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1860's Botanical Paradise

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· Bellevue, Iowa
2 acres
2 sites
1 Lodging
1 Tent
Built in 1860 by its first caretaker botanist, this homestead was propagated over its many years of life and is busting at the seams with medicinal and edible herbs. We now run a flower farm and vegetable gardens on our homestead. If you’d like to learn about herbs or gardening/ homesteading, we love sharing our knowledge. If you’d just like some farm fresh eggs for breakfast and enjoy your time alone amongst the songbirds, that's just fine too :) The property is built into the stone hillside allowing for breathtaking views but also stairs to get to the campsites. Please wear comfortable shoes (not flip flops 😉). If you have mobility issues property access will be difficult. !CLASSES! We run our small school/business: HOMESTEAD and HAMMER from the property and are bringing classes to YOU in the 2022 Season! Look in the "EXTRAS" for classes you can partake in on your visit OR for more information on what's included on class weekends check out our website below! Classes include, forAging wild edibles, mushroom identification, homesteading skills, soap making, forging metals and many more! Website: www.homesteadandhammer.com *For guest and host safety property managed 24-7 by video and security services*
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Bellevue, Iowa, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Jessica O.Joined in May 2021
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 2 hours
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53 ratings · 43 reviews
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Jesse J.recommends
January 15, 2023
Bunkie
Thank you Jessica! A++
Jessica has an amazing home and great set up at the Bunkie! We stayed in January 2023, and the room was cozy and clean and comfortable. I’d recommended you bring extra blankets if you run cold at night. Plenty of fire wood available, and camp fire is perfect! Please note check out time is 12pm, not 2pm. I misread that so we ended up leaving at 1pm, sorry for any inconvenience by that Jessica! We’ll definitely be back to camp Bunkie :)
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Aurora V.recommends
December 13, 2022
Bunkie
Great Solo Stay
Excellent stay! Very cozy perfect for one or two guests. Jessica was so nice she gave me a cup of tea and some s’more materials. Came in the winter and the cabin was warm and cozy. I did use my sleeping bag as I’m cold blooded, if during winter recommend bringing something extra. Mattress was divine! I will definitely stay again. Great place for solo adventures! Cute, safe, welcoming.
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James S.recommends
October 20, 2022
Bunkie
Romantic Glamping
It was our first Hipcamp experience and we loved it. It was a little cold that night and the Bunkie was absolutely perfect. We arrived later than we planned for, which was luckily not a problem. We got a short tour. The Bunkie got all you need including a heater and a Keurig style coffee maker. The garden, orchard and bunkie are absolutely adorable and the host is super nice and super responsive.
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Reed R.recommends
October 11, 2022
Bunkie
Amazing stay!
We loved staying in the bunkie! We wanted to go tent camping, but decided it would be a little too chilly — this was the perfect alternative. We got to enjoy all the things we love about camping (campfires, outdoor cooking, time outside) while having a cozy bedroom to crash in at night. Other highlights included fresh eggs, adorable bunnies and exploring downtown Bellevue.
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Jayden E.recommends
October 6, 2022
Bunkie
Me, My fiancé, and our pup had a great time. Jessica was super nice and it was a beautiful place to relax! Jessica led us on the plant identification tour of what’s on her land and it was super fascinating to learn about the plants and all the work their family has done. We’d happily stay again :)
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Cynthia B.recommends
October 6, 2022
Bunkie
Beautiful and Serene
We had a wonderful stay at the Glamping Bunkie. It was cozy and comfortable- I never wanted to get out of that bed. Jessica was a wonderful host! We took a tour of her property and learned about the plants and animals in her homestead. Plus, she makes and sells wonderful items- I did some holiday shopping! We plan to return in the spring to see all the flowers in bloom. We also brought our dog and he had fun too. I highly recommend this stay!
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Cori P.recommends
September 19, 2022
Woodsy Campsite
Absolutely recommend! Jessica was very kind, friendly & helpful. Space was neat, had everything we needed & good location
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Jenny L.recommends
September 16, 2022
Bunkie
Jessica was a fabulous host! My pup and I really enjoyed being tucked into nature, but still really close to the cute downtown of Bellevue. I added the flower/plant identification tour and learned so much and even made delicious strawberry rhubarb pie with the rhubarb I brought home. I definitely foresee my dog and I returning!
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Sandra H.recommends
August 26, 2022
Bunkie
We enjoyed Jessica’s hospitality and information about her land and the things that she has been working on since she bought it. It was lovely to go to sleep with the night sounds of the forest.
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Sherri B.recommends
August 22, 2022
Bunkie
Beautiful place with many extras!
We really loved this spot! Having a bed with a “campsite” atmosphere was fantastic. Jessica was a great host and was available for questions and showed a genuine love of her homestead and sharing with others. The classes offered while we were there was a really neat option as well! My husband really enjoyed the knife sharpening class. Would really recommend this place and will visit again!
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Meghan M.recommends
August 11, 2022
Bunkie
The Bunkie was adorable and fit my needs for a quick overnight. I wish I had more time to stay and explore the farm, but the setting was idyllic and it was cool enough to sleep with the windows open. The bed was super comfy and I loved having an unplugged evening after a long day on the road! Rocket the skunk was an unexpected highlight and the history of the homestead was super intriguing!
