Private Home 1 Block Off Historic Downtown Baraboo Near Devil's Lake & Wis Dells

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
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Welcome to “The House that Fred Built”. Charming yet practical, our nearly century old home is comfortably set in a quiet neighborhood in the nostalgia of small town Wisconsin. While carefully maintaining its historic charm, Fred's received some renovations and a few modern upgrades in 2006. You could not ask for a better place to hang your hat during your visit to the Baraboo/Dells area. Fred's is the only private vacation rental home in walking distance to downtown Baraboo and also pet-friendly.

Fred’s is a 1930 brick home that was proudly showcased in Baraboo’s 2010 Historic Tour of Homes and is respectfully named in honor of its builder. Fred’s is only a 1 block stroll from Baraboo's historic downtown where galleries, specialty shops, ice cream, wine bar, spa, sports bar, breakfast/coffee shops and “America’s Prettiest Playhouse”- the Al Ringling Theater are all perfectly arranged around the courthouse square. It is also only 6 short blocks from Baraboo’s historic Ringling Bros. Circus, the Circus World Museum, Riverwalk & (new in 2015) Driftless Glen Distillery, also 5 miles from Devil’s Lake, 10 miles from Wisconsin Dells sitting conveniently between Devil's Head Ski Mountain and Cascade Mountain and is a 3 1/2 hour drive from amazing downtown Chicago's shopping, dining and famous Navy Pier.

Fred’s has been fondly referred to as “cozy”, “charming” and “homey” boasting a comfortable living room with wood burning fireplace, television with DVD player and a video library, book collection and plenty of games and puzzles for guests. The ground floor rounds out with a formal dining room that seats 6 comfortably, a full kitchen and a bathroom. The upstairs has 3 neatly arranged bedrooms straight from the plans of 1931 practicality with 1 queen bed, 1 full bed and 2 twin beds. Each bedroom is uniquely decorated in warm colors and inviting decor. The living room sofa also folds out into a super comfortable, queen size pull-out bed for additional sleep space.

Fred’s shades a private, grassy backyard with a large patio appointed with fire pit, outdoor furniture and a gas grill; a perfect setting for relaxing with a book, enjoying a glass of wine as well as a safe place for the kids to play. The basement has a full laundry and additional open space.

Each amazing season in Baraboo offers a diversity of activities and there are endless things to do no matter what your interests may be.

FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES there are circus performances, parks and playgrounds, Ochsner Park & Zoo, miniature golf, go-carts, Devil’s Lake and, of course, Wisconsin Dells (the Water Park Capital of the World!) just far enough away to give Mom and Dad a break from water park madness (10 scenic miles) but close enough to spend a full day and still be home before sunset to walk downtown for a pizza or cook some burgers on the backyard grill.

FOR THE ACTIVE AND OUTDOORSY types, there are plenty of options at Devil’s Lake State Park (5 miles) for beach, windsurfing, scuba diving, hiking, swimming and rock climbing with other opportunities close by for golf, cycling, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, wildlife (Home of the International Crane Foundation) and boat rental and water skiing. In the winter months, both Devil’s Head Ski and Golf Resort and Cascade Mountain are within 10 miles of Fred’s House providing a beautiful setting for downhill skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing with snowmobile and cross country ski trails with sledding hills also nearby. Not to mention, the indoor water parks and relaxing spas in the nearby Dells, which have a thriving winter season.

FOR THE CULTURE LOVERS the community promotes diverse shopping, circus history, historic walking tours, Ringling mansion tours, art, wineries, outdoor live theater, regular performances at the historic Al Ringling Theater, concerts and movies on the square, farmers market, poetry readings and simple strolls on the Riverwalk. And don’t forget the Ho-Chunk Casino, located on the outskirts of Baraboo, for those travelers with a gambling itch to scratch.

With so much to do right at your fingertips it is easy to overlook the surrounding DAY TRIP destinations. If you haven’t already been, here are a few of our favorites that we find worth the drive; the Mid-Continental Railroad, Taliesen: A Frank Lloyd Wright home, the House on the Rock, Cave of the Mounds, the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the drive to the Merrimac Ferry (the only remaining free car ferry in the state of Wisconsin).

