Picturesque 4 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom with epic farm views, open skies in country
About Property Manager
Rob is a professor of Music at a college in Minneapolis. Shannon recently finished a second bachelors degree and is in the process of changing career tracks from business and marketing to health sciences. Rob grew up in Minneapolis and Shannon grew up on a family farm just down the road from the Guesthouse. Shannon endeared Rob with love for rural living.
Property Manager purchased this Farmhouse in 2016
Why Property Manager chose Decorah
This property became available when the Guesthouse property was purchased by Shannon's parents from the Evenrud family in 2015. Subsequently, Shannon and Rob purchased the Guesthouse from her parents in 2016. The original farm was broken into parcels. It was in a state of need for a caretaker and some major remodeling. This property was passed through generations within a single family until it came to us. It was homesteaded in the 19th century and evolved as a successful farm. The home was built in 1900 and the main barn came in 1920. Outbuildings have come and gone. The community saw major changes with immigration and technology from the 1860s-1940s. The Evenruds were pillars of the local community with major land holdings and a successful farm. The property is steeped in history. This property became available when the Evenrud farm was broken into parcels. It was in a state of need for a caretaker and some major remodeling. The restoration will be on-going through 2028. The undertaking of the project revealed oak and walnut framing, iron-spike nails, and 2-3 foot thick foundations. As an urban remodeler, I can say that this build is a challenge. But, this is not just a house. It is a piece of American history. If you choose to stay at the Glenville Guesthouse and you get an evening wind, imagine standing outside 150 years ago. The land shapes are the same. The winds are the same. The only change is what the wind has seen, as Claude Debussy portrayed in his famous piano piece. The vast skies, fresh air, and oceans of summer corn provide a sense of being connected to nature and history. If you stay with us, you will be staying rural and in the Driftless. Every day I stand in the presence of that massive barn, I am in awe of the fortitude of the Evenrud homesteaders. We are history by preserving history. This is why we took on this challenge.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Large, spacious living areas. This is an old farmhouse. The bedrooms are modest, but the real living happens in the kitchen, dining room, living room, and of course, the expanse of the outdoors. While the bedrooms are cozy enclaves for the end of the day, we encourage our guests to get out of the house and explore the bluff country and it's offerings. Biking, fishing, wineries, breweries, dining, music, history, hiking, bird watching, geology, kayaking! Just explore. Our property allows for large gatherings and picnics with ample parking and camping options. Your closest neighbor is acres away. You will have solitude. When the corn is up, you cannot see another building other than the Glenwood Lutheran Church down the road. Kids love the farm. Tractors driving by, workers in the field tilling and planting, and haying. This is a rural community of family farms. Wildlife is part of farm life. At least four species of birds share our property. Deer, including fawns wander through to forage the fruit. Curious musk rats and possums appear. Nomadic cats are not unusual. Coyotes are heard at night and hawks and eagles patrol the skies searching for mice and gophers, which are plentiful on a farm. Do not approach, feed, or kill wildlife. The property is close to State land that is great for exploring. The Upper Iowa flows through it. There is a landing for canoes. Put in at Bluffton and out at the State land. We are between Waukon and Decorah. Both have restaurants and night life. We know many business owners in our community. Mostly, we love the solitude and the community we live in here at Glenville. We are family farms with deep roots in American history. Our mission is to preserve a portion of this and share it with you.
Pets allowed - Guests are responsible for pets.Guests are responsible for pets.
No smoking - Smoking is allowed out doors only.Smoking is allowed out doors only.
Max guests: 10
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
We felt immediately comfortable and at home while visiting Decorah to spend time with our college student. We can’t wait to come back.
Great Family Time in Decorah!!
We had an amazing time and made ourselves feel “right at home” very quickly! The cupboards and rooms supplied everything and anything that one might need! The owners thought of everything! Thanks for the fun Thanksgiving! We are most grateful for your hospitality!
We are thrilled that you and your family enjoyed staying at the Glenville Guesthouse while visiting Decorah. We appreciate your kind words and feedback.
Hands down, the best Vrbo I have ever stayed out! Property was amazing! If you are looking for a couple or family get away this is your place. The host are easy going and very detailed about the property. I recommend the property and the owners without hesitation.
Thank you for your kind words and so glad you enjoyed staying at the Glenville Guesthouse. We hope you come back again!
Family fun on the farm
Very peaceful and quiet.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay at the Glenville Guesthouse. One of the reasons we love it is because it is very peaceful and quiet!
We stayed at Robert and Shannon's property while attending the Nordic Fest in Decorah. The location was great, with just a quick drive into town. If you are from the country you will feel right at home. If you are from the cities, this home is a real treat. We embraced the country charm, while enjoying amenities like the newly remodeled bathroom, wifi, comfortable furniture, fully stocked kitchen, and lots of space for our group of seven. Robert and Shannon were great to work with and responded to my questions via email very quickly.
Thanks for the positive review Pam! So glad to hear you enjoyed the Glenville Guesthouse and Nordic Fest!
Our stay was great. The check in process was easy and we were given detailed instructions for both checkin and check out. Questions were answered promptly. There were many pamphlets and a book with dining and activity suggestions. The property was clean and comfortable. The property is a little outside Decorah but the listing is not misleading, it gives an accurate mileage to town. The roads the property are on are well maintained and the drive into Decorah is short and easy. We had a blast, especially happy with the owners’ suggestion to visit the fish hatchery in Decorah. Would definitely rent again!!!
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you come back and visit Decorah area again. The fish hatchery is a favorite for kids of all ages!
Our home is located among many activities and attractions. We are the "Montana of the Midwest." There are too many to list here. Highlights include:
Trout Run Trail. 10 mile closed-loop paved trail with major elevation changes though farmland, creeks, and woods. Side trip to downtown Decorah for lunch, shopping, or breweries. Free.
Decorah Trout Hatchery. One of the largest in the world. Feed the fish! Free.
Eagle Cam Nest. Watch majestic eagles in their habitat. Free (and on Trout Run Trail).
Effigy Mounds National Monument. Ancient burial mounds and interpretive center. Free.
Yellow River State Forest. This 8000+ acre State Forest features the flora, fauna, and geologic features of the Driftless zone. Epic hikes and views.
Upper Iowa River. Miles of river. We recommend starting in Bluffton and pulling out in Decorah or on the state land near Coon Creek.
Iowa Wine Trail.
Breweries. Toppling Goliath; Pulpit Rock; Pivo
Vesterheim Museum and Heritage Center. History of Norwegian planes immigration. Includes an interpretive historic heritage park with original buildings. This is a must-see for all.
Fine Dining. Resturation at Hotel Winneshiek; Rubiyak; and
Golf. Numerous golf courses are a short distance from the Guesthouse.
Fishing/Hunting. Check with IA DNR for regulations and local trout stream access. The streams are stocked by the hatchery.
Mountain Biking. Decorah's Dunning Springs offers 17 miles of single track with lots of downhills.