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.
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.
Barry Lonik's farmhouse is located close to city comforts, including downtown Chelsea, home of Purple Rose Theater and the Common Grill, among great shopping. Out in the country east of town, the drive is easy yet adventuresome, passing by grain silos and antiquated factories and lake cottages. The farm property stands among working farms, and the night is undisturbed by noise of any kind. In the morning, I beheld a plot of cabbage with more full heads than an army could eat.
The house in neat and modern, furnished lovingly with an assortment of second hand furniture. Most of the household items are labeled with French flashcards, adding language learning to the evening. Although my stay was short, I noticed a lovely sun deck for taking morning coffee. Firewood was stacked for a cold evening and corn cobs were close at hand for feeding birds. Barry's environmental commitments are apparent from his collection of older limited edition prints from campaigns to save old growth forests. I guess he gigs with a local band called the Ragbirds.
The room was well staged, lighting making the room inviting. As for Barry, we had a nice chat over the text feature. However, I never met him. He accomodated my late arrival after my leisurely evening in Chelsea, and gave me access to the property in a secure and safe manner. Later I learned that he was kayaking on a moonlit lake until the wee hours. I also heard him frying sausage in the morning, and like the main character from Waiting for Godot, I never encountered him. One has to admire the host's respect for a guest's privacy.
Apparently, he's quite the technical cross country skier too, a fact apparent from clues in the mud room.
The farmhouse has all the delights of the one where I grew up. Stays on authentic farm properties often cost much, much more than this one.
Barry was a great host. My flight was delayed by several hours and he not only was awake when I got in, he had made a delicious meal of salmon cakes, green beans and sweet corn! He made sure I was comfortable and helped me with directions and parking to the stadium in Ann Arbor as well as ticket info for Sunday's Tigers game. The room is just as the pictures show and I slept well all 3 nights. Barry is a really nice, down to earth guy with fun, intersting stories. Plus he's a great cook! I really enjoyed my stay in Dexter and would stay with Barry again if I ever find myself in the Detroit area! Thanks Barry, for the great food, fun stories and helping me navigate Ann Arbor!
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.