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Family-Farm Vacation An Alpaca Ranch, w/ peacocks, chickens & Mini-Horses.

Kathy Or Ola Kvalvaag

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, german, swedish, danish, norwegian
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Kathy Or Ola Kvalvaag

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german, swedish, danish, norwegian
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Calendar last updated:
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Family-Farm Vacation An Alpaca Ranch, w/ peacocks, chickens & Mini-Horses.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Ludington Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Country farm house with 4 bedrooms and 2 bath, sleeps 10, camper hookup avail.

Experience farm-life first hand on this quiet getaway in these beautiful rolling countryside hills located just 20 minutes from Ludington or Pentwater. With a barn filled with gentle animals that you may interact with this is just the beginning of what you might want to do for a memorable vacation. We invite you and your family to assist us with the farm chores and we are very excited to give your whole gang a detailed and interactive tour introducing you to our herd of Alpacas and Miniature Horses and Peacock on this 20 acre farm located among white windmills that speckle the landscape. The wetlands preservation area in the middle of the farm is a haven for birds, butterflies and a very rich collection of wetland flowers and plants, meander along the little creek and see if you can find a birds nest or catch a toad. At the end of an eventful day settle down for the evening by the bonfire and preparing evening snacks or meals in our well equipped kitchen. Create your own story, create your own memories, make Windswept Farms a creative memory you'll want to revisit.

For the 2015 season we have upgraded the beds throughout the house and made other improvements to increase the critter comfort of our city slicker guests, cupboards are stocked with condiments and basic necessities. We provide clean towels and bath supplies for your group of 10, housekeeping is available for an extra fee.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Kathy Or Ola Kvalvaag (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, german, swedish, danish, norwegian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 12, 2015

About Kathy Or Ola Kvalvaag

While running a successful B&B in down-town Ludington www.inn-ludington.com we embarked on rekindling old farmer passions and started up with Alpaca and many different Fiber/wool producing animals. It has become what we call 'A roaming Norman Rockwell Picture' The accommodations are a little more than what one might expect for a lodging cabin or such. Each room is set up with the same convenient amenities that you'd find in a B&B just no innkeeper cooking your breakfast for you. You are on your own clock. And we have made it convenient for you by assisting you with some of the dry food staples and condiments you might not have brought with you to save you a stop back in to town for syrup or something.

Kathy Or Ola Kvalvaag purchased this farmhouse in 2010

Why Kathy Or Ola Kvalvaag chose Ludington

How many times are you offered the opportunity to stay at a real working farm that really doesn't smell much like a farm but has all of the quaintness that domesticated livestock and some pet-like animals will bring with the farm-style vacation. Situated between the three small towns of Pentwater , Ludington and Scottville, you only have to check each towns Convention and Visitors Bureau to find where The folk music or Clown Band might be playing or which Farmers Market carries what you might be considering making for dinner in your lovely country kitchen or at the grill or even just roasting over the bonfire planned for later that evening. Wake up out one side of the kitchen to a glorious sunrise while the evening sunset is just as dazzling from the living room french-doors with your evenings last cup of tea.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Old MacDonald farm setting, interacting with and learning about animals and farm chores. Unique wetlands area teeming with birds and butterflies and an abundant variety of plants and flowers. Bonfires in the garden among many mature trees of various kinds.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
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Reviews

3.4
based on 5 traveler reviews

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Family-Farm Vacation An Alpaca Ranch, w/ peacocks, chickens & Mini-Horses.
average rating of 3.4 based on 5 reviews
4

"..What A farm Life..."

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here last summer and we love this place! The owner has been helpful, answers all our questions, went out of his way to make our stay memorable and fun. The house is clean and the place was perfect for our group who never experience the farm life.

We had fun with the animals who most us parents can't seem to agree on the animals behind the house. Anyway, our kids identified the animals for us..

The most important thing was our nightly rituals- bonfire with smores. All of us love it!...

Jim S.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
chicago
3

Great Location, but house needs improvements.

