About the property
- House1600 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-11)
Experience a more natural vacation at Dolly’s Pedalers Rest.
Set amongst the unglaciated hills of western Wisconsin, this charming vacation home is central to having guests reconnect with the natural things in life. Share time together with those you love. From Grandpa and Grandma, to the grandkids, to friends and relatives – time at Dolly’s is time well spent.
Dolly’s Pedalers Rest boasts all the modern comforts of living while retaining the joyful memories of Grandma’s house. Take in the beauty of your surroundings from the open front porch of the 150-year-old, 4-bedroom, 2-bath farmhouse that has privacy for adults and a huge bedroom/game area for those younger to relax.
Bold and native natural wonders are yours to experience at Dolly’s. The grandeur of 150-year-old oak trees, a quaint spring fed pond, enormous rock formations, and bright starlit skies complete a marvelous setting. Amble along the walking & deer trails where song and game birds (and a neighboring rooster) hum to the tune of life.
Dolly’s is located directly on the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail system that connects to the 400 Trail and the La Crosse River Trail, creating over 100 miles of limestone paved trails for bikers, walkers and snowmobilers. Dolly’s is just one mile East by trail or state highway to Kendall, the bike trail headquarters, and just 2.5 miles by trail to the first railroad “bike” tunnel. (Click here for photos and information regarding the Elroy–Sparta Bike Trail system.)
Not only is Dolly’s a geographical hub for biking and hiking, but you can enjoy canoeing, horseback riding, Wildcat Mountain State Park, Amish touring, golfing, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, and the Necedah Wildlife Refuge within minutes of our location.
Join us at Dolly’s Pedalers Rest – where pure country is at it’s natural best.
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- Apr 14, 2018
About Karen Sparling
My husband and I, purchased the land around the beautiful farmhouse when we were first married. At that time we farmed the land, which we now rent out. We had the opportunity to purchase the farmhouse when the owner, Dolly Pesik was relocating. We are looking towards the years of retirement. One of our great joys is getting together with family at unique vacation homes. This is what Dolly's is to all who stay.
Karen Sparling purchased this House in 2007
Why Karen Sparling chose Kendall
Built in 1856, Dolly's Pedalers Rest was owned by Dolly Pesik until she was 91. Dolly and her husband had purchased the 60-acre farm with it's 2-story farmhouse in 1957. But Dolly's husband suffered from allergies and they had to give up the idea of farming. In 1982, they sold all but one acre of land and the house to my husband, Bill, and I. Some 30 years later, when Dolly moved into an apartment, she offered us the chance to buy the house and we jumped at the chance to put the property back together again. We had already built our own log home across the road 15 years earlier, but we loved the charm and history of the 150-year-old farmhouse and decided - after making some modern updates - to open Dolly's house as a vacation home.
What makes this House unique
When we say Dolly's Pedalers Rest is on the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, we mean the house is ON the bike trail. The house is just a few dozen yards from the bike trail, which was formerly the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad tracks. We are a very short bike ride to the long railroad tunnel. Dark and mysterious. Cool on a hot summer day. Mastery in stone. When asked why she built so close to the former train tracks, Dolly explains that the house was built in 1856, some 17 years before the railroad line came through Kendall.
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perfect for a family get away place
My cousins and I needed a place to stay while working on my Aunts Estate, this place was perfect! Clean and plenty of room for 6 of us. The Bedrooms and bathrooms are a nice size. The only issue we had was that the Shower upstairs was slow to drain , So we used the downstairs shower the most. I would not have a problem staying here again.
Perfect Weekend Getaway
I stayed at Dolly's at the end of September 2017 along with three of my girlfriends. We had a blast. The owners were amazing. There was a problem with the DVD player and they replaced it the same day! I believe that they went above and beyond. The house was well-appointed, very clean, bigger than we expected, and super comfortable. Each of us had our own bedroom. And there are three bathrooms. It worked out extremely well.
We rented bikes in Kendall, Wisconsin and the bike trail was right outside the front door. It was super convenient. We also bought some great produce from an Amish roadside stand downtown. The house is set away from the main road and felt more private than what appeared in the pictures. We enjoyed the Privacy even though we were off of a fairly busy road. We also hiked in the woods behind the house and had some pretty views from the top of the cliffs. The beds were firm but comfortable. Each bedroom had plenty of extra blankets if needed. I would definitely stay there again and highly, highly recommend this to anyone considering staying.
Home away from home.
What a wonderful place! Our family gathered here for the weekend and had a great time together eating, laughing, riding the bike trail and playing cards. Dolly's is the perfect place to stay with plenty of room, private surroundings and all the amenities you need.
We always appreciate the comments about a family gathering place because this was our original vision. Be safe until the next time you visit.
Our group had a great time at Dolly's! The charming home is in a beautiful setting--it's impeccably clean and had all the necessary items for an enjoyable stay. Pedaler's Rest is right on the trail, just a couple of miles from tunnel #1. The mist surrounding the tunnel on Saturday night provided us with a magical experience and lots of cool photographs. We also enjoyed supper at The Hidden Inn in Kendall. I'm quite sure our group will stay at Dolly's again in the future.
We appreciate your families choosing Dolly's and are very happy that it was a memorable experience. We look forward to your return.
Mary Jo Hill (owner)
Recommend this location! Full of amenities and right on the trail. Very clean house and yard.
Thank you for staying at Dolly's. From your kind note, it appears that you conquered more than the entire trail with many additional miles. With the many rain storms we have had, we are very happy you had good weather. Please return someday!
Mary Jo Hill
Perfect for our group!
This was the perfect spot for our group of 6 adults to stay while biking the Elroy-Sparta trail. This home is very clean which is important to us in every place we stay. Loved the charm and history of the house as well as the convenience to the trail - just ride your bike down the driveway, and you are on the trail! Wish the evening weather had been better the nights we were there so we could have enjoyed the fire pit, but maybe next time!
Dolly’s is located directly on the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail system that connects to the 400 Trail and the La Crosse River Trail, creating over 100 miles of limestone paved trails for bikers, walkers and snowmobilers. Dolly’s is just one mile East by trail or state highway to Kendall, the bike trail headquarters, and just 2.5 miles by trail to the first railroad “bike” tunnel. Amish "at home" businesses make a great drive through the Driftless region. Conversation. Campfires. Coffee on the Front Porch. Central Location for families getting together. Board games and Biking. Birdwatching. Forest Walks. Snowshoeing.Snowmobiling. Not only is Dolly’s a geographical hub for biking and hiking, but you can enjoy canoeing, horseback riding, Amish tours, cranberry marsh tours, golfing, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, Wildcat Mountain State Park and the Necedah Wildlife Refuge within minutes of our location.