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grandview motel

"This is my favorite small motel.  The owners, Todd and Donna, do a great job keeping the motel clean and beautiful.  The view of the Mississippi River is awesome!  Save some time for sitting and staring at the flow of the river."

"Thank you so much for representing your motel perfectly on your website.  We were not disappointed at all.  Am telling my friends and family who plan to visit your area.  Fantastic little motel with beautiful gardens, clean rooms and all that we needed for our stay."

"I just want to thank you for the wonderful nights stay.  5 star! in my book :)  I love your gardens and pennies, displayed flower pots, etc.  Too much to absorb -- if I copy some ideas I'll give you all the credit!!!  The motel is one to remember & pass on to many friends."

"As a previous house keeper I would like to compliment you on the condition of this room.  It was exceptionally clean and accommodating.  Thank you!"

"We enjoyed our stay here.  It was a very nice surprise when we opened the door!"

bayview house

"What a gem you've created with this home.  Your attention to detail in decor and amenities made us feel right at home.  Our kids were enchanted by the peacock theme, the pretty flowers, and of course the view.  We really enjoyed our time here and hope to return in the fall.,"


"We felt extremely lucky to find your home was available to us for our weekend away.  This is a superbly comfortable place to stay & we loved the bold colors, peacocks & the rest of the river house decor.  Close enough to Prairie du Chien and Effigy Mounds where we hiked, we can easily imagine a return trip to check out more in the area.  Thank you for sharing your lovely Bayview digs!  And coffee!  Yay! 


"We are so glad we found you!  We wanted to get our grandgirls out for a mini-vacation.  We all love the colors and amazingly adorable furnishings & accessories -- well done."


"We can't wait to come back!  We loved every single second of every single minute we were here, and only wish we could've stayed longer.  Your thoughtfulness and attention to detail are impeccable and awe-inspiring.  We're already planning our next visit!"


"Gorgeous sunsets, beautiful decks.  Life doesn't get any better than this!  We are most grateful."

"Your vacation home is a little bit of paradise.  Your artistic flair and green thumb are evident.  The house has everything one could want and more.  I love the multiple outdoor areas where one can relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the company of friends and family.  Thanks for providing this lovely home."

"We have enjoyed our stay!  The house was just right -- the interior is a delight with everything here we needed.  And the landscaping -- WOW!  I think it was all done by the hand of a master gardener.  It is just beautiful.  Thank you!"

"Wonderful place, town, entertainment.  Love, love, love the decor.  We will be coming back for our girls weekend!  Thank you for sharing your home with us."

"Really liked the nice bright living space -- made for a very comfortable home-away-home feel.  Loved the deck and the gorgeous view of the river valley!  Well-stocked and convenient -- we had everything we needed!  Very relaxing and a perfect get-away weekend."

bayview review
vistaview review
Shoreview Cottage

shoreview cottage

New in 2019 -- check back later for reviews

vistaview cabin 

"What a beautiful place!  Our jaws dropped when we first opened the car door at this incredible view!  The thoughtfulness is top notch, everything you could ever need was available to us.  The hot tub was a great feature and very appreciated.  We can't wait to come back and stay longer!  Thanks for EVERYTHING!  We love this place!"


"You have created the perfect retreat in a world that needs to be reminded of the beauty that is still out there.  Much appreciation and thanks for sharing it with us!"


"What a wonderful stay <3  This place is so relaxing.  We slept well, took lots of naps and mostly enjoyed the amazing view.  Love the decor.  We had everything we needed...and the hot tub!  So great.  We will be back."

"We had a fantastic stay.  We loved the beautiful view.  I took so many pictures -- when it rained, sunset, daytime, because the view was so impressive.  We took a lot of time to just sit on the deck and talk.  Loved our stay!  Maybe you should come decorate our house because everything here is just so well done!"


"We had an awesome quiet relaxing weekend.  I'm already planning my stay in the Woodview Lodge for fall and a week here at Vistaview next year!  This continues to be my favorite place in the world.  Thanks again for a piece of heaven on earth!" 


"We've been staying with the Lensing's in one place or another for years, first in different rooms at the Grandview Motel, then at Bayview House, and now at Vistaview for a week.  The two beds are very comfy & it's a real treat to have wi-fi, washer & dryer, and a dishwasher.  The view from the deck is, indeed, grand, especially the sunsets.  Todd & Donna are great hosts & they make the place really special."

woodview review
woodview lodge

"This cabin is beautiful!!  You have EXCELLENT taste in decorating.  We are definitely coming back.  We could stay for a week.  Loved to read where you found the decor!  Time to go shopping.  Beautiful cabin and we had a great time here!"


"What a perfect place to get away from the hustle & bustle of life -- spent my 58th birthday here.  My husband & I really enjoyed the peace & beauty of your cabin.  You thought of everything to make our stay cozy and warm.  We will be back again! 


"The view of this place is amazing.  We had a wonderful time adventuring through the town and river.  This house is gorgeous and we look forward to coming and visiting it again."


"This cabin was a perfect place to enjoy our weekend get away!  We enjoyed the grill and eating on the deck.  It was so perfect and relaxing.  I also love all of the decor.  It made me feel very at at home and comfortable.  So cute!  I think this will be our new place to stay during our annual WI trip.  Thank you for everything!"  

"Ferryville was the midpoint for us college roommates coming from Chicago, Milwaukee, Sioux Falls and the Twin Cities to celebrate a birthday.  This house was the perfect spot for us to get together for the first time since graduating from UW Madison.  We had a great quiet weekend taking advantage of the deck space and driveway area.  The house was perfect -- so well decorated, cozy, and clean.  We could not have had a better time and Donna & Todd were so nice and helpful.  We hope to be back next year!"


"Thank you for creating such a beautiful and peaceful retreat.  We enjoyed it immensely.  We loved the bird watching in the yard while we sat on the deck.  Your decorating theme is just gorgeous.  So many nice little touches.  Definitely recommend it highly!"

"What a wonderful retreat!  Beautiful area, lovely deck!  We loved so many things inside the house and played a game of "What would you want to take home, if you could only take one thing home?"  So hard to choose as we all loved everything."

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