About the property
- Guest House3800 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Spacious Prairie-Style Home Sleeps 10-12 on 120 Acres on Scenic Lake Sinissippi
Bald eagles, white pelican, great blue heron and deer are your neighbors when you visit the Prairie House. Nature lovers and prairie enthusiasts will love this modern 4+ bedroom, 3.5 bathroom prairie style home built to complement its magnificent surroundings. Prairie House sits atop 120 acres of glacial drumlin with panoramic views of Lake Sinissippi, prairie and woods in the heart of the Wisconsin countryside, yet conveniently located 50 minutes equidistant between Milwaukee and Madison.
If clear water swimming, power boating, and game fishing right outside your door is a priority for your vacation then this is not a good fit:
Lake Sinissippi is a scenic, shallow (8 foot max), mud bottom, marshy lake 7 miles downstream on the Rock River from the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge which is a prime wildlife viewing/nature photography destination with over 300 species of birds, Exploratorium, and extensive nature trails. At the Prairie House we provide 2 kayaks, 2 canoes and a paddleboat for enjoying the wildlife viewing/eagle nesting area on our marshy bays and recommend the local water parks (15 mi) for clear water swimming and Pike Lake State Park (25 mi) for beach/game fishing. The lake is a 5 minute stroll from the house on a grassy path that winds around the garden, prairie, and naturalized shoreline to the boat shed/pier. There's a small mulched area by the pier and no formal beach, however the Prairie House observation deck and spacious backyard with adirondack chairs and hammock are a lovely spot to enjoy the sun.
Upstairs: Guests will appreciate the spacious commercial-grade kitchen, large adjoining dining area with vista views. The Living Room features a natural stone fireplace with firewood, ceiling to floor windows with sweeping views of prairie, lake and woods, wide screen cable TV and high speed internet/Wifi, Steinway grand piano, an assortment of family games/puzzles. The spacious Master Bedroom/Bath features a king-sized bed and oversized soaking tub with views of the west bay and Eagle Island. A cozy sun room with felt-top card table, and observation deck extends off the Living Room and Master Suite, as well as a library with maple writing desk, books for all ages and a convertible couch/queen futon bed that can comfortably accommodate two guests. At the east end of the home there's a lovely screened cedar porch off the kitchen that features views of prairie, woods and lake and the sound of woodland birds. On the west end, an observation deck extends into the prairie with panoramic views of the prairie and west bay - adirondack chairs, binoculars, spotting scope and nature guides provided.
Downstairs: The three bedrooms and recreation room feature sweeping views of the prairie, lake and countryside. There are two queen bedrooms and the third bedroom has a queen bed plus custom oak bunk bed. There are two downstairs bathrooms: one with shower/bathtub, and one with shower. The game room has a convertible pool/ping-pong table with french double glass doors that open onto a wisteria-covered veranda and spacious back yard with fire pit, adirondack chairs, picnic table and hammock. We provide a variety of indoor as well as outdoor family games to enjoy such as volleyball, badminton, corn hole, croquet and bocce ball.
The Property: The 120 acre property includes more than a half mile of naturalized shoreline, 18 acre prairie and 14 acre woods with hiking trails and boats for exploring the wetland bays where the bald eagles nest and flocks of white pelicans, great blue heron and sandhill cranes are frequently sighted.
The Prairie: The house is surrounded by 18 acres of restored prairie. 65 native flower species and 7 grasses provide a dynamic collage of color for three seasons. The Sullivans will gladly share their prairie successes and failures with guests - seed gathering and tours of the prairie can be arranged.
Hotel toiletries, linens and towels, complimentary coffee/teas, fresh flowers, paper products, commercial-grade kitchen equipped to serve gourmet meals for up to 12 guests is stocked with cookware/serving ware/utensils and basic cooking/cleaning supplies, condiments and spices; Keurig coffeemaker/French press/12 cup drip coffeemaker/grinder; toaster-oven, blender(s), Kitchen-aid Mixer, microwave, waffle maker, and electric griddle. Laundry Room with sink and energy-saving Maytag Washer/Dryer; 2-car garage; Steinway Grand Piano; Wifi; felt top oak card table, CD/DVD Player; Game room with with convertible Pool/Ping-Pong Table; Natural Stone Fireplace with wood; 2 kayaks, 2 canoe and paddleboat; variety of family indoor/outdoor games/toys/library with books for all ages; Picnic Table and Weber Gas Grill/Grill Tools, fire wood for fire pit and fireplace.
