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Ground Floor Gallery Apartment Nestled in Yellowwood Forest on Organic Farm

(23 Reviews)

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Blue Farm from the garden side. Apt is at the ground floor, under main porch.


Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps up to 4

Our ground floor gallery apartment is nestled in Yellowwood State Forest on an organic farm, b/w Nashville & Bloomington. This spacious 1BR has a private entrance & is ideal for 2 guests but can sleep up to 4 with pull-out couch in LR.
This apartment, on the ground floor of our home, is located halfway between the vibrant university town of Bloomington, Indiana and the quaint artists' village of Nashville, Indiana. The cozy, welcoming apartment is decorated with paintings from the host, Mark Blaney, on-site artist. The apartment features Mark's beautiful work, with paintings in every room.
Our home sits on a small organic farm, The Blue Farm, which raises berries, herbs, vegetables, flowers, and 140 hens, laying eggs fresh, every day. Guests will have farm fresh eggs in the fridge and other farm-to-table food depending on what's available in the garden that day. Guests can cook their own meals in the full size kitchen and dine at the kitchen table or out on the front porch.
The apartment also has a full bath, laundry facility, large bedroom and living room with a couch that has a hide-abed. Also in the living room is a TV with a DVD player and a selection of movies to choose from. The bedroom has a full size, brand new, memory foam mattress. If you need the pull out sofa bed, we have a foam topper to add to the mattress to make it more comfortable.
The front porch area has a table for dining and a porch swing to enjoy while you take in the sound of clucking hens and enjoy the sunset over the woods.
You will have your own private space. If outside, you will probably hear the clucking hens and perhaps occasional barking of our four dogs (outside, but in the back of our home). The apartment itself is pet free and is non-smoking.
At the end of our dead-end country road is access to hiking trails in beautiful Yellowwood Forest. Having lived in the area since 1985, we will happily give you information on sites and attractions and how to find your way around. We are about 20 minutes from downtown Bloomington and the IU campus and about the 25 min. from the downtown Nashville. We are 10 minutes from Yellowood Lake which has beautiful hiking trails, a serene lake and excellent bird watching. Our home is 1 1/2 miles down a winding country road. The craftsman style home sits in between two forests-- Yellowood State Forest is our backyard and Morgan Monroe State Forest is our front yard.

**Being in the middle of the woods, the occasional mouse or bug can make its way into the house. We make all efforts to keep this to an absolute minimum and in a way that protects us and the environment from toxins. Please try to keep an open mind, as an occasional meeting of Mother Nature's critters is a small price to pay for her absolute beauty in this pristine location!


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    With advanced notice, I will bring out age-appropriate toys for the young ones such as Legos, dolls, children's books, blocks, a wooden train set, art materials, etc. We enjoy giving farm tours, with advance notice, and children love this! However, we need to be there for the back-farm tours (where the dogs and chickens roam, behind the fence) as one of our dogs is not used to small children and we don't want her to scare them. The Bloomington and Brown County area is delightful for children and we can help you find all the 'cool' spots in the Bloomington area for kids!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1


  • A large bedroom with queen sized bed and brand new box spring and pillow top mattress. Room has a book shelf, 2 nightstands, 2 lamps, and 2 large closets. Room is very dark at night but there is a nightlight in the hallway for navigation to the bathroom. The other bed is a pull-out futon bed in the living room. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • African slate tile on bathroom floor. Shower/tub has shower curtain and shower head is removable if guest wants to just rinse off or navigate hair washing more easily....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The Blue Farm gallery apartment in a woodland setting on a small organic farm is in a special location between the quaint artist's village of Nashville (Brown County) and the vibrant university town of Bloomington, Indiana. There is something for everyone in these towns--from sports to art to excellent theater to outdoor adventures and festivals, the Bloomington area has much to offer that is unique and welcoming. Our location buzzes with farm activity and also has the woodland serenity found in nature. ...moreless


  • Books:

    A selection of various titles for adults, young adults, and children....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    There are games in the apartment and more upon request: checkers, chess, backgammon, scrabble, memory, kid's games, puzzles, etc....moreless

  • Television:

    TV but no cable....moreless

  • Toys:

    Upon request, we have dolls, toy horses, Legos, blocks, wooden train set, Polly Pocket dolls, little farm animals, books, and more....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have some DVDs in the apartment and more on site --- just ask!...moreless


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


  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Kitchen table with four chairs. Plenty of space in the kitchen for four....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    In laundry room. Totally fine to use, as needed....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    We have two amazing hiking trails at the end of our country road. They are beautiful and offer great exercise!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    We have radiant heat, very cozy. We will also be providing a space heater to add more heat to the living room or bedroom, as needed, during extreme cold....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, blankets, pillows and comforters. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    There's a TV with DVD player (no cable), lazy boy recliner chair that rocks, couch with pull out bed to sleep 2 more guests if needed. On apt walls there are paintings by Mark Blaney, on-site artist. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking right in front of the apartment, all for the guest....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    yes. 4 towels, wash cloths and hand towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    In laundry room. Totally fine to use, as needed....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    French press....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is large. There are many cabinets, a fridge, a microwave, gas stove, french press coffee maker, tea pot, cookware, utensils, breakfast foods, table and chairs and basic cooking necessities...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:


