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Explore the Iowa countryside with this '70s ranch as your relaxing base camp.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in a beautiful, rural setting

Situated on 10 acres of rolling hills in Madison County, this homestead has something for every kind of traveler. Hike the land, enjoy the symphonic sounds of the pond, venture across the county for a tour of the historic covered bridges, or hop 30 minutes northeast to Des Moines. The town of Winterset, just 10 minutes to the south, is full of charming establishments, from antique shops to classic diners.

The property has a barn with two livestock stalls and a kennel with multiple runs and a large fenced-in yard available for your use. Animals are welcome on the land and in these two structures for an additional fee, but please do not bring them into the house. We have seven laying hens and a rooster in an enclosed space within the fenced yard as well, and welcome our guests to gather their own fresh eggs if desired.

The home is a ranch-style, with two steps leading up to the front entry.

More Details

Luann Gilman
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018


Winterset House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large room with sofa & room for a blow-up mattress / crib.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
We live at the property next door and are readily available if you have questions or need anything. On request, you can tour our historic 1850s hand-hewn post and beam barn. We are located close to many attractions in the beautiful, rolling hills of Madison County. Drive the Madison County Scenic Byway, tour the Bridges of Madison County, visit Jensen Marsh, and Pammel Park, Bike, or Kayak/canoe/float. The Winterset Cidery and Covered Bridges Winery are less than 3 miles away, and Madison County Winery and Two Saints Winery are also in the area. Shop the historic town square in Winterset, visit the Iowa Quilt Museum and John Wayne Museum and Birthplace or go to a showing at the recently restored Iowa Theatre.


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Explore the Iowa countryside with this '70s ranch as your relaxing base camp.
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Relaxing fun home

  • 5 of 5

This was a nice middle meeting point for our family. Some from OK and some from WI. The home was what we expected. It was comfy, uncluttered, and easy to share. We would definitely stay again. We spent a lot of our time at the home playing games, cooking, and hanging out together! The countryside is beautiful. The surrounding area is a great place for a day thing...the cool shops, Bridges of Madison County, Wineries, etc. Two things we would like to be added for next time would be an extra frying pan or two (we enjoyed cooking together as part of our trip) and some outdoor seating to hang out at and enjoy each other and the views! Would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Des Moines International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Winterset Cidery
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Interstate 80
Car: recommended

Property: hiking trails, bonfire pit, horse shoes, picnic table, board games, record player and records, tour of an historic 1850s hand-hewn post and beam barn (on request), dvd player

Drive the Madison County Scenic Byway

Bridges of Madison County

Parks: Jensen Marsh, Pammel Park



Wineries/cideries: Winterset Cidery and Covered Bridges Winery (less than 3 miles away), Madison County Winery, Two Saints Winery

Winterset: shop the historic town square, visit the Iowa Quilt Museum and John Wayne Museum and Birthplace, go to a showing at the Iowa Theatre


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $45
Pet Fee $25
Damage Deposit $150

Dogs are only allowed in the outdoor kennel area and the charge is $25 per night. We also have 2 horse stalls available for $25 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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