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Vicki K.recommends
August 3, 2022
Bunkie
This is such a sweet, comfy spot in a friendly and sweet town in a lovely setting. The gardens are beautiful, and Jessica was a flexible and welcoming host, accommodating my very late arrival. My dog loved it too. I only wish we could have been there longer!
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Diane O.recommends
August 1, 2022
Bunkie
Cute place, friendly host. Wish I could have stayed longer.
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Carl G.recommends
July 31, 2022
Bunkie
Such a cool place! The glamping bunkie is very airy and sunny, and the patio outside is a great touch. Jessica and her husband were incredibly friendly and the tour was great. We are considering a similar set up and it was so great to hear her tips and experience with the place. Highly reccomended!
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Steve D.doesn't recommend
May 20, 2022
Woodsy Campsite
Wow! I didn’t deserve that.
Very unprofessional. Goods and services sold but not delivered. Police called to residence while I was there. Made to feel like I was accused of and/or suspected of some heinous crime detected at the wife and children??? The husband is clearly not supportive of Hipcamp.
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Katie W.recommends
May 8, 2022
Bunkie
Relaxing, care-free
Had a good time relaxing at their place
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Mia H.recommends
March 20, 2022
Bunkie
Cool homestead located in a nice, quiet town. Room very comfortable and hosts very welcoming
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Lori M.recommends
March 15, 2022
Bunkie
Cozy and close to town
We had a cozy weekend stay at Jessica’s! She was a very kind host, and the bunkie was a great spot for us. Her place is tucked against a bluff and close to town. The bunkie is attached to the house, but felt private with the entrance in the back. We look forward to returning when all the flowers are in bloom!
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Melissa B.recommends
November 29, 2021
Bunkie
The room was wonderful, very comfortable. It was a little to cold for a fire, but the area was beautiful. Jessica was very nice and welcoming.
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Maggie L.recommends
November 15, 2021
Bunkie
Spent a long weekend in the bunkie and it was perfect! Jessica was so friendly and shared so much information about the land, plants, and building's history—I highly recommend adding on a plant identification tour (weather and season permitting—I visited in Fall and was still so pleasantly surprised about how much information and greenery was still around) and some of their amazing handmade soap.
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Sophia W.recommends
November 1, 2021
Bunkie
My partner and I had the most lovely time at Jessica's homestead, and I would definitely recommend staying there for a night or (as we did) three. From the moment we arrived, Jessica was an incredible host, telling us about the plants on the property. We woke up the next morning--and every morning thereafter--to a thermos of coffee outside the door. We also paid for the tour of the property and were sent home with bags of seeds and leaves and much more botanical inclination! The house is surrounded by an impossible array of flora and herbage and trees, all of which Jessica has tons of knowledge on. We were amazed to hear that her family has only occupied the property for a short time. Besides the more cultivated areas, a small patch of woods backs the house, and it was super fun to explore, as was the state park that is only a mile or so away! Jessica was communicative and kind for our entire stay, and on our departure she even gave me a birthday gift of one of her amazing nature dioramas and a bar of goat milk soap! We truly couldn't have dreamed of a better place to stay on our small Iowa adventure, and we will be returning as soon as we can.
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Dar F.recommends
October 17, 2021
Bunkie
Great place to unwind!
Beautiful wooded property, comfortable bunkie and a very kind host. Would highly recommend.
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Terri L.recommends
October 7, 2021
Bunkie
It was very beautiful and peaceful. It truly is a wooded Paradise!
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Billy H.recommends
September 27, 2021
Woodsy Campsite
Loving and Kindness
We came here to reset and spend time with nature. Jessica was a great host and her kindness, wisdom of plants and herbs. It's a must to take her garden tour. We learn so much in learning about gardening, seedings, and herbs. The place is loving. Definitely will come back to camp at her site. The town was a beautiful visit and walk near the river.
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Kristen Y.recommends
September 26, 2021
Bunkie
Our stay was lovely! Jessica was a fantastic host and the property is wonderful.
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Jessica B.recommends
September 16, 2021
Bunkie
Peaceful glamping experience
I stayed in the bunkie with my dog, and we had a very relaxing stay! Jessica brought coffee in the morning and we had fun looking at the garden and the chickens. Very peaceful and close to lots of hiking spots!
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Isa S.recommends
September 16, 2021
Woodsy Campsite
Lovely artsy and soothing
Lovely place! Clearly, everything was well thought. The owner, Jessica, is an artist, and it shows on her whole property. Was amazing.
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Jennifer D.recommends
September 12, 2021
Bunkie
Just what we needed
This was the perfect overnight stay on our way to Seed Savers in Decorah, IA. Jessica was a great host. Attentive, but not intrusive. We took her tour and really enjoyed learning about the history and variety of plants at their homestead. Had a great night's sleep too!
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Theresa G.recommends
September 1, 2021
Bunkie
Beautiful dt
The Bunkie is a perfect quiet stay in a cute town. Plenty of privacy and a big space with huge windows, fure pit, and everything you might need. Jessica and her husband went above and beyond. Would ABSOLUTELY recommend!
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Katie L.recommends
August 29, 2021
Bunkie
The bunkie was all i could have asked for and more!
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