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Dolly's Pedalers Rest - on the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

Keywords: Vacation Home, Farmhouse,

More Details

Owner
Karen Sparling
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
September 6, 2017

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 Monroe Center

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.

Amenities

Kendall House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Large, Two full bathrooms, one on each level with tub-showers. Towels provided. Large groups please bring any additional towels. Hand soaps.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main Floor with sitting nook, Attached full bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs-large closet-dresser-overstuffed chairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs-exit to upper deck, spiral staircase
    Bedroom 4 - Upstairs-2 twins, 1 daybed-makes into dbl.-toy area
  • Queen size Beds (3) Three Queen Beds (one Select Comfort)., Twin or Single Beds (3) Three Twin Beds/One Twin Trundle Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Notes:
Dolly’s Pedalers Rest 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. 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. 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.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
5

Home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maralyn; We always appreciate the comments about a family gathering place because this was our original vision. Be safe until the next time you visit. Mary Jo
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5

Splendid stay!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill; 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)
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5

Great Time

  • 5 of 5

Recommend this location! Full of amenities and right on the trail. Very clean house and yard.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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5

Perfect for our group!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Bicyclists Respite

  • 4 of 5

Nice cosy restored farmhouse. Comfortably accommodated the seven of us. Real nice being right on the Elroy-Sparta bike trail. Highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A home away from home! What a charming property. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent the weekend at Dolly's Pedalers Rest on the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail in late August. The house was spacious, charming and literally a home away from home. We biked the trail, had an epic cribbage tournament and enjoyed all the amenities of the property. We had such a wonderful time that my children and their spouses requested that we do it again next year! Thank you for the pleasant stay and great memories. We will certainly recommend this place to our friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
LaCrosse
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hidden Inn, Thunder Alley
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Spring Valley, Union Center
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Tomah
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Local Bars or Benders
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Castle Rock Lake, Mauston
Car: necessary

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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Damage Deposit $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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