|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Prairie House is perfect for small group retreats (12 max), or for larger retreats (18 max) when combined with the Prairie Cottage just down the hill.
Upstairs: Guests will appreciate the spacious commercial-grade kitchen and large adjoining dining area with panoramic views of prairie and bays. The Master Bedroom/Bath features a king-sized bed and a view of Eagle Island. A cozy sun room with felt-top card table, and observation deck extends off the Living Room and Master Suite. The Living Room features a natural stone fireplace with firewood, wide screen cable TV and WiFi, Steinway grand piano, an assortment of family games/puzzles, and ceiling to floor windows with sweeping views. Next to the living room is a library stocked with books for all ages and Peterson Field Guides. The vista views and sounds of the woodland birds can also be enjoyed from the screened porch just off the kitchen, or on the observation deck that extends into the prairie overlooking the west bay.
Downstairs: The lower level features views of the countryside with a game room with pool table that can be converted to ping-pong, wide screen tv and serving bar with mini refrigerator. Three bedrooms with queen beds, one with additional bunk beds have sweeping views of the prairie and two bathrooms, one with shower/bathtub and one with shower. The game room french doors open onto the spacious back yard and guests enjoy relaxing in the adirondack chairs on the veranda beneath the shade of the pergola laden with wisteria and ivy.
The Property: Nature lovers and prairie enthusiasts will enjoy this modern home built to complement its magnificent surroundings. Prairie House's 120 Acres of glacial drumlin and wetland bays of Lake Sinissippi are are just downstream from Horicon Marsh, largest fresh-water cattail marsh system in North America. The property includes more than a half mile of varied shoreline. Bald eagles, great blue heron, white pelican, and deer are your neighbors when you visit this prairie-style home.
The Prairie: The house is surrounded by 18 acres of restored prairie. 65 native flower species and 7 grasses provide a dynamic collage of color for three seasons.
The Sullivans will gladly share their prairie successes and failures with guests - seed gathering and tours of the prairie can be arranged.
The Lake: We provide 2 lightweight kayaks, a canoe and a rowboat for exploring the marshy bays where bald eagles, great blue heron, and white pelicans are frequently sighted. About 7 miles upstream from Lake Sinissippi is the Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, where over 260 species of birds have been documented, making it an attractive destination for birders and nature photographers.
Amenities: Commercial-grade kitchen appliances, Calphalon cookware; coffeepot/grinder; toaster-oven, Cuisinart, Kitchenaide, microwave - well-stocked kitchen with complimentary local organic coffee/teas/olive oil/herbs/spices is equipped to serve gourmet meals for up to 12; Towels and Bed Linens; Laundry Room with sink and Maytag Washer/Dryer; 2-car garage; Steinway Grand Piano; Wifi; felt top oak card table, CD/DVD Player; Game room with serving bar/mini refrigerator, Pool/Ping-Pong Table; Natural Stone Fireplace with wood; 2 kayaks, 2 canoe and paddleboat; variety of family indoor/outdoor games/toys/library for all ages; Picnic Table and Weber Grill/Electric Starter & Grill Tools, fire wood for fire pit and fireplace.
Prairie House is a custom prairie style home built in 1999 designed by Architect, Arlan Kay, featuring a passive solar design. The owners enjoy hosting family gatherings and retreats and maintain the 18 acre prairie and gardens for guests to enjoy, We extend a warm welcome to guests of the Prairie House and Cottage.
Laurie Sullivan purchased this house in 1999
Relax in an inspiring natural setting: Prairie House has panoramic views of scenic Lake Sinissippi. The house overlooks the 100 acre property with hiking trails that traverse the prairie, woods and naturalized shoreline of Lake Sinissippi.
The pier/boatshed is a 5 minute stroll behind the house to the east bay where guests are welcome to use 2 kayaks and 2 canoes for exploring the marshy bays frequented by nesting bald eagles, white pelicans, blue heron & sandhill cranes.
Sunset pontoon cruises can be arranged on Lake Sinissippi, and Blue Heron Landing in nearby Horicon offers naturalist-guided pontoon tours of Horicon Marsh, the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the U.S.
There are many enjoyable side trips, great restaurants, antiques, boutiques, and homemade Wisconsin custard stands in the charming local villages such as Hustisford, Hartford, Horicon, Oconomowoc, & Watertown. There are two wonderful waterparks (15 minutes), fine golf courses such as Erin Hills Golf Course -home of Prairie House is conveniently located (one hour) from the cultural offerings of Milwaukee and Madison. Road America, EAA, Kohler American Club, & the Dells are within 1.5 hour drive. 2017 U.S. National Open Golf Tournament (20 mi), fitness gyms, tennis courts, Horicon Marsh Bird Festival in May, and national and world renowned performing artists featured at the Schauer Art and Activities Center in nearby Hartford (20 minutes).
Prairie House is conveniently located (one hour) from the cultural offerings of Milwaukee and Madison. Road America, EAA, Kohler American Club, & the Dells are within 1.5 hour drive.
Activities (The Area page at www.prairiehouse.info features links to favorite guest activities)
All seasons are great for hiking and birdwatching in prairie and woods; grill outdoors on the veranda overlooking the lake or roast marshmallows around the fire pit; volleyball equipment is provided for the large grassy backyard; boating (kayak, canoe, paddle boat provided for Prairie House guests). There's a pier and boat shed on the east bay (5 minute stroll behind the house) and there's a boat launch up the road for guests who bring their own water ski boat or jet ski; fishing (the white pelicans and bald eagles love the all-u-can-eat carp in the shallow marshy bays) - there's nearby Pike Lake, Lake LaBelle, Ashipun Lake, or Beaver Dam Lake for pike, bluegill or walleye fishing; or bicycle the nearby Wild Goose State Trail. In winter, skiing (25 mi to the newly opened Little Switzerland in Slinger), ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country ski (groomed trails at Pike Lake), relaxing by the fire, card games on the felt-top oak card table, and ping-pong or pool in the game room, are just a few of many wonderful possibilities.
Other Area Attractions: Erin Hills Golf Course -home of the 2017 U.S. National Open Golf; E.A.A. (Experimental Aircraft Aviation) Convention and Museum, Oshkosh, WI (50 miles); the Wisconsin Dells famous for water parks (70 miles); Cultural opportunities of Milwaukee and Madison (50 miles); Chicago is about a 2.5 hours drive.
Local Attractions: Fine Dining at the Historic Audubon Inn in Mayville; Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (hosts the Annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival in May), Rock River Golf Course (18 holes), and Horicon Water Park (10 minutes drive); the Village of Hartford (20 minutes drive) offers the Schauer Performing Arts Center, Fitness Facilities, Tennis Courts, gourmet coffee shops, boutiques & restaurants, and Wisconsin Auto Museum (features antique Kissels). There are numerous Antique Shops (Columbus boasts the largest antique mall in the Midwest); or sample the Wisconsin cheeses and custard!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
Changeover Day: Monday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Peak Season: June 1 through August 31 in any given year requires one week minimum of $2450 including 5.5% Wisconsin sales tax.
Holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas require one week minimum of $2450 including 5.5% Wisconsin sales tax.
New Years and Memorial Day require minimum 4 night stay for $1688.00 including 5.5% Wisconsin Sales tax.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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