You have the entire ground-level apartment, wifi, full kitchen, bathroom, carport, & patio. Open floor plan, apt. has 3 sleeping areas: a queen-sized bed semi-private, 1 twin bunk, and regular size sleeper sofa. Cozy earth-sheltered space was designed for energy efficiency, w/ wood-burning stove & solar backup. It's like Great-grandma's house. Drive down 1+ mile of country roads that are romantically tree-lined to arrive at secluded country getaway, only 1+ mile from state highways 51 & 18.
Check-in / Check-out: We are flexible on the time you check out, unless there will be new guests coming in directly after your stay, in which case we will need time to clean and change linens, etc.
Breakage: Replace or compensate for anything broken and we'll be fine.
Smoking: We do not allow smoking at all, unless one walks completely off our property and out of sight down the country road. Tobie has been having a difficult time stopping smoking himself, so we don't want any event that might trigger a relapse.
Alcohol: moderate consumption is fine. But this is a quiet, non-party lifestyle here on our place.
Quiteness: we are a quiet homestead most of the time, but especially after 10:30 p.m. We're usually up until 11:00 p.m. We don't care what hours you keep. As long as you turn off the porch light and the big overhead florescent lights by 11 p.m.-ish, your staying up at all hours will be fine if that's your preference.
Fire starting is prohibited, unless specifically assisted by Neva.
Pets: All of our own animals are outdoors. We only allow pets that are free of fleas and ticks and will be kept inside (with guests). We have the protective livestock guardian dogs and the free-range chickens (which also sometimes have their own little baby chickens) running everywhere which can be quite the temptation to the average canine or feline.
Children: We would love to have children, but we do not have a child-friendly place. So we only accept children that are under 1-year old.
Upper bunk bed: only persons 16 years old, or older, will be permitted to sleep in the top bunk. (Hard concrete floor below.)
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Tobie and I live on my great-grandparents' original homestead. We are at, or nearing, retirement age and love life on a small farm. We are intrigued with sustainability and self-sufficiency. We are warm, friendly people who enjoy sharing with others about our passions for rural living. But we are also happy to give anyone all the privacy possible should that be their wish.
FARM STAY: Our farm operations are small, consisting of a very large vegetable garden; three Nubian milk-goats named Ladybug, Whiters, and D'Dee; a flock of about 50 free-range chickens and a few baby chicks; 12 guineas ; several outdoor dogs (4 Great Pyrenees guardians named Greta, Happy, Hoss, and Zoie & one ancient little Australian Shepherd named Calico); and three outdoor cats, Priscilla, Stripey, and Jasmine. Just now there are 8 kittens scampering around the milk barn. And Zoie is due to have puppies any day.
We are dedicated to organic practices in raising animals and in our gardening. We use no pesticides, no herbicides, no chemical fertilizers, no antibiotics. We do not push production on our animals with lighting or hormones.
We are intrigued with Community and in the early stages of designing an eco-village /intentional community and are studying the options.
We have a small Health Food Store business that we have operated since 2000. We have down-sized and are transitioning it from its original location in town to our farm.