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Prairieside Cottage is an idyllic family-friendly retreat nestled in the heart of the Flint Hills of Kansas. It is located in the tiny and energetic creative community of Matfield Green. The property is adjacent to town and privately situated with 8 acres of beautiful tallgrass prairie beside the cottage. Stargazers will delight in the rural location of Prairieside Cottage which has spectacular night skies within a truly dark site for astronomical observation.
Nature lovers, artists and vacationers looking for a peaceful and relaxing getaway will enjoy Prairieside Cottage. The main house features a full kitchen, dining room, living room, office space, bedroom and bathroom (with a deep soaking tub), as well as a custom loft space that is perfect for reading and dreaming. The property also has a quaint one-room studio building that can be used as an artist’s or writer’s studio or an extra bedroom.
Families and children are welcome. Nature walks are possible on the property, which hosts abundant wildlife and a variety of plants and grasses. Trains run close by, art galleries are just around the corner, the sky is a constantly beautiful canvas, and there are many local attractions and historical sites to explore in the area.
The cottage is newly remodeled and welcomed the first guests in May 2014.
We are frequent visitors to the Flint Hills region, and we are now putting down roots of our own in a place we love.
Chris Akers purchased this cottage in 2013
I had a wonderful time at Prairieside Cottage. It's the perfect retreat. It seems so far away from every placed, a good place for resting, reading and thinking.
Prairieside Cottage is a quaint retreat with a comfy wabi-sabi feel. You will find a treasure of books - may not have time to read them unless you extend your stay - but you can make a nice list of books to look up later. The bed is firm and comfy. The futon - would have to call the owners to know how to work it. The couch would have been comfortable and firm enough to sleep on as well. The cabin out back is one open room and has a desk and worktable. Would be perfect for projects, morning reading, crafting etc., while enjoying the morning serenity, natural light, nature, etc.
Anyway, the house has a wide variety of books, objects d'art, pottery, original art on the walls. Every time we looked around we saw something delightful. I would love to know more about the house, the renovations, the history, who may have lived here, etc.
The property has many native and perennial plants and herbs. We saw a variety of birds and butterflies. Grassy walkway paths surround a clump of wildflowers/prairie plants. Dozens of hummingbirds buzzed around a thistle patch.
A previous reviewer said the house is in need of TLC...this is an old prairie farmhouse. I saw a little weather stripping coming loose on a window. The tub is an old cast iron tub - naturally it is going to show wear and tear but it was clean and will probably last another hundred years. There was nothing that detracted or affected our stay in any way. I expect historic properties to show some wear - and love. This is not a corporate property. Everything was neat and clean.
The house and property are a photographer's delight - and a hiker's delight as there are many trails in the area, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and other sites in Council Grove and Cottonwood Falls.
My family stayed at the prairieside cottage recently and loved every minute there. From the well stocked kitchen to the contemporary style to the private location we couldn't have asked for a better house. We will definitely be coming back. That said, if there was one thing that could have been better it would be the communication with the property manager while we were there. There was little information provided about the house from what to do with garbage to who to contact in case of an emergency. Since the cottage is in a fairly remote area it would be nice to feel like someone was available when needed. The house also seemed to be in need of a little TLC. It is just so beautiful I really want it to be taken care of properly :)
This place is incredible. Stayed three nights but wanted to stay thirty. Decent privacy yet close to many interesting day trips. Great book selection with an atmosphere that literally screams relaxation. Decor is cool and nice and light during the day with unbelievable star gazing at night. Absolutely loved it! Will definitely be back.
Second stay at this edge of the prairie locale. Cottage is spacious and beautiful. Happy to find 2 Bistros in the kitchen for making great coffee. Beautiful dining area lined with square windows framing a prairie view and beautiful sunrises. Great night sky viewing unfettered by city lights. I chose one of the two decks for an opportunity to sleep under the stars. Plenty of space in two seating areas and a great library for relaxing read or visit in the evenings. Found PrairyErth on the shelves alongside many volumes of area specific nature guides and memoirs and essays. Definitely slated for a twice a year pilgrimage. I checked sightseeing as something I recommend this property for...and you have to understand the sights are vast layers of rocky flint shelves, grasses, wildflowers, sky and clouds and stars and the moon..laced with barbed wire fences and gravel roads... and in scattered between are farmhouses, hay bales and cows and horses and yes...the occasional herd goat.
Just returned from our second stay and are already planning another. If you are a night sky seeker this is your place. We went for the dark of the moon and the Perseid meteor showers - and were not disappointed! This time we followed a map to explore the unpaved roads through the open range. Even though it was mid-August the breeze was a cooling constant out on the prairie. No traffic so we could amble along, hopping out frequently to inspect flowers and old homestead sites - and just breathe in the clean air and quiet solitude.
I stayed here on an 'art ladies' retreat. Completely wonderful! We were here as the prairie was starting to bloom, lush and green and went out to paint it every day. About the house; we loved the abundant windows (which we opened to the prairie breezes), the light, the views. The library was wonderful as was the fact there was NO TV! (Please don't add any!) Don't miss Ad Astra restaurant in Strong City on your way in or our (or both!) We left rested, refreshed and invigorated. We loved it and have already booked our next stay.
Prairieside Cottage 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 Prairieside Cottage) 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.
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