Spacious Prairie-Style Home Sleeps 10-12 on 120 Acres on Scenic Lake Sinissippi
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About Laurie Sullivan
Prairie House is a custom prairie style home that sits atop a glacial drumlin overlooking 120 acres with panoramic views of prairie, woods and lake. It was designed by Madison Architect, Arlan Kay, who grew up on a farm in Iowa with a love of the land and took great care to tuck the home into the hillside to complement its beautiful natural surroundings. The house features local lannon stone and red oak and features an abundance of natural light with 7 skylights along the rooftop that Arlan referred to as the 'spine of light' along with ceiling to floor windows across the living room and kitchen, and large bay windows in every bedroom. We've thoroughly enjoyed hosting hundreds of groups from around the world since 2006 and continue a tradition of providing gracious amenities and old-fashioned hospitality. We raised a family here and are happy to share suggestions for local dining, shopping, cultural, and recreational activities and day trips in the surrounding villages of the Rock River watershed.
Laurie Sullivan purchased this Guest House in 1999
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Beautiful house and location for a family gathering
Our family truly enjoyed our stay at the beautiful Prairie House. The house and the property offered so many wonderful opportunities for our family to gather and enjoy ourselves. The owners were very accommodating and a pleasure to work with.
Thank you - it was a pleasure hosting your family and we would look forward to a return visit anytime!
As our family grows, we need more and more space for our family gatherings. This sprawling prairie home gave each family its own room and enough space in the kitchen and living areas to hang out. The porches were our favorite places. We watched deer walk through the prairie in the mornings and even spotted a bold eagle flying over the lake on an early morning kayak.
This property is described exactly as we experienced. A 300m hike down to the shallow lake gave us opportunity to kayak and bring the rented pontoon boat up to the dock. We were the only one on this quiet lake for most of the day.
The prairie is beautiful and we were able to experience some of the outdoors... the mosquitoes got the best of us though... but the screened in porch allows for some outdoor evening sitting that would have otherwise been impossible. We even got to watch fireworks from Horicon from the porch!
This is a gorgeous home, with excellent hosts who have wonderful suggestions and kept us up to date and in the loop with the local places to stop and summer festivals.
Thank you for accommodating us and having a pack n play, high chair, booster seat and even ingredients for s’mores waiting for us. The owners have thought of everything and take care of the details.
We had a wonderful stay. Grateful
Wonderful location for a family reunion
This property was everything we expected and more. We had four generations of family up to 16 at one time staying at the property during our five night stay. Our families traveled from NJ/NY, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri. The Frank Lloyd Wright inspired four bedroom home surrounded by prairie and lakes was spacious, clean and filled with activities to do. There's a pool table on the lower level. There's a game table with every board game you can think of on the main floor looking out to the prairie. There's even a nook on the lower level filled with kids toys that my nephew found. Outside we had the volleyball net setup, croquet and bean toss. The lake, just a short walk away. has a shed filled with two kayaks and life vests, two canoes next to it and a paddleboat. We took the paddleboat and the kayaks out on the water. The water was warm and definitely swimable if you don't mind lakewater. My nephew had a remote controlled boat he piddled with on the lake. We also hiked the trails on property. Keep in mind you are in the outdoors, so mosquitoes and black flies are present. But if you use a repellant, it is tolerable. We spotted lots of deer, hummingbirds, a variety of song birds and butterflies. Laurie, the host, was extremely helpful in recommendations and activities to do. She went above and beyond my expectations of being accessible by phone, email, or text. If you want to be around a lot of people and restaurants, then you can drive in multiple directions about 20-25 minutes. We went out to eat on July 3rd to Oconomowoc - Sabies (farm to table) and saw the fireworks. Cute downtown area. And July 4th - Golden Mast inn - German inspired - we celebrated my mom's 80th birthday under the fireworks. Both restaurants were recommendations from Laurie. The location of the property is only an hour from Madison and 1 1/2 hrs from Milwaukee. My cousin who lives in Madison said this is a "perfect weekend getaway" from city life. We enjoyed our morning tea on the overlook and afternoon tea on the screened porch. There are so many places near the house where you can sit outside and soak in the beauty. We were so excited to see deer in the prairie. The garden reminded me of my own. It was just stunning! There's even a vegetable garden that we made lunch one day from with fresh lettuce, and herbs. Thank you Laurie for offering your vacation home. It was truly a memorable and unforgettable vacation. We hope to be back soon!
