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1930'S HOME - HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BARABOO NEAR DEVIL'S LAKE & WISCONSIN DELLS

Edie Hanson

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Edie Hanson

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2014
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1930'S HOME - HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BARABOO NEAR DEVIL'S LAKE & WISCONSIN DELLS

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Overview

Lake Wisconsin House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home One Block Off Historic Downtown Square

FOLLOW US ON Facebook (The House that Fred Built) to keep up on upcoming events in Baraboo, our special rates plus any news and highlights from Fred's!

Welcome to “The House that Fred Built”. Charming yet practical, our nearly century old home is comfortably set in a quiet neighborhood in the nostalgia of small town Wisconsin. While carefully maintaining its historic charm, Fred's received some renovations and a few modern upgrades in 2006. You could not ask for a better place to hang your hat during your visit to the Baraboo/Dells area.

Fred’s is a 1930 brick home that was proudly showcased in Baraboo’s 2010 Historic Tour of Homes and is respectfully named in honor of its builder. Fred’s is only a 1 block stroll from Baraboo's historic downtown where galleries, specialty shops, wine bar, spa, sports bar, breakfast/coffee shops and “America’s Prettiest Playhouse”- the Al Ringling Theater are all perfectly arranged around the courthouse square. It is also only 6 short blocks from Baraboo’s historic Ringling Bros. Circus, the Circus World Museum and Riverwalk, 6 miles from Devil’s Lake, 10 miles from Wisconsin Dells, sits conveniently between Devil's Head Ski Mountain and Cascade Mountain and is a 3 1/2 hour drive from amazing downtown Chicago's shopping, dining and famous Navy Pier.

Fred’s has been fondly referred to as “cozy”, “charming” and “homey” boasting a comfortable living room with wood burning fireplace, television with DVD player and a video library, book collection and plenty of games and puzzles for guests. The ground floor is rounded out with a formal dining room that seats 6 comfortably, a full kitchen and a bathroom. The upstairs has 3 neatly arranged bedrooms straight from the plans of 1931 practicality with 1 queen bed, 1 full bed and 2 twin beds. Each bedroom is uniquely decorated in warm colors and inviting decor. The living room sofa also folds out into a super comfortable, queen size pull-out bed for additional sleep space.

Fred’s shades a private, grassy backyard with a large patio appointed with fire pit, outdoor furniture and a gas grill; a perfect setting for relaxing with a book, enjoying a glass of wine and a safe place for the kids to play. The basement has a full laundry and additional open space.

Each amazing season offers a diversity of activities and there are endless things to do locally no matter what your interests may be.

FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES there are circus performances, parks and playgrounds, Ochsner Zoo, miniature golf, go-carts, Devil’s Lake and, of course, Wisconsin Dells (the Water Park Capital of the World!) just far enough away to give Mom and Dad a break from water park madness (10 scenic miles) but close enough to spend the day and be home before sunset to walk downtown for a pizza or cook some burgers on the backyard grill.

FOR THE ACTIVE AND OUTDOORSY types, there are plenty of options at Devil’s Lake State Park (6 miles) for beach, windsurfing, scuba diving, hiking, swimming and rock climbing with other opportunities close by for golf, cycling, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, wildlife and boat rental and water skiing. In the winter months, both Devil’s Head Ski and Golf Resort and Cascade Mountain are within 10 miles of Fred’s House providing a beautiful setting for downhill skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing with snowmobile and cross country ski trails and sledding hills also nearby. Not to mention, the indoor water parks and relaxing spas in the nearby Dells, which have a thriving winter season.

FOR THE CULTURE LOVERS the community promotes diverse shopping, circus history, historic walking tours, art, wineries, outdoor live theater, regular performances at the historic Al Ringling Theater, concerts on the square, farmers market, poetry readings and simple strolls on the Riverwalk. And don’t forget the Ho-Chunk Casino, located on the outskirts of Baraboo, for those travelers with a gambling itch to scratch.

With so much to do right at your fingertips it is easy to overlook the surrounding DAY TRIP destinations. If you haven’t already been, here are a few of our favorites that we find worth the drive; the Mid-Continental Railroad, Taliesen: A Frank Lloyd Wright home, the House on the Rock, Cave of the Mounds, the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the drive to the Merrimac Ferry.

If you are unsure of when you want to visit Baraboo, check the town schedule for year round, annual & bi-annual, DOWNTOWN FESTIVALS such as the downtown Wine Walk Fest (May & Nov), Brew Ha-Ha Beer Fest (Mar & Sep), Circus Celebration (Jul), Christmas Light Parade (late Nov) and the Fair on the Square Festival (May & Oct).

Fred’s, nestled in the valley of the beautiful Baraboo bluffs, is surrounded by the perfect blend of culture, history and adventure. Whether planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a girls’ weekend or an extended business stay, Fred’s is a uniquely special choice for accommodations.

