Friday, April 19, 2013

Country Cabins Glamour Camping Resort

Back in June 2011 I wrote an article about Jerry Wells' old cabin after I had interviewed Nick Cattell, (click here to see that article: Jerry Wells Cabin.) This month Nick held an open house at the cabin site, which he has transformed into the Country Cabins and Glamour Camping Resort.  This concept is Lucas County's new and exceptionally unique combination of camping and motel luxury.  The Resort is now open and ready for travelers.  The themed suites have been constructed with reclaimed and re-purposed building materials and decorated with historic heirlooms of bygone eras.  The cabins are located just east of Chariton on Hwy 34 adjacent to the Trading Post and Soda Pop Saloon.

Cabins include vintage campers, (aluminum luxury travel trailers that debuted in 1936), a small pull-along and pop-up, a custom made Harley teardrop and a huge fifth-wheel. Each suite has two or three bedrooms, futons, two baths, and additional spaces in the specialty camper that is either enclosed within the unit or attached.

There are five themed suites within the Cabins.  Each suite can be a home away from home for 10 to 12 people with shared common areas.  Camp Cheyenne's western theme is "The End of the Trail" patterned after a lone figure of an Indian on his weary horse. (Pictured below with Nick sitting on the bed).

Camp Mercedes is a tiki themed room reminiscent of a tropical paradise with palm trees and other Polynesian decor.

Camp Tucker is the Harley Davidson themed suite.  The bedding is in the traditional Harley colors.  The wall behind one bed is recycled tin.  On it hangs a motorcycle. Tin has been salvaged from an old shed and incorporated into the decor.  The camper inside one of the bedrooms (shown above) was custom built and has fenders off a 2000 Fatboy Harley.

Camp Bentley has an actual grill out of a Bentley luxury car.  It is the distinguished heritage that is the essence of Bentley that influenced Nick's decision to incorporate into this unit memorabilia from Mallory Castle.  This room has lumber salvaged from Mallory Castle and some milled from surrounding trees.  There is a huge slate fireplace in Camp Bentley - one of three fireplaces from the Castle.

Camp Whitney, is a pop-up that sleeps six people.  The suite has an additional four beds and a futon, so a family of at least ten can be accommodated.  Two dozen old wooden decoys from Jerry Wells and his dad can be viewed in glass displays.

In the campground area full hookups are planned for the first thing this upcoming year and also several tent sites will be available along with tent rental.

The complex will be managed by Nick's son, Brad and his financĂ© Desiree since Nick plans to continue to drive truck for Hy-Vee.  A tour can be arranged or just stop by.  They are eager to share the memorabilia of this area.  More information is available on Facebook or at or calling 641-217-0534.