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The (Ivy) Den ~ Creek Apartment

Apartment in Mountain View, United States

  • 2 People
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 600ft²

The Space

  • Accommodates: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Property Type: Apartment
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • Check-out: 11:00


  • Accessible car park
  • Accessible height bed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Antique
  • Art Deco
  • Atypical
  • Baby bath
  • Baby crib
  • Babysitter recommendation
  • Balcony
  • Baroque
  • BBQ
  • Beach essentials
  • Bedroom step free access
  • Bike
  • Bird watching
  • Blender
  • Boat
  • Books
  • Bottled Water
  • Canoe
  • Car Included
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Heating
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Cleaning products
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Computer Available
  • Concierge
  • Contactless check-in and check-out
  • Contemporary
  • Cycling
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd Player
  • Ecological
  • Empire
  • Energy-efficient devices
  • Essentials
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fireplace
  • First aid kit
  • Fishing
  • Flat smooth pathway to front door
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Full Equipped Kitchen
  • Games For All Ages
  • Garage
  • Gated property
  • Gloves available
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hiking
  • Historical
  • Hi-tech
  • Hoover
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot water
  • Hunting
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Kids Friendly
  • Laptop Friendly Workspace
  • Bed Linens/Towels
  • Long Term Rentals Available
  • Masks available
  • Microwave
  • Minimalist
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain view
  • No single-use plastic
  • No single-use toiletries
  • Organic food & beverages
  • Oven
  • Parking Included
  • Path to entrance lit at night
  • Pets Considered
  • Private Car Park
  • Private entrance
  • Professionally cleaned
  • Rock climbing
  • Romantic
  • Rural
  • Satellite Or Cable
  • Self Check-in
  • Smoke detector
  • Smoking Forbidden
  • Social distancing
  • Staff wear protective equipment
  • Stove
  • Swimming
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Tubing water
  • Tv
  • Victorian
  • Vineyard
  • Washing Machine
  • Water sports
  • Wedding
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Wine glasses
  • Wood
  • Work Desk


THREE NIGHT MINIMUM REQUIRED/ Stays over 7 days have 25% discount: We are Ivy Vacations LLC, a professional management company that is home based in Mountain View, AR. Our rental prices are dynamic. (that means rates change with seasons and days of week handled by advanced software. You won't know the total cost of the stay until you enter dates and amount of people. Add-ons like dogs and firewood come after booking).

okie dokie, #1 questions is out of the way. > More business details at bottom of description. Let's talk about vacation now.

Back on market by popular demand: you are considering a private basement apartment on South Sylamore Creek where you'll sleep like a bear; we guarantee it because we've heard others say it so often.

For 12 years the apartment has been a temp home to dear friends in transition, healing , hiding, studying, hardcore small mouth fishing or writing novels. There is no light pollution or noise pollution (aside from the random ATVs passing and coyotes off in the hills)

You can walk into the creek directly from the front yard. There are variables to consider - how sure footed are you? did a recent flood knock out the steps? The depth of the water varies but on average it's about 3-4 feet deep out front with flat limestone on the bottom. This is a spring fed jewel of a creek. It is healthy with fish and all kinds of wildlife. About every day you can see a beaver or otter in action from the front porch.

2 Adults in their early 50s and 1 very good dog live full time in main home / level. They park in the back. They travel a lot. You park in the garage (or pad outside it) leading directly to the apartment.

There is no access to the apartment from the main home.

There are only 2 common areas shared with the home owner; the glorious front porch and the creek frontage/ trail / bonfire pit. The home owners also have a private back and side porch for their use to allow you more solo front porch time.

We require a minimum of a 3 night stay so that there is not a revolving door. Good fits are 1 or 2 travelers who crave nature, quiet and chance, rare and quality interactions with home owners; one of whom has lived and worked in area for 15 years and is a professional in the vacation industry. The other has moved here recently from Italy. The Ivy Vacation office you book with can help coordinate your desires.

Concerned about noise transfer between the main home and apartment? You need not be. The home is extremely well insulated and only the rarest of sounds pass through - like a muffled vacuum cleaner which wouldn't be running during quiet hours anyway. The footprint of the basement is not under the main action areas upstairs. Former apartment tenants have reported never knowing if anyone was upstairs or not for days at a time.

