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Perfect Reunion Getaway Close to Town

Bedrooms 5
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Lakefront Lodge for Large Family Get-Togethers, Sleeps 20-28, 5 br, 4 bath

Relax in this charming lake view lodge only 8 miles from Mississippi State University. The Bouchillon Homestead 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.

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Alison Buehler
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Alison Buehler

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 The Homestead Retreat 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.

Alison Buehler purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Alison Buehler chose Mississippi

Charles Bouchillon built the Homestead Retreat 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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Everyone who stays at the Homestead Retreat says it has such a special feel. The Homestead is not luxury, but it is clean, comfortable, peaceful and relaxing! It allows people to slow down, unwind and reconnect to the best Mississippi has to offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a great place, very spacious, on a nice little lake, many bonus features: huge salt water pool, nice herb and vegetable gardens and chickens laying fresh eggs for breakfast (no crowing rooster ;~)) Enjoyed the gorgeous kitchen, sitting on the porch and by the lake.

Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Jul 2013
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Starkville Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Treetop - 2 queen , 1 bunk bed , Private bath with shower and jacuzzi tub
    The Cavern - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Private Bath
    The Sprout - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Singles can be pushed together to make a king
    Lake View - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    The Sunrise - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming
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.


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Perfect Reunion Getaway Close to Town
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 19 reviews
Napa, CA

Peaceful and spacious

  • 5 of 5

Our family came from CA, TX and MD to celebrate our daughter's graduation from MS Veterninary College of Medicine. The property was perfect for us and provided plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and indoors. We say goodbye to Starkville for the last time but will leave with many great memories. Go Bulldogs!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worked Out Perfectly - Fantasticly responsive Hosts

  • 5 of 5

House is Giant with plenty of Space. Lots of Beds. Nobody Felt on top of one another. Figuring out which light switch works with which set of lights was a challenge and the Dinning Room Switch in the Front Closet was a true challenge. Huge Yard and Lots of Places to explore for the Kids in Our Group. Easy to contact Host & Very Responsive to questions & issues.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Allen, TX

Great house with tons of room and character. Would definitely stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

We visited the Homestead Center over a football weekend as we were traveling to watch my Texas A&M Aggies play MSU (rough Saturday for us). We had 6 in our group, so there was a TON of room for us. I wouldn't think twice about bringing a group of families here, though. It's close to everything we needed - groceries, campus, highways, etc. - and made for an easy weekend. Plenty of room to spread out, great patios to relax and hang out, and everything we needed from a cooking and dining perspective. The property in and out has a ton of character, which we enjoyed. Everything was clean and ready for us upon arrival, and check-out was a breeze (though we opted for the provided cleaning versus doing it ourselves to recoup the cleaning deposit). The only thing we needed from a customer service standpoint was information on where we might find flashlights, which the owner responded to my text immediately on. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here in the future, especially when it's warmer to take advantage of the pool, pond, etc. When looking at the experience as a whole versus overpriced hotels for a game weekend, it's a no brainer. I highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great group/family retreat space

  • 5 of 5

the property was wonderful, and perfect for our family of 11 (adults and children). close enough to town and campus to make it a snap to get there, but far enough to make it feel like the country. The owners were responsive to some of our questions and some minor maintenance needs, and otherwise stayed out of our hair. Great property!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property was beautiful and allowed us to make many wonderful memories

  • 5 of 5

The property owner was extremely helpful before, during and after our stay! The property was beautiful and allowed everyone space to do what they enjoyed. The house has so much room we were often lost looking for each other. The linens were fresh and clean and the beds were comfortable. The description of the house was very accurate and allowed us to be properly prepared. Our stay was during a record heat wave on Labor Day. The house maintained a comfortable temperature despite its age and quirkiness! Many members of our family commented that we should make this an annual tradition. Our age group ranged from 1 year to 65 years old. There was plenty to do for everyone! We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for Family Reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this lovely Homestead for the whole family to stay at when my son got married at Grace Chapel at Mississippi State. We hosted the rehearsal dinner there. The house is very spacious and has plenty of room. The only hickup was the air condition couldn't keep up with all the guest there, so it did get rather hot. We had about 30 guest. We hosted 20 family members and there was plenty of beds and bathrooms. The Kitchen has every thing you need. My family went on and on how much they loved the house I found. The weekend would not have been the same without it! I would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Golden Triangel Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Train
96 Miles
Meridian, MS
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 12 or Hwy 82
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Mi Hacienda
Nearest Beach
180 Miles
Gulfport, MS
Car: necessary

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.


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2 night minimum stay

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Cleaning Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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