Mount Carroll: synthetic chemical & perfume free

Entire home hosted by Wendy

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2 baths
Dedicated workspace
A common area with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the lockbox.


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The Driftless Muse retreat house, Mount Carroll Illinois, is in the beautiful Driftless Region of Northwest Illinois. Featuring a small art studio and designated writing space, it is a perfect place to explore nature, make art, write or just plain relax. Two blocks from the quaint center of town, where you will find a latte, great food, antiques, local music, a famous haunted house, a massage, and brick streets. It is a 10 minute drive to the Mississippi River.

The space
The Driftless Muse was built in 1868 and was home to miners, some of the first settlers to Mount Carroll. The house was added onto several times and only know for sure in 1907 because there were newspapers from 1907 in the walls. The house was recently rehabbed 2016. The owners kept what they could that was original and used a lot of repurposed materials. They are an artist, and a writer who created a space that they feel supports creativity, peace, family and rejuvenation. Due to the age of the house, the stairs are very steep. The entire town is very hilly. To get to the 1/2 acre yard one needs to climb down a hill. This may pose some difficulty for some people.

The house is kept chemical free. No synthetic chemicals are used in the cleaning of the house. No candles, air fresheners, no chemical bug or weed killer or febreze like products are allowed to be used in the house. Perfume is not allowed in the house. The only exception to this is Dawn soap under the kitchen sink to wash off poison ivy and SOS pads. Some of the soaps, disinfectants and cleaner, do have natural scents of lavender, citrus and peppermint in them. Since everyones level and type of sensitivity is different, please write me to discuss if we can meet your needs.

The water is filtered through a whole house filter and then again under the sink two filters take out chemicals and fluoride from the drinking water.

There is a massage therapist in town, her office is within walking distance, there is trusted child care available. If you need either, please let me know.

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Dedicated workspace
Free driveway parking on premises – 4 spaces
Free washer – In building
Free dryer – In building
Central air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced

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5.0 out of 5 stars from 16 reviews


Where you’ll be

Mount Carroll, Illinois, United States

Quiet residential neighborhood. For those with noise sensitivities, it is very quiet except for mowers and leaf blowers.

Hosted by Wendy

  1. Joined in February 2017
  • 16 Reviews
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During your stay

There will be a lock box with a key.
    To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

    Things to know

    House rules

    Check-in: After 3:00 PM
    Checkout: 11:00 AM
    Self check-in with lockbox
    Not suitable for children and infants
    No smoking
    No pets
    No parties or events

    Health & safety

    Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
    Carbon monoxide alarm
    Smoke alarm

    Cancellation policy