About this listing
Small town pace, I built for myself as a Chicago getaway. Fun constantly changing space. When I find something cool I'll grab it for the space. So the furniture and other items of interest are always changing.
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 plus back area for bike storage
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. Pizza place, ice cream shop, a diner, 3 taverns, bowling alley on a tubing place are on the block. 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. 15 miles to New Glarus Brewery
No smoking in unit, inclement weather smoking is allowed in motorcycle garage. If you bike leaks oil please place cardboard under to catch drips.
Our stay went exactly as advertised. Great and unique place with tons to do in the immediate area. We will definitely stay again!
A wonderful place to stay in southern Wisconsin. My family, five adults and one child spent the week visiting family in the area. The place was as described and fit us perfectly with all that we needed for a week's stay.
Mark has the place decorated with many old and interesting items making it a great place to stay.
Stayed here at the end of a weekend of motorcycling in the area. A comfortable, cool, and unique place to crash. Two doors down you can get 50 cent draft beers and a great juke box at the Center Tavern, plus there's early morning coffee across the street. Mark made it all so easy. I will definitely do this again.
If you would like to acquaint yourself with the essence of a pure Airbnb unique traveling experience, reserve this space! A variance of abundant textures, ultra-high ceilings, and little memorabilia surprises throughout create the ambiance and space of Mark's throwback rural America property! The collected pieces and display of them appear to be more prevalent than what the current pictures indicate, perhaps indicating a work in progress of antiques and hardware store history progression. This, along with a twist of a sheer, few modern pieces, create the encounter between time periods. Stepping out onto the exterior landscape of Water Street will induce the digestion of preserves from yesteryear - connect with the past, tucked in 'downtown' Albany.
We found the people we met in Albany to be friendly and helpful. The town has a few bars, thrift stores, great priced ice cream shop, with bigger towns only a stone’s throw away. If you rely on your cellphone for GPS you may want to pre load the maps for this area due to lack of cell coverage. You will traverse many small country roads and we have to say the scenery can be breath taking. The owner was more than accommodating in letting us stay an extra hour after the published departure time of 11 am. Now for the disconcerting part, there seemed to be a steady stream of people accessing this unit. The first evening we were there we found both the door lock and the dead bolt unlocked upon return of our evening trip. The next day upon return of our trip we found the deadbolt unlocked but the door lock locked. The front door deadlock is a bit stiff so we are sure we locked it on both occasions. The last morning we were woken up early by the sound of the deadlock on the rear door being unlocked. To my surprise an elderly gent walked through the rear sleeping area progressing past the main bedroom towards the living area oblivious of me being there. Upon further investigation the rear door has a missing doorknob lock and only a dead bolt. We contacted the owner who was responsive and explained what happened, a scheduling misunderstanding. I suggested maybe the rear door could use a chain lock for privacy, like the front door has, to prevent a recurrence. I can only imagine the mayhem that could have happened if teenage girls would have been asleep in the rear sleeping area with the gent walking through. Also on departure day I exited the shower at 11:10 a.m. and the young girl from the thrift store was standing in the living room area. I said can I help you, she replied she was there to clean. I said Mark authorized an extra hour. She said she wasn't told this and proceeded to stand there. I had to ask her to come back when we checked out. We quickly loaded up the car to exit asap. There should be a schedule in place between Mark and his workers regarding details of who is staying at his rental and privacy issues. Other items which concerned me, no mattress pads on any of the beds, the pillows were old and yellow stained, broken fan in one of the bedrooms, the first night the people above us sounded like they were dancing in wooden shoes for hours, dishwasher was not emptied, silverware holder was full of crumbs, the bath towels are stored in a really dirty closet, ran out of toilet paper and had to enter a long dark dirty closet to retrieve another roll, dead batteries in tv remote in bedroom, toilet seat is loose, very dusty, needs a deep clean...
Mark was very easy to work with and quickly responded to emails and texts, even recommending a favorite tavern for dinner. We loved the small town neighborhood and the ladies across the street at the General Store could not be any sweeter. Mark's place is a wonderful experience. We love the decor and it is a large, open space. Our children loved exploring the loft and all the wonderful trinkets. They even named the back two bedrooms "Kids World". We all had a GREAT time. I highly recommend tubing with Sweet Mini Haha Campground. $5.00 less then S&B across the street and only a 5 minute ride from Mark's