|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Built between Scenic By-way #177 and the BNSF tracks the Frontier Store House in Matfield Green is as peaceful as can be. It started as a log cabin in 1868. Town “developer” David Mercer, after whom a nearby creek was named, built it and ran a frontier store and post office; a few years later, a stone room was added. Both the log cabin and stone room were preserved when, in the late 1880s, a two-story addition was created.
After having stood empty for more than 40 years, the Frontier Store House was beautifully restored and renewed, and became a comfortable very well insulated family retreat and guest house.
Only steps away from the tallgrass prairie and open range cattle country, this home away from home is perfect for long weekends and vacations.
$ 10.00 DISCOUNT FOR CASH OR CHECK PAYMENTS!
Ready for a Flint Hills adventure? The tallgrass prairie surrounding Matfield Green is a national treasure worth discovering. Just north of the little town you will find Pioneer Bluffs historic ranch and The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs. The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is 20 miles north in Strong City. Cottonwood Falls is also worth your visit; check out the historic courthouse and don't forget to climb the stairs to the old jail. West of Cottonwood Falls you'll find Chase State Fishing Lake.
A wonderful daytrip is a visit to the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, KS. Lots of informative displays and educational exhibits and a great short film about the Flint Hills will keep you captive. Just follow # 177 north.
You'll find restaurants and groceries in Strong City and Cottonwood Falls as well as in El Dorado and Emporia.
Our time here always passes too quickly Your home is so welcoming, we love the feeling you get as you enter it. The step back into time has a comfort that comes with it too somehow. Your passion for light fixtures is wonderful!
This was the second time we had stayed at Frontier Store House while we were in the Flint Hills for photo workshops. If the occasion arrises again we would look forward to staying there again. Next time we will know to turn on the hot water heater when we arrive.
My wife and I came for the Flames in the Flint Hills weekend. Our first choice, the Prairieside Cottage, was already booked, so we chose this. The property was nicely furnished and the kitchen is well-stocked. Both the upstairs and downstairs beds were a little firm for our taste. Upstairs jet tub is very nice; the downstairs shower is tight quarters and dark. There is a very nice sound system in the downstairs closet and the speakers placed throughout the downstairs sound great. There are some CDs, including some local bluegrass music worth checking out. If you like it, the CDs are available for sale in the gallery next door, where the property manager is nice and knowledgeable about the area. We ate dinner up the road at Ad Astra in Strong City, which I highly recommend. Matfield Green is very small town on 177 with no services. If you need any supplies, expect to drive to Cottonwood Falls where there's a Dollar General and other shops.
As others have mentioned, there's a very bright light from the railroad off next door which leaks into the downstairs bedroom. Fortunately, they have good light-blocking shades. Our biggest issue was the train noise, which kept me and my wife up until 3am on our first night. This isn't the soothing sound of trains in the distance. The tracks are right behind the house and every 20 minutes there's a low rumble which goes on all night. I even tried moving to the upstairs loft bedroom, which was not any better. We actually considered driving to Emporia, but we stuck it out! The second night, I popped in my earplugs and a Tylenol PM and slept better. If it weren't for the train noise, I'd stay here again, but it was pretty much a dealbreaker for us - you either love it or you hate it. Our only other issue was that we couldn't get the free wi-fi to work. The password is on the kitchen table, but we could never get connected.
Nice historic property, but if you even think the train noise might bother you, I'd look for other lodging in the area.
Our California family of 4 truly enjoyed staying in the historical home for two weeks. We loved the history of the home, along with the quiet town of Matfield Green, and the ability to travel wide and far to visit the many places of Kansas. We did some family research and were able to view one of the original farms an ancestor farmed in the 1800's--fun for us, and to visit the Orphan Train museum to learn more about another ancestor.
Some of our challenges in the home were learning to deal with the bugs--but fun for us, as it was a new experience; finding places to eat at, when coming home in the evening, as the small eating places in the towns usually close up early, and remembering to plan for a longer trip to go to the market! The scenery and driving over the many country roads, visiting quit and antique shops and just relaxing were highlights of the area. The home didn't have a blender, but we picked up a used one at a small store in our travels and we were able to make our smoothies. We left it for others to enjoy when they stay.
If you want to see Kansas, this is a wonderful place to stay! Thank you!
Three friends spent a lovely weekend at Frontier House. The house is beautiful and cozy and only had a couple of hiccups concerning the heat of the water and the kitchen water - but all was worked out. The caretaker came immediately and was so friendly. The trains that run behind the house lulled us to sleep every night. We spent both evenings behind on the prairie watching the sunset, drinking wine and admiring the wild mustangs. Cottonwood Falls Tall Grass Prairie held us all day Saturday in its grip - walking and identifying wild flowers, we found a collard lizard - the buffalo were testy so we avoided them! Delightful. Ate a wonderful dinner at Ad Astra in Strong City and sat on the porch swing back at the house and enjoyed rain storm. We will recommend to others and definitely are planning our next trip down. Thank for the calming effect it had on us.
We really lucked out finding this beautiful home for a fun, family weekend getaway! I actually called about another property in Matfield Green which wasn't available, but the manager told me she had just received a cancellation on this house. (Everything in Chase County was booked for some of the Flint Hills burns.) It was perfect for our family of two adults and two kiddos. Everything (and more) we might need was there and it was beyond comfortable. (Beds, bedding, pillows and plenty of towels - all were perfect.) The train tracks run right behind the property, but since there is not a crossing they don't blow their horns (unless the kids ran out and waved and then they got their own personal greeting!) The kids had such fun counting trains and the rumble was relaxing and never bothersome. Everything from the porch swing to the large "picnic" style table (perfect for puzzles), to the fantastic jet tub just added to the comfort and fun of the entire weekend. A heads up that there is a railroad building directly to the South that has some pretty bright lights which shine over to the house. The downstairs bedroom has great window coverings that didn't let any of the light shine in and otherwise it just made for some nice light to see walking around in the house after dark, so it didn't bother us, but just a heads up. There are so many great things to see and explore all within a very minimal driving distance (Chase County Courthouse, Tall grass Prairie National Preserve, and Ad Astra in Strong City is a must for dinner - just be sure and make a reservation if you can.) We found that the perfect place to watch the sun set and see the distant prairie burns was just a quick drive behind the house to the open range area. The cute gallery next door to the house has some amazing art and we left with a few little souvenirs to remind us of our great weekend in the Flint Hills. We will definitely go back and would highly recommend staying here. This was also our first experience finding a property through VRBO and found everything about the process to be accurate, easy and very helpful.
We had the most delightful time exploring the house and sitting on the porch swing watching the world go by. We recommend this place to those wanting a quiet step back into history. Love the sound system. Appreciated the 'basics' in the kitchen.
Frontier Store House is located in Matfield Green, Kansas, a tiny and energetic creative community on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway K-177 Highway. Local attractions include two art galleries that feature regional and contemporary art and the historic Pioneer Bluffs ranch that hosts regular events, workshops and lectures. Nearby Cottonwood Falls and Strong City boast restaurants, shopping and museums, as well as the iconic Chase County Courthouse. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (a half-hour drive from Matfield Green) is a continuous 10,000+ acre grassland that maintains year-round hiking trails, nature trails and educational tours for the entire family about this unique ecosystem. Other nearby attractions include: a fishing lake, rivers, creeks, abundant wildlife, hiking, biking, driving tours, birdwatching, stargazing and all the daydreaming you can do.
A one-night stay is possible for an additional $ 30.00.
Discount for cash or check payment: $ 10.00