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Gorgeous Lodge-Like Home W/ Sauna, Hot Tub Private Valley. Trout Stream, Spring

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8. Attached apartment available for 9-14 guests.

Located in the heart of the Driftless region, this home sits halfway up a steep hillside overlooking meadows, forest and class A trout stream. The scenery is more like Colorado but with Wisconsin's lush greenery. Wonderful birding and wild-life viewing, eagle's nest visible across the valley. Fireplace, full kitchen, 3 decks,[one is an amazing "crowsnest"]. Brick patio in limestone rock garden, fire-pit Out door pizza oven. 4 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath. Wood burning sauna situated at the edge of a rustic swimming hole, making for a bliss experience! Towels, spring water and eucalyptus oil provided for your sauna. Jetted 4 person hot tub on lower level walk-out basement. Foosball table in that area as well. Large open living area, dining area. with sunken seating area with wood-burning fireplace [we supply wood and kindling]. Bright kitchen with range, dishwasher and fridge. There are other features of the house and property which will make for a fascinating experience. We are developing a micro-winery on the property. In fact, the barrel room is in the basement of the house where you'll be staying. We have an additional farm nearby where we grow organic and biodynamic grapes for our wine. Cold climate gapes have a lot of potential and we all are just learning how to best vinify them. We also keep a large organic garden on the property where you'll be staying., with abundant fruit and nut trees, raspberries, asparagus, etc. We are also proud of the sustainability aspect of the farm as we have installed 3 types of solar systems, use organic linens and cleaning products, non-voc paint , recycled maple floors and beams from a timber frame barn as well as beautiful stone/ tile.This is a working hobby farm with very sweet draft horses used to haul wood and spread manure. We also have Scottish Highlander cows, heritage chickens and corgis!. We are 1/4 mile from Runge Hollow reservoir with superior fishing, ice fishing and canoeing. You may borrow our canoe. Vernon Vineyard Winery is just down the road to the west. A mile to the east is an Amish community with bakery and handicrafts. There is excellent hiking both on the farm and nearby as well as snow-shoeing and XC skiing. We have equipment for you. Viroqua is nearby with world-class dining [yes, really], arts, music, the coolest used bookstore, theater, music, wine bar, Farmers market and food co-op. Don't forget national award-winning Kickapoo Coffee [free cupping last Saturday of the month!] A few things to consider; there is no cable or dish TV but we do have a medium-sized screen and lots of great DVDs. Also, cell service is spotty at best. We owners, Chris and Ann keep an apartment on the lower level for ourselves. It is totally separate with sound insulation [not sound-proofing!], separate entrance etc. we also have a residence on our other farm where we often stay. We love to share this beautiful property.

We love pets and want to welcome them, but we would like to talk to you personally about the pet you bring. If you would like to bring one or more pets, call us to discuss.

More Details

Ann Ralles, Chris Mahan
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018


Viroqua Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Available for parties over 8.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , small bedroom with window, small closet. Upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , small bedroom with window,& closet. Upstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 2 charming "cubby" beds with standard single matress.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , private deck overlooking creek, main floor
  • For parties over 8, the lower level apartment will be made available. There will be an additional $50 cleaning fee. The apartment is 800 square feet with a king bed, [or 2 twins], and an additional rollaway.. Also a full bath.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming


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Gorgeous Lodge-Like Home W/ Sauna, Hot Tub Private Valley. Trout Stream, Spring
average rating of 4.808511 based on 47 reviews

Wonderful stay for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

Our whole group loved the stay - comfortable rooms, the setting was gorgeous, and we really enjoyed the different amenities (sauna, pizza oven, hot tub). The open floor plan was also nice for social time and the ambiance was great. Would definitely recommend and will hope to return!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Incredible

  • 5 of 5

This house is so incredibly beautiful. The scenery around the house is mesmerizing. It was snowing when we were staying here, just sitting inside the house by the fireplace and watching the snowfall was so relaxing and beautiful. The owner is so nice and helpful, answer all of our questions and concerns. They also have two cutest corgis in the world. We love it so much we want to come back in a few months.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great space for our family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. The open floor plan on main level with fireplace, big dining table, and great views overlooking the stream in the valley below all made this home a wonderful place to commune with family. The sauna was well worth the walk and the effort to get it stoked up! Everyone who came wants to come back in the summer some time...

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Rochester, Minnesota

Beautiful, restful, unique, very roomy, and everything we needed to get away and relax

  • 5 of 5

Chris is an amazing host. He communicated with us before our stay and answered all our questions. The home was simply lovely. We loved the fully furnished kitchen and the unique earth friendly touches. So many trails to take a hike/walk on and near a lovely stream. We did not venture to the sauna but next time! Highly recommend this Home. We went into Veroqua and such a fun little city. The home of my favorite Kickapoo Coffee and I did not even know it!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect start to the new year!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was excellent! The house was gorgeous, and the property was simply breathtaking. When we arrived, Chris was on hand to walk us trough the house, the hot tub, the supplementary wood-burning heating system, the sauna, and most importantly, the outdoor pizza oven. It was a perfect opportunity to unplug and enjoy time with family. And when family got to be too much, we could all find comfort in WiFi.

My family and I will most certainly keep this place in mind when we next look for a relaxing getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing views, charming decor and great amenities

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, private country setting. A family Christmas that will be remembered. We had great meals around the dining table,walks around the scenic property along the creek. We experienced the wood fired sauna with 20 degree temps outside. We enjoyed the hot tub one evening as well. Lots of fires in the fireplace and cards around the table. Thank you for opening your wonderful home to us.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Driftless Cafe
Great local food with a new menu everyday.
Driftless Books
Great used bookstore located in an old tobacco warehouse.
Viking Inn Restaurant and Lounge
Good drinks and food with the Orbit room above featuring live music.
Viroqua Food Co-op
Organic market with a huge selection of fresh and prepared foods.
Cheese Corner
Hearty sandwiches to eat in or take on your outdoor adventure.
Norwegian Hollow Hideaway
Good food and drink in a historic building. Check out the wall of photos.
Bluedog Cycles
Outdoor sport store with the added bonus of a great coffee shop.
Riverside Park
Great park along the Mississippi. Bring a picnic.
Elroy - Sparta Bike Trail / LaCrosse River State Trail
Great family biking. Not too strenuous.
The Root Note
Music, crepes and beer/coffee. Nuf said.
Borgens Cafe
Main street cafe with great pie.
Badger Crossing Pub & Eatery
Good pub/restaurant in Cashton, WI. Visit some Amish stores while in Cashton.
Gays Mills, Wisconsin
Apple capital of Wisconsin. Also have a great art fest and music fest.
Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Madison, WI
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Hideaway supper club
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Viroqua Country Club
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Amtrak, La Crosse
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Mt La Crosse
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
cleaning fee whole house $175

For large parties the lower level apartment will be open. It has a kitchenette, a bedroom, a full bath and a living area.
The cleaning fee for large parties will be $175. For smaller parties [usually 8 or less], the 2 upper levels will be open but not the apartment. The cleaning fee will then be $125. We will discount the stated cleaning fee by $50.

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.

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