Here’s a quick reference to those questions that are asked most often:

What are your rates?

Retreat rates are based on a full weekend overnight stay, (Friday-Sunday), & use of entire house:

  • $125 per person for groups of 4 or less
  • $100 per person for groups of 5 or more
  • Discounts are availble on extended overnight stays.

Day rate (no overnight use):

  • Half day (under 5 hours) — $25
  • Full day (over 5 hours) — $50

Where is the Craft Cottage?

Craft Cottage is located at 304 West Street, Van Meter, IA.  It’s approximately 20 miles west of Des Moines off of I-80.

How much table space will I be able to use?

We have seven (7) 8 foot tables.  If you have a group of 7 or less, you would each have your own table.  The main room has 4 of the tables placed together, and up to 8 crafters could work comfortably together in this space.  Typically half of a table (a 4′ x 3′ space) is ample room for each person.

What tools are available to use at the Craft Cottage?

cricketOur most current list of supplies is as follows:

  • Wireless internet
  • Cricut Expression Die Cut Machine
  • Creative Memories Cutting System
  • Large Cutter


What are the sleeping accommodations?

bedroom1There are 3 bedrooms with 8 twin beds total.  Two bedrooms are located on the second floor.  There is one bedroom located on the main floor.  The house has one bathroom with a shower.  Bedding and towels are provided.

What should I bring with me?

Craft supplies for your activies, Cricut cartidges (if you have them), personal toiletries, food & beverage (unless you plan on eating out all weekend).  Towels and bedding are provided.  Each bed is made up with fresh, clean sheets, blanket, comforter and a pillow.

Is food provided?

kitchenNo. Your group is welcome to bring meals for your stay.  The full-service kitchen should have everything you need to prepare your meals.  Please call ahead if you have specific needs, or to make sure you’ll have all necessary supplies on hand.

The kitchen is equipped with a stove/oven, microwave, refrigerator, and various pans and utensils. There are several options:

  • Go potluck
  • Have your meals catered
  • Visit restaurants in the area

For more details, refer to the “Meal Suggestions” tab at the top.

When is check-in/check-out?

Check-in is after noon at your start date and check-out is by 2 p.m. on your end date.  If you need special arrangements just let us know, and we’ll see if we can accommodate your needs.

Do we have to clean when we leave?

No.  We have a housekeeper that will take care of general cleaning.

When is payment due?

A deposit of $50 per person is required to hold your reservation.  The remaining balance is due 2 weeks before you arrive at Craft Cottage.

What is your cancellation policy?

Deposits are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another date or guest.

What about smoking and pets?

Smoking is not allowed inside the Craft Cottage.  You may smoke outside of the house.  There is a bucket with sand to safely deposit cigarette butts outside both entrances.  We do not allow pets of any kind on the property for the benefit of the house and your fellow guests.

Where do we park?

There is enough room for 4 cars to park in the driveway.  We encourage you to carpool when possible.  Please be sure to avoid blocking the alley and the sidewalk during your stay.



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  • F 3/16/2018: Stamping Group
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