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Peaceful Country Comfort W Panoramic Views of Big Creek Valley

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type apartment


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Relax in the comfort of a full-size 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury 2nd floor apartment with separate entrance for your convenience and privacy. Enjoy the quiet country life with panoramic views of Big Creek Valley from the bay window in your living room, or sip a favorite beverage on the spacious balcony adjoining the King room. Feel free to enjoy our large lawn, take a walk through our woods or enjoy an evening fire in the fire pit. (Large deck attached to main house is available to guests on request.)

Our home is situated on the side of a small hill overlooking an active dairy farming area with farmers fields and pastures giving way to rolling wooded hills in the distance. Enjoy a bicycle or motorcycle ride or quiet drive along (paved) country roads, or relax in the yard or on your balcony with a good book and a glass of wine.

Wintertime sports activities are nearby with cross country and downhill skiing, tubing and snowboarding at Fort McCoy, cross country at the golf course in Sparta, and downhill at Mount La Crosse. Snowmobile trails abound! You and the kids can enjoy sledding on the mild slope of the hill right behind your apartment, build snowmen in the yard, etc. Try your hand at ice-fishing on Perch Lake or Lake Neshonoc or skating at the Sparta Hockey Rink or one of the outdoor rinks at Memorial Park in Sparta... or just snuggle in and stay warm by the electric fireplace in the apartment.

The apartment is attached to our home with a separate entrance for your convenience. Sound buffers between our living spaces mean we can't hear you and you can't hear us.


A few years ago a storm blew over an enormous elm tree I climbed as a kid. It landed on the corner of an early 1900's granary. The owner chose not to repair it and allowed us to take it down for the salvaged lumber. You'll find that reclaimed lumber throughout the apartment. Wooden floors were reworked from the granary flooring. Wainscot, trim and wood ceilings were made from the siding. Shelves and benches that adorn the apartment were made from refashioned roofing boards. Table, work station and vanity tops were made from wall studs and beams. Nail holes, knots and blemishes remain visible in the wood giving the finished pieces a unique and beautiful character.

Keywords: Luxury Suite, large yard, woods, reclaimed wood floors, close to Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River bike trails. Day trips to Bluffs, Amish Country.

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Larry & LuAnn Hutson
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2018

About Larry & LuAnn Hutson

Lu and I know that where we stay when we travel can dramatically affect how much we enjoy our entire vacation. We've learned that having a comfortable, relaxing (and sometimes romantic) place to call our 'home on the road' is as important as choosing what we'll do with our time. We've designed this space with YOUR comfort and relaxation in mind.

Our home is Travel Green Certified. We heat and cool with a geothermal system. We've made our home and your apartment as energy efficient as we can.

We also operate a business called 'Used Anew'. We deconstruct unwanted buildings in the area and make the reclaimed lumber and other materials available for repurposing. Guests can purchase unique items made from reclaimed materials and discover affordable antiques and collectibles in our on site store.

Considering a remodel project back home? You can take your time browsing samples of our Amish milled flooring and wall and ceiling treatments, make selections and have us ship the materials to you!

Larry & LuAnn Hutson purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Larry & LuAnn Hutson chose Sparta

We love the country! It's so peaceful and quiet here in the Big Creek Valley. The views of active farms and majestic wooded hills are spectacular any time of year. We've come home to Wisconsin after more than a decade away. Here on the hillside, overlooking the farm where I grew up, it feels a little like we're on vacation every day! We decided to share this experience with you, and so we've made this luxurious full-size apartment for you to use, for a night, for a week, or longer if you wish.

What makes this apartment unique

When was the last time you had absolutely nothing you were obligated to do? Sometimes the best vacation consists of finding a comfortable, inspiring place to stay and throwing out the schedule of activities. If you feel like going out, there's plenty to do - but if 'doing' is less important than re-energizing, staying in just might be the best option! Either way, we've created a space for you that can function as 'home-base' for a busy schedule, or comfortable and relaxing enough you may not want to leave.

