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Historic registry farmhouse w/country feel, but close to Notre Dame!

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 4,382 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

6 bedroom historic home with all updated modern comforts, in a peaceful setting!

This home has history, space to spread out, modern comforts and the peace of being secluded in a wooded haven, yet restaurants are within walking distance! And, it's all yours! This is NOT a primary or shared residence. Its sole purpose is to provide you with a relaxing getaway without having to worry about host belongings or clutter! A modern kitchen with granite counter tops and amazing appliances greet you upon entry. The large formal dining room will take you back to the 1800's and feels more like a ballroom with its 11' ceilings. The stair landings will make you say "awww!" The parlor and living rooms provide main floor gathering spaces, while the former office provides a main floor bedroom. There is also a full bathroom on the main floor. We are excited to tell you that the sun room has been converted into a spa room, complete with a hot tub and sauna (separate access fee)!! The upper level has 4 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths. The lower level has a more rustic feel like a pub, with natural wood beams overhead, and stone walls. The lower level also has another large bedroom as well as a full bathroom. Outside, if you didn't see it when you came in, you will find an amazing patio, complete with gas grill. That cute little cottage beside it has a queen bed, full bathroom, and kitchenette! The rest of the farmstead has a large garage for our maintenance equipment. Check out the old silo beyond the parking area! Don't climb it, but stay tuned because we plan on renovating it into a lookout platform and maybe even unique additional living quarters! In our site photos, you’ll notice there are real hops growing on the side of the silo. The back pasture is more of an orchard with apple, cherry and other fruit trees that grace the property, and we have grape vines there, too.

The property is a great venue for weddings, photo sessions, reunions, and company retreats. Ask us about banquet and party equipment, including a dance floor.

More Details

David Visser
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, german, dutch
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About David Visser

We grew up in southwest lower Michigan and have lived in the South Bend Area since 1990. We thoroughly enjoy this region! Hosting isn't our main work, but we have enjoyed providing hospitality in another home of ours since 2014. Our positive reviews can reassure you of our strong desire to make your stay at Kownover Farmstead an unparalleled experience.

David Visser purchased this farmhouse in 2015

Why David Visser chose Indiana

Built in 1877, Kownover Farmstead is on the Indiana Historic Registry. The young Kownover family relocated to this area from Pennsylvania and initially worked the land as farmers. Of Dutch heritage, the Kownover family ancestry has been traced back to one of the earliest settlers of New Amsterdam (New York City) and further back to the Netherlands in the 1500's. The home is one of the most solidly built structures of that day, and much of the credit goes to the family and caretakers over the last 138+ years. Today, the farmstead sits on 3 acres of the original sprawling estate. A separate quaint cottage for two is just across the patio from the main house. Almost like a doll house, it will capture your heart! Peaceful and private, Kownover Farmstead is your quiet getaway spot, or it can serve as your launchpad for other things to see and do in this beautiful part of the country!


Granger Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4382 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upper main bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Main floor bath - toilet , shower
    Bathroom Lower level - toilet , shower , Just added in 2016!
    Master bath - toilet
    Cottage bathroom - toilet , shower , Cottage is an optional add-on
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Southwest bedroom - 1 double
    Northview room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Twin over full bunk
    East bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Twin over full bunk
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pullout is a Queen!
    Office - 2 double , 1 twin/ single
    Lower bedroom - 3 double , 1 twin/ single
    Master bedroom - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Attached 1/2 bath
    Cottage - 1 queen , Cottage is an optional add-on
  • We have completed the remodel of the cottage on the Kownover property and are very proud of the fine work!! This is an original building on the farmstead formerly used as a "Summer Kitchen", but was empty except for some storage. It has a queen bed, full bath and kitchenette in a quaint, semi-rustic setting just across the patio from the main house. A perfect honeymoon suite, extra sleeping space for larger groups, or a place for private lodging "away from the rest of the party". The cottage is not included in the basic home rental, and there is a separate access fee for its use. Mention your interest in the inquiry and we will adjust your quote accordingly.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • swimming
Our spa room has a 6-person, 300 gallon hot tub with 51 jets. The spa is also equipped with a 2-3 person dry sauna, all in a cozy garden room setting. The spa room is not included in the basic home rental, and there is a separate access fee for its use. Mention your interest in the inquiry and we will adjust your quote accordingly.


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Historic registry farmhouse w/country feel, but close to Notre Dame!
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

The property was more than we could've ever expected.

  • 5 of 5

The pictures for this house do not do it justice! We were pleasantly surprised apon arrival. The owner was more than easy to work with and extremely helpful! The entire party could not stop talking about what a hit the house was! Definitely looking forward to going back :)

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Naperville, IL

Awesome step back in time

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a large group to meet and enjoy. Our family stayed here to attend a family wedding at St. Mary's and had a great time. Property is clean and well thought out. Owner is easy to work with.

Thanks, David!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Made for memories...

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this special place in the country as we celebrated our granddaughter's wedding at Notre Dame. The grandkids agreed...this place is perfect!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

It was a beautiful, spacious, and lovely old home with plenty of room for our family gathering of 18

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful old home was perfect for our family gathering. The field behind the house as well as the spacious lawn area was perfect for all the kids we had. The huge dining room table was a huge plus as well as the nice sized kitchen. What a gem for large gatherings!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Historic Farm House,great for a large family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Lovely bucolic farmhouse with comfortable living quarters and great cooking kitchen. It had ample room for over 20 guests .People gathered in both the inside parlor/piano and family rooms as well as on the outside patio which has a firepit. Close to shopping and restaurants but with a feel of being "in the country". Large dining room that seats 20. There is a basement that is perfect for teens to gather and sleep while having their own private space. Lovely surrounding property for walking or playing games. Ample parking.

Bathrooms need updating but are clean and functional and well placed in the home .

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Perfect venue for our regional board.

  • 5 of 5

Everyone loved it. We are planning to come back again next year.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
South Bend Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Pat's Irish Pub
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
Garver Lake Golf Course
Nearest Train
13 Miles
South Bend Regional Transportation Center
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Beef O'Brady's
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski Area
Nearest Beach
37 Miles
Lake Michigan -- New Buffalo

Notre Dame is the biggest attraction of our community, with a beautiful campus and ivy-league architecture, top-tier sporting events and world class concerts. This college town is also home to Bethel College, St. Mary's College, Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) and Ivy Tech. But, don't discount the fun of Amish Acres' shows and the flea markets of Shipshewana, South Bend Chocolate Factory, and our own South Bend Cubs minor league baseball team! About 45 minutes away is New Buffalo, MI, where you can enjoy the entertainment at "Four Winds Casino Resort" and cap off the day with a beautiful sunset in Lake Michigan. Wine country of southwest lower Michigan, and Fernwood Botanical Gardens (Niles) are just a short drive away! Canoe the St. Joseph River or kayak South Bend's East Race. The Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend attracts major concerts and off-Broadway shows, and is home to the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Elkhart is the recreation vehicle capital of the world and is home to the RV/Motor Home Hall of Fame and Conference Center, as well as Wellfield Botanical Gardens. One of the best regional zoos in the country has its home in South Bend's Potawatomi Park Zoo. Did you know that the Studebaker automobile was built right here in South Bend? Visit the Studebaker Museum, and dine at Tippecanoe Place, the former Studebaker mansion! You won't be disappointed. If outlet mall shopping is your thing, visit Michigan City for the "Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets" mall. South Bend is also home to the festive River Lights, an interactive light sculpture across the bridge on St. Joseph River, is the newest addition to the list of things to do and see. They were introduced in honor of SB's 150th birthday in 2015.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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