If you are unsure of when you want to visit Baraboo, check the town schedule online at 'Downtown Baraboo' website or the 'Baraboo Chamber of Commerce' website, for year round, annual & bi-annual, DOWNTOWN FESTIVALS such as the downtown Wine Walk Fest (May & Nov), Brew Ha-Ha Beer Fest (Mar & Sep), Circus Celebration (Jul), Christmas Light Parade (late Nov), the Fair on the Square Festival (May & Oct) as well as the annual Sauk County Fair in the month of July.

Fred’s, nestled in the valley of the beautiful Baraboo bluffs, is surrounded by the perfect blend of culture, history and adventure. Whether planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a girls’ weekend or an extended business stay, Fred’s is a uniquely special choice for accommodations.

We hope after sharing your time here, in the midst of making many wonderful memories, you will be left with the same fondness that we have toward the sweetness of the house, its history and the beauty of the surrounding area. Don’t forget to sign the guest book, bid farewell to Fred on your way and come back to visit us again!


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Due to the fact that Fred's is almost a century old, we are very careful about preserving its antiquity and have chosen to only rent to individuals over the age of 25 unless accompanied by parent(s)....moreless

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    We are non-smokers and hope you are too. However, there is a backyard patio comfortable for smoking if the need arises. We ask that you please refrain from smoking in the house and respectfully keep the patio area clean of discarded cigarette butts....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We are pet lovers but are realistic to the fact that pets can cause damage. We have wood floors therefore freshly cut nails are appreciated. Cats without claws are also appreciated. PLEASE come prepared with plastic bags to clean up your dog's waste from the yard! We DO NOT tolerate dog piles left in the lawn! Please be respectful!...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Queen size Beds (1) in upstairs bedroom, Double Beds (1) in upstairs bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) two twins in one upstairs bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size high quality sleeper/sofa in living room. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books:

    Living room has a book shelf w/ a variety of coffee table books and novels. Feel free, if you find a paperback you like, to trade with your own. We love the idea of a revolving library!...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Variety of games and puzzles...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Ipod dock and portable CD player located in shelf in downstairs coat closet....moreless

  • Television:

    cable channels with DVD player...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Home is 2 blocks off the historic downtown square of Baraboo...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    located in basement...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    wood burning - don't forget to open and close the flue!...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    The Baraboo Civic center is just a block down Ash Street. You can pay a one time fee to use their fitness room....moreless

  • Garage:

    There is a garage but it is only available to guests under special circumstances and at the request of each individual guest....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:


  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    sheets are on beds with extras in linen closet...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Street and alley. Please see Welcome Book upon arrival as to Winter parking regulations for the purpose of snow plowing access (fines will be issued if not followed)...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    parking available on both sides of street in front of house (regulated during winter for snow plowing) and private parking off alley behind the house...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    the street parking in front of the house could accommodate a longer vehicle. there is also parking in front of the garage with alley acesss....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    towels provided in hallway linen closet...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    located in basement (laundry chute located in upstairs bathroom)...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi available...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Check basement for wood availability. Please replenish what you use so the next guest can enjoy a warm fire upon arrival. Wood can be purchased from the convenience store around the corner....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave:

    and toaster oven...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic pantry items such as salt and pepper are usually stocked. We recommend assessing the kitchen upon arrival prior to visiting the local super market as the consistency of items available may vary...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Local bike rental available. The Riverwalk is beautiful for biking...moreless

  • Boat:

    pontoon, motor boat and jet ski rental on the Wisconsin River...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    with seating area, grill and fire pit...moreless

  • Golf:

    Devil's Head Golf Resort, Baraboo Country Club and Fairfield Hills Golf Course/Range...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    yes on the Baraboo River or Wisconsin River...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Fred's backyard has outdoor furniture including a picnic table with umbrella. Great private area for a family cookout, to play Bocci Ball or for the kids to run freely. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    gas grill...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Devil's Head Ski & Golf Resort, Cascade Mountain and Christmas Mountain...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Campbell Park by the public pool...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    kayaking, jet skiiing, boat rental and ski, paddle boats, rowboats...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    seasonal (June-August) outdoor community pool at Campbell Park. Open swim, family night and adult swim sessions. Swimming lessons available....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 46 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 23 - Nov 26, 2015
3 night min stay
Dec 23 - Dec 26, 2015
3 night min stay
New Years
Dec 30 - Jan 1, 2016
3 night min stay
Martin Luther King Jr weekend
Jan 17 - Jan 20, 2016
3 night min stay
Presidents Day weekend
Feb 14 - Feb 17, 2016
3 night min stay
Memorial Weekend
May 27 - May 30, 2016
3 night min stay
4th of July
Jul 1 - Jul 4, 2016
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,134 $4,650
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Housecleaning $100 + tax
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11.5%


A one time cleaning fee of $100 will be added for all stays. Room tax plus city tax equal 11.5%. These fees will be already added into your quoted rate.

