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Classic cabin/cottage with big screen porch, stone fireplace, knotty pine walls

Bedrooms 2
Space 975 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Classic Cottage across from Lake Ripley, Cambridge, Jefferson County, WI

A 1930's-era classic lake cottage, with log siding, a two story limestone fireplace, wrap-around screened-in porch with views of the lake, knotty pine panelling and open cedar beams. This two bedroom cabin-style vacation home has one bedroom with a queen bed and one with twin beds and an extra sink. The screen porch also has a double futon and canvas awnings for privacy. The Great Room has mid-century rattan furniture, and a built-in hutch with mid-century pottery. The kitchen is small, but it has a full-sized fridge, a 4 burner stove, microwave, toaster, two compartment sink, two crock pots, and a blender. If you have a bit of nostalgia for the Summer Vacations you had as a kid, this is the place for you! If you're looking for ultra-modern, this may not be the right fit for your family.

The floors are pristine maple in the Great Room and the bedrooms, and vertical grain fir in the bath. In addition to the stone fireplace, there is also a gas-powered furnace, or two window AC units for less than perfect conditions. The generously-sized shower is all tiled in, with a light and tall shower head. All doors are triple-thick knotty pine, and the hardware is original hammered bronze. There are some vintage light fixtures: a wagon wheel chandelier in the Great Room, wrought iron & mica lighting on the porch, and a red and white Tiffany-style light in one of the bedrooms.There is a Dutch door, between the kitchen and the porch, a long picnic table on the porch that seats up to 10, with seating for another 4-6 in the dining area.

Lake Ripley is a lovely 420-acre lake, with an average depth of 44 feet. There are 2 public boat landings, 1 public (drive--1 mile) and one private (walk--.4 mile) beach, and a swimming and fishing pier, within 1/2 a block's walk. There are also 2 single kayaks for your use, with paddles and lifejackets. Easy walk to the pier 1/2 block away.

The Glacial-Drumlin and Cam-Rock bike trails are just a few miles away, and it is an easy bike ride into the charming village of Cambridge, with several good coffee shops and restaurants to chose from. Fort Atkinson and Lake Mills are each just 15 minutes away, and Madison is only 30 minutes away, with a vast number of ethnic restaurants, pubs and classic eating establishments.

More Details

Steve Tesmer
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Steve Tesmer

Jill Kessenich and her husband Steve Tesmer are both designers. Jill is an interior and architectural designer, and Steve designs websites. They have a dog named Baiely, who is in Jill's shop, Bungalow Jo's Market, two days a week. He is a big hit! They like to do household projects, biking, hiking and playing music in their band, Jill & the Jax.

Steve Tesmer purchased this cottage in 2017

Why Steve Tesmer chose Lake Ripley

Love the way it sits high on the lot, with views of the lake. Love the CCC-style architecture with wrap-around porch, big stone fireplace, knotty pine panelling, and pristine maple floors. Reminds me of State and National Forest lodges scattered around the US.

What makes this cottage unique

If you have a bit of Nostalgia for the vacations of your childhood, this is the place for you! Mid-century furnishings and pottery, great wrap-around screened in porch, knotty pine panelling, and stone fireplace.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"You have a real gem here!"
Jun 2017
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Lake Ripley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 975 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 1)1 dog 55# and under; crate-trained, and in crate when you are away. 2)Fireplace use in Spring and Fall only, please. 3)No gatherings over #6
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large, tiled in shower with light and tall shower head.
  • Extra sink in Twin bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , On screen porch--has awnings for privacy
  • Queen and twin beds have handmade quilts, reading lamps, spacious closets and portable luggage racks. One bedroom has it's own sink. Each bedroom has a window AC unit and a fan.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
2 public boat launches, 1 public (short drive) and 1 semi-private beach (short walk or bike), shared swimming/fishing pier; 1/2 block away. Free pass to community beach on same lake, less than 1 mile away; can drive to. Has the feel of being Up North, with the convenience of being close to big towns like Madison and Milwaukee. Good local restaurants, supper clubs and quaint shopping.


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Classic cabin/cottage with big screen porch, stone fireplace, knotty pine walls
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Renters comfort was included in the plan

  • 5 of 5

Our meet and greet with Steve. Everything thing was thought out for the comfort of the guest. We just felt at home and enjoyed everything about the cabin. Loved the screen in porch. Pleasantly surprised.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you, Susan! We do try to make our guests comfortable and feel at home. We appreciate how neat and tidy you were, too. Looking forward to having you back next year!
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Fantastic rental with great owners!

  • 5 of 5

Second time staying here and I'm sure it won't be the last! Lake Ripley is wonderful and we really enjoy everything this cabin and the area has to offer. Great experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful rustic getaway nicely amended cottage. Wonderful Lake. Nice kayaking.

