By Tracy Morin | Photography coutesy of Jill Stricklen and The Farmhouse
A repurposed grain bin welcomes guests from around the world to Corinth, Miss., for a one-of-a-kind getaway experience.
For the husband and wife team of Jimmy and Jill Stricklen, everything fell perfectly into place to create their popular Corinth, Miss., property called The Farmhouse. The land itself — stretching 45 acres and heavily timbered — was discovered by accident during one of the couple’s Sunday drives. It happened to belong to the mother of one of Jimmy’s former co-workers, and she happened to be eager to sell.
Since then, that 45 acres (now expanded to 85) has been smartly designed to offer a three-venue complex. The Oakley House, a 900-square-foot log cabin built in 2015, sports a rustic style via hand-hewn logs that date back to the 1800s. The success of that property then spawned The Farmhouse, an old grain bin transformed into a cozy living space, which opened in 2018. Later, a full wedding venue was added, offering the additional bonus of housing brides, grooms, and guests in the two unique properties already on site.
Before The Farmhouse was built, Jill already knew that the concept of converting grain bins into spaces for overnight stays was a popular one, such as those that populate the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Miss.
“We wanted to offer someplace unique for people to stay in, and we wanted to do something different,” she recalls. “We saw so many empty grain bins on farms, but it took us one-and-a-half years to find one that someone would actually sell.”
Eventually, the couple purchased a 30-foot grain bin and moved it to their land. Luckily, Jimmy Stricklen counts 30-plus years of experience as a builder, so he knew the intricate ins and outs of transforming an old piece of farm equipment into a livable structure: laying down a slab foundation, installing the necessary plumbing, and insulating properly to enable heat and air-conditioning capabilities.
Meanwhile, Jill tapped into her creative side, drawing out plans for the perfect layout, after which Jimmy undertook measurements and an architect finalized the plans. The finished grain bin offers an impressive amount of space that can easily sleep four people. It features a modern kitchen with granite countertops, a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a spacious bathroom with double sinks, a stackable washer and dryer, and a loft with two twin beds. An indoor fireplace, a comfortable sitting area with television, and two rocking chairs out front help cement its homey, charming environment. Generally, renting the space costs $129 per night — and it’s often booked months in advance.
Jill also decorated The Farmhouse, fittingly in a farmhouse style, choosing durable furniture and materials that would hold up to families visiting day after day, while also adding unique touches throughout. Meanwhile, despite hosting three separate venues, the sprawling, wooded property enables every guest to have total privacy.
By all accounts, the decor, layout, and cozy feel has made a lasting impression on visitors from around the globe.
“They love it; we’ve had people visit from all over the United States and even England,” she says. “Whether they’re visiting the Shiloh National Military Park nearby or here for a wedding event, all three rentals stay booked.”
To spread the love for the unique property (usually rented out through VRBO or Airbnb), visitors can sign a guestbook to share their rave reviews, and the Stricklens sell The Farmhouse-branded T-shirts so guests can take a piece of the property home with them. Meanwhile, on sites like Airbnb, guests are apt to leave additional positive thoughts, calling The Farmhouse “impeccable,” “adorable,” and “perfectly decorated with Southern charm.”
For weddings, Jill notes that the cabin and grain bin offer ideal environments for both sexes. Men tend to book the log-style cabin, thanks to its rustic vibe, with repurposed wood installed in cabinets and vintage tin pieces used for doors. Women, on the other hand, gravitate toward The Farmhouse with its airy feel, romantic touches throughout, and an area ideal for dressing and pre-wedding makeup applications.
In fact, the concept has proven so successful that others are interested in installing their own versions of The Farmhouse. Jimmy is currently working with a doctor in Tennessee to create a functional living space from an old grain bin. But perhaps the couple’s success in Corinth can’t be exactly replicated — it’s simply the perfect meeting of minds between this husband and wife paired with complementary skill sets.
“We have a lot of people call and want to build one like ours, and I say, ‘You have no idea’,” Jill says with a laugh. “My husband is so good at figuring out all of these details, which most people don’t even think about. But we like projects. He’s been in the building business for so many years, and I like decorating. Our daughter is actually an interior designer — maybe I rubbed off on her!”