The Hutton House

The Hutton House is a sophisticated two-story ranch house, situated in a small oasis of magnificent Cottonwoods and surrounded by open prairie and grassland. Its recent renovations make it feel like a grand new home in the frame of the forty-five year old house built by former ranch owners Harold and Lucille Hutton. The house features four bedrooms all with new beds, mattresses, pillows and bed coverings, a renovated kitchen with all new appliances, three refurbished bathroom with new fixtures, a spacious living/dining area, a fireplace room with new comfortable furniture, an office, as well as new flooring, walls and/or paint throughout the house.

The setting for the Hutton House couldn’t be much better if one envisions a peaceful and idyllic “home on the range.” Guests are likely to be serenaded with the melodious song of Western Meadowlarks throughout the spring and summer months, complemented by the songs of Dickcissels, Blue Grosbeaks, Eastern Phoebes, Barn Swallows and a diversity of other birds. Sharp-tailed Grouse often live in the meadow in front of the Hutton House in the winter; in the summer the same place is blessed with native prairie wildflowers.  Coyotes can often be heard in the evening, around sunset, and White-tailed Deer are a common sight as they browse just beyond the Kentucky Bluegrass lawn.

This house is perfect for families, couples or groups, particularly those seeking a modern accommodation with higher levels of comfort and sophistication, yet a natural setting and easy access to the outdoors.

If you would like to make a reservation, please send us an email at specifying your desired dates of check-in and check-out.


FULL USE RATE: The rate to reserve the Hutton House is $250 a night and includes the use of all four bedrooms. Each bedroom sleeps 1-2 adults. $1,250/week

LIMITED USE RATE: We also offer a special discount rate that includes the use of only the Master bedroom for $175 a night.  This is ideal for couples or small families with young children. $875/week

Please note when booking that there is a minimum two-night stay.


Property Type: Ranch house, extensive renovations completed in 2010

Surroundings: Prairie, meadows, shade trees

Bedrooms (4): Grand Bedroom: Queen bed, separate AC/heat, library, sitting area, Second Bedroom: Queen bed, Third Bedroom: Two twin beds, Fourth Bedroom: Two twin beds. Pillows, sheets and comforters are provided for each bed.

Kitchen: All new appliances including range with oven and stove top burners, microwave, refrigerator with freezer, dish washer, coffee maker with filters, adequate cooking gear, dishware, basic spices and oils, cleaning supplies

Washer/Dryer Room: New frontload washer and dryer, laundry soap

Bathrooms (3): Bathroom 1: Toilet, shower/bath combination, sink, Bathroom 2: Toilet, shower, sink, Bathroom 3: Toilet, shower, sink. All towels, rugs, washcloths, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, and toilet and tissue paper are provided.

Living Room/Dining Room: Sofas, table and chairs

Fireplace Room: Fireplace, sofas and chairs

Office: Desk, library

Two-Car Garage: Available for guests

Garage Entry Room: Large room useful for gear, clothes, boots etc

Internet Access: High-speed wireless internet

Outside: Front porch with swing, back patio with furniture

Fenced horse pasture with water: $20 per night per horse

General: Air-conditioning, central heating, credit cards accepted through Pay-Pal

Suitability: Children welcome, wheelchair inaccessible, no smoking inside, no pets allowed (pets allowed in Lazy Easy Ranch guesthouse)

Notes: Housekeeper optional with additional fee. One catered meal available per day at additional cost.

Additional Information

*Additional donations are always appreciated and helpful as we strive to maintain and improve the sanctuary for wildlife and prairie conservation purposes, and to provide nature appreciation educational opportunities.

Special rates may be available or tailored at certain times for educational groups, conservation partners, and AOK or “Friends of the Niobrara Sanctuary” members.  However, we wish to avoid offering rates that are less than or will in any way undercut the rates for lodging in nearby communities.  We strive for the sanctuary to be complementary to nearby rural communities by encouraging visitation to the area.

Persons working as volunteers on the sanctuary in various capacities may request special rates in appreciation for the skills and commensurate with the time they contribute.

Walking and hiking on the trails provided and similar “nature appreciation” activities are among the numerous amenities offered as part of the experience of staying on the Sanctuary at the Hutton House or the Lazy Easy Ranch House.  Pets are not allowed in the Hutton House and are not generally allowed in the Lazy Easy, however, special arrangements can be made for certain well-trained and well-mannered pets to enter the Lazy Easy Ranch House.  A damage and extra cleaning deposit would be required. All dogs must be on a lease everywhere on the Sanctuary except when in the residential yard and must always be under the strict control of the owner.

A corral with water and some grazing (or hay) is available, however, an additional daily fee is required to keep horses on the property and/or for riding on the designated trails and the scenic “minimum maintenance” country roads that extend across a major portion of the sanctuary. “Open range” riding is not generally available due to the need to minimize disturbance to prairie grouse and other grassland nesting birds (especially Long-billed Curlews and Bobolinks) during the nesting and brood-rearing season, as well as fawning areas for deer and other ecological considerations.

Arrangements for vehicle tours and transportation on the sanctuary, guide service including a leader on horseback for guests with horses, use of wildlife viewing and photography blinds, and similar activities are available and can be provided by sanctuary staff or others. Advance planning may be necessary, and modest fees may apply.