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The Rookery: the Perfect other home when you're away from your own nest.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Close to many attractions. Perfect for extended families or large groups.

The Rookery is a 4-bedroom, mid-century family home. John Turner built it for his growing family in 1949. His business was oil. There is still a Turner Oil Station on Highway 12. Many of the local residents still remember playing in the house as children. It was built with all the modern conveniences of the time, and has a spacious yet cozy feel.

You'll find 4 bedrooms in the upstairs level: The master bedroom is an elegant room with a king-sized 4 poster bed, a cozy chair for reading, a huge closet, and a large chifferobe. The next room is a spacious queen room with a sleigh bed, vanity, large closet, and another beautiful chifferobe. Next is the twin room. It's perfect for kids or for those who prefer their own bed. Facing the back yard, this quiet room has 2 comfortable maple twin beds, and a large closet. The last bedroom is another queen room. It's cozy, quiet, and oh, so comfortable. Facing the east, it overlooks the large back yard, and greets you with a sunny "good morning." There is also a bathroom with tub and shower, vanity, and double sink.

The main floor consists of a large living room with wood-burning fireplace, a formal dining room, cheery breakfast nook, fabulous mid-century kitchen, and a relaxing three-season sunroom.

More Details

Laura Hamdan-Krause
Member since: 2016
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:
August 14, 2018

About Laura Hamdan-Krause

Mark and Laura are long-time Baraboo residents with a huge love for their little town. Active in their community through theatre, schools, church, and membership in community supported agriculture, they've found that living in a small community gives them superior quality of life.

Mark's been a business ed. teacher for 9 years, and along with Laura they own Con Amici Wine Bar just off the square Downtown.

Laura Hamdan-Krause purchased this house in 2016

Why Laura Hamdan-Krause chose Baraboo

Lovingly built for a growing family in 1949, this home was made to be lived in. It's centrally located with effortless access to a vast number of entertainment and activity options. With lots of room, a great location, huge yard, abundant off-street parking, incredible floor plan. This home was begging to be filled with guests!

What makes this house unique

For chilly winter nights there's a cozy fireplace. Warm summer evenings beg for the shady back yard. Autumn afternoons call for reading in the sunroom. And at the end of a long day, the beds beckon weary travelers.

The huge dining room table is a great place to bring a family together for dinner, games, or to re-hash the highlights of the day. Every room has a comfy, welcoming ambience.


Baraboo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathroom is on the upper level and has a double sink.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is on the basement level.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , The smallest bathroom in the world. :D
  • There are three bathrooms, one on each level of the home.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms are on the upper level. Each has a ceiling fan and lovely furnishings. The king room has a gorgeous 4-poster bed and room to spare.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming


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The Rookery: the Perfect other home when you're away from your own nest.
average rating of 4.724138 based on 29 reviews
Detroit, MI

Nice property, convenient location, friendly and attentive owners

  • 5 of 5

We had a nice stay. Everything we needed. We had a little trouble working the lock (our mistake) and the owners were over within a few minutes to help. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review Alyson! We cleaned it because our cleaning person could not get there in time for the new people checking in at 3 and the place was spotless! We appreciate people who take care of our place as if it was their own. Come back any time. Thanks again Laura and Mark Hamdan-Krause
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Location, Location! Close to many fun attractions, beautiful scenery, shops and restaurants.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect home for multigenerational reunions close to so many fun and beautiful attractions with very friendly and responsive owners.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable place to stay in area for family.

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable and beautiful living & dining room. Liked the backyard for shade to eat outside. Nice location to walk to downtown.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Luebbering, MO

The Rookery

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a great location and is very well maintained. Our family had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Rookery

  • 4 of 5

The house was very functional for our purposes. We did find that there was a lot of street noise from motorcycles and dump truck that seemed to bounce on something in the street creating a noise like thunder. The accommodations consisted of 4 bedrooms upstairs providing a place for eight people. The accommodations in the basement were marginally habitable. One of the bathrooms was in the basement. Despite some negative views as reported; we liked the place, the town and the venues to experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rochester, MN


  • 5 of 5

The Rookery was the perfect place for our family reunion!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Dane County Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Con Amici Wine Bar
Nearest Ferry
11.7 Miles
Merrimac Ferry. Free! Across the Wisconsin River
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Baraboo Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Little Village Cafe
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Cascade Mountain
Car: recommended

The Rookery is nestled in the heart of Baraboo, literally steps from restaurants, coffee shops, antiques stores, and more in the picturesque Historic Downtown District!

The Al. Ringling Theatre, a spectacular 1915 playhouse built by one of Circuses' masters, has just undergone a complete restoration. Its opulent decor and gorgeous architecture will leave you in awe. Tours are available, and both live shows and cinema are scheduled regularly.

Each Wednesday and Saturday there is a farmer's market on Oak Street. Flowers, vegetables, handmade soaps, and other local produce is available. But probably the most valuable commodity is the laughter and friendliness of the folks you'll meet there.

Sundays mean Sunday Market! This weekly event includes Antique Dealers, Collectors, Artisans and Crafters from around the area selling their wares on the street and courthouse lawn.

Thursdays are FREE concerts on the Square. Bring a blanket and a picnic and lounge on the lawn, listening to the music du jour. Hundreds gather for this social and musical event each week. freewill offering.

The Rookery is also perfectly located just 3 miles from Devil's Lake State Park. It's an easy bike ride to one of the most scenic parks in the Country. Devil's Lake is a glacier-formed lake, with 600-foot cliffs on either side. Hikers will love over 15 miles of trails with spectacular scenery and challenging terrain. Rock climbers will find ample opportunity to test their skill. The lake itself is roughly a mile long, and 1/2 mile wide, and no gas motors are permitted. This makes it ideal for kayaking, canoeing, and distance swimming. There are picnic areas with grills for public use located at both North and South Shores. Swimming beaches are also at either shore.

Devil's Lake is also where the house's namesake can be found. The Great Blue Heron Rookery is at the Group Camp on the South Shore Road. Each year more than 30 nesting pairs return to this spot to mate and raise their young. Seeing those giant, majestic birds so close, and listening to their prehistoric-sounding calls is a magical experience.

If you find yourself lured by slot machines and blackjack tables, the Ho Chunk Casino is just 5 miles from the Rookery. An easy drive to tons of excitement!

Lake Delton, with its Waterpark thrills and plentiful amusement parks is only 10 miles away, and your choice of 2 ski resorts (Cascade Mountain and Devil's Head) are within 15 miles.

The International Crane Foundation's World Headquarters are just a few minutes away. There you can see all 15 of the world's cranes and learn about these incredible birds.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $100 + Tax

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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