Easily located 7 miles north of I-44 and only 65 miles west of St. Louis, Down A Country Lane is the perfect place for a family hideout, couple's retreat, or ladies' getaway. One queen bed, two full beds and two sofa sleepers provide comfortable accommodations for 10. Family friendly. Handicap accessible. Relax and recharge or spend your day at one of the many area attractions. Take a hike around the farm or sit and watch the birds.
- Farmhouse1150 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Cozy 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath Home Overlooking Beautiful Rolling Farm Land And Pond.
Denise 'Sue' Koch
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 15, 2018
About Denise 'Sue' Koch
At the young age of 17, Stan Koch was invited to an ice skating party at a neighborhood friend's farm pond. New to the group of friends gathered was a 15 year old girl named 'Sue'. Outgoing Stan figured the best way he could get to know the new girl was to dump a scoop shovel full of snow on her. Before the evening was over, Sue had thumped him over the head with the shovel and after that his friends said he never took his thoughts off of her. Two and a half years later, Stan and Sue joined their lives in covenant marriage. Through the next nineteen years of marriage the Lord blessed them with six precious sons known in the community as Stan & Sue's 6-pack of 'Koch'. Stan was pretty sure that the next blessing would be a girl and she could be named '7-Up'. 'She' did arrive six years later, but was given a more special name than '7-Up'. In 1984 Stan's parent ask if he and his family would want to move back to the family farm and build a home. Knowing that it was the best place to raise their family they said yes. Stan & Sue farmed with his parents for many years, raising cattle, hogs, and sheep. In 2004, Stan's parents retired and sold the farm to him and Sue. In 2010 they were able celebrate the farm being in the family for a century, as Stan's grandparents had acquired the farm in 1910.
Denise 'Sue' Koch purchased this Farmhouse in 2004
Why Denise 'Sue' Koch chose Franklin County
Wishing to share country life with others, Stan and Sue chose to restore his parents' home place and offer it as a vacation rental.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Real country living. Peaceful and inviting.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Incredible place -- perfect getaway
I traveled to the farm with a group of teens. We were on our way to see a show in Branson Missouri after sightseeing in St. Louis. We would stay at Sue's place for two nights.
Sue is the perfect host. She gave my teens a tour of the farm and encouraged them to enjoy themselves. They absolutely adored seeing all of the animals and riding through the over 200 acres of this beautiful locale. The horses were gorgeous, and the newborn baby pigs were so fun to see. Sue treated them like they were family, and gave great advice about the area.
As to the house, it was the perfect place to stay. The bedrooms were thoughtfully decorated and there was plenty of linens and towels for everyone. We cooked breakfast both days and enjoyed the homey atmosphere of eating together around the table. The outside was very warm, but the house had superb air-conditioning kept his cool and comfortable.
Sue welcomed us to use the pool and to enjoy a bonfire by the lake. My group will definitely be visiting this place again! Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Celebrating my Daughters Birthday Down a Country Lane
Me and my Husband were fortunate to find this property available for rent over the weekend and celebrated my oldest Daughters Birthday (33rd:) along with my 82 year old Mother and our three grandchildren. Sue and her Husband Stan are quick to respond , very accommodating and pleasant hosts. We enjoyed our stay in the county and being on the farm. The house is well equipped and very clean, plenty of linens and towels available, this sure made packing quick and easy. We were able to watch the approximate 2 week old piglets run around getting familiar with their "new surroundings", we counted seven babies, definitely a hit with all of us. The lake provided great fishing. And the beautiful views of the rolling hills and cattle are gorgeous. A lot of fun and a very memorable weekend. If available in the future we will definitely return. Thanks again.
The Ptak Family
Cozy, peaceful, beautiful place.
It's a nice place to spend your weekend!
Amazing place, taken care of by great people!
This is the real peace of heaven on Earth!
Beautiful nature, wonderful and welcoming people were happy to have me and my family staying here!
Real MUST VISIT for real nature lovers.
Looking forward to come back soon.
Me and my family of seven had a fabulous time on the farm, the host sue and her family were so wonderful! When we got there she had fresh farm eggs waiting for us! Anything we needed they were right there to help! The house was very cute neat and clean and the beds..sooo comfy! We had everything we needed from towels, bedding cooking utensils it was all there! My kids enjoyed the many animals they had on the farm including pigs, cows and sheep, they enjoyed exploring the land also. My husband and the boys went fishing in the one of two ponds on the property. The landscape is absolutely breathtaking! One of our best trips ever and with five boys we were not wanting for nothing. The host truly made us feel welcome and at home, we are Blessed to have such a great experience! We will be back!
Get Away and Relax
This was the perfect place to get away and relax. Sue and Stan were excellent hosts, very easy to get in touch with and so quick to respond. It was a great time of year to be on the farm-new lambs were born every day. Our children, ages 10, 12, 14 and 16 loved exploring and spending time with the animals. The pond is just down the hill from the house and it provided hours of fishing fun. Our son was able to catch at least one fish every day! You will not be disappointed if you choose this property for your vacation. Thanks to the Kochs for making this such a wonderful week for our family. We were so blessed by your spirit of kindness and hospitality.
Cattle grazing in the pasture, sheep munching in the field along side the road, chickens clucking in their pen inviting you to gather their eggs are all part of the daily life on this busy family farm. Room to roam and explore or a private deck to sit and relax is your invitation to life in the country. The 40 mile radius surrounding Down A Country Lane is full of wineries, antique/resale shops, places to eat and natural wonders. Meremec Springs, Onondaga Cave State Park, Meramec State Park and Meramec Cavern are some of the many sights nature offers your visit.