Small price to pay for stress-free stay

Farm animals will be keeping Berkshire Hathaway shareholders David and Jan Bilgri company at this $70-a-night “tiny house.”

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Talk about the unusual.

One pair of adventurous Berkies will be staying this weekend in a “tiny house” along the Elkhorn River amid exotic sheep, chickens, guinea fowl, turkeys and dogs. And don’t forget the herd of endangered San Clemente Island goats.

Guests of Airbnb hosts Chad Wegener and John Carroll, Wisconsin visitors David and Jan Bilgri are paying $70 a night to stay in a 200-square-foot wood home, which is on the Wegener-Carroll 40-acre Willow Valley Farms about 25 minutes from the downtown Berkshire Hathaway meeting.

During the day, the Bilgris will be in the Berkshire hubbub, rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.

But in the early mornings, they’ll have the opportunity to pick out their own freshly laid eggs and garden-raised veggies — even bottle-feed a baby goat, if they’re so inclined.

Wegener called it a balance and said the tiny house and minimalist environment have done wonders to de-stress guests.

“It’s sweet and sour, the old yin yang,” he said.

Bilgri said he and his wife have been happy with Airbnb stays in Paris, St. Thomas and elsewhere. Both wanted clean lodging within reasonable distance of downtown, and they thought the tiny house looked fun.

He’s an accountant, so was even more sold on the rate. And the 200 goats they’ll be able to see from their window?

“Our primary purpose was Berkshire,” Bilgri said. “The rest is a bonus.”

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