FAMILY-FARM VACATION AN ALPACA RANCH, W/ PEACOCKS, CHICKENS & MINI-HORSES.

Kathy Or Ola Kvalvaag

Speaks norwegian, swedish, german, danish, english
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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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FAMILY-FARM VACATION AN ALPACA RANCH, W/ PEACOCKS, CHICKENS & MINI-HORSES.

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4 bedrooms, 2 Bath sleeps 10. Country farm house w/ deluxe kitchen and full bath

Besides all of the amenities Ludington has to offer with multiple fine dining establishments, cozy coffee shops, ice cream parlors, the #1 State Park out of 100 in the midwest and many beautiful beaches within minutes of driving and shopping to mention only a few, your quiet getaway in this beautiful countryside hills with a barn filled with gentle animals that you may interact with is just the beginning of what YOU might want to do for a memorable vacation. Consider settling down for the evening and preparing evening snacks or meals in your relatively fancy and well equipped kitchen, or gathering at your bonfire outside the french doors, while watching the farmer watering the grazing herd of Alpacas and Miniature Horses on this 20 acre rolling argicultural area amongst the dancing white windmills that speckle the landscape. Create your own story, create your own memories, make Windswept Farms a creative memory you'll want to revisit.

About the Farmers: While running a successful B&B in downtown 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 accomodations are a little more than what one might expect for a lodging cabin or such. Each room is set up with the same convenient amentities 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.

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 large country kitchen or at the grill or even just roasting over the bonfire planned for later that evening. Wake up looking out one side of the kitchen to a glorious sunrise while the evening sunset is just as dazzeling from the living room french doors with your evenings' last cup of tea. Many times our guests, (well mostly their children )wait by the gates for the farmer to come and help with the hand feeding of some of the animals. The Miniature horses especially know this is when they are allowed a snack or two from the hands of the kids. Please don't feed them on your own though cause they get so much great hay and grass that they could 'founder' under their own weight if overfed ( a few carrots and apples might not hurt though). Now as for the Alpacas they are domesticated but roam in nature in the mountains of Peru and such rocky places. they only have bottom teeth so they can't even handle those vegatables the miniature horse can and could choke, so wait until the farmer comes out to see if you can feed them with him/her.

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Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
Kathy Or Ola Kvalvaag (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
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Speaks norwegian, swedish, german, danish, english

About Kathy Or Ola Kvalvaag

While running a successful B&B in downtown 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 accomodations are a little more than what one might expect for a lodging cabin or such. Each room is set up with the same convenient amentities 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 large coutry kitchen or at the grill or even just roasting over the bonfire planned for later that evening. Wake up out one side of the kichen to a glorious sunrise while the evening sunset is just as dazzeling from the living room french doors with your evenings last cup of tea.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Many times our guests as well as their children wait by the gates for the farmer to come and help with the hand feeding of some of the animals. The Miniature horses especially know this is when they are allowed a snack or too from the hands of the kids. Please don't feed them on your own though cause they get so much great hay and grass that they could 'founder' under there on weight if over fed. A few carrots and apples might not hurt though. Now as for the Alpacas they are domesticated but roam in nature in the mountains of Peru and such rocky places. they only have bottom teeth so they can't even handle those vegatables the miniature horse can and could choke, so wait until the farmer comes out to see if you can feed them with him/her.

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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Family-Farm Vacation An Alpaca Ranch, w/ peacocks, chickens & Mini-Horses.
average rating of 3.4 based on 5 reviews
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Family-Farm Vacation An Alpaca Ranch, w/ peacocks, chickens & Mini-Horses.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p380523
+1 2318457055
Ludington Western Michigan
4

"..What A farm Life..."