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Last updated: 11/24/2015
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44 Miles
Nearest Airport
Dane County Regional Airport (Madison - MSN)
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Monk's Bar & Grill
11 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Merrimac Ferry
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
Devil's Head Golf Resort
10 Miles
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 90
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Jen's Alpine Cafe
9 Miles
Nearest Ski
Devil's Head Ski Resort & Convention Center
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
Devil's Lake State Park

Car: Not Necessary

There is so much available to do in the Baraboo area, as indicated above in our Welcome, and the choices can be overwhelming.

For your convenience, a more detailed and personalized 'Recommended Activity Guide' is provided for guests at Fred's house which includes our personal favorite restaurants, local hot spots, tours and activities.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Currently living in Florida, we cherish the changing seasons found up north and visit as often as we can. She was born and raised in Baraboo and he in Sarasota, FL. We met in high school when her family moved to the Gulf coast. We both keep very busy working in creative fields and always look forward to the mental reprieve we can count on when visiting our home away from home in Baraboo. We are proud supporters of downtown Baraboo, the Baraboo community and passionate about preserving history, family values and small businesses across the nation.

Why the Owner Chose Baraboo:
After twenty years in Florida, she was fortunate enough to find this beautiful slice of history nestled in a sweet downtown neighborhood which seemed like a dream come true. Not ready to move back to the snow but passionate about the seasons and her hometown we purchased the house for the opportunity to visit friends and family more often and to be able to share the nuances and charm of her wonderful town with others.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
With an appreciation for history, architecture and nostalgia the decision to buy this house came easily. Built by Fred Terbilcox in 1931, he and his family ran a cab service out of the three car garage in the alley. A wealth of history surrounds Fred's House and the Terbilcox family. After purchasing the house and poking around its nooks and crannies, we found, stuck in the attic rafters, a fascinating charcoal portrait of a man in a black suit. On the back, was written the words Fred Terbilcox. We couldn't believe the drawing had preserved so well! Soon it was framed and now hangs in the front entryway to honor the gift of his craftsmanship.

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  • Downtown Baraboo and Fred's

    Downtown Baraboo and Fred's

  • outdoor living space

    outdoor living space

  • private, spacious back yard for play & entertaining

    private, spacious back yard for play & entertaining

  • Living room and front door to entry

    Living room and front door to entry

  • fully equipped kitchen

    fully equipped kitchen

  • Full bedroom

    Full bedroom

  • upstairs bathroom with tub

    upstairs bathroom with tub

  • neighborhood view down 3rd Street

    neighborhood view down 3rd Street

  • the kids ready to walk downtown for pizza

    the kids ready to walk downtown for pizza

  • downtown Baraboo in the winter

    downtown Baraboo in the winter

  • Concert on the Square - every Thursday in the warmer months

    Concert on the Square - every Thursday in the warmer months

  • kayak rental on Lake Delton

    kayak rental on Lake Delton

  • Fred's House.  Circa 1930.

    Fred's House. Circa 1930.

  • patio ideal for relaxing, grilling & outdoor dining

    patio ideal for relaxing, grilling & outdoor dining

  • Living room

    Living room

  • dining for 6 with a 3rd street view

    dining for 6 with a 3rd street view

  • Queen bedroom

    Queen bedroom

  • twin bed room

    twin bed room

  • Downstairs bathroom with shower

    Downstairs bathroom with shower

  • view of snowy downtown Baraboo from the sidewalk in front of Fred's House

    view of snowy downtown Baraboo from the sidewalk in front of Fred's House

  • Balanced Rock, a popular hike at Devil's Lake

    Balanced Rock, a popular hike at Devil's Lake

  • playing in the backyard

    playing in the backyard

  • downtown courthouse square in Autumn

    downtown courthouse square in Autumn

  • morning sunrise through a dewey window pane. Upstairs at Fred's.

    morning sunrise through a dewey window pane. Upstairs at Fred's.

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