Welcome to the Riverfront Stargazer, a luxury bell tent located on twelve acres of private timber just 45 minutes from Des Moines! The Stargazer is situated along the South Raccoon River and has wondrous views. Make a cup of coffee and wake up to the sound of native songbirds as you watch the sun rise over the tree line. During the day you can hike our private trails, cool o
Welcome to the Riverfront Stargazer, a luxury bell tent located on twelve acres of private timber just 45 minutes from Des Moines! The Stargazer is situated along the South Raccoon River and has wondrous views. Make a cup of coffee and wake up to the sound of native songbirds as you watch the sun rise over the tree line. During the day you can hike our private trails, cool off in the river (kayak rentals available!), and unwind from the stresses of life.
Beyond our property, you can cut your own flowers at Walnut Trail Flower Farm (less than a mile up the road), practice archery at Raccoon River Archery's 3D course (our neighbors up the hill), or head into town for food and drink. As the sun sets, listen to the woods come alive and turn your gaze toward the sky as you get lost counting the stars.
The Riverfront Stargazer has over 200 sqft of floor space and can comfortably fit 4 guests with room for additional living space. We provide all bedding and camping equipment so you will only need to bring food, water, and an open heart for the outdoors. Be aware, this is an off grid tent with no heating or cooling, but we do provide plenty of blankets and extra sleeping bags to stay warm. A fire pit, the first bundle of firewood, picnic table, camping kitchen, chairs and camping toilet are included at the site. Additional firewood available for purchase ($5 per bundle, see Extras).
THIS IS A WEEKEND ONLY LISTING
PET POLICY: Pets ARE allowed on the property, but are NOT allowed in the tent for any reason. If you bring your pet, plan on them sleeping in your vehicle at night. If there are other guests on the property your pets must remain on leash.
Please take off shoes before entering the tent.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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The South Raccoon River borders our property and is generally quite shallow. We have a cleared area for you to access the river...Read more
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Waking up in a field of butterflies
Spotted a beaver in the river & woke up to hundreds of butterflies & abundant bird song on this gorgeous piece of land! Very private & the kind, communicative hosts provided more than enough fire wood for two night's stay. Loved using the firepit cooking rack. Tent was comfortable & had a fan for the heat- but was slightly less "glampy" than we expected from the photos-- there isn't a french press (or a candelabra). There are extra blankets & a couple games & a makeshift cooking station at the firepit that had some foil /hand sanitizer/ lighter fluid and a "community kitchen" by the dome across a little foot bridge with well water running to a sink for dish washing. *Must bring in own drinking water!* River access is down a slippery, steep embankment and a small ladder that required climbing with hands, feet & full attention-- not the easiest spot to dip in & out throughout the day & would be difficult for folks with limited agility/balance/mobility. Overall a lovely stay and next time we would love to take them up on their kayak offer!
My wife and I needed an escape for a bit and found this little slice of heaven. We took or girls out for the weekend who are 5 and 10 years old and they had a blast. There’s trails to walk on the property along with the river right there to peacefully relax by. Up the road was a state park and more kid friendly hiking. We took the kayaks out and enjoyed the water as well. If you’re looking for a getaway and like the idea of your camp site setup already this is it! Thanks Ben for opening up your property for us to enjoy! We will be back here someday for sure.
Such a wonderful retreat. Close to the city while feeling a million miles away. Truly a special place that has been well thought out and constructed/decorated to feel like a home away from home. The perfect place to disconnect, listen to the sounds of nature (especially the chattering owls), and get lost in the stars. Would recommend this stay to anyone looking for an immersive escape.
Magical tent in the forest
Our stay was fantastic! Ben and family made us feel welcomed and everything we needed was taken care of before we even arrived. The tent is inviting and cozy and the property wild and beautiful. We highly recommend and will definitely return.
This place is a gem.
Such a wonderful experience! Hosts really went above and beyond to make sure we had a comfortable stay. Ben and his wife are so welcoming. We enjoyed our stay and it's a unique experience having your own time. I hope I'll visit again.