We hope after sharing your time here, in the midst of making many wonderful memories, you will be left with the same fondness that we have toward the sweetness of the house, its history and the beauty of the surrounding area. Don’t forget to sign the guest book, bid farewell to Fred on your way and come back to visit us again!

More Details
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Edie Hanson (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Edie Hanson

Currently living in Florida, we cherish the changing seasons found up north and visit as often as we can. She was born and raised in Baraboo and he in Sarasota, FL. We met in high school when her family moved to the Gulf coast.

We both keep very busy working in creative fields and always look forward to the mental reprieve we can count on when visiting our home away from home in Baraboo.

We are proud supporters of downtown Baraboo, the Baraboo community and passionate about preserving history, family values and small businesses across the nation.

Edie Hanson purchased this house in 2005

Why Edie Hanson chose Lake Wisconsin

After twenty years in Florida, she was fortunate enough to find this beautiful slice of history nestled in a sweet downtown neighborhood which seemed like a dream come true. Not ready to move back to the snow but passionate about the seasons and her hometown we purchased the house for the opportunity to visit friends and family more often and to be able to share the nuances and charm of her wonderful town with others.

What makes this house unique

With an appreciation for history, architecture and nostalgia the decision to buy this house came easily. Built by Fred Terbilcox in 1931, he and his family ran a cab service out of the three car garage in the alley. A wealth of history surrounds Fred's House and the Terbilcox family.

After purchasing the house and poking around its nooks and crannies, we found, stuck in the attic rafters, a fascinating charcoal portrait of a man in a black suit. On the back, was written the words Fred Terbilcox.

We couldn't believe the drawing had preserved so well! Soon it was framed and now hangs in the front entryway to honor the gift of his craftsmanship.

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.7
based on 33 traveler reviews

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1930's Home - Historic Downtown Baraboo near Devil's Lake & Wisconsin Dells
average rating of 4.6969695 based on 33 reviews
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1930's Home - Historic Downtown Baraboo near Devil's Lake & Wisconsin Dells
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Lake Wisconsin Southern Wisconsin
Minneapolis, MN
4

Perfect Location

  • 4 of 5
You absolutely can't beat the location of this charming home - just steps away from the Baraboo town square. Plenty of living room space to relax and a fully equipped kitchen. Wifi signal is outstanding, better than most hotels. Owner is very quick to respond to requests and property is accurately represented online. My only (minor) caution is that the upstairs bathroom is tub only, no shower. So if you have more than 4 adults trying to shower in the morning, it could be a challenge. We had 3 and it worked perfectly for us.
  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: thanks so much!! :)
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1930's Home - Historic Downtown Baraboo near Devil's Lake & Wisconsin Dells
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Lake Wisconsin Southern Wisconsin
St Louis
5

Jim's and Tony's Birthdays in Baraboo

Jim's and Tony's Birthdays in Baraboo
  • 5 of 5
The house is absolutely beautiful. A family home, full of family furniture and beautifully decorated. Would not change a thing! Really lovely - makes one want to take care of it and not break anything! Would add a set of instructions (for the older, less technical folks) for how to get the cable and DVD working - esp one vs the other (we never did - but were too busy to really stick to it) and for how to clean the grill. There was a very nice book next to the front door about the history of the house and attractions in the area - those instructions would be valuable there. We hope to return to Baraboo and would definitely stay in Fred's house when we do. Would like to come in the late fall - are there any tricks to the fireplace? It is wood burning I think. A real find - have already recommended it and the Baraboo area to several other St. Louis friends. Thanks for the good time! PS Saw no bats but also not worried about them - they are a part of a summer evening in Wisconsin that I remember from childhood.
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great suggestions! We will absolutely add those instructions to our Welcome binder for future guests. We are glad you all enjoyed your stay and that we could contribute to a fun birthday trip! Your business and recommendation mean a lot! Hope to have you again; the Fall is a beautiful time to visit.

P.S. No trick to the wood burning fireplace other than opening the flue. Very simple. :)
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1930's Home - Historic Downtown Baraboo near Devil's Lake & Wisconsin Dells
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Lake Wisconsin Southern Wisconsin
Sheboygan, WI
4

Charming little house

  • 4 of 5
My family of five had a nice stay in this charming home. Everything was clean and there was plenty of space for us. It was in a great location too. It felt good to come home to a quiet space after the craziness of the Dells. Downtown Baraboo was just as lovely. We would highly recommend the Con Amici wine bar...you can see their sign from the front stoop.
The owners were very accommodating and easy to communicate with if we had any questions. Overall, a good experience!
  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: thank you so much! P.S. We love Con Amici, too!! :)
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1930's Home - Historic Downtown Baraboo near Devil's Lake & Wisconsin Dells
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Lake Wisconsin Southern Wisconsin
Richmond, Indiana
5

A Great Family Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5
For our first family reunion/vacation, we chose The House That Fred Built, and we loved it. Baraboo offers fun for adults and children alike: Circus World, Devil's Lake, the water parks at the Dels, antique and book shops downtown, music on the courthouse square.

