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Modern farmhouse near Ann Arbor
Modern farmhouse near Ann Arbor
1 guest
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
1 guest
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Cheery, sunny, private first floor room with semi-private bathroom. Gorgeous setting on two acres with prairie, large trees, vegetable and flower gardens and historic barn. Quiet, close to Dexter, Chelsea, Ann Arbor and a 30,000 acre state park.

The space

"It's like a vacation every day here!" is how one visitor described a stay at Rancho Tranquilico. The modern farmhouse is bright, airy and cool in Summer and warmed from a wood stove in Winter; the deck has views of magnificent sunsets all year. Spring gardens burst with blooms of rescued native wildflowers; in Fall prairie grasses and flowers tower up to eight feet tall. I grow much of my food organically in a series of garden beds and harvest strawberries, raspberries and grapes on site. I host the local bands of friends in my 130 year old barn a number of times each Summer.

Guest access

Guests are welcome to roam the first floor (excluding my office), the deck and the extensive gardens.

Interaction with guests

I have a home office so I'm around most of the time. Happy to share recommendations on restaurants, outdoor recreation and entertainment.

Other things to note

Breakfast typically consists of scratch home made whole grain pancakes and waffles with local fruit and eggs, real maple syrup, home made jam, bacon or sausage, tea. Pretty good stuff!

Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 8PM
Check out by 11AM

No smoking. Quiet time at 9:00 p.m.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

23 Reviews

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Becky User Profile
October 2017
Barry was a wonderful host and setting was beautiful. The breakfast of cinnamon raisin french toast and bacon was delicious!

Tana User Profile
August 2017
Barry's place is out in the country but Barry's place is out in the country but only a few minutes from downtown Dexter. The farmhouse has a rustic but modern feel. The single bed is very comfortable and there is a ceiling fan for cooling. The house was cool even though no AC and it was hot and humid outside. The surrounding property is quite scenic and peaceful. There is no wifi available so I did need to go into town to do computer stuff. But if you are wanting to unplug and wind down this is the perfect place. Barry is a wonderful, personable host and I truly enjoyed my visit.

Andrew User Profile
July 2017
Great guy who makes a killer breakfast

Brian User ProfileBrian is a superhost.
June 2017
I booked a room for two night's at Barry's place for my 71-year-old stepmom, and she had nothing but good things to say about her stay there. She tells me that Barry was friendly and the accommodations were great.

Katie User Profile
June 2017
I loved my stay at Barry's relaxing and magical home! He was a gracious and fun host, and I'll never forget the great time that I had!

Cat User Profile
April 2017
Barry could not have been a more gracious host. He was extremely welcoming, and was eager to serve as a resource for local points of interest. He gave me great tips for traveling off the beaten path and even drew me a map to find a nearby recreation area. The daily breakfast was a wonderful bonus. All this for a very reasonable price!

Joe User Profile
October 2016
Very comfortable home win interesting host. Great guest experience

Dexter, Michigan, United StatesJoined in July 2013
Barry User Profile

I run a consulting business saving land from development. I grow a lot of my own food and whip up some pretty good grub. I am an avid music fan and host parties in my barn. I'm an outdoors enthusiast, leading hikes and paddling trips for local nonprofits. No one knows the local wild lands and rivers better. I camp often but also like to clean up in a nice B&B before dinner out.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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