With over 35 on-site amenities, the RedBrick Farm Bed and Breakfast is one of Lake Okoboji’s newest places to make lifelong memories. Located just west of Vick’s Corner and with West Lake Okoboji in sight, this ten-acre private farm has been beautifully transformed into a haven for families craving a slower pace.
Local entrepreneur John Eller has turned the 1926 Graf homestead farm into the perfect spot for a week-long family reunion, outdoor wedding, or a quiet sanctuary for couples. RedBrick B&B can easily sleep 8-10 family members and has options for more, if arranged.
“After forty years in the business world, I’m still a kid at heart and I wanted to create a place for families to relax, feel at home, and enjoy each other,” Eller said. “This is a little breath of heaven for people!”
The farmhouse has three beautifully decorated bedrooms upstairs and a nearby bunkhouse that sleeps any extras. There are roll-a-ways available for other family members on the sleeping porch. Every imaginable comfort has been provided.
“I wanted people to come and be able to breathe in our Iowa air! To get outside and play games or enjoy a campfire. The 10-acres is filled with opportunities for relaxing and fun,” Eller shared.
On a beautiful summer night, a family or friends can enjoy the 300-inch projector screen and watch their favorite movie on the 1940 Morton Grainery. There are over two miles of gorgeous walking trails filled with all sorts of flowers, as well as a fire pit and red storyteller bench. Children will love to play in the enchanted cottage near the garden.
People can relax by playing volleyball, badminton, disc golf, basketball, skeeball, cornhole, and more. Board games fill the house. For those with extra energy, enjoy working out in the fitness room. Then wind down with a massage, swing in the hammocks or read in the living room.
The house includes a beautiful office with high-speed internet, if a little work must still be done. There are six HDTVs throughout the home, as well as a coffee bar with three different types of machines. There are two professional Karaoke machines to add to the fun.
The beautiful kitchen is fully furnished and a beautiful wooden table allows for family seating in the sunroom.
“The entire farm is filled with charm, privacy, serenity and fun,” Eller said. “You won’t want to leave! Our new motto is ‘Sorry Too Busy! Doing Nothing at the RedBrick Farm!’”
Creating a Unique Experience
Throughout the process, Eller’s entire goal has been to provide a unique alternative to other lodging options in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Having stayed in places all over the world, Eller took many of his favorites and added them to the RedBrick Farm.
“It’s like coming home to Grandma’s and being completely spoiled at RedBrick B&B,” he said.
Eller also has big plans for the future of the farm, including turning the brick barn into a beautiful, intimate wedding location. For 2022, he would like to raise the wood floor three feet and have the roof be openable to the air. There is space for a caterer and a place for a gorgeous dance floor.
The silo he would like to create a staircase that winds around and opens at the top, allowing viewers to see Arnolds Park from the top.
“I can see a Bride and Groom at the top and unique drone pictures taken from that angle,” Eller shared. “I would also like to create a lookout tour on the southeast portion of the property.”
Besides offering week-long stays, Eller would like to provide exciting opportunities to the public, whether it is through Easter Egg Hunts, Fall Events with his new 1947 Farmall Tractor and hay wagon, or Christmas with Santa.
“I also have ideas for birthday parties that include electric kid's tractors that go 2-5 miles per hour, a hay bale course, and other games,” Eller added. “I’m always thinking what would be fun for a kid!”
Offering week-long stays, the 2021 summer is quickly filling up. For more information, visit RedBrick Farm on Facebook, AirBNB and VRBO or call 916-879-5936.