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'A Home Away From Home' For 2 To 7 People No Smoking No Pets

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Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Southside - The Homestead

Over 900 + Sq Ft Of Usable Living Space..3 Bedroom: 1 Queen, 2 Twin + 1 Daybed

A feel comfortable Home, that invites you in to Rest, feel Comfortable and enjoy the space. .. Casual not rustic, Comfortable but not formal.

A queen size master bedroom with appropriate lighting to accommodate reading or planning the next adventure and a ceiling fan for a gentle breeze. A make up table and chair for the wife or significant other , a roll top desk for planning and or a lap top (electrical in the knee hole space). One 5 drawer dresser and an Armoire for clothes storage as well as hanging space w hangers in the closet. (You will find extra blankets and pillows there also. There is also additional towel sets in the bottom drawer of the Armoire. The bed is made and ready for your first night of 'R & R' and a week of fun and adventure .

Bedroom 2 has an Antique Cast Iron and Brass Twin bed,with area rug and enough room to accommodate a sleeping bag for another room guest, A night stand side chair and 6 drawer dresser for storage as well as a TV for entertainment. (Basic Cable only) A ceiling fan for air circulation or the attic fan for air to the entire house

Bedroom 3 offers a twin bed, desk or make up area with dresser and night stand for storage, a rocking chair ready for you to take a load off your feet. ( It also can be put on the front porch(weather permitting) for outside use.

The closet in this room also has an Ironing Board and Iron if needed. Additional bedding items are on the top shelf.

The first floor single bath has towels for you to use and storage space for your personal things... There is also a toilet in the basement to the left of the stairs as you go down. This area has not been completely renovated so be careful. The basement area also has a washer and dryer for your benefit if needed and a freezer for your extra things during your week or more stay. If you go through the towel supply you can wash and dry another supply....just like home.

The linen supply includes 3 sets of white at least 3 sets of green and 4 sets of burgandy. There also should be two sets of bedding for each bed and a set for the day bed. All the pillows are down pillows. If you prefer foam there are three pillows in the basement area under the hanging clothes to the left of the washer and dryer.

The 'Living area' includes a round table w 4 chairs and an extra leaf creating an oval (under the bed in the Master bedroom )for eating and games. A comfortable sofa to seat three comfortably, a large round coffee table for games and eating, a swivel rocker and rocking chair and a Day bed for additional seating and sleeping . There are two additional short stools for seating as well as a childrens rocker with Mr and Mr Rabbit for a small one's needs.

Coat hooks and a bench seat when you enter the home

are available when things require hanging.

The living room at this time has an older TV ...sorry no flat screen and only Basic cable. Internet access is available at local restaurants and the library. If you have a personal MIFI the area only has 2G access sorry very slow...

The furnishings have real wood surfaces and are not coated for wet things. Please use coasters and cloth to prevent rings on surfaces. It is much appreciated.

There are some furnishings that are apart of the house but not a part of the rental package. The Step back cupboard and things inside are not a part of the rental usage. Please respect my personal things. Also the Armoire in this room has nothing inside you would need to use. The glass two door cabinet has ribbon and old VCr's also not available for rental usage. The two door red cabinet has some liqueur in it. Just want you to be

aware of this so your family members don't get into things they are not suppose to be in to . Thanks again

The closet in the Living room Houses 3 shelves of Kitchen small appliances and storage things for use in the kitchen. Use these items as you need them, and then, put them back when you got them. Thanks

The refurbished kitchen has granite surface counter tops with a two compartment sink w garbage disposal,

a drain rack in the second sink and a drying cloth for items on the counter. The toaster oven and microwave are ready for use. The Coffee pot (small or large)and other appliances ready for your use are in the Living Room Closet. The base cabinet to the left of the sink has pots and pans and things you might use duiring your stay. The upper cabinets to the right of the sink carry all table ware. the third cabinet door on the upper shelf has picnic things.

The frying pans for the stove are in the 3 drawer cabinet to the left of the stove. Some are Cast iron some are regular. Use the items you are comfortable with. Cast Iron takes different care than the regular pans. the first drawer has pot holders and lids.

The kitchen table accommodates 2 comfortable and 3 tight. The table in the living room accommodates extra people.

Cooling can be by AC window units or a Home Attic Fan

Use what you need to be comfortable while you are in the house. Other than High humidity and no wind the Attic fan cools very Comfortable. Using the two window units also works well to keep one comfortable.

The storage shed in the back has outdoor things that are available for your use while you are there. They include a gas grill, a small Webber grill, a round folding table and umbrella,a rectangular folding table some folding chairs, some lawn chairs and a Hammock with frame. The picnic table is in bad shape at the moment. Not advised to use it at this time.

