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Perfect for Game Weekends - Rent a Football Weekend and get a third night FREE

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 8 - Convenient to University and MSU Horse Park

Large mid century home located 3½ miles south of Starkville and 1 mile from the Mississippi Horse Park. The home home has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Located on 58 acres (the only structure) with a five acre lake, it features a fully equipped eat in kitchen and over 2500 square feet of living space. There is a large patio with furniture and a gas grill overlooking the lake. There is room to park RVs and horse trailers.

FREE NIGHT!!!!! Rent a Football Weekend (Friday and Saturday) and get a third night FREE. Choose Thursday or Sunday as your extra night. Mention this special when contacting the owner and get your free night!

More Details

Property Manager
Melanie Barnes
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 8, 2018

About Melanie Barnes

The owners are siblings who grew up on this property. Our parents met after college while wroking at MSU and married in 1940. After graduate school at Cornell and our father's tour in WWII, they returned to Starkville. We lived on campus on Magruder Street in faculty housing for a number of years, until they built this home in 1961. Our father retired from MSU in 1978 as Head of the Biochemistry Department. They lived here until the late 90's when they passed away. We hope you will enjoy this home and it's serene location as much as we have.

Melanie Barnes purchased this house in 1958

Why Melanie Barnes chose Starkville

Our parents purchased this property which had been the County Poor House in 1958 and built this house in 1961.

What makes this house unique

Our mother always liked the unobstructed view over the lake with no neighbors in sight. We think you will too.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Starkville

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , On upper level.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , On lower level. Double lavatories.
  • One bathroom on each of the upper and lower levels.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , On upper level
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , On upper level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , On lower level
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , On lower level
  • Four bedrooms on two levels.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • long term renters welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking


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Perfect for Game Weekends - Rent a Football Weekend and get a third night FREE
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews

The house is dated but served its purpose: beds, baths, conversations, convenience, & meals!

  • 4 of 5

The property is quiet, peaceful and pleasant! The house is comfortable and secure. Not fancy but clean, well stocked. If you go soon there’s a half gallon of Blue Bell vanilla, unopened!!

  • Submitted: 4-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable accommodations on beautiful property!

  • 4 of 5

This home takes you back to a simpler time but it is very comfortable and sits on an amazing property!

  • Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quite and plenty of room to relax

  • 5 of 5

3 families spent football weekend and had a great time. Melanie was very accommodating and offered us the free night even though we booked earlier in the year. Great time tailgating and relaxing at the house!

  • Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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very relaxing, a good home away from home!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time, beautiful and relaxing. We had everything we needed and really enjoyed our stay. Melanie was quick to respond to all our emails and helped us with all our needs. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: 31-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We love to stay here!

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from our third visit to this property. It is very well supplied, clean, comfy......feels like home! Even better, it is quiet, private and in a lovely setting. It might remind you of the house you grew up in! It is very convenient to MSU. This will always be our first choice for a football weekend.

  • Submitted: 9-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for the family to gather.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying at Melanie's place. Lots of space, clean, fully stocked kitchen, comfy beds, and lots of privacy. Our family really enjoyed it and felt right at home there.

  • Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

All the usual events associated with a small southern college town


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Starkville

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
MSU/SFAustin Football Weekend
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
MSU/ La Laff Football Weekend
Sep 14 2018 - Sep 16 2018
2 night minimum stay
MSU/Florida Football Weekend
Sep 28 2018 - Sep 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
MSU/Auburn Football Weekend
Oct 5 2018 - Oct 7 2018
2 night minimum stay
MSU/Texas A&M
Oct 26 2018 - Oct 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
MSU/LaTech Football Weekend
Nov 2 2018 - Nov 4 2018
2 night minimum stay
MSU/Arkansas Football Weekend
Nov 16 2018 - Nov 18 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$128.85
Damage Insurance C$76.02

Check-in is 4:00 pm. Check-out is noon. Check with the owner to see if early check-in or late check-out is possible.

Occupancy by more than 8 may be allowed with prior owner permission.

Rates posted are for 2018. Football and special weekends (graduation, other athletic events) for 2019 and later have not been posted as those dates change from year to year. 2019 rates for special weekends will be posted at a later date. Renters interested in these special event weekends may contact the owner for pricing.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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