Gone Country

Bovard Lodge offers guests a true rustic getaway in Indiana

Owner Bovard converted a former pole barn into a B&B

FLORENCE, Ind. (September 2016) – What was once a pole barn to store equipment and supplies for the Four Seasons Garden Shop has recently been remodeled and repurposed to become the Bovard Lodge, 12520 E. SR 156 in Florence, Ind. 
“People are always amazed when they walk through the door of a pole barn to see the beautiful handcrafted interior of the Lodge,” said Rosemary Bovard.

Photo by Madonna Wilson

Rosemary Bovard poses outside of her Bovard Lodge bed & breakfast in Florence, Ind., near Vevay.

Owner of the Four Seasons for 15 years, Bovard realized that the barn was not being used and decided to turn it in to a vacation rental. In summer 2015 using only local craftsmen and family, she began to design her “perfect get-away in the country.”
The wood floors and walls are of tongue-and-grove construction, the open staircase to the loft is composed of railings made from cedar trees, and the steps of rough-cut lumber with the tree bark still present on the face of each step.
The first floor features a full kitchen, laundry room, living room with television and gas fireplace, a large bedroom with a queen bed, walk-in closet and bathroom.
A photographer for the Vevay newspaper, Bovard has decorated the walls of the lodge with pictures she has taken through the years. In addition, the lodge is adorned with her father’s tobacco-making tools from when the property housed a tobacco farm.
The loft features a full-size bed and television. A large Amish-built cabinet holds books, DVDs and a selection of toys and games for the younger guests. Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge.
Guests need bring only their personal items; all other necessities are provided.
“I decided that if there is something that I need in my house then I would supply it in the lodge” said Bovard. That includes everything from cookware to towels to shampoos and soaps to firewood for the fire pit.

Photo by Madonna Wilson

The interior of the Bovard Lodge features a staircase to the loft that is composed of railing made from cedar trees.

“I provide a welcome package, cookies, popcorn drinks, etc.  I want my guests to feel special,” Bovard said.
Built along the Ohio River among the rolling hills of Switzerland County, guests have ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A covered front porch with rocking chairs provides a perfect setting for a game of Tic-Tax-Toe on a handmade board.
The property has plenty of parking, a picnic area with fire pit and a large yard. A party room over the garage can also be rented for family reunions or receptions.
“I wanted my place to be different – not your run-of-the-mill carpet and painted walls. My sons, Caleb Bovard and Jeremy Robinson, are hunters, and they provided deer antlers I used for the bathroom tissue holders and for the towel racks. The doors to the bedroom are old barn doors, and I have a 1945 Chevy truck in the front yard as a sort of landmark,” Bovard said.
Throughout the building process she has been assisted by her sons as well as her grandchildren, Whitney, Hunter and Isabella Robinson, and her good friend, Joann Gaudin.
The lodge is located near a variety of entertainment venues. Guest can enjoy Belterra Casino Resort and golf course (a free shuttle is provided by the casino), fishing from the Markland Dam Park, or hunting at the Splinters Ridge public hunting grounds. Antique shops, museums, and art galleries are just a 10-minute drive away in Vevay, along with restaurants, a grocery store and a bowling alley. The Ridge Winery Tasting Room, located on the Ohio River, is just minutes away.
“The Four Seasons Garden Shop is only open from April to July, and since I recently retired after 15 years at Switzerland County High School. The lodge gives me a focus throughout the year,” Bovard said.
Although the doors officially opened in December 2015, she feels lucky to have met so many nice people from the Midwest and beyond. The lodge can be rented year round for as little as one night to up to an entire week.

• For more information, call (812) 584-5555 or visit www.thebovardlodge.com.

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