The Knapp Creek Guest House is located right on Knapp Creek, in a valley setting with easy access to Knapp Creek, or go two miles down the road to the West Fork of the Kickapoo River, one of the best Class I trout streams in the Driftless Region. The Knapp Creek Guest House is approximately ten years old, with beautiful interior finishes, and includes all the amenities. It sits on scenic Knapp Creek Farm, where guests will see the exotic chickens pecking in the yard, visit the friendly barn cats, Patches and Rusty, or make a pizza in the wood-fired oven in the covered pavilion.There is also a barn where guests may chose to board their horses between taking them to the Kickapoo Reserve, with its 37 miles of trails, or to Wildcat Mountain State Park, with its 15 miles of trails to ride. The barn has a two-section pen and breezeway, as well as an outdoor corral, with a watering tank, and can accommodate up to four horses. Other guests may choose to bicycle the local roads and enjoy the natural scenery that the Driftless Region is becoming well-known for providing. The Knapp Valley Farm is located in a long valley with beautiful views to the east and west, and Knapp Creek running along the length of the property.
A one-bedroom (700 square foot) guest house located on quaint Knapp Creek Farm
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 29, 2018
About Rick Starkey
My wife Janie and I recently purchased this property and moved here to live on a farmette in the country. We have lived in this area for most of our adult lives, and wanted to live in the country again, as we both grew up in the country. We also have another vacation rental nearby, making it easier for us to take care of both properties. We both grew about 50 miles from here and know the area very well. We have three adult children, two cats, a dog, and now, several chickens. We're down-to-earth people who enjoy the amenities of a quiet country setting. I'm a semi-retired teacher, and Janie is a purchasing agent for a nearby company. We enjoy visiting nearby antique shops, rummage sales, and flea markets to look for those hidden treasures.
Rick Starkey purchased this Guest House in 2018
Why Rick Starkey chose Cashton
Guests will enjoy the quiet beauty of the Knapp Creek Farm and of Knapp Valley. Enjoy the pavilion where you can relax and enjoy an evening beverage of choice. Close to Amish neighbors who travel on Knapp Valley Road regularly, the Knapp Creek Farm also has the facilities to board your horses after riding the trails at nearby Kickapoo Valley Reserve or Wildcat Mountain State Park. Those who prefer the two-wheel experience can bring their bikes and ride the local roads, as many people can attest to each year.
What makes this Guest House unique
Situated in the heart of the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin, this area boasts hills and valleys, creeks and rivers, farmland and woodland, fields and streams, and some of the friendliest, most down-to-earth people in the world. This farm is secluded, quiet, and stunningly beautiful. You can hear the stream from your balcony! Have your morning coffee on your own balcony overlooking the valley setting. See the deer going to the stream for an evening drink. hear the turkeys gobble during season, or walk to the creek and watch the trout feed. Take a chair or blanket and make a picnic of the evening. The possibilities are endless!
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Guest House Stay
Fantastic property & hospitality. You simply cannot beat the setting. Just beautiful and peaceful. The guest house itself is very cozy and has everything you will need for your stay. Rick is wonderful and looks to make your stay great. Highly recommended.
Great place to get away
We love the area and are always looking for decent places to stay. Close to towns and trails with beautiful views right out the door. Perfect for us. My only concern would be the heating unit in the living room getting hot to the touch if we were to bring our toddler.
Quiet and Relaxing Farm
If you are looking for a relaxing time in the countryside, this is the place for you! We really enjoyed our stay - not only because the property was so beautiful - but the hosts were very kind. Rick gave us some information on things to do in the area. We went canoeing on the Kickapoo river which was a blast. Thank you for a great stay!
Thank you Rick & Janie for sharing your property with us! We had a great time, and as always, loved our time in the Driftless. The apartment had everything we needed and was clean and comfortable. We hope to stay with you again! Sam & Chris.
Thanks so much Sam! We hope you will stay with us again at the Knapp Creek Guest House.