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, french, Japanese
- Calendar last updated:
- May 12, 2018
About Laurie Sullivan
Prairie House is a custom prairie style home built in 1999 designed by Architect, Arlan Kay, featuring a passive solar design. The owners have enjoyed hosting hundreds of vacation and retreat groups from around the world since 2006. We look forward to welcoming guests of the Prairie House with 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 in the charming countryside villages along the Rock River watershed.
Laurie Sullivan purchased this Guest House in 1999
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Everything there was wonderful-from the house, to the garden, to the lake. We had our small wedding there. It was the perfect setting with the yard, lake and the prairie flowers. Laurie and Larry were so helpful in making the stay & the wedding perfect. The house was great for the wedding. We had plenty of room for everyone at the wedding and the BBQ the next day. Including the people who stayed at the house with us. We used the backyard and set up a tent. The pergola in the back was a perfect backdrop. We were able to use many things from the garden, including the edible flowers for the wedding.
The sights were amazing. We watched the hummingbirds up close every morning as we at breakfast, the eagles soring above us and the chipmonks scurying about the yard. The kayaks, canoe and rowboat was great for us to use. We took the kayaks out by the eagle island. That was really amazing.
What else can I say... We had the most amazing time and would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Prairie House, Our New Family Favorite
We spent an extended Easter weekend at Prairie House. Five generations gathered to celebrate my wife's birthday and Easter. Some guests stayed the night, others only a day. All were impressed with the home and the grounds. Prairie House's kitchen was well stocked and the bed were comfortable. The upper level living area had a fireplace, piano, and great views. The lower level had a pool table/ping pong table. There were daily sightings of deer, Cranes, bald eagles and other wild life. Our dog loved the walks in the woods. A special thanks to Laurie for her thoughtfulness, birthday card, beautiful flowers, and Easter items. We hope to return when the weather is better and we can enjoy more of the outside amenities.
Michael & Judy
Relaxation and fun at the Prairie House
8/29 to 9/5, 2017 Our week at the Prairie House was wonderful! Super relaxing and full of family fun, it had everything our family of 7 adults and 2 children could possibly want- beautiful and relaxing views, a lake with boats included, walking paths through the prairie, and a quiet location no more than a 30 min. drive to Horicon Marsh, several small towns to explore, and Pikes Lake State Park.
The house is lovely, and Laurie and Larry are solicitous hosts who have thought of just about everything. To say the kitchen is well stocked would be an understatement- there are lots of cooking utensils, pots and pans, storage containers, china, paper goods, and everything from olive oil and spices to microwave popcorn (bring lots of your own food- we enjoyed the house so much that we only went out to eat once :). No detail is overlooked at Prairie house, and we were happy to find safety gates (we used one out on the deck for the dogs, and one to block the inside stairs for our 2 yr. old), first aid supplies, a toy nook and bubbles for the little ones, bedside clocks in every bedroom, small personal fans, even a spare toothbrush! Laurie could give lessons on how to make guests feel at home :).
Also have to mention what a great time we had birding, sometimes just by looking out the windows at the feeders :). We counted 47 species of birds, 40 on the first day, with only one migrant! It was awesome to see the kids watch the Bald Eagles fishing at the lake too (the eagles have no problem taking fish from Lake Sinissippi but if you want to fish, Pike Lake or similar is recommended). We had a great time- adults, kids, and dogs- and would love to do it again. Thank you Laurie and Larry- for your hospitality, for letting us raid your garden, and for the anniversary roses :).
