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Review of Rock Eddy Bluff Farm

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Rock Eddy Bluff Farm
Ranked #1 of 1 Dixon B&B and Inns
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27 reviews
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“Fantastic Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

We went here initially because they allowed dogs and because of the wonderful pictures on their website. We will come back for sure! What a peaceful, wonderful place.

Directions on Rock Eddy's website are good and accurate. We arrived without getting lost. The owners, Tom and Cathy, met us at their home, along with a resident dog, Ike, who has alternate names....Anyway, Tom and Cathy are great hosts. They are great people, very kind. They drove us the short distance to our cabin since the roads were slippery due to ice. No problem with their off-road vehicle and our belongings stowed in the back. Once we got to the cabin, we determined that we wanted to enjoy our little piece of heaven rather than leave to sight-see. So we spent most of our time at the farm. This was a great thing to do.

Line Camp Cabin is a one-room, cheery place. Temps were in the 20s and 30s outside, but the wood-burning stove kept us very warm and cosy. Be prepared to be 'off grid', as in no electricity or running water. Hosts supply water in large storage bottles and there is a stove that works on propane. Pots and pans are plentiful, as are utensils. Everything you need is here. There is a large cooler outside to store food. They offer eggs and bagels in the cooler for guests to fix, along with butter and cream cheese. Yum! Bring your own food to cook for other meals. Keeping it simple made for some great feasts for us.

The bed is very comfortable, and I am picky with a bad back. No musty smell in the cabin, either. While there are lamps in the cabin, we recommend bringing a couple of flashlights for your reading pleasure.

Line Camp Cabin's porch looks out over thick woods and the Gasconade River. Step outside and begin hiking, or swing on the porch swing. My husband split wood with supplied tools and made a good fire in the firepit. There is pre-split wood available if you prefer. We put one of the supplied grates over the fire and made some of the best steaks ever. (purchased at the grocer in Dixon).

We recommend good hiking boots. Tom and Cathy will help with scenic hikes in the area. Hiking includes a few hills but trails are good. Some trails are along the Gasconade, others follow creeks, and there is a conservancy nearby. If you have dogs and come in the spring or summer, make sure they have their tick-flea repellants, and we assume adults will want to take precautions as usual, also.

If it's winter, someone will have to keep the fire stoked during the night. We felt like Laura Ingalls Wilder and didn't mind this at all. The wood stove is EASY to operate. Tom and Cathy give directions and there is a book with further instructions if you need them.

The privy is what others call the outhouse. It has its own quaint charm and a privy book to leave comments. It's decorated nicely, by the way, and very clean. We had no complaints.

Listen for the coyotes crying and singing to each other over the hills at night. Watch the festival of stars that greets you when the night sky is clear. Keep a lookout for eagles. Rest your mind from the chaos of your day-to-day life. This cabin is not for everyone, but for those with a yearning to get away, this is a great place. About as good as it gets.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tom C, Owner at Rock Eddy Bluff Farm, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
When folks enjoy one of the unique places in the woods, we find we experience some of the enjoyment with them. True, not everyone will appreciate Line Camp Cabin, but with those that do, we seem to find a special kinship. We made the cabin with our own vision of what kind of sense/feeling such a place could generate. When folks find that, we feed accomplished.
Thank you so much for telling us about your first escape to Line Camp Cabin. Kathy and Tom
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

I don't really even know where to start with this review. We had such a wonderful stay at Aunt Phoebe's Perch 28-30 December 2012. Upon our arrival, Kathy greeted us at the bluff house to show us the lay of the land and go over a few necessities before she escorted us down to Aunt Phoebe's. We received a thorough explanation of the ins and outs of Aunt Phoebe's - to including lighting and extinguishing the kerosene lanterns, working the old LP gas stove/oven, setting the thermostat (yes, that's right, the cabin has a thermostat that controls the LP gas fed "heat stove"!), climbing the ladder to the sleeping loft, feeding the birds etc. We found a dozen eggs, six bagels, cream cheese, and a stick of butter in the large cooler/make-shift-fridge - and everything in that cooler (to include a good bit of our own food) stayed icy cold for our entire stay! The cabin stayed very comfortably heated - between 65 and 70 and the sleeping loft was likely just a few degrees cooler, but perfect for sleeping! The main floor of Aunt Phoebe's had a nice dining room table, a comfy love seat, a beautiful rocking chair and a few other chairs - plenty of space to lounge for two people.

