|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 Vista 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 and 1½ baths. Both bathrooms are accessible to all bedrooms and the full bath has a jacuzzi tub. A twin Aerobed with bedding is available by prearrangement, to accommodate a maximum of 9 people.
Downstairs are a den/bedroom with a futon that converts to a double bed and a second full bath with a level-in shower. Access to full-house broadband Internet (including WiFi-5G) is at the built-in desk. The dining room table expands to seat 10. The living room has a recliner chair and other comfortable seating for 6 and satellite TV with DVD player and ROKU. The kitchen's built-in banquette has a rotating table for easy access. There is central air conditioning and heating, plus an energy-efficient washer/dryer.
The back of the house is a large two-level porch. The upstairs porch has double-hung, dual pane windows with screens and a gas log fireplace for year-around comfort. A recliner and other comfortable seating, plus lots of books, toys and games makes it everybody's favorite hang out place.
The downstairs porch is fully screened and has plexiglass panels for cool weather. It also has a pass-through kitchen window shelf and a dining table for convenient outdoor meals on warm days. A charcoal BBQ 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 offers a wheelbarrow of wood for $10 to start you off.
Across the street is the 750-acre Bear Creek Sedge Meadow State Natural Area, which is protected public land with nesting sandhill cranes and other species of birds. Bear Creek is a good trout fishing stream which draws bald eagles in the winter. 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 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. Ten minutes north on St Hwy 154 is an Amish community with a general store and other shops, plus a summer roadside stand with picked-that-day fruit and veggies.
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 State Park, Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue, and the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Spring Green is 20 minutes south via County Rd G.
Other 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 Evermor's Sculpture Garden, Gays Mills, Kickapoo River, and Viroqua. Madison is 50 minutes east via Hwy 12.
Jonathan and Lee live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lee is a retired librarian who grew up in Pittsburgh. Jonathan is a community college math teacher from Chicago with 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, and 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 fine grained cement poured on site by local workmen in 1915. Neighbors tell me that it is a Sears kit house. So far my research has not disproved it. When the house was 100 years old in 2015 we had a little celebration during our summer visit.
We added the front sidewalk and fence, as well as the back patio and stone wall. We planted more than 70 trees and shrubs.
Relaxation is easy in this house: beautiful views from every window give a strong sense of connection to the land and its seasons, terrain and wildlife.
Bear Valley Vista has plenty of space inside to gather together, as well as lots of places for time alone.
"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."
Great home to rent; beautiful, we really enjoyed our stay, and appreciate that our 3 birds could stay with us at the house. The nature in the area is great. It was nice to have various rooms available to hang out in, and bedrooms all decorated in a different theme. The original wood in the home is so beautiful. And many great emenities to enjoy, such as fireplace, games, Jacuzzi, along with lots of items in kitchen for easy cooking, and hairdryer in the bathroom. Having the House on the Rock nearby was fun, and we got to really enjoy Eagle Days of Wisconsin. They released previously injured eagles back into the wild. What a fun-filled long weekend in a fantastic home. Thank you!
This beautiful and well maintained home set in an idyllic valley in southwest wisconsin provided fond family memories. Our family homesteaded in this area in the early days of statehood. To find such a beautiful home for us to spend time together has been akin to a miracle find for me. It has plentiful sleeping accommodations and an extraordinarily well equipped and tastfully decorated kitchen. We will want to return again and again. What a gem!
Bear Valley Vista was just what our family was looking for to celebrate the new year together. We cooked all but our New Year's dinner in the well-stocked kitchen and we gathered around the beautiful dining room table for food and conversation. We spent our evenings in the adorable upstairs porch in front of the fire playing games. Don't miss out on the beautiful sunset colors from the front porch. This is truly a one-of-a-kind home away from home.
We Loved are stay , It had lots of room and lots of things to do for everyone ,The view around was great, house was set up nice and easy to understand but the time to go home came way to fast didn't feel like we were there very long cause we all injoyed it so much even the kids didn't want to go home . It made us feel like we were at home and we had been there before . we all loved every room in the house ! even the card table in the basement. Management was very nice to work with , would highly recommend this place for snowmobilers or anyone !
The house has everything you'll need. The house has a warm, charming feel to it. All the extras in the kitchen, and the beds are comfortable . Would definitely go there again.
We had 6 women stay for the weekend. This house is beautiful, kitchen well equipped! Bathrooms all updated. Lee's instructions/ information complete and so helpful. Area very secluded but beautiful, peaceful. We loved every minute!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jan 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Cleaning, 1-9 people||$95|
Rent is $135/night for up to 3 people, plus $10/person/night up to 9 people (4 people = $145, 5= $155, etc, up to 9 = $195/night). We have a two-night minimum all year, except for Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, all of which are a 3-night minimum. We have a special rate all year around of "stay 6 nights and get 7th night free." Security deposits range from $100 to $300, depending on the number of people and number of nights; $200 is our standard security deposit. Cleaning is $95 for up to 9 people; if actual cleaning costs are less after you leave, we refund the difference. One or two dogs (max) is no extra rent but is an extra $20 cleaning and $50 refundable security deposit, a total of $70.