The Gambrel Guesthouse is a spectacular barn inspired log home on 7 2/3 acre property nestled in picturesque native prairie/woodland setting minutes from Sand Valley Golf resort.
Upon approaching The Gambrel Guesthouse the excitement and anticipation grows as glimpses of what lie ahead are slowly revealed. The first being the primitive log fence backdrop to the riot of native wildflowers at the roadway entrance. Upon entering the property, the gravel drive meanders more than a tenth of a mile through woodland terrain with breaks revealing more wildflowers and native grasses. Around the last curve you’ll get your first peak at The Gambrel Guesthouse. The gorgeous barn inspired log structure sits in the picturesque setting amidst the prairie and woodland surroundings. Take it all in as you slowly make your way to the front door although it may be difficult to find your way past the FRONT PORCH. Appalachian style rockers, a sitting bench, and a porch swing invite you to sit awhile and let the worries of life melt away in this nature wonderland. Being offered to the general public beginning in May of 2019, your first step in the door will confirm what you already knew, this is the place! Hosts John and Claudia have turned a place with “great bones” into a Wisconsin old world charmer. Upon entering the CATHEDRAL FOYER, primitive farm implements, exposed barn beams, with antique touches set the tone and give a hint of what’s to come. Let’s take a tour:
-The GREAT ROOM features a gas fireplace boasting floor to ceiling stonework, a wagon wheel chandelier, exposed barn beams, western inspired leather couch, loveseat, and recliner amidst primitive accents and decor. 5 picture windows and a glass door reveal spectacular views of the back half of the 7 ⅔ acre retreat.
-The open concept floor plan joins The GOURMET KITCHEN with the Great Room. The kitchen was designed and installed with the help of local craftsman Glenn Olson, of Port Wood Works. It looks more like something from a bygone era with the exposed beams, barn lighting, and whimsical touches that compliment Glenn’s millwork. The plan came together flawlessly giving the feeling of yesteryear while incorporating the luxuries expected in modern day living. They include: gas range/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, toaster oven, cookware, utensils, dishes, a highchair, and a coffee station complete with multiple gourmet coffees and teas to choose from. This fully equipped kitchen has a side door to the deck and multiple windows including a large picture window overlooking the native prairie and woodlands. A breakfast bar and kitchen nook make this space ideal for entertaining larger gatherings.
-Just off the kitchen on the far end is the DINING ROOM. Like every other room in the lodge, the dining room has plenty of windows including a large bay window to take in the views. The large farm table, also crafted by Glenn, seats 8 comfortably.
-The PRAIRIE ROOM (Bedroom #1) is more than just a master bedroom. This sleeping quarters is dripping with romance and includes a sitting area, handcrafted barn board king size bed, a charming gas stove fireplace, and rustic pine flooring with large area rug. Windows on two sides flood the space with light and boasts gorgeous views including the “Fox Trail”.
-Connected to The Prairie Room is The MASTER BATH. On any other property this adjoining space would completely steal the show. Among the amenities are: an antique style clawfoot tub with weathered corrugated tin surround, slate tiled shower with sleek glass enclosure, barn door walk-in closet, exposed barn beams, gooseneck barn lighting, rustic pine flooring and plush area rugs, elegantly finished with a rock edge leather black granite counter.
-Located on the upper level is The ASPEN ROOM (Bedroom #2) where you will enjoy a handcrafted king size bed made of aspen, sitting area, a barn door walk-in closet, rustic pine flooring with large area rug, and infrared stove fireplace with windows on two sides.
-The BARN ROOM (Bedroom #3) also on the upper level, features a handcrafted barn board queen size bed, sitting area, a barn door walk-in closet, rustic pine flooring, with large area rug, and infrared stove fireplace with windows on two sides.
-The HICKORY ROOM (Bedroom #4) is the third of three bedrooms on the upper level and features a handcrafted queen size bed made of hickory, rustic pine flooring with large area rug, and an infrared stove fireplace again with windows on two sides flooding the room with light and capturing the scenic landscape.
-The spacious GUEST BATH serves the upstairs bedrooms. It comes complete with exposed barn beams, a barn board tiled shower with glass enclosure, two sinks set in a pine slab counter, pine flooring, gooseneck barn lighting, and plush area rugs all in keeping with the home’s barn theme.
-No barn inspired/themed home would be complete without a LOFT. Rounding out the upper level, this well appointed casual gathering space is nestled in a canopy of barn posts, beams, and planks overlooking the Great Room. It has a sofa that pulls out for an additional bed.
-The LODGE ROOM is below level and takes on a completely different feel from the upper two levels. Finished with drawknifed logs harvested onsite, it boasts a true northwoods lodge feel. Included are: a premium pool table, wood burning stove fireplace, TV/family room (with smart TV), and a dart board. This space has posts, beams, and pine ceiling and flooring to compliment the log walls. It’s furnished with log style white spruce pub tables and chairs for the cherry on top. There is a futon that provides an additional sleeping option.
