This apartment, on the ground floor of our home, is located halfway between the vibrant university town of Bloomington, Indiana and the quaint artists' village of Nashville, Indiana. The cozy, welcoming apartment is decorated with paintings from the host, Mark Blaney, on-site artist. The apartment features Mark's beautiful work, with paintings in every room.
Our home sits on a small organic farm, The Blue Farm, which raises berries, herbs, vegetables, flowers, and 130 hens, laying eggs fresh, every day. Guests will have farm fresh eggs in the fridge and other farm-to-table food depending on what's available in the garden that day. Guests can cook their own meals in the full size kitchen and dine at the kitchen table or out on the front porch.
The apartment also has a full bath, laundry facility, large bedroom and living room with a couch that has a hide-abed. Also in the living room is a TV with a DVD player and a selection of movies to choose from. The bedroom has a queen size, brand new, mattress. If you need the futon, it's there to pull out into a full size bed.
The front porch area has a table for dining and a porch swing to enjoy while you take in the sound of clucking hens and watching the sunset over the woods.
You will have your own private space. If outside, you will probably hear the clucking hens and perhaps occasional barking of our four dogs (outside, but in the back of our home). The apartment itself is pet free and is non-smoking.
At the end of our dead-end country road is access to hiking trails in beautiful Yellowwood Forest. Having lived in the area since 1985, we will happily give you information on sites and attractions and how to find your way around. We are about 20 minutes from downtown Bloomington and the IU campus and about the 25 min. from downtown Nashville. We are 10 minutes from Yellowood Lake which has beautiful hiking trails, a serene lake and excellent bird watching. Our home is 1 1/2 miles down a winding country road. The craftsman style home sits in between two forests-- Yellowood State Forest is our backyard and Morgan Monroe State Forest is our front yard.
Being in the middle of the woods, the occasional mouse or bug can make its way into the house. We make all efforts to keep this to an absolute minimum and in a way that protects us and the environment from toxins. Please try to keep an open mind, as an occasional meeting of Mother Nature's critters is a small price to pay for her absolute beauty in this pristine location!Guest Access
Guests have ground floor access to the apartment, and private parking as well. Guests will have a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, double sink, stove and oven, basic kitchen supplies, and table with four chairs. We provide a dozen farm fresh eggs and seasonal food from our garden. Hosts are available on site but our spaces will not overlap. We ask that guests not go into the fenced in area where the dogs and chickens are unless they are with a host. Guests can request a farm tour as long as the host has advance warning. Interaction with Guests
We would love to interact with guests in person, but only by request so that we can make sure we have the availability. We will be available at all times, via cell phone if we are not on the premises. We can give a farm tour, too, with advance preparation.The Neighborhood
We live on a quiet country road with wonderful neighbors. There's a horse nearby to give handfuls of grass to. Take a walk on nearby trails in the woods. Enjoy the sounds of nature from your front porch. You are a short distance from Indiana University with one of the nation's most beautiful campuses. Also nearby is Nashville, Indiana. A ten minute's drive to Yellowwood Forest and Yellowwood Lake. About a half hour's drive and you'll find Lake Monroe. From Bloomington's visitor website: Bloomington is located in the lush rolling hills of south-central Indiana, and is the perfect combination of charm and culture, a city that's progressive but not pretentious, hip but also welcoming.Getting Around
You'll need a car to get to either Nashville or Bloomington. Once in Bloomington, there are buses to catch.Other Things to Note
Julie and Mark, your hosts, are very happy to help make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as we can. We are also farmers, so we are often around the place, outside, working in the gardens and with the chickens. Mark Blaney, is an artist (painter and sculptor) and has his studio in a nearby structure and has paintings, drawings, and sculptures in collections around the United States. Julie works at Indiana University as a Career Adviser and Instructor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and is a co-leader of the Bloomington Citizens Climate Lobby group and a certified leader with Climate Reality Leadership Corps.