The Alling House

215 East French Avenue, Orange City, Florida 32763
Innkeeper(s): Gerald and Nan Hill
  • Introduction

    The Alling House, marquee

    Welcome to the Alling House, a Bed and Breakfast located in Orange-City, FL with three rooms and five cottages, owned and operated by Gerald and Nan Hill.

    The Alling House, front view

    For over 40 years this was the home of E.B. Alling, a well-known mayor of Orange City during its formative years. Learn how Orange City was founded as part of the expansion of modern civilization into Florida along a prominent transportation route provided by the St. John's River.



    You will find the house has been well preserved over the years. Many visitors agree that the Heart of Pine wood floors are one of its most beautiful characteristics. The house is decorated in a comfortable Victorian style that reflects its heritage. Nan has designed each room in a way that provides a uniquely refreshing experience, encourages stress to melt away and causes guests to forget about the cares of a busy routine.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Gerald Hill for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are centrally located to several of Florida's natural attractions.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our hospitality and attention to detail. The combination of the traditional bed and breakfast experience in the main house and our cottages gives us the flexibility to accommodate almost any need.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Visiting Blue Spring State Park.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "All the amenities of a hotel and the warmth of home."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    It's a place where people can relax and experience both Florida's nature and small-town hospitality.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Blue Spring State Park, Downtown Deland, Visit DeBary hall or Stetson Mansion, Nature tours on the St.John's River, and Daytona and New Smyrna beaches.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    One restaurant, One antique shop, Orange City's historic city hall and historic district.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Santorini's Greek Restaurant in downtown Deland.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    West Volusia Tourism

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    3 rooms in the main house and 5 separate cottages.

    Do you accept pets?

    We accept pets in our cottages with a one-time $20 pet fee that is waived on future stays if all goes well.

  • Amenities

    The Alling House, common lounge

    • Cable TV with VCR/DVD and clock/radio in each room
    • Internet PC in common area on second floor and WI/FI Internet access
    • Ice machine and refrigerator with drinks and snacks for guest use
    • Family room and parlor with grand piano available for guest use on first floor
    • Discounts to local businesses
    • Tickets to local theatrical productions available for for guest use
    • Access to a professional massage therapist

    Each room has a clock radio with CD player, cable T.V. with VHS or DVD player, hair dryer and a private bathroom with spa quality towels and robes for your comfort. An iron and ironing board is available in the closet at the end of the hall.

    The common area on the second floor is available to relax in, watch television, read, play games or use high-speed access to the Internet with our guest PC or wireless router. This area also contains an ice machine and a small refrigerator with drinks and snacks. The exit door in this area is only intended to be used in emergencies.

    The main house has central air conditioning and heating. Each cottage has its own A/C and heating unit.

    The family room, parlor and dining rooms on the first floor are available for your use. You are welcome to play the 1908 Baby Grand piano. We love to hear the music. There is a handicap-accessible half-bath on the first floor.

    You will be given certificates that will provide discounts to businesses in our area and are available to use for the length of your stay.

    We have access to a professional massage therapist that can provide one-hour full-body massages for guests in their rooms at a very reasonable rate. Please make arrangements with us in advance.

  • About the Inn

    We invite you to sit for a spell in the swing on our large front porch and relax while listening to the many beautiful birds. Take a peek at the goldfish in our pond and spy on the two large bullfrogs that guard the edge. Stroll across the front yard that provides a great presentation of our majestic home and a nice view of our landscaped property, surrounded by the residential neighborhood nearby. Browse underneath the canopy of trees behind the house and view the flora and fauna of an area frequently visited by the local critters that call this place home.

    Please take the opportunity to sit and talk; read from our library of books; play cards, chess or other games; choose one of the videos from the video library; take advantage of the cable TV or the Internet guest PC and wireless access; play on our 1908 Baby Grand piano; or listen to the soothing background music in our family room.

    Hospitality being her strength, Nan's warmth and love will immediately make you feel like a close relative who has come home. You won't want to leave. We look forward to providing the opportunity and environment that will allow you to accomplish everything you're looking for from your vacation.

    Three diamond rating received from AAA.

    The Alling House, patio

    The Alling House, common lounge
  • Area Attractions

    The Alling House, flowers

    For those who want to get out and be active, we are located near several places of interest. We are three miles from the St. John's River and Blue Spring State Park, where you can kayak or canoe and view the manatees that come into the park during the cooler months. There is plenty of opportunity for fishing and boating on the St. John's River. We are 30 minutes away from the New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach areas. Many people drive 5 miles north and enjoy strolling down main street Deland, with its historic atmosphere, antique shops and restaurants. Others come from around the world for more exciting pursuits, such as skydiving atDeland's airport. We are in the Orlando area and just a short trip from all of the well-known tourist parks. There is always something going on in the area. Whether it be a festival, fair, NASCAR race, Bike Week, or antique auction, we are close by.

  • Guest Comments

    Here you will find a list of comments from guests that have stayed at our Bed and Breakfast.

