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Bear Creek Farm and Ranch

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· Palmer, Illinois
103 acres
4 units
1 Glamping
3 Motorhome/tent
We purchased our 45 acre farm in 1997, since then we have operated a sustainable small organic farm.  In January of 2018 we purchased 58 more acres that is attached to our land.  The property has a greenhouse, high tunnel and about a half acre of field that we raise vegetables & fruit on.  We have a 3 acre pond with a naturally sustaining fish population, we swim in the pond, many small pastures and woods with streams running through them.  Plenty of wildlife, hiking & mountain biking areas.  We have a certified kitchen at the farm and have products raised & made on the farm to purchase.  Supposedly the house is haunted and there are a couple of haunted sites within 15 miles of the farm. 
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Biking
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Forest
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River, stream, or creek
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Palmer, Illinois, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Debbie D.Joined in February 2018
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386 Ratings · 299 reviews
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Rich K.recommends
December 19, 2022
Site 3 - Ponds Edge
Exhilarating Winter Solstice Camp
Camp site 3 is amazing and ever so beautiful and relaxing. The hiking trail to the “Enchanted Forest” is awesome in the winter. I spent 4 winter nights in harsh rain setting up, to dealing with temperatures in the lower teens Fahrenheit. A great Winter Solstice Camping event!!! The camping experience is amazing! It’s like being off grid with a low cellular signal from AT&T so I know there’s better signals from other cell carriers. I watched the pond freeze while watching the sunrise and saw the night sky show all the stars under a sky not polluted with big city lights. There are birds that chirp even at night and they chirp even more during the day.
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Erica S.recommends
October 23, 2022
Site 2 - Ponds Edge
Most hospitable camp hosts!
We had an amazing weekend camping on Debbie and Matt's beautiful property. The site was well maintained with a beautiful view of the pond and autumn leaves. There is a fire pit with grate, and two big logs for seating, as well as posts for hanging a hammock. One note is to bring a table if you are used to having a picnic table because that is one item not on the site. While there we enjoyed a hike, some row-boating, some fishing, and exploring the green-house and saying hi to the farm animals. The kids loved it. Matt and Debbie were so hospitable and accommodating, letting us borrow life jackets, fishing gear, and ice packs. A big stack of fire wood was delivered to site for only $10 and the bathroom and kitchen were a short 3-minute walk from Site 2. Thanks for a magical camping trip!
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Walter A.recommends
October 22, 2022
Site 3 - Ponds Edge
Site 3, first time here.
Site 3 was perfect. Hosts were unbelievable. In an afternoon myself and guest pulled a ton of fish out of the pond. Site was immaculate and it is very obvious they care about the property and their guests. Super friendly and just very relaxed.
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Michael M.recommends
October 19, 2022
Cottage in the woods
This is a really wonderful spot with a very friendly host. Prepare to be without internet if you don't have a Hotspot. We had no problem finding stuff to do! The home was clean and newly renovated. The sound of acorns and hedgeapples hitting the roof in the fall may require some earplugs but overall it was a great experience!
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Alesha W.recommends
October 11, 2022
Site 1 - Ponds Edge
HipCamp
Debbie and Matt and their nephew Hunter were amazing hosts!! Matt was very informative and a great tour guide!! Debbie had all these fresh baked goods and they let us sample their newest baked goodie; the everything bagel!! They had two dogs on the property (Lucy and Bubbles) that were very welcoming to my dog Luci! We had the most beautiful campsite and were able to watch the sunset and stars come out. We were even greeted by Phil the possum a few times during our stay! They even had several boats to take out onto the pond which took full advantage of when Hunter delivered it personally to our campsite! I would vote their camp to be the best camp I’ve ever visited! We will definitely be visiting them again! Thanks Debbie and Matt!!! Alesha & Maribeth
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Linda H.recommends
October 10, 2022
Cottage in the woods
Bring your dog!
Wonderful property, adorable home, comfy bed, fire pit, walking trail...all you need for a wonderful get away!
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Olivia B.recommends
October 3, 2022
Cottage in the woods
This place was the perfect place to take my nephew camping!
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Michael R.recommends
September 27, 2022
Site 3 - Ponds Edge
This place is awesome!! Debbie and Matt are wonderful hosts. There’s plenty of land to go on a hike, big pond to fish or take the canoe or paddle boat out for a spin. Kids loved watching the horses. Scenery is top notch. We loved our stay and will definitely be going back. They have a kitchen there also. You can get bags of ice, farm fresh eggs most of the time(ask ahead). Gallon jugs of water and a shower and toilet available. Bundles of firewood delivered right to your campsite. Doesn’t get any better than this folks!!
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Marcia D.recommends
September 19, 2022
Cottage in the woods
Quiet Quiet!
My husband & I planned a weekend away from the norm to recharge and reconnect an WOW did we find a great place! I cooked a couple of our meals over an open fire and also used the very well equipped kitchen. We loved the welcome tour Matt gave and the bit of family history connected to a usable antique. The house is an earth home with some well done updates that we found (along with decor) so very charming! Definitely recommend this Hipcamp space for anyone looking for a wonderful comfortable country get away!
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Jason H.recommends
September 11, 2022
Cottage in the woods
I've had the pleasure to camp at multiple sites. The tent sites are right on the water and offer privacy and stunning views. The cabin is about a 10 minute trail hike to the water but it offers full kitchen, bath, and bedrooms. Cabinets even have a few board games to play. I left behind an Uno deck for the next lucky travelers!
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Rachel R.recommends
September 5, 2022
Cottage in the woods
Great place to get away from it all
This was our second time renting out the cabin, and is likely to become a yearly family vacation. You can't get much service, which we love for the most part. When I did need some service for a quick work thing, they were gracious in allowing me to connect to their hot spot. They are always so nice and welcoming. And accomodations are great too. Love the new touches this year.
