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Beautiful Cottage on the Green Bay waterfront

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)



Schwandt Cottage, in beautiful Gills Rock, is the perfect place for rest, revunenation and relaxation. The cottage was once owned by one of the fishing families of Door County. It has been painstakingly restored to one of the quaintest, most delightful cottages in the area.

Gills Rock is in northern Door County, away from the hustle and bustle of some of the other towns in the County. It is significantly quieter, with less traffic. It is certainly possible to come to Schwandt Cottage and stay a week without is just hard to leave after you get there, regardless of the season.

The view is outstanding! From the living room, the deck, the kitchen, and the private beach, guests can watch the changing moods of Green Bay, local fisherman coming and going, the incredible sunset which always provides an outstanding skyscape at the end of the day, and an occasional glimpse of a freighter passing the Door.

Keywords: Cottage, Waterfront, Quaint, fully-furnished, private beach, firepit, fireplace, Internet, cable television, garden, decorated, garden, private, quiet, away from the crowds, beautifully decorated, private beach, swimming, sunset,

More Details

Mike and Georgiana Schwandt
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Mike and Georgiana Schwandt

Georgi and Mike Schwandt are pictured with their grandchildren near the garden at their cottage in Gills Rock. We love spending time at our cottage. We can't be there all of the, we are pleased to share it with you. Guests have been coming since 1999....the comments in our Guest Book reflect satisfied visitors.

Mike and Georgiana Schwandt purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Mike and Georgiana Schwandt chose Ellison Bay

We looked and looked for the perfect location to purchase our Door County vacation home. Finally, when we found our cottage in 1998, it seemed to be the perfect place to spend time with our family and friends. However, it needed lots of work because it was quite distressed. So we rolled up our sleeves...and began the overhaul! Gills Rock is peaceful...and beautiful. In 1999, our first guests came to visit and since we have many guests each year from all of the United States....some returning year-after-year. We hope that you will consider our cottage your for your next Door County vacation.

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage is on the end of the peninsula...a stone's throw to everything that you may want to do while visiting in Door County. The beauty of Gills Rock, however, is that it is much, much quieter than the other Door County villages....with all of the beauty and recreation at your fingertips!


Ellison Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1); The cottage is perfect for a couple, a girl friends get-away, or a family with children. If 5 adults are going to stay at the cottage, it would be rather tight.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Schwandt Cottage is located in the heart of Gills Rock, just two doors from the passenger ferry to Washington Island. The beach is Door County stone. Swimming is enjoyed by many visitors during the summer months. An outdoor fire pit is available for guests to use as they watch the most spectacular sunset in Door County. The porch with outside dining, the hammock, and the Adirondack chairs make Schwandt Cottage a destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. The garden, the personal interior touches, and the library of books regarding historical Door County help to make the Cottage a respite and your home-away-from-home.


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(16 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Cottage on the Green Bay waterfront
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Perfect cozy getaway

  • 5 of 5

Amazing views, with everything we needed for a weekend away. We were delighted to stay at Schwandt Cottage and hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at our cottage in Gills Rock. had the bonus of great leaf color! We welcome your return....
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Enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

Away from crowded parts of Door County. A quiet, restful cottage, only a few feet from the Lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. We are glad that you have found our cottage and have returned year-after-year. Hopefully, you created lasting memories that will carry you thru until you 2019 visit.
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Charming little cottage on the shore of Green Bay. Staya week in August, lovely weather. Picture

  • 5 of 5

Nicely decorated spaces. Full of charm. ceiling fans and breezes kept us cool. Tiny kitchen well equipped. We only made coffee because we like to try every restaurant in Door County. Loved sitting on deck in evening watching sun go down. This place is perfect for quiet relaxation which was our goal. We did build a fire in the stone firepit, to roast hotdogs and marshmellows one evening with our grandson, that was fun, he loved it.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for selecting our cottage for your Door County visit. We are glad that you had an enjoyable week and hope that you will consider Schwandt Cottage on a future trip to northern Door. We're hopeful that you created lasting memories and found time for relaxation.
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Love the place and the location.

  • 4 of 5

Welcoming and cozy, clean and well appointed, this cottage has perfect views both by sunlight and moonlight. Easy water access right in front, a large deck space with seating, and lawn chairs for relaxing by the water, too. The beds are comfortable, and lots of supplies in the kitchen. Enjoyed the fireplace on chilly nights, and the gardens were in full bloom, and well tended. Almost hated to park on the grass.. !

This home is a little gem. We stayed there the 3rd week in July, 2018.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful sunset views, great location on Gill's Rock!!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely Door County cottage located at the end of Gill's Rock, decorated in charming cottage décor and filled with everything you need including tips from the owners who know the area well! We enjoyed a glass of wine on the water's edge during sunsets, the ferry to Washington Island, dinner at The Shoreline, ice cream and smoked fish at Charlies Smokehouse and coffee at Gill's Rock Coffee (all walking distance from the cottage). Based on the owner's recommendation, we enjoyed Cherry Pie at Bea's Homemade down the road and other cherry treats from Seaquist Orchards . This cottage is the perfect get-away for anyone who wants to be on the water with an awesome view, easy access one of the top restaurants in Door County as well as a charming convenience store bakery and coffeeshop. The owners were quick to respond with recommendations and any questions. Thanks Georgi and Mike . . . .we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for selecting our cottage for your Door County excursion. Hopefully, you made lasting memories that will sustain you until your next visit to northern Door. Wishing you all the best...
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Outstanding spot, quiet and well equipped for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

Came up here in the mid November to get away from work and home. Just what the doctor ordered. Doesn't get much closer to water. View from the window is stunning and all it takes to hear the lake is crack the window open. The fire pit is literally on the water's edge - loved spending time there despite the snow and wind.

Will have to come back in summer, when I can take a full advantage of the deck.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Green Bay
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
The Shoreline
Nearest Ferry
0.2 Miles
The Island Clipper
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
The Shoreline
Nearest Beach
Private Beach
Car: necessary

Schwandt Cottage is located in a quaint village on the shore of Green Bay. If you are looking for a lovely cottage, this is the perfect place. Bring your own food and you will never have to leave. Peacefulness and beauty abound.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Please check our website,, for more photos, guest comments, and information.

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.

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