The Good Farm of Valpo: 1853 farmhouse on 44 acres

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Farm stay hosted by Kirby & Taryn

  1. 8 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 6 beds
  4. 3 baths
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Enjoy 44 acres just 15 minutes from the beaches of Lake Michigan! With room to sleep 8, guests will enjoy this fully renovated, cozy farmhouse with gorgeous views! You'll be near Indiana Dunes National Park, tree-lined hiking/biking trails, wineries, cafes, outlet malls, & antique shops. Roast s'mores in the fire pit, watch chickens free range through the yard, or grab a bite to eat downtown Valpo/Chesterton/MC—the perfect getaway for families or friends who want to relax or adventure in nature.

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To avoid any confusion, potential guests should thoroughly read ALL information below before requesting to book. (We promise that the info below will better prepare you for your trip and answer 99% of your questions!) ;) Thank you!

Enjoy stunning views and disconnect from the hustle and bustle! The Good Farm (TGF) of Valpo allows you the peacefulness of the country without taking you too far from a variety of amazing attractions. Whether you just want to relax or prefer to tour nearby cities and towns, you can’t beat the location or amenities of TGF.

The house itself was built in 1853 (fully updated in 2021) and sits on the northeast corner of 44 acres. Enjoy sunsets across the street over the neighboring bean field. Beyond the pond to west is an enormous grassy field surrounded by trees and overgrown trails. (Feel free to hike over and enjoy!) On the east side of the house, you’ll find neighboring homes.

Please note that we also occasionally rent out an additional apartment space on the back of the property. The apartment sleeps an additional 7 people, but the only shared space between the two rentals is the outdoors. (Apartment includes its own amenities—including a separate fire pit—for other guests, so you should not be bothered by others. The apartment space faces the back of the property (no windows from the house and apartment face each other) and is about 150 yards away, ensuring privacy.) We say this as you may see other guests on the property if it’s booked at the same time as your stay. If you have more than 8 people looking to stay or only wish to have the outdoors to yourself, we suggest renting both spaces at the same time.

While we do tend to be “hands off” hosts, please note that we will also be next door during your stay. (Kirby’s parents live there!) We will swing by to let the chickens out of the coop in the morning and put them back at night, as well as to water the garden. We will also stop by to drop some eggs and garden veggies off on the back porch for your breakfast (as long as the chickens lay eggs that morning). We run an antique store out of one of the back buildings, but it is currently “shop by appointment” only, so we don’t spend a ton of time on the property while you’re here. We will not come into the house during your stay unless you’d like us to.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS:
The home is just under 2000 square feet and sleeps up to 8 people in the following areas:
-Master Bedroom on main floor: 2 people (California King bed: Zinus green tea mattress. Ceiling fan.)
-Guest Bedroom 1 on top floor: 4 people (Two sets of bunk beds: standard twin spring mattresses. Oscillating fan.)
-Guest Bedroom 2 on top floor: 1 baby (Crib with organic Amish-made mattress. Oscillating fan.)
-Pull out couch in finished basement: 2 people (Full bed.)
Note: For those concerned about skin sensitivity and/or allergies, we wash all linens/towels in gentle baby (Puracy) detergent. All sheets used are either 100% cotton or 100% polyester. Extra blankets and quilts are available in the storage trunk coffee table (in the living room).

BATHROOMS:
There are three full bathrooms available for use:
1. The main floor bathroom (off of the kitchen) with single vanity and rain shower.
2. The master bathroom (attached to master bedroom) which includes a double vanity and double rain shower heads.
3. The upstairs bathroom with tall, double vanity and bathtub/rain shower; shared by two bedrooms.

A tankless water heater ensures hot water on demand.

Each bathroom is equipped with fresh towels, rags, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and a hair dryer.

KITCHEN:
The main kitchen includes a farmhouse sink, quartz counter tops, a large peninsula with barstool seating for 3, a kitchen table and 6 chairs, fridge and freezer, gas antique style stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker, and Vitamix blender. Dishware is available, and you are welcome to use any of our spices and/or cooking oils. Provided the chickens lay eggs while you are here, we’ll deliver you a basket of fresh eggs in the morning so you can use them to make omelettes. ;)

DESKS/WORK AREAS:
An office nook is available for work; guests would simply need to bring their own computer to plug in. WiFi is provided.

