Peaceful Country Comfort W Panoramic Views of Big Creek Valley(57 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Property type:Apartment
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
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 but has 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.
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Member since: 2012
- On floor 2
- 900 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 6
- Non Smoking Only:
With pre-approval. If approved, pet fee of $45 per stay will be charged. Pets should be kenneled when owners are away, must stay off the furniture and messes in the yard should be picked up and disposed of....moreless
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Alternative Lifestyle
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- 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....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- 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....moreless
- DVD Player:
- Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Ski Privileges Optional
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Towels Provided:
- Wireless Internet:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
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)....moreless
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- Kayak / Canoe:
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Pool / Spa
- Chateau / Country House
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My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $45 + tax
- Tax Rate 5.5%
Minimum 2 night stay on weekends. Pets with approval only.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: 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. Lu and I enjoy 'getting back to basics'. Lu plants a garden and does home canning and freezing. We make our own maple syrup, occasionally raise a few farm animals, etc. We're 'growing green' in other ways too, with geothermal to provide heat and air conditioning and some of our hot water as a by-product. We've made our home and your apartment as energy efficient as we can, and Larry LOVES working with reclaimed wood for a variety of projects. More recently, we've started a business called 'Used Anew'. We deconstruct unwanted buildings in the area (barns, houses, garages, etc.) and make the reclaimed lumber and other materials available for repurposing.
Why the Owner Chose Sparta, WI, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
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!
- Primary: 608.487.0547 Larry Hutson
- Secondary: +1 6084870548 LuAnn Hutson
Our home! We've added a ~900 sq. ft. apartment to share this experience with you
Full size appliances and well stocked cupboards make this a kitchen you can use!
King room w DVD & TV. Patio doors to large balcony w view. Wood floor & ceiling!
Queen room w DVD & 32" TV (local channels). Wood floor & ceiling. Reading lights
Work space w WIFI or wired Ethernet. Overhead light & comfy chair.
Oversized leather recliner. Larry's childhood toys adorn an antique shelf.
Main bath features this spacious whirlpool tub with ample room for two!
Wash basin sets on a unique vanity top fashioned from reclaimed lumber.
Unique features like this old fashioned bench made from reclaimed lumber.
Enjoy colorful sunrises and sunsets from the balcony or your bay window!
Wild berries grow in the woods behind the apartment in June & July.
Use the backyard firepit for cooking or S'mores or just enjoy a relaxing evening
Living room features bay window, stone hearth, comfy seating, TV and work desk.
Amish made stools. Table made from reclaimed wood.
Wood ceilings in both bedrooms are made from reclaimed lumber, a unique feature.
Wide board floors in living room and bedrooms are fashioned from reclaimed wood.
LuAnn relaxes on the leather sofa with a good book.
Electric fireplace with or without heat for year round ambiance. Real stone!
2nd bath shower features 2 shower heads. (Great for washing front & back. :)
Check out Larry's towel bars featuring the marbles he 'lost' during his youth!
Larry made these unique shelves from reclaimed roofing boards.
Long views of Beautiful Big Creek Valley from every window & from your balcony.
Beautiful during any season, the Fall colors in Big Creek Valley are amazing!
Floorplan of the apartment.
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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