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The Honey Barn & Honey House LLC

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 6

NEW gorgeous open floor plan barn cabin for rent. Beautiful Kickapoo Valley location with excellent fishing and wildlife right outside your door. A quiet place to relax yet close to many activities for the whole family. Bike Trails, Kickapoo River Canoeing & Kayaking. Spring brings the ephemerals. Wildflowers push their way through the leaves on the forest floor, and with them, the delicacies of spring—morel mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, and ramps. Hundreds of bird species begin their migration up the Mississippi Flyway and through contiguous forests. Trout fishing begins and turkey hunters prowl the woods.

The Driftless Area is known for its trout streams. Class I streams like Timber Coulee that flows from Westby through Coon Valley towards Chaseburg, or the West Fork of the Kickapoo River, flowing through Bloomingdale and Avalanche, have the type of high quality waters to sustain natural populations of brook and brown trout.

Road Touring

A favorite activity of both visitors and residents is a leisurely drive through the countryside, along roads that wind through farmsteads, natural areas, and small towns. Whether the lacy green of early spring, the greens and golds of summer, the riot of fall colors, or the still white of winter, the colors and hues of the landscape are definitely worth the trip and you will always remember your Wisconsin road tours in the Driftless area.

The Driftless Wisconsin Road Tours Experience

You can enjoy the small family farms, the traditional barns (fast disappearing), and the dairy herds that graze up to the forest’s edge. You can drive along a river’s edge, and see sand hill cranes in a courting dance, or bald eagles filling the trees like regal ornaments. You can stop in a small town for a bite to eat, shop for a hand-crafted art object, or fill a bag to the brim with local produce.

More Details

Rick Starkey
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2017

About Rick Starkey

My wife Janie and I bought this property in 2009, after looking for a suitable recreational property for a few years. This property was close enough to our home that we could justify making the short drive there, whether to work, play, or simply relax. Janie is a purchasing agent for a local company where she has worked for a number of years. I am a semi-retired teacher, who still subs regularly, and misses the classroom on some days. We both have small-town or country roots, and we knew this little piece of country heaven would bring back a multitude of memories for us. Since we both have a sort of love for barns, but couldn't find one within our budget to rebuild or remodel, we decided to build our own barn from the ground up. This barn definitely has all the modern amenities, though, and is not your grandpa's barn. Come see for yourself.

Rick Starkey purchased this cabin in 2009

Why Rick Starkey chose Wisconsin

My wife Janie and I purchased this property in 2009. At the time, we just wanted a place in the country to go and enjoy the wildlife, country fresh air, and to share with family and friends. With much help from friends and neighbors, we cleaned up the property, which had been neglected for years, and also fixed up the original Honey House, which is so named because of it's original use as a honey-processing building, according to long-time neighbors and local residents. After having owned, worked on, and shared the property for a few years, last summer we decided to build a barn-style cabin as a rental unit. We acted as our own general contractor, using local subcontractors for the majority of the work, and began the process of tree removal and excavating in July of 2014. Local Amish builders actually built the barn itself, doing an amazing job, and maintaining the barn-style authenticity we were hoping to achieve. Other local contractors did the new well. septic, electrical, and heating and ventilation. Janie and I were very busy as general contractors, making sure everyone had the materials and supplies they needed when they needed them. We did do all of the interior finishes ourselves, which we were doing during the course of the winter months. This included staining hundreds of boards, painting the south wall, and staining the heated concrete floors. We also selected the light fixtures, cabinets, and other interior finishes ourselves. Although the Honey Barn has been technically ready to rent for a couple of months now, we wanted to make sure it was truly worthy of our guests before we actually made it available to the public. We have finally reached that point now. We hope you will agree.

What makes this cabin unique

The Honey Barn will take you back to a simpler place and time, when people took the time to enjoy the little things in life, like a brilliant sunrise, or sunset, or the sound of a wild turkey gobbling on the hill or across the valley. Watch as whitetail deer stroll across the lawn to drink from the West Fork of the Kickapoo River directly across the road from the cabin. If trout fishing is your passion, you are in luck, with fishing access located at the south end of the property. Maybe you would prefer to simply sit on the porch and read a book while listening to nature's symphony of sounds, with various birds, animals, and insects playing the music. This cabin sleeps six in queen-size beds, with the downstairs private room, and two beds in the loft. You will enjoy the views both inside and out, with the large windows, double doors, and views from the loft area. There are many combinations of lighting options, with stair lighting, above cabinet lighting, ceiling fan lighting, and even the fireplace has LED lighting possibilities. Always there is nature's natural lighting, which is the best. You will also be able to have your own campfire in the fire pit, easily accessed or viewed from the cabin porch, with firewood included. Just bring your guitar, mandolin, or banjo and let the music begin! Awaken to the sights and sounds of new day, refreshed and ready to enjoy what the day has to offer you. On Saturday morning, you may want to take the short, but steep walk up Pa's Road to the Amish bakery at the top of the hill, about a half mile away. The smells will prompt you to purchase and sample just a bit more than you may have planned. In any case, the Honey Barn will be a place you will want to visit again and again, and tell your friends and family about upon your return home. Please come and be our guests.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Westby in Christiana

