|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Two of the perpetual joys of visiting southern Wisconsin are the scaled-down pace and the sheer beauty of the surroundings. Bear Valley is in Wisconsin's Driftless Zone, an area of rolling hills that were not touched by the last two glaciations.
Our ‘stone’ house was built in 1915 and updated in 2005 with all modern conveniences. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms and1½ baths; both baths are accessible to all bedrooms, and the full bath has a jacuzzi tub. Three twin Aerobeds and bedding are available by prearrangement, to accommodate a maximum of 12 people.
Downstairs are a bedroom/den with a futon that converts to a double bed and a second full bath with a level-in shower. The dining room table expands to seat 10. The living room has a recliner chair and other comfortable seating for 6 and a satellite TV that plays DVDs, some of which we supply. The kitchen has a built-in banquette with a rotating table for easy access. The house has central air conditioning and heating, plus an energy-efficient washer/dryer.
The back of the house is a large two-level screened porch. The upstairs level has a gas log fireplace for cold days, and lots of books, toys and games. The lower porch has a pass-through kitchen window shelf and a dining table for easy outdoor meals on warm days. A charcoal BBQ for your use is just outside.
The front porch with its Amish glider and Adirondack chairs is a perfect place from which to see birds and other wildlife. The house is set in an acre of professional landscaping with large grassy areas for outdoor games. There is a fire pit in the east yard; our manager next door supplies a wheelbarrow of wood for $10 to start you off.
Across the street is 750 acres of protected public land with nesting Sandhill cranes and other species of birds, plus a good trout fishing stream. The valley is perfect for hiking and biking. Five miles away is White Mound County Park with a 100-acre lake for swimming and boating when it's warm, and cross-country ski trails when there's snow; Our Lady of the Fields Shrine is near the park's entrance.
Ten minutes east of us is the Cedar Grove Cheese Factory in Plain; Oakwood Fruit Farm is 10 minutes southwest and open in the Fall; 20 minutes north near LaValle is the Carr Valley Cheese Factory. Fifteen minutes north of us along 154 is an extensive Amish community with its own general store and other shops, plus summer roadside produce stands.
Area attractions within about a 30-minute drive include: American Players Theater; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen, Unity Chapel and Hillside School; the Spring Green Art Fair; the lower Wisconsin River; Global View; the Fall Art Tour; House on the Rock; Gov. Dodge State Park; Natural Bridge St Park; and the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Spring Green is 20 minutes south.
Other nearby area attractions include: Mineral Point; Baraboo; the Circus Museum; Devil's Lake State Park; the International Crane Foundation; the Wisconsin Dells; Mt Horeb; New Glarus; Wollersheim Winery; Cave of the Mounds; Dr Evermore's Sculpture Garden; Viroqua. Madison is 50 minutes east.
I am a retired librarian who grew up in PA. My husband is a community college math teacher from Chicago, who has family in Sauk County.
Lee Olivier purchased this house in 2004
We bought our Wisconsin home in 2004 so we could spend part of each year near our Midwest family.
We did extensive remodeling the first year: we designed and replaced the existing kitchen and bathroom; we added an additional bath and a half, as well as the two-level porch.
Much of the house is original: the woodwork, floors, staircase, doors and hardware, dining room buffet, cut glass windows and front porch.
It may look like stone outside but the formed “stones” were made from cement poured on site by local workmen in 1915. I've been told it might be a Sears kit house. It's 100 years old this year and we plan a little celebration this summer.
We added the front sidewalk and fence, as well as the back patio and stone wall. We planted more than 70 trees and shrubs.
"We're still bragging about the house to our kids...The house is such a warm retreat, especially with such cold and clammy weather. Kitchen is so easy to use---better than most rentals! You've done a lovely job with the house."
A great place to stay for a visit to Taliesin, 20 minutes away. Beautifully maintained older
house along a quiet country road. Impeccably clean and stocked with all you could need.
One of the best of many VRBO rentals I've tried and a much better choice than local motels,
especially for a group.
My family (8 year-old son and sister and family) and I stayed at Bear Valley Vista for four wonderful nights. The property was exactly as described and more! It's difficult to put into words the sounds of sand hill cranes or the swaying of cattails. The house was impeccably well-stocked and very clean. It had all the modern conveniences mixed with the feeling of being in a home built in the early 1900s. I grew up in the Bear Valley area and it truly did feel like coming home again. I highly recommend Bear Valley Vista to those who want to feel a sense of solitude and comfort.