  • 3 of 5

Photos on the internet make the house look great, and it was except for:

1. Not sure the owner knew about the refrigerator but it needs maintanence, the freezer was making ice and it was in a huge chunk and getting outside the freezer door and melting on the floor. Cleaning people should have told the owner.

2. The french doors that go to the deck are difficult to open and close.

3. Upon our arrival the 1st floor bedroom had a fan and air conditioner working. But you could smell the musty odor that we assumed came from the basement.

4. As another reviewer stated they need light blocking window coverings. The sun wakes you up bright and early.

5. We stayed when the weather was cool so we wanted to open the windows and get fresh country air, but very few windows on the 1st floor have proper screens. Therefore when we arrived there were small gnats and house flies inside. The owners need to invest in screens that fit the windows.

Overall we really liked the size of house, location, and animals on the farm. Kathy and Ola were wonderful on the phone make reservations and returning our security deposit. So except for the concerns above we enjoyed our stay at Windswept Farm.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your response! We are continuing to make upgrades to this old farm house and appreciate constructive criticism. This year we have added a new super comfortable bed in the master bedroom and made other improvements. We are also focusing our marketing more towards the experience tourist who is seeking out a different type of vacation, a farm stay, the extreme shortage of hotel rooms in Ludington during tourist season fills our farm with guests that were not looking for a farm vacation and that is not a good fit. If you on the other hand are like my wife and I and you love farm life and sharing that experience with kids and grand-kids then Windswept Farm is a little piece of heaven on earth.
1

This house is in no condition to be rented.

  • 1 of 5

I really want to start with the positives. So first of all, I will say that the owners seemed kind. I love the country and I love country homes. That said, I would not recommend this house to anyone. Here's why...

* The beds were extremely uncomfortable for all of us. There were no curtains on the windows so there was no privacy and lights came into the bedrooms. The sheets did not seem clean.

* They advertise a washer and dryer with laundry soap. We had to go into town to buy laundry soap. Then we found they had a load of towels in both the washer and dryer. We then rewashed the load in the washer (with our laundry soap) and dried both loads. The washer and dryer are kept in a worse-than-normal "Michigan basement". Furthermore, my clothes came out with rust-stains! Disgusting and unprofessional. We left the laundry soap for the next guests. Also, the towels in the bathrooms were old and worn.

* The animals are cute, but it's just not as charming as the photos look. They are really just to look at which got boring very quickly. Also, they are kept inside a live electrical fence = not child friendly.

* We kept getting trapped in the bathroom. Supposedly the humidity was making the door expand, but I've lived in Michigan all my life with that never happening. Even the toilets were below par... they wouldn't flush (hello... this is our VACATION!). One child was going to the bathroom when the seat slipped, severely pinching her bum and causing her to bleed.

* Bring your own hair dyer, theirs was probably 60 years old.

* Terrible location! It takes so long to get to the beach or to a store. I guess that might not bother some people. But were weren't in Ludington to stay in a crappy house, we wanted out as much as possible!

* The house itself was relatively dirty. If it were my home I wouldn't have allowed guests let alone required someone to pay to stay. My mother-in-law, bless her heart, went through all the cupboards and fridge and cleaned them out. They were full of old expired food! It was very nasty.

The house just needs upgrades and repairs. It is not in condition to rent. I hate to say that, because I don't want to hurt their business. I just needed to weigh in so that no one else spends their vacation cleaning cupboards and getting poor sleep, or comes away from their vacation frustrated, disgusted, and with stained clothing.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very sorry your visit to our farm did not meet with your expectations. The experience we are providing is a farm stay in an older farm house and the interaction with the farm, the farmer, the animals and the on location wetland preserve are all important parts of that experience, we are catering to the type of guest who is looking for an experience to remember. The house has been renovated to provide modern comforts with 2 full bathrooms and a modern kitchen and my wife and I and our grown children and their families love it out there and we use it as our country cottage whenever it is not rented. This year we have made upgrades to the beds, the master bedroom now has a super comfortable queen bed and we have also remodelled one of the upstairs bedrooms and upgraded the bed there. We are proud of our farm and are saddened when someone does not like it out there but of course if you think farm animals are boring then this place is not a good fit for you. On the other hand if you are looking to give your family an "Old McDonald's Farm" experience and your expectations for the accommodations is to live in a farm house then this is a fantastic place that will give you and your children memories to live on for a long, long time. Thank you for your feedback, Farmer Ola Owner
Atlanta
5