I hope these amenities and all the things in close proximity to my 'Homestead' make your stay comfortable and interesting for your week of adventure in Southwestern Wisconsin and Eastern Iowa

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Allen Cejka
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016

About Allen Cejka

My Father built this house in 1960. I grew up in Prairie du Chien. After my parents passing I inherited the property. My Uncle lived with my parents until health reasons caused his move to special facilities. After high school graduation I went from Wisonsin to Virginia and got a BFA degree in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1974 From there to Connecticut for 5 years and then to my present home in Ft Worth Texas. Been in Texas since 1979 . With intermittent visits to my home in Wisconsin

Allen Cejka purchased this house in 1960

Why Allen Cejka chose Wisconsin

My father built the house His family came from Europe to this area in 1863. So 4 Generations have lived in this area.This regional area is a River resort Agricultural community, with relevant local history in the development of Wisconsin and American History.

Prairie du Chien is the second oldest city in Wisconsin, Green bay being first, and Prairie du Chien second 1863. It was the Fur trading center for the Indians and Trappers to trade. The Aster Fur trading Co was located here. The water ways were the means of transportation from the Mississippi to the Wisconsin to the Lakes to Canada . Lewis and Clark explored this area. Zachery Taylor was stationed here before becoming President. During the Civil War This city was a hospital center for wounded to recover. There is a Military Cemetery in the City. Artesian Water Wells produced a destination place for people to come and partake.

One of Wisconsin's first wealthy families 'Herculius Douhsman 'resided at the '' Villa Louie'' a restored and functioning historic residence open to the public with in the city. It is also the location of the First Ft. Crawford. One corner building has been restored and the grounds are plotted where the buildings were located on the property. The war of 1812 was also fought in the city as well. This historic battle is re enacted on a yearly basis as well as an Indian and Fur trading settlement working as it was during the early years. The Second Ft Crawford was built in another area of the city also near the Mississippi River. Dr Beaumont a medical Dr. has a Museum showing his works and contributions to the medical profession.

Along with these specific historic amenities, The River its Water activities and rentals, and historic sites there are also on the Wisconsin side of the River Wyalusing State Park with its paths and adventures and activities, there are also two Parks on the Iowa side of the River. Pikes Peak Park and Effigy Mounds and the 'Lady Luck Casino'

What makes this house unique

My dad built it. It has hard wood floors, a washer and dryer and a freezer, Mature tree's and shade. and Parking for 6 to 8 Vehicles in the drive way.

It is a great place for family and friends to gather. It a block away from a park with additional amenities and 5 blocks away from the Mississippi River boat dock Landing. Also a trailer park for additional campers and friends, just down the road..


based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

'A Home Away From Home' For 2 To 7 People No Smoking No Pets
average rating of 3.6 based on 5 reviews


  • 4 of 5

We came to go camping, unfortunately could find cabin, yes the home had an odor to it from all the wood, but it was clean, quiet n home like. The woman I spoke with was so nice, and gave a lot of history information. I would stay again

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice, Older Home, Comfy with Character

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time in this home. We had to reach out to Allen with a few questions and he was quick to be responsive. The home has a lot of character to enjoy. If we attend Country on the River next year, and Allen is still offering the rental for a few days, we are hopeful to stay again!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like a stay at grandma's house

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for the latest and greatest in amenities, look elsewhere. If you are looking for great views of the river, keep looking. But, if you are interested in a homey, comfortable stay with a down home feel, this might be the place to stay. The house has the feel of staying at grandma's house; basic amenities, furniture that borders on antique, and scuffs on the floor. But, it gives you the feeling of being at home and has room to gather in the livingroom to talk, watch a movie or play board games with the family. It's right in town, so you can pick a direction and explore the area with easy access to highways and bridges to take you where you want to go. The landlord is great! He called before our trip to see if we needed anything special and supplied an extra air-mattress so that all 5 of my teenagers could sleep comfortably. Yes, there are still personal items around the house, but they aren't in the way and they can be interesting. My kids learned about old Hollywood actors from looking at the movie cases in the livingroom. It started a conversation with my teens, I call that a win! The house isn't elaborate, but it's comfortable and clean, and for the money it was the best way for a large family to stay a few days in Prairie du Chein. I will rent this house again if the opportunity presents itself, which I hope it does.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outdated and Dirty

