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A Peaceful Cottage Near Viroqua, Wisconsin

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Open cottage with a king-sized bed, kitchenette, large bath, sleeps 2

Located at the end of a dead end road on a ridge top, Meadowlark Ridge is just six miles west of Viroqua, Wisconsin off Hwy 56. The Garden Cottage is located next to the owner's home, yet it is still private and quiet, with beautiful perennial gardens, fruit trees and veggie gardens around the house and cottage.

You'll find everything you need for a comfortable stay in this one-room cottage - quality linens & towels; a kitchen with stove, microwave/convection oven and refrigerator; coffee/tea; toaster. We just upgraded to high speed internet/Wi-Fi! The cottage has a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and some movies. The cottage has a very comfortable king-sized bed with linens, blankets, and a heated mattress pad. There is a washer and dryer in the kitchen area. The cottage is heated/air conditioned and has a large walk-in tile shower in the full bath. There is a Weber gas grill on the covered porch.

With 360 degree views of the skyline and set between two valleys, you will love the quiet location, dark skies and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Our cropland is certified organic, and all neighboring cropland is farmed organically as well.

Feel free to roam around our property and enjoy the views and extensive perennial and vegetable gardens.

There are great hiking trails, world-class trout fishing and two wineries within just a few miles of the cottage. We are in the Bad Axe watershed, not far from the north and south forks of the Bad Axe River and Springville Creek, and just a short drive to Timber and Spring Coulee trout streams. There is a large Amish community a few miles west of us with shops open to the public. Viroqua has a number of interesting places to eat or shop, and many local activities and events.

Relax with a massage during your stay at The Garden Cottage. Wayne is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) who has been helping clients since 2009 in our home as well as in office and chiropractic settings. Sessions take place in our home. The room is large and comfortable with beautiful views. You may accompany your partner while they receive a massage, relaxing with a book if you choose.

The cottage is licensed with the State of Wisconsin. Sorry but we have a no-pet policy. The cottage is perfect for two adults; we cannot accept guests under 18 years old.

More Details

Wayne Ott
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Wayne Ott

For over 15 years, Wayne & Sherrie traveled to the Viroqua area for their spring and fall camping and fishing trips. When Sherrie retired in 2014, they moved to Viroqua and are happy to be living in such a beautiful and friendly area. Before the move, Wayne worked as a cartographer with the US Geological Service and Sherrie with the USDA as a resource conservationist. Wayne completed massage therapy training at CVTC in Eau Claire and practices out of their home, specializing in injury rehabilitation and relaxation massage.

Wayne Ott purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Wayne Ott chose Southwest

Vernon County has so much to offer, including winding roads through beautiful hills and valleys, world-class trout streams, large open areas for hiking like the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, and a large organic and Amish communities that offer their unique products. The Kickapoo River near Ontario offers scenic canoeing and kayaking, and there are several bike trails including the Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River trail within easy driving. Some of our visitors head to the nearby Mississippi River to pan fish. Birdwatchers can enjoy bald eagles and a host of migratory birds as they travel along the big river. Our property is home to numerous songbirds including Eastern Meadowlarks, Northern Orioles, Bluebirds, Hummingbirds as well as Wild Turkeys, deer and pheasants. Viroqua is a friendly community with interesting small shops and a couple of restaurants serving locally-sourced food. We are just a few miles from two wineries with tasting rooms.

What makes this cottage unique

We try to be very responsive to our guests, and we add amenities whenever our guests request something. We added more towels, some more kitchen supplies, and now high speed satellite internet so the Wi-Fi signal is stronger and faster. We want our guests to be delighted with their stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We were looking for somewhere that was clean, quiet, private, yet with modern amenities. We found all of that and more at the Garden Cottage at Meadowlark Ridge. Sherrie was very helpful with local attractions. Her flower gardens were fantastic, the king size bed was really comfortable, and everything was a pleasant surprise.

We look forward to returning.
Jun 2015
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Viroqua Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The full bathroom is equipped with soft towels, soaps, shampoo, body wash, lotion and a hair dryer. An iron is available on request. Most of our soaps and all laundry products are unscented.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The Garden Cottage is an open, one-room cottage with a separate, full bath. There is a comfortable king-sized bed with quality linens and a memory-form topper. There is a nice closet for your clothes & luggage.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • swimming
The owner is a certified massage therapist and provides 60 minute sessions in his home.


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A Peaceful Cottage Near Viroqua, Wisconsin
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

So glad we discovered this cottage getaway

  • 5 of 5

We hope to stay here many more times in the future since we love the Viroqua area. Gorgeous views from this ridgetop, completely quiet (slept like the dead both nights), beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, and the cottage is cozy, bright, homey and very clean. It was provided with every amenity we'd want...even fresh organic half-and-half for the coffee, thanks for that. Felt very private, but loved meeting Wayne and Sherrie, wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Cathy. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you and Dan again.
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Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

Great 3 night stay! Ouiet, beautiful setting, and a nice place to getaway to. Great local orchards, restaurants, shops,etc. will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Johnston, IA

Lovely, exceptionally well appointed Cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Besides being a beautiful location, and with amazing gardens and flowers, I can't say enough about how perfectly appointed this Cottage is. Every little amenity you could think of is considered, and a bunch you wouldn't. From high quality bed and bedding (with 2 side heat adjust) to a heat fan in the bath to q-tips, and labels and notes a plenty. And all looking spottless, brand new, while maintaining the Cottage feel. Highly highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Matt and Vicki for your kind review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay at The Garden Cottage. You were the perfect guests and we hope you return in the near future. -Wayne & Sherrie
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  • 5 of 5

I just wanted to say "Thanks!!!" I had a wonderful few days in your secret piece of heaven. The cottage was great, and your local tips were greatly appreciated. Thanks again for your hospitality, and I'm looking forward getting back here real soon.... Tom

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute peace and beauty

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. Sherrie and Wayne are perfect hosts. The cottage was immaculate. A wonderful place to restore and recharge. Bliss. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Terri and John are accomplished, kind, thoughtful, extraordinary people. One of the best reasons to host is meeting folks like these. We look forward to seeing them again.
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None needed

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place and owners

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful meeting you both and we look forward to your return on Labor Day weekend. All our best wishes.
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Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Norwegian Hollow Hideaway
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
The Driftless Cafe
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.5%

We rent the cottage for a maximum of 12 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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