During the growing and harvesting seasons we enjoy watching the farming activities all around us as our neighbors work the fields and harvest their crops. We frequently spot American Bald Eagles and other wildlife from our perch on the hill.

On cloudless nights, you'll enjoy the lack of light pollution. The only lights you'll see for miles will be a few neighbors' yard lights and an occasional passing vehicle on the road below. You may not have realized just how many stars are visible in the night sky!

We also operate a business called 'Used Anew'. We deconstruct unwanted buildings in the area and make the reclaimed lumber and other materials available for repurposing. Guests can purchase unique items made from reclaimed materials and discover affordable antiques and collectibles in our on site store.

Considering a remodel project back home? You can take your time browsing samples of our Amish milled flooring and wall and ceiling treatments, make selections and have us ship the materials to you!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Sparta, Wisconsin

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Max occupancy of 6 with queen size air bed set up in living room. Most suitable for families w children, 3 couples, adults comfortable w sharing a bed
  • Upstairs apartment. Indoor stairs w 18 steps. Stairwell is 42" wide stairwell w 36" between sturdy hand grip rails.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 5' wide tiled shower with dual shower heads
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub , Large triangular tub, dimmable overhead light
  • 2 bathrooms. Vanities made from reclaimed wood. Both have heater/vent/light combos.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , TV & DVD, Large balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , TV & DVD (local channels)
    Other (See Description) - Queen sized air bed can be set up in living room
  • King size beds (1) Separately switched overhead reading lights. TV with DVD player on opposite wall., Queen size Beds (1) Queen room includes separately switched overhead reading lights. TV with DVD player on opposite wall. A High Quality queen-sized air bed can be set up in living room if desired.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Electric Fireplace Stove, 32' Flat Screen TV's w DVD players in Bedrooms & Living Room, Large Tiled Shower w Dual Showerheads, Reclaimed wood floors, trim, and unique accents. Luxury queen-sized airbed available. Extra blankets available. 12 cup coffee pot and coffee grinder. Ground coffee and a selection of teas provided. Ironing board and iron, alarm clocks, Radio/IPOD docking station, nightlight & mini lanterns, selection of games, playing cards, magazines, books. Fire pit available for your use (with approval) - wood provided. Large lawn & picnic table. Countryside Views.


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Peaceful Country Comfort W Panoramic Views of Big Creek Valley
average rating of 4.983871 based on 62 reviews
Harriman, TN

Quiet Country Rental

  • 5 of 5

Very clean & well kept 2BR/2Bath apartment. Ideal central location if you are in the area bicycling the 4 Trails. We did the Trails in sections going out and back driving to trailheads to start. Our longest drive was about an hour and a half to a trailhead. Loved the large Jacuzzi tub soak after a long day on the bike. LuAnn & Larry were wonderful hosts. Just a few miles from Sparta and access to the interstate and major roads.

  • Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lu and I enjoyed meeting the two of you and we're super happy the Eagle View Apartment worked well for you as a "home base" for your rides on the area bike trails. Seems like your 8 day stay went by so quickly. We hope you'll return again soon!
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Feels like home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our "first annual fall family fun night" at Larry and LuAnns. It was beautiful and perfect for the 6 of us. Loved having the space and personal touches. The binder had lots of good information and has the answers to any questions you may have. Full kitchen had everything we needed. Thank you

  • Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lu and I are very pleased that you were able to share some quality time with family in our little sanctuary in the country. Hope we'll see you again next year on your Second Annual family fun trip!
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Great place to getaway for a weekend!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do this place justice! It's a wonderful, private second-floor apartment with all the amenities - 2 bedrooms with very comfy beds, fully stocked kitchen, comfortable couch, recliner and gas fireplace in LR and 2 full bathrooms - one with a huge shower and the other with a giant jacuzzi tub. Plus an outdoor porch and a patio with a grill, picnic table and fire pit!

