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4br Wonderful Farm Home for vacationing, reunions, biking, hunting, fishing

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse


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

More Details

Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 3, 2017

What makes this farmhouse unique

Free use of bicycles, 9 to choose from. Nature trail through woods. Fire ring.


Farmington Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • swimming


Very Good! 4/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

4br Wonderful Farm Home for vacationing, reunions, biking, hunting, fishing
average rating of 4.0 based on 6 reviews
Ona, WV

Fun at the Farm

  • 3 of 5

Enjoyed having the family together for Thanksgiving. The house was clean and well-equipped. Transactions went smoothly and owner's emails were always friendly and helpful. The initial description says 2 bathrooms so I assumed it meant two full baths, however, it was one full bath(very tight shower) and one half bath. I didn't read the details carefully or I would have caught it. We missed not having better television reception during a holiday weekend of football but we just visited with each other more! Read all information and description carefully and you will have no surprises and will enjoy this rental.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice property.

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house in the country. The owner was super helpful and friendly. The on-site manager was also very friendly. The rooms and the furnishings were very lovely. We would definitely recommend this house to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice place, great price, but....

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 4 nights while attending a family reunion in Mt. Sterling. The house is nice and comfortable and we couldn't ask for a better price. My only concern is that it is not a good place for anyone with mobility issues or young children. My brother has copd and it is quite a climb to get to the front door (there are signs asking you not to drive/park on the grass and there is no driveway up to the door). We had to go in from the basement and up some very narrow (almost scary) stairs that had no railing at all. Also the keys wouldn't work except in the padlock on the basement door making our options even more limited.

Again, it is a nice place and a great price. Just be careful to think about who will be joining you there.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Madison, IA

Nice country home, loved the outside scenery

  • 4 of 5

This was a nice country home with a outside country feel even though it was pretty close to town.

The owners and the guy helping them with the property are very nice people.

The only complaint I have is that I was told there would be internet there by the time I had our stay booked because a family member needed it to work from this location because he's and IT Tech and we didn't have that.

Other than that, it was a nice place to stay with plenty of places around it to do activities.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House on Elm street

  • 4 of 5

Very spacious. Clean and adequately equipped. Stairs and climb to enter home was a bit of a challenge. Very private and relaxing stay. Owner very nice to work with. Van Buren county beautiful country to visit. So peaceful and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alexia P

  • 4 of 5

The owner was so nice and very helpful with any questions I had. The home and property were extremely nice and very home feeling!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Eastern Iowa Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Bridge Cafe and Lounge
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Donnellson Iowa Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Iowa Highway 2
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Farmington Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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