We did not want to leave and can't wait to go back to Aunt Phoebe's! There was just enough amenities to make the cabin extremely comfortable - yet rustic in it's own special way. Although there is a chemical toilet in the sleeping loft for midnight "#1" emergencies, we chose to make the cold trek to the outhouse instead. The outhouse - although cold in the winter - is extremely clean and about as "posh" as an outhouse can be!

I could go on and on about this place, but I will end with just a few items about the surrounding area. Do the 2.5 mile hike at Clifty Creek - it's beautiful and not a tough hike at all. And, the canoes are down the hill for your use - even at the end of December! We saw quite a few turtles walking along the bottom of the crystal clear slough - but, no fish! The only dining spot that we tried was Moreland's Catfish Patch (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g45003-d1885011-Reviews-Moreland_s_Catfish_Patch_Steakhouse-Vienna_Missouri.html) about 20 minutes from the cabin if you take the dirt road short cut -- spectacular catfish and a great place to catch a football game if you have a "can't miss" game to see while staying at Aunt Phoebe's like we did. Go Hokies!

Bottom line - don't pass up a few nights at Aunt Phoebe's. You won't want to leave! (feel free to write with questions)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

My girlfriend and I have a habit of finding out-of-the-way places to spend a weekend here and there, and often gravitate towards the rustic and well-worn. While exciting, this approach can also be quick route to disappointment when you show up a few hours from civilization and don't find the offerings to resemble the advertisement. This is not a worry at Rock Eddy Bluff Farm. If anything, it was so much more than I had expected, which is always a nice way to start a vacation.

Looking for a little off-the-grid relaxation, we stayed in Aunt Phoebe's Cabin. With just propane for the stove and heater and gravity fed water, the utilities seem sparse on paper. However, once you arrive and find that Aunt Phoebe's has been setup with experience and convenience in mind, you won't find that much if anything is lacking. Tom and Cathy have provided everything you could need in Aunt Phoebe's, making it easy to feel as if you're roughing it....but with a natural skill inherited from generations of living off of the land. You quickly snap into a routine of lighting oil lamps and keeping a kettle on the stove. And after a few days of percolated coffee, I think the Mr. Coffee is going to the yard sale. Some things are worth the wait.

As I said in the title, I've been gone for two days and I want to head back. I didn't know quite how much I was enjoying the lifestyle promoted by the peace and self-sufficiency of Aunt Phoebe's Perch and Rock Eddy Bluff until I'd come back to work. Now I just want some fresh coffee, baking soda scratch biscuits, and cast-iron skillet eggs. Then maybe a hike, some fishing on Clifty Creek, and back for a nap on the porch....

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tom C, Owner at Rock Eddy Bluff Farm, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Aunt Phoebe says thank you and she hope you'ens will come back..
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

This was our 3rd time coming here since 1999. The first time was at Turkey Ridge with friends, the second time was as a couple in the Treehouse Suite and this time as a family in Aunt Phoebe’s Perch. Each time we come here our expectations are exceeded and we look forward to coming back. The grounds are beautiful and the cabins are set far enough apart that you feel like you’re the only people in the world. The owners, Kathy and Tom, have thought of everything that a guest could possibly want. Their attention to detail in decorating the cabin was meticulous but they made it feel so natural and effortless. The beds were very cozy and the view from the porch was impressive. The owners have canoes that guests can use on the river and we have enjoyed doing that in the past but this time there had been a lot of rain so the river was too high. Luckily, Kathy directed us to a wonderful hiking trail that was just down the road. The hike takes you to a clear creek and an impressive natural bridge. Our 6 year old son felt like he had a big adventure. This is a great retreat for friends, couples and families. You can make it active or be happy just relaxing and doing nothing. We highly recommend spending time here.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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REB14, Owner at Rock Eddy Bluff Farm, responded to this review, March 30, 2012
Andrea, thanks so much for your feedback after your visit. Your joy in being her is also our joy in having you here and seeing you relax in our piece of the Ozark hills. We hope to see you and your family here again soon.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2011

