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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 !
We were looking for peace and quiet and we definitely found it at Matfield Green. My husband liked the historical nature of the building and the area. We both loved the solitude (except for when the trains went by!) There were lots of opportunities in the area for hiking which we would have loved to take advantage of if it hadn't been so incredibly hot during our stay. We did enjoy lots of "porch sitting" and bird watching. The kitchen was as fully equipped as advertised and I could have prepared a full meal, if I had wanted. We will definitely be back when the weather is more conducive to hiking.
If you love the Flint Hills, if you enjoy simple and clean accommodations that allow you to do your own cooking, if you love train watching, this is the perfect place. This was our second stay, and we'll certainly be back. Note on the trains: They don't blow their horns unless you stand on the back patio and wave at the engineer; otherwise they just rumble through--a deep vibration we enjoyed.
Matfield Station was a great place to stay for a couple of nights. At first my friend and I thought of staying only one night but we are so glad we decided to stay two nights. We found everything at the Casita easy going especially since we brought some food and drinks along with us to cook in the casita. Unfortunately, it was too cold for us to use the grill outside but we found everything we needed in the kitchen. The bed was very comfy and the room spacious. The heated floors were superb. We were surprised to find the trains really run quite often throughout the day and night! It's good to know those train tracks are still being used. Despite waking up a few times at night from the trains passing by, the bed and the house were so comfy and quiet that I quickly fell back asleep. We hiked both days in the nearby National Tallgrass Prairie and loved eating at Ad Astra in nearby Strong City, KS. Just make sure you know their hours! ...by 10pm the bar is closed.
We came to Matfield Station to experience the Flint Hills and the nearby Pioneer Bluffs Fall Festival. All three -- the Station, the Flint Hills, and the Festival -- were extremely enjoyable. As far as accommodations, you couldn't do better than this fully equipped "casita" with everything provided except groceries. The rumble of the nearby trains was a fun addition (no horn blowing by these trains, as there's no crossroad nearby), and the walking paths to the south (all the way into town) were a neat adventure, too. We highly recommend Matfield Station.
Really, I give you a 4.75 rating. I really liked the south room. It is my 2nd time here. The obvious positives are the clean, well stocked rooms, great vistas, and if you are a train buff, what could be better? My little fussy negative is the extremely low beds which are hard for an older person to get out of. The trudge up the hill with all the gear is starting to get a little difficult also. Maybe make a few parking spaces on the south end of the units? Also, how about removing the hill to the west to improve the sunsets? Ha! Looking forward to our next visit.
It just doesn't get any better than this. Clean and comfortable accommodations with all the amenities you want or need. Bring your food along and there will be no need to go anywhere else. You can walk to a couple of art galleries and you can walk to the Open Range in the tall grass prairie. Better yet, don't go anywhere, just sit and enjoy the view and watch the trains go by... and don't worry if you forgot a good book, their shelves are stock full of them! Can't wait to go back.
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.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.