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Great lodging for travelers and vacationers, in the most beautiful part of the Flint Hills of Kansas, surrounded by the last remaining, original tallgrass prairie, never plowed. Three efficiency apartments, or 'casitas,' with views of the sunrise over the valley of the South Fork of the Cottonwood River.
Great for artist retreats, birdwatchers, hikers, trainwatchers, or just for peaceful weekend getaways, vacations, or sabbaticals. Built in 1924 by the Santa Fe Railroad, the bunkhouse is newly restored and comfortably furnished.
Just 50 feet from the BNSF tracks, this is a great place for viewing the trains. Restored by former Chicago architect Bill McBride, the building is well-insulated, air-conditioned, features radiant floor heating and all modern amenities.
Keywords: Studio-apartment, casita, Santa Fe Railroad, BNSF, Flint Hills, Artist Retreat, Train Watching, Hiking, Biking, Bird Watching, Running, Photography, Tallgrass Prairie, Chase County.
We (Bill and Julia McBride) moved to Matfield Green, Kansas from the city of Chicago in 2006. We are city folks having a blast in the country. We love it so much we had to share it with someone - so our son Luke was born in 2007. Now we want to share our country life with you!
Antonia Zoutenbier purchased this apartment in 2001
We purchased Matfield Station in 2001 after our second trip to Chase County, Kansas. The historic Santa Fe building was one good rain away from collapse and we couldn't stand to see that happen. Bill, the architect, worked with our friend Pat, the carpenter, to restore the building - with Julia (and our friend and partner Karl Rohlich) cheering on the project. Bill and Julia lived at Matfield Station while we built our house just 400 feet away. We love the views, the open space, the fresh air, the horses across the road, the sunsets, and the wind on the prairie - and we know you will too.
We were greeted by two trains, a bevy of bluebirds, a flurry of finches, flighty vultures with verve! Fabulous!! We will be back !
I was looking for a stopover place to stay on our drive from Texas to Nebraska to bury my mom's ashes when I found this fantastic and magical place. It turned our trip into a wonderful vacation as well, as we could see the Flint Hills, Great Prairies and enjoy the thrill of staying right next to an active train route! I had my 2 Brittany dogs and daughter and sister and we rented 2 of the 3 rooms. They were both lovely and had a full kitchen in each so we were able to cook our dinner and sit on the porch enjoying the lovely views. Plenty of room to let my dogs run and we only wished we could have stayed longer. I'd recommend this place especially to dog lovers who want to travel with their 4 legged family members. There are alot of trails that are also pet friendly in the Great Prairie National Preserve nearby. And it was fun sitting on the back porch feeling and watching the trains go by. That was a special treat!
I came here to write and read and to get closer to the prairie. In addition to the quiet time and big sky space, I loved everything about my stay at Matfield Green, including my generous and welcoming hosts; the comfortable and artful accommodations; the choreography of the trains passing; walks with my dog through the tallgrass prairie with so many wildflowers in bloom; the birds, the sky, the clouds, the wind; and all the memories I take with me. I also enjoyed hearing poetry and seeing art at nearby Pioneer Bluffs Gallery, and I took one of the tours listed in the Flint Hills brochure I found in my room: The Sharpes Creek Auto Tour took me over some of the same expanse of gorgeous prairie terrain (with numerous cows also sharing the road) that Zebulon Pike traveled over 200 years ago. A very memorable journey for me. I will look forward to returning next year, and the next, and the next. Thank you for such a special time.
This was just the right place at just the right time of life.
A full moon and a clear sky full of stars...peaceful and calm with a nice breeze that carried an owl's hoot across the night to me as I sat in perfect solitude in one of the rockers on the front porch.
Didn't bother the owners but I'm sure I'll wonder down the path and say Hi next time....and there most definitely will be a 'next time' !
Could not have been happier with our two-night stay. Featured in 2012 on the Topeka, KS public TV show "Sunflower Journeys" this refurbished railroad bunkhouse was built in 1924. The owners have completely refitted the interiors with comfort and style in mind. It is maybe 50-feet from the rails where 60 trains per day pass by. Amazingly, they do not intrude on the peaceful feeling or on sleeping. Well equipped kitchen, and everything is very clean and artfully decorated. Within 20-minutes of two wonderful restaurants that are well worth the drive. Just around the bend from Pioneer Bluff Gallery, a must see for those looking for fine contemporary art. This is a very special place to find peace. Make time to visit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (just 25-minutes to the north) for a hike and a rare opportunity to view bison in their natural habitat.
My husband and I stayed one night at Matfield Station as our first getaway since our daughter was born 10 months ago. What a refreshing, comfortable, relaxing retreat. We stayed in the middle unit, and found it to be such an inviting space that we almost hated leaving to go do our traipsing around that we planned to do in the county. It was spotlessly clean, and perfect for the two of us. We regretted not having enough hours in the day to use the well-appointed kitchen, and although there was a brisk north wind, we sat out the back to watch the trains thundering by (a bonus!). The queen memory foam bed was awesome and we slept in for the first time in almost a year :) We are already planning our return trip, and hope to bring friends to rent out the other units as well. What a unique, beautiful place.
We loved the bunkhouse because of the view and serenity of it all. Very neat and clean, comfortable bed. The trains didn't bother us at all because we live by a railroad track, just not that close. Beautiful scenery and drive to Counsel Grove. The directions to Matfield Station lead us right there. I wish all of the windows had some kind of shade on them. Some of them were covered, but not all of them. When we got there at 11:00 PM; I wish there was more light going up the hill to the bunkhouse because we could not see. Owners were very friendly. Would I stay there again, yes indeed!
Art Gallery with sculpture garden, Train watching, Organic community garden, Pioneer Bluffs (National Historic Site and community events); the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Strong City is only 20 minutes north, tours twice a day; Cottonwood Falls has a State fishing lake with a section blocked off for swimming; Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls - open to visitors - is the oldest occupied courthouse still in function in Kansas; Horseback riding; Hiking on the prairie; Autotours; Birdwatching; Prairie burning in late March and April; Observing Prairie Chickens' mating dance in late March, April and early May.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Two-night minimum stay, NO cleaning fee.
South unit: $ 120/night
A 1-night stay is possible: cleaning fee $ 30.00.
Special weekly and monthly rates are available.
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