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Lee Olivier

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Historic House with modern conveniences, twenty minutes from Spring Green.

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

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Overview

Plain House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms + den with futon. 2.5 baths. Sleeps 9

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 and1½ 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 favorite hang out place.

The downstairs porch is fully screened and has plexiglass panels for cold 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 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 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.

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

About Lee Olivier

Jonathan and Lee live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lee is a retired librarian who grew up in PA. Jonathan is a community college math teacher from Chicago with family in Sauk County.

Lee Olivier purchased this house in 2004

Why Lee Olivier chose Sauk City

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. As the house was 100 years old in 2015, we had a little celebration that summer.

We added the front sidewalk and fence, as well as the back patio and stone wall. We planted more than 70 trees and shrubs.

What makes this house unique

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.

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
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5
based on 52 traveler reviews

Historic House with modern conveniences, twenty minutes from Spring Green.
average rating of 4.980769 based on 64 reviews
Brookfield
5

Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for two nights in September 2016 and had a wonderful time. The farmhouse is so cute and many of the original details have been maintained. The host, Lee, has been great and very helpful and super responsive. Although there is a country road right in front of the house, the traffic is very minimal so it was very peaceful and relaxing. One morning, we sat on the front porch with our coffee and breakfast and just hung out. There is an amazing nature preserve right across the street so there are a lot of birds and butterflies.

I would definitely come back and there are plenty of rooms to have a girl's weekend or just bring more family. The kitchen has everything you could want. I would just warn that there is no cell service up here (I have AT&T and my husband has Sprint) but Lee has the land line set up to make long distance calls so you can make work calls, etc. if you need to. Just weird not to be able to receive/make calls or text messages.

There are so many activities nearby - we rented a canoe at Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green and paddled down (with the current) the Wisconsin River. We also found a bike rental place in Kendall, Wisconsin called Kendall Depot which is right on the Elroy-Sparta State bike trail. Although we didn't get a chance to rent bikes, the trail looks very cool. All of these activities are within an hour drive. Super fun!!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very grateful for the wonderful review and hope to have them as our guests again sometime. I want to add a clarification: making long distance calls on the land line at the house is free and it receives calls too, so you can get calls back if you need to.
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Bolingbrook, IL
5

This was a home away from homeless

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 6 ladies in their late 60's found this home to be VERY restful & relaxing. We had the option of visiting area attractions & took advantage of as many as we could squeeze in in 3 days. Owner Lee Olivier thought of EVERYTHING & her home was immaculate. The kitchen & 2 1/2 bathrooms were all redone & very appealing. Even the kitchen was spotless, right down to the drawers. We look forward to a return visit someday. This is at terrific place for communing with friends & nature!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lexington, KY
5

Great stay, as usual!

  • 5 of 5

This is our third stay at Bear Valley Vista and everything was perfect for a relaxing week? Another couple spent part of the week with us and there are enough porches and common rooms to have plenty of space to get some alone time, if needed. It was cooler this year so it was great to be able to sleep with the windows open and the fan on. We saw sand cranes for the first time and heard the wild turkeys. We want to recommend the American Players Theatre for adults that are staying at BVV for R & R. Some of the plays were not sold out, which is remarkable considering their quality, and you may be able to get a last minute ticket.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

What a wonderful spot for a Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

This was such a great find for our 10 Year Girlfriend Get-Her-Way! The house is beautiful, private, clean and well stocked. Love the porches!

Great location to Spring Green and Plain for day trips. Our group of 8 would like to return some day!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great house for family stays

  • 5 of 5

Amazing that the owners were willing to put so much work and money into making a very old house such a wonderful place to stay. Even the basement looked clean enough to eat off the floor (we didn't). Huge stock of games, puzzles, toys, books, movies in case of rain. Huge stock of brochures and maps for every attraction anywhere nearby. Kitchen supplied not only with pots and pans and utensils and dishes, but also spices and condiments, all labeled. Sample toothpaste and floss in the bathrooms, boxes of tissues in every room, more towels and blankets and pillows than you could possibly use; lots of fans stashed in closets made life manageable for our crowd who had different opinions as to the optimal ambient temperature. Really quiet country roads made for great walks, with sandhill cranes bugling and posing for photos. County lake an easy drive. Whirlpool bath upstairs. Really the best supplied rental home we've ever stayed in.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice home, pleasantly surprised

  • 4 of 5

We were very happy with the home. We reserved on line and had some concerns, but the house is extremely well done and interesting and relaxing. Over all very nice location with lots of nature around. The owners have paid attention to every detail. It is about 10-15 miles to Spring Green and about the same to Richmond Center. Slightly inconvenient to grab something quickly, but quite frankly everything we needed was pretty much there other than groceries.

We did this with another couple as a half way meeting location. We all agreed we would do it again if we get the chance.

Great value for the money.

Bill

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Map

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

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Rates & Availability

Plain House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
All Season
Jul 11 2015 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$135
$810
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
All Seasons
Jan 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$135
$810
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$135
$810
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning, 1-9 people $95
Pet Fee $70
Refundable damage deposit $200

$135/night up to 3 people, plus $10/person/night up to 9 people (4 people = $145, 5= $155, etc, up to 9 = $195/night). Two-night minimum except for Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, all of which are a 3-night minimum. . Nov to Apr = stay 6 nights and get 7th night free. Security deposit ranges 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 cleaning costs are less, I refund the difference. Dogs are no extra rent but are an extra $20 cleaning and $50 refundable security deposit, a total of $70. Maximum is 2 dogs

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Amenities

Plain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 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 ( 1full bath with jacuzzi tub and shower and one 1/2 bath) are accessible to all bedrooms. Downstairs full bath with level-in shower is off the bedroom/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
  • Upstairs are 4 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths. A bedroom/den and a 2nd full bath are downstairs. There is one single Aerobed with bedding available at no extra charge, if needed.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Washer and dryer are in the basement laundry; detergent is provided. Broadband internet access is via wireless; ethernet cable provided; WiFi-equipped (5G) . 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.

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