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Ground Floor Gallery Apartment Nestled In Yellowwood Forest On Organic Farm

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Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Bloomington - Blue Farm Gallery Apartment

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps up to 4

Our ground floor gallery apartment is nestled in Yellowwood State Forest on an organic farm, b/w Nashville & Bloomington. This spacious 1BR has a private entrance & is ideal for 2 guests but can sleep up to 4 with pull-out couch in LR.

This apartment, on the ground floor of our home, is located halfway between the vibrant university town of Bloomington, Indiana and the quaint artists' village of Nashville, Indiana. The cozy, welcoming apartment is decorated with paintings from the host, Mark Blaney, on-site artist. The apartment features Mark's beautiful work, with paintings in every room.

Our home sits on a small organic farm, The Blue Farm, which raises berries, herbs, vegetables, flowers, and 140 hens, laying eggs fresh, every day. Guests will have farm fresh eggs in the fridge and other farm-to-table food depending on what's available in the garden that day. Guests can cook their own meals in the full size kitchen and dine at the kitchen table or out on the front porch.

The apartment also has a full bath, laundry facility, large bedroom and living room with a couch that has a hide-abed. Also in the living room is a TV with a DVD player and a selection of movies to choose from. The bedroom has a full size, brand new, memory foam mattress. If you need the pull out sofa bed, we have a foam topper to add to the mattress to make it more comfortable.

The front porch area has a table for dining and a porch swing to enjoy while you take in the sound of clucking hens and enjoy the sunset over the woods.

You will have your own private space. If outside, you will probably hear the clucking hens and perhaps occasional barking of our four dogs (outside, but in the back of our home). The apartment itself is pet free and is non-smoking.

At the end of our dead-end country road is access to hiking trails in beautiful Yellowwood Forest. Having lived in the area since 1985, we will happily give you information on sites and attractions and how to find your way around. We are about 20 minutes from downtown Bloomington and the IU campus and about the 25 min. from the downtown Nashville. We are 10 minutes from Yellowood Lake which has beautiful hiking trails, a serene lake and excellent bird watching. Our home is 1 1/2 miles down a winding country road. The craftsman style home sits in between two forests-- Yellowood State Forest is our backyard and Morgan Monroe State Forest is our front yard.

**Being in the middle of the woods, the occasional mouse or bug can make its way into the house. We make all efforts to keep this to an absolute minimum and in a way that protects us and the environment from toxins. Please try to keep an open mind, as an occasional meeting of Mother Nature's critters is a small price to pay for her absolute beauty in this pristine location!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Julie James
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016

About Julie James

I (Julie) am an enthusiastic lover of the fullness of life! I am a Career Advisor and an instructor for SPEA’s Career Development Office. I find joy in working with individuals to support them in creating a career and a life that they love.

I have a Master of Science in Applied Health Science and taught courses in Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Public Health for the ten years. In 2011 I received the Students Choice Award for Outstanding Instructors at Indiana University.

In 1994, I co-founded the non-profit organization, Bloomington Area Birth Services. A former childbirth educator, birth and post-partum doula, and birth photographer, I also designed and taught the course “Birth in a Family Context” which was a popular course on campus for the past decade.

My family and I live in Yellowwood State Forest on our organic farm, The Blue Farm, where we raise chickens for eggs and grow berries and vegetables. I love laughing, creating a vision for the future, writing, spending time with my partner and three children, and being in the natural world—hiking, gardening, canoeing, swimming, traveling to new places.

Perhaps above all, I absolutely love sharing my love of the outdoors with others.

Mark is an award winning artist. Here's a statement he wrote: Painting and sculpting help with seeing closely into the world around me. I simply get pleasure from the many forms lit by the sun. The movement and interactions among people, plants, animals and weather are reason enough to make symbols. Working in two and three dimensional media helps me hold onto thoughts for awhile and to share them. The variations and descriptive qualities of line and color hold my interest and every new painting is a chance at working and playing in form and color. The trading of time between sculpture and painting strengthens both efforts.

Mark is a long-time farmer and out door enthusiast and truly a jack-of-all-trades.