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of five with teenagers (12,16, 18). Stayed midweek. The cabin was very cozy with everything we needed. We used the kayaks provided. Very nice lake for quiet kayaking. The screen porch is fabulous. My son slept on the porch. We ate our meals on the porch and enjoyed the views of the lake and nice breeze. We really enjoyed our stay and will be coming back. Thank you for sharing your cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time had by all.

  • 5 of 5

Cute and cozy cabin. The cabin was stocked above and beyond what I expected. Just a short walk to public pier and beach.

We will stay again!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Jill and Steve’s cabin was just perfect. My sister and I had a wonderful time visiting cousins in Wisconsin. The screened porch is to die for. I could have sat on the porch the entire week. I am sure we will rent again when we return.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed hosting you and your sister, Colleen! We love to hear that you enjoyed the porch. We'd be more than happy to host you again when visiting SE Wisconsin. Jill & Steve Tesmer
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This is a wonderful little cottage. Would recommend this to anyone who is staying in the area.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here the second week of October 2017. Had a great time. This is a nice little two bedroom Cottage with all the amenities you need. I would stay here again and highly recommend it to anyone else. Nick

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Madison, WI
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hering's Lake Ripley Inn
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Lake Ripley Country Club
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Columbus, WI
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
1.5 Miles
Cam-Rock County Park (CC)
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Shore Place, Lake Ripley
Car: recommended

Things To Do In The Area

Food & Drink

Herings Lake Ripley Inn

Just a mile from the cottage, the Lake Ripley Inn is your typical Wisconsin tavern and supper club. “Great Friday night Fish Fry and Old Fashions.”

4103 Co Rd A, Cambridge | (608) 423-7070

PLOW Restaurant

Plow is an 1850’s feed mill, now restaurant, that provides the ambiance and character needed for a farm to table experience. Plow strives to be a true dining experience that takes you back to when food was done differently.

159 W Main St – Cambridge | 608-423-2350

Camrock Cafe & Sport

The Camrock cafe and sports shop is located at the head of the CamRock Trails, adjacent to the meandering Koshkonong creek and one mile from the gem-like Lake Ripley. They serve food for a healthy lifestyle, 100+ craft beers and gourmet espresso drinks.

217 W Main St, Cambridge | (608) 423-2111

Cafe Carpe

The Cafe Carpe, a secular trinity of family-friendly cafe, bar, and listening room, is housed in a century-old brick building on the Rock River, with a screened porch overlooking the water. Run by Bill Camplin and Kitty Welch, the Carpe has been idiosyncratic since 1985.

18 South Water St. West, Fort Atkinson | (920) 563-9391

Rockdale Bar & Grill

Rockdale Bar & Grill is conveniently located 2 miles south of downtown Cambridge on county highway B in the small community of Rockdale, Wisconsin.

222 Water St, Rockdale | (608) 423-3323


CamRock County Park

CamRock County Park is located in eastern Dane County along the banks of the Koshkonong Creek, between the Village of Cambridge and the historic Village of Rockdale. This 422-acre park boasts three shelters, play equipment, hiking trails, a canoe/kayak launch, cross-country ski trails, a sledding hill (near shelter #3) and prairie restorations. There are also extensive mountain bike trails which are built and maintained by volunteers.

68 Co Hwy B, Cambridge | (608) 246-3896

Cambridge Winery

Enjoy a wine sampling or glass, appetizer plates and a memorable experience.

700 Kenseth Way, Cambridge | (608) 819-6672

Shopping & Art Studios

Cambridge Wood-Fired Pottery

My name is Mark Skudlarek, I founded Cambridge Wood-fired Pottery in 1988. I invite you to visit my showroom at the end of Tranquil Lane. My showroom is open seven days a week. It’s attached to the workshop and provides you the perfect opportunity for firsthand contact with the process of making pottery.

10 Tranquil Lane, Cambridge | (608) 423-4507

Avid Gardener

Everything from seeds and bulbs, to gardening tools, plants, and home accessories.

136 W. Main St, Cambridge | (608) 423-3991

Bungalow Jo’s Market/Bungalow Pros Design

Decorative arts, cards, and pottery, specializing in the Arts & Crafts style. Also offering full service interior and residential design.

136 E. Lake St., Lake Mills | (920) 945-0114

The Garment Shop

Unique specialty shop for women with a passion for fashion.

125 W. Main St., Cambridge | (608) 423-7671

Kaleidoscope Fibers

Take a look at our terrific selection of yarn, patterns, gifts, and accessories.

131 W. Main St., Cambridge | (920) 342-0496

Rowe Pottery Works

217 W Main St, Cambridge | (608) 423-3935


Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

Fort Atkinson Chamber of Commerce

Lake Mills Main Street Program

Madison’s Isthmus Newspaper


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $35
Cleaning $40

We are only booking by the week from Memorial Day thru Labor Day at this time.
One dog, under 55#. Must be crated trained, and in a crate when you are away.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.