Hipcamp host emily
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Our newly renovated rustic cottage is a quiet retreat in the heart of the Middle Raccoon River Valley. Situated on our acreage, the cottage overlooks a prairie and veggie garden. With close proximity to Whiterock Conservancy, guests can easily access hiking and mountain biking trails, or float the nearby river. A "rookery" is a nesting site for herons, a bird that Continue reading...

Our newly renovated rustic cottage is a quiet retreat in the heart of the Middle Raccoon River Valley. Situated on our acreage, the cottage overlooks a prairie and veggie garden. With close proximity to Whiterock Conservancy, guests can easily access hiking and mountain biking trails, or float the nearby river.

A "rookery" is a nesting site for herons, a bird that prefers quiet, undisturbed habitat near water. And so the Rookery Cottage seeks to provide a natural escape from the daily grind.

This building used to be a flower shop and was built using reclaimed barn board and other re-purposed materials. It has comfortable heated floors and an air conditioner. We converted it to a guesthouse in 2016 by installing a new bathroom shower, toilet, and vanity; adding a mini-kitchen with basic amenities (sink, fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, electric skillet, & small charcoal grill for outdoor use); and furnishing a living room and bedroom.

The Rookery Cottage can sleep up to six guests. There are two queen beds and a futon.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a TV but no cable or internet at the cottage. And some cell phones will not have service. Relax and unplug!

Accommodation provided
Cabin
No. of sites
1 bookable site
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot
Fires allowed
Firewood provided, fire ring, charcoal grill
Toilet available
Flush toilet
Pets allowed
On leash
Showers available
Hot water
Bins available
Trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
No RV hookup
No RV sanitation
Have a question? Send emily a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: None
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%
Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Wildlife watching
Boating
Horseback riding
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling

The vibe at The Rookery Cottage

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Hipcamper Ryan + Alex

If you love to hike, this is the place to go! This is a massive property with hours worth of trails to hike. The cottage is spacious with a very nice bathroom and hot shower. The host was friendly and even went on a hike with us to show us more of the property. Next to the cottage are free range chickens so if you bring a pet, make sure to pack a leash. Highly recommended! We had a great time.

Hipcamper emily
Response from emily, the Host, on December 20th, 2017

Thanks so much for your visit, Ryan and Alex. Pickles and I really enjoyed our hike with you! Just to clarify, our 12-acre property with its prairie and woodlands do seem to blend seamlessly into the surrounding nature and trails of Whiterock Conservancy, so it definitely feels massive! So glad we could explore some of the beautiful trails together. All the best to you both!

Hipcamper Vandy

We were looking for a spot to meet rendezvous with family, The Rookery Cottage was the ideal place! Our gracious host, Emily, was helpful directing us to nearby trails. Her beautiful chickens were an added bonus and provided us with breakfast the next morning. It was a lovely stay, we hope to return in the near future!

Property
The Rookery Cottage
State
Iowa
$95/night
1 Site