About the property
- Farmhouse4000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Akey Valley is closed for the season (too cold in the old farmhouse!). We will reopen in April 2018. Please reach out and let us know if you are interested in Akey Valley for a future stay.
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.
Please note: 3 night minimum is required for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
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
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Eric and Amy Lord
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
Why Eric and Amy Lord chose Orion
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.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
This property is a nice get away for our family. It's remote enough as to not worry about our dogs disturbing neighbors. The working farm next door makes for a welcome change to city living. We really appreciate how clean and well kept the property is, too. Amy and Eric are very accommodating.
One of the greatest vacations ever.
We had a group of 14 stay here for 4 days. The place was very big. We had plenty of room for meals and sleeping. We loved the large visiting room and the many outdoor fire fires. We very much look forward to a return trip.
Beautiful home. Beautiful property. Awesome stay, away from it all!
Decided to host our yearly family reunion at Akey Alley. Historic farmhouse was beautiful with more than enough space for parents and kids. The property owner's parents, Marilyn and Bill, were an added bonus. In addition to being delightful company, they offered a bit of history and insight into the area as well tractor rides and hay bailing for the kids. During our stay the Wifi didn't work but we were having such a great time no one missed it. Nearby Richland Center offers restaurants and a great public pool. Would definitely recommend and will definitely go back.
What an idyllic spot!
We have stayed at this property multiple years running and find it to be an ideal spot to plan all of our Wisconsin adventures!
Great place in the country
We were 4 adults and a 5 year old, and had plenty of room with one bedroom not even used. The place is very well equipped, with a modern kitchen. We loved the charm of the old farmhouse but appreciated the up-to-date kitchen. Being right in the country was fun for all of us, especially the 5 year old. Lots of things to do in the area -- great place for a family reunion. Highly recommended.
Perfect place and nice people...Thank you Amy, Eric and Bill. We will be back soon as we can...Darikhia and friends.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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 If you are interested in having an event at Akey Valley, please contact Eric and Amy to discuss pricing, logistics and details.