|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Located in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin this hand built Amish cabin sits on a ridge surrounded by 40 acres of woods and meadow for hiking and exploring. Quiet rural setting for privacy but close enough to Viroqua, Gays Mills or Readstown for shopping groceries etc. In the main room a woodburning stove keeps things cozy. The kitchen is fully equipped with stove, oven, refrigerator, toaster, coffee grinder and all dishes and utensils. The bedroom and loft both have queen size beds, plus an aerobed, pack and play, and convertible sofa bed. A stereo/radio with iPod dock is available for music.
There is a Weber kettle for grilling and a firepit in the yard for starry night campfires.
We welcome guests of all faiths and creeds regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
Perfect for a retreat, or a base for exploring the regions parks and trout streams. Dog friendly. No hunting is allowed on the property.
Cynthia and I are both artists, Cynthia is trained as an actor and puppeteer and also builds the puppets for shows she creates. We also work together, I'm a musician; saxophone and music production and arranging are my chief occupations.
We live and work in Chicago and have a daughter, Avalon who is 5 and who loves to spend time at the cabin.
Paul Mertens and Cynthia Von Orthal purchased this cabin in 2007
We bought this land in 2007 because we have always dreamed of having a place of quiet and solitude to retreat, heal and meditate. The land was the back 40 acres of a dairy farm; woods, hills and meadow with an apple orchard, perfect for hiking and exploring. Our neighbors/caretakers are an Amish family and they use a portion of the meadow for grazing.
The land was undeveloped and we put in a well for water, electrical service and a driveway from Trout Creek Road to the ridge where the cabin sits.
The log cabin was built for us by Irwin Schmucker, a local Amish craftsman.
We hope our guests enjoy the quiet and seclusion that we find here.
The Driftless Region is appealing to us because we have friends in the area and also because of it's unique topography and history. Untouched by the great glaciers, the hills and river valleys are ancient and uniquely scenic. The land was inhabited for millennia by Native American tribes who found rich land for hunting and fishing.
Nowdays the area has a mix of traditional and organic farming with a large Amish community. The town of Viroqua is close by on route 14 where you can find grocery, hardware, a nice food co op and restaurants. The area is also known for it's outstanding and plentiful trout streams, a prime destination for fly-fishing enthusiasts. We have enjoyed canoeing on the Wisconsin River, rentals are available in nearby Boscobel for day trips.
The cabin was an excellent place to "get away from it all" which was exactly my plan. It is secluded, quiet and rustic but the interior is very comforatble. The owner's instructions and hints for an enjoyable stay were very accomodating.
I didn't want to leave and look forward to returning.
The Mertens' cabin is the perfect remote location to get away from it all for a long weekend. The fact that there was not a signal for us to use our phones was actually a good thing- we really wanted to unplug and totally relax (I have an obsession with checking my work email, even on vacay...tsk tsk). We couldn't get over the absolutely breathtaking view driving around the area- thousands of beautiful trees changing colors and rolling hills are stunning. We even got welcomed visits from Rocket and Kylie every day! (They were awesome and liked playing with our Peanut :) My husband took a 2 hour nap in the hammock on the porch and said it was the most relaxing nap ever. The restaurants nearby were great and served great quality, simple meals that we prefer ourselves, and the main street area of Viroqua was quaint and a good time. We would absolutely rent this same cabin in the future for another piece of serenity. Thanks, Mr. & Mrs Mertens! :)
My husband and I just returned from a 3 night stay at this lovely rustic cabin. No one is around (except for the 2 very friendly neighbor's dogs. It was wonderful to just sit on the spacious front porch and read or have coffee and watch the wind rustle through the trees. We both needed a nice quiet relaxing time and this covered all those bases. We also had our 2 dogs with us and it was great having the porch with a gate on it so the dogs would not wonder off and they could still play. Everything was as promised and the kitchen was well stocked, you just bring your own food. We also recommend the Driftless Café in Viroqua. The food and service are wonderful and the meals are prepared using all local grown items. Absolutely delicious.
Thanks again for the use of your wonderful cabin. Hope to return someday.
This cabin is a great Wisconsin weekend get-away!! The cabin was clean, easy to find and a true break from it all. Planning questions were quickly answered by owners and everything was exactly how they explained. It was well stocked with everything you'd find at your own home-towels, sheets, kitchen items, and a few dogs to greet you with wagging tails. I didn't find a hair dryer, but I didn't look too hard and I did bring my own. We hiked the land and only wished our vacation was a few weeks later so the fall leaves would've been a bit more colorful. We would stay at this VRBO again.
We received detailed directions from Paul, the property owner, a couple days prior to our stay and found our way to the cabin without any trouble. Cell reception (Verizon) was spotty at best in some areas, so we found this very helpful.
The features of the cabin itself were all in good working order and the place appears well cared for. The large selection of books, games, and a well equipped kitchen kept us comfortable despite some impending bad weather.
We arrived Wednesday afternoon with the intention of staying until Sunday. Unfortunately, the area was hit with torrential rains that resulted in significant flooding, property damage, and road closures in the communities surrounding the cabin during our first night. With more rain in the forecast, we decided it was safest to depart early.
Paul's quick response and concern when advised of the situation was very much appreciated. We would not hesitate to come back in the future knowing that the owners of this property are prompt to respond should their guests encounter any major issues with their trip.
The rustic cabin was exactly like the preview pictures. The cabin was comfy and welcoming. I found the cabin to be most peaceful and relaxing, which is what I needed. The beds were firm enough to provide an excellent' night's rest. The porch had to be my favorite spot. There is something to be said for sitting on a porch, listening to the rain pelting the porch roof, and drinking a cup of tea while reading. It was my happy place.
Randy found several streams in which to fish. Several streams were low, due to the lack of rain. He enjoyed discovering new streams for fly fishing. He was a happy man. I am sure that there will be a return visit.
In Viroqua, we visited the Driftless Angler, a knowledgeable fishing and sports store; purchased a fishing license at the hardware store; and stopped at the local farmer's market on Saturday morning. However, our greatest surprise came when we ate at the Driftless Cafe and Bakery. With regard to food preparation and presentation, the cafe could compete with high-end resorts like Glendorn, in Western PA and Nemacolin Woods, also in Western PA. By the way, the restaurant served food that was grown locally, in the Organic Valley.
Randy and Kathy Durner
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning fee||£41 + Tax|