|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Tired of the hustle and bustle of daily life? Come let us spoil you in our fully-equipped cottage up in the trees. Unwind to nature's sounds from your private terrace while planning a trip to one of the nearby State Parks or local wineries.
This is the best private lodging in the area, filled with personal touches and serves as a great base for romantics, hikers, bikers, divers, winers and diners wanting to explore the natural beauty of the Ozarks.
The place is perched among 16 acres of secluded forest enveloping the maintained grounds, which offers all the solitude you need to swing the hammock, grill on the private deck, picnic under the tree canopy and light your fire. Yes, it's true, we supply free firewood, marshmallows and so much more for you to enjoy.
Plenty of shaded parking available, with enough space for a trailer. Also, lots of room for primitive camping.
Cottage is a separate building from our house, so guests will have the run of their place without worrying about disturbing or being disturbed.
Our guests value their privacy, so we adjust our interaction to meet their needs. We are always available by phone, text or email.
We also offer additional services such as meals, professional massages, access to hot tub, fitness and spa usage (European standards apply), tours, courses, intimate wedding services and vows renewal, etc... all for a fee. These services are provided to ensure the comfort of our guests, who are under no obligation to partake.
No public transportation is available in the area. There are plenty of quiet country roads and some good trails for bicyclists, motorcyclists and joggers. Shuttle services offered for an additional fee.
Owners are seasoned world travelers, willing to give suggestions on the area, or other continents. We love exposing world cuisines to America's heartland.
- Rule no.1: Enjoy! Everything in the cottage is there for you, to be used, so explore;
- No smoking indoors, please. Ashtray provided to be used on the deck when needed;
- Well-behaved, crated pets are allowed, but are not to be on any furniture. They're welcome to freely roam the property unleashed at any time. $35/pet to ensure the comfort of our pet-allergic guests;
- Private septic systems are only designed to process human waste and a sensible amount of toilet paper. Anything else and you will create major problems for everyone, including yourself. Therefore, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING but the above mentioned should go down the drain. As proof we care about the comfort of our guests, we supply quality toilet paper instead of the recommended single-ply, but please use it responsibly;
- Living in the woods demands cohabitation with the living creatures whose home you share. Respect their privacy and avoid them, rather than killing them or destroying their shelters;
- We would greatly appreciate finding the place just as we left it for you to enjoy;
- If ever in doubt about anything, ask. We are always only one click or phone call away.
OUR ADDITIONAL SERVICES, AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
WE CAN MAKE YOUR BELLY SMILE:
Breakfast (per person, min. 5 courses) - $35; Gourmet Picnic Basket (caters for a brunch, lunch or light dinner for at least 2 people) great for late arrivals & those who want to enjoy quality food at their own leisure while exploring the countryside. Typical basket includes a loaf of homemade bread (2lb), assortment of cheeses, pickled olives, prosciutto/homemade mushroom paté, delicious Za'atar or similar exotic spice dip, fresh seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, homemade desert, bottle of 100% juice/ light wine, all served in fully equipped picnic basket) - $59; Superior Candlelit Slow Food Gourmet Dinner (duration min. 4 hours, private chef & waiter for 2 of you only, 12 courses combined of dishes from around the world & bottle of wine & all liqueur. We guarantee it’s going to be one of the most memorable dining experience ever, per couple - $235; Surprise Dinner with bottle of wine, served to your cottage/terrace -$125; Loaf of homemade organic bread, delivered to your door step warm - $11; Benka's Homemade Cinnamon Coffee, 12oz. (340gr) - $11; Benka's Homemade Mushroom Paté (4oz) - $15; Homemade Yogurt (1pt., when fresh milk from local farm available) $9; Fresh organic eggs from the neighbor's coop (chickens must agree on availability; dozen) - $7; Homemade fruit roll-up (100% natural, no sugar add.; min. 5lb of fruit, 12” diameter) $5.
WE CAN MAKE YOU SWEAT AND WET:
Private use of wellness for a day (hot tub, sauna, fitness, indoor and outdoor resting area, masks, peelings, body scrubs, essential oils, warm drinks, cold beverages, snacks, wraps, towels, soaps and shampoos, candles, torches, hot stones, wellness blankets, books & relaxation music library, singing bowls, massage table, etc) - $155; Private use of hot tub (per stay) - $59; Professional Swedish Massage min. 60 min (guaranteed the best you’ll ever have) - $85; Professional Swedish Massage 30 min (indoor or outdoor) - $55.
WE CAN HELP YOU CELEBRATE LIFE:
Birthday/Anniversary Surprise (bottle of chilled high quality sparking wine from France or Italy/bouquet of flowers, cake/pie/muffins, balloon and card in the cottage on your arrival) - $59; Hookah/Shisha served to your porch - $29; For Dog Lovers: Happy Puppy Retreat: bringing your pooch along and want no hassle? We can make sure your furry friend will have the blast of his life, too (per dog: beside a leash-free heaven, we supply a crate - size L with an orthopedic mat, food and water bowls, doggy blanket, towels & oatmeal shampoo, new pet toy, assortment of treats and an XL fresh meaty real beef or deer bone -$39.
WE CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE FUN (per person):
Private Cooking Lessons – Basic, 3h (incl. food and all ingredients) - $99; Private Shooting Lessons – Basic, 3h (incl. range fee, ammo, equip.) -$99; Private Shooting Lessons – Adv. (incl. range fee, ammo, equip.) - $99/hr.; Shuttle Service - 75 ¢/mile.
