About the property
- House2100 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 nights
4 bedrooms + den with futon. 2.5 baths. Sleeps 9
Two of the perpetual joys of visiting southern Wisconsin are the scaled-down pace and the sheer beauty of the surroundings. Bear Valley Vista is in Wisconsin's Driftless Zone, an area of rolling hills that were not touched by the last two glaciations.
Our ‘stone’ house was built in 1915 and updated in 2005 with all modern conveniences. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms and 1½ baths. Both bathrooms are accessible to all bedrooms and the full bath has a jacuzzi tub. A twin Aerobed with bedding is available by prearrangement, to accommodate a maximum of 9 people.
Downstairs are a den/bedroom with a futon that converts to a double bed and a second full bath with a level-in shower. Access to full-house broadband Internet (including WiFi-5G) is at the built-in desk. The dining room table expands to seat 10. The living room has a recliner chair and other comfortable seating for 6 and satellite TV with DVD player and ROKU. The kitchen's built-in banquette has a rotating table for easy access. There is central air conditioning and heating, plus an energy-efficient washer/dryer.
The back of the house is a large two-level porch. The upstairs porch has double-hung, dual pane windows with screens and a gas log fireplace for year-around comfort. A recliner and other comfortable seating, plus lots of books, toys and games makes it everybody's favorite hang out place.
The downstairs porch is fully screened and has plexiglass panels for cool weather. It also has a pass-through kitchen window shelf and a dining table for convenient outdoor meals on warm days. A charcoal BBQ is just outside.
The front porch with its Amish glider and Adirondack chairs is a perfect place from which to see birds and other wildlife. The house is set in an acre of professional landscaping with large grassy areas for outdoor games. There is a fire pit in the east yard. Our manager next door offers a wheelbarrow of wood for $10 to start you off.
Across the street is the 750-acre Bear Creek Sedge Meadow State Natural Area, which is protected public land with nesting sandhill cranes and other species of birds. Bear Creek is a good trout fishing stream which draws bald eagles in the winter. The valley is perfect for hiking and biking. Five miles away is White Mound County Park with a 100-acre lake for swimming and boating when it's warm, and cross-country ski trails when there's snow. Our Lady of the Fields Shrine is near the park's entrance.
Ten minutes east is the Cedar Grove Cheese Factory in Plain. Oakwood Fruit Farm is 10 minutes southwest and open in the fall. 20 minutes north near LaValle is the Carr Valley Cheese Factory. Ten minutes north on St Hwy 154 is an Amish community with a general store and other shops, plus a summer roadside stand with picked-that-day fruit and veggies.
Area attractions within about a 30-minute drive include: American Players Theater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen, Unity Chapel and Hillside School, the Spring Green Art Fair, the lower Wisconsin River, Global View, the Fall Art Tour, House on the Rock, Gov. Dodge State Park, Natural Bridge State Park, Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue, and the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Spring Green is 20 minutes south via County Rd G.
Other area attractions include: Mineral Point, Baraboo, the Circus Museum, the Shoe Box in Black Earth, Devil's Lake State Park, the International Crane Foundation, the Wisconsin Dells, Mt Horeb, New Glarus, Wollersheim Winery, Cave of the Mounds, Dr Evermor's Sculpture Garden, Gays Mills, Kickapoo River, and Viroqua. Madison is 50 minutes east via Hwy 12.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Lee Olivier
Jonathan and Lee live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lee is a retired librarian who grew up in Pittsburgh. Jonathan is a community college math teacher from Chicago with family in Sauk County.
Lee Olivier purchased this House in 2004
Why Lee Olivier chose Plain
We bought our Wisconsin home in 2004 so we could spend part of each year near our Midwest family. We did extensive remodeling the first year: we designed and replaced the existing kitchen and bathroom, and added an additional bath and a half, as well as the two-level porch. Much of the house is original: the woodwork, floors, staircase, doors and hardware, dining room buffet, cut glass windows and front porch. It may look like stone outside but the formed “stones” were made from fine grained cement poured on site by local workmen in 1915. Neighbors tell me that it is a Sears kit house. So far my research has not disproved it. When the house was 100 years old in 2015 we had a little celebration during our summer visit. We added the front sidewalk and fence, as well as the back patio and stone wall. We planted more than 70 trees and shrubs.
What makes this House unique
Relaxation is easy in this house: beautiful views from every window give a strong sense of connection to the land and its seasons, terrain and wildlife. Bear Valley Vista has plenty of space inside to gather together, as well as lots of places for time alone.
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A wonderful property in a rural idyllic setting
It truly is a historic home with modern conveniences. Our family enjoyed the property, young and old. I would definitely recommend this property. It is a rare find.
Very nice, cozy, all the comforts of home
Vintage Farmhouse tucked between rolling hills
We had a wonderful few days at this farmhouse! The home is beyond charming and cozy, and is stocked for almost any need you'd have in cooking tools, games, movies, etc. It was clean and comfortable, and the grounds/views are beautiful. Highly recommended, especially if you are visiting nearby Wisconsin Dells, Taliesin, House on the Rock, etc... it is worth the extra 15-20 minute drive!!!
We enjoyed our time in the Bear Creek Valley. The house was comfortable, directions were clear, and views were enjoyable. The furnace was not working when we arrived, and the caretaker responded immediately and had a furnace repair company out to fix it within the hour. We enjoyed spending time at the house, and day trips to APT, Spring Green, and Avoca.
If you want a lot of action do not go here! It is a nicely furnished, quiet, and large house to take care of your needs. The many lovely furnishings make it feel very comfortable and homey.
It is a long way from anywhere, however, the drive is so beautiful - but with many curves. We spent most of our time in Spring Green, which is about 10-15 miles.
Lovely Country Home
We stayed here as three couples for a weekend in October, 2017. It was a lovely home, very well appointed and clean! An easy drive to American Players Theatre. The kitchen was incredibly well stocked, beds comfy and bathrooms were great. It was so nice to have 2.5 baths with three couples. Lots of books, games and anything one might need. The marsh wildlife sanctuary across the street makes for a great view, it was beautiful to watch the birds from the front porch. Would highly recommend. We will return.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rent is $135/night for up to 3 people, plus $10/person/night up to 9 people (4 people = $145, 5= $155, etc, up to 9 = $195/night). We have a two-night minimum all year, except for Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, all of which are a 3-night minimum. We have a special rate all year around of "stay 6 nights and get 7th night free." Security deposits range from $100 to $300, depending on the number of people and number of nights; $200 is our standard security deposit. Cleaning is $95 for up to 9 people; if actual cleaning costs are less after you leave, we refund the difference. One or two dogs (max) is no extra rent but is an extra $20 cleaning and $50 refundable security deposit, a total of $70.