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Relax in this charming lake view Lodge only 8 miles from Mississippi State University. The Bouchillon Lodge is famous in Starkville for its one-of-a-kind, rustic charm, open floor plan perfect for entertaining large groups, huge windows with lakefront views, and beautiful swimming pool with shaded pergola. The kitchen is newly remodeled with double ovens, a copper sink, and granite counter tops. We provide all serving and cooking dishes and utensils. A washer and dryer are also provided. Wifi is included. The Lodge sleeps 20 in 5 uniquely designed bedrooms: Main Floor: The Treetop: 2 Queens, 1 bunk in alcove, bathroom suite; The Lake View: Queen Bed, Bunk Bed hall bath with clawfoot tub; Lower Level: The Cavern: Queen Bed, with bunk in alcove and attached private bath; The Sprout: two singles that can be combined to a king and a bunk, hall bath; The Sunrise Room: full bed and a bunk bed, hall bath. There is also a playroom with an art and Lego table, and a stage to keep children happily occupied. We provide all linens, sheets, towels, wash cloths, etc. The Lodge is on a working Homestead with chickens, goats, gardens and bees. When it is not rented we hold all kinds of events, workshops, and retreats. Please see our website, www.thehomesteadcenter.com for more photos and details!
The Homestead Lodge is a local attraction. We host educational events and camps throughout the year. When we aren't having events, we rent to families coming for reunions, game weekends, or just a fun getaway. Families with children are happiest here with all the farm animals, zip line, playroom, and pool....moreless
We have a basic tv with local stations.
It is a smart tv you can link to your own Netflix, etc.
Lots of old VHS videos in the playroom for kids....moreless
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Deer, beavers, cranes, squirrels, rabbits, turtles, rabbits and the occasional fox all make appearances at the Homestead. We call it Big House in the Little Woods....moreless
Lodge sits on a beautiful lake that can be viewed from almost every room....moreless
We have chickens, bees, pigs, an orchard, two teaching gardens, gray water, rain catchment, compost systems and more than a mile of nature trails. Wildlife is everywhere. ...moreless
There is a dock and plenty of comfortable outdoor seating. No fishing in the lake. ...moreless
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16 place settings with lots of extra seating in the open floor plan. 30 can find a place to eat at one time....moreless
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Starkville is home to the beautiful Mississippi State University and the annual award winning Cotton District Arts festival. Starkville offers many options for visitors to enjoy great recreation, from hunting, fishing or bird watching in the great outdoors to enjoying a challenging game of golf or working out at state-of-the-art fitness centers. Residents also enjoy many cultural activities including the Starkville Community Theater, Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra and more. One of our favorite outings is the Noxube Wildlife Refuge.
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: I always wanted to be Laura Ingles Wilder. I read every book and watched every episode as a kid, and I guess it stuck. My family decided to start the Mississippi Modern Homestead Center when one too many friends stood in our garden and said, 'Y'all should teach this stuff.' This 'stuff' includes all the things we have learned over the past six years as we transformed our home and five acres into a modern homestead, including, chickens, orchards, vegetable gardens, a greenhouse, solar panels, and a grey water and cistern system. Mississippi is rich with practical know-how, but much of that information has been lost in an era of cheap energy and convenience. We value knowing how to do real things! The purpose of the Homestead Center is to help Mississippians rediscover fading skills by combining the best of our past knowledge with our current improvements and technologies.
We hope to share our experiences with our community and our state. We moved out of our original homestead, and turned the old homestead into a rental, teaching, learning, demonstration center. We pay for the center with our special events, rental facilities and Homestead memberships.
Why the Owner Chose Starkville: Charles Bouchillon built the Homestead Center as a dream house for his family, his wife, and four teenagers in 1974. He was an engineer at MS State and designed and built the home in the shape of an airplane - pointed at the front with two wings coming out the sides. There is a great story about he and a guy named 'Tiny.' Tiny helped Charles place the great, old beams together and when the last one fit he said, 'I'll be damned, it worked!'
It is truly a unique place with lots of beautiful windows and just as many quirks to make it special. I have heard more people say, 'This place has such a good feeling!' It does and we want to share that with you and your friends and family.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse: Everyone who stays at the Homestead Lodge says it has such a special feel. It is clean, comfortable, peaceful and relaxing! It allows people to slow down, unwind and reconnect to the best Mississippi has to offer.