|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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!
Step back in time to Christmas 1905, to experience a more innocent time in American history. Enjoy Hillcrest Farm's Victorian Christmas 1905.
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!!!
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.
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!)
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!
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!
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.
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes||A $500.00 damage despoit is required on a credit card authorization to ensure the thoughtful care for Hillcrest Farm.|