TECHNOLOGY:
--When we moved into the farm, we purposefully didn’t hook up TVs. We noticed our kids went outside even on rainy days and we loved not hearing the constant buzz of the mainstream media during covid-19. Because of this, we decided that our lives were much simpler/happier without them. In true farm fashion, there’s too much to be done and seen to waste our time in front of a television. We hope you also choose to enjoy to the outdoors, and use your time here to disconnect and recharge.
--Wifi is provided...So if you’re a TV junkie and can’t survive without it, you can still stream to your phone. ;)
--Central Heat and AC are controlled by you through Nest thermostats. (Three zones for three different areas of the house.)
--Three Smart Home Devices are also in the house with instructions on how to use them. The devices can play music, find local attractions, check the weather, etc. Guests who do not want to utilize the devices can simply turn them off.
--A washer/dryer is available for your use in the basement.

PARKING:
The gravel driveway can fit up to one car per guest. (8 cars total.)

OUTDOOR AREAS:
There are three covered porches to enjoy. (Front, back, and one off the master suite.) We also have an outdoor iron patio table (with 4 iron chairs), copper fire pit, and 8 plastic Adirondack chairs for your use. Firewood is provided for those who wish to light a fire (behind the pole barn). A back porch swing allows views of the garden, barns, and pond. The front porch has a rocking chair and wooden bench to enjoy sunsets over the bean field. There is an open grassy hay field surrounded by overgrown wooded trails, as well as a river (Salt Creek) that cuts through the very back corner of the property. While the river isn’t easy to access (walking down a hill, through thick woods without a direct path is required), guests who are willing to brave the journey to get to the river are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment. There is also a 100+ year old restored barn in the backyard. If you’d like us to set up an antique table/chairs and/or decor for a dinner, we’d be happy to do so for an extra charge.

EXTRAS:
*Guests will be provided with:
-Shampoo
-Conditioner
-Body wash
-Hand soap
-Laundry soap and dryer sheets
-Dish soap
-Paper Towel
-Toilet Paper
-Garbage bags and cleaning supplies
-Bath and beach towels
-A beach bag, beach blanket, and mini cooler
-Sheets, pillows, blankets
-Coffee/tea and sweetener/honey
*Additional items available for your use:
-Nearly anything you would find in a standard kitchen (Ex: pots and pans, dishware, blender, serving bowls, etc.)
-Guests are welcome to use our spices and cooking oils as well.
-Blowdryers in each bathroom (3 total)
-Kids toys (located in the basement). This includes a Pickler triangle, which should only be used by children under 45lbs. Kids should be closely monitored on the triangle.
-A simple vintage swing set with two swings. (Again, please monitor children and exercise caution. All items are use at your own risk.)

SOUNDS:
While here, you may hear:
-Loud bullfrogs, crickets, geese, and other wildlife by the pond.
-Coyotes howling at night (Usually happens about once a week.)
-A rooster (Contrary to popular belief, he crows more often than just the morning. However, the coop is about 100 yards away and we never hear him from the house until we let them out of the coop around 8AM.)
-Train whistles in the distance. (We are one mile from the nearest train crossing.)
We have provided sound makers in case any of these noises are bothersome for light sleepers. If you stay long enough, we can guarantee that all these foreign farm sounds will lull you to sleep by your last night of vacation. ;)

SAFETY NOTES:
1. This home is NOT baby-proofed. (We do not have outlet blockers, no furniture is strapped to walls, stairs do not have gates, there are no safety locks on cabinets, etc.) Upstairs windows have extra locks as precautions, but are low to the ground where curious kids could easily get out. Children must be accompanied by adults at all times, and guests are responsible for the safety of their children.
2. The stairs are VERY steep (the house was built in 1853!), and the ceilings are low in the stairway thresholds. Taller guests will need to be mindful of their head as they walk up and down stairs, as not to hit their head on the beams of the thresholds. Guests must climb outdoor steps to get into the house as well—Those who are not able bodied will NOT be able to easily navigate the home; although the house was fully updated in 2021, the age of the house does not render it handicap equipped. We only recommend booking this home if everyone in your group is able-bodied, as the steep stairs will be difficult for those who are not.
3. The oven is a retro style oven, meaning the outside oven door does get hot. Our kids have touched it while it’s “on” and have not been burned (it has not been hot enough to burn someone unless they were to press their hand on it for longer than a few seconds), but it is important to be mindful while cooking with little ones.
4. We always remind guests to check themselves for ticks after spending time outdoors. Our house is sprayed monthly (inside and out) for bugs, but given the surroundings and age of the home, you’re bound to see a spider or two while here. This is not a matter of not being clean—it’s simply a matter of farm life. :)
5. Our chickens have always been friendly with us, but as with any animal, interacting with them is done so at your own risk. We do have a rooster, and they are known to occasionally be territorial/aggressive with little ones. Please be friendly and gentle. We are happy to introduce you and help you handle them should you like to hold them.

