The Good Farm: Farmhouse + BarnBnB on 44 acres!

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Farm stay hosted by Kirby & Taryn

  1. 16 guests
  2. 5 bedrooms
  3. 10 beds
  4. 4 baths
Dedicated workspace
A common area with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
Self check-in
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The perfect solution for two traveling families: two separate dwellings on the same property. The farmhouse (sleeps 10) and BarnBnB (sleeps 6) are located on 44 acres of picturesque property, only 15 minutes from Lake Michigan. You'll be near Dunes National Park, tree-lined hiking/biking trails, wineries, cafes, outlet malls, & antique shops. Roast s'mores in the firepit, watch chickens free-range through the yard, or grab a bite to eat downtown. Kick back, relax, & enjoy the good life at TGF!

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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 Farmhouse was built in 1853 (fully updated in 2021) and sits on the northeast corner of 44 acres. The BarnBnB was renovated in 2022 and sits about 100 yards to the south of the Farmhouse. Enjoy sunsets across the street over the neighboring bean field. Beyond the pond to the 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.

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. After your first night, we will also stop by to drop off a dozen farm fresh eggs for your first breakfast. 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 farmhouse is just under 2000 square feet and sleeps up to 10 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 and 2 people (Crib with organic Amish-made mattress, and full size floor mattress to sleep 2. Oscillating fan.)
-Fold down futon in finished basement: 2 people (Full bed.) Extra blankets and quilts are in the storage trunk coffee table (in the living room).

The BarnBnB (pole barn apartment) is approximately 850 square feet and sleeps up to 6 people in the following areas:
-Master Bedroom on main floor: 2 people (Queen bed: Zinus green tea mattress. Ceiling fan.)
-Guest loft with low ceiling: 2 people (Two twin beds: Zinus green tea mattresses.) Note: The ceiling in the loft is low—only approximately 5’4”.
-Pull out couch in living area: 2 people (Full bed.) Extra blankets and quilts are available in the storage trunk coffee table (in the living room).

*BATHROOMS:
In the Farmhouse, 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.

In the BarnBnB, there is one large full bathroom with a tub and double vanity in the apartment.

--There is also a bathroom across from the gym (not attached to the apartment, but in the same pole barn), which you're welcome to use.

--Tankless water heaters ensure hot water on demand.

--All bathrooms are equipped with fresh towels, rags, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and a hair dryer.

*KITCHENS:
The Farmhouse kitchen includes a large 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.

The BarnBnB kitchen includes a large sink, quartz counter tops, a kitchen table and 6 chairs, fridge and freezer, gas stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, hand mixer, and blender.

In both the Farmhouse and BarnBnB, dishware is available, and you are welcome to use any of our spices and/or cooking oils.

*DESKS/WORK AREAS:
In the Farmhouse, an office nook is available for work; guests would simply need to bring their own computer to plug in. WiFi is provided.

In the BarnBnB, there is a small desk beside the refrigerator in the common area where guests can plug in. WiFi is provided.

*GYM:
In the back red pole barn, there is a gym where you’re welcome to use any of the equipment available. (Please note that this is a shared space, so you may see us using the gym.) The gym is equipped with an exercise bike, treadmill, elliptical, full body pulley machine, pec deck machine, bench press, weights, yoga mats, resistance bands, and a small trampoline. A smart TV is available in the gym as well. All items are use at your own risk; kids must be supervised/accompanied by an adult and are not permitted to use gym equipment. We do have monthly cleanings of the gym but ask that you clean any individual equipment after each use. (Spray and rags provided.)

*TECHNOLOGY:
Farmhouse: When we moved in, 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. Note that Wifi is provided...So if you’re a TV junkie and can’t survive without it, you can still stream to your phone. ;)

BarnBnB: A large screen smart TV is provided. Simply log into any one of your own subscription accounts (Netflix/Hulu/etc) to stream your favorite shows/movies.

In both the Farmhouse and BarnBnB:
--Central Heat and AC are controlled by you through Nest thermostats.
--Smart Home Devices are also provided 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.

*WASHER/DRYER:
Farmhouse: A washer/dryer is available for your use in the basement.

BarnBnB: A washer/dryer are located just beside the gym in the pole barn (a short walk outside the unit.)

PARKING:
The gravel driveway can fit up to one car per guest. (16 cars total)

*OUTDOOR AREAS:
Farmhouse: there are three covered porches to enjoy. (Front, back, and one off the master suite.) We also have two outdoor iron patio tables (each with 4 iron chairs), copper fire pit, and 10 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.

BarnBnB: There is a covered porch behind the apartment for you to enjoy, with pretty views of the wetlands. For your use, we have an outdoor iron patio table (with 6 iron chairs), fire pit, and 6 plastic Adirondack chairs. Firewood is provided for those who wish to light a fire (located behind the apartment).

For both: 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. Guests are welcome to "pool together" the Adirondack chairs in order to enjoy the fire together, despite staying in different dwellings. 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. (This requires us to do a massive cleaning beforehand, as we have free range chickens—hence the extra charge if you would like to use it.)

*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
-Kids toys (located in the Farmhouse 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.
-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:
Farmhouse:
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, so 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.

*BarnBnB:
1. The apartment 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.) As mentioned above, the loft area has a low ceiling, as well as a gap between the railing and the ceiling (see photos). Children must be accompanied by adults at all times so that they don’t climb the railing; guests are responsible for the safety of their children.
2. The stairs to the lofted area are steep and taller guests will need to be mindful of their head in the lofted area, so as not to hit their head on the ceiling. Those who are not able bodied would not be able to easily navigate the loft.

*OTHER SAFETY NOTES:
--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. :)
--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 occasionally have a rooster, and they are known to occasionally be territorial/aggressive with little ones. (You are welcome to kick him if he’s aggressive toward you.) Otherwise, please be friendly and gentle. We are happy to introduce you to the flock 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 14 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 Farmhouse/BarnBnB 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 for the amount that we’re able to recoup by new guests. (AirBnB charges service fees that we’re not responsible for—which will be their discretion to refund you.)

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 bunk beds
Bedroom 3
1 floor mattress, 1 crib

What this place offers

Waterfront
Kitchen
Wifi
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
TV
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Central air conditioning
Security cameras on property

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Valparaiso, Indiana, United States

Hosted by Kirby & Taryn

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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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  • Jennifer
  • Kirby

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We will be nearby next door (approximately 100 yards away) at Kirby's parents' house.

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House rules

Check-in: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Self check-in with smart lock
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Heights without rails or protection
Climbing or play structure

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