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Elaine's Prairie Home: Country Living in the Flint Hills !

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Those who have been here know: Not much beats the tallgrass prairie in serene beauty. The Flint Hillls in east-central Kansas were never plowed, and now form the last remaining of America’s original “sea of grass” where hundreds of thousands of cattle roam almost like in the old days of the buffalo. The prairie offers stunning views as well as pastoral settings along its many creeks and rivers.

At the edge of the small town Matfield Green Elaine’s two-story home is available for weekenders and vacationers, or for an extended stay.

The house is idyllic and comfortable, restored with a good eye and with the wise use of original materials.

Filled with the work of regional artists and lots of books, this home is a wonderful getaway for artists and writers.

The two bedrooms and bathrooms, and the living and open kitchen are pleasantly furnished with well-chosen regional antiques. Two porches and a large and well-maintained garden allow for great comfort outdoors.

The tracks of the Santa Fe railroad are nearby. The house is located on the north side of town just off Highway #177, a National Scenic Byway.

Keywords: Two-story home, girlfriends get-away, artist retreat, books, art.

More Details

Property Manager
Bree Larkin
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 November, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Your home proved to be the perfect respite from my two working days at the Symphony site in Butler County. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay! Look forward to our paths crossing in the near future.
Jun 2014
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Car: necessary

Elaine's Prairie Home is located near Pioneer Bluffs, a ranch listed on the National list of Historic Places. Inside the 1908 main house on this beautiful property you'll find a gallery with extraordinary contemporary art. Also in Matfield Green you'll find The Bank art space where the coffee is always ready. Cottonwood Falls (just a short drive north) has nice shops and eating places on its handsome Broadway, with the iconic Chase County courthouse at its south corner. A fishing lake is nearby, so are rivers, creeks, and abundant wildlife. Hiking, biking, running, birdwatching -- it's all here.

Buffalo are reintroduced on the prairie in the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve 30 min. north of Elaine's Prairie Home. And the views of the prairie are mindblowing.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Matfield Green in Matfield

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , A cast iron clawfoot tub fitted with a French shower.
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
The house has ceiling fans in the living room, kitchen and each bedroom. All windows have screens, which allows the breeze to cool down the house in the evening/night. Bamboo shades keep the sun out during the day.


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(13 traveller reviews)

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Elaine's Prairie Home: Country Living in the Flint Hills !
average rating of 4.4615383 based on 26 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Want to come again

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House furnishings and overall atmosphere is very well done. Very nice place.

  • 4 of 5

The location feels somewhat cramped with the railroad tracks about 150 feet west of the house and the highway in front on the east side. (Although there is not a lot of traffic) The overall area is great and I highly recommend visiting the Flint Hills.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, beautiful little town.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time in the flint hills and this cute house felt like home for a few days!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Eureka, CA

KS beauty at its best.

  • 5 of 5

Awesome week at a beautiful house deep in the Tall Prairie Grasses of KS. Heat and humidity stayed on us the 5 nights we were there, but the central air conditioning made all the exhausting summer elements go away. This home has everything we wanted. Well equipped to make a comfortable stay. Trains?? Right out the back door - didn't even notice them and when we did, loved it - really cool. Each morning we left for Emporia to compete in the 2016 World Disc Golf Championships. The drive back and forth was incredibly beautiful. Loved our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, relaxing and charming!

  • 5 of 5

This was one of my most favorite places I've ever stayed in. The decor was so charming! The attention to detail in the decorating made me want to totally redecorate my own home! It has a super cozy feel and flow. The beds were great quality (and I even had a down comforter in my room)! The kitchen was fully stocked (pans, dishes, microwave, glasses, silverware, storage, stove, full sized, etc...)

There are train tracks directly behind the house, with several trains coming through frequently. The trains were not a nuisance to our group, and I actually enjoyed it.

We would 100% stay here again and recommend it highly to others.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy your stay was such a good experience! Thank you!
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Overland Park, KS

Disappointing Experience

  • 1 of 5

I agree with the other reviews that the house is very charming and nicely decorated, that's why I booked it. I'm afraid my stay was not at all comfortable, though. My first concern was the cobwebs and mouse trap in the pantry, so I took a good look around the house and found that it needed a good thorough deep-cleaning. The website stated that both bedrooms had window A/C units and that all the windows had screens. The window units had been removed and no screens put in their place. It was very warm, uncomfortably warm that night, with no option to open the bedroom window for increased airflow. The website also says that the railroad tracks are "nearby". This is a gross understatement, fellow travelers. The railroad tracks are just feet from the end of the backyard. Between the heat and the trains that run all night, I got absolutely no sleep. By 4am, I decided I would pack at daybreak and not stay the second night. I was also concerned about the wasps that were coming in through two windows that were not airtight and the side door into the house that could not be locked. I have stayed in a number of VRBO properties and my sense is that this owner or property manager is not serious about being in this business. I took two days off work and paid for two nights to stay at this property and was very disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are grateful for the details of your personal experience at Elaine's Prairie Home as we are very serious about the quality of our vacation home business. The owner was in tears when I called her. She was heartbroken that the experience was unbearable for you as she takes pride in providing a place in the country for the many visitors who come and enjoy the rural nature of the Flint Hills. The country is quite different from an impersonal motel on the highway, as you know, and because you are in the midst of native prairie, there are insects! That you were upset in any way by them, we send our genuine apology. With seasonally colder nights, we had removed the air conditioners and screens to make the house comfortable and ready for winter. The warmer nights came back by surprise, didn't they! We are very sorry you found the trains uncomfortably close, and agree with you that loss of sleep is no picnic! I have contacted the owner and she is hoping you will accept the return of half your money.
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A single night is a possibility for a $ 30. extra charge.

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  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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