Close to EPIC, Madison, Janesville and more, our home offers serene, country living just off the beaten path. We have three spaces listed since our two kids are in college. All our listings have a private bathroom and more. Each space is different.
This is our home and we strive to provide the highest standards in maintaining a homey, space that is clean, quiet and peaceful. We LOVE hosting through Air BNB but ask you to remember Renée juggles the responsibilities of being a Mom, a full-time caregiver to her husband who has a very serious form of cancer and our guest's needs.
Please forgive the occasional chaos areas as we really do LIVE in this house. Our children come and go as college life allows so Renée is able to host guests when they are not home and her husband is well enough to handle the comings and goings of life.
We are not a hotel nor a traditional bed and breakfast but we do work hard to provide similar amenities as you would find elsewhere.
The rest of the house is shared space with our family. We are home pretty much the entire time working in the gardens or with the animals. The kitchen is not available to guests without permission.
In simple terms, you break it, fix it or let us know immediately so it can get fixed. If you open something, close it. If you see something closed, ask permission before opening it. If you use the last of something, let us know right away so it can be replaced in a timely manner. Do not go into any of the animal containment areas without permission. Please have clean hands before touching any of the animals - biosecurity is important. When in doubt - ASK. We don't bite and are easy to work with. We want you to enjoy your stay.
No smoking inside nor by the buildings. Drinking is allowed for individuals over the age of 21 but please do not over indulge. Again, we want you to enjoy your stay in a safe and healthy way. Do not drive on the grass unless you need handicap access to the upstairs listing.
We do not allow smoking near any of the buildings on the property, in general, especially the hay - common sense reminds us that many, many things are flammable on a farm.
Here are more explicit details on our pet policy. Pets are welcome but you do need to clean up after them. We will show you where the necessary equipment is so that you can dispose of their waste properly. Read on for the details of bringing your pet(s) with.
Ahna, our GSD lives inside and is a Service Dog in Training. She is very young and sometimes, still thinks she is a little puppy, at 60+ lbs, thus the need for everyone to be calm around her and use common obedience cues listed below, especially OFF. Use your hands or knees to maintain your personal space as sometimes she just wants to cuddle. Ahna is respectfully friendly to all other humans, dogs and cats. She is not an aggressive dog nor is she submissive dog.
She is a generally confident dog without vices. Every day reinforces her training and we ask that all guests please abide by the common cues of OFF, sit, stay, down, and come as well as have acceptable, calm behavior we expect from this wicked smart, loving dog. She sleeps in the master bedroom with Renée so no guest should feel like they have to interact with any of the fur family.
Please notify us immediately that you will be bringing your own animal. We will need a few items that keeps both of us safe. We need a copy of the current year's vaccinations, brief health history and comfort level with strange animals. All animals must be collared and should be microchiped. Living out in the country means collars fall off and people who see a lost dog, often take them in to help find the owners. Microchipping helps animals find their family quickly.
Basic obedience cues are required in a dog over the age of 1 and must be house trained. The basics include but are not limited to off, down, sit, stay and come. Again, this is a health and safety issue as we don't want anyone injured. Healthy, well socialized and trained animals cause few problems.
A crate is required for any dogs or cats if you will be leaving the animal(s) on site while you visit one of the many attractions near us. This protects the house from any accidents as well as protects the animal from getting into something they shouldn't. We have 2 large dog crates and 1 small cat crate available for rent at $5/night. Please bring your own dog food and containers to feed and water your dog(s) and cat(s).
Cats are welcome too and if you feel your feline family member needs "alone" time, we can make the downstairs bathroom that space, although we highly suggest you bring a crate for them in case you need to leave the property without them. You should also bring your own litter box and food. Our 2 cats rarely come inside during the warm weather although during winter time, they spend most of their time inside but we let them decide. They are not allowed in our children's bedrooms. We also suggest you bring your own litter box. A covered litter box can be provided for a $5/day fee but you would still need to clean and dispose of the waste as directed when you arrive.
If you are traveling with HORSES, please call 2 days in advance so we have a biosecure area for your equines. We could host up to 4 horses. We do require a current Coggins and health certificate from your vet.
Again, another health and safety issue. We want your horses to enjoy their stay and keep everyone healthy, your horses and ours. We live on clean well water with a few private turnout/stall options available. You do need to provide your own hay, grain and supplements. We have a 90 x 144 foot outdoor area and a little over 6 acre, electric, fenced field with a path. A future mulit-use park, including horse trails, has been bought by our county with a tentative 2018 date to have trails cleared. Our property is 100 feet from one of the corners of this park. We have at least 4 vet clinics within minutes of our homestead, several specialists within 50 miles as well as the UW-MADISON Vet School within about 30 min from our farm. Travel times may vary.
There are numerous, quality farriers, chiropractors and body workers that can be scheduled to meet you on-site if your horse, dog or cat is in need of additional work. We do charge a $10 booking fee for scheduling these appointments and again, we need to be notified at least 4 days in advance, if not more, in order to secure an appointment time with the professional you might need. There is no guarantee that we can book a third party but we will do our best to get you the service you need.
There is a $10/night stall fee per horse. The stall fee includes a bedded stall that is cleaned daily and turnout to the outdoor arena or a small paddock near the sheep. This is dependent on the maturity of the horse as well as the weather. We want to keep everyone happy and healthy and not have a horse decide to go through a fence to get at the other horses.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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Hi! I live just outside of the beautiful city of Madison, Wisconsin, on a small farm. I love the peace and quiet but also love being able to travel quickly and easily to Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago for enjoying big city events.
I have a variety of critters typically found on a 1880's homestead but with 21st Century perks like indoor plumbing and wifi. My son is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my daughter is attending Iowa State University which means I am an empty nester most of the year. Time to rent that end of the house out!
I am an avid rider and have 3 horses but during the winter, it's all about that snow, 'bout that snow - yes, skiing! I am a professional alpine ski instructor and racing coach. My husband is home most of the time due to cancer but is still healthy enough to get out and about when he wants. Most of my days run at Nature's pace with me trying to be outside as much as possible in the gardens or with the animals.
Please consider booking a few days with us, unplug from the pressure cooker of city life and just breathe, read a book, take a nap and go for a long walk, down a quiet country road without needing to drive for hours and hours to get there. This is my little slice of Heaven.
I am friendly and knowledgeable about the area. I can interact with you as much or as little as you like. Depending on the weather and if you are familiar with horses, for a fee, I can give you a riding lesson in our large outdoor arena or go for a trail ride at one of our many, horses friendly, county parks. ( NOTE - I have just had my 1st of 2 hip replacements this summer 2017 and thus, unless you are already an experienced rider, I can't give lessons or even ride myself, until cleared by the doctor sometime in the late fall of 2017.