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What a wonderful weekend away! You made us feel so welcome and comfortable. This weekend was 4 old friends taking a break from the “business” of life and relaxing, talking about old times, making new friends and basically “exhaling”. What a retreat.
Thanks so much for sharing your family heritage with us in this beautiful home. What a treasure!

Marty and Pam
Bruce and Melanie

We had 8 girls for a bachelorette party and this house could not have been more perfect! There was plenty of room to spread out but also big common rooms so we could be together too. I loved the atmosphere around the house and the care and detail that went into the decorations and landscaping. It was very comfortable and relaxing. Very well stocked too. The front porch was my favorite place in the whole house!


We had an amazing time at this home over the 4 days we were there. The home is so clean, comfy and the owner do not miss a detail! From the robes to the little extras in the bathrooms and kitchen, this property had it all!We really enjoyed our stay. My 84 year old dad loved wearing his robe drinking coffee in the mornings and sitting on the back porch looking for animals. He woke me up around 6am one morning so I could see the deer (momma and bambi) and wild turkeys very close to the porch. That was super fun! The hummingbirds were lively as well! We had a small family reunion one day and everyone enjoyed the property, and we even got to enjoy singing around the piano! Memories were made, and we thank you for that! And so close to my favorite winery, Blue Sky. What a lovely place that is! We drove to Flamm’s orchard for the peach cobbler a la mode and Giant City Lodge for supper one evening. There is plenty do around there but the home is so secluded and private. We all had a great time and will be back! Thanks Kim so much. What a gem WVI is!

Absolutely beautiful, wonderful, amazing house. Gorgeous old farmhouse with beautiful old fashioned touches. The pictures do NOT do it justice. We had a family of 8 stay for New Years and the house had MORE than enough space for everyone. Great wineries close by as well. Plenty of yard for kids to play in during nicer weather. The host has provided loads of extra touches to help make your stay amazing. Lots of warm cozy blankets perfect for cuddling up to read, watch TV or playing cards and board games. Beds are wonderfully comfortable with plenty of pillows. Fully stocked kitchen for all of your dining needs. We cooked all of our dinners and breakfasts here. Light breakfasts and snacks provided as well. We would 100% stay here again. I do not have enough nice things to say about this place. Book it today!!!


We left Chicago for a quick get away and found a home away from home. Your location is ideal for relaxing and visiting the wine trail. The accommodation is remarkable. We like the concept of fixing a meal at our convenience. We appreciate the special touches. It is obvious you have put a lot of thought, work and care in creating this retreat. Thank you and we look forward to staying here again in the future.

Robert & Renee
Kim & Wendell

– I woke up in my grandparents home – staring up at their wood ceiling.
– My husband was ready to dash out the door to milk cows and gather eggs
– Your inn is wonderful – I love all your “details” including the fall leaves in the bathroom.
– Your remodeling efforts are wonderful – you are going in the right direction.
– Thank you for the nice visit.

Joe & Sharon

Kim & Gregg,
Our stay was absolutely wonderful! It’s just what God ordered for us.
Through you, He provided just what we needed……
Rest! 2007 was a very trying year for us, but we really feel 2008 will bring many “New Beginnings.” We pray your 2008 will be fruitful as well.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. I am sure we will be back.

Have a great year!
Bill & Sue
Paducah, KY

Dear Greg & Kim
First snow of the season! A beautiful time – we have walked to the back line thru all the fields. Having so much work in this family home shows everywhere. It was a good time for us to relax this weekend. Opening your home to us – as with all the others who have been here – is grace.

We pray it continues to bring joy for you, your family and friends. God bless you and keep you abundant.

David & Rebecca

Thank-you so much for everything! Your house is incredible. You have every detail and so many “home” touches that makes staying here absolutely perfect. What a blessing to meet the two of you and to find a “corner of heaven”. Thank you again for your kindness and hospitality. We have a memory that will last forever.

God Bless you,
James & Melissa

Thank you so much for your extra help and allowing us to have our wedding celebration at your lovely family home. We could not ask for a more beautiful and perfect setting. Everyone had a lovely time and said that it was possibly the best wedding reception they have ever been to. Thank you so much. We will definitely come back and visit.

Catherina & Nick
Memphis, TN

My oldest daughter graduated from SIU Saturday. ALl of our family is out of town f rom 4-7 hours away. This was the perfect setup for us. We were able to stay together and have a party for my daughter which we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.


Today, I have traveled back to my grandparents home!! We have enjoyed our visit in your lovely farm home. Your renovations are just exceptional and it has been fun to see what you have dome to restore the original charm and character of the home and the family history. The hummingbirds on the porch and the deer by the woods have only enhanced our stay.

Your hospitality and welcoming approach has been especially appreciated. Thanks for the memories. We hope to return soon.

Susie & Dick
Terre Haute, IN

This was a wonderful experience for our family — especially for the children to spend the night in a farm house. And what a beautiful, peaceful, welcoming place this is. One senses the presence of the Spirit of God immediately. We had prayed that God would provide just such a place. Why am I still surprised that He answers our requests in Jesus name?

Thanks for being the answer.
Mike & Kerra & family


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