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Amish cabin on 40 acres of woods and meadow

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Paul Mertens and Cynthia Von Orthal
Member since: 2015
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Paul Mertens and Cynthia Von Orthal

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

Why Paul Mertens and Cynthia Von Orthal chose Soldiers Grove

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.

What makes this cabin unique

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Soldiers Grove in Clayton

Property Type:
  • cabin
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting


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Amish cabin on 40 acres of woods and meadow
average rating of 4.59375 based on 32 reviews

Great Retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful retreat for anyone! It was all we had hoped it would be and more!!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bonita! We're so glad you had a nice time and hope that you can return again. Cynthia and Paul
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  • 5 of 5

This cabin was everything we were looking for! Wonderfully quiet, perfectly cozy, a kitchen with everything we needed, and even kids books and puzzles to help entertain an energetic toddler. Quite simply, it just felt GOOD being in this cabin. Thanks for sharing the space you've created!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A True Gem: Get Away From It All

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely experience at this quaint and comfortable cabin. It's truly rural, tucked quietly away, and we will definitely be back. Thanks again!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re so glad you had a pleasant stay! We hope you can visit again. Cynthia and Paul
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Metropolitan Milwaukee area

A nice surprise!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this cute little cabin in the woods. The rooms were neat as a pin, and we found everything we needed in the kitchen, bedrooms, and bath. The beds were comfortable, the shower was hot and had nice pressure, and the main room was spacious and nicely appointed. The convenient location to our sibling's hone was a pleasant surprise, and since we come for a large family reunion every year and sometimes have struggled to find enough accommodations, I know we will use the cabin again. We were only disappointed not to get visits from the neighbor's dogs, as many previous visitors seemed to get! Maybe next time . . . Finally, Paul and Cynthia were a snap to deal with. Great communicators, which was helpful!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed your stay; since the location worked well for you we hope you will stay with us again! Our furry neighbors have moved away, we miss their visits too. As always, guests can bring their own dogs if they wish. Thanks! Paul and Cynthia
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Waukesha, WI

Peaceful and serene

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the cabin from August 18-August 20. The cabin was furnished with very comfortable beds and an abundance of needs in the kitchen that were delightful. We really enjoyed the music and somewhat being off the grid, it made you remember what life should be like. The books were a real treat and time was spent reading and sharing some of our favorite parts with each other. We were planning a wedding in Kickapoo. The entire area is rich with color, nature, and the call of hiking, adventure and exploring the gifts of the earth. Absolutely loved the visits from the hummingbirds each morning. Thank you for sharing your special place and we hope to return again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you found what you were looking for! Please come back again anytime. Paul and Cynthia
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  • 5 of 5

Paul and Cynthia's cabin was cozy and welcoming. We had everything we needed, and then some. The land surrounding the cabin was beautiful and perfect for hiking. We enjoyed a fire in the fire pit and relaxing in the hammock on the porch. We didn't see a single human the entire weekend - the place is fairly remote and definitely an escape from the noise and bustle.

This is the perfect place for some healing and fellowship. I feel lucky to have found this place and will definitely be coming back.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed the cabin, we hope you can come back again! Cynthia and Paul
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Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Soldiers Grove, USA

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £37.44 + Tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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