Rent the cabin at the Iowa Writer’s Retreat

Rent the cabin at the Iowa Writer’s Retreat

The Iowa Writer’s Retreat is a dog trot style cabin in southern Iowa for creative people to get away … a green, sustainable ranch retreat, far from noise, distractions, and close to major hubs. Studio and location rental for photographers, senior portraits, engagement photos and commercial photography.

Iowa Writer’s Retreat Cabin

Two Mile Ranch includes 20 acres of rolling hills in southern Iowa, just off a paved, county road.  It’s small, comfortable, and the perfect environment for writers, creative artists, crafters, photographers, students, and song writers. Just of I-35 it is idea of Des Moines photographers and Kansas City photographers.

Fall grasses
Fall grasses

A spacious, 700 square foot two-room cabin with sleeping lofts and views of ponds and pasture, the retreat cabin is outfitted with high-speed Internet, a collection of writer’s guides and references,, large poster pads and markers.  It is ideal for graduate students writing class projects, thesis, dissertations and capstones. Song writers, photographers, grant writers, annual report authors, and professionals who need a space to dedicate to a project are welcome and will enjoy the ability to focus and create.

The cabin includes a private kitchen and personal, private bath space making your stay comfortable and self-sufficient.  (Thoreau may have hiked to the outhouse for inspiration at Walden, you don’t have to.) You are free to work, eat, rest on your own schedule with no other guests to disturb you.

Surrounding the barn are trails, conservation habitat and pasture to explore for inspiration. There are two ponds where the  ducks and geese spend parts of their days.

Guests may arrange their stay of a week or longer up to a year in advance. Photographers looking for daily  studio rental and models looking for unique locations for their portfolio , please read about our studio and location rental.


The 6 burner stove and sink with built in drainer. Easy cooking for one or a dozen.
The 6 burner stove and sink with built in drainer. Easy cooking for one or a dozen.

There is a country kitchen for your use in the cabin. The kitchen includes a 6 burner stove and oven, you can cook and create to your hearts desire.  Don’t want to cook? There is also a microwave oven and a freezer big enough to hold a week’s worth of Lean Cuisine. There is a small-town restaurant 5 minutes away, and a college town with grocery stores, local coffee shops and pizza joints just over the hill about 15 minutes by car.


The insulated cabin is heated and cooled and you may enjoy  an outdoor fire pit for cooking or warming on a cool night. There is a private bath with shower.

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Rentals begin at $495 per night and $1500 weekly.

Fritz Nordengren



Two Mile Ranch is located between Des Moines, Iowa and Kansas City Missouri, near Interstate 35.  Travelers may take I-35,  fly into Kansas City or Des Moines, or AMTRAK into Osceola, Iowa.

There is on site parking, pick up  from AMTRAK, Des Moines or Kansas City is available.