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Private Country Getaway

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,150 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cozy 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath Home Overlooking Beautiful Rolling Farm Land And Pond.

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.

Denise 'Sue' Koch
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

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 Missouri

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.


Sullivan Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Sherri's Room - 1 queen , Cozy Master bedroom has it's own outside door.
    William's Room - 1 double , The rustic decor commemorates the life of William Koch
    Ruth's Room - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The garden decor commemorates the life of Ruth Koch
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Down A Country Lane offers a perfect settling for a small family reunion, a country wedding, group retreat, or a couple's get away.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Private Country Getaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Amazing place, taken care of by great people!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Beyond words!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Get Away and Relax

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun Family Farm!

  • 5 of 5

We spent our spring break on the farm. While many of our friends were headed to the beaches or big cities, we went the other direction, and decided for a quiet, relaxing, family getaway. It did not disappoint! Sue provided hay rides through the property (which the children loved). The pigs, cattle, horses and sheep provided plenty of family fun. We loved walking through the fields and stopping at the lake to do some fishing. The house was very clean and well maintained. There were black out shades on the windows, which provided for late sleeping. For additional activities, we went to Maramec Springs, Meramec State Park (hiked a trail) and Onondaga Caves. If you are looking to get away from it all, and enjoy a family farm, don't let this one pass you by! We would definitely return. We had a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful setting, clean and very comfortable! Friendly, helpful owners. Love the views and animals

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this home during a weekend kayaking trip. Location was great for the upper Meramec and not far from the Huzzah and Courtois, our favorite creeks. Only a few miles from Sullivan with lots of restaurants but a genuine country location gave us a great break from city life. Very nice home. Comfortable and clean. Well-stocked kitchen. Plenty of bath linens. Washer and dryer a plus. Lots of windows to let the sunshine in and watch the birds and farm animals. Enjoyed exploring the property with our Sheltie, breathing the fresh air and taking in the beautiful 360-degree views. Beds were very comfortable. Tv worked great. Had cell phone reception. Owners were friendly and fun to chat with - live on the property so are accessible. Their house was a good distance away and not visible from the home we stayed in so we really felt we were in our own private farmhouse. Did not want to leave! Can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Great place to getaway and relaz

  • 5 of 5

My family which includes a five year old boy and a dog went here for Labor Day weekend. It was wonderful. My son and husband went fishing at the pond and caught enough fish to keep them both entertained for hours. The owners took us down to see the new born pigs. We saw sheep, cows and pigs over the weekend. We ate most of our meals there - the kitchen had everything we needed. We grilled 2 of the 3 nights and had a bonfire 2 of the 3 nights. Wood was provided. My son saw more stars at night than he has ever seen. Beds were comfortable. More towels than we could ever use were provided. It was a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Recommend to anyone who wants a quiet weekend, away from it all. Town was less than 10 min away in case you forget anything.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Sullivan Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Sullivan, MO
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Sullivan, MO
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Amtrak station in Washington, MO
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Many to choose from in Sullivan, MO
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Sullivan Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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