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A Peaceful Cottage Near Viroqua, Wisconsin

Bedrooms Studio
Space 450 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Clean and modern cottage with a king-sized bed, kitchen, 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. The Garden Cottage is located next to the owner's home, yet it is 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; and unscented soaps and lotions. We upgraded to high speed satellite internet/Wi-Fi and have good cell phone reception. The cottage has a flat-screen TV with a Blu-ray player and a selection of 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, starry 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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

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 Viroqua

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. All linens and towels are washed with unscented soaps. 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
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq ft
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 ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • 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. There is a large tile walk-in shower. Most of our soaps and all laundry products are unscented. The bathroom has two fans, one for exhaust and one for heat.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The Garden Cottage is an open-concept, modern detached guest house with a separate, full bath. There is a very comfortable king-sized bed with quality linens and a memory-form topper. There is a nice closet for your clothes & luggage.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • 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 40 reviews

Peaceful, welcoming cottage in a beautiful setting. Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Sherrie and Wayne's cottage is lovely. The place is clean, sunny, cozy--- well-equipped and just easy to be in. Every window looks out at a different lovely view of the Driftless area. Our hosts shared excellent information about terrific nearby hiking, great drives, wonderful restaurants. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan and Jeff, thank you for your kind review of your stay at The Garden Cottage. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and your travels around the area. You were both such lovely and gracious guests, we certainly hope you return and have time to do more exploring of the area. Wayne & Sherrie
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Country Gem

  • 5 of 5

Wayne and Sherrie's cottage is a country gem! It was very clean, quiet and a very relaxing setting. Loved watching the hummingbirds feeding from the feeder on the porch. We would highly recommend staying here. The country side in this area is just beautiful. We hope to return in the fall. Thanks for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views and location!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Garden Cottage. The cottage itself was very well built with quality workmanship. The setting was peaceful and beautiful. We would definitely recommend this to anyone staying in the area!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Paul, Minnesota

Quiet, peaceful and welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely spot just a few miles outside of Viroqua. It is just right for one or two people who appreciate beautiful views, quiet nights and dark, star-filled skies. Wayne and Sherri are terrific hosts; there was nothing we wanted or needed at any point during our visit to the Driftless region. We have stayed in many places in the area over the past decade, and this is among the best. We will definitely book here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place is so lovely and has everything you need to enjoy your stay. By everything I mean EVERYTHING. I am super picky about places being clean and this cottage got a 10/10 for cleanliness. The view is incredible! I can't wait go back!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this clean, quiet, comfortable cottage. Lots of birds to see and beautiful views of the surrounding farm country hills.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
La Crosse Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Norwegian Hollow Hideaway
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Viroqua Hills Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
The Driftless Cafe
Nearest Beach
33 Miles
Pettibone Park, La Crosse, WI
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

We rent the cottage for a maximum of 12 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.