NEW! Indoor Pool/Jungle, Private Lake, Big Group


Entire home hosted by Tessa And Dustin

  1. 16 guests
  2. 6 bedrooms
  3. 9 beds
  4. 7 baths
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
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The Wait is Over! The Garden of Eden is a one of a kind oasis that will create memories that your friends, family, organizations and coworkers will talk about for decades to come.

You can spend a few days to a week living in paradise in one of the most viral homes of all time and exploring all this 17 acre property

-Extremely private
-Indoor pool
-Private lake w/fishing and swimming
-Many water toys
-Sleeps 17 in beds
-Tropical Rainforest
-Game room
-S'mores w/campfire

The space
**Update $25,000 renovation of the indoor pool is complete and currently working.

**There is still some work being done outside as well as inside in the garage to turn the garage into a second game room and bar. The workers will try to be as quiet and respectful as possible.

The Garden of Eden is a one of a kind oasis that will create memories that your friends, family, organizations and coworkers will talk about for decades to come.

Trying to describe this 5,500 sf 6 br, 7 bath home and its 17 secluded acres of forest and lake will leave you scratching your head.

Let’s start with the obvious…

Outside: This is a nature lovers paradise.

It starts with the long private driveway that is draped with beautiful trees creating a canopy that says, “Welcome to the Garden of Eden.”

You will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere even though you are just a short drive from Chicago and Milwaukee.

The 3.5 acre spring fed lake is stocked with a ton of fish for catch and release. So whether your child or grandchild is catching their first fish or you are a seasoned angler, you will have a great time.

We also have canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and many more water toys to make the most of the warmer months.

Please note you can definitely swim in this lake but it is more of a nature preserve with many lily pads and other aquatic wildlife growing in it.

See if you can spot the family of beavers living on the island.

There are also deer, coyotes, wood chucks, ducks, geese, pheasants, and fox that call this place home.

The sandy beach is great for kids and adults alike. Many toys for kids and floaties will be provided.

Go explore the 17 acres of lake/forest throughout the property and soak up all nature has to offer.

There are fire pits and s’more kits included so that you can eat and sing around the crackling fire while gazing up at the Northern Sky.

Throughout the property there are fish ponds and beautiful wooden bridges to get around.

Thinking about grilling? Fire up our gas grill and make a feast that your group never forgets.

There is so much more to the outside but we will let the rest be a surprise when you show up.

Let’s talk about the house… it was one of the most viral homes ever on Zillow and has been featured in numerous TV shows and many other media outlets.

The great room of the home will transport you into another dimension.

You might feel like you are visiting your favorite Rainforest Cafe, or possibly entering into a scene from Jamangi, or maybe even your childhood memories of the Flintstones.

Whatever the case may be, any stress of the world will be melted away by the warmth of the sun being exposed through the 20 foot southern facing windows and sky lights.

Whether you are watching the coy fish swim in the ponds, or Googling all the varieties of live plants, this is truly a special place.

Right off the great room is the most unique indoor pool you have ever experienced.

With a depth of around 5 feet this pool is perfect for kids and adults alike and will provide hours of fun rain or shine and warm or cold.

With all that playing, you will probably start to get hungry. Our fully stocked kitchen is ready to meet your culinary needs whether that is a gourmet meal or some frozen pizzas.

We invested $20,000 worth of updated appliances so you can be sure you are cooking with the best.

Seating for 16 around the dining room and kitchen will allow for amazing conversations and many laughs.

Be sure to pay attention to the 16 hand made custom butterfly chairs. They are truly one of a kind.

Right off the kitchen/dining area is a first floor bedroom with en-suite bathroom for those who want to be close to the food or might have some mobility issues.

There are 4 separate staircases leading up to the second level.

Heading upstairs you will be greeted by 5 bedrooms. Each is quirkier and more unique than the previous.

High end boutique hotel like linens and pillows are used in each bedroom so you can be confident that you will enjoy a peaceful night’s rest.

Upstairs you will also find a large TV and game room to watch your favorite movie or sporting event.

In the game and theater room there will also be a kitchenette for snacks and an authentic vintage popcorn maker with all the fixings.

