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Multi-Family Year-Round Fully-Stocked and Fully Decorated Home

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Property description

Not far from Lake Geneva, our spacious and comfy house is prominently situated on spring-fed Lauderdale Lakes in Elkhorn, WI, just bursting with knick knacks and activities. It's the perfect place for family reunions, weekends away with friends and children, golf foursomes, girls' get-away weekends, etc. Everyone can stay under the same roof instead of in different hotel rooms, waking up together to enjoy all the comforts of home. You're welcome to use anything that's out, from my mom's home-thrown pottery, to the abundant collections of books, movies, games and toys--for all ages (motorized vehicles excluded for insurance purposes). Adults can avoid drinking and driving by singing karaoke in the tavern downstairs while the kids play in the nearby rec rooms. Or borrow our canoe and paddleboats (and life jackets) and go out on the lake. Truly, plenty to do for all ages in all kinds of weather. Sleeps 10 adults and 10 kids comfortably, with a triple bunk area for cousins and friends.


Escape to Wisconsin! (Just not after The PROM. We are a PROM-FREE ZONE.) Truly a home away from home, our house has that lived-in feel because it IS lived in by us, as often as possible. But when we're not using it, we hope you'll love, appreciate and care for it just like we do.
Perfect for larger groups: Family reunions, College reunions (no recent grads, please!), girls' getaway weekends, golf groups, extended family get-togethers that nobody wants to host--you name it! It's easy to maximize valuable time together when you're all under one roof. Doing the dishes is more fun at someone else's house, right? We assume groups staying here share our love of the family setting and will embrace the home-like atmosphere while putting up with our personal belongings. This is not The Hilton! It's neutral territory but with all the comforts of home. You have the run of an entire well-stocked house instead of trying to squeeze into various hotel suites for Happy Hour or family game time. There's plenty for all ages to do without ever leaving the premises!

Easy access!: Drive up from Chicagoland, hop over from Milwaukee or Madison, or fly into either O'hare or Milwaukee and head straight there. Use Mapquest or our map. We haven't had anyone get lost yet (except for my brother-in-law years ago, and we're still looking for him).

Activities galore!: All ages, all weather, there really is something for everyone. 3 gas fireplaces keep the place toasty for marshmallow roasting. A/C takes the edge off in the sultry months. Towels and linens are on-site so you don't have to lug them along. Feel free to use our coolers for beach play or paddle boat rides, take advantage of local activities, or just hang around the house and relax. Mini driveway tennis gives you an activity right outside the garage door (a tennis/paddle hybrid), and there are scooters and toys to keep the little ones occupied when you're sweating through a tie-breaker. Not quite ready to settle down after dinner? How about Pictionary?
Put in a good movie for the kids (and grandma) while the adults head down to the Tavern on the lower level. Sit at the bar (someone can play bartender; don't forget to BYOB), or grab the mike and commandeer the karaoke machine. Play darts, cards, or the piano, have a few beverages, and then all you have to do is find your bedroom before someone else steals it from you! The next thing you'll be aware of is the smell of coffee wafting from the kitchen, and the murmur of the early risers as they hang stumble into the great room to start another fun day.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Games, books, toys galore. Blow-up castle downstairs is a-maz-ing fun, especially on rainy days....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    One step from the garage into the main level. Kitchen, bedrooms, baths, great room, sunporch and deck are on the main floor....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry, the kennel will have to act as surrogate parents to your pets. We've learned the hard way that it's not a good idea to allow them, and future guests with allergies appreciate the restriction....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Only in the Tavern on the lower level...moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen, 1 child bed

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 2 double, 1 child bed

    crib or cot can fit in if needed...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 king, 1 queen, 1 double, 5 twin/ single, 1 child bed