Spectacular home on beautiful site perfect for relaxation and fellowship
The listing information was entirely accurate, and the experience of staying at the Prairie House was exceptional. We were a group of 5 couples who were in the area for 5 days volunteering to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. Our days were full of hard physical work, and it was such a joy to return at the end of the day to this clean, spacious, tasteful, and very comfortable home for relaxation, refreshment and camaraderie. The lovely setting, on a hill in the midst of a blooming prairie and overlooking the lake in the distance, provided expansive views, sounds of water birds, trails to meander, kayaks and canoes, and many comfortable places for conversation or to listen to the sounds of nature. The home itself was tastefully decorated and so inviting. The spacious kitchen was remarkably well-equipped, and the large dining table easily accommodated all of our group in a room with a lovely view. The owner was very available and welcoming before and during our visit, and provided an excellent orientation to the house and the property. There were even fresh flowers from the garden in nearly every room. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that staying at the Prairie House will provide you with beautiful memories. We hope to have a reason to return!
Peaceful setting and GREAT house
This was a perfect place for multiple families to enjoy. The house was big and beautiful with a large kitchen and dining area and room enough for adults and teens to spread out. There was plenty to see and do right there on the property. We kayaked/canoed on the lake, spotted wildlife (including bald eagles and fox) from the deck, played games inside and out (cards, ping pong and pool tournaments), worked puzzles, played piano and watched movies. There were things to do for every age and ambition. Laurie and Larry are very thoughtful and accommodating hosts and made sure every detail was taken care of. Would definitely recommend this property. Loved every minute of our vacation at the Prairie House!
Prairie House is gorgeous and serene - the ultimate in comfort. This was our second stay and we all said a little "ahhh..." when we walked in. It has everything: large screened porch with hot tub, great kitchen big enough for several cooks at once, living room with comfy chairs, gaming tables (cards and table tennis), deck with a nearly 360 view of the area, and beautiful grounds. Lots of recreation possibilities including canoeing. Very private and remote from neighboring homes, but grocery stores and other needs are just minutes away. We watched fledgling eagles and flocks of white pelicans through a telescope and listened to bullfrogs humming at night. It would be hard to imagine a more relaxing setting.
The owner said a little "ahhh. . ." as well to walk in and find the house so clean and neat. We're grateful for your patronage as always and look forward to a return visit. Just to clarify to future renters, the hot tub on the porch is not for public use, unfortunately, but there's an oversized bathtub in the master suite that's a lovely spot for a relaxing soak.
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, 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. Airplane rides with fabulous views of Holy Hill and southeast Wisconsin countryside can be arranged at the local airport.
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 of 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 the 2017 U.S. National Open Golf Tournament (20 mi), 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 from the cultural offerings of 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 hiking and birdwatching in prairie and woods; 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 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 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 armers markets, farm stands and antique shops (Columbus boasts the largest antique mall in the Midwest).
Rates & Availability
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Reservation Procedure: To make a reservation, please complete the attached Guest Agreement Form and Guest Info Sheet and send with a Down Payment of Half the Rental Fee (cash or check payable to Prairie House LLC) to: Prairie House Reservations N4880 Arrowhead Trail Juneau, WI 53039 At Check-in, the following 2 payments are due (two separate checks for the rental fee and damage deposit are appreciated so we can easily refund your damage deposit): 1) The other half of the rental fee. -2)$500 Refundable Damage Deposit The Damage Deposit is refunded with reasonable care of the house and premises and cooperation with the following check-out tasks to be completed by the check-out time which is routinely at 11am on the day of departure: Check-out Procedure: 1) wash dirty dishes. 2) place dirty linens/towels/bathroom rugs in the upstairs mudroom. 3) place garbage and recycling securely in the bags provided and put them in the garage canisters and take the garbage bags down to the street (place on the grass on the right hand side as you exit the driveway) if the group is departing on a Monday morning. 4) place house keys/garage door opener on kitchen counter and lock doors upon departure. Please contact Laurie at (414) 690-3464 if you have any questions regarding the reservation procedure. We look forward to serving your vacation needs at the Prairie House!