We were absolutely delighted with our stay at Sunset Lodge. It is a terrific vacation rental, and well maintained.
The location is fabulous - it isn't "in town," so we felt very much at peace and surrounded by a lovely natural setting. It isn't terribly remote, either, so we had ease access to local amenities, including shopping, movies, etc. It's extremely close to LaCrosse, and not far from Prairie du Chien or Winona (MN), all of which we visited with ease.
During our stay, we enjoyed an extremely picturesque drive to Viroqua for the farmer's market and some shopping. We had a great (and huge!) meal at the Great River Roadhouse (just down the road in DeSoto).
The kitchen is great - on the small side, but manageable, and open to the dining and great room area, so we could all talk while we cooked. Be aware that the stove is apartment-sized, so don't try to do a giant roaster full of turkey or anything. For our group, it was just right.
The layout is at once inviting for groups and comfortable for those who want some privacy. The sleeping areas are all very nice, and make good "retreat" points to get away from the rest of your crowd. The great room (and deck) is terrific for games, conversations, and group activities.
Be aware that you will climb stairs in this house. You enter in the "basement" area, which has a family room space and bedroom and bath area. You must climb a full flight of stairs to get to the kitchen, great room, deck, dining room, and two of the bedrooms (and one bath). The master suite is yet another flight of stairs up from there (with it's own bath). This wasn't really a problem for our group - we had one gal recovering from knee surgery, but she managed by planning her "up and down" trips and keeping them to a minimum. This would not be a good choice, however, for persons who simply cannot do stairs - it would likely be frustrating.
YES, the train tracks go by the Lodge. If you require absolute silence, you won't like it (but, really, what *will* you like??). We LOVED the trains. They don't blow horns (no crossing), so you just hear the low rumble of them moving past.
YES, the highway goes by the Lodge (at the foot of the hill). We barely noticed it.
Perhaps the best idea I can give of how fantastic this place is, however, is to note that, before we'd even gone to bed the first night, we all said "Okay, so, next year, when we come back here..." and were making plans for our next trip to the Lodge.