"..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
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Family-Farm Vacation An Alpaca Ranch, w/ peacocks, chickens & Mini-Horses.
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Ludington Western Michigan
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: It is a 4 bdrm house and not just a room so if people report to us imperfections we will attend to it. Sometimes flies fly in, we appreciate the heads up on the windows without screens the window fans were not enough to keep all gnats out I guess. We are remedying that already. The Appliance repairman was incompetant and I will send you his dated bill for the small leak he didn't fix though we paid for it, but really did you want me to interrupt your family vacation to have him interrupt your schedule when it wasn't affecting your vacation at all. My friend fixed it the next day by just taking it apart and reassembling it tighter. The french door just needed a splash of WD-40, thank-you for noting that on the world-wide web and not just mentioning it to us so we could fix it. We rehung the window treatments already. And even though it isn't mentioned because people have problems with dirt if it rains were the grass was worn away we did bring in a load of stone to remake the entryway. Every once in a while it seems that if the outside hose is left on it backspills in the basement and may sit under the freezer and if undetected and not shop vac'd up it may cause a musty odor on humid days. But I didn't think this was a reason to discourage people from trying our farm vacation. We are continuously upgrading and tweeking and repairing any little thing. It is just that sometimes guests arrive one on top of the other and the four hours to flip from the last renter or the need to special order new windows if they are broken by a previous guest are impossible to perfect. Maybe 4 rooms at The Marriot though 4times as expensive and without the farm charm are better for some. Sorry but tired.
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Family-Farm Vacation An Alpaca Ranch, w/ peacocks, chickens & Mini-Horses.
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Ludington Western Michigan
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: We were sorry to hear of this complaint so much later, and I do remember the bum pinching incident reported, and we immediately replaced the seat, It is important that we get feedback from everyone so that we can know whether a seat bolt has been loosed or if any thing might have been broken so that we may attend to it promptly for others' bums sake too.
I will reference each matter, as another guest did mention to us the hardness factor of the downstairs bed was not to her liking either so we did invest in a new $70 Pillow top mattress pad for that Double bed. And we did change out one of the other beds that seemed to have had a broken support. These are not always things that the girls that flip these rooms notice, so we appreciate those that report any such thing to us since we are there twice daily and available by phone.
As to the homes cleanliness, I do apologize if it was not up to our usual standard I did notice that
the girl and her husband were having a hard time completing all of the washing and drying within the check-out to check-in time which is only 4 hrs. I have now hired 3 people this year to try to do our best to correct any negligence that your party may have experienced. The sheets and towels are from our B&B and they are all clean and bleached whites, but many of them have mascara stains or bleach wear, (rust around the bleach compartment is regretable)
Remember It is a working-farm vacation; We price it accordingly & most people don't expect a recreation basement. Though it is a farm it does NOT qualify to be called a Michigan basement.
We encourage interaction with the animals and many families children are waiting at the gate for there opportunity to join the farmer and be little farmers. Though we did have all unique breeds of animals and due to some guests jumping fences and throwing rocks at them, we have had to move our Miniature Horses to the back, and we did get rid of our Shetland Sheep that were so spooked we could no longer get them to respect the electric fences for their containment and safety.
As for the free Food staples we made available for guests convenience ,we are now narrowing down to salt &pepper, ketchup & mustard,(sorry to the others that appreciated the variety otherwise) We have new hairdryers and hope to not need to nail things down like in other lodging environments.
If you were looking for Country-styled Inn in-town we'd be happy to give you compensating certificates to our Inn... Call Kathy
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Family-Farm Vacation An Alpaca Ranch, w/ peacocks, chickens & Mini-Horses.
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Ludington Western Michigan
Atlanta
5

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

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
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Family-Farm Vacation An Alpaca Ranch, w/ peacocks, chickens & Mini-Horses.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p380523
+1 2318457055
Ludington Western Michigan
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
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
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Map

Map

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

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Ludington Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Vacation
May 31 2014 - Sep 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
$250
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$350
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Off Season
Oct 1 2014 - May 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$250
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$350
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$1,799
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Our basic rates are $250/ weekday night $350 Fri & Sat
Quiet season rate discounts are really worth inquiring about or see our specials!
A Fully refundable security Deposit of $250 is taken on confirmation of your order date with the 50% deposit. Final payment made upon arrival.
Ave 250-350 per night rates
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Amenities

Amenities

Ludington Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

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