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A stay at Willowthorne offers a unique getaway experience with fresh air and natural beauty where the sunsets are gorgeous, and the stars light up the sky! Our farm is host to nine acres of agricultural space that combines organic farming practices, education, and hospitality.

We offer tent camping for small groups and retreats. Our campgrounds overlook the pond and wi

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A stay at Willowthorne offers a unique getaway experience with fresh air and natural beauty where the sunsets are gorgeous, and the stars light up the sky! Our farm is host to nine acres of agricultural space that combines organic farming practices, education, and hospitality.

We offer tent camping for small groups and retreats. Our campgrounds overlook the pond and willow trees. We also allow space for small RVs or Campers (no power hook-up available currently).

Our area offers an incredible variety of recreational and sightseeing activities. Find peace and tranquility among nature or travel just 25 miles north to visit the heart of Chicago! We are central to many Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State Parks and beaches. Many good restaurants and breweries are also nearby. There is much to see and do around our quiet little corner.

We are an organic farm with bees and native pollinating insects. Broadcast pesticides, ie. Raid yard guard or similar products are not allowed on our property. You can spray your skin, clothing, and personal property with mosquito repellent in your designated camping area. Thank you for your commitment to conserving the natural ecosystem.  

We would like to note that our farm is host to nine apiaries and chickens. The hives are a good distance away from the campsites, so guests are safe. We sell honey and organic eggs (based on availability). The honey is a real treat - the spring harvest is a lovely delicate, floral flavor from feed on the blueberry blossoms. In the summer months they feed on black locust and clover, creating a wildly rich and delicious honey. We also offer seasonal vegetables from our gardens, depending on what sprouting up. Please ask upon arrival if you are interested in any of these fresh goodies.

Please advise that we are a upick blueberry farm, open to the public during the month of July three days each week, from 9am-3pm. Families come to pick berries and enjoy the overall farm experience. The path to some of the blueberry patches is shared with the same path to the campgrounds. The campground itself is your private space during your stay. Please set up your campsite within the designated campground area. Upick guests are not allowed to walk across the campgrounds.  If you book your stay during the blueberry harvest season, we hope you will also enjoy the upick experience!  We look forward to having you!

 

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
Wheelchair access
RV Information
Campervans and Cars allowed
Ask about access type
Ask about max length
Ask about slideout accommodation
surface type
surface levelness
No Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne in Illinois.

Farm

We are a Upick blueberry farm, open to the public on specified dates during blueberry harvest season in July.

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Hipcamper James

A beautiful base camp!

James E.
recommends this listing.
August 8th, 2022

Mike & Gosia’s property is the perfect starting point for any adventure!

If timed properly, you can make it to the city within 35 minutes, and it will only take you about 40-45 minutes to get over to the Indiana Dunes parks which, by the way, are absolutely lovely!

Mike & Gosia’s place is simply beautiful, and our family of five enjoyed our stay and had zero complaints. Seriously… ZERO complaints. That’s rare for a traveling family 😅

We just wish we had more time to explore the property (berry picking, fishing, etc.), but that’s my job’s fault, not Mike & Gosia’s.

Make sure to ask for some local recommendations, and make sure to pick up some of their honey before you head on home — something we forgot to do — but I suppose that just gives us yet another reason to go back!

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Hipcamper James
James G.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2022

My son and I had a great time at this campsite. The grounds were very pretty and we enjoyed the blueberries. Gosia was a very gracious host.

One piece of advice though, it can be pretty loud. The campgrounds are right by a pond with a lot of noisy bullfrogs. Also, while it’s secluded, you can still hear the road and there were sirens/motorcycles. Some ear plugs or white noise would go a long way!

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Hipcamper Lo

Lovely camping close to the city!

Lo A.
recommends this listing.
July 27th, 2022

Our experience was absolutely lovely! The property is gorgeous, the campsite was cute, and the owners were sweet! It's a perfect location, far enough from the city to feel calm and isolated, but close enough that the travel is easy and so worth it for a day trip. My friend and I came by train/bus - it was just a 10 minute walk from the bus stop - and just stayed for one night. We were so in love with the pond, willows, chicken coop, flowers, and blueberry/blackberry trees... it was such an idyllic way to spend a day off. We had a little camping area with a mulch patch to pitch out tent, a firepit (they have firewood available but we didn't end up needing any), and a table with a couple chairs. The owners were kind enough to let us hang out around the property for the day after we technically checked out, and they called us to make sure we were okay when it started raining - we really appreciate their care and hospitality, and we're so impressed and happy with the whole experience!! Thanks for letting us camp here!

Hipcamper jalen

Couple with dog

Jalen K.
recommends this listing.
July 23rd, 2022

very nice spot on a blueberry farm, very very nice people who showed us to our campsite when we arrived. Tons of Blueberries and they even have honey for sale!!! the only thing to be warned about is they do have a nice amount of customers who come by and go blueberry picking. Good experience regardless.

Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica S.
recommends this listing.
July 22nd, 2022

Beautiful site, lovely hosts, 10/10. Thank you, Gosia and Mike!

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Hipcamper Damon
Damon H.
recommends this listing.
July 17th, 2022

Wonderful hosts and a well kept sight. Made our night away from home a blast. Great honey too!

Hipcamper Ariell
Ariell M.
recommends this listing.
July 11th, 2022

Beautiful property and great hosts!

Hipcamper janelle
Janelle R.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2022

Definitely peaceful and relaxing!

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Hipcamper Lisa
Lisa C.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2022

An enchanted little Eden. Our stay was exactly what we needed. Lovely hosts, a tranquil setting reminiscent of Monet’s Giverny and the sounds of birds & frogs. Purchased some delicious honey for the road. We’ll definitely stay here again if we are ever back this way…

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Awards

Best of 2022 Illinois
Finalist
Property
Willowthorne
State
Illinois
Country
United States
$50/night
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