Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

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.

More Details

Alison Buehler
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 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 Starkville

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
  • 1 of 1


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:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

91% Complete
4% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
4% Complete
Perfect Reunion Getaway Close to Town
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 24 reviews

Great place for our family. We were there for a wedding.

  • 5 of 5

The kids loved the zip line and pool. Great place to fellowship in the great room which had 3 dining tables. We had 3 different board games going at once one night. We did a bonfire one night and roasted marshmallows Zour kids said this was the greatest place we ever stayed.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had s good time!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

This place is absolutely perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a 4 or 5 star hotel keep looking. This is not for you. If you are looking for a 6 or 7 star place to stay with everything you need for a wonderful experience, book this place now.

We had 6 couples in town for the MSU/BYU game. The Homestead was clean, well maintained and had everything we needed for an unbeleivable weekend. We Have already booked it again for next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Wonderful place for a reunion.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Homestead over the weekend for our family reunion. The quiet, private atmosphere was perfect. The big kitchen, dining area, and living room gave us plenty of room to laugh, talk, play games, eat, and make happy memories. The play room downstairs was perfect for an afternoon entertainment I had planned. The pool was great for cooling off, and the lake and grounds around the house were picturesque..

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Perfect home for a large gathering!

  • 5 of 5

This house is incredible! There is so much room that despite having 20+ people staying there, it felt open and airy. The kitchen is surprisingly well stocked and the linens are plentiful. There was seating for all of us at mealtime so we were able to dine together which we haven't been able to do at previous reunion locations. The grounds are wonderful with mature trees, a beautiful lake view, and a sparkling clear pool. We especially loved the goats and chickens! The property is tucked away in a quiet area yet Starkville is just a short drive away. Alison is delightful and extremely helpful....she knows the true meaning of southern hospitality! Thank you, Alison, for a wonderful stay!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great reunion! Lots of good memories.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

House was not very clean

  • 1 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and everything was well stocked as advertised. The pool was fun, the lake was pretty, but no fish. We had some problems with the hot water heater, but when we learned how to reset it everything was OK. The interior of the house was very nice and relaxing, but there was dust and sand everywhere. our 2 year old grandson was filthy from crawling on the great room rug. If you want your deposit back they give you a list of things you have to do that is way to much for a weekend stay. Now I know why, because it doesn't get cleaned by anyone else. Cob webs around dirty windows, spiders crawling on the couch, bathtubs downstairs hadn't been cleaned in a while. I know it's an old home with no one living there, but you could at least have someone vacuum the rugs and all before you rent it out. And don't ask the renters to clean it for you to get their deposit back.

A nice place to stay, but rather pricey for what you get. Web site miss leads you. I am really thinking of calling the Better Business Bureau and report them.

Howard Dunaway

Maringouin, La

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The house is cleaned before and after each rental for the same price as the cleaning deposit. Our cleaning woman cares deeply for The Homestead and has never had a complaint before. Fishing is not allowed by renters as stated in our agreement - this is a neighborhood policy. Neither was smoking or leaving butts on the property.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
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
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

You might like these similar properties