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Peaceful Country Comfort W Panoramic Views of Big Creek Valley

Sparta, WI, USA
  • Apartment900 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Relax in the comfort of a full-size 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury 2nd floor apartment with separate entrance for your convenience and privacy. Enjoy the quiet country life with panoramic views of Big Creek Valley from the bay window in your living room, or sip a favorite beverage on the spacious balcony adjoining the King room. Feel free to enjoy our large lawn, take a walk through our woods or enjoy an evening fire in the fire pit. (Large deck attached to main house is available to guests on request.)

Our home is situated on the side of a small hill overlooking an active dairy farming area with farmers fields and pastures giving way to rolling wooded hills in the distance. Enjoy a bicycle or motorcycle ride or quiet drive along (paved) country roads, or relax in the yard or on your balcony with a good book and a glass of wine.

Wintertime sports activities are nearby with cross country and downhill skiing, tubing and snowboarding at Fort McCoy, cross country at the golf course in Sparta, and downhill at Mount La Crosse. Snowmobile trails abound! You and the kids can enjoy sledding on the mild slope of the hill right behind your apartment, build snowmen in the yard, etc. Try your hand at ice-fishing on Perch Lake or Lake Neshonoc or skating at the Sparta Hockey Rink or one of the outdoor rinks at Memorial Park in Sparta... or just snuggle in and stay warm by the electric fireplace in the apartment.

The apartment is attached to our home with a separate entrance for your convenience. Sound buffers between our living spaces mean we can't hear you and you can't hear us.


A few years ago a storm blew over an enormous elm tree I climbed as a kid. It landed on the corner of an early 1900's granary. The owner chose not to repair it and allowed us to take it down for the salvaged lumber. You'll find that reclaimed lumber throughout the apartment. Wooden floors were reworked from the granary flooring. Wainscot, trim and wood ceilings were made from the siding. Shelves and benches that adorn the apartment were made from refashioned roofing boards. Table, work station and vanity tops were made from wall studs and beams. Nail holes, knots and blemishes remain visible in the wood giving the finished pieces a unique and beautiful character.

Keywords: Luxury Suite, large yard, woods, reclaimed wood floors, close to Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River bike trails. Day trips to Bluffs, Amish Country.


Larry & LuAnn Hutson

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Larry & LuAnn Hutson

Lu and I know that where we stay when we travel can dramatically affect how much we enjoy our entire vacation. We've learned that having a comfortable, relaxing (and sometimes romantic) place to call our 'home on the road' is as important as choosing what we'll do with our time. We've designed this space with YOUR comfort and relaxation in mind. Our home is Travel Green Certified. We heat and cool with a geothermal system. We've made our home and your apartment as energy efficient as we can. We also operate a business called 'Used Anew'. We deconstruct unwanted buildings in the area and make the reclaimed lumber and other materials available for repurposing. Guests can purchase unique items made from reclaimed materials and discover affordable antiques and collectibles in our on site store. Considering a remodel project back home? You can take your time browsing samples of our Amish milled flooring and wall and ceiling treatments, make selections and have us ship the materials to you!

Larry & LuAnn Hutson purchased this Apartment in 2007

Why Larry & LuAnn Hutson chose Sparta

We love the country! It's so peaceful and quiet here in the Big Creek Valley. The views of active farms and majestic wooded hills are spectacular any time of year. We've come home to Wisconsin after more than a decade away. Here on the hillside, overlooking the farm where I grew up, it feels a little like we're on vacation every day! We decided to share this experience with you, and so we've made this luxurious full-size apartment for you to use, for a night, for a week, or longer if you wish.

