Looking for a unique getaway this summer? Hendricks County's newest is the Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch in Brownsburg. The 3,100-square-foot cottage located on a 75-acre working horse ranch is perfect for a country retreat. Whether you want to relax on the wrap around porch, hike, fish or play sports, this is the place. I visited the Cottage as the owners were finishing up the final touches before welcoming their first guests. The Cottage sleeps 12-16, but you can reserve it for smaller groups or just for a couple. The Cottage has four bedrooms and four and half baths with plenty of room for guests to spread out. The Fireplace in the main living area. I was impressed with all the amenities the Cottage has to offer. Inside, guests can enjoy an exercise room, a gaming system, cable televisions in every bedroom, wireless internet and a back deck with a gas grill. The kitchen is also fully equipped. Two of my favorite features though are outside -- the wrap around porch and the private patio off one of the two master bedrooms. I took some time to sit on a rocking chair on the porch and enjoyed the hillside view with the horses a short distance away. I could see guests relaxing on this porch while catching up with old friends. There are several more amenities outside the house. It's a short walk to the lake for swimming, fishing (catch-and-release only) and boating. You can also play volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, ping pong, badminton and checkers. There are also plenty of animals to visit. The Ranch raises free-range ducks and chickens, so you will see some wander by you. I was greeted by two chickens as I first arrived. You can also feed the goats, and kids can groom one of the miniature horses. For an additional fee, you can go horseback riding or have a bonfire. The Lake provides the opportunity for swimming, fishing and boating. This is a great place to host a family reunion or if you have a large group looking for a place to stay. It's also great if you just want to get away from the city for a taste of life on the farm. For those who have several people coming in different vehicles, no worries. Guests have access to a two-car garage with additional parking for at least ten cars. If you want to get off the ranch for a while, you are close to Lucas Oil Raceway, restaurants and the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail. The minimum stay is two nights and rents for $325 for Friday and Saturday nights, $250 for weeknights and $1,800 for a week. The Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch 6310 E. County Road 350 North Brownsburg, Indiana 46112 (317) 852-6615