We have had a wonderful time on our family vacation at Bear Valley. This beautifully updated historic home has all the comforts of modern living but with an exceptional place carved between the hills of Bear Valley WI. I cannot express how beautiful this place is, the pictures are only a glimpse of the pristine home and surroundings. Darcy & Bill Hetzel go above and beyond their duties as mangers of this property. Their son Bill is also a great help with anything that is needed during your stay. There are many places close by to visit. We recommend Devils Lake and the breathtaking views from the hike, Governor Dodge State Park, The Dells and of course the sheer quietness of the country. WE hope to be back next year. Our family of 6 (3 are teenagers) all had a great time. We truly felt like it was "our home" for 5 days.
Our group had six adults and four children. This place was perfect for a group that size. The house was very clean when we arrived and everything was ready for us. Everything mentioned in the VRBO ad was available to us and MORE! If at all possible, wait to do your grocery shopping for the little things (spices, condiments, oils) until after you arrive because we ended up buying stuff we did not need to. I was amazed how the owners took the time to think of little things like spices, matches, and charcoal. Each bedroom was simple, but comfortable. The owners provided portable fans and extra blankets for each room. My two favorite places were the front porch and the upstairs screened-in porch. We spent so much time in those two areas playing games and talking. The two small critiques were about the coffee maker and charcoal grill. It took 30 minutes to brew a pot of coffee and the bottom of the grill was rusted out. Lastly, the owners and House Managers were GREAT communicators. I called and e-mailed several times leading up to our visit and each time they responded within 24 hours. A job WELL done, and we are hoping to return in 2015.
Great dog-friendly property. One of our dogs is short-haired and couldn't get enough of laying in front of the gas fireplace in the 2nd floor screen porch room. You will be finding reasons to hang out in there even when it's cold outside. It was waaay quiet at night and peaceful. This is not your standard vacation home rental. It is a step back in time with modern household amenities plus those little things that you won't pack but might need---EVERY pan/pot/plate/utensil you could need to cook and a few staples you weren't expecting. Pens, paper, flashlights, scotch tape, blankets & pillows galore. And, don't bring a book to read while you chill because they are EVERYWHERE all over three floors, and you will have overpacked! Games for adults and kids. WIFI, satellite, large grassy area outside, nice people nearby. You can't NOT find something to do here. Plus, there's lots of tourist attractions not far away. Farms are ubiquitous here. Stores are nearby for supplies (less than 20 minutes away). Lots of room for many people, nicely-decorated, comfortable rooms. Great front porch with lots to sit on. Listing on website is accurate, the owner was EASY to communicate with and very helpful, home was clean. I'd recommend Bear Valley to anyone and wish I could think of a reason to come here with a group.
From the moment we turned into the drive we knew we had hit the jackpot, this home has everything you could possibly want or need. We were orginally a party of 8 plus a dog but arrived as 6, 2 adults and 4 children. The children enjoyed the upstairs screened in deck with games and hats, we spent our first night playing uno ( much needed family time) We also enjoyed our dinners on the screened in back bottom porch. The yard is very spacious with beautiful trees and flowers, we enjoyed playing hide and seek and soccer. The weather is quite different than what we are used to here in Oklahoma so we had no complaints. If you are planning to travel to Wisconsin with children and are not familar with attractions would recommend doing some research, we tried to stay local and children enjoyed going to Cheese Farms and seeing how it was processed. We did venture to Baraboo to Circus World if you have children. It is well worth the money and can be an all day event. We would highly recommend this home to anyone who might be the least bit interested. The pictures do not do the home the justice it deserves, it is ENORMOUS and BEAUTIFUL. Thanks for allowing us to enjoy your home Lee
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Cleaning, 1-4 people||$50|
|Notes||5-8 people = $165/night; $990/week. 9-12 people = $195/ni; $1170/wk. May--Oct = "stay 6 nights and get 7th night free." Nov--Apr = "stay 3 nights, and get 4th night free," except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, all of which have a 3-night minimum. $200 is an average security deposit; security deposit ranges from $100--$300, depending on the number of people and number of nights. Minimal cleaning is $50 for up to 4 people.|
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