Bonnie Oaks is on the National Historic Registry for its interesting buildings and artistic and literary history. Set back from the road, it is a little world unto itself. People of all backgrounds are welcome here to enjoy the peace of a wildlife sanctuary that respects all life. There are 72 acres of wooded habitat, an 8 acre prairie, and a creek with sand hill cranes, eagles, owls, and beautiful birds. The carpenter house is very private. There is a historic log house airbnb up the hill.
I host a lot of couples seeking a nature retreat and the peace of fellow wild creatures.
There is also Bonnie Oaks Historic Log House Wildlife Sanctuary listed on airbnb. That house can host up to 6 people and is at the top of the hill near the prairie on the 72-acre estate.
Eight acres of prairie are in various stages of bloom. Deer, and five raccoon babies with their mother, a woodchuck and her babies, beautiful birds including barred owls grace the woods. There are trails through 50 acres of woods and a creek. This is a wildlife sanctuary and no kill zone including the creek.
I am as available as you need me to be or as absent as you wish.
Bonnie Oaks has a second airbnb house - a 2-story historic log house, built in 1874. The carpenter house is by itself down by the woods, and the log house is at the top of the hill next to the prairie. The log house can host 6 people and the carpenter house can host 4 people, so if there is a retreat of up to 10 people - for a yoga, meditation, wildlife, birding, photography, or peaceful family event that can use both houses, please contact me and we can work that out. Or if you need a larger house, please look at Bonnie Oaks Historic Log House Wildlife Sanctuary, also listed on airbnb.
- No weapons of any kind are allowed on the property. This is a respect for all life property so no harm to any being here ( except mosquitoes ) and no take of wildlife or vegetation. There is a historic log house which can host up to six people so small events ( up to ten people between the two houses ) are a possibility - only peaceful events, like a family gathering, yoga, meditation, or artist retreat.
- I discourage bringing pets here for the safety of the pets themselves, the house and the wildlife. There is a very convenient and professional boarding location a half block down from my driveway, across from my woods. It is called "Precious Paws" and their web site can be found by putting in their name and Briggsville, WI. I believe they charge $18/night per pet.
With raccoons and coyotes traversing the woods, and with hunters all around 7 months of the year, I think it safer to leave pets at home.
At the request of some guests, I have instituted a new recycle policy. I am providing three bags to each set of guests. The largest is for recycles. Please rinse plastic, metal and glass recycle material and you can mix them in with all the paper in that bag. The other bags - one is for compost and the other for actual garbage that cannot be recycled. This helps me keep the environment healthy.
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I am a journalist, artist and wildlife / living earth activist. I write the Madravenspeak living wildlife column for the Capital Times online newspaper. It is published every other Sunday online and the entire archive of five and a half years of columns can be found on the Capital Times web site by putting Madravenspeak into the search box.
I am a poet, painter ( oils ), writer, and progressive activist for justice, peace, and respect for all life.
I have traveled to Europe many times, hitch-hiked across north Africa, visited Czechoslovakia, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada.
I cannot live without respect for farm animals, wildlife, pollinators, amphibians, and a climate that sustains life. I cannot live without healthy oceans, GMO labelling and an end to trapping and killing wildlife for recreation. I cannot live without bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars, jaguars, elephants, rhinos, lions and tigers. I cannot live without a healthy web of life that supports all life.