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Peaceful Country Comfort W Panoramic Views of Big Creek Valley

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Last updated: 11/02/2014
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  • Pets considered:Yes
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Sparta apartment description

Relax in the comfort of a full-size 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury 2nd floor apartment with separate entrance for your convenience and privacy. Enjoy the quiet country life with panoramic views of Big Creek Valley from the bay window in your living room, or sip a favorite beverage on the spacious balcony adjoining the King room. Feel free to enjoy our large lawn, take a walk through our woods or enjoy an evening fire in the fire pit. (Large deck attached to main house is available to guests on request.)

Our home is situated on the side of a small hill overlooking an active dairy farming area with farmers fields and pastures giving way to rolling wooded hills in the distance. Enjoy a bicycle or motorcycle ride or quiet drive along (paved) country roads, or relax in the yard or on your balcony with a good book and a glass of wine.

Wintertime sports activities are nearby with cross country and downhill skiing, tubing and snowboarding at Fort McCoy, cross country at the golf course in Sparta, and downhill at Mount La Crosse. Snowmobile trails abound! You and the kids can enjoy sledding on the mild slope of the hill right behind your apartment, build snowmen in the yard, etc. Try your hand at ice-fishing on Perch Lake or Lake Neshonoc or skating at the Sparta Hockey Rink or one of the outdoor rinks at Memorial Park in Sparta... or just snuggle in and stay warm by the electric fireplace in the apartment.

The apartment is attached to our home but has a separate entrance for your convenience. Sound buffers between our living spaces mean we can't hear you and you can't hear us.

RECLAIMED CHARM
A few years ago a storm blew over an enormous elm tree I climbed as a kid. It landed on the corner of an early 1900's granary. The owner chose not to repair it and allowed us to take it down for the salvaged lumber. You'll find that reclaimed lumber throughout the apartment. Wooden floors were reworked from the granary flooring. Wainscot, trim and wood ceilings were made from the siding. Shelves and benches that adorn the apartment were made from refashioned roofing boards. Table, work station and vanity tops were made from wall studs and beams. Nail holes, knots and blemishes remain visible in the wood giving the finished pieces a unique and beautiful character.

Keywords: Luxury Suite, large yard, woods, reclaimed wood floors, close to Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River bike trails. Day trips to Bluffs, Amish Country.

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Children Welcome:

            We're grandparents of six! Need we say more? :)...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            No smoking in or near the apartment. Smoking is permitted on the grounds if butts are carefully extinguished and properly disposed of....moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            With pre-approval. If approved, cleaning fee of $20 per stay will be charged....moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            TV & DVD, Large balcony...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            TV & DVD (local channels)...moreless

          • Other (See Description)

            Queen sized air bed can be set up in living room...moreless

          • King size beds (1) Separately switched overhead reading lights. TV with DVD player on opposite wall., Queen size Beds (1) Queen room includes separately switched overhead reading lights. TV with DVD player on opposite wall. A High Quality queen-sized air bed can be set up in living room if desired....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            5' wide tiled shower with dual shower heads...moreless

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, jetted tub

            Large triangular tub, dimmable overhead light...moreless

          • 2 bathrooms. Vanities made from reclaimed wood. Both have heater/vent/light combos....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Electric Fireplace Stove, 32' Flat Screen TV's w DVD players in Bedrooms & Living Room, Large Tiled Shower w Dual Showerheads, Reclaimed wood floors, trim, and unique accents. Luxury queen-sized airbed available. Extra blankets available. 12 cup coffee pot and coffee grinder. Ground coffee and a selection of teas provided. Ironing board and iron, alarm clocks, Radio/IPOD docking station, nightlight & mini lanterns, selection of games, playing cards, magazines, books. Fire pit available for your use (with approval) - wood provided. Large lawn & picnic table. Countryside Views....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                Selection of books and recent magazins available. Not finished? Take it with you!...moreless

              • DVD Player:

                One for each of 3 TVs...moreless

              • Games:

                Selection of board games & playing cards...moreless

              • Television:

