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Upstairs Of Old Creamery in Iowa

United StatesIowaFertile
Entire home/apt
5 Guests
2 Bedrooms
3 Beds
Per Night
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About this listing

I've undertaken the project of fixing up & living in this old creamery building on the Winnebago River in the rural town of Fertile. Guests can have the spacious upstairs to themselves & pass time in the common areas downstairs. Peaceful place.

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The Space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1 (Private)
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: 3PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $15 / night after 3 guests
Cleaning Fee: $5
Weekly discount: 10%
Cancellation: Flexible


The Space

A historical building curated in an artistic manner with an emphasis on relaxation & reflection. Still rough around the edges, but clean & inspiring. Extensive & eclectic library of books for guests to read.

Upstairs (where your accommodations will be) has 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, & a balcony with a table. The 2 bedrooms are separated by a hallway, but not a door. In the large, main room you'll find a queen sleigh bed. In the smaller room there is a queen bed & a twin bed.

The stairs leading to up to the space are quite steep & might not be appropriate for some elderly or health-compromised folks.

There is a lock on the door to the upstairs to give you extra peace of mind.

Downstairs is comprised of 3 living rooms, 1 bedroom, & the kitchen.

I have another listing on airbnb for a private room downstairs. If I have guests staying there (maximum of 2) while you're staying upstairs, you'll only be sharing the downstairs common area & the yard with them.

Guest Access

Everywhere except my bedroom downstairs.

Includes everything kitchen-related (bring your own provisions, unless we've discussed meals in advance)

Interaction with Guests

With guests present, I stay downstairs & often make myself scarce. I am around, however, & often available. I enjoy both good company & solitude. Guests should feel free to mention it if they'd prefer to be left alone.

The Neighborhood

It's quiet. Rural. There's a park right across the river with picnic tables, a basketball court (can provide a basketball), a horseshoe pitch (can provide two pairs of horseshoes), a dam, waterfall, old mill. Many characteristic gravel roads surrounding Fertile provide opportunities to get lost among low hills, cornfields & prairie. Clear Lake is only a 10 minute drive away. I-90 is 20-25 minutes away, I-35 is 5 minutes away.

Getting Around

No public transit. Hardly any public. Bring wheels.

Other Things to Note

Suitable for events & retreats.

You can make a bonfire in the yard.

A small breakfast of coffee & toast is included, unless you have other plans.

Dinner can be arranged for a small surcharge & with sufficient notice.

I'm licensed to perform sudden or premeditated weddings.

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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check-in time is 3PM - 12AM (midnight).

Guests are expected to behave courteously. Please don't break or steal my things. After midnight a reasonable quiet should reign (unless everyone agrees to the contrary). Pets aren't usually allowed, unless you don't mind keeping them in the garage. But tell me your animal situation & maybe we can figure something out. Smoking is fine...outside.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher

1 night minimum stay


Your Host



Fertile, Iowa, United States · Member since June 2013

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