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Rustic cottage in a scenic river valley near hiking and mountain biking trails

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cabin


About the property

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.

More Details

Emily & Matt
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
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Emily & Matt

Emily is a former Peace Corps volunteer and avid traveler and has visited 19 countries and all but 3 states. She loves to garden and is a chicken enthusiast. Matt is an outdoorsman and maintains the land and trails for the local nonprofit land trust. He knows this river valley like the back of his hand.

Emily & Matt purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Emily & Matt chose Coon Rapids

Prior to our ownership of this acreage, the Rookery Cottage used to be a flower shop. After buying this place, we began renovations to make it into a cozy overnight accommodation for guests. We love the area where we live and want to ensure visitors have an enjoyable time here and want to return.

What makes this cabin unique

We live on the same property as the cottage and are readily available to answer any questions about the nearby trails, town, etc.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in the Coon Rapids in the United States

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Living Area - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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(11 traveller reviews)

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Rustic cottage in a scenic river valley near hiking and mountain biking trails
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Rookery Cottage was a wonderful getaway for my husband and me for our anniversary. Matt & Emily were great hosts, and we look forward to bringing our whole family back with us next time!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage had everything that you needed! Very clean and Matt and Emily were so welcoming and easy to work with!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and bigger than i thought it was going to be! The farm and trails surrounding were beautiful!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful stay

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean, peaceful, and perfect for our short getaway. It was very close to great hiking trails, the river and secluded fishing ponds- we had a great time!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I enjoyed a little stay after our wedding. The place was clean & quiet. We enjoyed the trails and the fresh eggs in the morning! We hope to come back. Thanks Matt & Emily!!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

We were looking at getting away for our anniversary to someplace quiet and relaxing. This cottage was perfect! Matt and Emily were excellent hosts and we felt very welcomed. They opened their basement to us during a tornado warning and also sat and chatted with us around the fire pit one night. The farm fresh eggs were great and also the honey from their bees! The cottage is right on the Whiterock Conservancy and very close to several trails. Each day we picked a new trail and it was all beautiful! We will definitely be going back!

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Des Moines
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Northside or Chuck's Place
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Coon Rapids Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Coon Bowl III, Chuck's Place, Frohlich's Deli
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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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.