The English Barn is 28' x 40', situated next to a lovely 5 acre prairie and down the hill from the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn (also listed on Airbnb.) The barn is more than 100 years old. It has a new cement floor, sliding barn doors, and lots of charm. "Farmer Stained Glass" is the name for the light which streams through the slats between the siding. Wedding package available.
This barn makes a great space for a party. IT IS NOT EQUIPPED OR LICENSED FOR OVERNIGHT STAYS. We've had birthday parties, classes, concerts, family reunions.
We only rent the English Barn to guests who have rented the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn (also listed on Airbnb) at the 9 person rate or more. The English Barn cannot be rented separately, but is available to Cooksville Farmhouse Inn guests who have rented 4 bedrooms. Our wedding package ($2,000) includes use of the barn for decorating the day before as well as the wedding day, tables and chairs for 50, porta potty as needed depending on size of group, parking assistance before the ceremony, prairie flowers, use of golf cart (adults only please). For a backyard ceremony or reception, please plan to rent chairs from Stoughton Lumber.
Invite up to 50 guests for your event. The light streaming through the spaces between the barn siding is farmer stained glass. Use our hay bales, chairs and tables or rent your own. We will rent a porta potty if needed which will be located discretely behind the barn. Onsite parking.
We welcome you to explore the property, visit the Cooksville store and enjoy their hand dipped ice cream, Amish goodies, hand rolled butter, and garden produce in season. Walk the prairie paths, take pictures on the bridges, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.
Park in designated areas according to owner instructions. We have fenced our animals out of a section of the pasture for parking. No parking on State Hwys 138 and 59, as you may be ticketed. Side streets of Cooksville are okay for parking.
You and your guests are welcome to roam the property. Please:
•Stay on paths.
•Do not pick flowers without owners' permission.
•No entry to buildings other than English Barn (and farmhouse if you have rented it).
•Gates must be closed. We have animals (especially mules) that love to escape, and they can cause accident and death on the roads in traffic. Sometimes it takes hours to locate and catch them.
After your event:
•Sort trash in to burnables (paper & cardboard), recyclables (glass, cans, plastic #1 or 2), and trash including food scraps.
•Wipe down tables and chairs as needed.
•Remove decorations that you brought as well as any nails or tape that held them. Replace anything of ours which you removed.
•Close all doors when you leave.
In the event of SEVERE WEATHER warnings, seek shelter in the basement of the farmhouse and or barn residence basement. Contact Martha for location of the basement door key. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Share pictures with us that you are willing to let us post on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), Airbnb or our own website. You can email them to (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Thanks for your cooperation.
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WILD PARSNIP (Pastinaca sativa)
Feel free to stroll the prairie paths, take pictures on the bridges, tour the village of Cooksville, stop at the Cooksville Store for hand-dipped ice cream, and play games on the Village Green. Befriend our chickens and mules with healthy treats from your table (no eggshells or potatoes, please.)
Interaction with guests
We live in another barn on the property and are available as needed. You might want to make arrangements to come early to make plans and as the date gets close for set up and decorating. Please contact us for this as there may be other guests on the property.
Other things to note
This is not an overnight facility. It is for events only.
Capacity is 50 total.
Our other Airbnb listing, the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn, is on the same property and can accommodate up to 13 overnight guests. The fee for 11 or more extra daytime guests who are not staying in the house will be $5 each.
There is no running water in the English barn. For larger groups we will arrange for 1 porta potty, (a health department requirement) and we will need a check from you on arrival for the cost ($125-185 depending on the type you choose.)
We have a mix of tables, 40-50 chairs, and hay bales you can use for your event at no charge. Or you can contact Stoughton Lumber for rental rates for tables, chairs, etc. They deliver and pick up.
If you decide to book the English Barn, send an inquiry with details of how many people you plan to invite to your event. Book the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn separately. Airbnb lists a maximum capacity of only 16 for the English Barn. Capacity is actually 50. So I will correct the pricing in my special offer.
We want you to have a good time. Please clean up after yourselves, collect trash and recycling in appropriate containers (provided), sweep the floor, wipe tables as needed, turn out the lights when you leave. Share your digital pictures with us for our listings and web pages.
You may use the English barn at no extra charge if you have rented the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn for 9-13 guests. You may also invite up to 10 extra people for your party at no extra charge. More than 10 party guests besides overnight farmhouse guests is $5 per person. Maximum 50.
The barn is next to a farm building that houses animals and there is plenty of good old fashioned dust and dirt and spider webs (think Charlotte's Web) that finds its way into the English barn as a result. If that doesn't sound like your kind of party atmosphere you may want to allow time to wipe down tables and chairs and sweep the floor before the party. It usually takes us 2-3 hours with 2 people working. If you would like us to make arrangements to have that done for you there will be a barn prep fee of $100.
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We are a retired couple living in Cooksville, Wisconsin on 10 acres. We have a large garden every summer, 2 mules and about 25 chickens. We enjoy visits from our children (4) and grandchildren (6+) and keep busy with church and community activities.
We make it a point to meet our guests on arrival, but intentionally stay out of their way unless they want to interact with us. Our goal is to be accessible but non-intrusive.