Renovated cottage home on a peaceful 27-acre property. Fully stocked kitchen, small coffee bar, wifi, open living area with smart TV and DVD player and laptop space. Inside, you can comfortably accommodate larger families or small groups, up to 10 people. Outside, there is a basketball court, playground and several open acres to play, walk and enjoy your stay.

The space
The kitchen is stocked with basics for family cooking and eating, children’s dishes (plastic if you feel more comfortable using those), a small coffee area and basic cleaning supplies. There are large towels for adults and smaller towels for hair or children, as well as plenty of washcloths.

With children and your relaxation in mind, there are no bunk beds and limited knick-knacks in open view. We do have a few coloring books, toys and books for toddlers and younger readers. Inside the TV cabinet, there are cards, family-friendly games and limited DVDs. Under the coffee table, there are a few puzzles in different age ranges and abilities. We try to stock a few snack items in case you get in late or have a late morning and need snacks.

Please make sure you let us know the number of people in your party so that we can set up your time with us appropriately.  We don’t charge any per person fees, but we want to make sure we stock linens and consumables for your stay (e.g., if you say two people but you have ten, you may be running to the store for toilet paper).

  • Bedroom 1 – Queen bed across the hall from the bathroom.
  • Bedroom 2 – Higher bed with trundle underneath as well as a separate twin bed.
  • Bedroom 3 – Three (3) twin beds in a U shape with room for kids to play, if needed.
  • Utility Room – Off the kitchen is a very large utility room with a full-sized futon bed that can sleep two comfortably. Linens are provided and if we are told that you have a party of 10, we will have this ready for you.

Guest access
You will have the whole house and can also tour any of the property that is open at the campgrounds.


This cottage is located at Laurel Bend, a 27-acre campground. As our guest, you are welcome to roam the property and use any of the amenities we have, which include a basketball court, playground area, picnic tables and trails. There is public boat launch access across the street and we are just a few miles away from Kincaid Lake State Park. There may be additional guests and activities on the property, but there is plenty of room.

Laurel Bend is currently very quiet, as we are renovating the other buildings. Our main purpose is to a create a safe and enjoyable, family-friendly venue for weddings, reunions and other retreats while providing work and job training for adults with developmental disabilities. Part of our program will involve animals, so as we progress, or rotate pastures, there may be chickens, angora goats and perhaps a few alpacas grazing within fenced areas. With that in mind, we are not accepting pets at this time.

Getting Around
Almost every guest we host is visiting the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, staying with us to enjoy the peaceful property and surroundings. There are several small restaurants around, listed on the blackboard in the kitchen, but we are just a 10 minute walk to The Smoking Pig Tavern in town.
We require at least a 50% deposit to secure your space and ask you pay the balance 14 days prior to your arrival.  You will be able to login to our website and pay the remainder at any time.
Cancellation Policy
Please consider 50% of the full price of your reservation as non-refundable, as this provides our basic income for the property.  In the event you need to cancel and we can rebook the date(s) you reserved, we will happily refund you.  We ask that you share your dates on social media or with friends to help us rebook if possible.  Many hands make light work! :)