About Us

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House in the Country Proprietress Christina Bystry invites you to enjoy all the comforts at her beautiful home just a few miles north of Sterling, Illinois.

Welcome to the House in the Country, where you can relax, unwind, dream, love, laugh, and soar.

Our property is conveniently located three miles north of Sterling, Illinois on Route 40 (Hickory Hills Road). Built in 1911, the restored Queen Anne farmhouse is situated on two acres and surrounded by fields, wildlife, and big red barns. Around the property, we have areas to relax in some unusual places. Explore them all and find your favorite!

Guests can sip a warm drink on the front veranda or on the newly constructed back deck while watching a country sunset. Unwind with a book in the library. Play a tune on the vintage piano. Soak your troubles away in the antique claw foot tub.

We can accommodate up to 12 guests in four comfortably appointed guest rooms.  Rooms are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Stay at House in the Country and enjoy an eclectic collection of comforts!

Our Rooms


Enjoy a relaxing night’s sleep in the plush queen bed. Looking out the north window you will see the 100-plus-year-old barn and corn crib. Two spacious nightstands, two chairs, and plenty of room to unwind.


A quiet space to relax and unwind hosts a queen bed, dresser, dressing table, and two relaxing chairs from which country sunsets can be seen.


Let the sunrise greet you after a wonderful night’s sleep in the luxurious king-sized bed. Complete with a reading nook, chest of drawers and flat-screen TV.


Spacious and full of light. Stargaze in the full bed under the skylights or let the sun greet you in the east alcove where you will relax on the luxurious second full bed. The north alcove has a desk, as well. This room has two full beds, a sofa bed, and one twinXL, perfect for a family or up to six smaller guests. The Snuggery can also be converted to a studio setting for an extended-stay guest with flat-screen TV, full bed, work/desk area, dresser and sitting area.

All rooms come with comfortable robes, a Keurig coffee maker, Mini fridge with separate freezer compartment, full-length mirrors, luggage racks, seating for relaxing and complimentary high-speed wifi.

Our shared bathrooms feature an antique clawfoot tub/shower on the first floor, and on the second floor, a walk-in shower with room for two, a corner seat and three shower heads . Thick, fluffy white towels are provided for all guests in each bathroom.