                Local channels via antenna. DVD player with each of three flat screen TV sets, one in living room and one in each of the bedrooms....moreless

              • Toys:

                Available on request...moreless

              • Video Library:

                Large selection of DVD's available for rent....moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Mountain View:

                Okay, the mountains in Wisconsin aren't as high as some others... actually I think we call them HILLS. We're in the middle of Wisconsin's 'Driftless Area' with long beautiful views of Big Creek Valley...moreless

              • Rural:

                We are in the midst of an active dairy farming community, surrounded by well-maintained family farms. We're easy to find - a short 5 minute drive to Sparta and approximately 30 minutes from La Crosse....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hunting
              • Hunting Big Game
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Ice Skating
              • Kayaking
              • Ski Privileges Optional
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Snowmobiling
              • Swimming
              • Water Skiing

              Dining

              • Dining:

                Dining table in kitchen made from reclaimed wood. Chairs are Amish made. Additional temporary table & chairs on request....moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 4 people

              General

              • Air Conditioning:

                Geothermal - central, forced air (quiet). Your apartment is a separate zone, so set your thermostat for your comfort....moreless

              • Fireplace:

                Electric fireplace stove has a realistic burning log look with the added benefit of operation with or without heat, so you can enjoy the ambiance all summer long!...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Geothermal - central, forced air (quiet). Your apartment is a separate zone, so set your thermostat for your comfort....moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                No need to bring your own bedding. We've got you covered!...moreless

              • Living Room:

                Large living room with leather sofa and recliner, bay window, electric fireplace, window seat, ceiling fan, work station, reclaimed wood floors....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Large concrete slab with reserved space (one or two vehicles) steps from the apartment entrance for your convenience....moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                Plenty of additional off-street parking available on the premises for RV's, boats, or other large vehicles....moreless

              • Telephone:

                Landline phones are not available in the apartment, but are available in the main house for emergencies. Fax available on request. Cell signal good depending on carrier....moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Plenty of towels stocked and backups if you need more...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Free WiFi or Ethernet port - We share a 1.5 MBPS - DSL connection - not terribly speedy, but not bad for a rural area....moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker:

                12 Cup drip coffee maker & coffee grinder. We supply ground regular & decaf coffee & an assortment of teas, non-dairy creamers, sugar & Splenda....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Everything you need for a fully functional food prep area - and a few utensils suitable for use with our BBQ grill. If anything's missing just ask us & we'll do our best to accommodate....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Service for six includes china, glass & plastic, silverware, serving utensils, etc....moreless

              • Dishwasher
              • Kitchen:

                Full-sized appliances, including microwave, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator/freezer with ice cube trays. Cupboards stocked with cooking & baking pots, pans & full table service. Utensils for BBQ grill. 12cup coffee pot and coffee grinder. (We supply ground coffee and a selection of teas)....moreless

              • Microwave:

                Over the stove...moreless

              • Oven:

                Full size stove with oven...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Paper: cups, plates, napkins, cupcake papers, coffee filters, wax paper, foil paper towels. Condiments, etc.: Pan spray, S & P, Garlic Salt...moreless

              Outside

              • Balcony:

                8' x 11' Balcony w bistro table & chairs. Great country views from the balcony and also from the Bay Window in the living room....moreless

              • Bicycles:

                Nearby bike shop (Speed's Bike Shop) has a wide variety of bikes & accessories available for rent or purchase & will adjust and set up your selection to fit your needs....moreless

              • Golf:

                Golf course available in Sparta and others nearby...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Kayak and Canoe rentals nearby...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Full use of our several acre lawn for relaxing, lawn games, mild slope sledding or explore the 'wild' woods....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Gas Grill, small table-top charcoal grill or cook over an open flame in the firepit....moreless

              • Ski & Snowboard:

                Downhill ski and snowboard available at Fort McCoy (about 20 minute drive). Cross Country skiing in Sparta park and at Justin Trails, nearby....moreless

              Payment Type

              • Amex
              • Carteblanche
              • Dinersclub
              • Discover
              • Eurocard
              • Jcb
              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Pool / Spa