Julie James purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Julie James chose Indiana

I love this home because it's in a forest and yet has enough sun-lit land to fulfill my dream of having a blueberry farm, a large garden, and many hens. I love the peace and serenity of the woods and the nearness of hiking in them. We have some of the most beautiful trails in the area, at the end of our road. I grew up playing in the woods and creeks of southern Indiana and it's a joy to be back in the woods again, able to see my old friends, the turtles and toads as well as foxes, coyotes, owls, wild turkeys, blue heron, and more. I have a deep love of nature and it feels right to be near the forest and also to be growing food organically, sustainably and with permaculture principles in mind. It took me a full year at the Blue Farm to not feel like I was in a vacation home instead of my own home.

What makes this apartment unique

There is the peace and serenity of the woods. We are steps away from the quiet and solitude of nature and forest's wisdom. On the other hand, the Blue Farm has some lively company in our 130 hens and 4 dogs. Looking for time amongst a wide variety of trees, plants, wild birds, and wildlife? Visitors to the Blue Farm will find this.


based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

Ground Floor Gallery Apartment Nestled In Yellowwood Forest On Organic Farm
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Country get-away

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was lovely, restful and educational. Julie graciously toured us around the farm and showcased her many breeds of chickens, who supplied part of our breakfast each morning, along with the onsite raw honey provided by the bees who had their hive behind the greenhouses. Mark shared with us his love of art and extended some words of wisdom to our own budding teen artist. Wyatt, the Great Pyrenees guarded outside our quarters and became our dear friend during our stay. Thanks Wyatt! This was a lovely respite for our family as we explored the Brown County area. Fond memories were formed and will be cherished!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Charming, comfortable, out of the way but close to everything! Wonderful tour of TCSteele museum minutes away:) Fresh eggs, fruit , bread plus all the special extras!!!

Would highly recommend if you want to see some beautiful countryside!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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The property was nice and spacious, and the owners friendly and accommodating.

  • 4 of 5

Julie was very diligent about keeping up and communicating prior to our stay. Her feedback was helpful in our preparation for what to bring with us on our trip. She was helpful during our stay, including local recommendations and information about resources. The property was spacious and my kids found lots to do while staying there. We would stay again and recommend this property to others visiting the Bloomington or Nashville, IN areas.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming secluded property

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time staying at this farm. Julie and Mark were gracious and accommodating. We are our weight in farm eggs and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful short country stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely one night stay at the Bloomington Gallery apt. Would have liked to have had more time to enjoy the serene area. Especially loved the fresh blackberries. Thanks for the great hospitality! Hope to make it back on future travels!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing vacation with solitude.

  • 4 of 5

Julie and Mark were the perfect hosts who did everything to make our vacation memorable. We enjoyed home grown produce from the farm and their hens kept us supplied with all the eggs we could eat. Mark helped us with advice on places and sights to see as he went about his daily chores on the farm. Julie gave us a tour around the farm and showed us how they had used their knowledge of organic farm techniques. It was beautiful weather during our stay and sitting under the front porch watching the birds and butterflies was very relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was absolutely a delight to have these wonderful guests in our home for 2 weeks! We miss them now! We loved sharing stories and learning more about our guests and their culture, far away from our little farm. The hardest part of hosting is saying good bye to our lovely guests. Maybe one day we will get to visit Roy and Kathryn in their community! Sincerely, Julie and Mark
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Prices for this holiday apartment in Bloomington, Indiana

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1 Oct 2016 - 1 Dec 2016
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2 Dec 2016 - 4 Mar 2017
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £48

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Bloomington, USA

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • African slate tile on bathroom floor. Shower/tub has shower curtain and shower head is removable if guest wants to just rinse off or navigate hair washing more easily.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • A large bedroom with 4 poster bed. The bed is a double, so it's cozy for two. Bed has a new memory-foam mattress--very comfortable! Room has a dresser, 2 nightstands, 2 lamps, and 2 large closets. Room is very dark at night but there is a nightlight in the hallway for navigation to the bathroom. The other bed is a pull-out sofa bed in the living room. We add a foam topper to make the couch bed more comfy.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
The Blue Farm gallery apartment in a woodland setting on a small organic farm is in a special location between the quaint artist's village of Nashville (Brown County) and the vibrant university town of Bloomington, Indiana. There is something for everyone in these towns--from sports to art to excellent theater to outdoor adventures and festivals, the Bloomington area has much to offer that is unique and welcoming. Our location buzzes with farm activity and also has the woodland serenity found in nature.

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