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Lee Olivier

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

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

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

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Overview

Sauk City 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 bedroom/den 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 a 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 screened porch, with plexiglass windows in cold weather. The upstairs level has a gas log fireplace, a recliner and other comfortable seating, plus lots of books, toys and games. The lower porch 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
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. I have begun research to see if that is true, and I have learned that it probably is. As the house was 100 years old in 2015, we had a little celebration during the 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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Historic House with modern conveniences, twenty minutes from Spring Green.
average rating of 5.0 based on 56 reviews
5

Beautiful House

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I've stayed at the Bear Valley Vista and I loved it each time. You really get away to what feels like the middle of nowhere for rest and relaxation in the beautiful countryside. Still, there is plenty to do and see with places like Richland Center, and Spring Green less than half an hour away. The House on the Rock is only about half an hour drive and there are several large county and state parks close by. The price beats any hotel room and you get so much more than just a room to stay in. I think the house itself is an attraction and you will enjoy lounging on one of the several porches while you take in the scenery.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Beautiful home with wonderful hiking nearby! We look forward to returning again soon. :)

  • 5 of 5

We had such a fun visit that we really didn't want to leave! Your home was dreamy and that was the consensus of our whole crew, including the teenager (that says a lot!). We played cards in the upstairs porch, while your sweet stove kept us toasty on chilly evenings. We feasted on tasty brats, hot off your bar-b-que. Wandered your neighborhood in awe of the nesting/feeding swallows, red-winged blackbirds and robins. We scooted in to Plain (I-Diehl tap) for the obligatory Friday Fish Fry. It was very good (I'd recommend the Bluegill) and the staff/locals were so welcoming. Other highlights included; a couple of wonderful hikes at White Mound County Park (which was exploding with wildflowers), a visit to the Shrine of the Lady of the Fields (sweet chapel), frisbee games, and a much appreciated jacuzzi tub after it all! As you can tell, we really are looking forward to many return visits. Thanks again for sharing your home! Diane & the crew.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

A beautiful farmhouse in rural Wisconsin

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for a week with our dog, and it was a perfect getaway. The house is beautiful, well-appointed, and comfortable for relaxation. We had weather ranging from the mid-40s to the 70s, so we were able to take advantage of the variety of places indoor and outdoor places to eat, read, and hang out. The sleeping porch upstairs is worth the price of admission alone; on a chilly evening, the propane powered stove made for a cozy nook, and I imagine it would be great in any season. The upstairs walls feature a wonderful collection of etchings and prints.

In addition to having excellent taste, the owners are very responsive over email setting up and following up on the reservation. We also had the contact info for a caretaker who lives next door; he waved at one point from the road and asked if there was anything we needed, but otherwise we were on our own. An excellent mix of privacy while knowing help was at hand if we had needed it.

While there, we took some great hikes in nearby White Mound Park and Devil's Lake State Park. We also had a great afternoon visiting a local cheesemaker and finding things like organic eggs and tomato seedlings from nearby Amish farms and greenhouses. The house is right across the country road from a fishing and hunting preserve that we explored a little bit as well.

What else? Great kitchen. Reliable wifi and phone provided for long-distance calls. Comfortable bed. No complaints!

Highly recommended. We hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Very peaceful and quiet

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice time at Bear Creek. The house is in great condition, and very spacious. The owner has labeled everything making it easy to use / find things. The porches were excellent places to hang out and read a book or play some games. This is the first trip I've taken where we were able to bring our dog along, and we got to go on some nice long walks around the fishery.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Beautiful!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This place was an amazing week-end getaway for my family. The house was absolutely beautiful and the upstairs porch and fire were our favorite. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Plenty of room, well stocked kitchen, great porches

  • 5 of 5

This home exceeded our expectations. The kitchen is very well stocked, with pans and bowls of all sizes. The dining room has a lovely view, which we enjoyed during our meals. The upstairs porch was our hangout for games, reading, and knitting. The 2 and a half bathrooms were a plus for a girls getaway! It is located near Spring Green, a sweet town to shop and walk about.

We hope to return in the warmer weather to hang out on the other porches!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 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

Spring Green 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

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

$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). Nov to Apr = stay 6 nights and get 7th night free, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Security deposit can range from $100 to $300, depending on the number of people and number of nights; $200 is an average security deposit. Cleaning is $95 for up to 9 people; if cleaning costs are less, I will refund the difference. Dogs are no extra rent but we add an extra $20/dog cleaning and $50/dog refundable security deposit, a total of $70. Maximum is 2 dogs

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Amenities

Sauk City 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
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 ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
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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