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Enjoy the Great Outdoors at the Cozy Knotty Pine Guest House
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Enjoy the Great Outdoors at the Cozy Knotty Pine Guest House

Want to do some snowmobiling or hunting? Looking for that perfect, quiet country getaway after all the holiday activities? Or maybe you are looking for a romantic getaway? Right along the Turkey River is a perfect guest house to sleep eight. It includes a large deck, stone fireplace and more in the loft log cabin way out on a dead end road by Fort Atkinson in Winneshiek County. Jeremy and Stacy Merrill have just opened the Knotty Pine Guest House for business and welcome you there for a tour.

From 1978-1980 Jeremy’s parents built the beautiful log home. This is the house that Jeremy and his brother Oliver grew up in. It wasn't until recently when Jeremy's mother moved to Lawler that they found themselves wondering what to do with the house. A lot of memories were made in this house and they want to continue to making more memories with their two young sons. Instead letting the house sit empty when they are not there, they decided to rent the house out as a guest house and share its beauty and solitude with many others.

Last summer after a family member suggested the idea, they began to look at other vacation homes and research what it would take to make their own extra home a guest house. They rented a family vacation home themselves and loved it. They spent long hours working on the house, starting with removing things from the family home and cleaning. Then came the remodeling. They added another bathroom and added a sofa bed in the Master Suite and decorated the soon-to-be vacation rental. By fall they were ready and open for business.

The beautiful handcrafted log cabin at 1323 255th Avenue in Fort Atkinson is fully equipped, including a stove, refrigerator, and television. The three bedrooms have comfortable beds and a fold out couch to sleep eight. They added an extra bathroom upstairs in the Master Suite also. The cabin has a beautiful fireplace and a patio. Stacy said that what they enjoy most is the Turkey River close by.

If you have a chance to tour the vacation rental, you may have noticed the artistic flair Stacy has for decorating for the holidays. This will be where family Christmas will be celebrated. One tree is decorated with pheasant feathers and oranges Stacy dried, perfect for a log cabin woodsy look.

One reviewer says it best, “Knotty Pine Guest House was absolutely amazing! The warm cozy atmosphere of the cabin is what topped it off! Has a lot of outside area for kids to run around and fun out in. The beds are irresistibly comfy! Fireplace was excellent! Outside patio to have a couple drinks out on! Supplied everything besides your own food of course! And I loved the decor! Overall if you want to get away from your busy lifestyle, this is the place to go with how secluded it is away from everything! You get so much after staying there! Would look beautiful in the winter time! Can't wait to come back very soon! Thank you.”

For more information about Knotty Pine Guesthouse call them at (563) 380-8762or email them You can view their availability calendar here

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