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Carmen's Cozy Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage


About the property

Family Friendly cottage on a working farm, relaxed and casual.

3 bedrooms 1 bath Cottage Rent by the day or week. 4.5 miles from historic Kalona. 35 miles from Amana Colonies. Located on a hobby farm with friendly farm animals. Kid and family friendly, and also a nice quiet get away for couples. Several local Restaurants, pubs, and shopping. Full fresh farm breakfast on weekends. You can come and go all day and feel free to sit by a fire pit in the yard in the evening. 20 minutes from Iowa City. There is a big yard for relaxing or playing. Sleeps 8 in beds. Air mattresses available.

Carmen Kiefer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Limited Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Carmen Kiefer

We have 7 children with only one left at home. We both work full time and keep busy during our time off with our animals and hobby farm. We love our peaceful setting and view, and we like to share it with others.

What makes this cottage unique

Out in the country. Farm experience. Beautiful star filled sky at night. Huge yard to play and relax


Wellman Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , walk in shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Living room sleeper sofa
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
Grocery/Dining/Indoor recreation/fitness facilities within 5 miles.


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Carmen's Cozy Cottage
average rating of 4.87234 based on 47 reviews

Very accommodating. Nice play to stay. Grandkids loved the darn as we live on one

  • 4 of 5

Nice cute home. Respectful of your privacy. Enjoyed our stay

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sterling, IL 61081

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a couple nights, so a short stay but a good one. As others have mentioned this property is on a hobby farm, which I think means all the work without the profits. Cattle, horses, pigs and piglets, chickens, roosters, turkeys, cats, cats and cats. And Lulu the friendly lab who probably runs the place. Peaceful setting with plenty of critters to watch. Breakfast is served on weekends and it was terrific. House was very comfortable and extremely well-appointed. Good tv and internet which is a concern in a rural area. We took our dogs (Cocker and Bichon) with us for the first time and they were fascinated by the cats and were comfortable a few minutes after arrival. If you have never done a country getaway this would be a good place to start. We’ll be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Millers we loved having you stay! Carmen
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Farm life is good life!

  • 5 of 5

We had a quick stop in Iowa on a weekend trip and wish we could have stayed longer!

Being totally transparent, the house was not impeccably clean. A little dust in forgotten corners, water spots on the shower doors and an odor from the back enclosed porch were by no means deal breakers. For the high maitenance, you have been reminded that this is a farm...

On to the pros, this place oozes charm! The house is well decorated and well kept with so many historical features and fantastic views from the porch. Carmen, Scott and the animals were all wonderful hosts!!! Our stay was brief but very relaxing. If we are ever in the area again we plan to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying! Apologies for the dust etc. I appreciate the feedback and will take care of those issues! Hope to see you soon Carmen
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Fun for the kids

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay! We met here with another family and our kids were 4,3,18 months and 8 months. The kids really enjoyed the animals and helping do "chores", feeding the cows and all the kitties and playing fetch with lulu. The campfire was fun and the breakfast was amazing. THhe house was clean but be prepared for the crisp farm smell! We loved Scott and our kids really enjoyed being with him! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying! We loved your adorable kids!
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Lovely, Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

Spent a couple days in mid-July at this lovely house, while visiting a long time friend. The house is out in the country, about 5 miles from Kalona, a small town with some very nice people, shops, and places to eat. The house was exceptionally clean and neat and very comfortably and charmingly decorated. It's an older home, with wood floors, an updated bath, and a good sized country style kitchen. Spent a good bit of time in the enclosed porch that is surrounded by windows. A relaxing room, with a view of the owner's farm and livestock. Night stars from the front yard-brilliant! Overall, a very fine place to stay. Recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us Joanne! You were an amazing guest! Carmen
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Relaxing, beautiful, entertaining, great food and accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

I will be returning if I'm in the area again. Thank you Carmen, you're a marvelous host.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Cedar Rapids, Eastern Iowa Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Wellman, Kalona, Riverside Casino and Golf
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Mount Pleasant
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 22
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Pub, Mexican, Cafe, Bakery
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Coralville Resevoir
Car: necessary

25 miles to U of I Hospital


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Hawkeye game special! we will drop you at stadium and pick you up after game!

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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