Rick and Janie
Amazing quiet, serene, beautiful vacation!
I can't say enough good things about our stay at Knapp Creek. Rick and Janie went above and beyond to make sure our stay was amazing. We arrived on a Thursday and stayed until Monday(today). It was me, my husband, 2 kiddos, 2 dogs, and 3 horses. Rick has a great set up for the horses, and all 3 settled right in. They had 2 indoor open stalls to walk in and out, plus enough room outside. The dogs found the creek right away, and the kids hopped on their bikes to ride around. There was a tire swing that the kiddos fell in love with right away. The guest house was amazing. Stocked with everything you'd need in a house. The fact that Rick had wifi was great, then when we had roku that was even better! We were able to log in to Netflix, Amazon, etc. How great for nighttime movie. The guest house was VERY home like. The bed is SUPER COMFORTABLE!! We took a day to drive around the local attractions and hit country road a(amish shops), Jersey lake, and Westby pool for the kids. We took a day and rode the horses in the kickapoo reserve which was breathtaking via horseback. We also ate some amazing prime rib in Cashton at Badger Crossing. Be prepared to wait a while if you go on a Saturday. During our stay Rick was great at responding to any text or question. He gave us fresh eggs and let us take 2 chicks home for the kids! Overall this place is amazing and of welcomed back, we are planning another trip!
Magical Anniversary Get-Away!
My husband and I absolutely adored our stay. The drive from the SE corner of WI to Knapp Creek Farm was gorgeous and a foretelling of a most charming farmstead ideally placed in the most picturesque valley one could imagine. Not only is the loft perfect in every way (well appointed, stocked with the essentials, clean as a whistle, and ideally positioned to benefit from the sunrise and sunset), but we could have spent our entire 3 days just at the farm itself...it's that wonderful. Knapp Creek runs the length of the property and we cast our fly rods and tested our luck (lazily) daily. It's pristine and you can actually see the trout hanging out in the shadows. We might have had luck but for our dogs splashing and scaring them away. The birdlife is amazing - we even saw some rare ones: Kingfisher, Cedar Waxwing, and we think an Indigo Bunting (to name but a few). The honeybees are happy and the butterflies and moths clearly have a bounty of flowers on which to make the farm their forever home. The farm is ideally placed for outdoor lovers. Each day we took an excursion - hiking around the bluffs and prairies, fly fishing the West Fork, kayaking the Kickapoo. Each night we watched stars in an unspoiled sky, roasted marshmallows over an open fire pit, and watched the fireflies light up the dark. AND...our hosts were amazing giving us freshly collected eggs from their coop and raspberries from their garden. All in all, it couldn't have been a more perfect way to spend our anniversary! THANK YOU Knapp Creek Farm!
Thanks you so much for an amazing and well-written review! We truly appreciate it, and hope you will come and stay again at the Knapp Creek Guest House.
Rick and Janie
Located near Westby, a Norwegian-settled small town that retains its heritage with a Norwegian Independence celebration, Syttende Mai, held in May. This great small-town festival includes a parade, arts and crafts show, student art, vendors, live music, and much more. Situated in Amish country, listen and watch as you see Amish neighbors walking or driving their horse-drawn buggies down the road next to the property. Visit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, an 8,600 acre tract of land where visitors can hike trails, ride horses during season, ride fat tire bikes, snowshoe, or enjoy a guided nature hike. There is also a visitor center which includes interactive displays, lumber and wood features made from trees harvested on site, and much more. Or, you can simply bike around the immediate area of the Guest House on the quiet country roads nearby. If you're a trout fisher-person, you will positively want to bring along your flyfishing rod, reel, and flies to fish the nearby West Fork of the Kickapoo River, (only two mile down the road for great access). Visit in the fall to enjoy the stunning fall colors of the hills and valleys of the Driftless Area, so-named because the glaciers of the ice age missed this area. leaving it filled with hills, valleys, creeks, and rivers.
Additional information about rental rates
At this point in time, we do not allow guests to bring pets.