​The Driftless Muse  


Things to know before you consider renting the house:

The house has two bedroom and sleeps four.  One room has two twin beds and the other a queen.

There are two bathrooms, one on each floor.  One has just a shower the other just a claw foot bathtub. 

There is a wood burning stove.  Central heat and air conditioning.

Sheets, pillows, blankets and towels are provided

​There is an art studio with a sink in it.  A writing room with a desk and printer.

There is wifi, and a land line phone for your use. No television. 

There is coffee, hot chocolate and tea available. Condiments like catchup and mustard in the refrigerator for your use.  Salt, pepper and other spices there for your use too.  

There are two bicycles, and a washer and dryer in the basement for your use. There is also a laundromat 2 blocks away in town.  Be very careful going down the stairs and watch your head, the ceiling is low!!!! "If I had a nickel for overtime I hit my head" ouch. 

The house was built in 1686, it is on 1/2 an acre of land. The stairs to the upstairs are steep and to the basement more steep.

​The entire town is very hilly, the house is built on a hill.  To get to the yard you need to walk down a hill.

Guests are not allowed to bring their dogs, but there is dog dander in the house from the owners dogs.

Smoking is not allowed in the house.

No chemicals are used in the cleaning of the house.  No candles, air fresheners, no chemical bug killer or febreze like products are allowed to be used in the house.

The water is filtered through a whole house filter and then again under the sink two filters take out chemicals and fluoride from the drinking water.

If you are using the art studio remember this is a group studio space. Please leave it the way you found it.  Do not expect the cleaning people to clean up your art mess.   You will have to bring your own art supplies.  There will be pencils, erasers, sharpeners, scissors, and water buckets for you to use.  There is a sink in the art studio.  If you are using plaster or clay be very sensitive to not letting those things go down, as they clog the sink.  This goes the same for the writing space. 

This is the country so there are bugs (yes sometimes in the house) and poison ivy,  be prepared to see both.  There is a picture of poison ivy on the refrigerator, please familiarize yourself with what it looks like (three leaves).

​It is our practice to take our shoes off at the door as to not track in outside stuff and we don't take food or eat anywhere other then the kitchen to reduce the possibility of bugs.  We would appreciate  

​it if you too would follow these rules.  We also take bugs that get into the house back outside in a cup.  We can't make you do this cause we are not there, and sometimes it takes a bit of time, but if you would we would appreciate it.

And finally we use the house a lot and it is a very sacred place to us.  The land is also sacred to us.  The neighbors are good people, (be respectful of them and to them concerning noise etc, no loud drunken parties, they live there full time) and the entire town is kind and friendly.  Things also may move a bit slower then you are used to. Remember these things as you transition into Mount Carroll life.    

​Create....Relax and Rejuvenate!!!!!!!