The SpaceThis listing is for Room#3 of 3 - This room is sooooo much more than a crash pad. It is our downstairs living room with mini-fridge stocked with a changing assortmentof drinks, a/c, ping-pong table, greenhouse, private outdoor access to a shaded seating area near the sheep paddock and herb garden, full, private bathroom, laundry room and bedroom. It can sleep up to 5 people on the 2 full sized futons and single twin mattress, but an additional $15/person after the first 4 people will be charged. This is the best room for families or friends traveling together and really wanting their "own" space.
A simple breakfast selection comes with the room such as coffee, tea and basic breakfast items. If you need more than this, we will happily accommodate you but there is a small fee for a more elaborate farm breakfast.
Please throughly read the Air B&B listing for full details on listing and prices. The downstairs has air conditioning but the upstairs does not.
Country life at its best! Close to EPIC and Madison. We have a fenced orchard for dogs to use in front of the house as well as sections of the sheep paddock that can be used by a dog who doesn't know how to jump higher than 4 feet. You are responsible for cleaning up after your pets. We will show you where the appropriate equipment is and where the waste goes for the each type of pet.
If you have brought a cat, you should bring your own litter box. I will show you where to put the bagged up kitty waste as needed. Please call me if you have any other questions about our pet policy which is thoroughly described in our house rules.
There is a playground, an outdoor riding arena, and a 6 acre fenced field with a walking path that has a friendly, large mulberry tree at the back of our property with a bench where you can really enjoy the sounds of Nature. There is a small bonefire area in the back for "camping out" visitors. There is no electricity, water or restroom in the back.
We have a front porch for you to greet the rising sun with plenty of space for morning yoga. It is surrounded by our butterfly garden and feels very private even though it is in front of the house.
We have a deck off the back where we often enjoy watching the sun set. There is a very comfortable futon, plenty of seating and a table with a large umbrella. There is plenty of space for yoga on the deck, as well as front of the deck, in the yard.
There are many gardens in various stages of maintenance. In 2014, our family was hit with a series of massive health issues and the gardens were put on the back burner. I am still working to reclaim them and enhance them. If you enjoy gardening, feel free to lend a hand.
There is plenty of outdoor parking by the barn, the garage and behind the house if you need handicap access to the upstairs. Handicap access to the downstairs listing is through the garage.
We are usually around but can be found in the back. Feel free to come up to the deck and back door if you arrive during daylight but use the front door or garage door when dark. When in doubt, TEXT or CALL and we will meet you at the door. Guest AccessRoom #3 - This space is accessible from upstairs and through the garage. It is handicap accessible through the garage. Interaction with GuestsWe are home most days, all day. I spend most of my time out in the gardens or with the animals. My husband is disabled from cancer so he is around, but inside more than me. We can interact with you as much or as little as you desire. We go to bed pretty early so if you are a night owl, you probably will have the house to yourself. Our mornings are pretty slow and quiet too. Things run slow out here. A perfect getaway from the city.
A simple breakfast selection comes with the room such as coffee, tea, and basic breakfast items. If you would like a more elaborate farm breakfast, we will happily accommodate you for a small fee. Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance. The NeighborhoodOur road is about 1.5 miles long and we live in the middle of it. There are only 7 houses on our road and all the neighbors are friendly but tend to keep to themselves. The Oregon community is a friendly, small town, safe and fairly boring. There is an amazing coffee shop called The Firefly located in downtown Oregon, about 10 min or less from our place.
We are 25 minutes from Madison, the UW-MADISON and State Street. Travel times may vary. There are so many things to do within 100 miles, I could write a book. If you love the quiet outdoors, this is the place for you. Getting AroundUnfortunately, we have no public transportation. We do have several UBER drivers in town but guests should have their own form of transportation. Other Things to NoteWe do not allow smoking near any of the buildings on the property, especially the hay - common sense reminds us that many, many things are flammable on a farm. When the weather is pleasant, we generally light a bonefire and enjoy a cold beverage, fireflies and the Milky Way.
We have in-house wifi but it is not very reliable. We are hoping to have cable laid soon to provide consistent service for both my husband's line of work in IT and for our guests. It is encouraged to check your data limits as it is easy to run over that out here.
Our pet policy should be clarified. Ahna, our GSD lives inside and is a Service Dog in Training. She is respectfully friendly to all other humans, dogs and cats. Every day reinforces her training and we ask that all guests please abide by the common cues of OFF, sit, stay, down, come and have her maintain the 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 or cat, 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 as is being house trained. The basics include but 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.
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 . Our 2 cats rarely come inside during the warm weather but during winter time, they spend most of their time inside but we let them decide if and when they want to go out in the cold.
2 med/large dog crates and 1 cat crate are available for $5/night, each. A covered, filled litter box and scooper is also available to rent for $5/night.
If you are traveling with HORSES, please call at least, 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. 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. Drive time may vary.
There are numerous, quality farriers, chiropractors and body workers that can be scheduled to meet you on site if your horse is in need of additional work. We do charge a $10 booking fee for scheduling these appointments. The sooner you let us know what your needs are, the sooner we can ensure you acquire an appointment with the correct specialist.
There is a $10/night stall fee. 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.