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Martha Degner

Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Rural Madison Farmstead - $139 for 2 guests

51 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 9 comfortably, can accommodate 13

Please note: The quoted rate is for 1 bedroom. Google Cooksville WI for more information about Cooksville Farmhouse Inn.

We only rent to one group at a time, even if there is only one guest.

Cooksville Farmhouse is located 19 miles from Madison and 2 hours from Chicago. The farmhouse, originally built c. 1845, is on the National Register of Historic Places along with most of the village. It is set beside a lovely restored prairie crisscrossed by paths for snow shoeing in the winter and walks along the spring-fed stream in the summer. Enjoy the quiet, rustic, family friendly atmosphere of the farmhouse which has a soapstone wood stove and massive, free-standing fireplace to keep guests cozy when the snow flies, a large deck and stone patio area for barbecues and outdoor meals in warm weather, as well as great views of the prairie and sunsets.

Inquire about using our English Barn for parties, rehearsal dinners, family reunions. Photo below.

The Cooksville Store dates back to 1847 and is 2 doors north of the farmhouse. It recently re-opened and is a 'must see' in Cooksville. Full of charm and nostalgia, it carries bulk food items, cheese and sausage, snacks and pop, lots of candy, jams and jellies, home baked items, and hand dipped ice cream, as well as some essentials like milk and butter (Amish hand rolled) . Many days lunch is served.

Guided tours of historic Cooksville are available. A walking tour through the village will consist of an introduction to the history of Cooksville at the Cooksville Schoolhouse followed by a guided walking tour of the village viewing the exteriors of about 20 historic buildings. 1 1/2 hours. Cost $6 per person. The Historic House Tour includes an introduction to the history of Cooksville followed by a guided walking tour of the village and a tour of the interiors of four or more historic buildings, usually including the Schoolhouse, a historic Church and three historic houses, as well as the Cooksville General Store if it is open. 2 1/2 hours. Cost $10 per person. Please inquire.

Local events include Stoughton's Syntende Mai, Madison's Iron Man, Edgerton's Thresheree, Madison Farmers' Market (every Saturday).

Property owners, Bob and Martha Degner, live in the converted barn across the driveway from the farmhouse and are happy to greet you when you arrive and do everything they can to make your stay enjoyable.

Area Attractions: The Cooksville Farmhouse is conveniently located near many tourist attractions including the Madison Farmers' Market on the Capitol Square; Cave of the Mounds in Mt. Horeb; Wollersheim Winery near Sauk City; artist studios and shops in Paoli; antique store and quilt shops in Stoughton and Evansville. Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, WI is 30 minutes away. The Fireside Theater in Ft. Atkinson is a 30 minute drive. Cheese factories abound.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Martha Degner (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Martha Degner

Bob and Martha Degner have been married 42 years. Bob is a retired pastor and enjoys projects around the 10 acre farmette. Martha enjoys music, gardening, cooking, babysitting for the grandkids and keeping up with the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn.

The Cooksville Farmhouse Inn opened as a Bed & Breakfast in February of 2008. We had just recently moved from the farmhouse into the newly converted barn across the driveway. In October of 2009 the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn was listed on VRBO as a vacation rental, and suddenly business began to increase. It became clear the vacation rental was more suitable for our situation, and we discontinued marketing as a B&B and joined HomeAway as well as VRBO.

We are open year round with bookings every month of the year. Some of our guests book as far as a year in advance. We have had seminars in theater martial arts, acupressure, scrapbooking groups, family reunions, weddings, girlfriend weekends and holiday gatherings.

Martha Degner purchased this house in 2000

Why Martha Degner chose Wisconsin

We were looking for a rural place near Madison. We found it on the internet in 1999, a farmstead near Madison on the National Registry of Historic Places on 10 acres with clear spring fed stream flowing through the property. The timber frame farmhouse, built in the 1850's was quaint with good natural light and massive field stone fireplace, original wooden floors, and shaded with trees including a majestic 150 year old sugar maple. In 2004 we began the process of converting our 1914 post and beam, mortise and tenon, gambrel roof barn into a home with mother-in-law apartment for Martha's mother, Thelma. We moved across the driveway from the farmhouse in 2007 and began renting out the farmhouse to guests. We enjoy giving our guests tours of the barn if they are interested.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy the rustic atmosphere and quiet, rural setting, as well as the close proximity to all the attractions Madison has to offer. We love biking the back roads, snowshoeing the prairie paths, walking through the historic village, and attending activities of the Cooksville Community Center in the summertime at the old one room Cooksville School. With all this land we are able to have some animals, and our chickens give us more eggs than we can eat, so we are happy to share them with you. Google Cooksville Farmhouse Inn for more information and pictures.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We shared a sister' weekend - coming from Iowa (3), Phx, AZ (3), and Ogden, Utah. We loved the complete accommodations - everything we could have asked for plus gracious hosts who kept our firewood supplied and gave us a tour of the properties. We shopped and laughed, ate and laughed, and spent lots of time around the fireplace and playing cards at the spacious table. Great trip!
Oct 2012
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Rural Madison Farmstead - $139 for 2 guests
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Very nice and clean house

