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David Visser

Member since: 2015
Speaks english, german, dutch

Historic registry farmhouse w/country feel, but close to Notre Dame!

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Granger holiday farmhouse

6 bedroom historic home with all updated modern comforts, in a peaceful setting!

This home has history, space to spread out, modern comforts and the peace of being secluded in a wooded haven. Restaurants are within walking distance however! A modern kitchen with granite counter tops and amazing appliances greet you upon entry. The large formal dining room will take you back to the 1800's and feels more like a ballroom with its 11' ceilings. The parlor and living rooms provide main floor gathering spaces, while the bureau provides a main floor bedroom. We are excited to tell you that the courtyard room is being converted into a hot tub and sauna room! The upper level has 4 bedrooms and two baths. The stair landings will make you say "awww!" The lower level has a more rustic feel like a pub with natural overhead beams and stone walls. A 5th bedroom is here in the lower level, too. Outside, if you didn't see it when you came in, you will find an amazing patio, complete with gas grill. That cute little house beside it used to be called the summer house, but we are adding a bath, kitchenette and furnishings to make it a complete cottage! Can't wait! The rest of the farmstead has a large garage for our maintenance equipment, but check out the old silo beyond the parking area! Don't climb it, but stay tuned because we plan on renovating it into a lookout platform and maybe even unique additional quarters! Those are real hops growing on the side of the silo, now. There is a real chicken coop on the back of the garage. We hope to be able to provide you the opportunity to have fresh eggs if you wish! The back pasture is more of an orchard today -- apple, cherry and other fruit trees grace the property, and we have grape vines there, too.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
David Visser (Owner)
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, german, dutch

About David Visser

We grew up in southwest lower Michigan and have lived in the South Bend Area since 1990. We thoroughly enjoy this region! Hosting isn't our main work, but we have enjoyed providing hospitality in another home of ours since 2014. Our positive reviews can reassure you of our strong desire to make your stay at Kownover Farmstead an unparalleled experience.

David Visser purchased this farmhouse in 2015

Why David Visser chose Indiana

Built in 1877, Kownover Farmstead is on the Indiana Historic Registry. The young Kownover family relocated to this area from Pennsylvania and initially worked the land as farmers. Of Dutch heritage, the Kownover family ancestry has been traced back to one of the earliest settlers of New Amsterdam (New York City) and further back to the Netherlands in the 1500's. The home is one of the most solidly built structures of that day, and much of the credit goes to the family and caretakers over the last 138+ years. Today, the farmstead sits on 3 acres of the original sprawling estate. A separate quaint cottage for two is just across the patio from the main house. Almost like a doll house, it will capture your heart! Peaceful and private, Kownover Farmstead is your quiet getaway spot, or it can serve as your launchpad for other things to see and do in this beautiful part of the country!


based on 10 traveller reviews

Historic registry farmhouse w/country feel, but close to Notre Dame!
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Peaceful & Charming

  • 5 of 5

My large family stayed here this weekend. This absolutely beautiful home met all our expectations and then some. We couldn't have been more pleased with the accommodations. There were enough beds for 12 adults & 7 children. This clean, well-maintained home was nicely furnished and we especially loved the historic charm and details. The owner, David, was most accommodating and quick to respond when needed. I would definitely recommend this home and look forward to staying there again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place for a large gathering

  • 5 of 5

The house was absolutely perfect for our annual gathering of 4 families (8 adults, 10 kids). We had more than enough beds for everyone and owner provided linens and pretty nice towels. Basement was dim and humid but the owner had two dehumidifiers that kept it reasonably comfortable. AC worked great for the rest of the house. At least three indoor common areas to play games or just chat and a nice patio area outside as well. There's a sauna and jacuzzi available for extra charge which we did not take advantage of this time. The grounds are huge; lots of space for kids to run around. Kitchen has large island AND peninsula for plenty of counter space plus a 6 burner Thermador range with two ovens. We fit all 18 people around the massive and gorgeous woodworked dining room table for meals. The house was clean and has character. Not the most toddler-proofed house as some of the knicks-knacks may need to be moved higher if you have toddlers that get their hands on things easily or just increase supervision a tad. Communication with the owner David was terrific and he was respectful of the privacy of our gathering while being super hospitable. Thanks, David, for the wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A very comfortable home close to the city but providing peaceful seclusion.

