HISTORIC HOME W/MODERN CONVENIENCES AND GREAT VIEW OF PEACEFUL VALLEY AND HILLS

Lee Olivier

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Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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HISTORIC HOME W/MODERN CONVENIENCES AND GREAT VIEW OF PEACEFUL VALLEY AND HILLS

Spring Green House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms + den with futon (double bed); 2.5 baths. Sleeps 9 (+ 3 Aerobeds)

Two of the perpetual joys of visiting this part of Wisconsin are the scaled-down pace and the sheer beauty of the surroundings. Bear Valley is in the Driftless Zone of southwestern Wisconsin, 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 (one king, one double, one with two twins, and one with one twin). There are 1½ baths; both are accessible to all bedrooms, and the full bath has a jacuzzi tub. (Three twin Aerobeds and bedding are available by pre-arrangement, to accommodate a maximum of 12 people.)

Downstairs is a bedroom/den with a futon that converts to a double bed and a second full bath. The dining room table seats 10; the dining room has 10 chairs as well as a built-in buffet. The living room has comfortable seating for 6 and a TV that plays DVDs, some of which we supply. The kitchen has a built-in banquette with a rotating table for easy access. All appliances and kitchen/ bathroom fixtures are new from 2005. An energy-efficient washer was added in 2012 to go with the existing large-capacity dryer in the basement. The house has central air conditioning and heating, with vents in each room.

There are two large screened porches, upper and lower, each with Plexiglas option. The upstairs porch is 4-season with a gas fireplace for cold days, and lots of books, toys and games. The lower screened porch has a pass-through kitchen window shelf for easy outdoor meals on warm days.

The front porch with its Amish glider and Adirondack chairs is a perfect place from which to see birds and other wildlife, as well as to watch moon rises over the hill, mist on the marsh, stars and fireflies, and weather coming up the valley. The house is set in an acre of professional landscaping with large grassy areas for outdoor games. The yard has a fire pit, and our manager next door supplies a wheelbarrow of wood for just $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 trails for cross-country skiing when there's snow.

Area attractions within a half hour’s drive include: American Players Theater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen, the Spring Green Art Fair, the lower Wisconsin River, Global View, the Fall Art Tour, Oakwood Fruit Farm, Our Lady of the Fields Shrine, and the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Reedsburg is a half hour north.

Area attractions less than an hour away include: the House on the Rock, Gov Dodge State Park, Mineral Point, 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 and Dr Evermore's Sculpture Garden. Madison is 50 minutes east and Viroqua is an hour west.

Within an hour and a half are the upper Mississippi, Villa Louis, the Dickeyville Grotto, Fenton, IO; the funicular railway, Eagle Point Park and Museum of the Mississippi (all in Dubuque); and Galena IL.

All in all, a wonderful place to rest and unwind, as well as to spend time having fun and exploring, as you wish.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Lee Olivier (Owner)
Advertiser since 2009
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Speaks english

About Lee Olivier

I am a retired librarian and my husband is a community college math teacher.

Lee Olivier purchased this house in 2004

Why Lee Olivier chose Spring Green

We bought our Wisconsin home in 2004 so we could spend our summers 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. We added the front sidewalk and fence, as well as the back patio and stone wall. We planted more than 70 trees and shrubs.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"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."
Mar 2011
  • 1 of 12
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 27 traveler reviews

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Historic home w/modern conveniences and great view of peaceful valley and hills
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
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Historic home w/modern conveniences and great view of peaceful valley and hills
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p256094
(510) 235-5729 (California, USA)
Spring Green Southern Wisconsin
Crystal Lake Il
5

Our "home" away from home!

Our "home" away from home!
  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
business
Historic home w/modern conveniences and great view of peaceful valley and hills
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p256094
(510) 235-5729 (California, USA)
Spring Green Southern Wisconsin
Columbus, OH
5

Well Above Expectations!!

