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Little Sugar River Farm

Entire house hosted by Frank
6 guests3 bedrooms3 beds2 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the house to yourself.
Clean and tidy
3 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
Great location
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
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The Little Sugar River Farm is lovely custom built house set in 20 acres of garden, prairie, and orchard, close to two bike trails. The property is secluded, surrounded by 2000 acres of wildlife refuge, and ideal for people who want to bike, hike, run, bird, read, and relax. The house won the American Institute of Architects Honor Award in 2000. 30 miles to Madison; 10 miles to New Glarus; 4 miles to Albany.

The space
Less than 30 miles from Madison (all on bike trails) and 10 miles to New Glarus, the Little Sugar River Farm is ideal for cyclists and hikers. Because we are surrounded on three sides by the Albany Wildlife Area, the farm is also great for birders and anyone who wants a chance to relax.

The Little Sugar River Farm offers you peace and seclusion on 20 acres along the Little Sugar River in southern Wisconsin.

The Little Sugar River Farm is ideal for couples who want to get away from the city and relax on a small farm surrounded by wildlife areas. Because we're close to two bike trails that run through wetlands and forests, biking, hiking, and birding are some of our guests' favorite activities. Winter stays offer the possibility of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or simply relaxing by the wood stove with a good book.
The guesthouse sleeps two to six.

To paraphrase the jury representing the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects which selected the house for an Honor Award in 2000, the house is an elegant yet simple 1,600-square-foot example of American vernacular architecture. Set at the edge of a wildlife preserve with views of a distant moraine, the house has exposed structural framing and raised battens reminiscent of early 20th century farm buildings. French doors open to a large back porch, which looks out over fields, prairie, woodlot, wildlife preserve, and moraines.
Interior flooring, cabinets, and furniture were custom designed and built of cherry and oak harvested from the woodlot. Within the main room of the house, three walls of windows flood the interior with light. Vaulted ceilings in the main room create an feeling of openness. A massive cherry sofa, dining table, and wood stove anchor the living space. The furniture throughout the house was hand-crafted by local woodworkers.

Guest access
Guests have a great deal of privacy because only one party is here at any given time. Our caretakers' house is in the workshop on the farm, 10 yards away.

The farm is available for weekends or for longer stays, with accommodations for up to 6 people. The house is ideal for a romantic retreat for one couple, and quite comfortable for two or three couples.

The house includes one upstairs bedroom with a built-in, king-size bed of cherry wood and an adjacent bath with a large soaking tub for two people (with reading lamps and a skylight overhead). An upstairs study with a queen-sized futon couch offers a quiet place to read or check email.

The downstairs bedroom has a built-in, queen-size bed. Downstairs, the living room, dining room, and a well-equipped kitchen are part of a vaulted great room. A small but extensive library of books, magazines, CDs, and videos is available for you to use. A second bath (with a shower) is on the main floor.

Other things to note
Amenities Include:
+3 bedrooms; 2 baths
+King built-in bed in one upstairs bedroom; queen futon in the second upstairs bedroom; queen built-in bed in the downstairs bedroom.
+Fully-equipped kitchen
+Two-person soaking tub in the upstairs bathroom; walk-in shower in the downstairs bath
+free Wi-Fi
+gazebo
+wood stove and wood
+air conditioning and ceiling fans
+trek hybrid bikes to borrow for no charge
+washer and dryer
+linens, towels, and bathrobes
+gas grill
+DVD player (no cable service; very limited television service)
+small library of novels, field guides, and books of local interest
+private porch with swing and western exposure for watching sunsets over the prairie
+sound system with a connection for your own iphone/MP3.
The Little Sugar River Farm is lovely custom built house set in 20 acres of garden, prairie, and orchard, close to two bike trails. The property is secluded, surrounded by 2000 acres of wildlife refuge, and ideal for people who want to bike, hike, run, bird, read, and relax. The house won the American Institute of Architects Honor Award in 2000. 30 miles to Madison; 10 miles to New Glarus; 4 miles to Albany…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 couch

Amenities

Essentials
Hair dryer
Kitchen
First aid kit
Iron
TV
Laptop-friendly workspace
Washer
Air conditioning
Indoor fireplace

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Albany, Wisconsin, United States

Hiking, biking, simply relaxing on the back porch watching the cranes and listening to the owls and whip-poor-wills are some of the best ways to spend one's time here. Winter stays offer the possibility of cross-country skiing on nearby trails, snow shoeing in the prairies behind the house, or simply relaxing by the wood stove with a good book.

30 miles north of the Little Sugar River Farm is the university town of Madison, set on an isthmus between four lakes. Saturdays during the summer you can wander around the Dane County Farmers' Market, one of the largest in the nation. Or, you can walk down State Street to the university's Memorial Union, which has a wonderful lake-front terrace — a great spot to people-watch and listen to live music on hot summer.

Ten miles away, the Swiss settlement of New Glarus offers authentic Swiss cuisine, folk festivals, and a restored Swiss village. The Swiss Historical Village has 14 reconstructed pioneer buildings, and offers a sense of how Swiss immigrants to New Glarus experienced their new home in 1845. The Swiss Historical Village is open from 10 am to 4 pm, May 1 to Oct. 31.

Visitors can tour the New Glarus Brewing Company, home of the best beer in the midwest, and hike or snowshoe in the restored prairies and oak forests of the New Glarus Woods State Park.

New Glarus is well-known for its Swiss festivals, including the Heidi festival in the spring, and the Wilhelm Tell festival over Labor Day weekend.
Hiking, biking, simply relaxing on the back porch watching the cranes and listening to the owls and whip-poor-wills are some of the best ways to spend one's time here. Winter stays offer the possibility of cros…

Hosted by Frank

Joined in May 2013
  • 23 Reviews
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My name is Frank Goodman, builder and owner of the Little Sugar River Farm. I was born in New York City in December 1959, and I grew up in suburban Westchester County. When I was 14, I went away to school at Phillips Academy in Andover MA. From there, I went to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where I studied French and Spanish. During my senior year, I spent a good deal of time in the wood shop developing skills which would stand me in good stead when it came time to create my home — the Little Sugar River Farm. After a year working on a farm in Mexico, I came to the Midwest in 1987 to study agricultural sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I never left. Most of my work since that time has been in either agriculture or in the metal working trades. We would like the Little Sugar Farm to be a refuge from the chaos and coarseness of modern life -- a place of peace and privacy, calm and order. Surrounded on three sides by almost 2000 acres of state wildlife refuge, this is a spot where a person can feel a bit closer to nature's beauty. We hope to offer the possibility of proximity to natural processes: dramatic thunderstorms, dragonflies perched on sunlit walls, the muffled silence of a snowstorm, the chorus of spring peepers on an April evening.
My name is Frank Goodman, builder and owner of the Little Sugar River Farm. I was born in New York City in December 1959, and I grew up in suburban Westchester County. When I was 1…
During your stay
Frank, the owner, is present on the farm for much of the summer. Two caretakers are almost always available in the house next door. We have been accepting guests since 2003; you can read extensive reviews at www.littlesugarriverfarm.com
  • Languages: English, Français, Español
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
No smoking
No parties or events
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm