About This Listing
Part of a former hardware store now a one of a kind loft getaway. I converted this space for a weekend getaway for myself. I tried to be as green as possible by recycling and re purposing building materials. A big 1980s bar, 1950s Metal kitchen, 1930s Ben Hur freezer converted to an island stove plus mostly recycled door, windows, light and bath fixtures. 1500 total square feet. The main area is appx. 1000 sq ft with 12 foot ceilings. The executive suite has a queen size bed and there are the Pullman Junior suites, They are 60 and 70 sq ft sleeping alcoves. There is an indoor parking area for motorcycles, bikes, canoes or snowmobiles. I have 5 bicycles available so you can ride the trails.
I am on the doorstep of SW Wisconsin adventures. A few blocks away you can get on a bike trail nework with over 200 miles of trails, the Sugar River is across the street for tubing fishing or canoe/kayaks. The Swiss town of New Glarus and its acclaimed brewery are 20 minutes away. The Driftless area has some of the best motorcycling roads in the central Midwest. Historic Mineral Point, House on the Rock, Frank Lloyd Wrights Taliesin and many other activities and attractions are an easy drive. In the winter hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails are at the door. For some culture you are 30 miles south of the wonderful collage town and state captial of Madison.
Small town, get away from it all. Limited cell service with some carriers. 3 bars, two diners, a pizza place open 5 to 8 a few nights, small bowling alley and a mini-mart on the edge of town. Full market in Broadhead or Monticello
Full 1500 sq ft apace
Interaction with Guests
You have the whole space to yourselves. I live 130 miles away. The ladies from the Thrift store next door cleans between guests.
Small town America, you are in the heart of downtown, but it's only 1 block long. The only Internet in town is slow just like the town.
Sugar River trail runs on the edge of town, it's one of the earliest rails to trails in the United States
No smoking in unit, inclement weather smoking is allowed in motorcycle garage. If you bike leaks oil please place cardboard under to catch drips.
Mark's place is great! It's an awesome throwback to history of the hardware store and the finishing touches he added had our group walking around and pointing out all the cool stuff. The space was exactly as he described and was perfect for our needs. The downtown area, although small, had plenty of good little finds including several bars and a cute diner. I would definitely stay here again when in the area.
Great overnight stay at Mark's apartment. The place is very big and comfortable. His neighbor who cleans after each guest's visit was very friendly when we had a question. She couldn't help us, but Mark was quick to contact us about it. Lots of places to eat and cute thrift stores around town; Albany is quiet and everyone we met was friendly. Great selection of DVDs. It was just my husband and me this time, but we would come back with our kids to fill the other rooms for a weekend in southwestern Wisconsin.
I didn't want to leave! The loft was exactly as described and everything we could have wanted. We met a few people in town and they were all very welcoming and lovely.
We will definitely book again.
Overall, we had a nice little getaway. The place was great for the two of us, quiet, had everything we needed to relax but a wine opener, but we were quickly saved by the lady next door (I think she watches the place for Mark) she found one for us and brought it right over :)
We enjoyed a nature-filled bike ride to Monticello, a visit to Broadhead and New Glarus.
We hope to come back to try tubing on the Sugar River this summer or next :)
I already was aware of the town and what I would expect. I grew up there. I have strong emotional ties to the town, its people, etc. It was wonderful going back. The loft looked pretty much the same way it was advertised. My kids loved their own space and it was great to have a place to go to just be by ourselves every so often. We would rent again.