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A Waterfront Home for All-Seasons in Door County!

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Welcome! We know you'll love our waterfront home as you make memories with friends and family.

Kill Kare is a complete and modernized cottage, available for rentals throughout the year. While only two miles from the city limits of Sturgeon Bay, you'll feel secluded and refreshed here. The water is shallow, situated on an area of the bay called ''the flats''. It's known for great fishing, boating, and swimming. During some years, it's possible for an average height adult to walk over 300 yards into the bay before it is over his or her head. Additionally, there is a sand bar, often exposed, about 75 yards off shore, which is a great place to bring the children for a fun diversion. (During the Winter the bay freezes over entirely - perfect for skating, broomball, snowshoeing, or hiking.)

There are no inhabited dwellings on the lots adjacent to Kill Kare, so it truly is a secluded environment. Potawatomi State Park is just across the bay, so the view is unhampered.

There are no city lights to dim your nighttime view of the stars as you gather around the bonfire on the beach. The driveway is long and tree-lined, isolating you from Highway BB and any traffic noise.

''Kill Kare'' is the name that our grandfather, Louis H. Nebel, gave to this wonderful getaway on Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula. Maybe his love of Shakespeare prevailed, envisioning a place where all cares, worries would be killed. He was Door County's first electrical contractor, and though his residence was only two miles away in Sturgeon Bay, like any businessman, he valued his retreat place. The cottage has been our family gathering place ever since, a place where four generations now have forged their fondest memories.

Our grandfather originally purchased this property in November of 1922...for $750! He paid his mortgage off in two years. Then, in 1935 he secured a mortgage of $5,400 to construct the first phase of the building.

Over the years Kill Kare grew in a piecemeal fashion--adding a sun porch and a small upstairs loft. Then, in 1999, our mother, Helen Nebel, saw to it that the building would be expanded and renovated to serve future generations. When she died in 2002 her will specified that the cottage somehow stay in the family, with rentals allowed to provide for upkeep and taxes - but not as an income property, per se.

*Today Kill Kare is a modernized 4 plus bedroom home, secluded and situated on over 100 feet of private sand beach, available for year-round rentals. You'll gather a sense of our family's history here, and perhaps you'll start to gather a sense of your own. We just love this place, reserving enough family time each year to keep the sense of home and heritage alive. And though most of us no longer live in Door County, we make routine pilgrimages back home - to kill our cares. You'll see why.

More Details

Owner
Tom Nebel
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

Amenities

Sturgeon Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Loft - Loft/play area/5th bedroom for sleeping bags.
    Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Smaller first floor bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs, two queen beds - 2 queen
    Upstairs, bed and sofa sleeper - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen Size Beds (5) Baby Cribs (1) Queen sofa sleeper (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Two picnic tables, dock/pier (seasonal), phenomenal view, new pier, canoe, kayak, fire pit for bonfires, phone-activated thermostat for warm arrivals in winter. Very nice for swimming and family activities. Water is shallow and warm.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

A Waterfront Home for All-Seasons in Door County!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews
5

Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Serene, remote and peaceful.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Outstanding experience

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to know where to go for wintertime retreats, but I'll be back to this property again. It's cozy, the views are outstanding and everything is stocked for comfort. It truly works for all seasons.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, Missouri
4

Great location and property.

  • 4 of 5

Our family enjoyed our first visit to Sturgeon Bay. Kill Kare property is just how we pictured it. Homey, comfortable, just step out the door and you are on the sand beach and water. Gorgeous sunsets and huge firepit! Tom, the owner, is great to work with, responded quickly to my emails and allowed a late checkout, which we wound up not needing!! Our only complaints: the house was not as clean as we are use to with other VRBO rentals-the upstairs had a lot of cobwebs and spiders indicating it had not been cleaned in awhile, slightly dusty upstairs and down-blinds, windows, wooden chairs. The kitchen and bathrooms were clean. Towels were left in the washer that we dried, folded and put away. We were also surprised to find that we not only provided sheets and towels, we had to purchase ALL paper products-TP, paper towels, kleenex, and dishwasher soap! Overall nice stay, but in the future I will be more thorough in asking what is provided and what is not.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

This was our fourth year vacationing at the cottage and we love it.

  • 5 of 5

Our entire family, parents, adult children, and grandchildren, were at KillKare for a week the end of August. We have been going to the Sturgeon Bay area since 1979 and are so happy we found KillKare four years ago when the place we had stayed before was no longer available. KillKare always feels like home when we arrive, very clean, a big well stocked kitchen, plenty of space for everyone, beautiful beach and fire pit. Love the front room with a large window overlooking the bay, it is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee.

At the cottage, we enjoyed playing in the sand and water, fishing from the pier, kayaking, watching awesome sunsets over Potowatomi Park, evening fires with s'mores, bird watching right on the property (eagles, pelicans, kingfisher, a variety of warblers, catbirds, cardinals....)

For outings, we had a great breakfast at Kimz, downtown Sturgeon Bay; pizza at the Wild Tomato in Sister Bay was also a favorite of our group; after lunch we hung out at the Sister Bay beach/shoreline/park area--very nice too. Shopping downtown Sturgeon Bay shops is a fun way to spend an afternoon.

We would recommend KillKare and plan on coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Beautiful Property!!

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at Kill Kare. We had some issues at check in but a quick text to the owner and he did his best to resolve them. The location can't be beat!!!! Right on the bay, awesome pier, close to town. The location is so private and feels so secluded but yet you are a quick 5 minute drive to town. The fishing wasn't great but that didn't stop my Dad from spending every free minute fishing off that pier. We had amazing camp fires, swam a ton, we rented a pontoon from a place right down the bay and we were able to drive the pontoon right up to the pier at the house. We weren't sure about staying so far south in Door County but ended up LOVING the location. The downtown area in Sturgeon Bay was very nice and we loved the restaurants we visited. We went to all parts of the peninsula, including a day trip to Washington Island.

The only negative was that there is no AC and even with widows open and fans going it often was very hot inside. Luckily we spent most of our days outside or away from the house doing other activities.

For the price we paid, you CANNOT beat this rental.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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De Pere , WI
4

15 yr old cried all the way home.

  • 4 of 5

Clean, cozy, pretty, comfortable, and so much more. We had our first Family Vacation and it was perfect. The high heat and humidity didn't bother us inside or out. The cross ventilation and a few fans kept everyone comfortable and able to sleep. The kitchen was well supplied and easy to work in. We celebrated our 51st Wedding anniversary and a 15th birthday while there. Our group ranged in age from 15 to 78 years old. Our only complaint is that the wooden steps were slippery when wet and the stone steps were uneven. We had a GREAT TIME. We would recommend this listing to others. The Wild Tomato, White Gull Inn and Chocolate Chicken were all enjoyed . Some of the group enjoyed Fun Land and Miniature golf.

B & J.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Sturgeon Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Season 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Jul 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,600
 
 
Cancellation Celebration!
Jul 8 2017 - Jul 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
Peak Season 2 2017
Jul 16 2017 - Aug 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,600
 
 
Late Summer Season
Aug 22 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Fall Season
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
Special Fall 50
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
$475
 
 
Late Season (Fall)
Oct 24 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$375
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $40
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please check our website for excluded holidays.

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