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- Minimum stay:2-3 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Welcome to the Driftless! This modern home, a fully licensed Tourist Boarding House and “Certificate of Excellence Award” winner, is located at the end of a dead end road in the Lonesome Hollow valley. It offers (2) self-contained two-bedroom levels, providing either a cozy cabin for 2-4, or a larger space for family reunions, weddings and group getaways.
Kids under 12 are free! AARP members welcome!
The Upper Level offers absolutely everything: two bedrooms (one king bed and one queen bed), a full kitchen, a large living room with TV/DVD player, a gas fireplace, a full bath, a separate whirlpool room, and a covered deck with a sweeping view of the valley and surrounding hills. The back door of this level is only 25 feet from the wooded hillside that provides the backdrop for the Homestead, with a back patio that offers a gas grill. HD TV and High Speed Internet with WIFI access is complementary.
The Lower Level offers all of the same amenities as the Upper, except that there is no kitchen. Instead the Lower Level includes a coffee bar, complete with a mini-refrigerator and microwave. A covered front patio offers the same great view of valley and hills. The two large bedrooms, spacious living room with TV/DVD, and large bathroom with separate whirlpool room make this level great for larger families or groups, or two couples traveling together.
The Upper Level may be rented individually for up to 4 people, or the entire Homestead may be rented for groups of up to 8 people – four bedrooms, two baths, two whirlpools, two fireplaces, full kitchen, total privacy – a great group facility. If you value excellent lodging quality, ultimate privacy, and a 360 degree view of beautiful Driftless Area landscape, the Homestead is for you.
This house offers the best of all worlds, as it was built with guests in mind, as part of a Bed and Breakfast, The Inn at Lonesome Hollow. We are fully licensed in Wisconsin as a Tourist Boarding House (#CDRY-9HZP6F). The Inn has received numerous accolades and awards for quality and service, and is very highly rated in BedandBreakfast.com. It received the 2013 “Certificate of Excellence Award”. This is awarded to lodging businesses worldwide that rank in the top 10% for traveler feedback. The Inn is also part of the Travel Green Wisconsin collection of eco-friendly lodging businesses.
The Lonesome Hollow Homestead is situated on 40+ rural acres between Gays Mills and Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, sleepy villages located in the heart of the picturesque Kickapoo Valley in Southwest Wisconsin. The Homestead is about a one hour south of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 35 minutes northeast of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The Mississippi River, the Wisconsin River, and the Kickapoo River all converge here to help form the character of the land near our Homestead.
Our Homestead is only a short drive from some of these larger rural villages in rural Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa: Viroqua, Wisconsin, Richland Center, Wisconsin, Boscobel, Wisconsin, Marquette, Iowa, Lansing, Iowa and McGregor, Iowa. You'll find a heavy dose of Outdoors, Amish, Organic and Arts in this beautiful area.
The Kickapoo Valley:
Our home sits in the bottom of the hollow and offers a splendid view of our private valley. Our little hollow is a small subset of the much larger and grander Kickapoo River Valley. We are surrounded on three sides by steep hills, three hundred feet tall, left standing here because the last great glacier skirted around this Driftless Area (a.k.a. Ocooch Mtns) . The property extends up onto a ridge top and offers almost two miles of private hiking trails. The Homestead is surrounded by hardwood forests. Mixed in with the oak, maple, and hickory trees are wild raspberry and blackberry bushes, white cedar, birch and aspen. The valley and ridge are home to deer, wild turkey, fox, red tailed hawks, and great horned owls. We are constantly adding to the list of birds and wildflowers that we have observed in our valley and on our ridge. Our skies are completely free of light pollution and star gazing is superb.
Located one hour south of La Crosse, WI and less than two hours west of Madison, the Lonesome Hollow Homestead is within an hour’s drive of five parks that offer great hiking and bicycling. World class trout fishing is only minutes away. Boat the Mighty Mississippi River; float the Wisconsin or Kickapoo Rivers; learn about Native American and local Wisconsin history; visit the shops of Amish craftsmen; enjoy unique rural events and shops.
The Driftless Area is uniquely rugged by Midwest standards. It is an area untouched by the last North American glaciers. The region’s landscape is one of repeated ridges and valleys marked by hundreds of cold water streams and a dozen remarkable rivers. Scenic roads and villages delight the traveler. Here it is Nature, not man, that has created the best of things to be enjoyed.