ADDITIONAL INFO:
While we do rent other Airbnbs that are designated for guest use only, this farm is our personal home. We are only interested in renting it out about once a month (at most), and we are only interested in renting to the most respectful guests. Because of this, we do not have wiggle room on pricing, minimum stay requirements, or on the items below. While we welcome guests of all backgrounds, we will only be accepting booking requests from:

--AirBnB users who are "verified" and who already have multiple positive reviews from other hosts.
--Renters that are above the age of 25.
--Renters who are not bringing pets.
--A maximum of 8 guests per reservation. Extra guests are not allowed.
—We value our relationship with our neighbors, so events/gatherings/parties are not to be held by guests. In order to keep the house in excellent condition for ourselves and for future guests, we are firm on these rules. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

CHECK-IN INFO:
--Guests who book will receive detailed check-in instructions on the morning of their scheduled arrival. All of this will be communicated through AirBnB messenger. We will meet you at the farm to show you around as you check in.
--A manual with our favorite local attractions will be provided. Please let us know if you’d like this in advance. We have tons of recommendations and love to support the best local businesses.
--Please note that Valparaiso is on Central Standard Time (CST), the same as Chicago. Check-in is between 4 and 7 p.m.; check-out is at 10 a.m. (unless other arrangements have been made with us).
--Our cancellation policy is strict. That being said, if you do need to cancel your reservation and we are able to re-book your days with another guest, we will gladly refund you.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 bunk beds
Bedroom 3
1 crib

What this place offers

Waterfront
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Wifi
Free parking on premises
Washer
Dryer
Air conditioning
Bathtub
Patio or balcony
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Valparaiso, Indiana, United States

Valparaiso is the ideal vacation spot. A variety of activities are available for everyone, regardless of age/ability/interests.

Favorite spots include restaurants/cafes:
--Radius (Valparaiso)
--Blackbird Cafe (Valparaiso)
--Meditrina Market (Valparaiso)
--Red Cup Cafe (Chesterton)
--Third Coast Spice Cafe (Chesterton)
--Shoreline Brewery (Michigan City)
--Panini Panini (Michigan City)
--The Goblin & The Grocer (Beverly Shores)
--Hokkaido Sushi (Michigan City)

Grocery Stores nearby include:
--Nature's Cupboard (Chesterton)
--Jewel (Chesterton)
--Meijer (Valparaiso)
--Walmart (Portage)

Things to do nearby:
--Indiana Dunes National Park: The nation's newest national park includes tons of additional beaches along Lake Michigan, and fourteen hiking trail systems at the Indiana Dunes. (15 minute drive)
--Michigan City Beaches
--Michigan City Zoo
--Valparaiso splashpad park for kids
--Michigan City Outlet Malls
--Michigan City park (with weekly live music and jungle gym for kids)
--Blue Chip Casino
--For rainy days: Bowling at Inman’s (Valparaiso), Jak’s Warehouse (Shererville) and/or Bellaboo’s (Lake Station), and Pottery Creation/Painting at The Good Earth Pot (Chesterton)
--Many guests also enjoy visiting wineries and breweries throughout the region, horseback riding, as well as antiquing.

Hosted by Kirby & Taryn

  1. Joined in April 2016
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We love using AirBnB as a resource for better lodging options, as well as to host others in our hometown. We live in Northwest Indiana, love the outdoors, and aim to travel at least 4 times each year--even if that just means taking a weekend to enjoy a nearby city/town. Overall, we're low-key, friendly people who love to spend time with our kids, get away in nature, hike, travel, and explore more of the world. :) As hosts, we tend to be "hands off" so that you can enjoy your privacy while on vacation, but we provide a guide for activities and are always available to answer any questions or offer advice. Please feel free to message us if you have additional questions! We look forward to having you!
We love using AirBnB as a resource for better lodging options, as well as to host others in our hometown. We live in Northwest Indiana, love the outdoors, and aim to travel at leas…

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  • Kirby
  • Jennifer

During your stay

We will be here to greet you upon arrival. We will show you around and explain the ins and outs of the house. We will be staying right next door should you need anything during your stay. (We will also be by to let the chickens in and out of the coop during the day, and to potentially work out of the antique shop behind the house.)
We will be here to greet you upon arrival. We will show you around and explain the ins and outs of the house. We will be staying right next door should you need anything during you…

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House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Self check-in with smart lock
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection

Cancellation policy