Need to know and what you get:

Space and Location:
600sf independent apartment. Covered parking in carport. 10 minutes (4.5 miles) from town center and shopping. It is down a somewhat steep gravel road (county maintained) that any sedan can make. After your first trip up/down, it becomes old hat. We only would recommend a dual sport motorcycle but others have made it.

~Wifi. Is it blazing? certainly not. But owners and former apartment tenants have never had issues with streaming movies or video meetings. (You cannot upload media such has full file size photos or videos)
~Smart TV that can double as laptop monitor. You supply your own log-in to streaming services via ROKU. > There is no satellite or cable
~1 "ok google" home device
~stand up / sit down ergonomic work station

~1 brand new king bed (medium - firm) in private bedroom with door
~1 quality futon in main area, (if the two of you prefer different beds)
~ample supply of all linens provided

Outdoor Stuff:
~1 small propane grill (with gas) for your solo use. (owner has a smoker / charcoal griller out back ya'll can talk about)
~2 creek chairs
~1 cooler with wheels for your use during stay
~Movable chairs and outdoor smoking area outside - private to your apartment OR the front porch
~creek towels
~firewood for bonfire pit available for nominal fee discussed after booking
~floaty fun things
~fishing gear? Not yet available for sharing. working on that

~a welcome basket with starter supply of snacks, water bottles, tea, paper towels, garbage bags, 2-go cups, empty growlers for you to fill at brew pub and 1 set mini toiletries > these are a portion of your clean and supply fee charged
~always on hand - olive oil, basic spices( including ketchup and mustard) coffee beans, regular house hold cleaning supplies, dish soap, hand sanitizer, hand soap pumps and body wash and toilet paper

You control your own climate with 2 wall mounted mini split units. You can open the screened windows that are on eye level to the creek!

~Drip coffee maker, whole beans, grinder. + stove top espresso maker and french press
~toaster over
~full size oven
~fridge /freezer with ice maker
~most basic cooking gear like skillets, knives, pizza pan, pyrex, strainers
~slow cooker
~NO DISHWASHER - you wash


We love them. The dog that lives at this property loves other dogs. She is shy towards humans. Be advised that many dogs roam free in the neighborhood. $60 for 1 or $80 for 2-

heads up this is not included in most quotes you see on certain booking sites, even if you select you are bringing a pet. The fee will be handled after confirmation.

For those NOT PET FRIENDLY our pro housekeepers go to great lengths to insure there are no residual signs of pets in the rentals. We have an extremely good track record for this if you've looked us up. The pet owner is required to keep the pet off the furniture or cover with sheets we provide. We also provide a medium size dog bed or BYO. The pet owner is requested to master the pet to help keep peace in the valley - even if you are away.


We are Ivy Vacations LLC, a professional vacation rental management company. We are readily found in a search. We love the area and mostly live very locally to the properties. In the case of The Den we are EXTREMELY Local.

All properties are self check-in – with key code – after 4pm. Check out is 11.

Confirmed guests received our self-penned "local's guide" to the area. Email you provide is important. We send welcome and access info there.

Taxes and clean/supply fees are always required as is a processing fee that varies dependent who you are booking through.

NEW BOOKING POLICY in effect for undetermined future period.

We cannot accept cancellation variances due to personal reasons or area attraction closures. If we are mandated to close our rental operations, you will be refunded 100% or given the option of credit for future reservation good for 12 months.

  1. We've lowered the down payment to reserve from 50% to 15%. IT IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

  2. If you need to change your reservation due to COVID related government mandates, we will apply your monies paid towards future reservation good for 12 months from booking date.

  3. If you prefer to just cancel, we will retain your monies paid according to the policy timeline, refunding the remainder.

3.a... Please note that 3rd party sites like airbnb have policies in effect. Please read their fine print.

