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Matfield Station - Lodging in the Scenic Kansas Flint Hills

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Last updated: 04/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Matfield Green house description

Great lodging for travelers and vacationers, in the most beautiful part of the Flint Hills of Kansas, surrounded by the last remaining, original tallgrass prairie, never plowed. Three efficiency apartments, or 'casitas,' with views of the sunrise over the valley of the South Fork of the Cottonwood River.

Great for artist retreats, birdwatchers, hikers, trainwatchers, or just for peaceful weekend getaways, vacations, or sabbaticals. Built in 1924 by the Santa Fe Railroad, the bunkhouse is newly restored and comfortably furnished.

Just 50 feet from the BNSF tracks, this is a great place for viewing the trains. Restored by former Chicago architect Bill McBride, the building is well-insulated, air-conditioned, features radiant floor heating and all modern amenities.


Keywords: Studio-apartment, casita, Santa Fe Railroad, BNSF, Flint Hills, Artist Retreat, Train Watching, Hiking, Biking, Bird Watching, Running, Photography, Tallgrass Prairie, Chase County.

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 6-9

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • Bedroom 3

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              • Convertible bed(s)

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              • King size bed (1) The south apartment has a king size bed plus a full size futon. Queen Beds (2) The north apartment has a queen size bed and a twin size sleeper sofa; The middle appartment has a queen size bed....moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                Each unit has a microwave, oven/range, refrigerator, toaster, coffeemaker, pots, pans, dishes, glasses and silverware...moreless

              • Dining:

                The south unit seats 4 in the dining area....moreless

              Amenities

              • Washing Machine:

                Washer available in a separate laundry room....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Dryer available in a separate laundry room....moreless

              • Heating:

                All 3 units have radiant floor heating....moreless

              • Air Conditioning:

                All 3 units have air conditioning...moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Hair Dryer
              • Linens Provided
              • Parking Off Street

              Other Amenities

                  • A porch in the front, a deck in the back. Great views from either outdoor sitting area. Air conditioning for your summer get-away and radiant floor heating for your winter-stay....moreless

                  Entertainment

                      • Books

                      Communications

                          Outdoor Features

                          • Lanai / Gazebo:

                            The front of Matfield Station features a covered porch with ample tables and chairs....moreless

                          • Deck / Patio:

                            Each apartment has a deck on the west side....moreless

                          • Outdoor Grill

                          Theme

                          • Historic
                          • Romantic
                          • Tourist Attractions
                          • Family
                          • Adventure
                          • Away From It All
                          • Budget

                          Car

                              • Necessary

                              Activities

                              • Hunting
                              • Sight Seeing
                              • Horseback Riding
                              • Fishing
                              • Hiking
                              • Cycling
                              • Wildlife Viewing
                              • Scenic Drives
                              • Restaurants
                              • Museums
                              • Antiquing
                              • Shopping
                              • Walking

                              Other Activities

                                  • Art Gallery with sculpture garden, Train watching, Organic community garden, Pioneer Bluffs (National Historic Site and community events); the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Strong City is only 20 minutes north, tours twice a day; Cottonwood Falls has a State fishing lake with a section blocked off for swimming; Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls - open to visitors - is the oldest occupied courthouse still in function in Kansas; Horseback riding; Hiking on the prairie; Autotours; Birdwatching; Prairie burning in late March and April; Observing Prairie Chickens' mating dance in late March, April and early May....moreless
                                   

                                  Reviews

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                                  • What a wonderful place

                                    What a wonderful place

                                    • Guest Dean (Harrisonville, MO )
                                    • Date of stay 08/21/13
                                    • Review Submitted 08/25/13
                                    This was just the right place at just the right time of life. A full moon and a clear sky full of stars...peaceful and calm with a nice breeze that carried an owl's hoot across the night to me as I sat in perfect solitude in one of the rockers on the front porch. Didn't bother the owners but I'm sure I'll wonder down the path and say Hi next time....and there most definitely will be a 'next time' !