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Priscilla J.recommends
September 5, 2022
Site 3 - Ponds Edge
SO much FUN!
We absolutely loved tent camping here! The property is totally beautiful and there is so much to do here. We camped with our 2 dogs, 3 kids, and ourselves. Site 3 was big and spacious with PLENTY of room for us to spread out. And nice and secluded, perfect amount privacy especially since we had our dogs with us. I loved that the site was right on the water and our kids loved playing in the lake. The paddle boat and canoe were such a fun time also. The brown butter chocolate chip cookies were absolutely amazing. As were the Leto everything bagels. Matt and Debbie were so accommodating, constantly asking us if we needed anything and responding to our requests promptly. We really enjoyed the hiking trails in the woods which were much more extensive than we expected. Only downside is the entire campsite was on a complete downward slope which made sleeping and lounging in chairs a little harder to do comfortably. 10/10 recommend and would definitely visit again!
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Jacqueline H.recommends
September 5, 2022
Cottage in the woods
Impeccable hospitality!
The cottage in the woods was better than we imagined. It was stocked with everything we would need to stay and if we forgot something or needed anything the owners were just a text away. The land was great for what we needed hiking, swimming, boating, the night fire and cooking out. There sites for swimming, peddleboat, fishing, kayaking. We got to do it all. SUPER PET FRIENDLY TOO! Bring walkies though there service is spotty.
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Bonnie L.recommends
August 29, 2022
Site 3 - Ponds Edge
Lovely spot with generous hosts
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Nesha N.recommends
August 29, 2022
Site 3 - Ponds Edge
We had a blast!
The location was easy to get to and the land was absolutely amazing. My partner and I canoed with with a 3yo, 4yo, and two dogs and we all had a great time. The kids loved playing in the pond, and taking a ride in the paddle boat. We also explored the land which was great. It was an added bonus to have a bathroom in walking distance. The sites are set up where you feel so secluded but you’re not, that was a priority since I was traveling with kids and pets who could get pretty loud but we could get to someone quickly in case of an emergency. My comforter is always a top priority when traveling to more rural areas and I felt very comfortable on the camp site. I would for sure be back and recommend to friends
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Alouise U.recommends
August 28, 2022
Site 3 - Ponds Edge
Idyllic
Absolutely beautiful spot with kind and helpful hosts. Canoeing on the pond in the morning mist was unforgettable. As were Debbie’s keto peanut butter cookies!
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Charlotte G.recommends
August 28, 2022
Site 1 - Ponds Edge
It is a beautiful place and easy to find. Debbie and Matt are charming, friendly, and helpful. They're doing good things and we wish we had had more time!
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James K.recommends
August 25, 2022
Cottage in the woods
I always have a wonderful time. The land is amazing but the hosts make you feel like it's a home away from home. If you get the chance you definitely want to stop by
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Dex I.recommends
August 21, 2022
Cottage in the woods
This was my 3rd time in the cottage and I can't wait to go back again. Hummingbirds, frogs, a small pond with row boats, away from the city with all the comforts you might need.
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Joseph S.recommends
August 13, 2022
Site 2 - Ponds Edge
We didn’t like it. We LOVED IT!!
This place was awesome we come here every year and we love it! The camp site are absolutely beautiful and fishing on the lake and camp fire by the water are incredible. The trails were magical and seeing the animals was so cool the kids loved it!
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Gene F.recommends
August 8, 2022
Cottage in the woods
Debbie and Matt were excellent hosts who went up and beyond the call of duty to make our stay very memorable. Several of us are planning our next visit to the farm.
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Jdell85@Gmail.Com O.recommends
August 7, 2022
Site 3 - Ponds Edge
Fun filled weekend
I’m going back again. And not for the beautiful pond or trails. But to see the host. Beautiful land, nice camp site trails, good fishing, swimming, and the best cookies I’ve ever had. (buy them all when you see them.) but my favorite parts was the super nice and accommodating host!
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Karen G.recommends
August 7, 2022
Site 1 - Ponds Edge
Best camping experience EVER
My family and I have the best camping experiences at Ponds Edge. The hosts are amazing and hospitable. The freshly made cookies are a huge bonus. We love swimming in the warm pond, floating on rafts or using one of their boats (row and paddle). The hiking trails are so fun to navigate. My kids enjoy seeing the cows and horses. We feel safe and relaxed at Ponds Edge. This is a hidden gem!
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Carl O.recommends
August 7, 2022
Cottage in the woods
Fantastic secluded cottage!
This place is a gem! It’s actually a bit of an earth home and stays very cool in very hot exterior temperatures. They have equipped it with everything you need and the host themselves couldn’t be nicer. We are very happy we stayed there! 2 adults 5 children and we all slept very comfortably with plenty of space.
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Mary S.recommends
August 4, 2022
Cottage in the woods
Cabin retreat!
The cabin was air conditioned, which was totally unexpected but much appreciated. Creeks & woods were also a lovely surprise. Swimming in the pond in utter solitude was the highlight! The hosts were so kind & helpful.
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Robin C.recommends
August 3, 2022
Site 3 - Ponds Edge
Great solo/family/friends stay
What a beautiful place. Lovely sunset views and private campsites. Matt and Debbie were extremely warm and welcoming.
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Taylor O.recommends
August 1, 2022
Cottage in the woods
Our new favorite getaway
An incredible oasis that we always love to return to!
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Angela L.recommends
July 28, 2022
Cottage in the woods
Perfect
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Angela L.recommends
July 28, 2022
Cottage in the woods
Perfect!
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Angela L.recommends
July 24, 2022
Cottage in the woods
I ended up staying 2 additional nights, we had a blast!!!
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