We reserved the farmhouse for a family holiday gathering just after Christmas in 2013 for four days. There was room for 10 of us - which is hard to find at such a great price - and even extra guests for dinner. At times we had up to 15 people socializing in the various rooms of the farmhouse and never once felt cramped. Plenty of room near the cozy stone fire place, or if you prefer try warming your hands at the sweet wood stove around the corner in the additional family room with a view of the surrounding property, which is lovely in the Winter snow. The dining room is extra large, with a nice long table to seat everyone at. The game room was a hit with its old fashioned shuffle board game, electronic dart board and card table. Young and old alike spent time in that room!
A morning walk out back through sparkling snow to the creek(s) nearby was just the ticket for a good start to the day. While the property itself is really pretty, be aware that it is in fact at the intersection of two somewhat busy roads. The town itself is extremely small, but apparently situated on some well-traveled roads. The noise was not bothersome however and we all slept well.
I think what I like about this house is that it feels well lived in, so you are comfortable using the furniture and cooking utensils without worrying about damaging a brand-new item. If you are used to five-star accommodations and room service, then a farm house rental is probably not what you are looking for. Expect something that fits like a nicely broken in pair of jeans and you will have the right idea. There are lots of thoughtful touches throughout the house, and it is very homey.
The master suite on the main floor has a large jacuzzi tub/shower and a large and comfortable bed with walk-in closet. The game room has a futon which is as comfy as a futon gets (not too bad) and the upstairs is nicely appointed with several bedrooms, small seating areas, and a large comfy bathroom.
Bob and Martha were very nice, stayed out of our hair, and brought firewood for the fireplace which was much appreciated. Don't forget to buy some apples at the old general store two doors down and feed the mules when you go on a walk! We enjoyed bowling at the Spartan Bowl in Stoughton nearby, and a Sleigh ride in MacFarland too. All in all, this was a perfect spot for our family that ranges from 17 to 70, and we will surely be back again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cooksville Farmhouse Inn is located 19 miles from Madison and 2 hours from Chicago. The farmhouse, originally built c. 1845, is on the National Register of Historic Places along with most of the village. It is set beside a lovely restored prairie crisscrossed by paths for snow shoeing in the winter and walks along the spring-fed stream in the summer. Enjoy the quiet, rustic, family friendly atmosphere of the farmhouse which has a soapstone woodstove and a massive free standing fireplace to keep guests cozy when the snow flies, a large deck and stone patio area for barbeques and outdoor meals in warm weather, as well as great views of the prairie and sunsets. ... more less