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Prairie House on Scenic Lake Sinissippi: Perfect for Retreats in Every Season

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Spacious Prairie-Style Home on 120 Acres with Vista Views of Lake

Nature lovers and prairie enthusiasts will love this modern prairie style home on 120 acres of glacial drumlin and wetland bays of Lake Sinissippi built to complement its magnificent surroundings with panoramic views of lake, woodlands and farms of southeast Wisconsin. Bald eagles, white pelican, great blue heron and deer are your neighbors when you visit the Prairie House.

The House:

Upstairs: Guests will appreciate the spacious commercial-grade kitchen and large adjoining dining area with panoramic views of prairie and bays. The Master Bedroom/Bath features a king-sized bed and a view of Eagle Island. A cozy sun room with felt-top card table, and observation deck extends off the Living Room and Master Suite. The Living Room features a natural stone fireplace with firewood, ceiling to floor windows with sweeping views, wide screen cable TV and high speed internet/Wifi, Steinway grand piano, an assortment of family games/puzzles. Adjacent to the living room is a library with a writing desk and books for all ages. The vista views and sounds of the woodland birds can also be enjoyed from the screened porch just off the kitchen, or on the observation deck that extends into the prairie from the sun room overlooking the west bay - binoculars, spotting scope and nature guides provided.

Downstairs: Each room features sweeping views of the prairie, lake and countryside. The game room has a pool table/ping-pong/serving bar with french double glass doors that open onto the veranda and spacious back yard. Guests can enjoy relaxing in the adirondack chairs on the sunny observation deck, or beneath the shade of the pergola laden with wisteria and ivy. Three bedrooms with queen beds, one with additional bunk beds, have sweeping views of the prairie, and there are two bathrooms: one with shower/bathtub and one with shower.

The Property: Prairie House's 120 Acres of glacial drumlin and wetland bays of Lake Sinissippi are are just downstream from Horicon Marsh, largest fresh-water cattail marsh system in North America. The property includes more than a half mile of varied 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.

The Lake: We provide 2 lightweight kayaks and 2 canoes for exploring the marshy bays where bald eagles, great blue heron, and white pelicans are frequently sighted. About 7 miles upstream from Lake Sinissippi is the Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, where over 260 species of birds have been documented, making it an attractive destination for birders and nature photographers.

Amenities: Hotel Toilietries, Bed Linens and Towels, Commercial-grade kitchen appliances, ample cookware; coffeepot/grinder; toaster-oven, Cuisinart, Kitchenaide, microwave - well-stocked kitchen with complimentary local organic coffee/teas is equipped to serve gourmet meals for up to 12; Laundry Room with sink and Maytag Washer/Dryer; 2-car garage; Steinway Grand Piano; Wifi; felt top oak card table, CD/DVD Player; Game room with with 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 Grill/Electric Starter & Grill Tools, fire wood for fire pit and fireplace.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Laurie Sullivan
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2016
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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 enjoy hosting family gatherings and retreats and maintain the 18 acre prairie and gardens for guests to enjoy, We extend a warm welcome to guests of the Prairie House!

Laurie Sullivan purchased this house in 1999


based on 13 traveler reviews

Prairie House on Scenic Lake Sinissippi: Perfect for Retreats in Every Season
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Lake Villa, IL


  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
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Madison, Wisconsin

Spectacular home on beautiful site perfect for relaxation and fellowship

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful setting and GREAT house

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Stunning Home!

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at Prairie House for the second time. It is a beautiful home in an idyllic prairie setting. The house is extremely well equipped and has everything you could possibly need. We spent most of our time relaxing on the screened porch. It was great to get out on the lake in the canoes and kayaks. We went for a bird watching boat ride at the Horicon Marsh, and rented a pontoon boat on Lake Okauchee. The owners are wonderful to deal with! This home is a real gem!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sweet Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

I have now had the good fortune to stay here in 2 seasons with friends who are consulting on barn renovations for the owners. The site is gorgeous in both the fall and winter, and the panoramic views from the house are spectacular, including some stellar sunsets. The photos do not do the house justice -it is beautifully appointed yet very comfortable, and immaculately clean. The owners are wonderful. I highly recommend a stay here. Thank you Laurie and Larry!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a great pleasure hosting your group, Susan, and thank you for the kind review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay in spite of the sub-zero Wisconsin weather! We hope you'll have a chance to enjoy a visit in the warm seasons, as well, when the prairie and gardens mature, and the eaglets are fledging. With warm regards, Laurie and Larry
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Relax in an inspiring natural setting: Prairie House has panoramic views of scenic Lake Sinissippi. The house overlooks the 100 acre property with hiking trails that traverse the prairie, woods and naturalized shoreline of Lake Sinissippi.

The pier/boatshed is a 5 minute stroll behind the house to the east bay where guests are welcome to use 2 kayaks and 2 canoes for exploring the marshy bays frequented by nesting bald eagles, white pelicans, blue heron & sandhill cranes.

Sunset pontoon cruises 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.

There are many enjoyable side trips, great restaurants, antiques, boutiques, and homemade Wisconsin custard stands in the charming local villages such as Hustisford, Hartford, Horicon, Oconomowoc, & Watertown. There are two wonderful waterparks (15 minutes), fine golf courses such as Erin Hills Golf Course -home of Prairie House is conveniently located (one hour) from the cultural offerings of Milwaukee and Madison. Road America, EAA, Kohler American Club, & the Dells are within 1.5 hour drive. 2017 U.S. National Open Golf Tournament (20 mi), fitness gyms, tennis courts, Horicon Marsh Bird Festival in May, and national and world renowned performing artists featured at the Schauer Art and Activities Center in nearby Hartford (20 minutes).

Prairie House is conveniently located (one hour) 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 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 is 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), 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.

Other Area Attractions: Erin Hills Golf Course -home of the 2017 U.S. National Open Golf; E.A.A. (Experimental Aircraft Aviation) Convention and Museum, Oshkosh, WI (50 miles); the Wisconsin Dells famous for water parks (70 miles); Cultural opportunities of Milwaukee and Madison (50 miles); Chicago is about a 2.5 hours drive.

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, Tennis Courts, gourmet coffee shops, boutiques & restaurants, and Wisconsin Auto Museum (features antique Kissels). There are numerous Antique Shops (Columbus boasts the largest antique mall in the Midwest); or sample the Wisconsin cheeses and custard!


Rates & Availability

Juneau House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Jun 12 2017 - Jun 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 5.5%

We accept check or cash payment. Checks are payable to Prairie House LLC. Please write two separate checks for the 2nd payment and the refundable damage deposit so we can easily refund the damage deposit.
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Study Room
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 3.5 bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Queen with Oak Bunk Bed
  • Additional queen sofa/futon in library, cot, and a queen size air mattress are available to guests
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
See the written description for more details about amenities. Prairie House provides linens/spa towels, hotel toiletries, spotting scope, 2 kayaks, 2 canoes, paddle boat, laundry room, well-stocked kitchen, a queen futon, cot, and an air mattress are also available.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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