The Prairie Story

"This is a place where the wind blows free and there is nothing to break the light."

- Geronimo

I have had a life-long dream to own a hotel and to live on a farm setting.  So it comes as no surprise that a major crossroads in my life brought me to what would one day become The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell B & B.

When I became the new owner of the property I inherited Lenore Proud home and Danny Riebeling's labor of love.  I have embraced the soul that has lived peacefully for over a hundred years.

The Prairie dates back to the mid 1800's when Otto and Hedwig Mayer acquired it.  Many years later the farm land became abandoned and fell into disrepair until a twist of fate crossed the path of Lenore Prudhomme, who would lovingly take on the task to restore the dilapidated homestead.  A total labor of love and attention to detail, using mostly recycled materials, and adding vintage structures from lands nearby brought the property back to its glory.  

During the restoration phase I was careful to preserve the paths trodden by footsteps and hands of those before me.  My vision was to balance the sweeping rustic, primitive soul of the architecture of the eight structures and 46 acres of beautiful open landscape of the Prairie with a certain "Marie Antoinette" touch.  Comfy Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture sofas and signature crystal chandeliers are mixed with tattered lampshades, vintage fixtures, and original floorboards.  The taxidermy that came with the property have been bought into my fold by being crowned with lovely floral vintage hats.  

 There are eight eclectic properties on The Prairie.  The sumptuous beds, all dressed with our bedding are an uncommon luxury in the world of B & B's.  The aroma of Danny's yummy and famous breakfast starts the day.  Modern accouterments such as flat screen TV's and iPod docks are subtly placed in each room so as not to take away from an authentic Prairie experience.  Molton Brown toiletries have always been a favorite of mine when traveling, and now they are on hand at The Prairie.  

A true home experience is made complete with fresh flowers in signature jam jars.  Board games and high tea makes for a quality of days gone by.  Seasonally the sun sets over the fading wisteria tree, causing streaks of light to play on the Rangers Lounge, a barn that is the communal heart of the Prairie, for all to share laughter and music.  Or just the quiet.

-Rachel Ashwell