  • 5 of 5

The home and the grounds provide every comfort and beauty. The picture book showing the history of the home and farm were especially interesting. The many bedrooms and social areas afford a place for everyone to find enjoyment. The outdoor patio and grounds were greatly appreciated for relaxation in nature. Having a piano was a great addition to the stay and the furnishings and home's historic details were a pleasure. The owner was most accommodating as well. Thank you for providing a wonderful home to enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying for our corporate meeting. The home works perfect with the large dining room table and chairs to use for daily meetings, also the sleeping arrangements work well with a large group . The kitchen is well equipped so we were able to prepare our own meals during our stay. The addition of the bathroom downstairs was awesome!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place for big family get together

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this place for your stay

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family of 20 stayed at the Knownover Farmstead over Thanksgiving 2015 and loved it. The house had plenty of bedrooms and space for all of us to be comfortable. The extra amenities of the sauna and jacuzzi were especially enjoyed. We all commented on the huge dining room and beautiful table (made by the handyman from the boards of the old barn) that sat all of us comfortably. The property manager was easily accessible for any questions and super friendly even on a holiday. Great location for shopping too! Highly recommended!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
South Bend Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Pat's Irish Pub
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
Garver Lake Golf Course
Nearest Train
13 Miles
South Bend Regional Transportation Center
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Beef O'Brady's
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski Area
Nearest Beach
37 Miles
Lake Michigan -- New Buffalo

Notre Dame is the biggest attraction of our community, with a beautiful campus and ivy-league architecture, top-tier sporting events and world class concerts. But, don't discount the fun of Amish Acres shows and the flea markets of Shipshewana, South Bend Chocolate Factory, and our own South Bend Cubs minor league baseball team! Lake Michigan and wine country of southwest lower Michigan, and Fernwood Botanical Gardens are just a short drive away! Canoe the St. Joseph River or kayak South Bend's East Race. The Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend attracts major concerts and off-Broadway shows, and is home to the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Elkhart is the recreation vehicle capital of the world and is home to the RV/Motor Home Hall of Fame and Conference Center. One of the best regional zoos in the country has its home in South Bend's Potawatomi Park Zoo. Did you know that Studebaker automobile was built right here in South Bend? Visit the Studebaker Museum, and dine at Tippecanoe Place, the former Studebaker mansion! You won't be disappointed. South Bend River Lights, an interactive light sculpture across the bridge on St. Joseph River, is the newest addition to the list of things to do and see, and were introduced in honor of SB's 150th birthday in 2015.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Granger, Indiana

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
ND vs. Miami
28 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
ND vs. Virginia Tech
18 Nov 2016 - 20 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
ND Commencement
19 May 2017 - 21 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
ND vs. Temple
1 Sep 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
ND vs Miami (OH)
29 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
ND vs. USC
20 Oct 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
ND vs. NC State
27 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
ND vs. Wake Forest
3 Nov 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
ND vs. Navy
17 Nov 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
ND Commencement
18 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection A$78

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Granger

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4382 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bath - toilet
    Upper main bath - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure
    Main floor bath - toilet , shower enclosure
    Cottage bath room - toilet , shower enclosure , Cottage has separate access fee
    Bathroom Lower level - toilet , shower enclosure , Just added in 2016!
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Southwest bedroom - 1 double bed
    Master bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot , Attached bath
    Northview room - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Twin over full bunk
    East bedroom - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Twin over full bunk
    Den - 1 sofa bed/futon , Pullout is a Queen!
    Office - 2 double bed , 1 single bed
    Lower bedroom - 3 double bed , 1 single bed
    Cottage - 1 large double bed , Separate access fee for cottage
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • ski
  • swimming