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Garden Level Apartment in Classic Farmhouse Near Clinton Lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2-bedroom, 900 sq.ft. apartment on 20 acres near Lawrence and Clinton Lake

This recently remodeled 2-bedroom, 900 sq.ft. apartment is on the garden level of a classic, 100 year old farmhouse on a 20 acre property near Clinton Lake. The walkout apartment features a private entrance, private deck, handmade oak furniture, kitchenette, full bath, and (for your privacy), soundproof walls and ceiling. If you so choose, outdoor adventure is right around the corner. The property has a one-mile walking path available for your use and is a short bike to the Clinton Lake wildlife area. In fact, our road dead-ends at a free (albeit primitive) boat-ramp and fishing location. Two kayaks and two bikes are available and complimentary. Also, Rock Chalk Park always has year-round events. The city of Lawrence is only 3-miles east and less than 5 minutes drive. We have lived in Lawrence for 25 years and are willing to provide any info that would make your stay perfect. Feel free to book a night, weekend, or week's stay, with nearby activities for anyone, ages five to eighty-five! Or come just to enjoy the peace and quiet.

More Details

John Green
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 April, 2018

About John Green

Pattie and John have lived at Rancho Verde for 12 years, and in Lawrence for 30. In their spare time they refurbish old homes. Along with the 'Sisters House' you will be staying in (described below) there is also a second house on the property. This one was the childhood home of New York Yankees great, Ralph Hauk, who managed and played on the team during the hay day of the Yankees storied career.

John Green purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why John Green chose Lawrence

This home is one of two remaining 'sister houses' built roughly 100 years ago, individually, by the father of five girls. He built one for each girl! We know this because after moving and re-furbishing the house, the woman who owned it prior to us drove by to tell us how it all happened! ...that's right, she drove. And had no problem hustling up our stairs! Ralph Hauk's home (also on the property) was built with rocks in-between the two by fours. This was to protect them from Quantrill's raiders, at a time when Jayhawks carried rifles! After all, they lived down the road from the only African American community, in a town founded on 'northerner' values, by people willing to die for them. And die they did, inciting the beginning of the Civil War.

What makes this farmhouse unique

You will be staying in a house that is part of the storied Lawrence History, in-between the town of Lawrence, KU, and Clinton Lake. Kayaks, bikes, hikes, and sailboat rental are all at your fingertips; but you are also 10 minutes from a nightlife and restaurant scene that are often written up in travel magazines.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family was visiting me at school and we needed somewhere better than a crumby hotel to stay. We really enjoyed ourselves that weekend! I would definitely recommend Rancho Verde!
Apr 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Lawrence

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • Great water pressure. New pipes.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Garden Level Apartment in Classic Farmhouse Near Clinton Lake
average rating of 4.793103 based on 35 reviews

Wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was so relaxing and calm here. With Clinton Lake being 10 minutes away we were able to put our boat in and our easily for boating fun. The property had a wonderful walking trail, gorgeous running creek, fun kayaking in the pond, & so much more that we didn't even get to do. We will definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 03/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful country home

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at John's house near Clinton Lake. The house itself was beautiful and clean, very comfy for a family of four, and the country setting was restful and lovely. We had a great time kayaking on nearby Clinton Lake and roasting marshmallows in the outdoor fire circle our last evening. John was so kind and warm and really went above and beyond in helping us out, even bringing the kayaks to the lake for us on two separate occasions. My younger son really liked playing with the Kinect device and the Xbox, too. We really couldn't have been happier with the experience, and of course it's a short hop to Lawrence for whatever you might want to do there. Thumbs up!

  • Review Submitted: 09/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

Very pleasant experience. Will definitely re-book. Hoping to have more time for a bicycle ride as well as kayaking on Clinton Lake.

  • Review Submitted: 01/11/2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Beach, CA

Visiting Family In Kansas

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Rancho Verde for a week while we visited family near Topeka. We enjoyed staying in the country - a very different experience for us folks from Southern California. The apartment was comfortable and clean and while we were in the country, we were just minutes away from grocery stores and other convenience. Lawrence is a charming town with good restaurants and fun shopping. John was great and very helpful! We were able to kayak on the lake - it was lots of fun! Next visit to Kansas we will definitely look John up and stay there again.

Bob & Peggy

Long Beach, California

  • Review Submitted: 03/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You all are the best! Thank you so much for the paintings, chats, etc! You rock!
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Lovely Apartment

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the tranquil atmosphere (away from: light pollution, traffic, etc.). It was plenty of space for our family and friends to visit with us. The children ran around the trees and listened to the birds flying about. The golden moths swarmed around my husband and I as we hiked along the Walking Path together which brought back memories of living close to nature for the both of us. The bed was very comfortable and spacious and the use of the TV(X-Box/Internet) allowed us to tune in to our regular shows through YouTube. We are looking forward to spending time away from home at Rancho Verde again and getting a opportunity to meet the host. Though he wasn't there he had Amy and Izzy to provide us with what we needed who were helpful and kind. We want to thank John for accommodating us. "May the Lord bless him and the Ancestors continue to protect him and his family. Aw....the Irish books were GOOD READS!

  • Review Submitted: 13/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Hameeda, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I really appreciate it! And thank you for being so understanding of my absence. Please come stay with us whenever you would like. Both Amy and Izzy commented on how gracious and kind you were about my little emergency travel. I'd love to meet you all! -John
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Rancho Verde

  • 5 of 5

A return visit to Rancho Verde was just as wonderful as our previous visits. We love staying here and highly recommend a stay at this amazing farmhouse apartment! Many thanks to John for being such a great host! Great memories have been made at your wonderful home!

  • Review Submitted: 09/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Interstate 70
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Bloomington Beach State Park, Clinton Lake

The property is located on rural land, within walking distance to Clinton lake. Whereas Lawrence has shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and everything you would expect from a college town, the lake provides great boating, fishing, windsurfing, kite boarding, beaches, hiking, and general outdoor fun...right in your back yard.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Lawrence

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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