À propos de ce logement
This house represents the best of conservation and preservation. It's an old Swedish Barn, converted to a premium home on 37 acres of woods and native prairie with an organic garden and views of the Mississippi River. It's quiet yet close to Galena. We welcome dogs, families and friends who are looking for a getaway or special occasion. The kitchen boasts a fully outfitted gourmet kitchen. Come to relax. Come to escape. Come to Rocky Hill Farms, Galena, IL.
BRING YOUR DOGS and let them run in the country on 37 acres! This is a house you both can enjoy! (Please note, that this has been a cat-friendly house previously, in case you or anyone in your group are sensitive or allergic to cats/hair.)
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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THIS HOUSE:
This house was a Swedish Barn, from Barrington, IL, that was taken down and resurrected on this site, in 1987, the architect taking advantage of the Mississippi River and tri-state views from every window and vantage point. It has been and continues to be a conservation and preservation property.
Every window in this house has a view of something special – a valley, a ridge, a tree, a prairie. The views are “million dollar”! The Mississippi River (and refuge) can be seen in all seasons, but the view in winter expands as the leaves fall. At night, the lights of Dubuque and the bridge can be seen year round. In summer, you’ll see the lights of the barges shining down the chute. Pilot Knob can be seen as can Sinsinawa WI. Tri state views! Lights of Galena at night as well. The topography of the property, affords views in all directions. An overhead shows where the 5 or so major ridges (fingers) protrude from the property. The view from the back deck is to the Northwest (largest part of the River bend).
Chestnut Mountain resort is 3 miles away and the lights of Chestnut can be vaguely seen through the woods at night.
This is a working conservation farm. As such, the owners, workers, or volunteers may be on the property attending to syrup, bees, garden, woods or landscape at anytime. Access will be limited to the garage, shed and exterior. We will do our best to allow you maximum privacy, and will not enter the house.
We operate 'Rocky Hill Farms' with several business incomes:
•Honey bees – there are 3 hives on the property, producing anywhere from 40-100 gallons of pure organic honey every year. The summer honey is beautifully fragrant, as the bees feast on the spring trees and the prairie flowers.
•Maple Syrup – there are approximately 16 buckets to collect maple sap, from trees in the front yard as well as the silver maples in the back yard. Tapping the trees occurs in mid to late February and lasts 2-4 weeks, depending on temperatures.
•Morels – seasonally in spring.
•Blackraspberries – collection time is late June through July on the paths that surround the property, collecting several gallons of berries every year.
•The Organic Garden – over the last 3 years, we have put in 6 raised beds filled with rich compost materials and dirt. No pesticides have ever been used. Garden production is extremely high in this rich soil. There are also 2 apple trees, 1 cherry tree, 1 plum tree, and 1 peach tree that were planted in 2011 – so are still young to produce, prolifically, but are growing. Organic vegetables and fruits are sold at local farmers markets and/or to local restaurants at great prices.
•Prairie – the prairie was planted in the Fall of 2010 with over 67 species of flowers and grasses. No pesticides have been used in the maintenance, instead opting for prairie burn and cutting of weeds until prairie is established, typically 3 years. The prairie is prime for seeds, which will be packaged and sold as Rocky Hill Farms Illinois Native Prairie Wildflower Mix. Have used Cory Ritterbush of Prairieworks, Inc (Shullsburg, WI) to consult on the project. A species list is available with hyperlinks to the species.
•The Tree Farm – approximately 32 acres are in a managed Tree Farm Plan with the IDNR State of Illinois. There are numerous white pines, oaks and black walnuts. The “woods” are also in the tree plan, and are being managed to limit invasive species and to promote the growth of the good hardwoods.
•The “Woods” – we have had several naturalists come and walk the property and the property is home to several unique features including some sinkholes at the southern end of the prairie, numerous rock outcroppings at about 800’ elevation surrounding the property, with views of the Mississippi River from several, rare wildflowers including the endangered Canadian Violet, numerous ferns. There are two natural springs lower on the property. We have done some restoration to increase the view, cut invasive species and promote good tree growth.
FEATURES OF THE HOME:
3 Bedrooms - 1 on each floor, with 2 sleeping lofts
3 Full Bathrooms - 1 on each floor
Gourmet Kitchen with separate pantry and wine cooler, SS appliances, 6 burner gas stove w griddle
Woodburning Fireplace, Heat and AC
Combined Kitchen, Dining, Living Room (Great Room)
Upstairs TV Lounge area
Back Deck with views
Covered Front Porch with Rocking Chairs
Large Screened Porch with Seating Furniture
Hot Tub outside Lower Level
3 Miles from Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort, fine dining
8 miles from Historic downtown Galena
1st floor - Master Bedroom with Queen bed (sleeps 2)
2nd floor - There is a bedroom with a queen bed (sleeps 2). This bedroom has an adjoined sleeping loft with twin bed (sleeps 1). Also upstairs next to the TV lounge is another loft space with a R&B convertible bed that can be 1 twin, 2 twins or 1 queen when separated.
