Nature & Wildlife Lover's Retreat

Apartment - Entire home/apt · County Highway BB (rural Cottage Grove Road, Madison, WI 53718, United States
Michael And Lisa

Our guests enjoy a 1,000 square foot apartment on 22 wooded acres but minutes to Madison.
The private outdoor covered patio is perfect for watching wildlife with a cup of morning coffee or a glass of complementary wine in the evening. Come & Relax!

Your host, Michael And Lisa
40 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

Our guests enjoy a 1,000 square foot apartment on 22 wooded acres but minutes to Madison.
The private outdoor covered patio is perfect for watching wildlife with a cup of morning coffee or a glass of complementary wine in the evening. Come & Relax!

The Space

Drumlin Hill Retreat

This 1,000 sq foot space occupies the entire lower level of our home which is set on 22-wooded acres. It's private and completely relaxing and just minutes to downtown Madison!

-Sleeps 3 - Bedroom with queen bed and living
room with pull out twin bed all with fresh bed linens.

-Kitchen has a fridge, cooktop, microwave, Keurig coffee/tea maker, dishwasher. Soaps and cleaning supplies included. Plus plates, cups, utensils, pots, plasticware

-Private bathroom steps from the bedroom – shower with large vanity. Includes shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, hairdryer, bathrobes and fresh towels.

- Direct TV
- Free Wi-Fi connection
- Bookshelves filled with books and games.

- Central Air Conditioning
- Your own heating thermostat

Guest Access

- Guests have a private driveway and entrance that is behind the house.
- You have your own private covered patio and outdoor furniture.
- There is a locked door between the living spaces as we live upstairs with our Golden Retriever.

Interaction with Guests

- We like to welcome guests when they arrive. We usually spend about 5 minutes to show a few things in the apartment to make your stay great.
- During your visit we are only a call/text away as we live upstairs. The retreat space and your time here are totally private.
- We are happy to offer restaurant and things to do suggestions in and around Madison before or during.
- Checkout is on your own before 11am on your departure date.

The Neighborhood

-The house is set far back from the road on 22 wooded acres, our driveway is ¼ of a mile long. As you drive back to our home you will be transformed and the stresses of life just seem to disappear.
- We are set up on a Glacial Drumlin that is heavily wooded. We often see deer, turkey, racoons and multitudes of wild birds. We’ve counted 40 different species of birds on the property.

Getting around

- We are located on the east side of Madison.
- 6 miles to downtown/Capitol
- 3 miles to Lake Mendota
- 8 miles to the University of Wisconsin
-You’ll enjoy being very close to all that Madison has to offer but in a private, quiet setting.

Other Things to Note

-We provide bottled water, soda, coffee, tea (cream/sugar) and light breakfast items like breakfast bars, yogurt, oatmeal to get your day started.

**Plus, a bottle of Award Winning Wisconsin Wine!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Michael and Lisa were outstanding host and their home sets the bar for what an Airbnb stay can be! From the full listing w/photos and descriptions to the follow-up communication outlining arrival/departure times and what to expect, they do an amazing job of making guests feel comfortable and taken care of.

    The listing is as amazing as it appears in the photos with all kitchen utensils and even light breakfast snacks. Our hosts even provided some picnicking items for us to attend an event they suggested in downtown Madison (Concerts on the Square). Couldn't recommend this stay more highly!

    July 2014
  • What a wonderful place to stay! It is tucked back in the woods but still close to Madison. Lisa was so nice. She met us when we arrived, showed us what we needed to know, and then left us to start our relaxing weekend. She was also kind enough to text us to let us know about the big fireworks show. We're so glad she did because we would have missed it otherwise. The house is extremely clean, well decorated, and up-to-date. It was very comfortable and we immediately felt at home. Lisa had provided snacks and drinks which were a nice touch. The bed was very comfortable and the whole place was nice and quiet. If we're ever in Madison again, we will definitely stay here.

    June 2014
  • Mitch and I really feel a warm fuzzy home away from home at Lisa and Michael’s. We love the layout, and the décor, and how well-stocked it is with all you could need. We had some little requests with getting a package delivered, and questions and they were so wonderfully nice and helpful.

    I always sleep great there!!

    We will be back.