Nice Return Visit
We spent a pleasant weekend at Prairie House celebrating my Mother's 90th birthday. The weather was much nicer than last year and we were able to enjoy the outdoors. The grandchildren used the canoe and paddle boat and played with some of the outdoor games. The seniors spent most of their time in the screened in porch. The Deer, Eagles, and Cranes were still there, and there was an increase in the variety of birds. We wish to thank Laurie for accommodating our change in plans and for all the nice touches for my Mother's 90th birthday, roses, gift, etc. Michael & Judy
Three family of four and three dogs. We all have fun, plenty of rooms for of us, and plenty of walks around the area we can do with our dogs. The kitchen is great for big group, we have a fantastic Thanksgiving day. We also loves the piano and the pool table. We love hese beautiful house, we will be back when the weather is a bit warm!
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you and we would look forward to a visit in the warm seasons!
Beautiful house in a wonderful setting
Our group of 12 had a great time at the Prairie House. Laurie really went out of her way to make sure our stay was comfortable and we had everything we needed. I especially appreciated her helpfulness in regards to the kids and the dogs. We thoroughly enjoyed the outside space, playing corn hole and sitting by the fire almost every night. The kitchen was very well equipped for the variety of meals we made each day. Kayaking on the lake was tons of fun and we went multiple times during the week. Our vacation was simply wonderful and I would absolutely recommend staying here.
Prairie House features panoramic views of scenic Lake Sinissippi and hiking trails traversing prairie, woods and a half mile of naturalized shoreline on the 120 acre property.
The pier/boat shed is a 5 minute stroll behind the house to the east bay where guests are welcome to use 2 kayaks, 2 canoes and a paddleboat for exploring the marshy bays frequented by wildlife such as nesting bald eagles, white pelicans, blue heron, and sandhill cranes.
Sunset pontoon rides can be arranged on Lake Sinissippi, and Blue Heron Landing in nearby Horicon offers naturalist-guided pontoon tours of Horicon Marsh, the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the U.S.
Please see the Area page at www.prairiehouse.info for links to favorite guest activities such as viewing the fall colors at Pike Lake State Park and Holy Hill, water parks, golf (20 minutes from Erin Hills Golf Course home of the 2017 US Open), restaurants, wineries, cheese factories, honey museum, custard stands, boutiques, antiques, art museums, local artisans, farmers markets, and performing arts in the surrounding villages such as Hustisford, Hartford, Horicon, Beaver Dam, Oconomowoc, Watertown and West Bend.
Prairie House is conveniently located one hour equidistant from the cultural offerings of Milwaukee and Madison. Road America, EAA, Kohler American Club, & the Dells are within 1.5 hour drive. Upcoming seasonal events include Horicon Marsh Bird Festival each May on Mother's Day weekend, and world renowned performing artists featured at the Schauer Art and Activities Center in Hartford (20 minutes).
Prairie House is conveniently located one hour equidistant between Milwaukee and Madison. Road America, EAA, Kohler American Club, & the Dells are within 1.5 hour drive.
Activities (The Area page at www.prairiehouse.info features links to favorite guest activities)
All seasons are great for on-site hiking and birdwatching; grill outdoors on the veranda overlooking the lake or roast marshmallows around the fire pit; volleyball equipment and other outdoor games are provided for the large grassy backyard; boating (kayak, canoe, paddle boat are provided for Prairie House guests). There's a pier and boat shed on the east bay (5 minute stroll behind the house) and there's a boat launch up the road for guests who bring their own water ski boat or jet ski; fishing (the white pelicans and bald eagles love the all-u-can-eat carp in the shallow marshy bays) - there's nearby Pike Lake, Lake LaBelle, Ashipun Lake, or Beaver Dam Lake for Northern pike, bluegill or walleye fishing; or bicycle the nearby Wild Goose State Trail. In winter, skiing (25 mi to the newly opened Little Switzerland in Slinger), ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country ski (groomed trails at Pike Lake State Park), relaxing by the fire, card games on the felt-top oak card table, and ping-pong or pool in the game room, are just a few of many wonderful possibilities.
Local Attractions: Fine Dining at the Historic Audubon Inn in Mayville; Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (hosts the Annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival in May), Rock River Golf Course (18 holes), and Horicon Water Park (10 minutes drive); the Village of Hartford (20 minutes drive) offers the Schauer Performing Arts Center, Fitness Facilities, water park, coffee shops, boutiques & restaurants, and Wisconsin Auto Museum (features antique Kissels). For a taste of Wisconsin cuisine and artisanry, explore the local farmers markets, farm stands and antique shops (Columbus boasts the largest antique mall in the Midwest).