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Mount Carroll: The Driftless Muse Retreat House

Entire house hosted by Wendy
4 guests2 bedrooms3 beds2 baths
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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 chemicals are used in the cleaning of the house. No candles, air fresheners, no chemical bug killer or febreze like products are allowed to be used in the house.

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.

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace
Children’s books and toys

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5.0 out of 5 stars from 15 reviews


Where you’ll be

Mount Carroll, Illinois, United States

Quiet residential neighborhood.

Hosted by Wendy

Joined in February 2017
  • 15 Reviews
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    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
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    Carbon monoxide alarm
    Smoke alarm
    Cancellation policy

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