  • 1 of 5

We were in town for a funeral and stayed here because everything was booked. It was a nightmare. Just to list a few issues, sink in kitchen would not drain, floors were filthy and had not been swept or mopped in months, hair all over the bathroom and tub, urine on the toilet and surrounding floor, spider webs all over the house, outdated appliances and furniture, kitchen pans had the teflon scratched off the bottoms, mouse droppings found in one corner, stained furniture, broken basement windows and so much more... This house is furnished as if somebody lives here. Canned food in the cabinets had expiration dates from 2004. Aspirin bottles, lotions, soaps on shelves in the bathroom that were all outdated. The house smelled off mold and was full of clutter and junk laying everywhere including the downstairs basement. Live spiders living in the ceiling corners in every room. We killed several and swept down the webs. The basement is eerie and has a huge hole that has been dug out of the ground for what looked like a tub installation. The appliances were caked with food and oily from not being wiped down for so long. The garbage disposal was broken. All of the silverware, dishes, pots/pans were from the early 90's. The furniture was old, dusty, smelly and falling apart. The bathtub has a handicap bar attached to the side that is a safety hazard. The tub was stained and dirty. None of us walked around without shoes on because the floors were so nasty. We could not use one room due to a lady bug infestation. There were 100 of them crawling all over the walls and ceiling. The extra blankets he provided were stained and old. We washed everything we slept on. We used some of our own sheets and blankets due to being so freaked out. According to the neighbor the house was built in 1930, and it shows. This place is nowhere near being up to par for any renter, it should be condemned. The 19 inch tv in the front room is easily 20 years old and turns off by itself after it got too hot. The owner hasn't made an effort to renovate or update anything to today's standards. There is nothing comfortable about this house. We did not rest well and stayed away as much as we could. He has no business putting this house on vrbo. My next step is to file a complaint with the city's board of health. What is the most upsetting is my kids were subjected to this filth. The idea of this owner collecting money from people to stay here is outrageous.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming house!

  • 5 of 5

Nice little house perfect for 4 or 5 guests. Quite clean and easy communication with the owner.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Prairie du Chien Air Port
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Prairie du Chien Golf Course
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mt Lacrosse
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Mississippi River
Car: necessary

Prairie du Chien is know for the Historic Dousman House 'The Villa Louis' One of Wisconsin's first Wealthy Families,

Near the Villa, is a full size replica of the First Fort Crawford with stone markings of the other buildings in the compound.

Prairie du Chien was the yearly gathering place for the Indians and Fur traders to meet. There is a reenactment of the camp and the life style of the settlers and the Indians every year.

The war of 1812 was also fought in Prairie du Chien... There is a re enactment of the battle every year as well

It is a River resort town with the Mississippi and the Wisconsin Rivers on two of its sides. It is located in a valley along the Mississippi River and the Wisconsin River.

There are three major parks with in 15 miles of Prairie du Chien. On the Wiconsin side of the River There is Wyalusing Park overlooking the Wisconsin and Mississippi River. Great Views and activities going on all season. On the Iowa side of the River is the Pikes Peak Park and Effigy Mounds. Both have different and interesting activities for all ages and all seasons. Both have views of the Mississippi River. Also on the Iowa side of the river is 'Lady Luck' the River Gambling Casino...Three floors of a variety of card and slot machine choices....One floor is non Smoking.

If your interested in Hamburgers... 'Pete's Hamburgers ' is a must. Not your usual cooking style. The grilled onions are a must.

Along with these local places to keep you interested The River, Boat rentals, and other water activities are an ongoing must do project. You can bring you own boat or rent one. My rental space has parking for 6 to 8 single car units.

Other thing to do 30 to 60 miles away would be Cassville Wi. a restored turn of the century ' small town' to visit. Also Governor Dodge park with the House on the Rock and museum: a

day trip will occupy your time here. There is also spring Green ...Frank Lloyd Wrights... Compound. This one may need reservations far in advance to get in.

There are also Dog races and another Casino in Dubuque Iowa just 60 + miles. Platteville, Wi A college town and a lead Mining exhibit. Dickeville A' Grotto 'to visit

Prairie du Chien is on the Great River Road with lot's of Views and vistas with many Eagles to watch along the way

Many small town along the river on the Wisconsin and Iowa side have antique shops and town halls and other buildings of interest.

Mineral point is also a mining town about 40 miles away with the Pendarvis house as an attraction also Shake rag village.


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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Southside, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • resort ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , single sink storage area for several people' s thng
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , a toilet in basement rest of bath incomplete
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , floor area to accomodate a sleeping bag also
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , tight to fit another sleeping bag but possible
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Antique day bed to accomodate youth or under 5' adult in liv
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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