What makes this Apartment unique

When was the last time you had absolutely nothing you were obligated to do? Sometimes the best vacation consists of finding a comfortable, inspiring place to stay and throwing out the schedule of activities. If you feel like going out, there's plenty to do - but if 'doing' is less important than re-energizing, staying in just might be the best option! Either way, we've created a space for you that can function as 'home-base' for a busy schedule, or comfortable and relaxing enough you may not want to leave. During the growing and harvesting seasons we enjoy watching the farming activities all around us as our neighbors work the fields and harvest their crops. We frequently spot American Bald Eagles and other wildlife from our perch on the hill. On cloudless nights, you'll enjoy the lack of light pollution. The only lights you'll see for miles will be a few neighbors' yard lights and an occasional passing vehicle on the road below. You may not have realized just how many stars are visible in the night sky! We also operate a business called 'Used Anew'. We deconstruct unwanted buildings in the area and make the reclaimed lumber and other materials available for repurposing. Guests can purchase unique items made from reclaimed materials and discover affordable antiques and collectibles in our on site store. Considering a remodel project back home? You can take your time browsing samples of our Amish milled flooring and wall and ceiling treatments, make selections and have us ship the materials to you!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, TV & DVD, Large balcony
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, TV & DVD (local channels)
      • Other (See Description)
        Queen sized air bed can be set up in living room
      • King size beds (1) Separately switched overhead reading lights. TV with DVD player on opposite wall., Queen size Beds (1) Queen room includes separately switched overhead reading lights. TV with DVD player on opposite wall. A High Quality queen-sized air bed can be set up in living room if desired.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, jetted tub, Large triangular tub, dimmable overhead light
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, 5' wide tiled shower with dual shower heads
      • 2 bathrooms. Vanities made from reclaimed wood. Both have heater/vent/light combos.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Okay, the mountains in Wisconsin aren't as high as some others... actually I think we call them HILLS. We're in the middle of Wisconsin's 'Driftless Area' with long beautiful views of Big Creek Valley
        • Rural
          We are in the midst of an active dairy farming community, surrounded by well-maintained family farms. We're easy to find - a short 5 minute drive to Sparta and approximately 30 minutes from La Crosse.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Large living room with leather sofa and recliner, bay window, electric fireplace, window seat, ceiling fan, work station, reclaimed wood floors.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Geothermal - central, forced air (quiet). Your apartment is a separate zone, so set your thermostat for your comfort.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Geothermal - central, forced air (quiet). Your apartment is a separate zone, so set your thermostat for your comfort.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      No need to bring your own bedding. We've got you covered!
                    • Fireplace
                      Electric fireplace stove has a realistic burning log look with the added benefit of operation with or without heat, so you can enjoy the ambiance all summer long!
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Large concrete slab with reserved space (one or two vehicles) steps from the apartment entrance for your convenience.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Plenty of additional off-street parking available on the premises for RV's, boats, or other large vehicles.
                    • Telephone
                      Landline phones are not available in the apartment, but are available in the main house for emergencies. Fax available on request. Cell signal good depending on carrier.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Plenty of towels stocked and backups if you need more
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Free WiFi or Ethernet port - We share a 1.5 MBPS - DSL connection - not terribly speedy, but not bad for a rural area.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Microwave
                          Over the stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          12 Cup drip coffee maker & coffee grinder. We supply ground regular & decaf coffee & an assortment of teas, non-dairy creamers, sugar & Splenda.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Service for six includes china, glass & plastic, silverware, serving utensils, etc.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Full-sized appliances, including microwave, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator/freezer with ice cube trays. Cupboards stocked with cooking & baking pots, pans & full table service. Utensils for BBQ grill. 12cup coffee pot and coffee grinder. (We supply ground coffee and a selection of teas).
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Everything you need for a fully functional food prep area - and a few utensils suitable for use with our BBQ grill. If anything's missing just ask us & we'll do our best to accommodate.
                        • Oven
                          Full size stove with oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Paper: cups, plates, napkins, cupcake papers, coffee filters, wax paper, foil paper towels. Condiments, etc.: Pan spray, S & P, Garlic Salt
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full-size Refrigerator/freezer with ice cube trays.
                        • Stove
                          4 burner electric
                        • Toaster
                          4-slice toaster


                            • Dining
                              Dining table in kitchen made from reclaimed wood. Chairs are Amish made. Additional temporary table & chairs on request.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Selection of books and recent magazins available. Not finished? Take it with you!
                                • DVD Player
                                  One for each of 3 TVs
                                • Games
                                  Selection of board games & playing cards
                                • Television
                                  Local channels via antenna. DVD player with each of three flat screen TV sets, one in living room and one in each of the bedrooms.
                                • Toys
                                  Available on request
                                • Video Library
                                  Large selection of DVD's available for rent.


                                    • Balcony
                                      8' x 11' Balcony w bistro table & chairs. Great country views from the balcony and also from the Bay Window in the living room.
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Nearby bike shop (Speed's Bike Shop) has a wide variety of bikes & accessories available for rent or purchase & will adjust and set up your selection to fit your needs.
                                    • Golf
                                      Golf course available in Sparta and others nearby
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayak and Canoe rentals nearby
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Full use of our several acre lawn for relaxing, lawn games, mild slope sledding or explore the 'wild' woods.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas Grill, small table-top charcoal grill or cook over an open flame in the firepit.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Downhill ski and snowboard available at Fort McCoy (about 20 minute drive). Cross Country skiing in Sparta park and at Justin Trails, nearby.


                                        • alternative lifestyle

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • jetted tub
                                              Spacious triangle shaped whirlpool bath with dimmable overhead light to set a relaxing mood.


                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • library
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • ski privileges optional
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing


                                                                • Electric Fireplace Stove, 32' Flat Screen TV's w DVD players in Bedrooms & Living Room, Large Tiled Shower w Dual Showerheads, Reclaimed wood floors, trim, and unique accents. Luxury queen-sized airbed available. Extra blankets available. 12 cup coffee pot and coffee grinder. Ground coffee and a selection of teas provided. Ironing board and iron, alarm clocks, Radio/IPOD docking station, nightlight & mini lanterns, selection of games, playing cards, magazines, books. Fire pit available for your use (with approval) - wood provided. Large lawn & picnic table. Countryside Views.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  62 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Feels like home

                                                                  Marci T.

