I booked this location without checking Trip Advisor first, which is something I almost never do. I am SO glad I did. After booking this location I decided to try to look it up on Trip Advisor. Wow, what a negative and seemingly unfair review. I am not sure what the previous reviewer from Canada was looking for, but we loved our stay. We were greeted by Darlene, the owner, who left her career in Conneticut with her daughters to fulfill a dream of living in the country, owning a farm, and running a bed and breakfast. They had obviously poured their heart into the farm and it showed.
We stayed in the Pioneer Room, which had an ajoining room with four more beds seperated by a door. The rooms were tastefully decorated and the beds were comfortable. There was a large bathroom with a great hot tub for relaxing. It probably would make a great honeymoon suite. Each room had its own ac/heating controls which is nice as I sleep well in a cold room. Darlene offered a tour of the other four guest rooms and I discovered each was themed differently. There was the Patriot room, with some interesting history, an Artisian room decorated by local artists, a Gentry room, and a Farmer's room.
The guest area, which is the entire back half of the house, has three levels. The upstairs has four of the five guest rooms, the main floor has an open eating area, couches, piano, book shelves etc. and the basement is the ultimate kid area. It has a pool table, ping pong table, foosball, air hockey, an entire wall you can draw on, crafts, puzzles, paint etc. The room with the projector and "wall" movie screen is there. It gives it a "movie theater" atmosphere and my kids loved it. Outside of the rooms in the upstairs hall was a small fridge with bottles of water. On a table in the dining area Darlene had set out a variety of snacks for the taking.
Darlene gave us a tour of the farm, which has roosters, hens, ducks, goats, horses, a couple cats, two dogs, and three rabbits. She showed my daughters how to collect eggs and gave them carrots to feed the horses. Even though we are from Iowa, we don't have much farm experience and my children absolutely loved it. They thanked me over and over for taking them to "the farm."
We came down for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and found a beautifully set table with bowls of fresh fruit waiting for us and a hot pot of coffee. For breakfast we had chocolate and blueberry pancakes, farm fresh eggs, bacon, and orange juice.
Overall, we had a wonderful stay. The bed and breakfast is set out in the country, amidst rolling hills and small farms. We saw a number of Amish familes out working in the fields around their homes and a couple of black Amish buggies. I drove about 10 minutes west to a small "mom and pop" pizza place recommended by Darlene. It was great; everyone seemed to know everyone! I can't think of a better way to escape the busyness of city life.
It is a slower peaceful side of life that I tend to forget exists, and I would gladly stay at the farm again. It was one of those places where we arrived as guests and left as friends.