Historic Hideaway by Lake Monroe Bloomington


Entire residential home hosted by Brook

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the house to yourself.
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Great location
95% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Historic meets modern in this unique space located steps away from the entrance to Lake Monroe at Fairfax. Built in 1872, this one-room church turned romantic Airbnb provides a one-of-a-kind experience and has been featured as one of the best in the country by Condé Nast, Love Exploring and Indianapolis Monthly. Lake Monroe offers fantastic boating/fishing/swimming opportunities and downtown Bloomington and Indiana University are only 11 miles away with fabulous local eateries and unique shops.

The space
The expansive studio will provide you with plenty of room to stretch out. The decor reflects some of the history of the church, with one of the original church pews inside, as well as a collection of vintage camera equipment, as Brook previously used this as her photography studio. The arcade table features 60 classic arcade games (including Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger, etc) for hours of fun. Cook a meal in the kitchen with all of the bells and whistles, or just relax with TV (Hulu Live) and lighting-fast fiberoptic wireless internet. The bathroom features a walk-in tile shower. There is also a full sized washer/dryer for your convenience, as well as fire pit out back.

Your health and safety are important to us, especially in this time. With this in mind, have expanded our already thorough cleaning routine and added a ultraviolet air purification system to our HVAC system which has been shown to kill 99% of viruses and bacteria in the air.

We have also created a special house manual in which we provide our personal recommendations for our favorite restaurants, local attractions, hiking areas, etc. You can find this in the studio or we can send a pdf document with this information when you book, if you would like.

The kitchen is stocked with coffee, tea, and various kitchen staples including spices, oil, salt/pepper, etc. if you plan to cook your own meals, although we highly recommend you try out one of Bloomington's famous eateries. The kitchen includes all of the pots, pans, tableware and silverware you will need. There is a mixer, toaster, tea kettle and drip coffee maker.

Unlike a hotel, additional visitors to the home are not allowed. All visitors, even those who just come for lunch, etc, will be charged $25 each as extra guests and must be included in reservation.

In the space we provide documents detailing the rich history of the church and its historic significance to our area.

If you happen fall in love with the area or are looking to move here, let us know. Corey is a licensed real estate broker and would love to show you some places while you are here.

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
TV with Hulu
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Central air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Bloomington, Indiana, United States

The entrance to Fairfax State Recreation Area at Lake Monroe is literally steps away from the building (entry fees apply). There is a restaurant and bar (Fairfax Inn) right next door, so you don't even have to drive to grab a quick bite or have a drink. There area also a golf course, 3 other restaurants and two other pubs within a mile walk or drive.

Hosted by Brook

  1. Joined in April 2016
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We are Brook and Corey from Bloomington, Indiana. Corey works in park management and real estate and Brook is a property manager. We share a love of the great outdoors, especially camping, boating and fishing. We are avid DIY-ers who prefer to make things from scratch. Be it preparing a meal or renovating a house, we like to do as much as possible ourselves. We tap maple trees, keep laying hens and keep a garden. Corey is an avid hunter and fisherman and Brook is a knitter. We look forward to getting to know you too!
We are Brook and Corey from Bloomington, Indiana. Corey works in park management and real estate and Brook is a property manager. We share a love of the great outdoors, especially…


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During your stay

We live a few doors away and can be available to help, should you need anything at all. We love to meet our guests and do in-person check-in if our schedule allows.

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 11:00
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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