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house with lots of room to relax and enjoy some down time. The owners were very kind.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for Families!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful long weekend at Cooksville Farm House with our family of 7 adults, one 3 year old and two infants. Martha and Bob were wonderful hosts, showing us around and giving us the information and supplies we needed, while also giving us privacy during our stay. The house was a perfect size for us and it was great to have 3 bathrooms. There was no problem getting hot water for showers for all of those people. The multiple seating areas in the "great room" were very comfortable. I particularly liked the many rocking chairs. The dining room was large and comfortable and the kitchen was spacious and easy to work in. The grounds were especially nice for our three year old grandson. He loved walking through the well groomed paths which Bob and Martha mow through the tall prairie grasses. It is full of beautiful wild flowers and little hidden surprises. There is a lovely little creek with bridges crossing it, a bird sanctuary and a new gazebo. We fed the chickens our food scrapes every day which our grandson loved, and we visited the mules. Don't miss the Historic Cooksville General Store just a few doors away (good ice cream and quite cute). Another plus is that it is only 30 minutes from Madison, so if you run out of things to do, there is much to see and do there. Thank you Martha and Bob for making our family vacation so special.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This year's prairie is the best ever for flowers. It is a sea of yellow with touches of purple, pink, lavender and orange. Many kinds of sunflowers, coneflowers, bergamot, rattlesnake master, cup plant, compass plant, butterfly weed, wild quinine and blue vervain are thriving. Their roots go so deep they don't mind the hot, dry weather. The plants grow so tall it's over our heads when we walk the paths. It gives us much pleasure to see others enjoy it. Like our Cooksville Farmhouse Inn Facebook page for pictures.
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Such a wonderful time at the FARM!

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our family reunion at Cooksville Farmhouse Inn! The rooms were lovely, the kitchen was big and the hospitality of Bob and Martha was so fantastic. Don't forget to spend the evening under the stars at the fire pit! You will love your visit and want to stay longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having family reunions at the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn. Share pictures with us and we'll post them on our Facebook page and/or our website blog. Send them to
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Great country getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a fun and relaxing 4 days at Bob and Martha's farmhouse. It's the perfect setting to just kick back with family and friends. The village is easy to explore and the general store is a must see! We hope to return some day. Thanks again to our wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you mentioned the Cooksville Store just 2 doors down from us. It dates back to the 1840's and is the oldest general store in Wisconsin. Hand dipped ice cream is a big attraction, but you'll also find staples like milk, butter, baking supplies, grains, a big variety of snacks, and the latest village news. Don't miss it.
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Girls weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a spacious and comfortable old farmhouse with everything you need to feel at home away from home. Bob and Martha are extremely hospitable owners who are very attentive when needed but not at all intrusive. The house was clean and we felt safe staying here. We very much enjoyed the tour of their restored barn home on the property and enjoyed the farm fresh eggs Martha gave to us to fix for our breakfast! We also very much enjoyed an historic tour of some local buildings by local historian, Larry, who was both interesting and personable! We hope to come back and stay here again next year! Thanks Bob and Martha!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love it when our guests take an interest in historic Cooksville and spend time seeing what this 19th century village is all about. Larry Reed is passionate about historic preservation and knows so many stories about people who have lived here in the "Town That Time Forgot" over the past 175 years.
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Hometeam wedding

