Our newly renovated Rookery Cottage is a quiet retreat in the heart of the Middle Raccoon River Valley. Situated on our acreage, this rustic cottage overlooks a prairie and vegetable garden. With close proximity to Whiterock Conservancy, guests can easily access over 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, or float the nearby river. Then, return to relax by a campfire and enjoy dark skies perfect for stargazing.
A "rookery" is a nesting site for herons, a bird that prefers quiet, undisturbed habitat near water. And so the Rookery Cottage seeks to provide a quiet, natural escape from the daily grind.
This building used to be a flower shop and was built using reclaimed barn board and other re-purposed materials. We converted it to a guesthouse in 2016 but kept a lot of the rustic charm. It has comfortable heated floors and an air conditioner. The kitchen is equipped with sink, dishes/utensils, mini fridge, microwave, toaster, electric skillet, and coffeemaker. Alternatively, a small charcoal grill or fire pit can be used for outdoor cooking. We provide coffee, creamer/sugar and a tea assortment.
Our acreage is home to dogs, chickens, cows and honey bees. We also gladly share our space with wildlife. In the evening, it is not uncommon to hear coyotes, owls, whippoorwills, and occasionally a bobcat.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a TV/DVD player but no cable or internet in the cottage yet. However, you may access our home wifi in the yard if needed. Also, some cell phones will not have service here. Relax and unplug!