A Driftless Area hiking trip in the fall will take you across a forest floor littered with freshly fallen leaves, leaving only a trail of upturned leaves behind you. Imagine a demanding hike up one of these steep bluffs, only to be rewarded at the top by the fiery glow of the sun-drenched colors of maples, oaks, and hickories. The hikes in the region are plentiful, but we certainly have our favorites. The trails throughout the 8,569 acres of land that makeup the Kickapoo Valley Reserve shouldn’t be missed. The area is rugged, full of exposed sandstone outcroppings, a mosaic of green moss, towering cliffs and the narrow, snaking Kickapoo River; all providing you with the perfect backdrop for Driftless Area hiking and fall-foliage viewing. Other favorite hiking destinations are Wildcat Mountain State Park, and Wyalusing State Park. Travel Wisconsin has a wonderful interactive Fall Color Report Map that will help you stay on top of color changes wherever you may be.
Vineyards and Apple Orchards in the Driftless Area:
While Wisconsin is surely a legend in the brewing industry, Wisconsin wines are making their own name for themselves. Just as in the brewing industry, old world traditions are proudly carried on in Wisconsin’s colorful wineries. The Driftless Area, one of the 5 unique wine growing regions, is home 16 wonderful Wisconsin wineries.
The wineries found in the Driftless Area typically produce a more traditional grape wine than other Wisconsin wineries. The microclimate found here, thanks in large part to glacier-shaped hillsides famous to the region, is perfect for these traditional grape varieties, making the region somewhat reminiscent of European vineyards. You can spend days exploring the various Wisconsin wineries in the Driftless Area, but there are several located within approximately one hour of driving time from the Homestead. There are three wonderful Wisconsin wineries located to the south of us. If you like sweet wines, a visit to Whispering Winds Winery is for you. At just under an hour away, it is a charming family-run operation crafting a unique variety of red, white, blush and fruit wines. A few more minutes down the road, and you’ll find Spurgeon Vineyards, where they produce approximately 25,000 gallons of wine annually, ranging from dry grape wines to semi-sweet grape wines, as well as sweet grape, fruit and mead (honey) wines. Head just a little farther south, at just under ninety minutes away from the Homestead, and you’ll find the Bauer-Kearns Winery.
Approximately 45 minutes north towards the Coulee Region, and you’ll find Branches Winery, where they produce wine from estate-grown grapes including Marquette, LaCrescent, Edelweiss and Frontenac varietals. Travel just a few miles farther into LaCrosse, and you can discover the unique wines at DnA Vintners, home of the Chocolate Cranberry Wine. Of course, you can always stay even closer to home, and visit Vernon Vineyards, which is located in nearby Viroqua. Vernon Vineyards, where they specialize in cold-climate grapes, has the distinction of being the only Wisconsin winery to use 100% Wisconsin-grown grapes.
There are few fruits that define a season better than the apple, from their vibrant and varied colors, to that first crisp, juicy bite. Wisconsin apple orchards take their job seriously, with apples being the largest fruit crop in Wisconsin. With multiple Wisconsin apple orchards in the Driftless Area, there is plenty of old-fashioned fun to be had. Depending on the orchard you visit, you can take orchard tours, pick apples, buy retail or wholesale apples, take home some freshly pressed apple cider, as well as countless other harvest-inspired delights.
For over a century now, farmers in the Gay Mills area have been growing and harvesting apples known for their color and taste. Apple orchards have continued to thrive in this area, resulting in Gay Mills becoming the apple capital of Wisconsin. Currently, this charming little town is home to the largest Wisconsin Apple orchards in the tri-state area, with more than a thousand acres dedicated to the growing of this delicious fall fruit. If you’re looking for a family-friendly way to experience apple orchards, then join us for the Annual Gay Mills Apple Festival. While you’re in the Driftless area, visit any of our seven wonderful Wisconsin apple orchards located in the Gay Mills area.
Wisconsin Trout Fishing:
Statewide, we think the Driftless Area trout fishing is unmatchable. If you are a true Wisconsin trout fishing enthusiast, then don’t miss your chance to fish at the start of trout fishing season.
