Thistle's Summit- B&B & Homestead
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No One Does Cozy Better

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
— Rita Mae Brown
Without community, there is no liberation.
— Audre Lorde
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
— Virginia Woolf



Starts at $150 per night/ Double Occupancy
This sunny hideaway borrows its name from Rita Mae Brown’s seminal book. You will find bright colors, botanicals, and feminist and womxn made art that is sure to inspire. The room features a plush queen bed, sweeping garden and forest views, a spacious closet, boho decor and antique details. We would be remiss if we didn’t add that the room has a lavish attached screened-in sleeping porch, complete with lounge furniture, a hammock, plants and tree top views. Perfect for lounging, sun salutations or ritual and retreat in the spring, summer and fall. Enjoy your locally-sourced breakfast luxuriating on the porch or snuggled up in bed; far be it from us to tell you how to enjoy decadence. The only real decision you will have to make is if you want to leave the room.  

This room has a private, newly remodeled bathroom steps away. The bathroom has a shower big enough for two, but does not have a bathtub. If a bathtub is desired, arrangements can be made.

martha’s Room

Starts at $100 per night/ Double Occupancy
Earning its name from Audre Lorde’s famous coming out poem, Martha’s room is an homage to all things cozy, soft and blissfully romantic. It is the perfect space for a romantic getaway, or for a solo traveler to treat themselves to the finer things. Nestled below the custom upholstered headboard lies the “most comfortable bed of all time.” Or so we have been told by our esteemed guests. The room is outfitted with a curated library featuring poetry galore, a salt lamp, reading chair and splashy plants to surround you with beauty. One large north facing window, with blackout curtains, lends itself to beautiful views of Cornell’s campus and the famous Garner Presidents House, most recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.

This room can be rented by itself or the adjoining, A Room of One’s own can be added on for $25 per night. This space has a twin bed, desk and gorgeous windows. This pair of rooms is perfect for a small family traveling together. Martha’s Room shares a spacious bathroom with A Room Of One’s Own, located steps away. The bathroom has an oversized vanity, plenty of storage, original details and a shower tub combination.


Starts at $50 per night/ Single Occupancy
Whether you’re a burgeoning writer seeking inspiration or a solo traveler looking for restoration and solace, this room has everything you could need. While this room may be a single, it is far from ordinary. Write your morning pages at the bamboo desk replete with crystal knobs, borrow a book from your own private curated library, or doodle to your hearts content on the floor to ceiling chalkboard wall. Two oversized east facing windows let you bask in the best light in the house, while still in your pajamas. The room features a cozy twin bed with downy soft bedding, and extra pillows and blankets, after all, just because you are solo doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the best.

Room of One’s Own shares a spacious bathroom with Martha’s Room, located steps away. The bathroom has an oversized vanity, storage, and a shower tub combination.

Need a little more space? Looking for an intimate venue? We have you covered.

If you are looking for overnight accommodations for your big family, friends weekend away or a couples oasis, consider us your perfect solution. Rates start at $500 per night. Get ready for access to more amenities than you could dream of.

We are here to help you celebrate the moments that make life special, in an unforgettable venue. We have hosted birthdays, baby showers, family reunions and bridal showers. Rates start at $300 for two hours of use, and up to 30 people.

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Special Offers & Add-ONs

CELEbrate your own way - Valid on first visit only through 10/01/19

We are so excited to share this magical space with you, so excited in fact that we want to make your first stay with us extra special. Valid only on first time bookings through 10/01/19 select from one of the following to enhance your experience.

  • Take 10% off your room fee

  • Free 20-min tarot reading with Ash Gravity

  • Gastro-pack of curated local snacks


Natal birth Chart Reading / $45 per Person / 30 Minutes

Are you curious about what is written in the stars for you? Maybe you are seeking guidance during a life transition. Or you are looking to understand more about yourself through a spiritual lens. All you will need to provide is your birth date, time and location. Our in house astrologer, Ash Gravity, has been working with astrology for 10+ years and is sure to have the insight you are seeking. This personalized reading will use the map of the sky at the exact time you were born to explain why you have become the incredible person you are, and where your souls purpose might be taking you. Specific questions about current transitions or decisions are welcome, as well.


synastry chart + WEdding date selection / $100 per couple / 45 minutes

The perfect add on to a romantic getaway. Ash Gravity will look at your charts as they relate to one another to provide deeper insight to your compatibility and relationship. You will learn all about where your planets reside and how they move through your life and the impact they are having on your relationship right now. Virgo sun Scorpio moon matched with a Capricorn sun Cancer moon- blue skies ahead. If you are ready to take the leap and move your relationship to the next level, Ash can use your charts and what is going on astrologically to set the perfect date for your nuptials. Can be done via skype in advance if you would like to use Thistle’s Summit as a venue.


ELope it up! / $400 and up

You are too cool to have a traditional wedding. Heck, they are expensive, often times cookie cutter and you feel like you are going to scream if you have to eat another dry buffet chicken breast. We hear you.

Let’s make something a little more magical together. Our in-house non-denominational lesbian reverends have preformed hundreds of marriage ceremonies all throughout the state. We are happy to customize something special ( and we mean special, we once tag teamed a wedding ceremony with Darth Vader, see here), or use one of our time tested marriage ceremonies. We have several locations on the property that make for a beautiful backdrop, indoors and out. We can only offer legal ceremonies to couples, but celebrate all types of relationships through symbolic ceremony.

You are responsible for bringing a valid marriage license for the state of Iowa and 2 witnesses, we take care of the rest. Rates start at $400, an overnight stay is not required, package can be booked alone.

Package Includes:
1- 20 Minute Legal (or symbolic) Wedding Ceremony
Bouquets or Boutonnieres
1 dozen of our signature cookies (GF and Vegan Options Available)
1 Bottle of Sparking Wine or alcoholic mocktails
Consultation in advance, via phone or email
Space to get ready, if occupancy allows

Optional add on’s*:
Smudging of the property
Synastry charts & Date Selection
Small reception space
Photographer referrals and vendor consultation

*Please drop us a line so we can help make your vision a reality


Book Your Stay

Please note we are booked to capacity for Cornell homecoming 10/24/19- 10/28/19. We hope to accommodate your stay at another time.

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Cancellations & Refunds

Upon booking, a deposit of one night is required. If you need to cancel or modify your reservation, the deposit is refundable up to 14 days before your arrival, less a $20 processing fee. After this, you are expected to pay for the entirety of your reservation and it cannot be moved or altered. Refunds are not given for early departures.