|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Akey Valley is a vacation rental home located in scenic Richland County in southwest Wisconsin. The 130+ year old farmhouse has over 4,000 square feet to enjoy. The home is fully furnished and sleeps 10 comfortably with five bedrooms (four upstairs and one on the main level): two queen beds, two full beds and two twin beds and plenty of space available for air mattresses. Move in and make yourself at home for the week or weekend.
There are so many things to do in southwest Wisconsin and the driftless area. Enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright destinations like House on the Rock and Taliesin, along with the outdoor American Players Theater and great golf at The House on the Rock Golf Resort in Spring Green (only 15 minutes away).
Enjoy fishing? Richland County alone has over 270 miles of class I and class II trout stream. Along with the Wisconsin River and nearby fisheries, this area is the ultimate getaway. Within a 20 minutes drive, enjoy the Wisconsin River, Willow Creek, Bear Creek, Whitemound Lake, Ash Creek, Melancthon Creek and Mill Creek. If you want to drive a little farther, you can explore Blue River, Fennimore Fork, Black Earth Creek, West Fork of the Kickapoo River, Billings Creek and Devils Lake and State Park.
If golf is more your style, you can golf a different course every day of your stay with multiple courses all within a short drive. Visit The House on the Rock Golf Resort in Spring Green (15 minutes), The Baraboo Country Club, Baraboo (55 minutes), The Reedsburg Country Club, Reedsburg (40 minutes), Viroqua Hills Golf Course, Viroqua (45 minutes) and the West Brook Hills Golf Course in Plain (25 minutes).
The Akey Valley farmhouse is over 130+ years old. We offer great accommodations but please know it is NOT new construction. The home includes living room, dining room, sitting room, two bathrooms (both on the main level - there is not a bathroom upstairs) and fully equipped recently remodeled kitchen with wall oven, cook top, oversized refrigerator with French doors, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and other small appliances like waffle maker, toaster and a tabletop George Forman grill. All cooking utensils, silverware and dishware are included and guests may bring in and prepare their own food. Bed linens and towels are provided. The house also includes a 26x26 great room addition that’s perfect for any gathering or activity with a larger group! We installed Wi-Fi at the house in October 2014. It has worked great for guests but know it's not super fast. Some things we don't have: cable or dish network (we do have a TV). We hope our guests enjoy the beautiful scenery of the settings and have a time to set back, relax and get away.
Area attractions within a half hour’s drive include: American Players Theater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen, the Spring Green Art Fair, The House on the Rock Golf Course, Tower Hill State Park, the lower Wisconsin River, the Morel (mushroom) Festival in Muscoda, the Fall Art Tour, Oakwood Fruit Farm, and the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Amish shopping and Wiggy Winery is north of Richland Center. Our back country roads are perfect for biking, pedal or motorcycle!
Area attractions about an hour away include: the House on the Rock, Governor Dodge State Park in Dodgeville, the Circus Museum, Devil's Lake State Park, the International Crane Foundation in the Baraboo area, the Wisconsin Dells, Mt Horeb, Wollersheim Winery, Cave of the Mounds. Madison is 60 minutes east, Viroqua is a short hour northwest and La Crosse is 90 minutes northwest.
Enjoy country living; take in the beauty of the area and be amazed at the peace and quiet of the country.
Travel time (ish): Madison 60 minutes, La Crosse 90 minutes, Chicago 3 hours and 30 minutes, Twin Cities 4 hours, Rochester, MN 3 hours and Wisconsin Dells 60 minutes.
Eric and Amy Lord grew up in southwest Wisconsin, just miles from this property. Eric is a graduate of Ithaca High School, while Amy attended and graduated from Richland Center High School. Like many young adults, they couldn't wait to 'get out of town' after graduation and head to the big city. Well, they headed to the big cities of La Crosse and Madison and currently live in the small community of Black Earth. As they have gotten older, they realize how lucky they are to have the rural beauty of southwest Wisconsin at their fingertips and the big city conveniences of Madison.
Eric is a personal training at Core Health and Fitness specializing in corrective movement and injury prevention. He was voted the 'Madison's Best' winner personal trainer in 2013, 2014, and 2015 by Madison Magazine. Amy is the Development Director at The River Food Pantry, Dane County's busiest food pantry serving over 600 families each week free groceries, hot meals, clothing, and household goods.
Eric and Amy love the outdoors! You will find them hiking and snowshoeing (depending on the season), kayaking and gardening. They enjoy volunteering with the Ice Age Trail and United Way. The long term goal for Akey Valley is to invite guests to not only enjoy country living, but also enjoy planned activities for guests to be active and sustainable.
Eric and Amy Lord purchased this farmhouse in 2013
A short history lesson: The Akey Valley home was built is 1879 by Lemuel Akey. He brought is young family to the area from Ohio. The Akey family lived and prospered in Richland County for many years and moved to what is now Richland Center in 1890. The house and acreage was purchases by the Pauls family from Lemuel Akey and remained in their family until 2013.
