2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 6
About Rick Starkey
My wife Janie and I bought this property in 2009, after looking for a suitable recreational property for a few years. This property was close enough to our home that we could justify making the short drive there, whether to work, play, or simply relax. Janie is a purchasing agent for a local company where she has worked for a number of years. I am a semi-retired teacher, who still subs regularly, and misses the classroom on some days. We both have small-town or country roots, and we knew this little piece of country heaven would bring back a multitude of memories for us. Since we both have a sort of love for barns, but couldn't find one within our budget to rebuild or remodel, we decided to build our own barn from the ground up. This barn definitely has all the modern amenities, though, and is not your grandpa's barn. Come see for yourself.
Rick Starkey purchased this Cabin in 2009
Why Rick Starkey chose Westby
My wife Janie and I purchased this property in 2009. At the time, we just wanted a place in the country to go and enjoy the wildlife, country fresh air, and to share with family and friends. With much help from friends and neighbors, we cleaned up the property, which had been neglected for years, and also fixed up the original Honey House, which is so named because of it's original use as a honey-processing building, according to long-time neighbors and local residents. After having owned, worked on, and shared the property for a few years, last summer we decided to build a barn-style cabin as a rental unit. We acted as our own general contractor, using local subcontractors for the majority of the work, and began the process of tree removal and excavating in July of 2014. Local Amish builders actually built the barn itself, doing an amazing job, and maintaining the barn-style authenticity we were hoping to achieve. Other local contractors did the new well. septic, electrical, and heating and ventilation. Janie and I were very busy as general contractors, making sure everyone had the materials and supplies they needed when they needed them. We did do all of the interior finishes ourselves, which we were doing during the course of the winter months. This included staining hundreds of boards, painting the south wall, and staining the heated concrete floors. We also selected the light fixtures, cabinets, and other interior finishes ourselves. Although the Honey Barn has been technically ready to rent for a couple of months now, we wanted to make sure it was truly worthy of our guests before we actually made it available to the public. We have finally reached that point now. We hope you will agree.
What makes this Cabin unique
The Honey Barn will take you back to a simpler place and time, when people took the time to enjoy the little things in life, like a brilliant sunrise, or sunset, or the sound of a wild turkey gobbling on the hill or across the valley. Watch as whitetail deer stroll across the lawn to drink from the West Fork of the Kickapoo River directly across the road from the cabin. If trout fishing is your passion, you are in luck, with fishing access located at the south end of the property. Maybe you would prefer to simply sit on the porch and read a book while listening to nature's symphony of sounds, with various birds, animals, and insects playing the music. This cabin sleeps six in queen-size beds, with the downstairs private room, and two beds in the loft. You will enjoy the views both inside and out, with the large windows, double doors, and views from the loft area. There are many combinations of lighting options, with stair lighting, above cabinet lighting, ceiling fan lighting, and even the fireplace has LED lighting possibilities. Always there is nature's natural lighting, which is the best. You will also be able to have your own campfire in the fire pit, easily accessed or viewed from the cabin porch, with firewood included. Just bring your guitar, mandolin, or banjo and let the music begin! Awaken to the sights and sounds of new day, refreshed and ready to enjoy what the day has to offer you. On Saturday morning, you may want to take the short, but steep walk up Pa's Road to the Amish bakery at the top of the hill, about a half mile away. The smells will prompt you to purchase and sample just a bit more than you may have planned. In any case, the Honey Barn will be a place you will want to visit again and again, and tell your friends and family about upon your return home. Please come and be our guests.
Max guests: 6
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 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.
Such a wonderful place to be stress free and relax! We spend the weekend playing games and reading! The cabin is very clean and well stocked. Would definitely stay again! We also loved all the room for our dogs!
Wonderful relaxing and comfortable hideaway for the weekend.
Property was very clean and well appointed for our stay.
Easy and prompt communication with the property owner. Clean, well stocked, and thoughtful additions to this delightful cabin. A+
Second time and there will be more
This is our second stay as a family, attending the Westby Snowflake Ski Jumps. It's a great location and accommodations. Very family and pet friendly! We just love it.
Snow on Thanksgiving...
wasn't what we expected but our stay was still enjoyable. It was nice to see the long driveway plowed too. The cabin was warm and cozy and enjoyed by everyone.
Located in the breathtakingly picturesque driftless area of southwestern Wisconsin, among the hills and valleys that originally attracted the area's first settlers. Great hiking and biking (regular and motorcycle) right from your own cabin. Sit on the forty-foot long covered porch and view the world from your elevated perspective. Watch as the local Amish buggies clip-clop down the road right in front of the property, or take a drive around the area to see Amish farmers and their families working the fields, raising a barn, or harvesting crops in the fall. There are also many opportunities to visit area farmers' markets in season, or to drive the area's rustic roads and view the flora, fauna, and other natural attractions. Many of the regions small towns host their own festivals in the spring, summer, or fall. Westby even hosts an International Ski-Jumping Tournament at the world-renowned Snowflake Ski Hill in rural Westby. see jumpers from Finland, Norway, and other European countries compete for international rankings and bragging rights.This scenic winter event is held in early February each year and is only a few miles from the Honey Barn! Maybe you are interested in flea markets. One of the best around is located in Readstown, a mere 15 - 20 miles south of your cabin. Driving directions from Westby: Take State highway 27 north from Westby to County highway P, about a half mile north of Westby. Turn right on to County P. drive about three miles and turn right on to County S. Drive about a half mile on County S. The Honey Barn is on the left side of the road. There is a sign at the end of the driveway.