On the west edge of the Village of Soldier’s Grove, in the beautiful Kickapoo River Valley, you’ll find this truly unique 6.5+/- acre property. Sided on 3 sides by a 500+ acre parcel, it has little development in the area but still has easy access to a County Road and a less than 20-minute drive to the eclectic town of Viroqua.
The current owner of this parcel has a love of antiques and antique homes and so this property was a natural fit. Originally built in 1857 and enlarged in about 1880, there is plenty of history in those walls. It was thoughtfully built over a freshwater spring to bring spring water into the house in a time before electricity. The spring remains in the corner of the stone partial basement but the water is pumped out to a small pond in the yard and well water serves the house. This is just one of the unique features of the property.
The goal of the owner when refurbishing the home was to keep the patina of history while incorporating modern conveniences and updates. If unblemished paint and contemporary architecture are your goal, this property isn’t for you. But, if you enjoy central LP heat and fiberoptic internet while experiencing over 150 years of history, this may be your dream home.
The large front porch welcomes you to the home and is an ideal spot to sit in the evening and hear the sounds of nature. Just off the porch, you’ll find the large eat in kitchen with a sit-up island. An antique gas cooking stove and wood-burning stove give options for cooking. A laundry room, back porch and summer kitchen are accessed off the main kitchen. The main floor bath is full and features a cast iron style tub and antique sink. A large room off the bath would make an ideal main floor bedroom. Also on the mail floor is a charming parlor. A main hall down the center of the home leads from the front door to the kitchen but off this hall, an ornate stairway winds to the upper floor.
Upstairs, you’ll find a generous central hall and two more bedrooms. A second bath complete with clawfoot tub awaits. A cozy family room can be found above the kitchen. From this room a 180-degree stairway winds back to the main floor. The layout of the home is nearly perfect for an Air B & B as the guests could enter the main door and retire upstairs while the hosts occupied the main floor.
Outside, there is a lot of exploring to do as well. A rustic garage can be found near the house and a classic 2 story barn sets back from the home. The upstairs of the barn has seen many parties and is still set up for fun. An open sided shed is perfect for storing equipment and firewood out of the weather.
For those who enjoy the sound of a gurgling stream (and who doesn’t), you will appreciate the fact that a stream flows along the west side of the property. While it isn’t technically a designated trout stream, trout have been known to reside within its banks.
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