                                    Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+.

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                                  • Peace on the Prairie

                                    Peace on the Prairie

                                    • Guest P&B (Kansas)
                                    • Date of stay 04/12/13
                                    • Review Submitted 04/14/13
                                    Could not have been happier with our two-night stay. Featured in 2012 on the Topeka, KS public TV show "Sunflower Journeys" this refurbished railroad bunkhouse was built in 1924. The owners have completely refitted the interiors with comfort and style in mind. It is maybe 50-feet from the rails where 60 trains per day pass by. Amazingly, they do not intrude on the peaceful feeling or on sleeping. Well equipped kitchen, and everything is very clean and artfully decorated. Within 20-minutes of two wonderful restaurants that are well worth the drive. Just around the bend from Pioneer Bluff Gallery, a must see for those looking for fine contemporary art. This is a very special place to find peace. Make time to visit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (just 25-minutes to the north) for a hike and a rare opportunity to view bison in their natural habitat.

                                    Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+.

                                    Manager response: Bob and Pat, we so enjoyed meeting you and look forward to your next visit. Thanks for checking out the restaurants in Strong City and Cottonwood Falls and for including such great detail in your review. It was a pleasure spending just a little bit of time tromping around the prairie with you. Yours, Julia

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                                  • Can't wait to return

                                    Can't wait to return

                                    • Guest prairygirl (Hesston, KS)
                                    • Date of stay 04/11/13
                                    • Review Submitted 04/12/13
                                    My husband and I stayed one night at Matfield Station as our first getaway since our daughter was born 10 months ago. What a refreshing, comfortable, relaxing retreat. We stayed in the middle unit, and found it to be such an inviting space that we almost hated leaving to go do our traipsing around that we planned to do in the county. It was spotlessly clean, and perfect for the two of us. We regretted not having enough hours in the day to use the well-appointed kitchen, and although there was a brisk north wind, we sat out the back to watch the trains thundering by (a bonus!). The queen memory foam bed was awesome and we slept in for the first time in almost a year :) We are already planning our return trip, and hope to bring friends to rent out the other units as well. What a unique, beautiful place.

                                    Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, adventure seekers.

                                    Manager response: I'm so sorry that I missed seeing you and I'm really glad to hear that you can't wait to return. Come soon! Julia

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                                  • Wow.

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                                    Wow.

                                    • Guest From Newton, KS and Washington DC (south unit)
                                    • Date of stay 09/03/12
                                    • Review Submitted 01/03/13
                                    We were greeted by two trains, a bevy of bluebirds, a flurry of finches, flighty vultures with verve! Fabulous!! We will be back !

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                                  • Loved the decor!

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                                    Loved the decor!

                                    • Guest Audrey and Kent (north unit)
                                    • Date of stay 06/03/12
                                    • Review Submitted 01/03/13
                                    Wish we could stay longer - just to browse the books. Thanks so much - loved your artistic touch to decor.

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                                  • Restful weekend

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                                    Restful weekend

                                    • Guest Lauren and Rob, Lincoln, Nebraska
                                    • Date of stay 09/03/12
                                    • Review Submitted 01/03/13
                                    This is an amazing space made even better by all your thoughtfull touches: tea, coffee in the fridge, extra toiletries in the bathroom. We had such a wonderful, restful weekend and will certainly be back soon. Thank you!

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                                  • Gift!

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                                    Gift!

                                    • Guest Mac, California
                                    • Date of stay 12/14/12
                                    • Review Submitted 01/03/13
                                    What a gift of a place! Thank you for letting me be part of such wonder.

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                                  • Thanks!

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                                    Thanks!

                                    • Guest Dave, Karin, Jennifer, Chris (in south unit)
                                    • Date of stay 12/30/12
                                    • Review Submitted 01/03/13
                                    We really enjoyed our 2 night stay for 2013 New Year. What a great place to be when the snow is falling. We hope to come back again soon. Thanks!

