Since we do not live on site, we leave breakfast foods for guests to prepare at their leisure. They include locally produced bacon and sausage, farm fresh eggs, homemade bread and jelly, orange juice, coffee and tea. If requested, we provide milk and are willing to meet special requests.
While we are willing to prepare lunch and dinner for a cost of $50/person/day, we also encourage guests to shop at H & J Grocery and Beverage, our local grocery store, which is well stocked and has locally produced products. These include Lone Wolf Meats, including sausage, brats, Polishes, hard tack and excellent beef cuts, Village Pie Maker pies, and snacks made by Monument Foods, including Crazy Crackers, Wheat Bursts and Little Red Hen Biscotti. They also offer lunch specials and homemade pizza and are open from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm. The Darn Small Pub also offers lunch specials and is open from 11:00 am until closing.
The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, dishwasher, utensils, dishes and some condiments.
The living/dining area is comfortably furnished and has a pellet burning stove for extra heat and a warming fire. In this room, guests may also access wifi, watch Direct TV and DVDs, and listen to record albums. For a large sleepover, there is enough room for several sleeping bags (extra pillows and comforters are available).
A large, enclosed back porch offers laundry facilities, a freezer, a writing corner, and blooming geraniums during the winter months, as well as, places for muddy boots, heavy coats, overalls, etc.
The front porch allows guests to relax on wicker furniture while viewing a priceless sunrise, listening to birds and enjoying prairie scenes.
An attached screened-in deck includes a dining area and outdoor sink and bathroom which can be used during warm weather. From it, beautiful prairie sunsets can be appreciated.
Because a Prairie Adventure takes place outdoors as much as indoors, areas for outdoor living have been developed. Outdoor seating-picnic tables, benches and lawn chairs-provide comfortable places from which to visit, read, or reflect upon the quiet beauty of native wildflowers, trees and shrubs.
Guests are welcome to harvest fresh produce from the vegetable garden. And a fire pit allows all to relax by a bonfire and roast s'mores and hot dogs.
The barn retains feed bunks reminiscent of the past, but also has a wide staircase to the loft which contains comfortable seating, a CD player and a trunk of farm toys. There is plenty of room for camping on cots or in sleeping bags. The deck built off the south side of the barn overlooks a pasture where wildlife can be spotted, and offers a setting for stargazing.
Another small outbuilding, which was once a granary, contains gardening tools, but also can provide a shelter for a vehicle during a hail storm.
There is a one-hole golfing area for practice before a visit to several golf courses located within 75 miles of the retreat. Our wide open lawns provide areas for outdoor games. And antique farm equipment remind visitors of past agricultural practices.
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Many of our guest remark that NRR feels like home. The master bedroom is furnished with its original double bedroom set. Another bedroom has a twin bed and a bookshelf filled with reading materials, games and toys. The bunk room allows four people to sleep comfortably. All beds are covered with homemade comforters or bright quilts depending upon season. All bedrooms have fire detectors and escape windows for safety.
With the outdoor space as important as the inside, there is room for guests to range out, feel comfortable under a wide open sky. No, there is not a convenience store across the street, but in exchange there is much needed silence.
Nature's Rural Retreat began as a home for newlyweds, Nile and Ruth Rupe, in 1932. They engaged in farming and ranching here for over sixty years and raised their four children. During the Summer of 2007, their son Randy, who is also engaged in agriculture, and his wife Cathy, who had just retired after 23 years as a librarian/teacher, decided to begin a new adventure to provide a "home away from home" for people who want to spend time in the country as nature lovers, hunters, and families. With help from friends, they completely restored the home, retaining the charm of the past while adding some modern conveniences. This quiet bungalow allows complete privacy and schedule flexibility for six to seven people.
Our place is mostly about family, ours to yours in the form ofA Prairie Adventure