    Bunkbed loft area...moreless

  • 6 bedrooms, the 6th being an upstairs bunk bed loft area perfect for a variety of sizes of children. Throw 'em all in, from cousins to family friends. Parents can sleep in the 2 bedrooms nearby in case they're needed in the middle of the night. 4 bedrooms with full privacy (1 upstairs, 2 on the main floor, 1 on lower level), 1 loft w/door but open half-wall bedroom (upstairs) w/queen and child's bed, for the family who wants to hear all the fun while dozing off. Porta-crib and cot available in garage for extra little bodies. Crib in downstairs nursery annex, so parents can be a reach away in their queen but out of sight of baby. Extra insulated so nobody else hears the crying. Need to escape from a heavy snorer? A couple of couches are pull-outs. But isn't that half the fun? Everybody together under one roof, hanging out in the jammies either cementing old friendships or forming new ones. Enjoy the adult version of sleepovers or dorm life, and you can bring the kids (or not)....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Jacuzzi 2-man shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Jacuzzi 2-man shower...moreless

  • Master bath has 2 person whirlpool tub Downstairs Bath :Two person shower w/waterfall feature Bath on main floor includes tub Upstairs bath includes tub Both the upstairs bath and the main level bathroom have a door separating the toilet/tub area from the sink, so that make-up application and showers (and more delicate operations) can take place simultaneously. Not as important on the golf weekends; highly necessary on the ladies' get-away weekends. Very handy for the multi-family scene....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We ask that smoking only take place in the Tavern (downstairs) for the safety of the home and the comfort of future guests (not to mention our own family!) The house is not equipped with wireless (a little too rural to get signals), but the library in town has free Internet access. Besides, don't you want to leave your computers at home when you're on vacation with the gang? The kitchen area is wide with a long peninsula, which seats 12, and just on the other side of the island is a dining room table which seats another dozen. This should cover it! Feel like sneaking an extra dessert without getting caught? Just slip into the sunporch or out onto the deck, and a whole new world opens up. Small beach area by the water. Children can play with the sand toys (from boat house), supervised by adults from the plastic Adirondack chairs. The water is swimmable, but not very deep and the bottom is mushy, so borrow our aqua socks or take the paddle boat onto the lake and jump overboard....moreless

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player:

    (2)...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    (9) Multiple CD's and karaoke discs available for your use....moreless

  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    4 TV's total...moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR:

    (3)...moreless

  • Video Game Console:

    Nintendo 64...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Nintendo 64! Deal or No Deal, Family Feud. Several games available (Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong racing,etc.), or bring your own....moreless

  • Video Library:

    (3) Lots of movies for all ages!...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Lakefront:

    2 Paddleboats, canoe, kayak and lifejackets available for free use. Feel free to borrow aqua socks/water shoes, beach toys, etc. from the boat house....moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Powerful whole house fan for those who prefer natural air circulating....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    (2) Laundry room on lower level....moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage:

    Driveway tennis! Use our dead tennis balls--they work best....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    (3) Two of them are wood burning with gas starters....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Plenty of lap blankets, pillows and seating for the whole family to watch TV together. 'Vintage' tv circa 1995, but nice big screen and satellite channels, including sports package....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Plenty of room for multiple cars on the lower level, as long as you don't block the driveway tennis court when it's time to play....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Additional parking at the top of the driveway....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry room on lower level of house....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove:

    Lidded portable fire pit for outdoor use....moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    Local caterer; info available upon request...moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Wide enough for lots of cooks in the kitchen (and several dish do-ers!). Wooden peninsula shaped island perfect for serving buffet and feeding the masses....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Plenty of area courses, with a range of price and difficulty....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have 2 kayaks, a canoe and a paddleboat that you're welcome to borrow. Plenty of lifejackets in the boathouse....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Alpine Valley is just 15 minutes away for downhill skiing, and the Kettle Moraine trails are 10 minutes away for cross-country enthusiasts....moreless

  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    Driveway tennis, a hybrid of regular tennis and paddle tennis. We provide rackets and dead tennis balls, you bring the enthusiasm....moreless

  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    Two person shower with seats and special features, like rainforest drizzle....moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    Two person whirlpool tub located in Master Bathroom...moreless

 

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$1,175

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $275
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Holiday rate is $1325/night plus cleaning of $295.