The house was very comfortable; the neighbors were friendly. Our grandchildren enjoyed playing in the backyard while we grilled or roasted marshmallows in the fire pit.
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: thanks for the review and your business, Stephanie! So happy everyone had fun! :) We hope to have you back again in the future!
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1930's Home - Historic Downtown Baraboo near Devil's Lake & Wisconsin Dells
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Lake Wisconsin Southern Wisconsin
US
5

Devil's Lake home

Devil's Lake home
  • 5 of 5
This beautiful home is in a great location. Very clean, very comfortable.
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: thank you so much! :)
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1930's Home - Historic Downtown Baraboo near Devil's Lake & Wisconsin Dells
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Lake Wisconsin Southern Wisconsin
1

BATS BATS BATS!!!!

  • 1 of 5
I hate having to write a poor review, but if you are considering this property please be aware that there are bats in this house. The owner suggested we turn off the lights and open the doors to eradicate the three bats we encountered until she was able to find someone the NEXT day to get rid of them. But I'm afraid if there are three bats there are likely more and unless you get rid of them completely and seal the house they will just return. Plus the next morning it will be light out and bats are nocturnal making it hard to see where they are getting in a out of a property when they are hanging somewhere just waiting for night.
Bats carry diseases such as rabies and a scratch or bite is not something I was willing to put my family at risk..... Not to mention the 'Ick' factor!
Edie was unwilling to work with me on a refund for my troubles and suggested that some guests are just more tolerant of bats than others. (I have this in writing from her directly). So if you are okay with the potential of having bats swoping over your head while watching TV in the living room, or eating in the dining room, or sleeping (if you are able, which I was not)...then this house should suit you fine. I guess if I wanted to vacation in the outdoors I would have gone camping not paid over $200/night for a house, but that's just me.
Another minor issue we encountered was the lighting. The queen bedroom ceiling light did not work, and one of the lamps in that room did not have a switch to turn on that light. The closet light did not work either.
The twin bedroom lamp also did not work (appeared burned by the socket) - a little scary. I did not ask for any repairs for this while I was there, but just want you to know that the owner does know now that these are issues. The house still has some knob and tube electrical.
Other than that it is a beautiful house for the very short stay I was there as I rented a hotel room for the remainder of our vacation.
  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In direct response to this review, the issue of a bat in the house and inoperable lighting were both remedied, as promised, the following day (due only to the very late hour of the complaint on the previous night). After relaying to us how pleased they were with the house for the first part of their trip and regardless of our assurance to address these issues as expediently as possible the guest chose to leave a day early; at that point we informed them we could not grant a refund.
In the 9 years we have owned Fred’s, this is the only complaint from a guest regarding a bat in the house. Bats are very prevalent in this area and something as simple as a door being left open, with mosquitoes flying in, can result in a bat following.
As for lighting and electrical concerns, Fred’s is nearly 100 years old and it has been our goal to preserve the charm of the house by leaving as much original hardware and accents as possible, however safety is a priority and we assure you the home is checked and updated accordingly.
To all future guests of Fred’s, we take great pride in providing a clean, safe environment for all who stay with us. We strive to be as accommodating and helpful as possible and this can be confirmed by the preceding 27, overwhelmingly positive guest reviews.
In regards to bat prevention, as of August 2014, Fred’s has been officially inspected and bat-proofed by Wisconsin Bat Specialists, Inc., a 30 year experienced 'bat proofing' company. As bats do sometimes get into old homes, we are glad to have their guaranty that every professional measure has been taken to ensure that we will not have any uninvited visitors in the future.

Map

Map

Devil's Lake State Park
Tanger Factory Outlet Center
Wollersheim Winery, The
Circus World Museum
Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Dane County Regional Airport (Madison - MSN)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Monk's Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Merrimac Ferry
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Devil's Head Golf Resort
Nearest Train
10 Miles
AmTrak
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Jen's Alpine Cafe
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Devil's Head Ski Resort & Convention Center
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Devil's Lake State Park
Car: not necessary

There is so much available to do in the Baraboo area, as indicated above in our Welcome, and the choices can be overwhelming.

For your convenience, a more detailed and personalized 'Recommended Activity Guide' is provided for guests at Fred's which includes our personal favorite restaurants, local hot spots, tours and activities.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From $189 Per night

Lake Wisconsin House Rental Rates

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Christmas
Dec 23 2014 - Dec 26 2014
3 night minimum stay
$209
 
 
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2 night minimum stay
$189
$1,134
$4,650
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Housecleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%
Notes A one time cleaning fee of $75 will be added for all stays. Room tax plus city tax equal 11.5%. These fees will be already added into your quoted rate.

EXTENDED STAY or monthly rates may be negotiable.

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Lake Wisconsin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) in upstairs bedroom, Double Beds (1) in upstairs bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) two twins in one upstairs bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size high quality sleeper/sofa in living room. Also a queen size inflatable air bed available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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