3 rooms, 600 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchenette/living room
Martin J Richards
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About Martin J Richards
We have been married over 30 years, have 3 adult children, raised 5 foreign exchange students and have had multiple careers-Marty has done real estate/insurance sales, retirement education and relationship management and now is retired. Teri has been a Labor & Delivery nurse, professional photographer, and now is a flight attendant with Southwest Airlines. We love travel-domestic and international and have stayed in many guest homes around the world. We have recently remodeled some unused space in our farmhouse so we can open our home to guests. We just started an agri-tourism business-doing guided tours at farms, cheese factories, wineries, and breweries. We love good food, sustainable living and meeting new people.
Martin J Richards purchased this Studio in 1995
Why Martin J Richards chose Richland Center
Our grandsons are the 5th generation on this family farm and we have lived in this home over 23 years. The home was built in 1932, during the Great Depression. It is a knock-off Sears & Roebuck bungalow/craftsman style home. We are slowly restoring the home to its original glory and plan to eventually rent the whole home at some point. The home was constructed by 2 men who lived on the farm in the chicken coop. They received room & board with Great Grandma Alta feeding them during construction. The cost was around $2000 and the white & red oak used in the trim/flooring was actually harvested from the farm property. Mart's parents, Orlen & Alice, live next door and Marty's sister-Annette, also lives next door-truly a family farm. At one time Willow Valley Farms milked over 200 registered holsteins. They discontinued milking in the late '80s. The family is hospitable and gracious. They will leave guests alone and are quiet and probably the most humble people anywhere-good Wisconsin folk. The home is surrounded by hills, forests, fields, and a Class A Trout stream-in the heart of the beautiful Driftless Area. There is a 2 lane state highway in front of the home with quick access to Richland Center. Local attraction-Elephant Trunk rock is 1 mile away. The Ithaca (unincorporated) community is welcoming and warm. We had over 600 square feet upstairs that we were not using anymore and decided to make the space into a guest suite. The remodeling was done in the spring 2019 and space has been completely renovated. The bathroom is all new construction.
What makes this Studio unique
This space is a perfect little suite for a couple to enjoy the weekend away. The patio is yours to use as well-we want you to enjoy using the grill, fire pit, farm tables, and bistro lights. We have a great expanse of sky with no light pollution-perfect to see the stars. We are very well-connected to the community and love good hospitality. As parents, grandparents and international host parents-we love having people in our home. We love hospitality so much, we started an agri-tourism business, Ridge & Valley Tours, and designed our remodeled suite with guests in mind. We have stayed in well over 40+ guest accommodations around the world (on another platform) and as a flight attendant, we have stayed in some of the best corporate hotels in every major domestic city. We can give you as much privacy as you want. We welcome dogs that are well behaved and well trained. You can exercise them off-leash with a hike behind the farm. Please clean up after your dog at all times. All dogs must be with guests at all times, stay off the bed and couch and cannot be left alone in the suite.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We are 10 minutes from Richland Center, the birthplace of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He designed the AD German Warehouse found in Richland Center. Tours available on Sundays by appointment. We are near Spring Green-home of FLW's Taliesin Prairie School of Architecture.
We run an agri-tourism business, Ridge & Valley Tours, LLC where we take people on a guided shuttle tour of dairy farms, cheese factories, wineries, breweries, organic farm operations. Discounts available for our VRBO guests. We know many places to visit and we can arrange the very best sights of our area. We also have access to private fishing holes on a world-class A trout stream. We have snowshoes available for use in the winter-hiking and snowshoeing available with prior request.