Hipcamp host Chad G.
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Pitch a tent under 5 billion stars. Enjoy brilliant Iowa sunsets with more colors than you can imagine.  Watch the moons reflection rise over the surface waters of the pond.  Enjoy a swim from the beach or be adventurous by swinging off the rope! Spread a blanket and nap under a tree. Relax by throwing a pole in the water to fish. Open a bottle of wine to drink by your campf

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Pitch a tent under 5 billion stars. Enjoy brilliant Iowa sunsets with more colors than you can imagine.  Watch the moons reflection rise over the surface waters of the pond.  Enjoy a swim from the beach or be adventurous by swinging off the rope! Spread a blanket and nap under a tree. Relax by throwing a pole in the water to fish. Open a bottle of wine to drink by your campfire.  We are all about peace and quite and enjoyment of God's country.  No radios please and only very, very friendly pets allowed. Be specific and accurate with number of campers and number of vehicles.  

Our Hipcamp business is run by our three youngest kids.  Braxtyn is currently 15, Braden is 12 and Tristan is 11.  They mow, prep campsites, sell firewood, etc. When you book with them you are supporting young entrepreneurs.  They helped build the outdoor shower, outhouse, and purchased two 8 person tents to rent if you need one.  

Thank you in advance for booking with them and leaving your reviews.

Campsite area
Bring your own
10 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Chad a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at A Step Back In Time Retreat in Iowa.

Farm

An Iowa Heritage Farm. Our farm has been in the Gardner family for over 150 years covering 6 generations.

Swimming hole

The vibe at A Step Back In Time Retreat

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Hipcamper James
James B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 17th, 2020

Excellent experience!! I would definitely recommend staying here.

Hipcamper Alice

Peaceful farm paradise

Alice A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 2nd, 2020

This is an idyllic, perfect spot and we wanted to live out there. The view is lovely and peaceful, the site is quaint and thoughtful, and the host was gracious and communicative. The rope swing is awesome and the pond is an added bonus to the beautiful and enjoyable recreation area. One of the best places I’ve spent an Iowa night under the stars.

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Hipcamper Chad
Response from Chad, the Host, on July 26th, 2020

Alice, We are honored your chose our farm for your quiet weekend away. You are welcome back any time. ~The Gardner Family

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Hipcamper Alice
Alice A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 7th, 2020

The coolest hosts and the best spot. Love the lake and the area!

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Hipcamper Chad
Response from Chad, the Host, on July 26th, 2020

Alice and Friends! Your crew was so fun to host. Hippie vans and tents everywhere...good times. Can't wait to host you all again sometime. Peace and Love, The Gardner's

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Hipcamper Hannah

Beautiful, rustic, fun!

Hannah G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 2nd, 2020

This site was wonderful! Above and beyond our expectations! We loved our stay here. The site is well kept, private & beautifully located in the heart of Iowa’s farmland. We had so much fun swimming in the pond and having bonfires under the stars.

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Hipcamper Chad
Response from Chad, the Host, on July 26th, 2020

Hey Hannah. We are so glad you chose to stay with us for a few nights. Looking forward to hosting you and your friends again. You are welcome back any time. ~The Gardner's

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Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 2nd, 2020

Wonderful stay! Peaceful, beautiful spot with great hosts!

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Hipcamper Allison

Is this heaven, or is it iowa!?!

Allison D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 24th, 2020

Outdoor shower perfect for cleaning dreds fast and well. Clean pond. Rope swing sturdy and safe. Hosts gave us space and also welcomed us into wonderful conversations. The kids made this campsite feel like a palace. Many flat spots for tent set up. Hammocks already up for us to relax. Fire going upon arrival. Bath Tub you can fill with hose from outdoor faucet. Sun heats water through the day if you are a warm bath-er, cold water from well perfect for an icy invigorating inflammation reducing bath of help with sun fatigue. Pail with dish scrubby is @ water station. Tree Temple. Many rocks, platforms, swinging bench to meditate on. Frog conversations that shake your gizzard. Prairie flowers to color therapy your mind,heart, and soul. CBD non-pshycoactive farm that breathes with the tree temple. God everywhere.

So fellow dreded folk, they have a shower that’s will totally obliterate hair to a deep clean in no time!!!! Next time we go, Nels is going to be able Use this swing and get clean hair quick with little effort! Also, this platform was perfect for meditationCook to health 2 campsites to bring a friend or double Hipcamp-it Temple
Hipcamper Jih-E

Amazing!

Jih E P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 29th, 2020

The campsite was perfect - picturesque and comfortable grounds to camp on and the host was incredibly helpful and friendly! Outhouse and shower were kept up with thoughtful touches and we had everything we needed to build a fire. Would definitely camp here again if I ever pass through again and highly recommend to all!

Hipcamper Edo

Best campsite ever!

Edo G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 9th, 2020

My partner and I have been road tripping the past few weeks through many states and different campsites. This corner of our trip was hands down the most beautiful, fun, and welcoming part of it. Chad and his kind family have the most beautiful farm, which features a lot of open space, a beautiful swimmable lake, and great views of starry night. Perfect for any size group and camping fans. Highly recommend!!!!!

Hipcamper Vicki
Vicki G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 9th, 2020

What a wonderful spot — fun pond to swim in....amazing stars...quiet. Definite recommend!

Property
Gardner & Co. Family Farm
State
Iowa
Country
United States
$26/night
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