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.
The Rookery Cottage used to be a flower shop and was built using reclaimed barn board and other re-purposed materials. It has comfortable heated floors and an air conditioner. We converted it to a guesthouse in 2016 by installing a new bathroom shower, toilet, and vanity; adding a mini-kitchen with basic amenities (sink, fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, electric skillet, and charcoal grill for outdoor use); and furnishing a living room and bedroom.
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!
The name "Rookery" refers to a community nesting site for herons, a beautiful bird common to this area in the warmer months. And so the Rookery Cottage seeks to provide a quiet, natural escape from the daily grind.
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.
House Rules: Please leave the cottage as you found it. You are welcome to use dishes, coffeemaker and skillet, but please wash what you use. All pets must be disclosed at the time of booking and kept on a leash. Guests are welcome to explore our wooded and prairie-full acreage, but be mindful of electric fences and beehives. Please do not approach cows or chase chickens. Absolutely no smoking or candles allowed inside of the cottage.