This roomy Country House rises three stories over a steep bluff leading down to private frontage on 10 mile long Buffalo Lake. With three bedrooms, two baths , 2 decks, and a stretch of grassy lawn space shaded beneath the trees, this private vacation spot can easily accommodate up to seven guests, with plenty of room for everyone to spread out, relax and breathe the country air. This home and the land it occupies have been in the Cragin family since 1906. The historic building has been recently restored and renovated into a comfortable modern home. (Minimum 3 Night Stay) Weekly special 7th night FREE!
The main level features and open-concept living space with a full-length sofa, plush reading chairs, a flat-screen TV and an expandable dining table set for two. The dark hardwood floor and honey-colored knotted pine walls give this airy home a rustic vibe, while large windows fill the interior spaces with natural light. A formal dining room leads off of the main room via a double-wide open doorframe, with a table and chairs for five. A fully equipped kitchen provides guests with all appliances and cookware. A staircase from the main room leads to an upper story loft where guests will find clean, spacious bedrooms with a view of the lake. Off-street parking is available for up to four vehicles as well as a trailer. A DVD player and wireless internet are provided.
Sleeping arrangements: Three private bedrooms await your stay at the Country House. The master bedroom contains a new, Verlo queen-sized mattress with access to a full bath with a walk-in shower. The two smaller bedrooms are small but one is fitted with a full-sized bed and the other with twin-sized bed. A queen size Murphy bed is in the center of the 2nd floor for additional guests All bedrooms are fully carpeted with a lake-view window.
Country House is adorned with large decks on two sides. On the side facing away from the street, a balcony-level deck looks down over a 30-foot bluff, between the pines to Buffalo Lake. On the ground level, a covered patio and a short, paved walkway lead to private-access stairs down the face of the bluff, ending in a 32-foot private fishing pier. Buffalo Lake covers 2,500 acres and has a recently completed dam. The property encompasses 270 feet of shoreline, perfect for fishing and boating.
To the side of the house, a second large deck at ground level is furnished with patio furniture for outdoor dining and an electric grill. A large campfire area (firewood provided) is built into the side yard in a clearing between the trees and a safe distance from the house. This quiet sanctuary on the edge of Buffalo lake is a wonderful place to get away and breathe easy. The shoreline is a natural habitat for blue heron and bald eagles, which can be seen hunting during the warmer seasons. The house is also situated to allow a view of the sunset over the water and see an abundance of stars.
The Country House is located five minutes from local shopping, groceries and other necessities in Montello. There is even an old-fashioned movie theater. A ten-minute drive will land guests in Packwaukee, where there are more options for drinks and live music. Some great dinner destinations in the area are Drew’s Tavern at the Dam where we like to go for pizza or ribeye sandwiches. The Buffalo Lake Lodge on Highway C has excellent barbecue ribs and buffalo burgers. Or, for a local night out, the Granite Falls Supper Club next to the waterfalls downtown Montello runs an all-you-can-eat fish, chicken and ribs special on Friday nights. Yahooz sports bar is great to see the game and grab a cold one with appetizers
This rental home is thirty minutes from hundreds of tourist attractions in the Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo, including classics like the Original Wisconsin Ducks land and water tours, or famous destinations such as House on the Rock or the Circus World Museum. Guests can hike, swim or climb the cliffs at Devil’s Lake State Park, or spend an afternoon at Noah’s Ark Water Park, among many others. Kayak and Canoe rentals are available nearby the Country House, along with numerous options for golfing.
$195 - $255 night
$1365 - $1785 week
Nightly rates run between $195.00 and $255.00, with a minimum stay of three nights 5 nights on holidays. A cleaning fee of $50.00 will be charged per stay, along with a refundable damage deposit of $400.00. Reservations cancelled a minimum of 60 days prior to the arrival date will receive a full refund.
We had a great time staying at this property. The house had enough space for 6 of us. It had everything we needed and then some extras. We played horseshoes and lawn darts every day. We kayaked off of the dock, it was a little tricky getting down there, but we just took our time and were very careful. The lake had a significant amount of algae, nothing that can be controlled by the owner, which made fishing a little tricky. However, we thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the deck everyday taking in the view and peacefulness of being right on the lake. The home and overall property are very well taken care of, there was plenty of firewood and great trees that we were able to hang hammocks in. Steve and Judy suggested a few places to visit in Montello and they were wonderful! This property is not very far from the Dells, we drove there one morning and were back by midafternoon. We also visited Devil's Lake, which was amazing! We would definitely stay here again, and we cannot thank Steve and Judy enough for opening up their home. It was a much-needed getaway. Denae R., Aug. 23, 2017
The home had everything we needed. From pots and pans to garbage bags. The upstairs shower is absolutely gorgeous. I always worry about water pressure when staying away from home and there were no worries here. The lake is very clear. At night we heard a lot of bullfrogs, we saw blue Herron, seagulls, squirrels and bats. All the bedrooms upstairs were really nice, and the beds were very comfortable. The kitchen appliances left nothing to be desired. We loved all of the privacy this home had to offer. It was only about 10 minutes from the town of Montello and a short trip to Portage to get to a Walmart. I would recommend bringing a streaming device for television as it does state in the description that there is no cable. There were plenty of towels and linens. There is a very nice granite table on the deck overlooking the lake which accommodated our part of 7 nicely. Thank you so much for having us! Melissa S., Aug. 5, 2016
The house was awesome!!! It was the perfect place to relax with family and friends! Plenty of room for 7 people and the two bathrooms were great! We loved sitting on deck watching the beautiful sunsets! The owners were great to deal with and provided more than we expected. We had everything we needed. Love the huge movie selection and the games. The fire pit and horseshoes were so fun in the evenings. They also provided great recommending for places to eat, shop and rent a pontoon!!! We were there over the Fourth of July and the fireworks were awesome! We had the perfect vacation and would highly recommend this house if you’re looking to relax on the water and enjoy family and friends!!! Will definitely go back if we get the chance!!! Thanks Judy and Steve for sharing your house and for truly making it a great memory for all of us. Tammy L., July 21, 2016
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My wife and I (Steve and Judy) purchased the Country House in 2005, and we have been enjoying our summer home since it has been completed with our children, family and friends. We chose Montello because it’s close enough to the Wisconsin Dells to enjoy the attractions, yet far enough to avoid the chaos and crowds. The town of Montello is only a five-minute drive and has full super market, gas, movie theater and several great restaurants, much more reasonably priced than the Dells. We love the location, with the private shore line and the fantastic sunsets. We love to take early morning walks along the water. It’s the perfect place to decompress from a busy lifestyle.