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Beautiful Award-Winning Hand-Made House: Rural, Peaceful, Bike Trails, Garden

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms surrounded by wildlife preserve

This award-winning home is surrounded by 2000 acres of wildlife preserve; a place of quiet, private, peaceful, natural beauty. We have a diverse garden, chickens, bees. Nearby well-known bicycle trails. Bikes are provided free of charge. The home is completely equipped and works best as a retreat for adults who want to enjoy peace and quiet, walk, ride, cook, read or soak in the huge tub. There is a cozy wood stove in the house and a screened-in gazebo outside with a fire pit, chairs and tables. The home also serves as a base to explore southern WI Nearby: picturesque Driftless Area, WI and Mississippi Rivers (swim and paddle), Spring Green w/ Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin (architecture) & American Players Theater (Shakespeare under the stars), Mineral Point (art galleries), New Glarus (beer and Swiss food), Madison (state capitol, university, farmer's market, cultural events, restaurants.

Money-back guarantee: We do not want to take our guests' money if they are not satisfied with what we have to offer. Should you decide at that the Little Sugar River Farm is not meeting your needs or expectations, we will bill you only for the nights you have stayed and refund the balance of your rent.

Award-winning architecture: To paraphrase the jury representing the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects which selected the house for an Honor Award in 2000, the house is an elegant yet simple 1,600-square-foot example of American vernacular architecture. Set at the edge of a wildlife preserve with views of a distant moraine, the house has exposed structural framing and raised battens reminiscent of early 20th century farm buildings. French doors open to a large back porch, which looks out over fields, prairie, woodlot, wildlife preserve, and moraines. Interior flooring, cabinets, and furniture were custom designed for their specific location and built of cherry and oak harvested from the woodlot. Within the main room of the house, three walls of windows flood the interior with light. Vaulted ceilings in the main room create an feeling of openness. A massive cherry sofa, dining table, and wood stove anchor the living space. The furniture throughout the house was hand-crafted.

More Details

Property Manager
Frank Goodman
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Love the house, especially the couch and swing. Things we did--bike ride, New Glarus Brewery, Taliesin and American Players Theater. All of the above are fun for all ages (above 12?) We put some onions from the garden on the grill--they were great. Also enjoyed lunch at Baumgarteners in Monroe. Discovered Blumers Root Beer-Yum!
Mar 2004
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Albany House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The upstairs bath has a two-person, style soaking tub (non-jetted), with reading lamps. The downstairs bath has a shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The bedrooms have hand-crafted, built-in beds of cherry. The master bedroom is upstairs, and the bed is slightly smaller than a standard king. The second bedroom is downstairs, and the bed is slightly larger than a queen.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Fully equipped kitchen in the guest house. Linens provided. Screened-in gazebo with fire pit. Bikes to borrow. Wi-Fi access for your own laptop.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 56 reviews

Amazing and peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

Had a girl’s weekend to celebrate my Birthday and this was the perfect place! So peaceful and comfortable away from it all yet close to lots of fun in New Glarus and Monroe with great micro-brew tours and food. Highly recommend this property and I will certainly return!!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place to stay ever

  • 5 of 5

So, if you could pick place where you want to go every year, this will be it. It is magical, peaceful and other worldly. You will sleep the whole night and never want to leave. There are birds on the back porch- finches, woodpeckers and orioles. There is a porch swing. The bike path is within 1/4 mile and you can ride for miles and miles. Frank the owner, is fantastic. He built the house and it has so many nice touches in the architecture, layout and kitchen- there are even real pans, unlike most vrbos. So, in my opinion, you should stop reading this review and just rent it already. You will write a similar review. Enjoy a piece of paradise- thanks for sharing Frank.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful farm for very peaceful strolls!

  • 5 of 5

Frank is a wonderful host and a fantastic guy who made us feel very welcome indeed! We strolled around the farm and the adjacent wilderness area with our pups and had an incredibly good time. I highly recommend visiting and enjoying it all.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about our stay at Little Sugar River Farm. Prior to our arrival, Frank was responsive, flexible and accommodating. The house is perfect, cozy, architecturally interesting, clean, roomy. We especially enjoyed playing records from the large collection, picking a movie from the quality selection of VHS tapes, and sitting on the swing on the back porch. There were only two of us, but there was plenty of room for at least four more people. While there are two other buildings close to the house, it still felt private because we didn't really notice other people due to the way the house is situated. We cooked dinner and breakfast and had everything we needed.

As for activities, we borrowed Frank's bikes and took a ride to Monticello (maybe 4 miles each way). The bikes were fine for that length of trip, but if you want to go much farther, I'd consider bringing your own. We drove to New Glarus (15 mins) and visited the brewery to sample some beers on their huge patio. We also enjoyed picking fruit from the trees and bushes right outside the house.

This is a great place to get away from it all for a few days. (We only wish we could have stayed longer.) In my opinion, it's best for adults. Kids, at least young ones, may enjoy it, but may also not appreciate sitting on a porch swing the same way that adults do. But for us, it was perfect, and we hope to come back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Sugar River Farm

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house in tranquil setting. Frank is an exceptional host, providing information on local activities and attractions, free bikes that we used on the nearby Little Sugar River and Badger State bike trails, and a good sense of humor that added to our stay. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful weekend! This was a planned get-away weekend for myself and (3) of my girlfriends. Frank was so kind and his property is beautiful. We've rated this our top get-away so far.....the beauty of the sunset from the porch swings, the incredible album library and turntable brought back many memories, the wood-burning stove created a cozy atmosphere. We had all intentions of hitting the Dining Room in town for a lovely dinner....but couldn't pry ourselves away from the house. We fell in love and enjoyed lots of good food we brought, and of course, wine and beer. We are definitely going back. Two of my girlfriends hit the biking trail and rode 20+ miles, while myself and my other girlfriend relaxed on the porch and walked around the property. We will definitely be visiting this awesome escape from city life!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Madison, WI
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Monticello, WI
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
New Glarus, WI
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Janesville, WI
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Monticello, WI
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Mt Horeb, WI
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Yellowstone Lake
Car: necessary

We are 2.5 hours north of Chicago and 40 minutes south of Madison in a very lovely, rural area. We are surrounded on 3 sides by wildlife refuge, so the guesthouse is secluded and peaceful. A short drive away are the charming villages of New Glarus, Monticello, and Monroe, with excellent restaurants, antique shops, galleries. Wonderful bike trails are next to the farm, and the quiet rural roads offer good road biking as well.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
cleaning fee $75
Tax Rate 5.5%

$185/night is the standard base rate for 1 or 2 adults. Each additional adult is $25/night and each child is $10/night. A 5.5% tax will be added as will a $75 cleaning fee which goes directly to the cleaners

A reservation deposit of 50% of the booking value is required to hold your reservation. In the event of a cancellation, the deposit will be refunded in full if the reservation is cancelled more than 30 days before the intended arrival date. If the booking is cancelled less than 30 days before the arrival date, the deposit will be refunded if the Little Sugar River Farm is able to find a replacement booking for the same number of nights. If the replacement booking is for fewer nights than the original booking, the refund will be proportional i.e if a 3 night booking is cancelled and replaced with a 2 night booking, 2/3 of the deposit will be refunded.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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