-The BEAR’S DEN (Bedroom #5). is also located below level just off the Lodge Room and in the same spirit plays up the northwood’s theme in a big way. The kids don’t get stuck with what’s left here. Rest assured they’ll be fighting over this room as bear, deer, pine trees, fish, cabins and the like are all worked into the decor. It features a handcrafted aspen bunk with a full size bottom and twin top. It also has a sitting area, infrared stove fireplace, and rustic pine flooring with a large Northwoods area rug.
-The Northwoods theme continues in The LODGE ROOM BATH and includes two more works from Glenn, the vanity and mirror to go along with a shower and sauna!
-The LAUNDRY ROOM, also below level, is equipped with washer, dryer, and laundry detergent for your convenience.
-The large DECK is a serious griller’s dream equipped with a large premium gas grill and A Big Green Egg with hardwood lump charcoal provided. Whether hanging out with family and friends or just tending the grill, this space oozes relaxation. Enjoy your favorite beverage in a comfy Adirondack chair amidst annuals planted in weathered tin tubs and an old whiskey barrel with views all around!
-What better way to enjoy the beautiful natural setting and extend the day than making smores over an open campfire. You can do just that at the FIRE PIT located just off the back Deck. It’s lined with large stones and surrounded with Adirondack chairs and plenty of backup camp chairs available to accommodate larger gatherings.
-There’s over a half mile of NATURE TRAILS onsite weaving between the Woodlands and Prairie. You don’t have to be a birder or prairie enthusiast to enjoy the native prairie. The striking contrast between the woodlands and prairie is quite beautiful for all to enjoy. For the enthusiast or those interested in the native prairie this is a must see. The prairie contains over 40 native species and begins to pop with color around the first of June with Lupine and continues up until the first frost with asters and goldenrods providing the grand finale. The native grasses take center stage in the fall turning brilliant shades of red and orange. Installing and nurturing the prairie has been a labor of love for John over the past 13 years. It becomes more dramatic every year as it continues to mature and new species are introduced. The prairie is a magnet for butterflies and colorful birds, to go along with a host of Wildlife that the property supports such as: Deer, Wild Turkey, Fox, Hawks, Owls, and Eagles to name a few.
-Once onsite it’s understandable that you may very well not want to leave. However, the area boasts many LOCAL ATTRACTIONS, not the least of which is the world renowned SAND VALLEY Golf Resort just minutes away. Other championship golf venues include Lake Arrowhead, Northern Bay, Sentry World, and Bulls Eye Country Club all within 40 minutes of The Gambrel Guesthouse. If you’re into fishing, hunting, biking, boating, snow shoeing, skiing, ATVing, snowmobiling, hiking, or just hanging out at the beach, the opportunities are plentiful in the region.
-Although the accommodations are large and suited for families or groups, there couldn’t be a more ROMANTIC GETAWAY destination than The Gambrel Guesthouse. If you want to wow the love of your life for that special occasion, The Gambrel Guesthouse is way over the top.
-ADDITIONAL AMENITIES include: high speed internet, cable TV, Amazon Alexa, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, high chair, desk/workstation, flat screen smart TV, and usable 3 car garage.
About the Owners and why we chose Wisconsin Rapids.
We lived in Orlando, FL for 21 years before moving to central Wisconsin in August of 2006. It became an annual ritual for us to visit family in the Chicago area where I (John) grew up. On multiple occasions we took a second week to stay at the lake where we vacationed when I was a kid in central Wisconsin. I fell in love with the area all over again. Claudia and our 6 kids absolutely loved it up here as well. It started out as just crazy talk as we contemplated the idea of how great it would be move up here to enjoy the beauty and lifestyle of central Wisconsin. Well one thing led to another and the next thing you know we were loading up the moving van.
We looked at a lot of properties on our 3 day house hunting trip back in January of 2006. When we first visited this home it had an undeniable charm and the “wow factor” was palpable. It wasn’t a “fixer upper” per say but it was far from it’s full potential. We knew there was a lot of work ahead of us and at first we weren't 100% convinced we wanted to take it on. In the end there was something about this place we just couldn’t let go of.
We had talked about downsizing once we reached empty nest status. We’re on the doorstep of that stage in life but the thought of giving this place away has become unthinkable to both of us.
Perhaps the most prominent feature of the home’s exterior is the Gambrel (barn) roof. We decided to run with the barn theme throughout the home thus the inspiration for our name “The Gambrel Guesthouse”.
The setting is nothing less than spectacular and is a nature lover’s paradise.
Wisconsin Rapids, ウィスコンシン州, アメリカ