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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 few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Matfield Green in Matfield

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Elaine's Prairie Home: Country Living in the Flint Hills !
average rating of 4.4 based on 23 reviews
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: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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: Nov 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 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: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 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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Beautiful and Charming House

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I rented this home for a weekend getaway in October to unwind from the hectic life of school and work. The home was even cuter than the pictures on this site relayed. It had so many sweet touches and tasteful décor, so I LOVED that. It had a completely stocked kitchen of cookware and dishware so that was a great touch.

The only recommendation I have to the management, is to provide a little charcoal grill (Husband said he possibly saw a very old, rusty grill in the barn, but it didn't seem functional). We had brought food for grilling, but made do with the stove instead. Also, just a note to potential guests, there is no tv (which was great) but no radio/stereo either. We have some nice 'grooving' music we always play to set the tone for our weekend trips. Many people may not care, but if you prefer some nice music to float away with, make sure to bring a little boom-box or computer speakers. There is Wi-Fi (yay!) so we just synced up to that and used our laptop for music but hadn't thought to bring our speakers.

Otherwise it is a nice quiet place. The trains were active but no whistle-blowing so it wasn't intrusive, but rather kind of neat to have them there. There are neighbors, but we did not see or hear them.

Make sure to visit the Tallgrass Prairie Reserve, it was AMAZING. I love seeing the wild bison on this beautiful landscape. Very very cool.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Darling place but oh, so hot!

  • 4 of 5

It hurts to give Elaine's Prairie Home four stars because probably any other week of the year I'd hike it up to five. The place is exactly what it tells you it is: a little old frame home in a town that's barely a town. You can't get a Big Mac anywhere close or walk to the pool. But that wasn't a surprise. We knew that long before we pulled into Matfield Green. What we didn't count on--and should have--is the sheer power of the heat, lots of it, Death Valley-like heat, the kind of heat that shriveled crops up in a day during the dirty Thirties. That dear little place--it's beautifully decorated--simply isn't the place to be when the temps sky like they did during our long weekend there. Elaine's Prairie Home has wonderful air conditioners in both bedrooms--really good ones; but the rest of the house got hot. Really hot. So did we.

But it's a darling place, and it's in the middle of jaw-dropping landscapes so brightly emerald they'll take your breath away. I loved the region. The Flint Hills are simply immense. Nowhere else in the states is there anything like the tall-grass prairie all around Matfield Green. And right there in the middle is Elaine's Prairie Home, a place that clearly offers its love the region of the country where it sits so admirably.

It's a wonderful place, really--but not when it's hot.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Historical House

  • 5 of 5

This is a great historical house in a nice small town. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay in the Flint Hills. The house was exceptionally clean and much larger than expected. My wife and I had fun touring the back country roads and exploring the hills. The hosts gave us maps and information for exploring the area which we very much appreciated. They were super nice and fun to chat with. By the way, the trains that go by every once in a while are terrific, we really enjoyed them, and the house is so quiet you don’t even notice them, we slept great! Thanks for a wonderful visit!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Matfield Green, USA

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2 night minimum stay
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A single night is a possibility for a $ 30. extra charge.

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  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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