Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
Larry & LuAnn Hutson
- english, We speak fluent "Wisconsin". :)
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, visit our on-site Show Home where we feature multiple ways to repurpose reclaimed materials in every room, AND discover affordable antiques and collectibles in our on site store. Considering a remodel project back home? You can take your time browsing the Show Home, 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' <http://www.usedanew.com>. 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, visit our on-site Show Home where we feature multiple ways to repurpose reclaimed materials in every room, AND discover affordable antiques and collectibles in our on site store. Considering a remodel project back home? You can take your time browsing the Show Home, make selections and have us ship the materials to you!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 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.
Children allowed - We're grandparents of six! Need we say more? :)We're grandparents of six! Need we say more? :)
Pets allowed - With pre-approval, pet fee of $45 per stay. With pre-approval, pet fee of $45 per stay.
No parties/events - Contact us to discuss small backyard gatherings.Contact us to discuss small backyard gatherings.
No smoking - No smoking in or near the apartment. On grounds okNo smoking in or near the apartment. On grounds ok
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 18 - Under 18 welcome with adult supervisionUnder 18 welcome with adult supervision
- Max occupancy of 6 with queen size air bed set up in living room. Most suitable for families w children, couples, adults comfortable w sharing a bed.
- Upstairs apartment. Indoor stairs w 18 steps. Stairwell is 42" wide w 36" between sturdy hand grip rails.
- If pets are allowed they should never be unattended, and should be kept off the furniture.
We came to Sparta to celebrate Christmas with our family. Not only was the space exactly what we needed, Larry and Lu went above and beyond to ensure our stay was perfect. We ended up hosting Christmas dinner at the apartment and they not only agreed to allow us to host but also offered card tables and chairs to ensure we had enough seating for our family.
We will definitely be back.
We're very pleased that the apartment worked well for you to accommodate your family for a Christmas gathering! Please feel free to return any time.
I was looking for Zen time and I received it. Can't wait to go back again. My dog also enjoyed the peace and quiet.
We're so glad your brief stay was quiet and relaxing. We certainly look forward to your return whenever the opportunity presents itself. Take care!
A week stay
Facility was 18 steps up to apartment. Not recommended for older people or anyone with bad knees. TV reception limited to 2 local and 4 PBS channels. Remoteness requires great planning as no access to food/drink means you must bring everything with you. Think this VRBO is over priced. Larry, is a nice guy wish I could rate higher but got to be honest
After many years of all 5 star reviews (except for one 4 star a couple years ago) Lu and I are saddened that one of our guests was disappointed with their stay. We want all our guests to enjoy their getaway in the country and hope we've described the property well enough that there are no surprises or disappointments upon arrival. I enjoyed meeting Dave and he and his group were fine guests and left the apartment in great condition, so if they choose to come again, we'd be happy to host them.
To address and clarify Dave's comments, we are a VRBO and not licensed as a B&B so we are not allowed to furnish food on site. We do market as a stay in the country so we are a bit removed from sources of food & beverage. That said, a five mile drive to Sparta will yield, 3 grocery stores, multiple chain and local restaurants and bars, a liquor store - and 4 restaurants will deliver here.
Our description does indicate that the Eagle View Apartment is upstairs. We've provided a wide staircase with sturdy handrails, but it is a second story apartment, and we would not recommend it for folks who have difficulty with stairs.
Each of the 3 TVs in the apartment are on their own antenna and we provide DVD players with a library of movies to rent, but with the availability of streaming services and news sources widely available via the web, we don't have satellite here for our own use and have never felt it was of significant importance to the majority of our guests, so it is true that regular TV broadcasts are limited.
Again, we are saddened that Dave was unhappy with his stay and encourage future travelers to read our property description carefully and to feel free to ask any questions they would like prior to booking. We love it here and want all our guests to love their stay here too!
Great rural getaway
Hubby, I and adult daughter spent a wonderful long weekend at this very comfortable home in the rolling hills just outside of Sparta. We took a fabulous long bike ride (including going through an old railroad tunnel) on the Elroy-Sparta bike trail. The Jacuzzi was a huge treat when we got home. Lu and Larry are lovely hosts and the apartment was very well supplied with kitchen amenities. The beds were comfortable. Nothing was lacking. I'd love to come back and explore more areas of the Driftless Region.
It was great to meet Kathy and her family. We enjoyed showing them our antique & collectibles shop and our Show Home associated with our other business, Used Anew. Wonderful, friendly family who left our apartment in great condition. Welcome back any time!
This is our family trip to Wisconsin. Never find this type of place before. Larry and Lu was very communicative during that time. Everything was so clean and pretty warm during this fall. We loved the furniture, everything was well prepared. Even my mother in law would like to stay for a month 😂
Lu and I were so pleased to meet Shahnaz and her family. What a great group of people! We'll be happy to have them return any time.
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.