The Barnswallow Cottage


Farm stay hosted by Meredith

  1. 10 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2 baths
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the keypad.
Meredith is a Superhost
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The Barnswallow Cottage is a private, rural retreat with a neighboring a flower farm next door. Enjoy a dash of wildlife and unforgettable sunsets daily. This 1949, A-frame farmhouse was updated in 2020, with new bathrooms, plumbing, electric, painting and wood refinishing. Decorated with family heirloom pieces and local art. Keyless, no-contact entry with code provided before check in. CV-19 cleaning precautions in place. Agritourism farmstay entity. Fresh flowers adorn the cottage seasonally.

The space
This is a unique experience for those wanting to interact with rural solitude and the nearby flower farm and historic farmstead. It’s perfect for anyone who needs a break from the big city, spatial for small family gatherings (up to 10 people) and serenely quiet for a quick getaway of rest and relaxation.

It’s also special place for bird habitat and our favorite wild birds, pheasant and quail, roost here year around. All proceeds serve as part of Barnswallow Flowers & Produce agritourism model to help maintain and continue updating The Cottage, along with financially supporting the production of organic flowers and locally grown food.

It’s comfortable respite, with brand new beds (2020), mattresses and linens, re-upholstered charming furniture and a fully stocked kitchen for cooking equipped with a coffee/tea bar. If there’s something not there, we will provide! Seasonal flowers adorn The Cottage from Barnswallow Flowers, which can be seen across the road from The Cottage grounds.

***Due to CV-19, we are required by Airbnb to insensitively clean between guest stays. Since we take this policy seriously, we are seeking to keep guests safe by limiting surface touchable items like small tables, baby items and board games. Until CV-19 is eradicated, our cleaning costs will remain at $100 for stays over two nights to protect our guests. If your children or extra guests require specific equipment or entertainment that we at this time cannot provide, please provide at your own leisure and remove upon checking out.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

What this place offers

Courtyard view
Garden view
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
55" HDTV with Netflix
Free washer – In building
Free dryer – In building
Security cameras on property

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4.92 out of 5 stars from 39 reviews


Where you’ll be

Oskaloosa, Iowa, United States

There’s no such place like The Barnswallow Cottage and the three acres of grounds where the home resides. One can see for miles from the residence across neighboring farm fields, with an up close view of flower farming at Barnswallow Flowers.

Bring your bikes for a ride in the country from June-August to experience fields filled with lightning bugs. Sept.-Oct. view upon the neighboring fields to witness harvest of soybean and cornfield crops. Take walks on the grounds and enjoy interacting with Monarchs on the milkweed plants while listening to the babbling brook.

Visit several local restaurants that buy our flowers and produce seasonally like Grate Expectations for lunch and nearby Wood Iron Grille for dinner. Need a packed lunch? See our friends at Wanderlunch in the mall. Don’t forget the Oskaloosa Farmers Market on Saturday mornings on our historical square.

This is a totally private space and property where your unique view is for miles in all directions. Minimal traffic passes by the property, so don’t forget to wave at our neighbors when they pass by!


Grab a local coffee at Smokey Row and enjoy a road trip viewing sculptures around Oskaloosa. Barnswallow Flowers is on the map in 2022! Also there are always art classes for kids available at the art center

Pack a picnic with the family at travel to the historic, 60-acre, Edmundson Park. Play on the 18-hole disc golf course or spend some time at the outdoor pool.

Take a walk or bike on the Lacey Trail. Park by the Mahaska County Environmental Learning Center and walk or bike an entire loop that travels around the Oskaloosa. The ELC has many activities for children and adults through the year!

Additonal swimming, camping, fishing and trail walking at nearby Lake Keoma State Park!

Maybe golfing is your thing? Oskaloosa has 3 golf courses available for your putting fix. Oskaloosa Public Golf Course (18 holes), Edmundson Gold Course (18 holes) and Harvest Point Golf Course (9 holes) are ready for you!

We’ve got all the local festivals.
Attend Rural Toad Trips, The Pella Tulip Festival, Oskaloosa’s Art on the Square, What Cheer Flea Market Festival, Nelson Pioneer Farm Festival, The Knoxville Races, Indianola Balloon Festival, The Iowa State Fair, and Oskaloosa's Painting with Lights!

Hosted by Meredith

  1. Joined in June 2012
  • 39 Reviews
  • Identity verified
  • Superhost

During your stay

Meredith is available by through the Airbnb App and personal cell phone through text and/or email during your stay for any questions or concerns.

Meredith is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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

Cancellation policy