Log cabin on 40 acres with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom & big swimming pond with beach
About Peg Konkol
Dave and I live in Holmen, WI where Dave is one of the pastors at First Free Church in Onalaska. We are both from Black River Falls but have lived throughout the US and England. My dad gave me the cabin property 40 years ago and the Amish built the cabin for us 13 years ago. We used the cabin as our main residence for 2 6-month stretches in the past until we found a house to buy. I actually loved living there. It slows you down. Something really needed in today's world.
Peg Konkol purchased this Cabin in 2007
Why Peg Konkol chose Sparta
My dad purchased the property about 50 years ago. He had a Christmas tree farm nearby and built a beautiful home that you see pictured in the cabin. We hope to keep the property in our family as we all love vacationing there because it is so private and the swimming pond is spring fed and lovely on a hot day.
What makes this Cabin unique
Privacy and seclusion! Comfort and quiet with a tiny sense of roughing it as the nearest convenience store is still a 4-mile drive. The aerated pond is this great big natural swimming pool that cools you off and is always fun to watch as you rest or eat on the front porch. The night skies, because there are no city lights or other residences nearby, are fantastic.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 7
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Not one complaint absolutely fantastic more than I expected
What owner doesn’t like a review like that! Thanks for taking the time to submit it. You were good guests, too, and I certainly appreciate that.
Restful and quiet getaway
This was a wonderful place to rest and restore away from the busyness and overwhelm of too much technology! The surrounding woods and pond are beautiful, the cabin clean and well appointed, and the quiet of nature offered a peaceful surrounding to enjoy friendships and naps!
We are happy the cabin delivered what you were looking for with your friends...rest, peace, friendships enjoyed.Come again!
Final Summer Getaway
I booked this property with the intention of a final summer getaway with my kids before school started. The property was just as pictured and was truly a wonderful experience. The kids had so much fun playing the pond all day and building sand castles. As a family, we were able to unplug from electronics and the grind of everyday life...exactly what we needed. I even managed to read two books! The cabin was very clean and fully equipped with everything we needed. We can't wait to return for another getaway from life's hustle and bustle. Thank you, Peggy, for sharing your beautiful property with us!
You are welcome! You were great guests because you enjoyed what this cabin has to offer.
Exceeded our expectations except...
The house is adorable. Very well maintained and equipped. Our entire family took full advantage of everything it had to offer. We swam, kayaked, fished, caught frogs, played badminton, ate every meal on the screened in porch, and enjoyed spending our unplugged time with puzzles and games. We brought our bikes with us and spent several afternoons on the nearby Elroy-Sparta trail.
Our only issue during our stay was the noise. Upon arrival there is a sheet that the owners provide which lists things to know about the house and one item mentions "war noises" from nearby (12 miles) Fort McCoy that can sometimes be heard, especially on weekends. During our stay, the sounds of explosions and assault rifles started Thursday evening (we arrived the day before) and were still going when we left on Monday morning. These sounds were pretty consistent throughout the day and continued well into the middle of the night, waking us up on several occasions. We turned to using the radio during the day and fans at night to help buffer the noise, but when outside (which is where you want to spend your days at this great house), there is nothing to help cover them up and it really took away from the anticipated peaceful and serene setting . Clearly the property owners have no control over such matters but as it was something that was not disclosed prior to our arrival and that it impacted the quality of our stay it is worthy of being included in our review.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I am sorry to hear the Fort McCoy (12 miles from the cabin) sounds were disruptive to you. Because I was surprised by your comment, I followed up with a call to the fort. They said the sounds were probably from soldiers wrapping up training before Labor Day weekend, when training slows down for the rest of the year. As a gesture for the discomfort and disappointment you experienced, and for bringing this to my attention, I will be returning a portion of your rental fee. Again, thank you for your input, and I was sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience, as I love to ensure a pleasant and restful vacation for my guests. I will also add reference to the fort and its occasional sounds on the website.
Incredible family vacation!!!
Let me start out that this was the best family vacation we’ve been on!!! Peg was extremely helpful with ideas and tips for our family. We were looking for a very quiet place that was secluded enough where we felt we could “unplug”, but also have the comforts of home (and then some)! Our 4 year old was adopted at 26 months from an institutional setting in China, is autistic and unable to walk, brittle bones, but although it was not technically wheelchair accessible we very easily could get him from place to place. He was a completely at ease and had a BLAST he laughed all weekend and while he does not sleep well outside our home, he had no problem at this cabin! There is one bedroom with a door and we dedicated that room to him (there he also could have the temperature regulation) With the window air conditioning. I’m sure the all day swimming in the pond also contributed to a good night’s sleep tee hee. Everything you need is there too! We totally overpacked!!! Extra bug spray, life jackets, sand and water toys, movies and games, etc etc. While we didn’t need the washer, that was also an option! We did not have much cellphone reception (but I was so happy we were forced again to “unplug”)! I went for a long run the hills were tough, but it was so fun I barely noticed!! We LOVED our family bike ride down the Sparta trail and walk through the incredible (and a little spooky) old railroad tunnel. We enjoyed going to a nearby playground in Tomah and just the cute little towns. One thing we forgot to bring was a paper map so once our cell service went out it was an adventure to get to the cabin (but not hard). The bigs were almost non existent especially considering it’s attached to a pond!!! It was reassuring though that if needed we could eat still outside under the screened in porch. We LOVED the after higher energy activities by relaxing by the fire pit right up against the pond!!! The stars were incredible and the artillery fire was fun to faintly hear in the distance with the solders practicing. Will we be coming again? Yes!!!
I am thrilled your little guy had such a good time! That's what it was all about : ). And having him sleep well, too. Couldn't be happier with your review.
We enjoyed our stay very much!
Absolutely gorgeous setting and cabin!
The only thing that would’ve made our stay even better was if we could’ve brought our dog with us:))
Thank you so much for being such great guests and of course giving us that print of the cabin from your drone! We will definitely post that on the website!
Located on 40 acres of private land across the road from 3500 acres of state and county forest. Plenty of fishing, swimming, biking, hiking and boating nearby, and 12 miles from Fort McCoy with access to boat and canoe rentals, paddleboats, fishing and swimming. Fifteen minutes from Black River Falls or Sparta, both with new public swimming pools, libraries, bike & hiking trails, golfing, shopping, cinemas, and Black River's outstanding Lunda Recreation Center. Near Warrens Cranberry Festival held in September. 20 miles from the Sparta/Elroy Bike Trail, 35 miles from Branches Winery in Westby, 28 miles from Amish shops & settlements near Cashton, 26 miles from ATV and water sport rentals at Arbutus Motorsports, 21 miles from Black River Canoe Rental for canoeing down beautiful Black River.