Please note that when requested as queen - both mattresses will be on the floor with a featherbed covering and comfortable linens. When requested as 2 twins, both mattresses will be on the floor, but separated, and with comfortable linens. Since these beds are low to the ground, you should be able to get up/down comfortably (i.e. may not be appropriate for older adults, individuals with bad knees, etc..) When requested as a twin, mattresses are stacked, and bed has comfortable linens.
Lower level - 2 twins (sleeps 2), new Jan/2014, both with comfortable linens.
2 Extra plush air mattresses are available with plenty of room anywhere
1st floor off master bedroom, full with jacuzzi tub and separate shower
2nd floor, full with shower
Lower level, new, full with walk-in shower
OUTDOOR fire pit w Adirondack chairs.
Pets allowed with permission, pet fee and prior approval. Please inquire before making deposits/payment. You must sign the Pet Addendum which will be sent to you. $100 first pet, $25 each additional pet. Maximum 3 pets.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HOUSE
•Fall 2011: new gourmet custom kitchen. Stainless steel appliances including
o48” KitchenAid duel fuel range w/ griddle
ocustom cabinet depth Kitchen Aid side by side refrigerator
oKitchen Aid dishwasher
oJennAir under counter microwave drawer
oKohler sink w/ disposal
oCabinets are knotty maple
oSeed glass used in “hutch”, transom, and cabinets in pantry
oPantry includes a stainless steel beverage cooler, a 48” antique cast iron sink, custom cubby holes (mudroom).
•Whole house interior painted 2011-2012
•Spring, 2013: entire lower level remodeling which included:
oCustom wine room
oNew shower/sink/toilet with radiant flooring
oNew ceramic floor throughout
oRadiant flooring in bedroom
oLarge walk in closet in lower level bedroom
oNew light fixtures throughout
oNew walk in mudroom for coats/shoes/etc…
Property is an excellent property for snowshoeing and xxskiing. Equipment can be rented locally (please inquire and I can help you make arrangements.) Walking and hiking are our favorite activities here as is cycling on the country roads.
I am happy to coordinate many activities for you and have done so for my own company. I can arrange for bootcamps, yoga classes/instruction, golf outings, retreats, and getaways, massage therapists to come to the house, chefs to cook healthy meals, grocery/liquor delivery services, and more. Please inquire if you have a group and you wish me to help plan your weekend or week getaway. Great for girls getaway weekendsand family reunions. This house is not acceptable or appropriate for loud parties or college/high school drinking parties. Please do not even inquire.
Accès des voyageurs
You have access to the entire house and property, garden, prairie and woods with walking trails. Owners, landscapers gardeners may access the property and/or garage to perform regular upkeep (maintain the garden, mow the lawn, cut trees). We do our best to maximize your privacy, so as much work as possible will be done outside of your stay, except where needed. No one will need access to the house.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
I do not live on the property, however, I have a housekeeper and several neighbors and friends who can stop by with just a phone call for help with anything.
We are a quiet agricultural community 8 miles outside historic Galena, IL, known for our love of trees and conservation. We like country roads, quiet walks, sunsets, outdoor activity and family time. While you are on 37 acres in the country, please respect our country neighbors.
3 miles from Chestnut Mountain
8 miles from downtown Galena
EXTRA FEES - may apply
1. $100 pet fee, $25 each additional pet.
2. Holiday weekends Christmas and New Years, $200/night additional. (Approximately December 23-January 2.) Please inquire for quote.
3. Absolutely no large parties - this is a rural relaxing home and property.
Please agree to the following rules:
1. Only well-behaved dogs are allowed in the house. Max 2. Please advise prior to booking. You must clean up after your pet (scooper provided).
2. If you plan on using the hot tub, please read the rules, especially how to open the lid. Damage to the lid is the most common accident and you may be responsible for damages.
3. No parties are allowed. I do not rent to college parties, drinking parties, or groups under the age of 25.
4. We maintain a strict quiet policy outdoors and after dark. Your cooperation is necessary so that I can continue to maintain a quiet place for people to enjoy in the country.
5. Please respect property boundaries and no trespassing signs.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 7 jours avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement à hauteur de 50 % et les frais de service vous sont remboursés intégralement.