The Driftless Area is known for its trout streams, many of which are Class I rated. Favorites include Timber Coulee Creek or the West Fork of the Kickapoo River, both of which have undergone extensive habitat restoration, and now feature high quality cold-waters that can sustain natural populations of brook and brown trout. Tainter Creek is also a local favorite Class I stream
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- 2440 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 8-14
- Spacious king and queen bedrooms both upstairs and downstairs.
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
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- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Lawn / Garden
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Dec 1 - Feb 29, 2016
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $100
- Cleaning $125 + tax
- Tax Rate 10.5%
Kids under 12 stay free. AARP members get 10% off. Inquire about other special rates. Reservations are confirmed within 24 hours. Payment accepted with either credit card or e-check. Contact owner for PayPal payment option. Unused damage deposit will be fully refunded. Caretaker at Inn at Lonesome Hollow is available to handle house keys, check-in, check-out and any special needs while staying. Check in is between 3PM-9PM; check out is by 11:00AM.
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In the heart of the beautiful Ocooch Mountains, a.k.a., the Drifless Area, and less than an hour from the mighty Mississippi River. The Homestead is about a one hour south of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 35 minutes northeast of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The Mississippi River, the Wisconsin River, and the Kickapoo River all converge here to help form the character of the land near our Homestead.
Our Homestead is only a short drive from some of these larger rural villages in rural Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa: Viroqua, Wisconsin, Richland Center, Wisconsin, Boscobel, Wisconsin, Marquette, Iowa, Lansing, Iowa and McGregor, Iowa.
Some area attractions include:
Orchards & Wineries
Amish Farm Tours
Local Art Festivals
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesen
American Players Theatre
Mississippi River Overlooks & Hiking:
Effigy Mounds National Monument (IA)
Wyalusing State Park (WI)
Pike's Peak State Park (IA)
Mississippi River Cruises
Wildcat Mountain State Park
Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Fort Crawford Museum
Year Purchased: 2014
About the owner: Sandy and Rod are Wisconsin natives. Like most people with busy, hectic lives, they enjoy a quiet get-away once in a while. Out of all the choices they had for a vacation home, this was the perfect one. The quality speaks for itself.
Why the Owner Chose Viroqua:
Situated in one of the most beautiful areas in the Midwest, this house offers the best of all worlds. The house was built with guests in mind, as part of a Bed and Breakfast, The Inn at Lonesome Hollow. The Inn has received numerous accolades and awards for quality and service, and is very highly rated BedandBreakfast.com. It received the 2013 “Certificate of Excellence Award”. This is awarded to lodging businesses worldwide that rank in the top 10% for traveler feedback. The Inn is also part of the Travel Green Wisconsin collection of eco-friendly lodging businesses.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Very plush, very clean & comfortable, very secluded and quiet, yet easy to get to and very close to many local activities and amenities in the Kickapoo Valley and Driftless area of Wisconsin - fishing, hunting, birding, hiking, orchards, vineyards, organic and sustainable businesses. The only noise you will hear is that of the birds outside.
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Lonesome Hollow Homestead
Living Room - lot's of glass, leather and Amish furniture.
Bedroom #1 - Comfortable King Bed.
Bedroom 3 - Comfortable King Bed
Large Family Room with wet bar & walk-out patio.
Jacuzzi Tub #1 - private room
Walking trails all around the property and area
Gays Mills is the Apple Capital of Wisconsin with 7 orchards.
World class trout fishing just minutes away.
Bicycling - flat or hilly choices, including world famous Elroy-Sparta Trail!
Even Winter is a gorgeous view
Kitchen - modern, open, fully stocked.
Dining area - table expands to seat 8, opens to covered deck.
Bedroom 2 - Comfortable Queen Bed
Bedroom 4 - Huge room, Comfortable Queen Bed
Jacuzzi Tub #2 - private room.
Summer view - Total Tranquility!
The Driftless Area, one of 5 WI wine growing regions, is home 16 wineries.
Autumn foliage is spectacular!
Kickapoo River canoeing - it doesn't get any better than this!
Covered deck - ahhhh.
World class trout fishing in Kickapoo River, Tainter Creek and West Coulee Creek
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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