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Bedrooms 4
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property



Wonderful, private winter wonderland; cross country ski right out the door!

This totally private, four-acre, wooded lot is the site of this fabulous year-round home. Please note that the new address is 1423 Dragonfly Lane, not Central Rd. Originally a Norwegian barn, this home has been reconstructed and added onto, resulting in a total of three bedrooms and two baths and another separate suite with bath. Just added in 2017 is a first floor Accessible Bath! Owner is an artist and she has an art library and large suite suitable for painting and drawing. Serious scholars bring their manuscripts up here; good friends love to congregate here, finding the location a good mix of art galleries and restaurants, with outstanding quiet nights for great sleeping. Yogis tell me they find the spaces excellent for practicing and meditating.

Within one mile to The unique Pioneer Store, where you will find anything you have forgotten to bring!

Bicyclists will love the short jaunts to beaches; hardier bicyclists will love the hilly, longer routes!

Due to excessive wear and tear on the house by children, owner has decided to limit the house to 8 adult guests. There are MANY houses available to families; sadly, my house has sustained too much damage.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018


As a young girl, I loved property; any kind of property,vacant land or tiny cottage. I grew up to be an artist, mother and eventually a real estate agent specializing in distinctive properties.

PAT WHYTE purchased this house in 1999

Why PAT WHYTE chose Ellison Bay

This home appealed to me immediately due to its site: the White Pines, the orientation to the sun, the circular drive. It seems to have always been in the back of my imagination; it was love at first sight despite having many structural drawbacks. (I remedied the structural problems!)

What makes this house unique

Screened in porches really appeal to me, and this one has a porch suitable for 8 chairs/gliders and a table. I can watch deer saunter through the field, see the little ears of fox as they pursue voles in the grass, watch brazen coyotes run in threesomes through the field. No other humans are visible, just nature! And yet, one mile away is the darling Pioneer Store, which amazingly stocks everything I may have forgotten to include for my stay! Mink River Conservancy is very nearby as well.


Ellison Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On Main level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Upstairs, huge, in floor heating
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , cute little bath, nice tiled shower, in separate suite
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , First floor bedrm, one Queen, bath in hallway
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , First floor bedroom, full bath a few feet away, in hallway
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Large suite, 26 x 22 ft, private bath, skylights- very cool!
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Upstairs, separate entry, private bath, deck, very nice!
  • Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Large Open owner's suite with Skylights can be used for painting, writing, etc. Guests say that they feel inspired and energized by the light in this suite. Others find the space ideal for yoga and meditating. It is sound insulated from the rest of the house.


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(13 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

This one is a sleeper. It has way more then I expected and extremely comfortable. The landscape is peaceful, the screened porch very functional as is the bed rooms, kitchen, family area. This is a beautiful home with everything you'll need for a fantastic stay and don't forget the fire pit and BBQ.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am especially happy when a group of fishermen (guys!) likes my house! And my caretakers reported that they left the house in very good condition! Thanks fellas!
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  • 5 of 5

The property was rustic and charming. The kitchen had every possible utensil in it (which we appreciated). The only criticism I have is that there should be a railing up into the house. I was traveling with 2 eighty-year old women and it was difficult for them to feel comfortable about not falling getting in and out of the house. The owner made sure she was available for any questions or concerns that we had. Our group especially enjoyed the screened in porch.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's a beautiful house in a lovely area.

  • 5 of 5

I wanted a spot that was out of the way for a sisters' weekend. We get kind of loud playing our games. We had a fabulous house and would only have enjoyed it more if we'd had more time. We were only there for the weekend. I would recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to all you sisters! Glad you could let your hair down and not worry you were disturbing the neighbors...there really aren't any! Hope you come up for another visit next summer! Pat
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Perfect Door County Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved staying at this beautiful, spacious, thoughtfully stocked Door County home. The lot is extremely private with a wonderful fire pit, lots of milk weed to spot butterflies in and even an area with a badminton net. The home has a large kitchen, comfortable beds and is full of cozy reading spots, art to admire and bright sunny spaces. We were lucky enough to stay during the perseid meteor shower and thought we thought we needed to be at Newport State Park (which is very close), to our delight when we got back we realized the view was just a good from the house! We spent hours stargazing by the fire pit enjoying the meteor show and view of the Milky Way. Thank you for sharing your special home with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It warms my heart that the things I find the most enjoyable were also appreciated by your family! Thank you for your patronage! Pat
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Wonderful Weekend Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Weekend getaway to Door County for 4 overstressed Moms! We left after the long weekend feeling relaxed and ready to tackle the world once more! Private, secluded and unique property, but yet close to shopping and restaurants, best of both worlds! Plenty of space and a large kitchen for preparing meals on the property. Wonderful screened in porch with rocking patio chairs, perfect for evening conversation and drinking morning coffee in a peaceful view of the beautiful grounds. Unique and beautiful décor provided wonderful conversation pieces for us throughout the weekend. We all loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I work very hard to make my place relaxing and rejuvenating. So pleased to hear you all enjoyed the ambience! Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review; you have more credibility than me beating my own drum!!! :) Pat Whyte
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Great place to gather

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights here in July, 2017. Lovely accommodations, gracious hostess and quiet seclusion in the midst of busy Door County. Monarch butterflys and milkweeds were an unexpected pleasure.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for appreciating the Monarchs! I try to keep the landscaping mostly natural to help the dwindling population of Monarchs! Thank you for your patronage! Pat Whyte
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Frequent Art Fairs, Many Artists in Vicinity, great biking, close to The Clearing, within walking distance to an adorable old fashioned but fully stocked Pioneer Store - anything you forgot to bring they will have. This home is bikable to a wonderful park on Lake Michigan, also close to Rowley Bay and great for those of you who want to kayak/canoe the Mink River!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Sorry, no pets allowed. Strict no smoking policy.
Special rates will apply to parties staying weekly or monthly. Call for special rates - i.e. seniors or disabled: 608-513-2200.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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