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Jerry Stuff

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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3 bedroom, 2 bath turn-of-the-20th-century four-square country home

We want your stay at Hillcrest Farm to be comfortable and relaxing for you; and so, we offer these accommodations:

• A formal living room with parlor doors and period antique furniture – the perfect setting for an intimate Victorian country wedding and reception.

• A formal dining room with expanding dining room table, painted glass chandelier, oak buffet, and a pass-through to serve the Thanksgiving turkey.

• A study with parlor doors for privacy, a walnut desk for the writers, and a 'sink in' comfortable couch to curl up with your favorite book.

• A “buttermilk warm” kitchen to gather in for morning coffee.

We named the bedrooms for the ambiance of each room:

THE BLUE MASTER BEDROOM

This light-filled bedroom has south and east facing windows, hardwood floors, a queen-size carved cherry bed and Select Comfort mattress with down bedding, a walnut dresser, walk-in closet, a dressing table with triple mirror, and a full length mirror for a bride’s final check of her gown.

THE PINK ROSE BEDROOM

This soft and subtle light-filtered bedroom has east and north facing windows, hardwood floors, a queen-size white wrought iron bed and Select Comfort mattress with down bedding, a painted soft pink hurricane lamp, wood dresser, walk-in closet, and a pink velvet rocking chair.

THE LOG CABIN BEDROOM

This rustic light-filled retreat has south and west facing windows, wide pine floors, a queen-size four poster bed and Select Comfort mattress with don bedding, blonde wood dressers, walk-in closet, and a bent willow side chair perfect for reading your favorite book.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Jerry Stuff (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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Why Jerry Stuff chose Rockford

Hillcrest Farm was established in 1905 when John Parkinson Starner and his bride Orpah Susan Faulders Starner purchased the farm; and, built the homestead in 1906. Our family homestead has been lovingly and carefully restored for a glimpse into the American farm life at the turn of the twentieth century.

The Starner-Stuff nine room homestead with original woodwork, parlor doors, dining room pass-through, and period antique furniture rests on 100 acres of farmland, woods, and rolling pasture with flowing creek; and, is the perfect setting for a Victorian country wedding, a relaxing get-a-way, and a romantic weekend.

Located just six miles north of President Ronald Reagan’s boyhood hometown of Dixon, Illinois, you can follow what your heart desires most at Hillcrest Farm – from strolling through the gardens, watching an awesome sunset, lying in the pasture behind the barn stargazing at the milky way, rocking on the front porch, reading, resting, relaxing – there are endless possibilities; and, the only blackberries you will find here are the ones in a pie cooling in the kitchen window!

What makes this farmhouse unique

Step back in time to Christmas 1905, to experience a more innocent time in American history. Enjoy Hillcrest Farm's Victorian Christmas 1905.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Three services to protect your trip:
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 6 traveler reviews

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Welcome Home to Hillcrest Farm!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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Welcome Home to Hillcrest Farm!
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Rockford Illinois
Woodbridge VA
5

Fantastic house!

  • 5 of 5
We had an amazing stay at Hillcrest Farm in July 2014. The house was immaculate and well-appointed. The rooms were so nice and spacious. The gardens and yard were also beautiful, and my kids LOVED all of the space to run around (we come from a place with small yards). Jerry was so nice to work with, and we felt that we got an AMAZING value in this property! If you're staying in the area, I HIGHLY recommend this property!!!
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you Ann for your gracious comments! We are very pleased that you and your family enjoyed relaxing and playing at Hillcrest Farm while attending your family wedding. And thank you for taking such loving care of Hillcrest. We look forward to your next "Welcome Home to Hillcrest Farm" visit. Until then, Be Well, Jerry
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Welcome Home to Hillcrest Farm!
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Rockford Illinois
Phoenix AZ
5

