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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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

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:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • 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 -
(17 traveler reviews)

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4br Wonderful Farm Home for vacationing, reunions, biking, hunting, fishing
average rating of 4.0 based on 17 reviews

Perfect Home base for our Eagle viewing weekend.

  • 5 of 5

We had intended to have a sledding and skiing weekend, but the weather had something else to say about this. Still had plenty to do walking the dogs in Shimek and heading down to Keokuk. The beds are very comfortable, kitchen well stocked and the house had plenty of room for the 7 of us. We really enjoyed are stay and look to try the sledding again!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Amazing, huge property with so much room to explore and enjoy

  • 5 of 5

Home is a rustic farmhouse with enough updates to feel comfortable, but not so overdone so as to detract from the history and feel for where you are. Plenty of room for the kids to explore, you feel like you're in your own little world, yet town is just down the road. Ample provisions available for cooking and entertainment. Just a really fun little getaway spot that the whole family will really enjoy.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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central florida

We enjoyed our stay the farmhouse is awesome and we had plenty of room and everything we needed .

  • 4 of 5

The owner and manager are very easy to work with !

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Oconomowoc, WI, USA

A fine stay in the country

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this house for two days as part of our trip to see the eclipse. With the all the traveling we did not get to spend much time in the house other than eating and sleeping. For the short period of time we were there everything was good and all that we needed was there.

We were a little nervous about the large security deposit but it was all returned a week or so after we checked out. Overall a fine place to stay and the owner and caretaker we nice to deal with.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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picture is a lie !!!!!!

  • 2 of 5

frist of all the weeds are 4 feet tall around there and the grass is 6 in ches tall we stayed there and there is no parking we had a boat and there are signs that no driving on grass so you couldm't even turn around so we had to walk thogh the tall weeds and make sure we didn't run into anything The tv didnt work called the care taker would'nt return calls until I called the owner and he finally called us back but said he couldn't do anything about it the house on the inside is nice we left it as clean as it was when we got there except we didn't do the sheets but did take off and put on washer so we better not get charege extra for cleaning because it is clean!!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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AC did not work and I was charged an extra money with no explaination why after our stay

  • 2 of 5

Nights were miserable sleeping as the ac did not cool the house. The upstairs windows all say not to open them so that made the hot nights even worse. Thr place has two bathrooms but only one has a shower. I was never visited by anyone either even though they said I would be. The house smelled moldy when we first arrived. All of the dishes in the house are old and chipped. There is no wifi and cell coverage is terrible. The town has little to offer for shopping or food options unless you like covenience store pizza. I was charged an extra cleaning fee based on false claims with no explaination as to why or what extra cleaning was done. There are a bunch of instructions for clean up before you go or they will charge a ridiculous amount for a cleaning fee all of which we did. Overall I wish we had rented a hotel. I thought it would be fun to stay at this place but all the cleaning and the terrible ac ruined it for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

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