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With the passing seasons...

The driftless region of Iowa offers year round beauty and an abundance of adventures.  Snow shoeing and cross country skiing through the Effigy Mounds calls for a welcoming wood fire at StoneHaus Farm.  Spring time foraging inspires culinary creations back in the kitchen.  Bikers and fisherman alike delight in the rolling hills and spring-fed valley streams.  Autum colors paint a beautiful backdrop for hikers and hunters.  StoneHaus Farm is a tranquil retreat for any season.

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About StoneHaus Farm

   

The original three-story stone structure was built around 1870 with stone from a nearby quarry. The newer part of the house was added around 1898. Until that time, there was a Summer Kitchen – now our garden shed – where the cooking and laundry was done. The barn is about 25 years older than the house and built in two stages. The historian, who is also our stone mason, showed us two distinct building methods - the first by the original Norwegian settlers and the second by German settlers who followed.

The StoneHaus features exposed stonewalls two feet thick, a large Great Room, a modern, high-end kitchen, fully stocked pantry room, two large bathrooms, four spacious bedrooms, a cavernous stone basement for socializing, and a walk-up unfinished attic. Outbuildings include our 165-year-old working two-level Barn - a rough yet grand space with exposed stone walls, original peg and mortised construction and great light. Also, there is a working garden shed and a craggy machine shed. Last summer we added a picturesque deck on the house overlooking the neighbor’s pond, perfect for coffee at sunrise or a family cookout under the stars.

While we continue restoring StoneHaus Farm our mission is to provide a farmstead back drop that is an elegant yet rustic palette for a full range of gatherings. We’ve provided classic yet comfortable, low-key accommodations for family and friends as well as great light and charming spaces for professional photographers. The house is fully stocked with everything you’ll need to make your stay pleasant. You bring the guests and provisions, we’ll provide the furnishings and setting.