House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-11)
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.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 11
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
The girls and I had a fantastic weekend. If something came up called they were right there before you knew it. I would definitely stay there again. I felt bad when we left I couldn’t run the dishwasher no soap. But everything else was great
Thanks we really enjoyed
This was a wonderful vacation. Very comfortable and clean house. We would definitely love to come back!
Gal Pal biking getaway
We had a wonderful experience at Dolly’s! We enjoyed the location, the charm of the home (brought back memories of our own grandparents homes), evenings of playing games around the table, morning coffee in the porch and amazing bike trails! We want to come back!!!!! Everything was so clean, neat and comfortable!❤️
Great place on a great trail
We enjoyed the comfortable accommodations while visiting the area to bike the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. The house being right on the trail allowed us more time to spend playing Scrabble and Euchre in the evenings.
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.