WE CAN MARRY YOU, TOO:
Wedding ceremony or Renewal of Vows including certificate
(Spiritual, Atheist, Celtic, Buddhist, Non-Denominational, Muslim, Self wedding, Pet wedding, etc...) from $199.
All the above services can be purchased on site (cash, or with additional 3% service charge when using PayPal or credit cards).
FREE USE UPON REQUEST:
Fire Ring with firewood – Please be extra careful when the weather is dry. Although the firewood is provided free of charge, we ask you to use it wisely, since cutting and splitting it is a very hard, demanding and time-consuming job. Washer & Drier – Located in the next building, so please ask for assistance. Escort of our dog Kora on your walk or for a session of cheerful playing. Lawn Mower / Weed Eater – If you're feeling really energetic ☺
For us hospitality is a labor of love. Come join us and let us introduce you to this spectacular part of the world, where we celebrate every day of our lives. We adore life, like spoiling people and revealing secrets of cozy country living. Yes, we take our hosting very seriously and cutting corners is not our style. We guarantee we'll do our absolute best to satisfy your needs.
Benka is an author holding several Guinness World Records in adventure traveling and Keith works as a foreign adviser.
Our location in the eastern Ozarks makes the perfect base camp for daily excursions to the numerous State Parks, scenic rivers or the Mark Twain National Forest. Or, if you have a taste for fermented fruit, head east towards Farmington/Ste. Genevieve and the Route de Vin.
Our property is secluded enough to make you feel like you've really run away. Yet we're only one hour south of St. Louis, and minutes from the local stores and groceries.
We can't say enough good things about the Peaceful Treetop Cottage and its warm and charming hosts. The setting is idyllic, the cabin and grounds are immaculate, and there are so many thoughtful little touches which clearly demonstrate the loving care you will feel while visiting. We enjoyed sitting out on our private deck and enjoying the sounds of nature in motion but the cabin is quite comfy as well - the bed is fantastic, the little kitchen very functional and well-equipped. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of one or more of the add-ons offered - you'll be glad you did!
We chose this spot as part of our honeymoon roadtrip, and were thrilled with everything. Where do I begin when there was so much wonderful about our stay?
B&K know how to make their guests feel welcome and special from the moment they arrive on the property.
Their dog is very sweet and well-behaved, and is always there to greet you.
Inside, there are so many delights that I couldn't list them all, I have to say my favorites were the pillows (so many choices!), Benkas homemade coffee (cinnamon!), and the huge collection of books of many genres.
They both respected our privacy and were very available if needed, and their advice on what to do in the area was spot on and very appreciated.
We woul love to return in the future for a longer stay!
Katrina & Joseph
We had an amazing long weekend. We enjoyed rafting during the day and loved returning here and feeling pampered in the evening. Great hosts, amazing dinner for 2 prepared by Benka. We hope to make it back next year!
What a great place and great hosts! You are welcomed with a sweet welcome basket, have lots of amenities, and the hosts are very welcoming and friendly. Would recommend for anyone wanting a cozy getaway. The spa extras are very worth it, the hot tub was a very nice experience and the massage as well.
What a wonderful place just an hour south of St. Louis! Beautiful cottage with everything you could want: immaculately clean, plenty of space with a fully furnished living room, a kitchen with not only cooking gear, but even spices and various baking goods. The bedroom is comfy with a large bed, and an extra mattress which proved useful for my kids to sleep on. Keith and Benka are wonderful hosts, communicating often and clearly. When we arrived, Keith showed us around the property, and really went out of the way to make us feel at home. We enjoyed the weekend immensely, visiting Elephant Rock park and exploring the forest around the cottage, finishing up with a night in front of the fire pit. I couldn't have asked for a better host, location, or weekend away from St. Louis!
Very comfortable accommodations in the woods, outfitted with every amenity you could want. We were welcomed with a wonderful basket of goodies and all the basics in the kitchen for an easy meal. Keith and Benka are such interesting people and so generous with their facilities, time and knowledge of the area. There are so many State Parks in the area we had no problems finding good Spring hiking as well as historic sites to tour. Small towns provided some fun "antique hunting", good restaurants, and a local winery or 2 as well as a brewery. All and all, a very relaxing stay in the best equiped VRBO we have ever stayed in. Thanks Keith and Benka (and the ever faithful, Kora the dog).
OUR FAVORITE CORNERS OF THE OZARKS
If you have time and desire, we would like to share the best of
our area. We enjoy exploring and experiencing the following
local attractions over and over again:
1. Dillard Mill State Historic Site
2. Bixby Country Store
3. Johnson Shut-Ins State Park
4. Village Store, Caledonia
5. Elephant Rocks State Park
6. Fort Davidson State Park
7. Millstream Gardens Conservation Area
8. Area Wineries
9. St. Joe State Park
10. Bonne Terre Flooded Mine Tour
11. St. Francois State Park
12. Starlite Drive-in
13. Washington State Park
14. Berryman Access to Ozark Trail
15. Huzzah Valley Resort
16. Bass’ River Resort
17. Onondaga Cave
18. Maramec Springs
19. Tom Sauk Mountain State Park
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
|Cleaning Fee||$29 + Tax|