                                                                  We enjoyed our "first annual fall family fun night" at Larry and LuAnns. It was beautiful and perfect for the 6 of us. Loved having the space and personal touches. The binder had lots of good information and has the answers to any questions you may have. Full kitchen had everything we needed. Thank you

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Lu and I are very pleased that you were able to share some quality time with family in our little sanctuary in the country. Hope we'll see you again next year on your Second Annual family fun trip!

                                                                  Quiet Country Rental

                                                                  2PedalersHarriman, TN

                                                                  Very clean & well kept 2BR/2Bath apartment. Ideal central location if you are in the area bicycling the 4 Trails. We did the Trails in sections going out and back driving to trailheads to start. Our longest drive was about an hour and a half to a trailhead. Loved the large Jacuzzi tub soak after a long day on the bike. LuAnn & Larry were wonderful hosts. Just a few miles from Sparta and access to the interstate and major roads.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Lu and I enjoyed meeting the two of you and we're super happy the Eagle View Apartment worked well for you as a "home base" for your rides on the area bike trails. Seems like your 8 day stay went by so quickly. We hope you'll return again soon!

                                                                  Great place to getaway for a weekend!

                                                                  Lauren S.

                                                                  The pictures don't do this place justice! It's a wonderful, private second-floor apartment with all the amenities - 2 bedrooms with very comfy beds, fully stocked kitchen, comfortable couch, recliner and gas fireplace in LR and 2 full bathrooms - one with a huge shower and the other with a giant jacuzzi tub. Plus an outdoor porch and a patio with a grill, picnic table and fire pit!

                                                                  Lu and Larry are gracious hosts who are around when you need anything but otherwise make themselves scarce.

                                                                  We were a party of three 50-something women celebrating a girls' weekend and the place was perfect for us, especially since some of us were from Milwaukee and some from Minneapolis. We'll definitely be back!!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Lu and I truly enjoyed meeting your fun-loving group and so glad you all enjoyed your stay! Very much looking forward to your return whenever you're in the mood for another "girls' getaway".

                                                                  Relaxing spot with a view

                                                                  Julianne O.

                                                                  Enjoyed this condo/apartment (located at the top part of home) before and after a ride on the Elroy-Sparta bike trail. Hosts are most accommodating. Would stay there again!!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Glad you all enjoyed your stay and were able to get some bike riding in! The Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River Trails meet at Sparta and are a popular activity for many of our guests. We look forward to a return visit at your convenience!

                                                                  New property with retro charm

                                                                  Conrad M.Eagan, MN

                                                                  We enjoyed our July 2017 stay at this Sparta, WI property. Lu and her husband were charming hosts. We especially appreciated the amount of care they put into finishing much of it with reclaimed wood! Even though the weather was a typical July stretch of hot, we enjoyed a luxurious whirlpool! Nice touch! The kitchen was totally outfitted for any cooking one would imagine, though we didn't do much cooking during our stay.

                                                                  This was our first stay at a VRBO property. The bar is now set very, very high.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for trusting us for your first experience with VRBO! Lu and I are super pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to relax and unwind in the country with us. That whirlpool tub is a popular amenity, especially in the summertime. Some of the folks that ride the Elroy/Sparta bicycle trail seem to find it soothing for their tired muscles.

                                                                  We hope we'll see you again next time you're up for a quiet getaway to the beautiful Big Creek Valley.

                                                                  Lovely, well built and well stocked apartment. Very comfortable and private.

                                                                  Betsy V.

                                                                  Larry and LuAnn have created a very nice space. They've thought of everything anyone could need to cook, relax, and enjoy. I visited with two friends and we enjoyed the views; were able to prepare our meals using the well stocked kitchen; enjoyed visiting the antique shop - where to our surprise - one of us found a child's rocker she had been hunting for; we enjoyed a leisurely walk to the historic Methodist church down the road and the accompanying cemetery (interesting to guess stories, see dates, see military markers etc.,) and just visit and relax. Many thanks! Very easy to reserve, find and enjoy.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We're so glad you and your friends enjoyed your getaway to the country. And we're super pleased your friend was able to find a treasure in the antique & collectible shop we've opened in the lower level of our home. So glad we had just what she was looking for! It was a pleasure to meet and visit with all of you briefly. Hope you'll return again soon!

                                                                  Lu & Larry


                                                                  Sparta, WI, USA

                                                                  Plenty of paved roads and beautiful country back roads for a pleasant walk or for bicycle and motorcycle riding. Canoe & kayak rentals nearby. Close access to Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River bike trails (Elroy Sparta boasts 3 long tunnels). Golf course in Sparta and several others nearby. Space & Bicycle museum in Sparta, Children's museum in La Crosse. Local butcher shop & numerous Wisconsin cheese stores. Great location for day trips to Wisconsin Dells, Casinos, ATV trails, Mississippi River, Bluffs, wineries and micro breweries, Amish Country, etc.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                                  Pet Fee
                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  Minimum 2 night stay on weekends. Pets with approval only.

                                                                  62 Reviews
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