  • Pantry Items:

    We stock basics for cooking. We also provide breakfast items for guests such as our farm fresh eggs, bread from local bakery, creamer, juice, jam, butter, coffee and teas. Garlic, olive oil, spices....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    There's a front porch with swing, table and chairs and the great outdoors!...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We are happy to share our canoe but you will need to have a vehicle to transport it. We have some ties to help secure it....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Wander around the garden any time. We are beside the woods, too, and can tell you about nearby trails for hiking. We also offer, upon request, a farm tour....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    If there's enough snow, there are good cross country skiiing trails to use, just down our road. You would need to bring skiis and boots. ...moreless

Building Type

  • House


Write a review 4.7
from 23 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 12 - May 4, 2017
1 night min stay
$425 $1,300
May 5 - Sep 10, 2017
2 night min stay
$475 $1,400
Sep 11 - Nov 19, 2017
2 night min stay
$450 $1,300
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$400 $1,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning fee $10
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: I (Julie) am an enthusiastic lover of the fullness of life! I am a Career Advisor and an instructor for SPEA’s Career Development Office. I find joy in working with individuals to support them in creating a career and a life that they love. I have a Master of Science in Applied Health Science and taught courses in Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Public Health for the ten years. In 2011 I received the Students Choice Award for Outstanding Instructors at Indiana University. In 1994, I co-founded the non-profit organization, Bloomington Area Birth Services. A former childbirth educator, birth and post-partum doula, and birth photographer, I also designed and taught the course “Birth in a Family Context” which was a popular course on campus for the past decade. My family and I live in Yellowwood State Forest on our organic farm, The Blue Farm, where we raise chickens for eggs and grow berries and vegetables. I love laughing, creating a vision for the future, writing, spending time with my partner and three children, and being in the natural world—hiking, gardening, canoeing, swimming, traveling to new places. Perhaps above all, I absolutely love sharing my love of the outdoors with others. Mark is an award winning artist. Here's a statement he wrote: Painting and sculpting help with seeing closely into the world around me. I simply get pleasure from the many forms lit by the sun. The movement and interactions among people, plants, animals and weather are reason enough to make symbols. Working in two and three dimensional media helps me hold onto thoughts for awhile and to share them. The variations and descriptive qualities of line and color hold my interest and every new painting is a chance at working and playing in form and color. The trading of time between sculpture and painting strengthens both efforts. Mark is a long-time farmer and out door enthusiast and truly a jack-of-all-trades.

Why the Owner Chose Bloomington, IN, USA:
I love this home because it's in a forest and yet has enough sun-lit land to fulfill my dream of having a blueberry farm, a large garden, and many hens. I love the peace and serenity of the woods and the nearness of hiking in them. We have some of the most beautiful trails in the area, at the end of our road. I grew up playing in the woods and creeks of southern Indiana and it's a joy to be back in the woods again, able to see my old friends, the turtles and toads as well as foxes, coyotes, owls, wild turkeys, blue heron, and more. I have a deep love of nature and it feels right to be near the forest and also to be growing food organically, sustainably and with permaculture principles in mind. It took me a full year at the Blue Farm to not feel like I was in a vacation home instead of my own home.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
There is the peace and serenity of the woods. We are steps away from the quiet and solitude of nature and forest's wisdom. On the other hand, the Blue Farm has some lively company in our 130 hens and 4 dogs. Looking for time amongst a wide variety of trees, plants, wild birds, and wildlife? Visitors to the Blue Farm will find this.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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  • Blue Farm from the garden side. Apt is at the ground floor, under main porch.

    Blue Farm from the garden side. Apt is at the ground floor, under main porch.

  • Hens playing in the chicken yard.

    Hens playing in the chicken yard.

  • View of the cozy living room.

    View of the cozy living room.

  • The bedroom, complete with new memory foam mattress.

    The bedroom, complete with new memory foam mattress.

  • A view of the gardens. Here you see the hoop houses and the gogi berry bush.

    A view of the gardens. Here you see the hoop houses and the gogi berry bush.

  • Another angle of the front porch of the apartment.

    Another angle of the front porch of the apartment.

  • Octagonal kitchen window, looking out onto the gardens.

    Octagonal kitchen window, looking out onto the gardens.

  • Window on side of Blue Farm House

    Window on side of Blue Farm House

  • View of kitchen from the living room in the apt.

    View of kitchen from the living room in the apt.

  • A lone hen, taking a stroll.

    A lone hen, taking a stroll.

  • The apartment's front porch.

    The apartment's front porch.

  • Hens gathered to have a treat: grass!

    Hens gathered to have a treat: grass!

  • hallway leading from the living room to the bathroom and bedroom

    hallway leading from the living room to the bathroom and bedroom

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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