4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 12
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Free use of bicycles, 9 to choose from. Nature trail through woods. Fire ring.
2-NIGHT MINIMUM RENTAL
Home-cleaning at end of stay: 1) self-clean using laundry & cleaning supplies provided. Or, 2) pay for cleaning service: $25/rm + 25/hr.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We had a wonderful time at the Fotsch Farm. Plenty of room for all 8 of us. We will be back!
Had a great time
Enjoyed the house cleanliness and all the room.
Definitely an older home but it worked fine
The property was clean and comfortable. The basement/cellar had really narrow stairs and lots of cobwebs but you don’t really need to go down there except to get the grill or the bikes.
When we got there the power was out in the neighborhood and it was getting dark. Fortunately we found some emergency candles and got some matches and the convenience store that was close by. It made it an adventure for the family!
Not a fan of the cleaning fees for each room. I don’t remember seeing that gotcha in the listing.
On the other hand, the owner/manager was helpful and fairly responsive.
We only used the house for sleeping and food prep. All of our activities were elsewhere. For that purpose it worked fine.
Perfect location for quiet.
Location was perfect for the quiet time away from the city for which we were looking. Eric and his team did a great job of making sure we felt welcome. Despite a few small hiccups, the team went out of their way to ensure our stay was great (particularly when we got snowed in during our last night).
Basic, easy get away for a group of friends where the most important is that you are together.
The house was an old farmhouse with the basics updated. Shower is very small. It was nice to have bicycles available. Love the area, but not too much to enjoy in Farmington. Enjoyed the charm of Bonaparte and Bentonsport. Nice to have river nearby with nice views.
The door locks need replacing. Grass needs to be cut. Needs WiFi and cable. The. Antenna for TV needs replacing. Inside could be updated. Other than that stay was awesome.
Fotsch Farm shares the boundary of the Farmington, Iowa, city limits. It is only a mile or so away from beautiful Shimek State Forest comprising more than 9,000 acres of natural forest interwoven with trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding together with numerous ponds waiting for someone to throw in a hook to catch the numerous sunfish, blue gills and crappies making their home there. Farmington is one of 4 historic 'Villages of Van Buren County' that are nestled in the lovely DesMoines River Valley a short distance upstream from the confluence of the DesMoines and Mississippi Rivers. Many a catfish dinner have been supplied by catches on the DesMoines. A short distance across the river from Farmington is the large Indian Lake Park, a great place to picnic as well as to fish. Horse lovers will love to rent a horse nearby or bring their own horse to stable at a large horse facility just south of town. Hunters enjoy the long deer season (Shimek forest is open for hunting) as well as other hunting for other game including turkeys, ducks, and smaller critters. Others can't wait for spring and mushroom hunting, many of which are found on Fotsch Farm.
Summer brings many festivals put on by the villages. One of the most popular is the Strawberry Festival located in Farmington itself with all you can eat strawberry sundaes and a huge array of tents where arts and crafts of all sorts are available for purchase. Bicycles are available at Fotsch Farm for guests to use in exploring the area.