Unruh is an Airbnb superhost with a cabin and rural house in Kiowa County
Edward J. Naughton
Prairie Pines Farm, located at the south end of Greensburg on South Cherry Street, which includes the family home of John and Elvera Unruh among others. It’s likely their property also has one of the best Airbnb cabins of its kind in the area, according to reviews posted on an official Airbnb online site.
A very old and precious water tower that Unruh is rightly proud of because of its age and versatility, has been in use for many years, with a reservoir inside, overseeing the timeless beauty of this small place in the city. the Kiowa County countryside.
The historic 24 acres of Unruh on the southern outskirts of town include their own house, several old barn-like structures, the old water tower with reservoir, and a shed.
The Prairie Pines Farm Cabin is a two story structure, with seven beds in total and one bathroom. The cabin is well equipped, inside and out, so this building is a feature of the property that Unruh is really proud of, especially since 2016 when they decided to venture into the international phenomenon known as the name of AirBNB.
“We have people who come to visit us from Germany and many other countries as well, but we also have several guests who are just ordinary US citizens traveling for example from coast to coast and wanting to get away from it all. stop here and spend a night in our AirBNB cabin before they hit the road again to resume their journey, as they pass through Kansas to visit family members in other states east of Kansas, even in places quite remote like Massachussets, ”Unruh said.“ Our guests appreciate the quiet rural setting and the strong wifi signal with readily available internet use, which allows them to keep in touch with family and friends . “
Of course, guests who stay a night or two enjoy visiting the barnyard animals and the breezes generated by the many trees are appreciated by many who stay at Prairie Pines Farm.
Elvera Unruh is an interior designer by trade and she did a remarkable job giving the cabin a traditional Kansas look, very appropriate and comfortable for guests in all respects with sofas and chairs, spacious kitchen to work in, a good bed to sleep on the ground floor, with much more upstairs, air conditioning, a very reliable heating system, and with light fixtures and artistic features that speak of almost bygone eras in the history of the Kansas, like colorful old ceramic roosters adorning a table in the room.
Unruh is rated by AirBNB as a Super Host, which means it regularly receives a 5-star review from registered guests based on their experience staying here for a night or two, or even more if they are hunters visiting for an extended stay.
Guest comments online in the AirBNB Unruh system view and monitor them regularly with their I-phone. He especially likes the ease of the AirBNB app on his phone, which keeps him up to date with guest arrivals and status updates.
Unruh said guests rate him on the accommodation provided and the speed of response to their requests during their stay.
He also mentioned that as an AirBNB superhost, he will rate guests on how they leave the cabin, which relates to the level of cleanliness found after they leave the premises as defined in the posted rules that help guests to better understand what kind of courtesy and basic considerations are expected of them that are common sense, such as notifying the host of any maintenance issues that arise during their stay, or any help needed in the event of a spill or other incidents.
Guests staying in the cabin understand their responsibility and respect the property and their host as they are likely renting with other hosts in the AirBNB system. They obviously want to maintain a good reputation online with other AirBNB hosts they meet in other places in other countries.
Denise Unruh is the reference person for housekeeping at the Prairie Pines Farm chalet.
“I’m a stay-at-home mom with two boys, but I kind of have a side job, sometimes I clean a house or office too,” she said. “Doing this kind of work helps my very hard working husband and therefore it is a good source of part time income for our household. I enjoy the work here because I am treated very well and the owner will often ask for my opinion. on the state of cleanliness in the cabin when a customer leaves. I work in principle on the principle of all or nothing, which means that I rub the floor on my hands and knees as a rule, and I try to get into every nook and cranny to make sure the cabin is really clean. The owner prefers that I use Murphy’s oil soap to clean the floors, especially in the kitchen. I prefer use Norwex microfiber for window cleaning jobs, with a little water in a spray bottle handy. The microfiber does a better job of window cleaning than Windex in my opinion. “
The customer rate charged by Unruh is approximately $ 122 per night in their cabin, through the online reservation system, so once processed, it includes fees for AirBNB added during the reservation process, and finally taxes are added , all through the software processing the reservation through AirBNB, which in the case of the Prairie Pines Farm cabin is estimated to be around $ 148 by the time the overnight stay is processed and that’s for one person. If there is more than one person, the base amount increases slightly, so the final amount of course increases.
Unruh said there is a different cost equation that comes into play for an obviously cheaper rate, when it comes to an extended stay booking for some qualified customers he works with, people like a little one. group of hunters who may need the cabin for a week or even longer in some cases in the fall.
One of the things Unruh seems to love as much as its guests apparently do too is the convenience of the AirBNB system through which a guest can essentially use guest booking and check-in to meet their preferential needs.
“We send them the code to the key box on the day they arrive. Some customers want to meet and visit us, and others want privacy and we respect that,” he said.
Dogs brought in by hunters should for the most part be housed in their respective kennels so that the cleanliness and integrity of the cabin is protected from damage they might otherwise inflict on the property, as these dogs are clearly outside dogs.
“As the super host of the AirBNB system, we also rate our customers for their cleanliness when invited here and therefore try to keep things clean and comfortable,” Unruh said.
He also takes care of the animals on the property which include a llama named Larry who is a bit shy in front of the cameras, several goats including a baby goat or two, Molly the goat, a donkey named Danny, and even a dog named Charlie for watch things in the barn and in fenced pastures.
Unruh said the animals create a relaxing atmosphere in this rural setting.
Dillon’s for groceries is close by for customers to shop so they can cook their own food in the well-equipped cabin kitchen. Some guests have commented on the AirBNB website that if you come to Greensburg don’t miss a night at Prairie Pines Farm and also enjoy a visit to the Greensburg Soda Fountain which is located in the same building as the city library on main street. There a guest can take advantage of the soda fountain for a delicious coffee, a coke, an ice cream sundae or a shake.
It seems like goats are always watching their own butt whenever the donkey approaches the corner of the barn, perhaps because they know what kind of damage he can do if he kicks them. ‘they get in his way.
There are so many trees on this property that you might even imagine it as an old American farmhouse.
Earl Liggett, who died in August 2020, previously owned this property. Liggetts’ brother, MT Liggett, also deceased previously, is very famous as an artist in Mullinville. Earl Liggett had a very remarkable life and job on his own, and worked very hard and planted many trees on the property, most of which are still standing and well behaved today, most of which have survived the storm that devastated Greensburg in May. 4, 2007. The tornado took a path that looked the property in terms of comparison to the rest of the city, but the small water tower with the reservoir inside surprisingly survived. the explosion of the storm.