About this listing
Cheery, sunny, private first floor room with semi-private bathroom. Gorgeous setting on two acres with prairie, large trees, vegetable and flower gardens and historic barn. Quiet, close to Dexter, Chelsea, Ann Arbor and a 30,000 acre state park.
"It's like a vacation every day here!" is how one visitor described a stay at Rancho Tranquilico. The modern farmhouse is bright, airy and cool in Summer and warmed from a wood stove in Winter; the deck has views of magnificent sunsets all year. Spring gardens burst with blooms of rescued native wildflowers; in Fall prairie grasses and flowers tower up to eight feet tall. I grow much of my food organically in a series of garden beds and harvest strawberries, raspberries and grapes on site. I host the local bands of friends in my 130 year old barn a number of times each Summer.
Guests are welcome to roam the first floor (excluding my office), the deck and the extensive gardens.
Interaction with Guests
I have a home office so I'm around most of the time. Happy to share recommendations on restaurants, outdoor recreation and entertainment.
It's suprisingly quiet and dark here for being so close to Ann Arbor. My property is surrounded by family vegetable farms with on-site markets. There are at least half a dozen fruits grown commercially within two miles including upick blueberries and raspberries. The area's best hiking, cross country skiing, swimming, paddling (flat and flowing water), bicycling and running spots are all within a few miles as well. Plus it's just a five minute drive to Dexter, ten to Chelsea, 20 to Ann Arbor. It's the perfect location!
Parking is on site. Public transportation in Dexter to Ann Arbor.
Other Things to Note
Breakfast typically consists of scratch home made whole grain pancakes and waffles with local fruit and eggs, real maple syrup, home made jam, bacon or sausage, tea. Pretty good stuff!
No smoking. Quiet time at 9:00 p.m.
The host canceled this reservation 3 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
I stayed at Barry's farmhouse the evening when both my daughters arrived in Chelsea from TX & MN for their grandmother's 90th birthday party. It was a short 15 minute drive to town where they were staying.
Barry greeted me at the door when he could see that I hadn't parked up close to the house, where he had suggested.
He was a true gentleman, offering to help with my bags. However, as is common with me, I had more than a couple items to carry in; so, I declined his offer with some embarrassment!
I learned fairly quickly that I needed to leave my shoes at the door. At his main entrance, he has very nicely polished bamboo flooring, which extends all the way from the door in the newer (modern) section of the house to the downstairs hallway of the older part of the house. This includes his LR, DR & Kitchen, which are a bit like a 'great room.'
The guest room and bathroom are on the main floor of the old section, adjacent to Barry's office.
He quickly showed me to my room, pointed out the bathroom, towels & a closet for my clothes.
He was extremely accommodating when I discovered I didn't have a power strip for my CPAP. Actually, he taught me something, in a most pleasant way, asking "Did I mean that I needed a power strip with surge protection?"
OMG, it was then that I realized that one WAS needed and I would need to invest in one when I got home.
Nevertheless, he promptly brought me a power strip and a variety of calamine for the mosquito bites I had suffered in the dark, unloading my car. His house is on 2 acres of land along a country road thru open farmland. (Only one close neighbor to the east and a fresh veggie stand to the west---beyond his own garden.
I slept comfortably on my single bed after reading for a bit.
The night before, we agreed on a time for breakfast, since he needed to go out before I needed to leave. After cleaning up my nose was greeted by the savory aroma of cooking chicken sausage, which I had never had. However, I'd happily acquire a copy of his of his recipe. The seasoning was wonderful!
Barry joined me for breakfast and we had a lovely chat about the house, his interest in the preservation of green spaces, recycling, his UG & Grad Education, etc. We discovered that we both had had non-traditional self-designed interdisciplinary majors as UGs. That was fun!
One planned activity for his day was to meet his 16 y.o son to do an out-of-door activity to research data for several Chamber of Commerce brochures. Quite fascinating! It has lots of potential and I would share more, were I not running out of words!!
I'd give just about anything to learn more about his knowledge of trails, rivers, camping & boating in the area!
Barry is a great host! He was very helpful with email communication and serves a beautiful pancake breakfast with blueberries and maple syrup from his trees. Dexter is a quaint town and hiking was beautiful this time of year. I attended a wedding close by and the location was spot on!
Barry was a wonderful host. Not only did he provide a delicious, homemade breakfast, recommend a beautiful nearby hike and provide directions for a more scenic drive from Chicago, but also gave us a fantastic walk-through of his impressive vegetable garden. He is very interesting and great to talk with.
Barry is a nice and accommodating host, and the place is idyllic. Loved the fireplace.
Barry was a terrific host. I can't recommend the experience enough. He made me feel right at home -- and what an interesting homestead. Barry lives in a beautiful farmhouse, surrounded on either side by produce stands selling fruits and vegetables grown by his two neighbors. Barry has his own organic garden, which figures prominently in his cooking. His breakfast was spectacular, homemade pancakes and homemade sausage, and by homemade, I mean made from scratch. The wood-burning stove lent a cheery vibe to the house. And Barry was great pointing out where to run and where to bike, even taking me on a very cool trail around a nearby trail himself. If there was a Michelin guide to cool airbnb choices, this would earn three stars (the most, I think Michelin offers). Oh, I forgot -- airbnb does have star ratings. Make that 5 stars.
Barry is a very accommodating, friendly host. His home and the surrounding land are a wonderful place to spend some time, but his company was the best part. Barry has a refreshing outlook on conservation and maintaining a healthy, sustainable agricultural community. It was a pleasure to converse and spend time with him. He took the time to cook me a delicious, fresh breakfast on the schedule I needed to adhere to for work. I will definitely stay here again if I find myself in the area.
About the Host, Barry
I run a consulting business saving land from development. I grow a lot of my own food and whip up some pretty good grub. I am an avid music fan and host parties in my barn. I'm an outdoors enthusiast, leading hikes and paddling trips for local nonprofits. No one knows the local wild lands and rivers better. I camp often but also like to clean up in a nice B&B before dinner out.