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Two of the perpetual joys of visiting southern Wisconsin are the scaled-down pace and the sheer beauty of the surroundings. Bear Valley is in Wisconsin's Driftless Zone, an area of rolling hills that were not touched by the last two glaciations.
Our ‘stone’ house was built in 1915 and updated in 2005 with all modern conveniences. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms and1½ baths; both baths are accessible to all bedrooms and the full bath has a jacuzzi tub. A twin Aerobed and bedding is available by prearrangement, if needed, to accommodate a maximum of 9 people.
Downstairs are a bedroom/den with a futon that converts to a double bed and a second full bath with a level-in shower. Access to full-house wireless Internet (including WiFi) is at the built in desk. The dining room table expands to seat 10. The living room has a recliner chair and other comfortable seating for 6 and a satellite TV with DVD player and ROKU. The kitchen has a built-in banquette with a rotating table for easy access. The house has central air conditioning and heating, plus an energy-efficient washer/dryer.
The back of the house is a large two-level screened porch. The upstairs level has a gas log fireplace for cold days, and lots of books, toys and games. The lower porch has a pass-through kitchen window shelf and a dining table for easy outdoor meals on warm days. A charcoal BBQ for outdoor cooking is just outside.
The front porch with its Amish glider and Adirondack chairs is a perfect place from which to see birds and other wildlife. The house is set in an acre of professional landscaping with large grassy areas for outdoor games. There is a fire pit in the east yard; our manager next door supplies a wheelbarrow of wood for $10 to start you off.
Across the street is 750 acres of protected public land with nesting Sandhill cranes and other species of birds, plus a good trout fishing stream. The valley is perfect for hiking and biking. Five miles away is White Mound County Park with a 100-acre lake for swimming and boating when it's warm, and cross-country ski trails when there's snow; Our Lady of the Fields Shrine is near the park's entrance.
Ten minutes east is the Cedar Grove Cheese Factory in Plain; Oakwood Fruit Farm is 10 minutes southwest and open in the Fall; 20 minutes north near LaValle is the Carr Valley Cheese Factory. Ten minutes north of us on St Hwy 154 is an extensive Amish community with its own general store and other shops, plus a summer roadside produce stand for picked-that-day fruit and veggies.
Area attractions within about a 30-minute drive include: American Players Theater; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen, Unity Chapel and Hillside School; the Spring Green Art Fair; the lower Wisconsin River; Global View; the Fall Art Tour; House on the Rock; Gov. Dodge State Park; Natural Bridge St Park; Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue, and the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Spring Green is 20 minutes south.
Other nearby area attractions include: Mineral Point; Baraboo; the Circus Museum; Devil's Lake State Park; the International Crane Foundation; the Wisconsin Dells; Mt Horeb; New Glarus; Wollersheim Winery; Cave of the Mounds; Dr Evermore's Sculpture Garden; Viroqua. Madison is 50 minutes east.
All upstairs bathrooms are accessible to all bedrooms. Downstairs full bath is off the den....moreless
Washer and dryer are in the basement laundry; detergent is provided.
Internet access is via wireless; ethernet cable provided; WiFi-equipped.
Wheelchair/walker access is through the downstairs screened porch to the first floor.
Driveway parking for 6 or more vehicles.
Free long distance in the US from home phone.
Fire-pit is in the yard just east of the front door; yard chairs are on the front porch. ...moreless
Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$200
Cleaning, 1-6 people$60
$135/night up to 3 people, plus $10/person/night up to 9 people (4 people = $145, 5= $155, etc, up to 9 = $195/night). May--Oct = stay 6 nights and get 7th night free. Nov--Apr = stay 3 nights, and get 4th night free, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, all of which have a 3-night minimum. $200 is an average security deposit; security deposit ranges from $100--$300, depending on the number of people and number of nights. Minimal cleaning is $60 for up to 6 people; each additional person up to 9 people is $10. Dogs are no extra rent but an add an extra $20/dog cleaning and $50/dog refundable security deposit.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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About the owner: I am a retired librarian who grew up in PA. My husband is a community college math teacher from Chicago with family in Sauk County.
Why the Owner Chose Spring Green: We bought our Wisconsin home in 2004 so we could spend part of each year near our Midwest family.
We did extensive remodeling the first year: we designed and replaced the existing kitchen and bathroom; we added an additional bath and a half, as well as the two-level porch.
Much of the house is original: the woodwork, floors, staircase, doors and hardware, dining room buffet, cut glass windows and front porch.
It may look like stone outside but the formed “stones” were made from cement poured on site by local workmen in 1915. I've been told it is a Sears kit house. It's 100 years old this year and we had a little celebration this summer.
We added the front sidewalk and fence, as well as the back patio and stone wall. We planted more than 70 trees and shrubs.
The Unique Benefits at this House: R&R, caps intended. Relaxation is practically automatic in this house, with its beautiful views from every window and a strong sense of connection to the earth and its seasons, terrain and wildlife.
Bear Valley Vista has lots of spaces inside to gather together, and places for time alone, too.
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