Discounts may be offered during off-season, or 3 night minimum reduced to 2 during non-peak times.

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Location

Car: Necessary

Enjoy a panoramic view of the lake from our private point, 900 ft of shoreline on 2 acres. Secluded, but an easy drive to groceries, restaurants, outings.

Local highlights: Old World Wisconsin (a living museum; experience life in the pioneer days), Kettle Moraine Trails for hiking, biking and x-country skiing; downhill skiing and outdoor concerts at Alpine Valley, water park, shows and dining at The Grand Geneva Resort--all within 15- 20 minutes. Marina on the lake for rentals--or bring your own boat to the public launch. Plenty to do, indoors and out. Build a sandcastle on our little beach, play driveway tennis or get out the sidewalk chalk, or enjoy a game of Scrabble in front of a roaring fire. Equipped for everyone from babies to grandparents. Our house is not a typical stark rental, but is chock full of what makes it our slice of heaven--knick knacks, games, toys. Slide our clothes to the side to make room in the closets for an extended stay, and make yourselves at home!

Other Activities: Karaoke! Speedboat rentals available. Laundry facilities on-site.

Golf: Evergreen Golf Course

Hawksview

Grand Geneva Resort

Ski: Grand Geneva Resort

Alpine Valley

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: My husband and I are both from large families, so when we bought what the tax assessor informally dubbed 'the best lot on the lake,' we decided to build a home big enough to comfortably house everyone from infants to grandparents. It has served us well over the years as we've hosted our share of family reunions, groups of friends with kids, parents without kids, surprise parties, girls' weekends, guys' golf trips--you name it! We know firsthand how beautifully it works for all those demographics. Our 3 daughters have grown up there, creating priceless childhood memories. As they get older and less available to spend time there, I've pinned my hopes on coming full circle and being in the Grandma role myself someday, with all our tried and true lake house traditions intact and the baby cradles back in action! There's hope on the horizon. Our oldest (the one who used to get us up religiously at 5:30 am to go fishing down on the dock) just got engaged on the lake this summer. Literally--out on the paddle boat! I can't wait to spend family weekends there with little ones again. This next time around I'll sigh contentedly, roll over and go back to sleep while she pulls on the rubber gloves I used to wear ( for taking the fish off the hook and tossing them back in) and heads down to the beach...

Why the Owner Chose Whitewater:
My husband's parents had a place on Lauderdale Lakes from the time he was in high school. (Don't tell him, but trips to the lake were part of the appeal in dating him! I learned to water ski here at the ripe old age of 23, honing my beer pong skills as well.) Being one of 9 children, they had to share time at the lake so holidays were full family events and then each of the kids got a week in the summer via the family lottery system. We were up there with our young children during 'our' week. The thought of owning our own lake home was a distant dream. As we putzed around in his parents' classic pontoon boat (It's still up and running!) we spotted a For Sale sign down by the lakefront. The rest is history. Even though we weren't really in the market yet, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to build a customized home on the best location on the lake. If we'd waited until the right time, we would've missed out on so many years of fun. We've thanked our lucky stars a million times over that we were in the right place at the right time! Gotta love serendipity!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We love being immersed in nature, yet having all the modern conveniences of a comfy home. We put many many hours and lots of experience into designing a house that would work for lots of bodies of all ages, and it paid off. I spent years filling and furnishing it (to an extreme, my husband claims. And I can't really argue with him there), so it doesn't seem like a rental. You feel more like it's your house once you settle in. It pretty much has everything we need, so basically that means we have almost everything you might need! The location is so easy for everyone to get to, being a short drive from the northern suburbs of Chicago where we live, as well as an easy ride from major airports. In the early years we used to squeeze in one last night, leaving early Monday morning to get the kids to school in time. They were a little groggy, but it was worth it. If we'd taken two cars up, my youngest and I would play hooky (don't tell the truant officer) and wander home at our leisure. She didn't suffer academically, and we have those extra special memories of one -on-one time together just doing puzzles and building sandcastles. Ah, don't get me started. We love our house! So we love it when others enjoy and appreciate it to its full potential.


