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4BR Wonderful Farm Home for Vacationing, Reunions, Biking, Hunting, Fishing

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 12

Located next to Farmington, Iowa: 4 hours from Chicago, 2 1/2 from St. Louis, 1 1/4 hours from Iowa City and 6 hours from the Twin Cities. This old town Farm house and 16 acres of land is located next to the wonderful Shimek Forest and Des Moines River.
The house offers a large living room, large dining room, sit in kitchen, 4 bedrooms upstairs with the ability to sleep 8 comfortably plus 2 sofa beds in the living room to sleep an additional 4 people. Forced air and heat, washer and dryer, TV, DVD and 16 acres to call your own with your stay. Free use of 6 adult bikes and 3 children bikes plus a 1/3 mile nature trail with chipped wood path through the woods a short distance from the home. New barbeque for outside cooking with picnic table. Fire ring and firewood for evening s'mores and enjoyment. Comes with all eating and kitchen utensils, linens, towels, and toiletries. Hot air popcorn popper and popcorn.
Farmington, Iowa is one of the "Villages of Van Buren County" on the Des Moines River, a quaint town with grocery store, parks, local restaurants and bars.
Available for week vacations, reunions, weekend retreats, Iowa and Iowa Wesleyan football weekends, hunting and fishing trips, horseback riding and more!
If interested call Eric.

Why would people want to rent:

Spring and Fall Colors
Sledding in winter
Football games (only 1 1/2 hours from U of IA games, Iowa Wesleyan only 30 minutes away)
Festivals (Farmington Strawberry, other communities other types)
Hiking (Shimek Forest only 1/2 mile away)
Biking (free use of bikes)
1/3 mile nature trail on premises (bird and wild life watching)
Horseback riding (can rent a horse)
Hunting (deer, turkeys, rabbits, pheasant)
Fishing, Shimek Forest ponds, Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers and Lakes

Farm House:
4 bedrooms
2 with twin beds
1 with Queen
1 with double bed
1 and 1/2 baths
Large Kitchen
Dining room
Living room with two hide-a-bed sofas
Laundry room
New 3 gas burner Barbecue
Picnic table
Fire Ring with firewood
Free use of bikes, 6 adult and 3 children size to choose from


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

Property Type

  • Farmhouse

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area


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from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$775 $3,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Eastern Iowa Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Bridge Cafe and Lounge
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
Donnellson Iowa Country Club
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Iowa Highway 2
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bridge Cafe and Lounge

Car: Necessary

Fotsch Farm shares the boundary of the Farmington, Iowa, city limits. It is only a mile or so away from beautiful Shimek State Forest comprising more than 9,000 acres of natural forest interwoven with trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding together with numerous ponds waiting for someone to throw in a hook to catch the numerous sunfish, blue gills and crappies making their home there. Farmington is one of 4 historic 'Villages of Van Buren County' that are nestled in the lovely DesMoines River Valley a short distance upstream from the confluence of the DesMoines and Mississippi Rivers. Many a catfish dinner have been supplied by catches on the DesMoines. A short distance across the river from Farmington is the large Indian Lake Park, a great place to picnic as well as to fish. Horse lovers will love to rent a horse nearby or bring their own horse to stable at a large horse facility just south of town. Hunters enjoy the long deer season (Shimek forest is open for hunting) as well as other hunting for other game including turkeys, ducks, and smaller critters. Others can't wait for spring and mushroom hunting, many of which are found on Fotsch Farm.

Summer brings many festivals put on by the villages. One of the most popular is the Strawberry Festival located in Farmington itself with all you can eat strawberry sundaes and a huge array of tents where arts and crafts of all sorts are available for purchase. Bicycles are available at Fotsch Farm for guests to use in exploring the area.


Owner info

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Free use of bicycles, 9 to choose from. Nature trail through woods. Fire ring.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

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  • Fotsch Farm Home

    Fotsch Farm Home

  • Living Room another view

    Living Room another view

  • Living Room looking south

    Living Room looking south

  • Kitchen


  • Living Room with both sofa beds made

    Living Room with both sofa beds made

  • Southeast bedroom

    Southeast bedroom

  • Northwest bedroom

    Northwest bedroom

  • Bikes ouside

    Bikes ouside

  • Note from renter

    Note from renter

  • Fotsch Farm Home north side view

    Fotsch Farm Home north side view

  • Living Room north view

    Living Room north view

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Kitchen, another view

    Kitchen, another view

  • Stairway to bedrooms

    Stairway to bedrooms

  • Southwest bedroom

    Southwest bedroom

  • Northeast bedroom

    Northeast bedroom

  • Bikes in storage room

    Bikes in storage room

VRBO #643194

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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