Do you like card and board games? We got you covered there with over 50 games to choose from.

Every inch of these 17 acres and 5500 square feet are designed to create fun and special memories.

After a few tough years during the pandemic I think we can all agree that memories created WITH friends and loved ones are some of life’s greatest joys and blessing that are more valuable than any amount of money.

Tessa and I (Dustin) would be honored to have you as our guests. If you have questions or special requests please reach out and ask.

For an additional fee we MAY consider small weddings consisting of 50 people or less.

You will feel like you are away from the city but in reality you are so close.

We are 20 minutes from downtown Milwaukee and 90 minutes from the north side of Chicago.

There is a Costco, Target, Walmart, and many other grocery stores within a 7 minute drive of our home.

A special note from the owners:

Tessa and I are obsessed with creating high end luxury experiences for large groups of people.

This obsession has allowed us (at the time of this listing) to never have anything but a perfect 5 star review on any of our properties.

The beauty of this property is the rawness of nature. While we have invested a lot in making this property modernized and landscaped, it still has the natural and authentic charm of “being out in nature.” So while we try to add elements of the “Four Seasons Experience,” the land is wild and unpredictable in places so be aware of this.

We are currently in the process of putting an incredible amount of time, resources, and passion into updates and special features that our guests deserve on the Garden of Eden.

With a property of this size and magnitude it’s not an overnight process and we will continue to evolve and improve it over time based off our guests feedback.

So please note if you book for 2022 you can tell people you were the first to experience this iconic home after 30 years of it being held privately, but we ask for your honest feedback on what we can do better and how we can improve so that when you rebook for 2023 it almost feels like a new home and experience.

We have three kids three and under so we equip our homes with ALL the things you need for babies and toddlers (high chair, pack and play, kids bowls/plates, kid life jackets and so on), but please be aware there is significant amount of water inside and outside of the home that could cause serious consequences to young kids if not supervised, so consider that before booking. With the custom design of this home there are many uneven and hard surfaces you could land on if you tripped and fell.

Sleeping arrangements:

Bedroom #1 (first floor with adjacent bathroom) 1 queen

Bedroom #2 (second floor castle with en suite bathroom) 1 queen (up ladder) and 1 twin

Bedroom #3 (second floor with en-suite bathroom) 1 queen

Bedroom #4 (second floor with en-suite bathroom) 1 queen

Bedroom #5 (second floor) 2 queen beds and a twin

Bedroom #6 (second floor) 1 queen

Please note that with the uniqueness of this house bedrooms 2,3, and 4 overlook the “jungle” part of the home and have very little sound privacy. If this is going to be an issue don’t book this place.

Bedrooms 1,5, and 6 are fully closed off like a traditional bedroom.

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Lake view
Garden view
Beach access
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Private indoor pool - available all year, heated
HDTV with Roku
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

New Berlin, Wisconsin, United States

Completely private with a 10 foot fence around the 17 acres.

Hosted by Tessa And Dustin

  1. Joined in July 2013
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Hi! We are the Maher family: Tessa, Dustin, Bo (2 years) and baby Maple (11 mo).

We have called Madison our home for a couple decades and can’t see ourselves living anywhere else.

Health and fitness are a big part of our lives.

Combined over the past 4 years we have completed over 50 triathlons including 7 Ironmans and a handful of marathons.

We own a gym in Madison and love helping people become healthier.

We love to travel the world, and have used AirBNB extensively, and have now decided to create amazing experiences for our guests like we have had throughout our years of travel.

We hope you consider a stay with us and fall in love with Madison as we have!

Our home is kept meticulously clean by professional cleaners.

While we are new to hosting on AirBnB, we are experience hosts.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. Cheers!
Hi! We are the Maher family: Tessa, Dustin, Bo (2 years) and baby Maple (11 mo).

We have called Madison our home for a couple decades and can’t see ourselves living any…

During your stay

We have maintenance and grounds crew that live near by who will be able to come to deal with any issues. Due to the size and scope of this house there might be someone occasionally on site maintaining the outside property.

Tessa And Dustin is a Superhost

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Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
No smoking
No pets
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