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Rural Madison Farmstead - $149 for 2 guests

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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.

In addition to the farmhouse, we have an English Barn suitable for parties, gatherings, rehearsal dinners, small weddings. See our rates page for more information.

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Martha Degner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Martha Degner

Bob and Martha Degner have been married since 1971. 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 Evansville

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. With the English Barn fixed up and available for use by our guests, this is a great place for family reunions, parties, wedding rehearsal dinners and even small weddings. 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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Evansville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
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, 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
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
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. The English Barn at the bottom of the driveway is available to Cooksville Farmhouse Inn guests for parties, rehearsal dinners, etc. There is no charge for the first 10 extra non-overnight guests who you invite. Beyond that we charge $5 per person, maximum 50. Our Wedding package ($2,000 less HomeAway payout to us for 3 night stay) includes use of the barn for decorating the day before as well as the wedding day, tables and chairs for 50, porta potty depending on number and needs of your guests, onsite parking and parking assistance before the ceremony, prairie flowers, access to 10 acres of beautiful backgrounds for photos including, bridges, a spring-fed stream, prairie paths through a sea of wild flowers, limited use of golf cart (adults only please)


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Rural Madison Farmstead - $149 for 2 guests
average rating of 4.9322033 based on 61 reviews

Loved this Place!!

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at Cooksville! Wish our schedule in Madison had allowed us more time to spend at the house! The only problem we had was the WiFi Internet connection was not good, so kids had to go to the local McDonald's to get some of their homework done! But would come back to this place in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our internet in Cooksville is less than great, especially during peak hours when internet traffic is heavy. We look forward to planned improvements by Litewire and AT&T in the future.
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A great time with great hosts. Our grandsons had a ball being around the farm.

  • 5 of 5

Very well pleased.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Racine, WI

Beautiful place - well maintained!

  • 5 of 5

Very accommodating & enjoyed all of its amenities!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just what we wanted

  • 5 of 5

The Cooksville Farmhouse turned out just how we hoped - it was a central meeting point for our 5 family members to gather. It was apparent that Martha and Bob put a lot of thought into what their guests might enjoy in a farmhouse. And what's more, it's obvious they actually enjoyed that challenge. We especially enjoyed burning wood in the real fireplace, and walking down to talk to the mules.

Cooksville itself is successfully attempting to preserve its 19th century flavor; but the January cold spell put a damper on walking. The house was plenty warm, though! There are a few things someone in a bad mood could nitpick about, but these are really only in keeping with a genuine farmhouse experience. Very nice to have several bedrooms and baths! One thing so you're not surprised: Being a farmhouse, I thought the plot of land may be on an isolated farm. It's more like a 7 acre plot in a quiet village; but that did not interfere with our pleasure. The sparsely used road does run close, as someone else mentioned. For me, a louder car went by each night and I had to open one eye briefly. Not a big deal. And yes, it is very clean, not even dusty!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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the house with more

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated my mom's 80th birthday with a girls' weekend. We chose the Farmhouse because it was central for our travelers and in the area where we grew up. We hoped for a weekend to make memories with 4 generations. We got that and more. The house was warm and cozy around the fireplace. We cooked all our meals in and the kitchen was more than adequate and easy to prepare meals. With 2 small tables and one large we had more than enough room to eat, craft, and talk. The youngest children (3-9 yrs) found more games and stuffed animals than they had time to play. Most of our time was spent around the fireplace that we kept going the whole weekend. The only thing we didn't have was more time to walk the mowed paths and check out the property. The general store is a must see (and buy), the tour of the town by the local historian was worth the time. We got our first snow of the season and would have loved to put on the snow shoes and tromp around the paths. The owners were so accommodating, answering every question and helping to make our stay relaxing and more. I had my foot in a cast so couldn't get to the second floor but all who slept up there were pleased. If I had something I would change it would be to set it off the road further, I was very surprised as to the amount of traffic going by all night long. We are working on a date for next year ready to make more memories.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, AZ

A memorable Thansgiving weekend

  • 5 of 5

Our family (6 adults and 4 small children) stayed at the Farmhouse Inn over Thanksgiving weekend. We had a wonderful time! The spacious great room, game room and large dining room easily accommodated the whole family. Martha gave us a dozen fresh eggs the fist day and kept us well stocked with firewood for the fireplace. The farm is beautiful and the kids loved feeding the chickens! We would Cooksville Farmhouse Inn to anyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The chickens have entered the winter doldrums and won't be laying so much for a while. But they'll still be thrilled with table scraps.
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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
Holstein KItchen, Oregon, WI
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 or small wedding. 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. A wedding package is available for $2,000 with use of the barn for decorating the day before as well as the wedding day, tables and chairs for 50, porta potty as needed depending on size of group, onsite parking and parking assistance before the ceremony, prairie flowers, use of golf cart (adults only please, limited use). For a backyard ceremony or reception, please plan to rent chairs from Stoughton Lumber. Homeaway cost for 3 night stay will be deducted from the wedding package price.

For parties and gatherings other than weddings, invite up to 50 guests for your event. Use our hay bales, chairs and tables or rent your own. We will rent a porta potty if needed which will be located discretely behind the barn. Onsite parking. Please inquire for availability and pricing.

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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. We appreciate your care and attention to our house and property and will provide you with a list of things to do before checking out.

We have a 2 night minimum year round. Summer (June-September) minimum is 3 nights. 3 or 4 night minimum on certain holidays. For a per/room pricing schedule find the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn website by searching Cooksville WI.

Our English Barn is suitable for events, parties, rehearsal dinners, etc. Guests staying in the Farmhouse at the 8 person rate are welcome to rent it for $300. The Cooksville Farmhouse Inn Wedding Package is $2,000 and includes 3 night stay in the Inn (HomeAway payment to us not including fees and tax is deducted from package fee), onsite parking and parking assistance before wedding ceremony, prairie flowers for bouquets, access to 10 acres for pictures, use of golf cart (adults only), porta potty rental if necessary depending on your guests' needs, access to English Barn the day before your ceremony for decorating, etc., use of our tables and chairs in the barn. For a backyard ceremony please plan to rent tables and chairs. Payment for English Barn use will be made directly to Cooksville Farmhouse Inn. Maximum capacity is 50. Contact us for availability.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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