15% anytime 15% = downpayment price
50% within 30 days of arrival
75% within 14 days of arrival

Reviews (7) 5.0/5

  1. 5/5
    We had a long list of things we wanted to go see and do in the area but ended up never leaving the apartment except for food supply at walmart. We slept 10 hours each night - more than we have in months. We had our coffee (super delicious BTW) on the front porch each morning and then set up camp down on the creek. Couldn't peel us away from there. It's a little tricky getting in the water - they had a flood last week but owners are back to fixing it up again with the steps. We grilled brats over the bonfire pit at the creek and stayed way into the dark. The owners upstairs were home while we were there. Getting to briefly hang out with them at the creek was a highlight of the trip - they took us to a spring upstream. arranging everything through Ivy Vacations office before, during and after was a breeze.
  2. 5/5
    What a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a "Den" and found an apartment with everything I needed! I really appreciated a full kitchen, a living room, the nice comfortable bed, the private parking and entrance. Not to mention so close to the creek with clear water - so refreshing to jump in! The hosts were very nice and helpful with everything I needed, especially information on the local attractions. They also surprised me with clean spraying my car the morning before I left. It was a real break from work with a full immersion in nature with all the comforts. I'll definitely do it again and highly recommend it!
  3. 5/5
    We absolutely loved the place and enjoyed meeting Virginia and Vittorio. The extra special touches that were made for guests in the cabin apartment meant a lot to us and made our stay that much more meaningful. The area is beautiful, the creek was phenomenal, we couldn't have asked for a better place to spend our time. The only regret is that we didn't have more time to stay.
  4. 5/5
    Amazing stay at the Ivy Den. The area is beautiful. The Den a perfect place to stay. Full kitchen, bath with beautiful furniture. The area was magical. The leaves were falling and the ground are beautiful. I would stay here again and plan on booking again.
  5. 5/5
    So cozy inside, great creek and neighborhood for exploring when you peel yourself out of that bed. PrIVate, clean + quiet like we haven't had in long long time. Some donkey neighbors escaped and came to visit. what a hoot. If you're hear over the weekend def go to the local brewery they point you to . Ivy vacation rentals and Gravity brewery all great people. too bad we didn't get to meet victoria and vitorio. -- enjoyed their lil welcome gift tho. want to come back in swim season. oh wifi is fine for our one zoom we had to do.
  6. 5/5
    We really enjoyed our stay at the Den. Like the listing title, the inside really does feel like an apartment or the inside of a duplex. It does not feel like a basement at all, there are plenty of windows providing good natural light. Modern, clean appliances, king size bed with nice linens, nice futon for chilling or napping. Although there are neighbors and other rentals nearby, it is super quiet and peaceful (aside from the occasional cow mooing!) The creek access is awesome too. Great westward view for epic sunsets over the creek! Outside of the residence: great location, close to town but also close to highways for Blanchard springs, Gravity Brewworks (must go), etc. Awesome valley views on the way in on Wilcox drive from both directions. Shay & others at Ivy were in touch and super helpful, from booking to heading home! We stayed here as a couple with a 9 month old and a dog and felt right at home, definitely will be back.
  7. 5/5
    My boyfriend and I were in search of a place to stay for a mini New Year’s vacation and wanted to find a place that was rural, near water and had hiking trails nearby. The (Ivy) Den was the PERFECT pick! The apartment was super clean, comfy and felt very homey. Also loved the décor. We felt right at home, and so did our dog Koda as a pet bed, bowls and even a welcome treat were provided. We really appreciated the “Locals Guide to Mountain View” document they emailed prior to our stay that listed all the places to visit – from state parks and hiking trails, fun places in town, local food joints, etc. It was EXTREMELY helpful. They also left a copy at the apartment which was nice. Even though we stayed there during the wintertime when many of the fun summertime activities in the area weren’t open, we had plenty to do with hikes at Blanchard Springs Caverns, Gunner Pool & just taking walks around the neighborhood and enjoying the beautiful scenic views of the river and mountain side. We also checked out the local food joints and the nearby brewery. (Again, thanks to the guide they sent!) The owners invited us to a bonfire on the creek but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate. We did get a chance to hang out with them one of the nights and they are AWESOME. So welcoming and just good people all around. I would highly recommend staying at the Ivy Den and we definitely want to come back again during the summertime!