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling
  • water tubing


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The Honey Barn & Honey House LLC
average rating of 4.972973 based on 37 reviews

Wonderful place to relax and enjoy beautiful Wisconsin

  • 5 of 5

We loved so many things about our stay, from the incredibly friendly people we met everywhere (who always waved in passing) to the natural beauty of the Driftless area to exploring the small towns nearby. But just being able to spend so much time outside - on the beautiful porch and enjoying nighttime fires - may have been our favorite! This cabin is such a wonderful home away from home - so clean, well appointed, cozy, and just plain lovely. We had a blast finding all the neat features of the cabin! We were fortunate enough to get to meet Rick when we arrived. He made us feel so welcome and

had wonderful suggestions of local things not to miss!

A few things to checkout if you visit:

- The Amish Sunrise Bakery just down the road - open Friday and Saturday - was delicious. We loved having Amish neighbors and watching the buggies go by as we sat on the porch!

- There are some yummy restaurants nearby, but the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua and Borgens in Westby were two of our favorites. We also enjoyed having the option to cook or grill at the cabin. The Westby grocery store has great selection and prices for a small town and is only a few miles away.

- Be sure to take every opportunity to walk and hike around the property and at local nature preserves. The air is so fresh there! A beautiful stream / river is just across the street.

- Don't forget to step out at night to see the stars. It's a perfect place for it, and the cabin even has a telescope available! (Just one of dozens of appreciated special features.)

Enjoy! It's a magical place!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here over our wedding weekend a few weeks ago. It was very clean and offered all of the amenities, so there was little we had to bring with us. We even took the majority of our wedding photos on the property because it is so beautiful. Rick is very friendly and responds to emails within a day at the most. I highly reccommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything was perfect! It was so clean and homey. We would stay again.

  • 5 of 5

The property is gorgeous. The owners have thought of everything! The views are amazing!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I brought our kids all together for a fantastic three nights to play games, enjoy the fire pit, cook/eat, and connect. We really appreciated the open space where we could all hang out inside and out. The home is well equipped for a very comfortable stay. The Amish bakery provided great treats and excellent bread and the stores kept us fully stocked. We also really enjoyed floating the Kickapoo river, a short drive. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very Nice Property

  • 5 of 5

Clean and very well appointed property - Excellent!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

This is just a great place to relax and get back in touch with what's important in life.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
La Crosse
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
State Highway 27
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Car: necessary

Located in the breathtakingly picturesque driftless area of southwestern Wisconsin, among the hills and valleys that originally attracted the area's first settlers. Great hiking and biking (regular and motorcycle) right from your own cabin. Sit on the forty-foot long covered porch and view the world from your elevated perspective. Watch as the local Amish buggies clip-clop down the road right in front of the property, or take a drive around the area to see Amish farmers and their families working the fields, raising a barn, or harvesting crops in the fall. There are also many opportunities to visit area farmers' markets in season, or to drive the area's rustic roads and view the flora, fauna, and other natural attractions. Many of the regions small towns host their own festivals in the spring, summer, or fall. Westby even hosts an International Ski-Jumping Tournament at the world-renowned Snowflake Ski Hill in rural Westby. see jumpers from Finland, Norway, and other European countries compete for international rankings and bragging rights.This scenic winter event is held in early February each year and is only a few miles from the Honey Barn! Maybe you are interested in flea markets. One of the best around is located in Readstown, a mere 15 - 20 miles south of your cabin. Driving directions from Westby: Take State highway 27 north from Westby to County highway P, about a half mile north of Westby. Turn right on to County P. drive about three miles and turn right on to County S. Drive about a half mile on County S. The Honey Barn is on the left side of the road. There is a sign at the end of the driveway.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Westby, USA

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £19.43 per person per night
Pet Fee £19.43
Damage Deposit £155.44

Weekday rates are considered Sunday night through Thursday, and are $175.00 per night for 4-6 people, and $25.00 for each additional guest up to eight people. Above eight guests must be approved by the owner in advance and may effect the additional charge rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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