For a number of years we've spent a fall week-end at Rock Eddy Bluff in October or early November. We look forward to it as if to a return to Eden! Rock Eddy has other, more modern accommodations, but we choose to stay in their "Line Camp Cabin"--a small 1840's style cabin that's the coziest place you'll ever see. It's like stepping into some pioneer's home--but with no sense of "museum" to it. There's no electricity; lighting is from kerosene lamps. No running water, but good water is provided in big carboys (I think they're called) with taps; they're quite convenient for washing or cooking, and you can easily refill them from the iron pump outside. Heat is from a cast-iron wood-stove, and it does a great job. There's a lovely old propane-fueled cook stove. We usually cook at least one meal over a wood fire in the fire-pit outside. It's great for hot-dogs or marshmallows. (You can split firewood if you want to.) There's an outside shower if the weather's nice (or if you're brave), or an old tin bath-tub which makes you think you're in a western movie. And if you think the idea of a charming out-house is somehow oxymoronic you'll have to think again at Rock Eddy.

The cabin is set deep in the woods and there is lots of beautiful tramping to be done. You'll want to spend an hour or two just lying on top of the high, high bluff gazing at the farm-scape out across the Gasconade--as still as an artist's landscape. Or watching the hawks sailing the thermals high above. There's a canoe you can use on the river, and you can of course swim. (I've been known to skinny-dip.)

At night you'll be dazzled by more stars than you've ever seen. There's the occasional hoot of an owl, and if you're lucky you may be treated to a veritable cantata of coyotes calling among the distant hills.

Tom and Kathy Corey, the proprietors, are folks with whom you'll quickly feel like old friends. They're smart, easy, witty, happy, and just plain comfortable. And they leave you alone. (By the way, Tom built all the cabins himself.)

Needless to say we plan to continue spending time at Rock Eddy every year. Some folks dream of retiring to Florida; If I could retire from retirement I'd go to Rock Eddy; there's no pleasanter place to end my days.

Steve Callahan

Room Tip: How modern do you want to be: If you want to live like your great-great-grandfather choose the Line...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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REB14, Owner at Rock Eddy Bluff Farm, responded to this review, March 30, 2012
We know you love autumn at Rock Eddy Bluff, but can't remember if you have come in the winter. Since Line Camp cabin is your preference, have you ever stoked the woodstove to keep the cabin warn and braced against the chill on your way to the privy? It is truly a unique experience, and one that we think is difficult to duplicate anywhere.
We hope you two will continue to come to Rock Eddy and we promise that we will always look forward to seeing you and enjoying your company.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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70 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stayed at the Tree House for a weekend and it is by far the best vacation we ever had! Tom and Kathy are very accommodating. The breakfast was delicious and the bed is very comfortable. We had the whole second floor all to us. We had a fridge in the sitting room and the temperature was comfortable our entire stay. The view was stunning. It was a real treat to wake up with the view we had of Gasconade River.

Room Tip: The Tree House is good for couples that are not quite ready to rough it!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2011

I cannot recommend Rock Eddy Bluff enough. We've stayed at Line Camp (fun for 2 - be prepared to be off the grid!), Aunt Phoebe's (by far, the best view - fun for 2 or a cozy stay for 4), and Turkey Ridge (perfect for a group). We've visited in spring, summer, fall and winter and enjoyed ourselves no matter the weather. Tom and Kathy are wonderful hosts who can recommend fantastic hiking and canoeing adventures. Your stay there isn't complete without a visit from the Bluff dogs - Ike and PeeVee! The cabins are all clean and outfitted with everything you might need - assuming you don't need a tv. If you need a peaceful retreat away from the craziness of the city - book now!!

Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rock Eddy Bluff Farm
Address: 10245 Maries Road 511, Dixon, MO 65459-7446
Location: United States > Missouri > Pulaski County > Dixon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Dixon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to the Missouri Ozark hills! This off-the-beaten-path getaway is ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Guests find peace, serenity, and invigorating outdoor activities. Canoe the river, fish, hike, nature/bird watch, or simply relax in bucolic surroundings overlooking the river valley and wooded ridges. Our modern, secluded cottages are popular with couples and families. Or, take a romantic step back to the 1800's to a small cabin tucked into the woods and an original log cabin peering into the valley. Ozark river access with canoes provided. If you wish to avoid the well-worn tourist haunts and enjoy an authentic country experience then you should love Rock Eddy Bluff Farm. Well mannered pets are welcome. ... more   less 

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