Beautiful Farm House

  • 5 of 5
We just got home from spending a long weekend at this beautiful Hillcrest Farm home. The house was beautiful inside and out. The landscaping around the house was perfectly manicured. The inside is restored and breathtaking. We met the owner of the house the morning we were leaving and he was very kind and seems like a great guy. You can not go wrong with this house. If we go back to Illinois we will sure be staying here again.
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Whitney for your gracious review comments. We very much enjoyed having your family stay at Hillcrest Farm for your Family Reunion. What a special treat for five generations of family to gather and celebrate! Please know that you and your entire family will always be “Welcomed Home” at Hillcrest Farm on your next visit to the Midwest. Please give your parents our very best wishes and we look forward to seeing your little one grow up and master the stairs soon! Be well, Jerry
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Welcome Home to Hillcrest Farm!
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Rockford Illinois
Skokie, IL
5

Perfect place for a wedding!

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I found Hillcrest Farm when on the lookout for the perfect place to hold our wedding. We thought it looked nice in the photos, but when we visited I can say that they did not do the farm justice at all! We fell in love right away and knew it would be the perfect backdrop for our nuptials; plus, we were able to stay here for the weekend for nearly half of what it would have cost us for 8 hours at an official wedding venue. There was no down side!

The farm itself is a wonderful mix of vintage beauty and modern comfort; while there's no television, there is wifi, temperature control, and a fully stocked kitchen with a dishwasher, and both Dixon itself and a great number of convenient stores and restaurants are less than 15 minutes away. The house is warm, welcoming and comfortable, with plenty of space to room a whole family and then some for a weekend. We absolutely loved the decor, which fit in so well with the look of our wedding and looks absolutely stunning in our photographs! Aside from how beautiful the place was itself, it was an absolute delight to work with Jerry. We were doing everything ourselves and he was so helpful throughout the entire process, and really made sure that every step was easy for us; he let us come by several times to make sure we had a good plan in place for our setup, told us where to get the tables and chairs for the event, and even put out beautiful fresh flowers for our arrival! Everyone we've shown our pictures to has been blown away by how perfect everything looked, and it wouldn't have been half as good if we weren't at Hillcrest. Photos of our wedding can be seen here: http://imgur.com/a/da8D4

Thank you again Jerry for all your help and for helping to make our wedding something beautiful! (And thank you for mailing back that dress we forgot, too! You're the best!)
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Congratulations again Emerys and Steph and thank you for your gracious review comments. Your wedding was amazing and your photographer captured your special day beautifully. I especially enjoy the photos of Steph’s dress hanging in the front window and the corncrib as well as the photo of the two of you embracing with the phenomenal Hillcrest sunset sky behind you – stunningly beautiful!!! Please know that you will always hold the distinction of being the second couple to be married at Hillcrest Farm, ninety-seven years after my grandparents, Clifford Stuff and Helen Starner were married in the living room on April 16, 1917. We hope you will return to Hillcrest Farm to celebrate your wedding anniversary often; or, to just “get away”. Best wishes for a lifetime of love and joy and every happiness! Be well, Jerry
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Rockford Illinois
Chicago
5

OMG, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A WEDDING VENUE LOOK NO FURTHER!!!!!

  • 5 of 5
Ok, sorry for yelling with the all-caps but seriously, everything about this place was perfect. We had a very casual, d.i.y. wedding celebration here for over 130 people. The grounds were perfect for this kind of party!
The great thing about choosing this venue was that we were able to stay there the night before as well as the night of the wedding party. We had lots of time to set things up because of that.
AND we were able to bring in all of our own vendors. I can't even tell you how much money this place saved us between the crazy reasonable rental rate and the freedom to bring in all of our own booze and food.
Make your reservations now because I will be telling everyone how awesome it was here!
  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Amanda and Jeff for choosing Hillcrest Farm to host your “Dream Come True Wedding”. Your wedding and reception was truly a very enjoyable occasion tailored just for the two of you. Thank you for your kind words and gracious review comments. Please know that you and Jeff and your entire family are always welcome to “come back home” to Hillcrest Farm anytime for any occasion or to just kick back for some rest & relaxation and peace & quiet. Congratulations and best wishes for a lifetime of love, and joy, and every happiness! Be well, Jerry
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Welcome Home to Hillcrest Farm!
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Rockford Illinois
Chicago area
5

