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A quaint adorable farmhouse just a hop, skip and a jump from Bayfield (19 miles)

Ashland, WI, USA
  • Farmhouse800 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Sleeps 4 , fully equiped kitchen, WIFI, in rural Ashland 30 min. from Bayfield

After a day of kayaking, shopping, hiking, beach combing, antiquing, cross country, sailing or just whatever you've been up to... think about coming home to the comfort of a beautifully restored and quaintly decorated farm house. The Homestead is conveniently located just minutes from the heart Ashland WI, with easy access to Bayfield, The Apostle Islands, the Brule River, Copper Falls State Park and Hayward/Cable (Birkie).

This little farmhouse we call The Homestead, is actually a duplex. Whimsy (the lower unit) listed here, has a full kitchen nicely equipped.Whimsy is 900 square feet and has a bedroom with a queen bed, a large living room, kitchen, bathroom, and a sun porch with a double futon, and a quaint window seat reading nook. WIFI is available for guest use.

Come enjoy the country, so close to town. Take a walk up the road to enjoy the farm animals at the nearby inn, Second Wind Country Inn , or better yet, hire Mark to hitch up the horses for a sleigh or wagon ride. This farmhouse was the home of Kelly's grandparents and great-grandparents. We have enjoyed the journey of restoring and decorating it, to make it into a home away from home, for you!

Keywords: Bayfield, Ashland,Wisconsin, WI, Lake Superior, Chequamegon Bay, Little Girls Point, Cooper Falls State Park, quaint, peaceful, cozy, inviting, quiet. ,


Mark and Kelly Illick

Member Since 2013
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Mar 20, 2018
About Mark and Kelly Illick

We are Mark and Kelly. The owners and caretakers of 'The Homestead'. It is dear to our heart as it was the home of my (Kelly) grandparents and great-grandparents. Every Sunday evening was spent with my grandpa and gramma in the country (and many other times too). Nine years ago we built our B&B, Second Wind Country Inn to the south of my grandparents old home in the back cow pasture. Our children are the fifth generation to live on this land. We recently acquired this old farmhouse and market it hand in hand with our B&B. So we live at the inn just south of 'The Homestead'. My hubby drives horses similar to what farmed these old fields in the early 1900's just like my great-grandpa. He also still putters on our 40 acres with my grandpa's old 8N tractor. Come take it in...Come enjoy the country...

Mark and Kelly Illick purchased this Farmhouse in 2012

Why Mark and Kelly Illick chose Eileen

Every Sunday evening was spent at this old farmhouse. I (Kelly) loved coming here to see my grandparents. I spent many of hours with grandpa at the barn playing in the hay mow, loving up the cats and helping Grandpa milk the cows.

What makes this Farmhouse unique

This sweet farmhouse is charming and inviting. It's the perfect place for the perfect get-a-way.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • One bedroom with queen bed plus a double pull out sofa sleeper.


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Bathroom with shower/tub combo.

          Location Type

            • Rural


                • Family


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                        • Towels Provided


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Kitchen
                              Fully equipped with toaster, microwave, fridge, stove, blender, dishes, pots and pans.
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                              Fridge with upper freezer.
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Books
                                    • Games
                                    • Music Library
                                    • Toys
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage


                                                    • churches
                                                    • library
                                                    • marina
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • snowmobiling


                                                                • This property is managed by Second Wind Country Inn B&B which is on the same 40 acres as this farm house. Should your group need accommodations for more than four guests please call us for availability at the inn. We have larger suites, one with a full kitchen one with a kitchenette. 715-682-1000

                                                                  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.

                                                                  7 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  iveralk a very nice place to stay, but the noise level when staying downstairs is not tolerable.

                                                                  Angie V.

                                                                  We stayed at Whimsy, which is the downstairs unit. It is very nicely decorated and the kitchen had everything needed to cook. The bed was a little hard for my taste, but we are all different. My only complaint is that when staying downstairs, you can hear everything going on upstairs. We could hear the gentleman above us snoring. I spoke with the owner about this. She says that she has some ideas to help with the sound problems, as I was not the first one to bring this up. I will try and get the upstairs unit next time!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Angie, thank you for your honesty. When we remodeled this home which was my grandparents, we make efforts to sound proof the ceiling between the 1st and 2nd floor. Yet we are fully aware that it is an old farmhouse and we ask guests to be considerate of the other house guests. Also, in the remodeling of this home, we wanted to preserve the beautiful hemlock floors on the 2nd floor, we now know pad and carpet would have been a better choice. Your complaint has expedited us taking further steps to consulting and acting upon further soundproofing the sleeping area.


                                                                  Peace and Solitude

                                                                  Tracy A.

                                                                  My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at "The Homestead", specifically in the unit aptly called "Whimsy." It was nice to unplug for a few days ( there is Wi-Fi, but no TV- gasp) and enjoy the beauty of the country setting. Yes, this is an old farmhouse and not for everyone's taste, but the home is furnished with an attention to detail with lots of vintage antique items that made us feel like we were spending the night at Grandma's house! It is centrally located outside Ashland and close to Bayfield, Apostle Islands and Copper Falls State Park (all within a 30 minute drive). The owners were quick to respond to my questions by email and even gave us a tour of their B & B (located on the farm adjacent). We loved having a full kitchen to prepare breakfasts and lunches as needed, but we found several good restaurants in the vicinity as well. This is a great getaway spot for couples and others that need some time alone to celebrate or regroup/refresh.

                                                                  Nice place in the country

                                                                  Kristin M.Lighthouse Point

                                                                  Very clean and comfortable overall with a nice hobby farm setting. The kitchen is the most thoroughly appointed of any we've stayed in. We were disappointed that there's no grill or fire pit, since they were at the last place we stayed.


                                                                  Jon F.

                                                                  I stayed in the upstairs apartment of the Farmhouse and although there was a couple renting the downstairs, I rarely heard them and enjoyed three quiet evenings in a gorgeous setting. The Farmhouse location was perfect for the time I spent in Ashland, Bayfield, and even an easy trip to Duluth.

                                                                  Family farm getaway...

                                                                  Michael P.Milwaukee

                                                                  Took my family up North for a week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The kids loved the farm animals and even cried when we left. That's a good sign. Great hosts and a fantastic stay.

                                                                  Cute Country House!

                                                                  lynn h.Where do you live?

                                                                  We had a wonderful stay in this very clean & cozy home! We will be back and would recommend it to others! Great owners!


                                                                  Ashland, WI, USA

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
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                                                                  The rates given are for two people. Additional people beyond 2 (with a maximum of 4) will be charged an additional $10 per night per person. If traveler pays by credit card the processing fee will be deducted from the refundable deposit. There are NO PETS/NO SMOKING allowed on the premises, should you not abide by this you will be asked to leave with no refund.

                                                                  7 Reviews
                                                                  Excellent 4.6/5
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