The SpaceLess than 30 miles from Madison (all on bike trails), the Little Sugar River Farm is ideal for cyclists and hikers. Because we are surrounded on three sides by the Albany Wildlife Area, the farm is also great for birders and anyone who wants a chance to relax.
The Little Sugar River Farm offers you peace and seclusion on 20 acres along the Little Sugar River in southern Wisconsin.
The Little Sugar River Farm is ideal for couples who want to get away from the city and relax on a small farm surrounded by wildlife areas. Because we're close to two bike trails that run through wetlands and forests, biking, hiking, and birding are some of our guests' favorite activities. Winter stays offer the possibility of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or simply relaxing by the wood stove with a good book.
The guesthouse sleeps two to six.
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 by local woodworkers.
Guest Access Guests have a great deal of privacy because only one party is here at any given time. Our caretakers' house is in the workshop on the farm, 10 yards away.
The farm is available for weekends or for longer stays, with accommodations for up to 6 people. The house is ideal for a romantic retreat for one couple, and quite comfortable for two or three couples.
The house includes one upstairs bedroom with a built-in, king-size bed of cherry wood and an adjacent bath with a large soaking tub for two people (with reading lamps and a skylight overhead). An upstairs study with a queen-sized futon couch offers a quiet place to read or check email.
The downstairs bedroom has a built-in, queen-size bed. Downstairs, the living room, dining room, and a well-equipped kitchen are part of a vaulted great room. A small but extensive library of books, magazines, CDs, and videos is available for you to use. A second bath (with a shower) is on the main floor.
Interaction with GuestsFrank, the owner, is present on the farm for much of the summer. Two caretakers are almost always available in the house next door. We have been accepting guests since 2003; you can read reviews at (URL HIDDEN)
The NeighborhoodHiking, biking, simply relaxing on the back porch watching the cranes and listening to the owls and whip-poor-wills are some of the best ways to spend one's time here. Winter stays offer the possibility of cross-country skiing on nearby trails, snow shoeing in the prairies behind the house, or simply relaxing by the wood stove with a good book.
30 miles north of the Little Sugar River Farm is the university town of Madison, set on an isthmus between four lakes. Saturdays during the summer you can wander around the Dane County Farmers' Market, one of the largest in the nation. Or, you can walk down State Street to the university's Memorial Union, which has a wonderful lake-front terrace — a great spot to people-watch and listen to live music on hot summer.
Ten miles away, the Swiss settlement of New Glarus offers authentic Swiss cuisine, folk festivals, and a restored Swiss village. The Swiss Historical Village has 14 reconstructed pioneer buildings, and offers a sense of how Swiss immigrants to New Glarus experienced their new home in 1845. The Swiss Historical Village is open from 10 am to 4 pm, May 1 to Oct. 31.
Visitors can tour the New Glarus Brewing Company, home of the best beer in the midwest, and hike or snowshoe in the restored prairies and oak forests of the New Glarus Woods State Park.
New Glarus is well-known for its Swiss festivals, including the Heidi festival in the spring, and the Wilhelm Tell festival over Labor Day weekend. Getting AroundA car or bicycle is necessary Other Things to NoteAmenities Include:
+3 bedrooms; 2 baths
+King built-in bed in one upstairs bedroom; queen futon in the second upstairs bedroom; queen built-in bed in the downstairs bedroom.
+Two-person soaking tub in the upstairs bathroom; walk-in shower in the downstairs bath
+wood stove and wood
+air conditioning and ceiling fans
+trek hybrid bikes to borrow for no charge
+washer and dryer
+linens, towels, and bathrobes
+DVD player (no cable service; very limited television service)
+small library of novels, field guides, and books of local interest
+private porch with swing and western exposure for watching sunsets over the prairie
+sound system with a connection for your own ipod.