Mother of the Bride

  • 5 of 5
I cannot say enough great things about this home and its owner! The home and grounds are gorgeous! We hosted my daughter's wedding here and it was perfect! Beautiful setting and the owner, Jerry, was so helpful in making arrangements for, setting up and tearing down tents and tables and chairs; where to park cars; where to place vendors ...
We are definitely going back to Hillcrest Farm but, next time, we're going to just go rest and enjoy the beauty of this AWESOME home.
There are a couple pretty good restaurants nearby. We tried Bomb Diggity (the wraps are very good and the deep fried pickles are great!) and for breakfast, Flynnies Diner was also terrific!
I would highly recommend a stay here!
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Greetings Gary & Janet and Dan & Dar,

Thank you for your gracious review. We too had an awesome experience hosting Jeff & Amanda’s “Dream Come True” wedding last weekend. Everything about their wedding and reception was unique and special and tailored to Jeff & Amanda, including the setting at Hillcrest Farm! As you mentioned in your email, the sign on the back porch says, “Enter as strangers, leave as friends”. We feel we have new friends in both of your families. Please know that your families are always welcome back to Hillcrest Farm for another family celebration and/or to just kick back and relax in the quintessential setting of peace and quiet for rest and relaxation! The fire pit & the starry night sky as well as the rocking chairs on the front porch for your morning coffee will be ready for you! Until we meet again, Be well, Jerry
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Welcome Home to Hillcrest Farm!
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Rockford Illinois
Blair, WI
5

The wedding Visit in Sept.

  • 5 of 5
Martha: I grew up just north of the Stuff Home, so it was so great to stay there when we came to my niece's wedding Sept 15th. The restoration is so nicely done, and the accommodations are so comfortable and pleasant. Eleven in our family stayed overnight. Having known the Stuff's quite well, being in the home brought back many memories.The flower gardens were well maintained and the plaque with the ownership history was a nice addition to the garden.
Roger: Sorry it has taken us a month to write a review. We felt honored to be one of the first guests to stay in this beautiful home.
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Martha & Roger, we are very pleased that your “wedding visit” at Hillcrest Farm was both comfortable and memorable for you and three generations of your family. We are happy that your grandchildren were able to experience and enjoy the uniquely American country lifestyle of generosity and caring of the Pine Creek community where you grew up. Since you had visited Clifford and Helen at Hillcrest Farm as a child, it is special that you and your family were our very first guests!

We look forward to future visits for the holidays and family weddings/reunions; so, please think of Hillcrest Farm as your home-away-from-home whenever you are back home in Illinois. Welcome Home!

Be well, Jerry
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Located in the rolling hills of northwestern Illinois, Dixon is the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America. Lowell Park is where a young Ronald Reagan served as lifeguard for swimmers on the Rock River. The White Pines State Park and Wedding Canyon are a ten minute drive north on the White Pines Road. Come and explore and discover the Pine Creek community where neighbors still know and care for their neighbors. Be well!

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Availability & Rates

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Rockford Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Base Rate
2 night minimum stay
$200
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$300
Fri,Sat
$1,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees And Taxes +9% Illinois Sales Tax
Notes A $500.00 damage despoit is required on a credit card authorization to ensure the thoughtful care for Hillcrest Farm.
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Amenities

Amenities

Rockford Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Antique wash stand with vessel sink.
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Select Comfort queen sized bed with down bedding.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Select Comfort queen sized bed with down bedding.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Select Comfort queen sized bed with down bedding.
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sized sleeper sofa with down bedding.
  • Queen size Beds (3) Select Comfort queen-size bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
Notes:
Bottled water dispenser in the kitchen.
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