The SpaceThe perfect retreat for one or two couples (or three couples if you add the Still Point Tiny House - a separate listing). Note that we offer generous discounts on the Tiny House if you add it to your booking. Read to the bottom of this description to find out more.
You will stay in the upstairs of our country home, an apartment offering a separate bedroom (with room for additional convertible sleeping in the living area or on the screened porch), ¾ bath, full featured kitchen, cozy dining area, small office area for writing, living area with comfortable seating, natural skylighting, woodstove, and all the comforts of the modern home (wifi, HDTV with multiple satellite stations and BlueRay DVD player as well as a BlueTooth enabled stereo sound system so you can bring your own music). Please note that the wifi is from satellite service that limits our monthly data, so extensive video streaming is not an option. However, you will have access to our DVR and the many movies and program recordings we have saved.
You will enter via the private spiral stair to your own screen porch with room for dining, relaxing, or even sleeping in the comfy bed. A private bedroom with queen sized bed, two dressers, and a large closet will make you feel right at home. There is plenty of space for relaxing and dining at the breakfast bar or adjacent table with room for four. A small woodstove (and perhaps a trip to the sauna) will take the chill off any cool evening. There is a separate zoned thermostat to control central heat and air conditioning, as well as a whole house fan to refresh indoor air without the use of air conditioning. The kitchen has everything a cook needs: large refrigerator and freezer, gas cooktop and oven, large double sink, dishwasher, microwave, stainless steel cooking pots, wine rack, quality table ware, coffee maker and burr grinder, blender, slow cooker, cutting boards, good knives, napkins, placemats, plenty of storage space for groceries, and all the utensils you always wish you had on vacation. If you can't find it, we probably have it downstairs for you to use. We'll keep on hand some essentials like basic spices, cooking oil, etc. When we have excess in our veggie gardens, we will share with you. Also, at the bottom of the spiral stair is a gas grill. We even have a charcoal Weber if you prefer. The bathroom, like so many other parts of the property features handcrafted cabinetry by the owner. You will enjoy the custom built shower. But, if the weather is not freezing, you must experience the outdoor shower adjacent to the beautiful gardens and tucked off the deck for privacy (signaled with a flag system). Once it gets colder, you may want to try the cedar sauna in the nearby studio building.
Centered on our 9 wooded acres, you overlook a large deck and fire circle (dry wood available at low cost for evening campfires) surrounded by our extensive flower and veggie gardens. There are two short trails through the property, perfect for enjoying nature close up. Whether you come for the outdoor activities (bicycling, birding, hiking, cross country skiing, river paddling, and many other nature experiences) or you just want to melt the stress away in quiet solitude reading a good book in an idyllic setting, you are just a short drive away from the cosmopolitan attractions (fine dining and entertainment) offered in nearby Madison and other smaller urban communities.
Note that you will stay on the second floor of our country home and have private entry access through an outdoor spiral stair with an emergency exit through the interior stairway. The two house levels are curtained at the bottom of those stairs leading to our main kitchen and laundry area. Guests are welcome to use the laundry by making arrangements with us. Although there can be minor sound transmission between floors, rest assured that your privacy will be respected. Having said that, while using the deck, fire circle, and grill, it would be impossible for our particular worlds not to cross. We feel that our guests become part of our household. We enjoy interacting as much or as little as desired.
Please note about weekend pricing, which does not show up on the opening view of our listing, although it is shown on the calendar. The weekend rate is $200/night for Friday and Saturday, with a 2 night minimum. Each additional guest (beyond 2) will be charged $25/night for any night of the week.
If you also rent the Still Point Tiny House (see separate listing), we offer a 25% discount for it. That makes it more affordable to bring friends and provides a third bed, as well as its own private bathroom. And if you decide you want to come, but prefer to have exclusive privacy for your party alone, we will discount the Tiny House 50% (assuming you don't use it) and will block it from other renters. Yes, you do pay a bit more for that privacy.
You may also find us by searching the Web with our name, Still Point Country Retreat. Basically the same info, but we think prettier. We want to book exclusively through Airbnb because there is insurance that protects both parties. There is a link on our website directly to this listing. Interaction with GuestsWe intend to be either on the premises or within reach at all times. We tend to be quiet and will keep mostly to the private parts of our residence. Undoubtedly, we will cross paths on the many outdoor living areas on the property...the deck and patio, grill, etc. We intend to give you as much privacy as possible. The NeighborhoodAlthough we are located very close to Madison and other urban areas, we live in one of the most rural townships in southern Wisconsin. Known for its lush dairy and cropping farms, we are surrounded by working farms, woods, and quiet roads that invite walking, jogging, and bicycling.