and am already deciding the date so the reservation can be made.

  • Dear Diane and Jim,
    Just wanted to tell you we really enjoyed getting to stay with at your Inn! Thank you for your friendly hospitality and for showing us around. We enjoyed our time and stay and getting to know both of you! We really enjoyed the wonderful, tasty breakfast and the hospitality of both of you and the clean rooms!
    Sherry & Jay-R Sherman

  • Thank you for taking care of my husband while is was in Iowa. Your establishment helped a bit keeping the homesickness at bay, and acctualy getting a meal in him before working! Thank you!

  • The Grey Goose Inn was the perfect location for family to stay while attending my son’s wedding at Bessie’s Barn west of Centerville. Jim and Diane were the perfect hosts and went above and beyond to accommodate our needs. The rooms were clean, comfortable and provided a family atmosphere for visiting and wedding preparations. The breakfasts served by Diane were wonderful. I would highly recommend the Grey Goose Inn for your stay when visiting the Lake Rathbun area!

  • Perfect describes the Grey Goose Inn. It was the highlight of my trip to Lake Rathbun. I keep talking about it to my friends. Spotless rooms, home atmosphere, common room surrounded by the guest rooms. Best of all the hosts Diane and Jim and the other guests. The free breakfast was great and the evening desserts topped it off. The conversations with the hosts and guests were memorable. Our group is trying to think of an excuse to go back.

  • Our family chose the Grey Goose to be our “base” for our bi-annual family reunion. Some of us stayed here and others stayed in other venues. Diane and Jim went over and above to make us all feel welcome. We actually felt more like family then guests. We had our evening meals catered and delivered to the Grey Goose so even those who were staying elsewhere came and ate together. Everyone was welcomed. They made a point to know our names and call us by name. They helped with set up and clean up and allowed us to use anything we needed. I cannot say enough good things about our stay there. The rooms are nice and well appointed. I especially liked the bathroom set-up. The common rooms are very functional and extremely welcoming and were perfect for us. This is truly a perfect set-up for family get-togethers. If we lived anywhere close I would make this an annual getaway. Thank, Diane and Jim for your hospitality and friendship!

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