The 130+ year old farm house has character around ever corner. There was an addition in 1985 and a kitchen remodel in 2011, and but the true guts of the home remained true to character. As soon as you enter the home, you are in awe of the grander and majestic features of yesteryear. It is a beautiful property and we hope others will enjoy and appreciate the personality it still has today.
Four retired teachers decided to venture up to House on the Rock and explore SW Wisconsin. This location was PERFECT. We each had our own bedroom, 2 bathrooms to share, and plenty of space. The view from the porch and back of the house was ethereal. We returned each day, after exploring another area of the region, to relax, share a bottle of wine, and prepare a delicious dinner. We used the grill that was provided for some locally bought brats, and even enjoyed a campfire behind the house one night. The host's father even gave us a private tour of the one room school house museum that was across the street from the house. This was the perfect place and met all our needs...close to attractions, plenty of small towns to explore, good selection of restaurants, a quiet peaceful retreat, and a place to make great memories.
This home is comfortable, full of character, with lots of space for dining, games, and good conversation. The kitchen is modern, and well-equipped. This property is the perfect spot for a quiet "getaway weekend" with friends. We enjoyed a tour of Taliesen and a Friday night trout dinner at the Driftless Depot in nearby Spring Green.
Great place for a group of 6 girlfriends to celebrate a milestone birthday away from our busy lives filled with work and family responsibilities. It was a wonderful trip and certainly a gem in the middle of rolling hills and gorgeous countryside. A perfect reminder to slow down and an enjoy the wonderful people in your lives.
The owners sent an email that made us smile as they welcomed us to their home. It was filled with valuable information which was so appreciated, you could tell they really care about their guests.
Kitchen was large, modern and very well stocked. More than expected in a historic farmhouse. It's a very large house with much more room then we needed. We each had our own bed which all reported were very comfortable with extra soft sheets. We could tell the owners were still updating the property and it was very clean. I was amazed at how many windows there were. So much natural light for an older home and very high ceilings. If there are hardwood floors under the carpet, and they were "let out" one day, the home would be simply breathtaking.
There are only 2 bathrooms on the main floor; one with a small shower and the other with a tub/shower combo. So as others have noted, if anyone has difficulty with stairs, there is one bedroom on the main level. In every bedroom there is a flashlight on the nightstand to help navigate the stairs at night. Clever.
While in the area we visited Talliesin which was incredible as a few of us had been art students and we had all read the book "Loving Frank". We also visited House on the Rock and Weggy Winery. We had dinner at Freddy Valentine's which was quite good, however don't think about ordering dessert as they don't serve any in the summer due to their goal of turning tables quickly.
For supplies the house is very short drive to Richland Center where you can get everything you need. The owners provided so much wonderful information in their welcome email regarding such things.
Tips: Make sure someone in your group has Verizon because it was the only carrier for GPS phone navigation and phone calls that could get a signal. Wonderful to have WiFi at the house however when you're driving in the countryside, one could get a bit lost without GPS.
Eric, Amy & Bill,
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality!
Our family celebrates Christmas every summer with my mother in law who spends the winters in Tanzania teaching. This year we wanted to spend time in southwest Wisconsin and thought we'd try a VRBO. We were not disappointing. The house was the perfect size for our group of 9. The location was near lots to do, including the House on the Rock. We really enjoyed the variety of decorating elements throughout the house...lots of different character from room to room. Only the ground floor of the house is air conditioned, but with the window fans the upstairs bedrooms were tolerable on warm August nights. One bit of advice in case you don't like driving on gravel roads: if you come to the house from the northeast, you only have a few hundred feet of gravel to drive on; however you come in from the south, you will be on gravel for a couple miles. Anyone traveling on motorcycle may appreciate this info. Thanks Amy and Eric for a great place to stay!
This historic home is nestled in the remarkable Driftless region of SW Wisconsin. The home itself is spacious, the kitchen is well-equipped, and it seems like the proprietors Amy and Eric have thought of everything right down to the basket of throw blankets that we used on the beautiful front porch. Highly recommended. Would definitely stay here again!
We rented the house for a Dodgeville wedding. Although it was a little further away than I thought, the house was great for family and friends who came to this "destination" wedding. The countryside is beautiful and peaceful. We had everything we could have possibly needed in the house (except an iron for the groomsmen shirts, but they managed!!) We saw deer, ground squirrels, rabbits and of course cows! Eric and Amy were very easy to deal with and even had a landline phone installed before our stay because I had a family member in the hospital. (Cell service is sparse!!!) Highly recommended!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee||$75 + Tax|
Sunday -Thursday: $250 per night
Friday - Saturday: $300 per night
Rates do not include 5.5% Wisconsin sales tax
Check-in: 2:00 p.m., unless otherwise negotiated
Check-out: 11:00 a.m., unless otherwise negotiated
50% down when booking, balance due upon check-in
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.