“It’s like coming home, like coming home to Mom’s house"
Willow, a short-term rental property, is available for any type of gathering - from family reunions and wedding parties to a week long retreat or afternoon tea. The first guests stayed last December. The expansive main house includes seven bathrooms and eight bedrooms on three floors. The main floor includes kitchen and living areas, along with a theater room, pantry, laundry and office. Up the steps, you’ll find additional bedrooms and a bathroom. The three-bedroom, one-bath guest house next door is 1,600 square feet and includes a kitchen and living areas as well. Rental options include room-by-room, an entire floor or the entire main house or guest house. Both properties are surrounded by lavish, landscaped gardens with creeping vines, flowers and plants, and of course, willow trees. There’s even a stone-surrounded waterfall. There’s plenty of space to enjoy the scenic outdoors with a fire pit and outdoor seating, too.
When someone rents space at Willow, Schluns will ask about 10 questions to make sure the guest's needs are accommodated. Although it’s not a bed and breakfast, Schluns said she can arrange for catering and other supplies to be brought in for guests who don’t want to bring their own. She also likes to throw parties. So, Schluns said Willow will be a site for events. “Steve and I built this home for friends and family. I’d like to share it with friends we haven’t met yet,” Schluns said. The goal is to make your stay whether it's an hour or two, a week or longer as comfortable as possible. “It’s like coming home like coming home to Mom’s house,” she said.