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                                  • It is just so beautiful

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                                    It is just so beautiful

                                    • Guest A+D, Santa Fe, NM (in south unit)
                                    • Date of stay 06/26/12
                                    • Review Submitted 01/03/13
                                    It is just so beautiful - such a special place, lovely and simple, a wonderful interlude. And the trains! We will never forget these 2 special days!! Thank you for sharing.

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                                  • Matfield Station, Matifeld, Ks.

                                    Matfield Station, Matifeld, Ks.

                                    • Guest Andrea (Mulvane)
                                    • Date of stay 09/15/12
                                    • Review Submitted 09/25/12
                                    We loved the bunkhouse because of the view and serenity of it all. Very neat and clean, comfortable bed. The trains didn't bother us at all because we live by a railroad track, just not that close. Beautiful scenery and drive to Counsel Grove. The directions to Matfield Station lead us right there. I wish all of the windows had some kind of shade on them. Some of them were covered, but not all of them. When we got there at 11:00 PM; I wish there was more light going up the hill to the bunkhouse because we could not see. Owners were very friendly. Would I stay there again, yes indeed!

                                    Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers.

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                                  Rental basis: Per property
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                                  My Standard Rate
                                  2 night min stay
                                  $95

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                                  • Taxes Not included

                                  Notes:

                                  Two-night minimum stay, NO cleaning fee.

                                  North unit: $ 110/night

                                  Middle unit:$ 95/night

                                  South unit: $ 120/night

                                  A 1-night stay is possible: cleaning fee $ 30.00.

                                  Special weekly and monthly rates are available.


                                  Cancellation policy:

                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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                                  Year Purchased: 2001

                                  About: We (Bill and Julia McBride) moved to Matfield Green, Kansas from the city of Chicago in 2006. We are city folks having a blast in the country. We love it so much we had to share it with someone - so our son Luke was born in 2007. Now we want to share our country life with you!

                                  Why Matfield Green:
                                  We purchased Matfield Station in 2001 after our second trip to Chase County, Kansas. The historic Santa Fe building was one good rain away from collapse and we couldn't stand to see that happen. Bill, the architect, worked with our friend Pat, the carpenter, to restore the building - with Julia (and our friend and partner Karl Rohlich) cheering on the project. Bill and Julia lived at Matfield Station while we built our house just 400 feet away. We love the views, the open space, the fresh air, the horses across the road, the sunsets, and the wind on the prairie - and we know you will too.


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                                  Photos

                                  • The south apartment with king bed and full futon, bathroom and kitchen.

                                    The south apartment with king bed and full futon, bathroom and kitchen.

                                  • View of the Flint Hills from the porch of Matfield Station.

                                    View of the Flint Hills from the porch of Matfield Station.

                                  • The middle apartment with queen bed, bathroom and kitchen.

                                    The middle apartment with queen bed, bathroom and kitchen.

                                  • A queen bed and a twin sleeper sofa in the nort unit

                                    A queen bed and a twin sleeper sofa in the nort unit

                                  • North unit

                                    North unit

                                  • Matfield Station drew the attention of many artists and photographers.

                                    Matfield Station drew the attention of many artists and photographers.

                                  • This photo shows the backside with the patio's. A lovely breakfast spot.

                                    This photo shows the backside with the patio's. A lovely breakfast spot.

                                  • Comfortable king bed in the south unit

                                    Comfortable king bed in the south unit

                                  • Sunny mornings or shade evenings. A great spot to take in the stunning views.

                                    Sunny mornings or shade evenings. A great spot to take in the stunning views.

                                  • Trainwatching from the back patio.

                                    Trainwatching from the back patio.

                                  • North unit

                                    North unit

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                                  This listing was first published here in 2011.

                                  Date last modified - Sunday, December 29, 2013

                                  $95 per night (USD)
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                                  3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                                  Sleeps 9

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                                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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