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Hometown getaway

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ORIGINAL BARN:The original barn where Jayne Kesler hosts barn quilt painting parties.
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GRATEFUL LIVING:Grateful Earth Farm Guest House Owner, Janye Kesler, prepares for guests this weekend by setting the table.

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

Grateful Earth Farm Guest House offers guests a home away from home during their stay in Miami County.

The location is a third generation farm, which was inherited by owners Jayne and Keith Kesler in 2002. According to Jayne, the pair moved into the home in 2003 after completing renovations on the house and began adding on to the original barn outside.

“Keith and I were teachers,” Jayne said. “I taught in Tipton and he taught in Noblesville, in 2003 we retired back here and took over the farm.”

By 2005, the Kesler’s had built an original arts and crafts-style bungalow home with the guest apartment on the top floor, a garden house, and a third barn with a barn quilt at the end of the property.

The couple didn’t start hosting guests until some time later and have since held several events on their property including family reunions, weddings, and painting parties.

“It’s kind of like new adventures, but in comfortable shoes,” Kesler said.

Jayne Kesler said they get a lot of people who are returning to the area for family events and are only staying for a few days.

“I get a lot of class graduations, reunions, and families that just come back and are visiting their family, but they don’t necessarily want to stay with them,” Kesler said.

The apartment is only available via reservation, which allows Kesler enough time to clean and refurnish the supplies in the apartment for the next guest. This practice also gives guests more room on when they want to check out.

The apartment sits atop a rustic barn with a large deck which oversees the Kesler property.

According to Kesler, it’s a great location for families who need some room to run around or to host small events.

Kesler said they have hosted events with as many as 100 people, but the average size has been around 40 people.

Since the farm is located on the outskirts of Peru, guests are provided with the quiet of the country while still being close to town.

The farm is also a convienient location for individuals who want to attend larger events like the races in Indianapolis or football games in South Bend, Kesler noted.

“The nice thing about it is we are so close to South Bend and Indy,” Kesler said. “If people wanted to come here, this would be a lot more reasonable for them.”

The guesthouse is normally available May through November before the Kesler’s leave for the winter months. During this time, the guesthouse is booked two out of four weeks every month and the frequencies of rentals improves every year.

According to Kesler, she and her husband have hosted individuals from Australia, Tennessee, Arizona, surrounding counties, and more.

“We enjoy meeting new people,” Kesler said. “So it’s really nice.”

The Kesler’s try to cater to their guests needs and make sure they have a good time.

Currently, Kesler is preparing for a family reunion and plans to put a soccer goal, volleyball net, and badminton net in the backyard for the family.

The apartment is also fully furnished – even in the kitchen – and guests are welcome to cook and enjoy breakfast provided by Kesler. There is even a spot in the barn for guests who bring their bikes along with a location where guests can hunker down with their crafts.

The farm has a special place in Kesler’s heart and she takes pride in making it presentable for guests.

“This was just always my place to be when I was a kid,” Kesler said. “I love it here.”

The two-bedroom apartment includes a television, books, board games, and WiFi for guests looking for something to do.

It also provides a quiet place for guests to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax doing what they love.

“I just think it meets a lot of their needs,” Kesler said. “It meets their need for privacy, it’s relaxing, it’s home.”

Grateful Earth Farm Guest House is located at 2275 W. Airport Rd., Peru, and reservations can be made by calling 765-461-5017.

For those who would like to know more about Grateful Earth Farm Guest House, they can be found Facebook.