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Crafters Retreat In Heart Of North Iowa Farmland.

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,900 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Country Home North of Mason City, Iowa

Do you long for the country? Want a quiet home-y place to relax with family or get creative with your craft friends?

"You really ought to give Iowa a try!"

Dawn's Early Light At Blair Creek includes fully furnished home on 22 private acres 5 miles north of Mason City. Daily rental starts at $100 plus small additional fee for guests after first 2. Convenient to I-35, we are a pleasant 2 hour drive to either Minneapolis or DesMoines. Perfect quiet get-away for family, craft group or WEDDING!!

Who loves Blair Creek?

Quilters! Knitters! Families! Teachers!

Scrapbookers! Hikers & Bikers! Barbershoppers! & more!

Call me to discuss your needs.

Everyone loves this calm location with vast views!

Nestled between Blair Creek's grove and farm fields, 2 comfortable homes await YOU!:

*1941 Classic Farmhouse remodeled in 2009 - 4BR 1 bath with spacious country Kit/Din, 2 Liv areas.

*1954 Ranch with 'Mid-century' restoration 2013-15 - 3 BR 1 bath, Open-concept Liv/Din + sunny craft/music room!! (see 24807B Nettle Avenue)

Stroll through native prairie. Enjoy gorgeous sunrise & sunsets, cozy campfires, quiet country walks along 2 country lanes.

Host your family reunion or hobby group in this serene country location or make it your home-away to tour Mason City's rich architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and his proteges set amidst Rock Crest/Rock Glen, adjacent to the MacNider Art Museum (home of Bill Baird's Sound of Music puppets), the Mason City Public Library, Music Man Square & Meredith Willson's boyhood home. My Dad, Merle Dickinson, was founding director of the River City Barbershop Chorus in 1955. This is his family farm! So, of course, the rooms are named for Music Man songs and characters!

Clear Lake is minutes to the west.

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Dawn Pegis
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 July, 2018

About Dawn Pegis

We are from Iowa! Mason City is where I grew up. In '76 my parents moved to Sioux City where I finished college. Grad school took me to the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (voice). I taught college voice for 16 years in Tulsa, OK.

Married to Chicago Symphony cellist Jon Pegis, I've been Music Director at Winnetka Covenant Church since 2004. Jon has been a cellist In the CSO since 1986 He's also a sailor & home remodeling hobbyist!

Dawn Pegis purchased this farmhouse in 2013

Why Dawn Pegis chose Mason City

This is my Dad's family farm - since 1935! In 1903 Grandma was born 1/2mile west. (Many families still live in the neighborhood.) Grandpa & Grandma, Mom & Dad and my 2 older sisters lived in the 2-story while Grandpa built the Ranch 1954-55. This unique ranch home was where we had years of family gatherings. We began restoring it in 2012; added C- the 2-story - in 2013. Returning to Iowa for this restoration after living in Ohio, Oklahoma and now Illinois, has reminded me why Iowa - and especially this little spot - is so delightfully restorative! SO many workers have volunteered to me, "It's really nice out here!" You bet!!

What makes this farmhouse unique

Country comfort for your retreat! Opportunities abound for family, church or hobby gatherings.

Soak in the soothing rhythms of nature all around. As my Tulsa son says, "Mom, it's so COMFORTABLE here!!" A hidden gem - an easy drive from any midwest location. OR fly Air Choice One to Mason City with 4 daily flights between O'Hare and twice daily to St Louis.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Mason City in Cerro Gordo County

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Barbershop Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , In C: Main floor Full bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Full bath-new July 2016: 4' shower, toilet & sink
  • Baths are recently updated with new showerheads, plumbing and new fixtures.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Amaryllis - 2 Single Bed , In C: Private BR Twin Daybed w/trundle, walk-in closet
    Winthrop's Playroom - 1 Single Bed , In C: Landing at top of stairs. Cozy reading corner.
    Pick-a-little-talk-a-little Pine Room - 1 Large Double Bed , In C: Private BR, walk-in closet, wash stand.
    Lida Rose - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , Private, Full bed, walk-in closet, writing table;Pack'N Play
    Professor Harold Hill Lounge - 2 Single Bed , In C: Handicap accessible to bath on main floor. 2 twins
  • Call me about your sleeping needs. Beds readily accommodate 9. Comfortable bedding can also be provided on Couch & air bed. There is plenty of parking for RV's.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • Snowmobiling
5 miles to Mason City: Frank Lloyd Wright properties. Music Man Square and Meredith Willson museum. North Iowa Events Center. 10 miles to Clear Lake: all kinds of water FUN plus Surf Ballroom.


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Crafters Retreat In Heart Of North Iowa Farmland.
average rating of 4.529412 based on 17 reviews

Charming and peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of room and owner was easy to get a hold of if we needed anything!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Garden Grove

Country life

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend ice fishing at Clear Lake. The property was perfect for our group. Only 15 min from the lake. We loved the country charm this place offers and the property owner was quick to respond to any questions we had. The newly remodeled downstairs bathroom was very nice and the heated towel rack was even better! Thanks for a great weekend!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoyed our stay

  • 5 of 5

Weather snowy and cold...but having a garage saved a lot of time getting ice off the windshield. Large home with four bedrooms, but we only needed one for the two of us. Ideal location if going to Mason City and Clear Lake. We were in town for the Buddy Holly-Richie Valens-JP Richardson annual Winter Dance Party gig at the Surf Ballroom. Having a full kitchen also beats the local motel options. Saves on meal $. We would give it a big thumbs up. Check out the towel warmer in the basement bathroom. Great water pressure for showers. No dishwasher. Steep stairs going to second floor bedrooms (all are on second floor). No bathroom second floor. Everything else was great. Record player, games, two televisions. Plenty of seating options in living room and dining room. Clean and comfortable. Five starts.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Have DW ingarage awsiting installation😊?.
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It was an enjoyable space.

  • 4 of 5

The property was very nice. The house was clean and had plenty of space so we didn't feel like we were always on top of each other. We probably stayed during the coldest days of the year. The house felt cold when we would wake up because the thermostats was on a timer or something and it was set pretty low. The barbershop music was a treat and we enjoyed the games that were provided. It was the perfect distance from our family that live in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Linda, thank you for coming. I’m so sorry you felt cold. You certainly could have turned up the thermostat. I’m sorry I didn’t emphasize that better. I’llmake Sure to tell my current guests how to do that. Happy New Year.
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Nice peaceful vacation.

  • 4 of 5

Our stay was quick and busy. Didn't spend too much time at the house as we were there for our daughter's wedding, but the time we were there was quite and peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend!!

  • 5 of 5

Dawn is so easy to work with. My wedding party love the houses. We played outdoor games and had fun sitting around the fire.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Mason City Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Albert Lea, MN
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 35
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Dozens in Mason City
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Clear Lake
Car: necessary

Mason City hosts the annual Band Festival and Parade each Memorial week-end. Home to Frank Lloyd Wright/prairie school architecture. Music Man Square and Meredith Willson's birthplace. Clear Lake: 10 mile lake; Surf Ballroom.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Mason City, USA

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £76.14
additional guests £7.61
Pet Fee £38.07

$100/night per house. Houses may be rented separately: after the first 8 people, $10 per each overnight guest and $5 each day-only guest; (if you are hosting a group event for many and some people are NOT staying overnight this is to cover facilities use.) Please contact Dawn at 847-609-6542

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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