Madison House Rental Photos and Description
4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 9 comfortably, can accommodate 13
Cooksville Farmhouse is located 19 miles from Madison and 2 hours from Chicago. The farmhouse, originally built c. 1845, is on the National Register of Historic Places along with most of the village. It is set beside a lovely restored prairie crisscrossed by paths for snow shoeing in the winter and walks along the spring-fed stream in the summer. Enjoy the quiet, rustic, family friendly atmosphere of the farmhouse which has a soapstone wood stove and massive, free-standing fireplace to keep guests cozy when the snow flies, a large deck and stone patio area for barbecues and outdoor meals in warm weather, as well as great views of the prairie and sunsets.
The Cooksville Store dates back to 1847 and is 2 doors north of the farmhouse. It recently re-opened and is a 'must see' in Cooksville. Full of charm and nostalgia, it carries bulk food items, cheese and sausage, snacks and pop, lots of candy, jams and jellies, home baked items, and hand dipped ice cream. Many days lunch is served.
Guided tours of historic Cooksville are available. A walking tour through the village will consist of an introduction to the history of Cooksville at the Cooksville Schoolhouse followed by a guided walking tour of the village viewing the exteriors of about 20 historic buildings. 1 1/2 hours. Cost $6 per person. The Historic House Tour includes an introduction to the history of Cooksville followed by a guided walking tour of the village and a tour of the interiors of four or more historic buildings, usually including the Schoolhouse, a historic Church and three historic houses, as well as the Cooksville General Store if it is open. 2 1/2 hours. Cost $10 per person. Please inquire.
Local events include Stoughton's Syntende Mai, Madison's Iron Man, Edgerton's Thresheree, Madison Farmers' Market (every Saturday).
Property owners, Bob and Martha Degner, live in the converted barn across the driveway from the farmhouse and are happy to greet you when you arrive and do everything they can to make your stay enjoyable.
Area Attractions: The Cooksville Farmhouse is conveniently located near many tourist attractions including the Madison Farmers' Market on the Capitol Square; Cave of the Mounds in Mt. Horeb; Wollersheim Winery near Sauk City; artist studios and shops in Paoli; antique store and quilt shops in Stoughton and Evansville. Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, WI is 30 minutes away. The Fireside Theater in Ft. Atkinson is a 30 minute drive. Cheese factories abound.
View Our Website and Make a Reservation: Learn more about us at www.cooksvillefarmhouseinn.com.
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
About Martha Degner
Bob and Martha Degner have been married 42 years. Bob is a retired pastor and enjoys projects around the 10 acre farmette. Martha enjoys music, gardening, cooking, babysitting for the grandkids and keeping up with the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn.
The Cooksville Farmhouse Inn opened as a Bed & Breakfast in February of 2008. We had just recently moved from the farmhouse into the newly converted barn across the driveway. In October of 2009 the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn was listed on VRBO.com as a vacation rental, and suddenly business began to increase. It became clear the vacation rental was more suitable for our situation, and we discontinued marketing as a B&B and joined HomeAway.com as well as VRBO.com.
We are open year round with bookings every month of the year. Some of our guests book as far as a year in advance. We have had seminars in theater martial arts, acupressure, scrapbooking groups, family reunions, weddings, girlfriend weekends and holiday gatherings.
Martha Degner purchased this house in 2000
Why Martha Degner chose Madison
We were looking for a rural place near Madison. We found it on the internet in 1999, a farmstead near Madison on the National Registry of Historic Places on 10 acres with clear spring fed stream flowing through the property. The timber frame farmhouse, built in the 1850's was quaint with good natural light and massive field stone fireplace, original wooden floors, and shaded with trees including a majestic 150 year old sugar maple. In 2004 we began the process of converting our 1914 post and beam, mortise and tenon, gambrel roof barn into a home with mother-in-law apartment for Martha's mother, Thelma. We moved across the driveway from the farmhouse in 2007 and began renting out the farmhouse to guests. We enjoy giving our guests tours of the barn if they are interested.
What makes this house unique
We enjoy the rustic atmosphere and quiet, rural setting, as well as the close proximity to all the attractions Madison has to offer. We love biking the back roads, snowshoeing the prairie paths, walking through the historic village, and attending activities of the Cooksville Community Center in the summertime at the old one room Cooksville School. With all this land we are able to have some animals, and our chickens give us more eggs than we can eat, so we are happy to share them with you.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We shared a sister' weekend - coming from Iowa (3), Phx, AZ (3), and Ogden, Utah. We loved the complete accommodations - everything we could have asked for plus gracious hosts who kept our firewood supplied and gave us a tour of the properties. We shopped and laughed, ate and laughed, and spent lots of time around the fireplace and playing cards at the spacious table. Great trip!