Hipcamp host Jessica O.,
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Book a unique stay at one of the oldest homes in Bellevue Iowa, dating all the way back to 1860! The property was cultivated by several botanists over its lifetime and is packed full of horticultural delights. The property itself it’s extraordinarily unique being home to 30 different medicinal herbs, flowers and vegetables galore. My husband and I are now the caretakers of
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Book a unique stay at one of the oldest homes in Bellevue Iowa, dating all the way back to 1860! The property was cultivated by several botanists over its lifetime and is packed full of horticultural delights. The property itself it’s extraordinarily unique being home to 30 different medicinal herbs, flowers and vegetables galore. My husband and I are now the caretakers of this breathtaking property and have been working hard to share its beauty and experiences with others. Great for bird watchers , herbalists, apothecaries, or anyone looking for scenic views of bellevue or the Mississippi River. * Land is on an incline and not suited for those with mobility or balance issues * Children welcome (above age 5) * Pets welcome (must be leashed) * Essentials provided * Pagans , LGBTQ , all welcome We have a couple flat areas carved out of the hillside for camping. Or you’re welcome to settle anywhere in the 2 acres of woods. Beautiful hiking trails on the property and over 4 state parks within 30 mins for hiking, kayaking, atv, skiing (snow &water).
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No showers
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Jessica a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Organic farm with foresty campsites in Iowa.

Mountainous

Land is on an elevation. Have different experience levels for diff hikers tastes

Forest
Farm

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Hipcamper Christo
Christo Y.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 24th, 2021

A truly unique experience among the rolling vistas of Bellvue and the serene majesty of the Mississippi. Jessica and Pete along with their wonderful children make for a comforting and adventurous stay.

Hipcamper Laura

Lovely backyard camping

Laura F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2021

The location is beautiful! Tons of unique nature to experience and pretty steep so be prepared. There is two camping spaces and a bunk house & each area has its own fire pit but lots of common/shared areas too! Our site was up in the trees and it was pretty nice. Our space had a fire pit, a shelf & hammock and room for our tent. Our host Jessica met us upon arrival, helped carry things up and showed us around. There were a few trails to hike on the land but a lot of it was overgrown. Luckily there are plenty of state parks nearby to explore! Coffee in the morning and a tour of the garden and chicken coop too. It was a fun weekend getaway!

The view from the “hobbit home” - loved the sunrise here!Our site in the trees. Free fresh eggs from the chickens - how cool! Delicious breakfast.
Hipcamper Carlos

Historic farm & awesome botanicals

Carlos D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2021

If you’re looking for a camp site that will make you say “wow, I never knew Iowa was this cool ” this is it! Iowa’s Maquoketa caves are about 20 minutes away and it is definitely worth seeing. One of them had a small stream running through it (headlamps recommended). Galena is another popular destination less than an hour away.

We were greeted by our lovely host Jessica and given a nice hillside tour of the site. She is knowledgeable of the land’s history and the collection of animals and botanicals she manages and grows. Bring some cash to snag some of her handmade products ranging from cooking spices, vegetables, and bath products. I recommend this site for campers that want a view of the Mississippi and access to local flavor!

Hipcamper Alice

Cozy campsite with a great view!

Alice S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 6th, 2021

The host, Jessica, was so helpful! She even helped us bring all of our camping gear to the site and had fresh coffee and eggs from her chickens for us in the morning! The campsite was beautiful and because it was up on a hill it offered a great view of the surrounding area! She also provided drinking water, a hand washing station and a well maintained latrine near the campsite! We loved the fire pits that were already there, and the table and chairs in a screened in area where we could eat. We would also definitely recommend the tour around the property, Jessica also gave us several veggies from her garden too! Thanks so much for being a great host and for all the recommendations for things to do in the area!

Hipcamper Margaret

Convenient, work-in-progress

Margaret G.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 10th, 2021

I think there is a TON of potential for this campsite, but I think it’s fair to acknowledge there is a lot of work to be done. Which makes sense, as I learned from Jessica that they have only been at this house for nearly a year and a half and she maintains the land and gardens by herself since her husband works 6 days a week. I stayed two nights at site #1, which was on a slanted hill. It was uncomfortable but doable. I would suggest trying the other sites, if available to you. I would also say this campsite in general is good for the purpose of having a place to rest your head at the end of the day, but isn’t one where someone could hang out and relax, in my opinion. That being said it’s in a very convenient location and I was able to explore the surrounding state parks and local sites. DEFINITELY spend the $5 for a history of the house and garden tour. This was certainly the most enjoyable part of my stay. You will learn a lot and no matter when you visit, something will always be in bloom. You’ll learn about the different plants used for dyes, apothecary and medicinal purposes. Jessica also mentioned they are working on an outhouse and a shower, and I noticed she was working on fixing up the loose steps and boards leading up to the campsite. Like I said, there is tons of potential and I’m sure as time goes on this campsite will be perfected.

Hipcamper Deleted H.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 18th, 2021
Property
1860s botanical paradise
State
Iowa
Country
United States
$30/night
2 Sites