Lil House On The Prairie (LHOTP) is aptly named because it’s located on the edge of Nachusa Grassland’s 1,000 acre south Bison pasture. The 100+ herd of free ranging Bison can often be viewed right along the boundary fence to the west! This recently remodeled two bedroom cottage can sleep six with two queen size beds and with a pull out sofa bed. LHOTP offers a quiet, convenient, and comfortable place to base your adventures from. Behaved dogs & responsible owners welcome!
LHOTP can best be described as a full featured country cottage. It features two bedrooms, an open common area with 10 ft ceilings that includes the kitchen with large island, a bath with shower (no tub), and over 2 acres of open area for a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
The kitchen has a pantry closet with some basic supplies like waffle mix for the waffle maker, coffee and filters, coffee creamer, sugar, real maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Small appliances include waffle maker, coffee maker, toaster, hand mixer, crock pot, and micro wave. Larger appliances include smooth top electric range, dish washer, side by side refrigerator, and stacked apartment sized washer and dryer. The upper cupboards hold plates, bowls, glasses, and cups ... service for eight ... and more in island cabinets if needed (see photos). Also in the island cabinets is a complete set of cook ware (see photos). Silverware is in a drawer by the refrigerator, sharp knives next to that drawer, and cooking utensils are on the counter by the stove.
The bathroom has a motion sensitive switch for the wall light by the shower and a humidistat to activate the exhaust fan. Towels and wash clothes are supplied along with soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
A secretary just inside the entrance holds a variety of games, decks of cards, and visitor guides to the local area.
The house features a wood burning stove that is not currently functional but our plan is to have it working soon.
Lil House On The Prairie (LHOTP) is located on the edge of Nachusa Grassland’s 1,000 acre south Bison pasture. The 100+ herd of free ranging Bison can often be viewed right along the boundary fence to the west! Nachusa Grasslands is a prairie restoration project sponsored by The Nature Conservancy. They now have invested in over 4000 acres in the immediate neighborhood and the restoration goals are to return it to its original condition in 1835 before the white man settled the area. they have constructed a visitors center less than a mile up the road that gives wonderful information about their vision and the bison herd. Bison, Whitetail deer, and turkeys are routinely seen just outside the door of this property ..... or through any window!
Franklin Creek State Park is just 1 mile to the south, Lowden Miller State Forest is just 5 miles to the north, Lowden State Park (Chief Blackhawk statue) is less than 10 miles to the north, Castle rock State Park is on the other side of the rock River about 15 miles away, and White Pines State Park with an excellent restaurant is less than 20 miles to the northwest. The Lincoln Highway Association National Headquarters is located just 4 miles away across the street from our wonderful local cafe!
Franklin Grove, Illinois, USA