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Last updated: 04/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:24
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/22/2017

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 5000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 24
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    The more, the merrier!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Sorry, We REALLY hate picking up butts! ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We have farm animals. We cannot have other animals at the Homestead ever. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    We are currently working on wheelchair accessibility....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24, Beds for 20-24

  • Treetop: 2 queen, 1 bunk bed

    Private bath with shower and jacuzzi tub...moreless

  • The Cavern: 1 queen, 1 bunk bed

    Private Bath...moreless

  • The Sprout: 2 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

    Singles can be pushed together to make a king...moreless

  • Lake View: 1 queen, 1 bunk bed


  • The Sunrise: 1 double, 1 bunk bed


Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Television:

    We have a basic tv with local stations. It is a smart tv you can link to your own Netflix, etc. ...moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Library:

    Lots of old VHS videos in the playroom for kids....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    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

  • Lakefront:

    Lodge sits on a beautiful lake that can be viewed from almost every room....moreless

  • Rural:

    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

  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    There is a dock and plenty of comfortable outdoor seating. No fishing in the lake. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    16 place settings with lots of extra seating in the open floor plan. 30 can find a place to eat at one time....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 16 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Stone fireplace in Great Room ...moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet:


  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Spacious living room with several couches and a lake view ...moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Wood burning stove in the playroom...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough dinnerware and utensils for 30...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Newly remodeled kitchen with new appliances including a dishwasher, granite counter tops, copper sink and a walk-out screened in porch....moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    Double-oven with stove-top...moreless


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Catch and release fishing. Bring your pole! ...moreless

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$450 $490
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Deposit $200

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 04/22/2017
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Golden Triangel Regional Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
96 Miles
Nearest Train
Meridian, MS
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 12 or Hwy 82
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mi Hacienda
180 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

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 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.

Why the Owner Chose Starkville, MS, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/22/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Springtime at the Lodge

    Springtime at the Lodge

  • Front Steps

    Front Steps

  • Pool - Open May-October

    Pool - Open May-October

  • Kitchen - Dining seats and extra ten

    Kitchen - Dining seats and extra ten

  • Entrance to Greatroom

    Entrance to Greatroom

  • Great Room Gathering

    Great Room Gathering

  • Bathroom Suite in Family Room

    Bathroom Suite in Family Room

  • The Cavern - 1 Queen, 1 Bunk in Alcove, attached bathroom

    The Cavern - 1 Queen, 1 Bunk in Alcove, attached bathroom

  • The Bunk Room - 2 sets of bunk beds, hall bath

    The Bunk Room - 2 sets of bunk beds, hall bath

  • Hall Bath Main Floor

    Hall Bath Main Floor

  • Lakeview


  • Screened in Porch off Kitchen

    Screened in Porch off Kitchen

  • Farm to Table Dinner May 2013

    Farm to Table Dinner May 2013

  • Pergola at the Pool

    Pergola at the Pool

  • The Dock

    The Dock

  • Fireplace in the Great Room

    Fireplace in the Great Room

  • Family Room- 2 Queens, One Bunk in Alcove, Bathroom Suite

    Family Room- 2 Queens, One Bunk in Alcove, Bathroom Suite

  • The Sprout - 1 Queen and 1 Bunk, Hall Bath

    The Sprout - 1 Queen and 1 Bunk, Hall Bath

  • The Lakeview - 1 Queen, Hall Bath

    The Lakeview - 1 Queen, Hall Bath

  • The Playroom - stage, Lego table, art station, bar and fridge

    The Playroom - stage, Lego table, art station, bar and fridge

  • Great Room

    Great Room

  • Lake View

    Lake View

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 23, 2017

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