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Photos

  • No nearby neighbors to worry about bothering!

    No nearby neighbors to worry about bothering!

  • Come and get it!  Full dining room table nearby (didn't fit in photo).

    Come and get it! Full dining room table nearby (didn't fit in photo).

  • Tennis, anyone? Great for exercise, tournaments or getting out of doing dishes.

    Tennis, anyone? Great for exercise, tournaments or getting out of doing dishes.

  • Now it's time for the adults to play. What goes on in the tavern...

    Now it's time for the adults to play. What goes on in the tavern...

  • First one there gets the master bedroom? frplc, private bath with jacuzzi tub.

    First one there gets the master bedroom? frplc, private bath with jacuzzi tub.

  • Remember the Waltons?  Try the  triplebunk area...

    Remember the Waltons? Try the triplebunk area...

  • A little slice of sunporch heaven, with a sleeper sofa that's actually comfy!

    A little slice of sunporch heaven, with a sleeper sofa that's actually comfy!

  • Sledding starting point in winter, bocce ball court in summer.

    Sledding starting point in winter, bocce ball court in summer.

  • This is enough snow for pulling the sleds out from under the sunporch. whoosh!

    This is enough snow for pulling the sleds out from under the sunporch. whoosh!

  • Enjoy your own sports while being inspired by jerseys of our favorite athletes.

    Enjoy your own sports while being inspired by jerseys of our favorite athletes.

  • Dinner for 12 here, plus 10 more at the island. Perfect for holidays, too.

    Dinner for 12 here, plus 10 more at the island. Perfect for holidays, too.

  • The Kiddie Corral has books, games, toys galore! You can play while they play!

    The Kiddie Corral has books, games, toys galore! You can play while they play!

  • The best view of the lake is right from our deck!

    The best view of the lake is right from our deck!

  • Make yourselves at home in a lodge-like setting

    Make yourselves at home in a lodge-like setting

  • Fun for all ages! (Younger child play area also. See other photos.)

    Fun for all ages! (Younger child play area also. See other photos.)

  • Karaoke, darts, piano, etc. (BYOB)

...stays in the tavern!

    Karaoke, darts, piano, etc. (BYOB) ...stays in the tavern!

  • Parents w/ baby? Call dibs on this triple-insulated nursery w/rocking chair incl

    Parents w/ baby? Call dibs on this triple-insulated nursery w/rocking chair incl

  • Don't want to miss a thing? Be within earshot behind the door but w/half wall.

    Don't want to miss a thing? Be within earshot behind the door but w/half wall.

  • Seats 20 for meals, and just as many for TV/games in the other half of the room.

    Seats 20 for meals, and just as many for TV/games in the other half of the room.

  • The canoe and kayaks are in the boat house waiting to go out. Dock not pictured.

    The canoe and kayaks are in the boat house waiting to go out. Dock not pictured.

  • Curtains can be closed for early morning darkness; the coffee will lure you out

    Curtains can be closed for early morning darkness; the coffee will lure you out

  • Those who like the rainforest feel will enjoy the 2 person shower with seats.

    Those who like the rainforest feel will enjoy the 2 person shower with seats.

  • The best bunk of all is to the right, a king-sized upper level spot for forts!

    The best bunk of all is to the right, a king-sized upper level spot for forts!

  • The half wall has the little ones feeling secure, but not underfoot.

    The half wall has the little ones feeling secure, but not underfoot.

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  • Calendar last updated 07/26/2015
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