    Wendy and Mitch

    June 2014
  • Enchanting little drive up a long wooded drive took us to an escape that was above expectations. You can truly escape from the rest of the world in this hidden retreat in the woods, set on a hill side looking into the forest. With owners who where helpful, happy and very easy to work with, we relaxed from the moment we arrived. We where surprised to find a private little drive down to the first level of the home where the entire level is dedicated to the guest. We WILL be staying again.

    June 2014
  • The 5 days I spent at Michael and Lisa's place were wonderful - they certainly have an attention to detail and want to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Snacks and drinks in the fridge, Madison-area brochures, and toiletries in the bathroom are all a nice touch and show they are hosts who genuinely care about the comfort and service they provide their guests. The area is ideal; close to downtown Madison so you don't have to drive far for amenities like a grocery store or restaurants, but tucked away on your own private 22 acres of nature. A very pleasant experience with gracious hosts!

    June 2014
  • This place is amazing! Michael and Lisa are lovely hosts, and they provide you with absolutely everything you could ever need. They are there when you need them, and they offered us a ton of privacy as well.

    My husband, our son, and I stayed here while in town for our nephew’s graduation, and it was perfect for the three of us. Our bed was very comfortable, as was the sofa bed that our son slept on. There was plenty of space, the kitchen is VERY well-stocked, and the outside patio is a heavenly place to relax.

    The accommodations, the land, the location, the amenities...everything is above and beyond what I expect from an Air B&B experience. We’re already looking forward to staying here again when our niece graduates!

    May 2014
  • The hosts were helpful. The apartment was beautiful, modern, clean, comfortable and cozy.
    The hosts were very generous to provide a great selection of coffees and teas, breakfast foods, wine and snacks for us. Thoughtful too, providing us with shampoo/cream rinse/body gel, bug repellent, umbrellas, and so much more. Wow! What a special, peaceful place in a rural setting so close to Madison.

    May 2014
  • The Retreat was a complete delight. The combination of an updated, modern, roomy yet cozy apartment with a furnished terrace cannot be beat in terms of ease and comfort. The grounds might have been my favorite part. As Brooklynites, the wooded acres and the incredibly colorful birds on the property refreshed us and gave us an opportunity to expose our young son to the joys of nature while still being close to the house. Plus, the hospitality was exceptional. Lisa and Michael are so kind, warm, and helpful. They are true hosts in every sense. From the goodies waiting for us in the kitchen, to the book listing places to eat and visit, to Michael's kind offer to park our rental car in their garage during a hail storm, we felt that they truly exceeded expectations and gave us a great welcome.

    May 2014
  • I travel a great deal as a musician and quality sleep and rejuvenation is often difficult to achieve in hotels and even in some of the airbnb's I've stayed in. The Schusters have created a truly healing environment that's quiet, aesthetic, and extremely comfortable. They've thought of everything. And I do admit that I've never in my life slept in such a comfortable bed. Every detail is prepared with care and consideration and I can't imagine anyone wanting for anything. I particularly loved being set back in the woods, watching the birds while eating at the table, having my own private entrance around the back of the house, and their organized, clear communication via little notes always in anticipation of anything I might want to ask. My only complaint is that I really didn't want to leave! They are my "go-to" place the next time I come to Madison.

    April 2014
  • We had such a delightful stay at the Drumlin Retreat! Michael and Lisa provided a peaceful, beautiful location for my sister and I to have our reunion. The fridge was stocked with soda, water and yogurt. They also provided coffee, teas, and hot cocoa! Everything was clean, new and fresh. I'm scheming another visit already :) Thank you so much for a great retreat.

    April 2014
Per Month
Subtotal Total

Add a profile photo to Instant Book this listing.

Save this listing to review later.
Saved 124 times
University of Wisconsin
Real Estate (Michael) and Education (Lisa)
We've have lived on this beautiful property for over 12 years. Finding that it is a total get away and feels like a vacation everyday. Lisa works in education and Michael in real estate and construction management. We love to travel, knowing how we like to be treated when on the road and hope to bring this experience to our retreat. We also love the local Madison food scene. We tend to only eat in local establishments and there are tons of great options 5-10 minutes from our home. It's our hope that the Drumlin Hill Retreat can be a place for you to relax and unwind. We hope you get to see some wildlife while you are here too. It's a real nature and wildlife lover's retreat!!
View full profile
Response Rate
Response Time
within an hour
Calendar Updated
Similar Listings