Lu and Larry are gracious hosts who are around when you need anything but otherwise make themselves scarce.

We were a party of three 50-something women celebrating a girls' weekend and the place was perfect for us, especially since some of us were from Milwaukee and some from Minneapolis. We'll definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: 6-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lu and I truly enjoyed meeting your fun-loving group and so glad you all enjoyed your stay! Very much looking forward to your return whenever you're in the mood for another "girls' getaway".
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Relaxing spot with a view

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed this condo/apartment (located at the top part of home) before and after a ride on the Elroy-Sparta bike trail. Hosts are most accommodating. Would stay there again!!

  • Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you all enjoyed your stay and were able to get some bike riding in! The Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River Trails meet at Sparta and are a popular activity for many of our guests. We look forward to a return visit at your convenience!
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Eagan, MN

New property with retro charm

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our July 2017 stay at this Sparta, WI property. Lu and her husband were charming hosts. We especially appreciated the amount of care they put into finishing much of it with reclaimed wood! Even though the weather was a typical July stretch of hot, we enjoyed a luxurious whirlpool! Nice touch! The kitchen was totally outfitted for any cooking one would imagine, though we didn't do much cooking during our stay.

This was our first stay at a VRBO property. The bar is now set very, very high.

  • Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for trusting us for your first experience with VRBO! Lu and I are super pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to relax and unwind in the country with us. That whirlpool tub is a popular amenity, especially in the summertime. Some of the folks that ride the Elroy/Sparta bicycle trail seem to find it soothing for their tired muscles. We hope we'll see you again next time you're up for a quiet getaway to the beautiful Big Creek Valley.
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Lovely, well built and well stocked apartment. Very comfortable and private.

  • 5 of 5

Larry and LuAnn have created a very nice space. They've thought of everything anyone could need to cook, relax, and enjoy. I visited with two friends and we enjoyed the views; were able to prepare our meals using the well stocked kitchen; enjoyed visiting the antique shop - where to our surprise - one of us found a child's rocker she had been hunting for; we enjoyed a leisurely walk to the historic Methodist church down the road and the accompanying cemetery (interesting to guess stories, see dates, see military markers etc.,) and just visit and relax. Many thanks! Very easy to reserve, find and enjoy.

  • Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you and your friends enjoyed your getaway to the country. And we're super pleased your friend was able to find a treasure in the antique & collectible shop we've opened in the lower level of our home. So glad we had just what she was looking for! It was a pleasure to meet and visit with all of you briefly. Hope you'll return again soon! Lu & Larry
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
La Crosse Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Club 16 - Sparta
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
River Run Golf Course - Sparta
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Amtrak - La Crosse, WI
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
County Hwy. BC
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Whitetail Ridge Ski Area at Fort McCoy
Nearest Beach
13.5 Miles
Lake Neshonoc (West Salem)
Nearest Point of Interest
Historic Church
Nearest Point of Interest
Hickory Wind Farm-Alpacas & Fiber
Nearest Point of Interest
Sparta - Elroy Bike Trail / LaCrosse River State Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Craig's Meats & Catering
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Neshonoc at West Salem
Nearest Point of Interest
Northwood Country Market
Nearest Point of Interest
McPherson Guitars
Nearest Point of Interest
Speed's Bike Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Matthews Inc.
Car: necessary

Plenty of paved roads and beautiful country back roads for a pleasant walk or for bicycle and motorcycle riding. Canoe & kayak rentals nearby. Close access to Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River bike trails (Elroy Sparta boasts 3 long tunnels). Golf course in Sparta and several others nearby. Space & Bicycle museum in Sparta, Children's museum in La Crosse. Local butcher shop & numerous Wisconsin cheese stores. Great location for day trips to Wisconsin Dells, Casinos, ATV trails, Mississippi River, Bluffs, wineries and micro breweries, Amish Country, etc.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Sparta, Wisconsin

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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$58.38 + Tax

Minimum 2 night stay on weekends. Pets with approval only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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