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: As the owner of Bear Valley Vista, I am grateful for this review and for their calling our attention to two small things that needed to be improved. As a result of their feedback, we have replaced the rusting grill with a newer and better quality one that was in the garage, and we have bought a new coffee pot to replace the one that took so long to brew a pot of coffee. We aim to please!
business
Historic home w/modern conveniences and great view of peaceful valley and hills
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p256094
(510) 235-5729 (California, USA)
Spring Green Southern Wisconsin
Madison, WI
5

Old world charm + dogs= perfect!

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Historic home w/modern conveniences and great view of peaceful valley and hills
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p256094
(510) 235-5729 (California, USA)
Spring Green Southern Wisconsin
Antlers Oklahoma
5

Hidden Treasure!

  • 5 of 5
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
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Historic home w/modern conveniences and great view of peaceful valley and hills
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p256094
(510) 235-5729 (California, USA)
Spring Green Southern Wisconsin
Evanston, IL
5

Sunshine for Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5
This house takes advantage of every bit of winter sunshine with many windows gathering in the light. The beautifully finished wood everywhere adds to the light feel. Fabulous kitchen made for social cooking. Every chair in the house (there are many) was comfortable, as were the beds. The view across the fields and at sunset is lovely. Met all expectations. Dining room was nicer than expected from the photos. Nice restaurant for "foodies" in nearby Plain and another in Spring Green by the opal shop.
  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Historic home w/modern conveniences and great view of peaceful valley and hills
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p256094
(510) 235-5729 (California, USA)
Spring Green Southern Wisconsin
Wisconsin
5

Country Treasure

  • 5 of 5
We were so fortunate to find this country treasure. We spent 4 wonderful, relaxing days during our annual girls getaway. This was our 22nd year and we all agreed that this was by far one of the best places we've stayed. We really appreciated the well stocked kitchen, all of the interesting reading material and the comfortable seating in the living room. . The artwork and antiques are amazing! The neighboring communities were fun to explore. We will definitely return!
  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
beach
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Car: necessary

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Spring Green House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
All Season
Mar 1 2014 - Dec 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
$135
From
$135
$810
 
extra night: $135     Notes: Rates are for 1-4 people. $165/night for 5-8 people. $195/night for 9-12 people.   

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning USD50

Notes

  • $135/ni 1-4 people; $810/wk 1-4 people; 2 ni min
  • All year around, we do 'stay 6 nights, get the 7th night free.' Plus from Nov--Mar: we do stay 3 nights, get the 4th night free (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, all of which have a 3-night minimum).

    Cleaning is $50 for 1-5 people, $10 per person for more than 5. Each dog adds an extra cleaning fee of $20.

    I need 1/2 rent + refundable security to secure dates; 1/2 rent + cleaning is due 1 month before arrival.

    I prefer to use the HomeAway/VRBP payment system, but I can also take PayPal or personal check.
  • Refundable security deposit ranges from $100 to $300, depending on number in group and length of stay.

    Security deposit will be returned within 2 weeks of leaving, assuming house is OK. Each dog adds an extra $50 refundable security.

    Check-in is 4pm; check-out is 11am, unless pre-arranged with owner.

Amenities

Amenities

Spring Green House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Water Cooler
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Broadband Access
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Upstairs
  • All upstairs bathrooms are accessible to all bedrooms. Downstairs full bath is off the den.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Upstairs
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Downstairs
  • Downstairs is a den with a futon that converts to a double bed. Using all the spaces in all the beds sleeps 9 people. In addition, there are 3 Aerobeds, with bedding, if needed.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • playground
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • autumn foliage
  • library
  • recreation center
  • live theater
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • water parks
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • forests
  • botanical garden
Leisure Activities:
  • sledding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • tennis
  • spelunking
  • basketball court
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • rafting
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • swimming
Notes:
Washer and dryer are in the basement laundry; detergent is provided. Internet access is via wireless; ethernet cable provided; WiFi-equipped. Wheelchair/walker access is through the downstairs screened porch to the first floor. Driveway parking for 6 or more vehicles. Free long distance in the US from home phone. Fire-pit is in the yard just east of the front door; yard chairs are on the front porch.