Out in windmill country; good base for day trips, private, open space, nice vistas, & a working farm

  • 5 of 5

We chose Windswept Farms because of its short minimum required stay and relatively low price contrasted with the lake/town listings. We had 8 occupants in 4 bedrooms, cutting our $/night/person to a manageable level. The owners are nice, reasonable, and understanding. The facilities are good enough overall and should satisfy all except those needing pampering; remember this is a sturdy, converted farmhouse. I imagine the owners put a lot of investment and effort into making it prettier, and it works on most levels. The house was true to its depiction in the ad.

We enjoyed visiting the livestock, particularly the alpacas. The people who maintain the house and farm do their best to be inconspicuous and will be hospitable if you converse with them; they did not get in our way but will be around at some point in the day or even at night because the animals need care. We used this house as a base to foray into nearby towns and beaches, appreciating how it was quiet upon our return; nothing seemed too far away and the roads were direct & speedy enough. You should use your map or electronic navigation until you learn the landmarks; however the roads are on a grid so you can memorize them quickly.

Some tips: be careful with the window AC units b/c only the window itself holds the AC units in place, so only handle the window w/o the AC unit. Although we were there in a relative heat wave, the downstairs bedroom could keep very cool w/ the AC and the upstairs units did alright. We did have to economize if all 3 upstairs units were running and avoid using lights so we would not overload the circuit for upstairs. You would do well to usually leave the windows open to ventilate unless it's really hot, which seems to be hit & miss in this part of MI. In fact, you may as well open the windows and not bother locking the door as it's unlikely anyone will bother your things here.

This is a breezy part of MI as you will see by the prevalent, tall wind turbines owned by the Electric Utility. They are quiet and a fascinating feature of the landscape even though a little startling at first. I learned to enjoy them over time and how they shifted to catch the wind direction. You will see many surrounding the area as you stay here and drive around; we counted somewhere in the 30s in number in the nearby countryside.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Clare, Michigan
4

great time for the family

  • 4 of 5

We spent 1 night at Windswept farm and wish we had spent longer! It was a wonderful experience for the whole family. The kids loved interacting with the animals. We are already planning a longer stay for next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Muskegon
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Scottville
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Lake Michigan Car Ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Ludington Hills
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Holland
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Applebees
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

While traveling along Lake Michigan's beautiful coastline turn into the rolling country side between Ludington and Pentwater in the old Amish community area of Scottville. Try vacationing a memorable family, pet friendly country home at Windswept Alpaca Lifestyle Farms. Only 10 minutes from Lake Michigan's #1 beaches. Feel part of the gentle farming at Windswept, visit with Alpacas, Miniature Horses, Shetland Sheep, Peacocks, Ducklings and Bunnies and more. Canoe on nearby Pere Marquette river about 5 minutes away. Arrange family re-unions by hosting more family at The Inn at Ludington. While spending evenings around the bonfire at your country home. Wintersports include skiing your 20 acre farm with Alpacas and Miniature Horses. Summersports include hikes or bicycle rides to nearby swimming lakes like St Mary's or even Lake Michigan.

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Rates & Availability

From $250 Per night

Ludington Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fourth of July Week
Jun 28 2015 - Jul 4 2015
4 night minimum stay
$350
$2,150
 
 
Summer
Jul 5 2015 - Jul 25 2015
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,450
 
 
Summer High Season
Jul 26 2015 - Aug 22 2015
2 night minimum stay
$289
From
$379
Fri,Sat
$2,100
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,799
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250.00
Pet Fee $30.00
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Animal interaction at the farm is operated Under the Michigan equine activity liability act, according to this statue an equine professional (us) is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from the inherent risk of the equine activity such as participating in stable chores.

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Amenities

Ludington Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , upstairs for bedrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Play pen upon request
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing

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