    Diana - Palm Bay, FL

    "Even though this is the first B&B we have visited, it was patently obvious that you two have set an extremely enviable and high standard to which all other B&Bs should strive to achieve. From the moment we walked in the door to our cottage - Nature Cottage - it was very obvious the tremendous amount of time and effort you both expended in making this and your other cottages, as well as the main house, a "home away from home". Your extreme attention to detail in uniquely furnishing each room and cottage, along with the incredible and abundant supply of complimentary amenities, snack foods, beverages, and other items, even down to the Q-Tips in the bathroom, definitely exceeded our expectations and made us feel most welcome to be here. The homemade breakfast was incredibly delicious, the beds were very comfortable, and the overall cottage was very warm and cozy. You have unquestionably made your wonderful B&B very family friendly and a place we shall definitely visit again and recommend to our family and friends."

    Rich and Laura - Marietta, GA

    "I wanted to say thanks for our wonderful visit and to post a comment. It seems every possible superlative has already been used, but hospitality as gracious as yours, must be acknowledged and we certainly want to let other potential guests know what a special place you have. We have stayed at many B&Bs and home stays and found your welcoming accommodations to be outstanding! Thanks for the great breakfasts and all the help with enjoying the local surroundings. We wish you both much success and gratification in your B&B. "

    Rosalie and John - Coconut Creek, FL

    "Our stay at the Alling House has been by far the best experience we have ever had at a Bed & Breakfast. Your amazing hospitality, your attention to detail, the overall cleanliness, the wonderful food, your generosity are all best described by the phrase 'ABOVE AND BEYOND'! We thank you so much for making our stay most memorable. Best of luck to both of you!"

    Carol and Chris - San Antonio, TX

    "On behalf of all the B_____ family, I'd like to thank you for your outstanding service at the Alling House. What a lovely and special place you have. Your hospitality was amazing -- all the extras you provided were very thoughtful. Your kindness and quality service helped to make our family gathering a great success. We look forward to spending more time with you in the future."

    Sara and Dan B_____ - Orange City, FL

    "All the B_____ family want to thank you for the week-end we enjoyed at your beautiful Bed & Breakfast. The cottages were so nice & well furnished. We appreciate all the extras - outside table & chairs - also beach umbrella, boogy board & toys for children. You were so kind to help in every way. When needed we'll look forward to another time with you."

    Tom and Leatha - North Port, FL

    "I'm sitting on your porch swing enjoying the shear beauty of the morning as I write. Our week's stay with you couldn't have been more perfect. Our granddaughter's graduation from Stetson is what brought us here, but the wonderfulness of your B&B AND new found friendship with the two of you will be what brings us back. I think you've spoiled us for future B&Bs as I'll always compare, knowing none can top this. We thank you again for sharing your little slice of heaven with us. May God bless you both with your future success here."

    Lou and Rona - Israel

    " What can we say? Words just would not be enough to express how wonderful you have made our vacation. Our room was beautiful, comfortable, homey, cozy, impeccably clean, and we just loved the bathroom, most especially the shower! :) And all of your special little touches, Nan, did not go unnoticed! We appreciate it all! The chocolates by the bed, the snacks, drinks, coasters by the bedside, etc., etc. We could go on all day! And, Nan, your breakfasts were so delicious, a reason to look forward to each & every morning! The house is so lovey, warm & welcoming! We have stayed at many hotels around the world but have enjoyed your B&B more than any!!! We will see you again & will highly recommend Alling House to all! Thank you for everything!"

  • Activities and Events

    The Alling House, agriculture


    • Long & Scott Farms - Mt. Dora


    • Renninger's Antiques/Farmers & Flea Market
    • Antique Extravaganzas - Over 1400 Dealers(November, January, February)
    • Antique Fairs - Over 400 Dealers (March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October)
    • Civil War Re-enactment- Battle of Townsend's Plantation(January)
    • Central Florida Antiques Market

    The Alling House, hammock


    • Barberville Pioneer Settlement
    • Stetson University
    • Athens Theater
    • Shoestring Theater - 380 S. Goodwin St., Lake Helen, FL. 32744 - 386-228-3777
    • Volusia Speedway Park - Dirt Track Racing
    • Daytona International Speedway
    • Blue Spring State Park / Hontoon Island State Park
    • Swimming
    • Tubing
    • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
    • Canoeing
    • Manatees
    • DeBary Hall - 1871 Historic Home of Frederick deBary
    • Stetson Mansion - 1886 Historic Home of John B. Stetson
    • Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge
    • Reptile Discovery Center
    • Central Florida Zoo
    • Walt Disney WorldThe Alling House, front view
    • Silver Springs
    • Sea World
    • Busch Gardens
    • Universal Studios
    • Kennedy Space Center
    • Bird Watching
    • Boat Tours
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Civil War Re-enactments
    • Fishing/Boating
    • Golf
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hot Air Balloon Rides
    • Kayaking
    • Lighthouses
    • Maze
    • Model Railroad Clubs
    • Paintball
    • Skydiving/Parachuting
    • Train Rides
    • Zipline Tours
  • Directions

    1. Travel west on Interstate 4 toward Orlando or east on Interstate 4 toward Daytona Beach
    2. Take exit 114 and go west on Highway 472 toward Orange City and Deland
    3. Stay in the left lane and go around the loop that connects to Highway 17/92 going south
    4. Turn left onto East French Ave at the third traffic light
    5. We are the second house on the left. Note the brown Blue Spring State Park signs along the way