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Beautiful Cottage in Northern Door on the Shore of Green Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 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 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

More Details

Mike and Georgiana Schwandt
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Mike and Georgiana Schwandt

The Georgi and Mike Schwandt on their beach 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 Door County

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • 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
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
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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(8 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Cottage in Northern Door on the Shore of Green Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

The view is worth every penny!

  • 5 of 5

This past weekend was our first in the Schwandt cottage, but certainly not our last. We enjoyed every amenity necessary to make our stay comfortable, but the view over Hedgehog Harbor, made all the more enjoyable by an abundance of outdoor furniture, was priceless. We wish Mike and Georgi every success in securing as many patrons as possible, but that, of course, is a mixed bag for us who must vie for the privilege of future stays.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. We welcome you anytime that you are able to return. Our calendar is updated upon receiving a deposit. Wishing you the best....
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A view to die for!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely cottage in our favorite place to vacation! We had all the amenities necessary yet enjoyed the quaint ambiance that provided just the right touch of "roughing it." The abundant outdoor furniture--including a hammock!--made the matchless waterfront view comfortable and inviting as we all filled our phones with photos. We look forward to many more stays.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oh, it's so wonderful to be back at Schwandt Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Oh, it's so wonderful to be back at Schwandt of my favorite places on earth! The cottage is adorable and clean with wonderful views of the water and sunsets that are unrivaled. This year there are 8 Pelicans floating in the bay. This is the place to come for peace, relaxation and rejuvenation. This is my yearly "fix" of re-centering that I look forward to all year. Thank you so much Mike and Georgi for sharing your slice of Heaven!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

Could't have asked for anything better!

  • 5 of 5

What a gem! The house was just as beautiful as it was in the pictures- if not better! The owners are so kind and super responsive. We stayed here for a girls memorial day weekend in 2014 and had the best time! It was the perfect place to unwind, relax and have a few laughs with your friends. We took a trip to Washington island as the ferry is so close to house! We also had a great dinner at the Shoreline. The house is just a short drive to all the other sites of Door County but it was so nice to come back to the house -felt like our little retreat! I would love to return one day, I miss those sunsets!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words about our cottage in Gills Rock! We would welcome you back at anytime. We are actually going to stay there ourselves in the near future....and we can't wait!
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Geneva, IL

Cozy cottage, breathtaking sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

Love this place. The cozy cottage greeted us with fresh flowers, pumpkins, and a huge jar of peanut M&Ms. Proximity to the water and the sunsets are unmatched. Great deck for eating breakfast or playing a game of BananaGrams. And, despite the "remote" location at the tip of Gills Rock, it's walking distance to the Shoreline Restaurant, where we had the best dinner of the week. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, Wisconsin

Beautiful view, right on the water!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights in this clean, comfortable cottage. The pictures and description are completely accurate. The owners are incredibly helpful and send a packet of information including nearby activities and restaurants prior to your arrival. The view is spectacular so you are enjoying the water, the birds, the trees, and nature in general even inside of the cottage. We also particularly enjoyed the firepit and the indoor fireplace. The location is steps away from the passenger/bike ferry to Washington Island where we enjoyed biking and riding Icelandic horses, which are hypoallergenic! Charlie's Smokehouse is steps away as well offering, among other things, an incredible salmon/whitefish dip. We loved the hustle and bustle as we explored Door County during the day. We also loved coming back to our beautiful cottage in the evening to enjoy our peaceful surroundings. We hope to make this a yearly getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • 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

Ellison Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
July & August
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%

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