                  • Jetted Tub:

                    Spacious triangle shaped whirlpool bath with dimmable overhead light to set a relaxing mood....moreless

                   

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                  $119/night, $699/wk
                  5.5% sales tax
                  2 night minimum stay weekends
                  Rates are for 1 or 2 guests.  $10/night for each additional guest
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                  Last updated: 11/02/2014
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                  Location

                  • Hickory Wind Farm Alpacas & Fiber

                    "Picturesque ridge top farm featuring Alpacas and unique, hand-crafted Alpaca fiber products."

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                  • Elroy - Sparta Bike Trail / LaCrosse River State Trail

                    "The first 'Rails To Trails' project, the Elroy Sparta Bike Trail (ESBT), meets the LaCrosse ..."

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                  • Craig's Meats & Catering

                    "Our favorite place for old fashioned smoked meats. Famous for their jerky, hams, bacon, beef..."

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                  • Northwood Country Market

                    "Family owned and operated, this unique country store features bulk foods and baking supplies..."

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                  • Speeds Bicycle & Electric Motor

                    "Bike sales and rentals, repairs, parts and accessories. Owned and operated by Milt 'Speed'..."

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                  • Deke Slayton Memorial Space

                    "The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum is a Progression of Transportation from the..."

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                  24 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  La Crosse Municipal Airport
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Club 16 - Sparta
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  River Run Golf Course - Sparta
                  24 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Amtrak - La Crosse, WI
                  0.1 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  County Hwy. BC
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Culvers
                  14 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Whitetail Ridge Ski Area at Fort McCoy
                  13.5 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Lake Neshonoc (West Salem)

                  Car: Necessary

                  Plenty of paved roads and beautiful country back roads for a pleasant walk or for bicycle and motorcycle riding. Canoe & kayak rentals nearby. Close access to Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River bike trails (Elroy Sparta boasts 3 long tunnels). Golf course in Sparta and several others nearby. Space & Bicycle museum in Sparta, Children's museum in La Crosse. Local butcher shop & numerous Wisconsin cheese stores. Great location for day trips to Wisconsin Dells, Casinos, ATV trails, Mississippi River, Bluffs, wineries and micro breweries, Amish Country, etc.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2007

                  About the owner: Lu and I know that where we stay when we travel can dramatically affect how much we enjoy our entire vacation. We've learned that having a comfortable, relaxing (and sometimes romantic) place to call our 'home on the road' is as important as choosing what we'll do with our time. We've designed this space with YOUR comfort and relaxation in mind. Lu and I enjoy 'getting back to basics'. Lu plants a garden and does home canning and freezing. We make our own maple syrup, occasionally raise a few farm animals, etc. We're 'growing green' in other ways too, with geothermal to provide heat and air conditioning and some of our hot water as a by-product. We've made our home and your apartment as energy efficient as we can, and Larry LOVES working with reclaimed wood for a variety of projects. More recently, we've started a business called 'Used Anew'. We deconstruct unwanted buildings in the area (barns, houses, garages, etc.) and make the reclaimed lumber and other materials available for repurposing.

                  Why the Owner Chose Sparta:
                  We love the country! It's so peaceful and quiet here in the Big Creek Valley. The views of active farms and majestic wooded hills are spectacular any time of year. We've come home to Wisconsin after more than a decade away. Here on the hillside, overlooking the farm where I grew up, it feels a little like we're on vacation every day! We decided to share this experience with you, and so we've made this luxurious full-size apartment for you to use, for a night, for a week, or longer if you wish.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                  When was the last time you had absolutely nothing you were obligated to do? Sometimes the best vacation consists of finding a comfortable, inspiring place to stay and throwing out the schedule of activities. If you feel like going out, there's plenty to do - but if 'doing' is less important than re-energizing, staying in just might be the best option! Either way, we've created a space for you that can function as 'home-base' for a busy schedule, or comfortable and relaxing enough you may not want to leave. During the growing and harvesting seasons we enjoy watching the farming activities all around us as our neighbors work the fields and harvest their crops. We frequently spot American Bald Eagles and other wildlife from our perch on the hill. On cloudless nights, you'll enjoy the lack of light pollution. The only lights you'll see for miles will be a few neighbors' yard lights and an occasional passing vehicle on the road below. You may not have realized just how many stars are visible in the night sky!