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse provided the perfect setting for our small wedding and was a beautiful location to ring in the new year. We loved the coziness of the home as well as the games and well stocked kitchen. We spent a lot of time in front of the fireplace after coming in from the snowy surroundings. From the morning of our wedding to the end of that special day the farmhouse was perfect. From using the master bedroom as a bridal suite to get ready, to marrying in front of the fireplace which we surrounded with flowers, to pictures around the snowy grounds, a fancy dinner with friends on the large dining room table, to ending with a dance party with all of the kids in the dining/living room. It was perfect! Thank you Bob and Martha!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was such a pretty wedding. Enjoy pictures of it on our website blog,
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Dane County Regional
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
The Pour House, Stoughton
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Evansville Country Club
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 138 and Hwy 59
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Halverson's Supper Club, Stoughton
Nearest Ski
39 Miles
Tyrol Basin Ski Area
Nearest Beach
11.5 Miles
Lake Kegonsa
Car: necessary

Cooksville is 19 miles from Madison and 2 hours from Chicago. Stoughton's Sytende Mai Festival, Madison's Iron Man, Edgerton's Thresheree are just a few of the local festivals.

Cooksville, “the Town that Time Forgot,” was built before the Civil War on the New England model around the village green. Most of the 1840’s houses surrounding the green still stand and are restored to their original quaint beauty. Go back in time and spend a day under the oak grove on the village green picnicking, playing croquet, bocce ball, softball, horseshoes, or flying kites.

The English Barn on the property makes a great space for a party. IT IS NOT EQUIPPED OR LICENSED FOR OVERNIGHT STAYS. Invite up to 50 guests for your event. The light streaming through the spaces between the barn siding is farmer stained glass. Use our hay bales, chairs and tables or rent your own. For groups of 30 or more we will rent a porta potty at your expense for your event which will be located discretely behind the barn. Onsite parking. Rent the Cooksville Farmhouse at the 8 person rate (4 bedrooms) and the base rate on the English Barn will be waived. Please inquire for availability and pricing.

Barns are places of dust, dirt and spider webs, especially when animals are kept next door as is our case. For some people that's part of the charm and they would have it no other way. If you are one of those people you can stop reading. If, on the other hand, you will be bothered by normal barn dirt, you have some options. If you are renting the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn and the rental fee for the English Barn is waived, you can either recruit your guests in the house to help you shine up the barn before your event (wipe chairs and tables, brush away cobwebs and sweep the floor), or you can pay us a $100 barn cleaning fee to arrange to have it done for you. Or you can use it as is, dust, dirt, spider webs and all. If you are only renting the English Barn for the normal rental fee (and not staying in the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn which would give you a large discount on the English Barn rental), the pre-cleaning is included. More info in the House Rules. Send me a message if this is unclear.

Other Activities: horseshoes, prairie walks, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $31 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.5%

We do not charge you a damage deposit, nor do we require you to buy damage protection insurance. But we do have your credit card information and will let you know if we have to charge your card for any damages.

We have a 2 night minimum year round. 3 or 4 night minimum on certain holidays. For a per/room pricing schedule find the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn website by searching Cooksville WI on Google.

Our English Barn is small but suitable for events, parties, small weddings, etc. Guests staying in the Farmhouse are welcome to use it at no cost for up to 10 additional guests over the number stayiing in the house. For more guests, 11-20 cost is $50; 21-30 is $100; 31-40 is $150; 41-50 is $200. The health department requires that a porta potty be rented for more than 20 people. We will make arrangements for you, and you will be charged the cost of $125 or $185 depending on the degree of fanciness you choose. Email of call us for availability. 608/335-8375
To rent the English Barn for the day without renting the house, the cost is $500 plus the porta potty fee. Maximum capacity is 50.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Evansville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , This is also the laundry room. It has a sink and mirror
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , twin trundle also
    living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper sofa is queen size.
    Game Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double size futon and sofa bed are for whole house rentals.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , floor mattress and/or twin folding cot
  • The master bedroom is located on the first floor. This light and airy bedroom has a private bath with Jacuzzi, walk in closet, and a king size bed. The second floor of the farmhouse is well suited for families with children. It includes 3 bedrooms described below and a shared bath with tub and shower. The Cone Flower Room has a queen size bed. The Compass Plant Room has 3 twin beds and a twin trundle. The Blue Stem Room has 2 twin beds as well as an extra twin mattress that can be pulled out and/or a twin folding cot. These 3 rooms are part of the original 1845 house and have the old fir plank floors and exposed, hand hewn timbers.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
No smoking in the house, but okay to smoke outdoors. Fenced in backyard with firepit for bonfires. We provide wood. Great canoeing on the Badfish Creek which runs through Cooksville. Canoe and bike rentals available in Stoughton.

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