About the property
- House3000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
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.
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- May 24, 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 Porter
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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Loved this Place!!
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!
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.
A great time with great hosts. Our grandsons had a ball being around the farm.
Very well pleased.
Beautiful place - well maintained!
Very accommodating & enjoyed all of its amenities!
Just what we wanted
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!
the house with more
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.
A memorable Thansgiving weekend
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.
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.
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.