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Rural, beautiful & private; award-winning design, garden, bike trails

47 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Albany House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 2-6

This award-winning home is surrounded by 2000 acres of wildlife preserve; a place of quiet, private, peaceful, natural beauty. We have a diverse garden, chickens, bees. Nearby well-known bicycle trails. Bikes are provided free of charge. The home is completely equipped and works best as a retreat for adults who want to enjoy peace and quiet, walk, ride, cook, read or soak in the huge tub. There is a cozy wood stove in the house and a screened-in gazebo outside with a fire pit, chairs and tables. The home also serves as a base to explore southern WI Nearby: picturesque Driftless Area, WI and Mississippi Rivers (swim and paddle), Spring Green w/ Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin (architecture) & American Players Theater (Shakespeare under the stars), Mineral Point (art galleries), New Glarus (beer and Swiss food), Madison (state capitol, university, farmer's market, cultural events, restaurants.

Money-back guarantee: We do not want to take our guests' money if they are not satisfied with what we have to offer. Should you decide at that the Little Sugar River Farm is not meeting your needs or expectations, we will bill you only for the nights you have stayed and refund the balance of your rent.

Award-winning architecture: To paraphrase the jury representing the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects which selected the house for an Honor Award in 2000, the house is an elegant yet simple 1,600-square-foot example of American vernacular architecture. Set at the edge of a wildlife preserve with views of a distant moraine, the house has exposed structural framing and raised battens reminiscent of early 20th century farm buildings. French doors open to a large back porch, which looks out over fields, prairie, woodlot, wildlife preserve, and moraines. Interior flooring, cabinets, and furniture were custom designed for their specific location and built of cherry and oak harvested from the woodlot. Within the main room of the house, three walls of windows flood the interior with light. Vaulted ceilings in the main room create an feeling of openness. A massive cherry sofa, dining table, and wood stove anchor the living space. The furniture throughout the house was hand-crafted.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Frank Goodman
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 16, 2016

Guestbook comments from the manager

Love the house, especially the couch and swing. Things we did--bike ride, New Glarus Brewery, Taliesin and American Players Theater. All of the above are fun for all ages (above 12?) We put some onions from the garden on the grill--they were great. Also enjoyed lunch at Baumgarteners in Monroe. Discovered Blumers Root Beer-Yum!
Mar 2004
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based on 47 traveler reviews

Rural, beautiful & private; award-winning design, garden, bike trails
average rating of 5.0 based on 53 reviews

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about our stay at Little Sugar River Farm. Prior to our arrival, Frank was responsive, flexible and accommodating. The house is perfect, cozy, architecturally interesting, clean, roomy. We especially enjoyed playing records from the large collection, picking a movie from the quality selection of VHS tapes, and sitting on the swing on the back porch. There were only two of us, but there was plenty of room for at least four more people. While there are two other buildings close to the house, it still felt private because we didn't really notice other people due to the way the house is situated. We cooked dinner and breakfast and had everything we needed.

As for activities, we borrowed Frank's bikes and took a ride to Monticello (maybe 4 miles each way). The bikes were fine for that length of trip, but if you want to go much farther, I'd consider bringing your own. We drove to New Glarus (15 mins) and visited the brewery to sample some beers on their huge patio. We also enjoyed picking fruit from the trees and bushes right outside the house.

This is a great place to get away from it all for a few days. (We only wish we could have stayed longer.) In my opinion, it's best for adults. Kids, at least young ones, may enjoy it, but may also not appreciate sitting on a porch swing the same way that adults do. But for us, it was perfect, and we hope to come back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Sugar River Farm

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house in tranquil setting. Frank is an exceptional host, providing information on local activities and attractions, free bikes that we used on the nearby Little Sugar River and Badger State bike trails, and a good sense of humor that added to our stay. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brookfield, WI


  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful weekend! This was a planned get-away weekend for myself and (3) of my girlfriends. Frank was so kind and his property is beautiful. We've rated this our top get-away so far.....the beauty of the sunset from the porch swings, the incredible album library and turntable brought back many memories, the wood-burning stove created a cozy atmosphere. We had all intentions of hitting the Dining Room in town for a lovely dinner....but couldn't pry ourselves away from the house. We fell in love and enjoyed lots of good food we brought, and of course, wine and beer. We are definitely going back. Two of my girlfriends hit the biking trail and rode 20+ miles, while myself and my other girlfriend relaxed on the porch and walked around the property. We will definitely be visiting this awesome escape from city life!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Return Visit Proves as Enjoyable as the First

