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Ground Floor Gallery Apartment Nestled In Yellowwood Forest On Organic Farm

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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!

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Julie James
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 3, 2018

About Julie James

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.

Julie James purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Julie James chose Bloomington

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.


Bloomington Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
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.


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Ground Floor Gallery Apartment Nestled In Yellowwood Forest On Organic Farm
average rating of 4.75 based on 28 reviews

Beautiful Relaxing Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful relaxing weekend! Mark and Julie were wonderful and made us feel so welcome. Enjoyed the tour of their farm, and loved thefresh eggs and fresh spinach. Thank you for a wonderful weekend. Hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a joy having Angie and Chris in our apartment. It's always a joy to get to know guests while they're visiting and show them around the farm. Hopefully we will meet again!
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Kind, super courteous hosts, comfortable place to get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

Was a comfortable week and this location could not have been more spot on. Easy to get where we needed to be, and comfortable when we were ‘home’ for the day. Got to explore brown county and visit with the horse next door.

Will be back!!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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VRBO at Blue Farm was a charm!

  • 4 of 5

Lovely VRBO in Bloomington Indiana, the location is absolutely perfect, for getting out of the City. Also great value for money.

The apartment was set up perfect for our Thanksgiving dinner! The art work done by Mark throughout was a beautiful add!

Julie and Mark were very welcoming and friendly, the breakfast items were excellent! They included fruit, eggs, bread from the bakery, jams, and Starbucks coffee with a French Press!!

When we return to Bloomington we'll certainly consider staying at Blue Farm again.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bloomington Rental

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying at this Bloomington VRBO. It was tucked away in the woods, very quiet. There is a lot to do, hiking, restaurants and cute shops in Nashville. I would definitely rent this place again.

Thank you,

Greg and Linda

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The accommodations are modern and welcoming in a rustic setting with warm and hospitable hosts.

One gets a sense it would be easy to be friends with Mark and Julie. There are layers to their story and their work, from Marks art, to Julie's work with college kids, to the farm they have chosen to foster.

Fresh eggs from chicken you can meet and delightful conversation

We'll be back

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I visited the Bloomington area for a few days. We enjoyed our stay very much. As I shared with Julie in the note we left, the place was not only great for what you expect, but she obviously went above and beyond the norm to provide those little unexpected extras that make a visit special and make you want to return.

I would happily recommend this place to friends or family.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $10

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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