Historic House with Modern Conveniences, Twenty Minutes from Spring Green.

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Last updated: 10/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

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 and1½ 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 favorite hang out place.

The downstairs porch is fully screened and has plexiglass panels for cold 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 plus a good trout fishing stream. 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, 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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Property Type

  • House
  • 2100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    one person who is 25 to make financial arrangements and to be there during the entire stay....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Maximum of two dogs...moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Through downstairs screened porch to first floor only....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 4: 1 double


  • Bedroom 5: 1 double


  • Upstairs are 4 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths. A bedroom/den and a 2nd full bath are downstairs. There is one single Aerobed with bedding available at no extra charge, if needed. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub


  • Bathroom 3: toilet


  • All upstairs bathrooms ( 1full bath with jacuzzi tub and shower and one 1/2 bath) are accessible to all bedrooms. Downstairs full bath with level-in shower is off the bedroom/den....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Washer and dryer are in the basement laundry; detergent is provided. Broadband internet access is via wireless; ethernet cable provided; WiFi-equipped (5G) . Wheelchair/walker access is through the downstairs screened porch to the first floor. Driveway parking for 6 or more vehicles. Free long distance in the US from home phone. Fire-pit is in the yard just east of the front door; yard chairs are on the front porch. ...moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:


  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    DVD players on both TV's, up and down....moreless

  • Game Room
  • Games:

    Lots' of board and other types of games on upstairs porch....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:


  • Stereo:

    On upstairs porch shelves....moreless

  • Television:

    (2) Downstairs is a large high definition TV with satellite connection. Upstairs is a smaller TV with a built-in DVD player....moreless

  • Toys:

    Mostly upstairs porch....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    DVDs down, cassettes up....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Rafting
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Table seats 10 using all leaves which are stored in the table, and there are 10 chairs in the dining room....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air conditioning serves both living floors of house. Basement with laundry is 65 degrees year-round....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Extra large...moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Gas Fireplace:

    LP stove makes upstairs sleeping porch usable all year around....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central healting...moreless

  • Internet:

    Whole-house broadband internet at desk in bedroom/den + Wifi (5G)...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Comfortable couches and a recliner chair seat 6 people. ...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone:

    reception in Bear Valley is very limited. Wifi allows access to programs such as Skype and iMessaging from an iPhone. Free long distance calling to continental US...moreless

  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Maximum of 6 cars in driveway; no parking on lawn or street...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Free long distance calling for U.S. from home phone....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    White towels stay in the house. Extra 'outdoor' towels are above the toilet in the 1/2 bath upstairs...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New energy efficient model uses less water and has a fast spin cycle so linens dry quickly....moreless

  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fax


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    as complete as possible...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There is everyday dinnerware for 12 in the kitchen. There is also 'special occasion' dinnerware for 12 in the dining room buffet....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Fully supplied. Area on shelves to left of basement stairs has additional kitchen supplies. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Has an in-door ice/water dispenser....moreless

  • Stove:

    Flat surface slide-in model with cast iron grate and oven. ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    acre lawn has Plenty of room for games plus a fire pit with a $10 wheelbarrow of wood....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:


  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Front porch is the width of the house and overlooks 750 acres of public land across the street...moreless

  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
All Season
Jul 11 - Dec 31, 2016
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

All Seasons
Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Pet Fee $70
  • Cleaning, 1-9 people $95


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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/17/2016
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Jonathan and Lee live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lee is a retired librarian who grew up in PA. Jonathan is a community college math teacher from Chicago with family in Sauk County.

Why the Owner Chose Plain, WI, USA:
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. As the house was 100 years old in 2015, we had a little celebration that summer. We added the front sidewalk and fence, as well as the back patio and stone wall. We planted more than 70 trees and shrubs.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • House and garden in the fall

    House and garden in the fall

  • house and bank of lilies in June

    house and bank of lilies in June

  • front porch

    front porch

  • dining room and staircase to 2nd floor

    dining room and staircase to 2nd floor

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • first floor full bath off den

    first floor full bath off den

  • 2nd floor full bath at top of stairs

    2nd floor full bath at top of stairs

  • West end of upper porch with gas fireplace

    West end of upper porch with gas fireplace

  • bedroom with double bed

    bedroom with double bed

  • bedroom with two twins

    bedroom with two twins

  • east yard with fire pit and seating

    east yard with fire pit and seating

  • 750-acre protected marsh across road from house

    750-acre protected marsh across road from house

  • House and yard in winter

    House and yard in winter

  • flower bed and front porch stairs in summer

    flower bed and front porch stairs in summer

  • dining room table with view of marsh

    dining room table with view of marsh

  • kitchen with banquette eating area

    kitchen with banquette eating area

  • den/office with futon (double bed)

    den/office with futon (double bed)

  •  first floor porch with stained glass windows

    first floor porch with stained glass windows

  • twin bedroom with TV;  doorway to upper porch

    twin bedroom with TV; doorway to upper porch

  • east end of upstairs porch

    east end of upstairs porch

  • king bedroom

    king bedroom

  • two-level porch on back of house

    two-level porch on back of house

  • house, porch and yard; hills across road

    house, porch and yard; hills across road

  • moon rise over hills + marsh, across road from house

    moon rise over hills + marsh, across road from house

VRBO #362474

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Historic House with modern conveniences, twenty minutes from Spring Green.

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