We went here initially because they allowed dogs and because of the wonderful pictures on their website. We will come back for sure! What a peaceful, wonderful place.
Directions on Rock Eddy's website are good and accurate. We arrived without getting lost. The owners, Tom and Cathy, met us at their home, along with a resident dog, Ike, who has alternate names....Anyway, Tom and Cathy are great hosts. They are great people, very kind. They drove us the short distance to our cabin since the roads were slippery due to ice. No problem with their off-road vehicle and our belongings stowed in the back. Once we got to the cabin, we determined that we wanted to enjoy our little piece of heaven rather than leave to sight-see. So we spent most of our time at the farm. This was a great thing to do.
Line Camp Cabin is a one-room, cheery place. Temps were in the 20s and 30s outside, but the wood-burning stove kept us very warm and cosy. Be prepared to be 'off grid', as in no electricity or running water. Hosts supply water in large storage bottles and there is a stove that works on propane. Pots and pans are plentiful, as are utensils. Everything you need is here. There is a large cooler outside to store food. They offer eggs and bagels in the cooler for guests to fix, along with butter and cream cheese. Yum! Bring your own food to cook for other meals. Keeping it simple made for some great feasts for us.
The bed is very comfortable, and I am picky with a bad back. No musty smell in the cabin, either. While there are lamps in the cabin, we recommend bringing a couple of flashlights for your reading pleasure.
Line Camp Cabin's porch looks out over thick woods and the Gasconade River. Step outside and begin hiking, or swing on the porch swing. My husband split wood with supplied tools and made a good fire in the firepit. There is pre-split wood available if you prefer. We put one of the supplied grates over the fire and made some of the best steaks ever. (purchased at the grocer in Dixon).
We recommend good hiking boots. Tom and Cathy will help with scenic hikes in the area. Hiking includes a few hills but trails are good. Some trails are along the Gasconade, others follow creeks, and there is a conservancy nearby. If you have dogs and come in the spring or summer, make sure they have their tick-flea repellants, and we assume adults will want to take precautions as usual, also.
If it's winter, someone will have to keep the fire stoked during the night. We felt like Laura Ingalls Wilder and didn't mind this at all. The wood stove is EASY to operate. Tom and Cathy give directions and there is a book with further instructions if you need them.
The privy is what others call the outhouse. It has its own quaint charm and a privy book to leave comments. It's decorated nicely, by the way, and very clean. We had no complaints.
Listen for the coyotes crying and singing to each other over the hills at night. Watch the festival of stars that greets you when the night sky is clear. Keep a lookout for eagles. Rest your mind from the chaos of your day-to-day life. This cabin is not for everyone, but for those with a yearning to get away, this is a great place. About as good as it gets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to the Missouri Ozark hills! This off-the-beaten-path getaway is ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Guests find peace, serenity, and invigorating outdoor activities. Canoe the river, fish, hike, nature/bird watch, or simply relax in bucolic surroundings overlooking the river valley and wooded ridges. Our modern, secluded cottages are popular with couples and families. Or, take a romantic step back to the 1800's to a small cabin tucked into the woods and an original log cabin peering into the valley. Ozark river access with canoes provided. If you wish to avoid the well-worn tourist haunts and enjoy an authentic country experience then you should love Rock Eddy Bluff Farm. Well mannered pets are welcome. ... more less