  • 5 of 5

Second visit made with my wife and we very much enjoyed our stay. The accommodations are clean, contemporary and inviting. Frank's presence is the perfect balance of being available but not intrusive. With his own hands he built much of the house and furnishings. The style and quality of his design and work are admirable. The property is located well outside of nearby towns but access is easy via scenic, non-rushed county roads. My wife enjoyed a lengthy bike ride on the Sugar River State Trail which discretely passes one-third of a mile from the front gate. While she was out, I took advantage of a well-stocked collection of books off the living room. Overall, a very pleasant visit and one we'd like to experience again.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Little Sugar River Farm tops the list for a relaxing vacation. The house is a beautiful architectural statement, and it comes with all the comforts of being at home. The only things you need to bring are your clothes, groceries and computer. Other than that, everything is there for you to enjoy. Even the bookshelves are filled with books, puzzles and a vinyl music library. There are also many magazines, area travel information and maps.

The house is orientated in a way that makes it very private, and you are right in the middle of the sights and sounds of nature. We stayed there in August so we were able to take full advantage of the comfy west-facing porch swing and watch the sunset each evening, which eventually turned into a firefly light show. It’s also a perfect quiet morning spot to have coffee and read.

Although being tucked into what might feel like the middle of nowhere, the farm is only a 10 to 30 minute drive, through rolling hills and very little traffic, to many interesting small towns with great art, good restaurants, grocery stores, the little Swiss town of New Glarus and the New Glarus Brewery. You will not be disappointed staying at the Little Sugar River Farm. It truly is a home away!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Middleton, Wi

Unique Getaway in Southwest Wisconsin

  • 5 of 5

There is no other property like this in Southwest Wisconsin. If you're looking for an opportunity to unwind, enjoy beautiful scenery, in a rural setting, this is it. Lots of scenic driving, great places for shopping, sampling and eating are nearby.

Frank's passion and skill are showcased in great architecture, craftsmanship, and comfort. (iron foot rests on the porch swing for example). The natural light, built in lighting and handmade furniture add a level of comfort and enjoyment that makes it the unique weekend getaway.

We've already booked our 2nd Spring weekend and are talking about a Fall weekend and/or a week in during the Summer. This is a great find...and I'd like to keep it all to myself!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Madison, WI
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Monticello, WI
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
New Glarus, WI
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Janesville, WI
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Monticello, WI
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Mt Horeb, WI
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Yellowstone Lake
Car: necessary

We are 2.5 hours north of Chicago and 40 minutes south of Madison in a very lovely, rural area. We are surrounded on 3 sides by wildlife refuge, so the guesthouse is secluded and peaceful. A short drive away are the charming villages of New Glarus, Monticello, and Monroe, with excellent restaurants, antique shops, galleries. Wonderful bike trails are next to the farm, and the quiet rural roads offer good road biking as well.


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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Tax Rate 5.5%

$200/night is the standard base rate for 1 or 2 adults. Each additional adult is $25/night and each child is $10/night. A 5.5% tax will be added.

A reservation deposit of 50% of the booking value is required to hold your reservation. In the event of a cancellation, the deposit will be refunded in full if the reservation is cancelled more than 30 days before the intended arrival date. If the booking is cancelled with less than 30 days notice, the deposit will be refunded to the degree that the Little Sugar River Farm is able to find replacement bookings.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Albany House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The upstairs bath has a two-person, Japanese style soaking tub (non-jetted), with reading lamps. The downstairs bath has a shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The bedrooms have hand-crafted, built-in beds of cherry. The master bedroom is upstairs, and the bed is slightly smaller than a standard king. The second bedroom is downstairs, and the bed is slightly larger than a queen.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Fully equipped kitchen in the guest house. Linens provided. Screened-in gazebo with fire pit. Bikes to borrow. Wi-Fi access for your own laptop.

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