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.
- Cottage1500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 nights
Family Friendly cottage on a working farm, relaxed and casual.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, Limited Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 15, 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
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Thank you Carmen for all your help with our visit! We really enjoyed the cottage, and the breakfasts were super delicious! Everything we needed was supplied, and we had plenty of room for everyone in our party. The kids especially enjoyed all the farm cats and catching fireflies.
Relaxing and comfortable
Overall it was a great stay! The cats were very friendly and the view was beautiful! The pigs were obviously used to being around people and were very willing to pose for pictures. The yellow lab, according to my sons, is the best dog ever! Quiet and so peaceful. The house was very clean, cool and comfortable. Watching the cows go for a group swim in the pond was quite comical. Yes, they were in water up to there chins, even the calves. They were known as domesticated hippos. ;o)
Since this is a review, I must be honest so improvements can be made. Such a simple little thing to make sure is done is to stock the toilet paper. We arrived (5 of us) to one almost empty roll. No one was obviously around to ask a question and when I finally found someone, it took a long time to get it. Probably felt longer because of thirst and the need to go. A basic first thing on the list to make sure is taken care of before guests arrive. Just an awkward moment but turned out just fine. There were a few ants in the kitchen. Wasn't wigged out too much but something to think about when non-country dwellers arrive. However, ants belong outside, not in a kitchen. The sink in the kitchen is not set up to wash dishes easily. Shallow and not divided. Cool antique sink but not very practical for kitchen use. The faucet is for a bathtub and wastes a lot of water when filling a jug. Loved the antique faucet, but not practical for a kitchen. The porch was the biggest issue I had. It smelled of cat urine something awful. Heat and humidity I'm sure played a part in that and I think the only way to fix it is to redo it. We made sure to keep the 2 sets of French doors to the porch closed and that helped keep the odor out of the living area of the house. We also made sure not to keep any clothing out there so as not to absorb the odor.
I spent a lot of time there on my own because I was getting over being sick. It was wonderful to have the peace and quiet to help in healing and I think that played a huge part in my recovery. I definitely would like to come back should the opportunity arise.
Apologies for the issues. We have taken care of the odor. Thank you for your feedback
Beautifully updated with old country charm
We had a great 3 night stay, too good that neither kid wanted to leave. Loved all the animals, and the breakfast was knock your socks off good. I can't describe how amazing everything was!
Thank you Sarah! We loved having you and the swing set was happy to be utilized!
Great place, Great people!
Could not have found a better place to stay. Carmen is an amazing host.
Great place to stay for the whole family.
Thank you so much! We loved having you stay!
Nice country location
Clean, well furnished. Everything you need. The hobby farm animals provided great entertainment. The owner was beyond nice. Would definitely stay here again.
Relaxing Get-Away Long Weekend
Let me tell you first that this was a great, relaxing and peaceful weekend in the country on the edge of the farm. Carmen and Scott are both very friendly and helpful. My wife especially enjoyed the farm animals and sounds and we took a couple of walks around the property. Definitely plan on staying over the weekend, the delicious breakfast is worth staying for all by itself. Everything in the house was as described and in good condition. The house was easy to find from the road with its yellow paint and very comfortable.
Thank you Carmen and Scott for a great stay,
Cheryl and Todd
Thank you Cheryl and Todd! We loved meeting you and Daisy!
25 miles to U of I Hospital
Additional information about rental rates
Hawkeye game special! we will drop you at stadium and pick you up after game!