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                  Speaks: english

                   

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                  • Our home! We've added a ~900 sq. ft. apartment to share this experience with you

                    Our home! We've added a ~900 sq. ft. apartment to share this experience with you

                  • Full size appliances and well stocked cupboards make this a kitchen you can use!

                    Full size appliances and well stocked cupboards make this a kitchen you can use!

                  • King room w DVD & TV. Patio doors to large balcony w view. Wood floor & ceiling!

                    King room w DVD & TV. Patio doors to large balcony w view. Wood floor & ceiling!

                  • Queen room w DVD & 32" TV (local channels). Wood floor & ceiling. Reading lights

                    Queen room w DVD & 32" TV (local channels). Wood floor & ceiling. Reading lights

                  • Work space w WIFI or wired Ethernet. Overhead light & comfy chair.

                    Work space w WIFI or wired Ethernet. Overhead light & comfy chair.

                  • Oversized leather recliner. Larry's childhood toys adorn an antique shelf.

                    Oversized leather recliner. Larry's childhood toys adorn an antique shelf.

                  • Main bath features this spacious whirlpool tub with ample room for two!

                    Main bath features this spacious whirlpool tub with ample room for two!

                  • Wash basin sets on a unique vanity top fashioned from reclaimed lumber.

                    Wash basin sets on a unique vanity top fashioned from reclaimed lumber.

                  • Unique features like this old fashioned bench made from reclaimed lumber.

                    Unique features like this old fashioned bench made from reclaimed lumber.

                  • Enjoy colorful sunrises and sunsets from the balcony or your bay window!

                    Enjoy colorful sunrises and sunsets from the balcony or your bay window!

                  • Wild berries grow in the woods behind the apartment in June & July.

                    Wild berries grow in the woods behind the apartment in June & July.

                  • Use the backyard firepit for cooking or S'mores or just enjoy a relaxing evening

                    Use the backyard firepit for cooking or S'mores or just enjoy a relaxing evening

                  • Living room features bay window, stone hearth, comfy seating, TV and work desk.

                    Living room features bay window, stone hearth, comfy seating, TV and work desk.

                  • Amish made stools. Table made from reclaimed wood.

                    Amish made stools. Table made from reclaimed wood.

                  • Wood ceilings in both bedrooms are made from reclaimed lumber, a unique feature.

                    Wood ceilings in both bedrooms are made from reclaimed lumber, a unique feature.

                  • Wide board floors in living room and bedrooms are fashioned from reclaimed wood.

                    Wide board floors in living room and bedrooms are fashioned from reclaimed wood.

                  • LuAnn relaxes on the leather sofa with a good book.

                    LuAnn relaxes on the leather sofa with a good book.

                  • Electric fireplace with or without heat for year round ambiance. Real stone!

                    Electric fireplace with or without heat for year round ambiance. Real stone!

                  • 2nd bath shower features 2 shower heads. (Great for washing front & back. :)

                    2nd bath shower features 2 shower heads. (Great for washing front & back. :)

                  • Check out Larry's towel bars featuring the marbles he 'lost' during his youth!

                    Check out Larry's towel bars featuring the marbles he 'lost' during his youth!

                  • Larry made these unique shelves from reclaimed roofing boards.

                    Larry made these unique shelves from reclaimed roofing boards.

                  • Long views of Beautiful Big Creek Valley from every window & from your balcony.

                    Long views of Beautiful Big Creek Valley from every window & from your balcony.

                  • Beautiful during any season, the Fall colors in Big Creek Valley are amazing!

                    Beautiful during any season, the Fall colors in Big Creek Valley are amazing!

                  • Floorplan of the apartment.

                    Floorplan of the apartment.

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                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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