About the property
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House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, (sleeps 6) open living dining area with east view.
Wonderful, relaxing, peaceful getaway. Beautiful views and water but no beach this year, 2018.
Discount this season for 1-2 mature couples who do not mind the lack of beach this year. The Lake levels are so high this year that guests who want to enjoy the lake but not necessarily want to walk the beach are invited to stay at a reduced rate.
Closest property to the water's edge.
Tranquil. Stunning views
Your lovely home-away-from-home was fully renovated in 2008 and carefully maintained and updated since then. It features unobstructed, breathtaking views of Lake Michigan through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows.
The master bedroom awakens to the warmth of Eastern and Southern exposure, perfect for watching majestic sunrises over Lake Michigan while you snuggle in bed.
As you rise to greet the new day and gather in the comfort of the spacious living and dining area, sunlight dancing on the waves seems to draw you through the sliding glass doors out onto your deck, then into the lake.
The open plan living space truly inspires togetherness and creates lasting, happy memories for all to share.
(Note, reservations marked "Tentative" means that the dates may still be available. A signed paid for contract secures the dates and then they are marked "reserved.")
High speed wireless Internet and cable TV keep you in touch with the real world . . . if you really want to.
Wouldn't you rather . . .
Enjoy the sublime sunrise, the marvelous moon rise and the starlit skies from the peaceful tranquility of a your private deck . . .
Savor the flavor of your favorite meal as you dine under the stars . . .
Warm up the cool evenings around a crackling fire.
Drift off to sleep listening to the sound of waves crashing against the shoreline . . .
While you can enjoy the convenience of a having your own modern kitchen. If you want to leave the cooking to the pros, both fine and casual dining are available nearby in Sheboygan and Kohler and a good local restaurant 'Judi's' in town. Judi's is not open in the evenings so hurry in for breakfast and lunch.
Enjoy fun for the whole family at Blue Harbor indoor water park in Sheboygan.
A new 'WaveRider' was installed at the water park in 2014 which offers additional exciting thrills.
Golf at the famous Kohler Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run. Also near are The Bull, The Bog, and many more!
Pamper yourself at the luxurious Kohler Waters Spa with treatments available for both men and women.
Upscale shopping, antiquing, bike trails, Lake Michigan fishing charters and Road America are all within easy 15-20 minute drives.
Nearby Cedarburg also has first class dining and shopping.
Fall is a wonderful time to stay and enjoy the change of seasons.
Winter is stunning with the dramatic beauty of the lake, sparkling ice and snow.
Fall always brings a stunning collage of foliage color to the area and hiking our three beautiful state parks are a lovely way to take it all in. Kohler-Andre, Harrington Beach, and Kettle Moraine State Parks are all conveniently located. Fall is a wonderful time to stay and enjoy the change of seasons.
Winter is stunning with the dramatic beauty of the lake, sparkling ice and snow.
In the winter, you can hike, cross-country ski or mountain bike along the Lake Michigan shoreline. A snowboard park is close by for additional snow fun.
The home has 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6) and two full bathrooms (showers only). It features a rustic knotty pine interior, ceramic tile floors and ceiling fans throughout.
The master bedroom faces the lake and has a king bed and flat screen TV. The second bedroom, with a queen bed, is located on the North side and has a nice view of the lake through the trees. The third bedroom has two twin beds and a view of the backyard and woods.
A sought after location for writing the novel that has been percolating. Authors have found it inspiring.
As a one level ranch house with are few stairs, the home is accessible to folks who do not walk well, but there are 8 stairs as you walk up to the house from the driveway.
Some interested renters wonder why the rates may seem expensive. Part of the cost of the lake front homes is the real estate taxes. the taxes are used to maintain the lovely Village of Oostburg and the schools. The average cost for annual real estate taxes can approach $15,000 per year depending on the location. Attentive upgrades and thorough cleaning increases operating costs, but permits the nicest furnishings available.
Continuous improvements made since the renovation have only enhanced its appeal as a cozy retreat in any weather in any season. The bedding, linens and furniture have been replaced so they are fresh and new. First time visitors to the area are impressed.
One of the more subtle distinguishing desirable features of this home is that it is located on a tranquil lane. This becomes important for those seeking relaxation. Other Lake front properties are located on smaller narrow lots, have numerous visitors as the ownership may be split between hosts of relatives and guests. Some Lake front houses will have 20 people visiting on a holiday weekend. If you are not familiar with the area it can be disruptive if you select the wrong property that is not suited to your needs.
This home offers the best accommodations for serenity, tranquility and quality time with guests. It may be the closest home to the water's edge, providing easy access for enjoying the lake with family and friends.
Some homes for rent have quite a walk to the water's edge from which also has advantages but can be problematic if watching children or dining near the water.
Many guests return every year so don't wait 'til it's too late.
Come visit the Best Beach House now, eh!
The home is cozy in the winter. It makes an ideal location for writing or artists. Inspiring without distractions.
NEW FOR 2017 The beach is down to 1-2 feet of space and varies.
It is difficult to predict the Lake level each year. The water level is higher than normal and has decreased the beach size. I hope it will return to normal for the season but have no control over nature's whims. The Army Corps of Engineers tracks and predicts the Lake Michigan level. Their website suggests that the beach will return to its wide expanse for sometime in the future Some articles suggest the lake level has increase as much as three feet from where it was last year.
In the meantime, if you can bring a kayak or paddle board it will enhance your stay. I am unable to provide these items due to insurance restrictions.
KEYWORDS: Best Beach House, Sun, Sand, Lakefront, Oostburg. Romantic, Girls getaway, weekend Retreat, Family, Friends, corporate rentals, Reunion, Birthday, Anniversary, Private Beach, Writer's Retreat
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About Megan Chadwick
I grew up in different parts of Michigan and Illinois so the connection to the small farming town of Oostburg is special for me. It affords a much-needed respite from the stress of everyday. Life can be hectic and I am certain to feel relaxed as soon as I pull into the tree-lined drive. I enjoy the peaceful comfort of this cozy house with its ever changing, yet always extraordinary views. The charming little neighborhood, delightful Dutch community and consistently bring a smile to my face. I enjoy driving the local country roads and seeing horses, cows, green fields, harvesting of crops. Reading my latest book with my toes digging in the warm sand. Yet I can also be content whiling away the hours enjoying the antics of different bird species -seagulls busy themselves feeding in the shallow ripples, Cardinals flit from tree to tree or Canadian honkers, majestic as they fly in tight formation along paths closely adhering to the shoreline, loons and even wild turkeys are visible to the observant. There is something so calming and soothing about the movement of the waves. Some days glittering and melodic, other days crashing similar to the intensity of the ocean. I have visited many locations around the US and still find this my favorite retreat in all seasons. I find it difficult to leave. The peace and serenity I experience here helps me face the challenges of life.
Megan Chadwick purchased this House in 2007
Why Megan Chadwick chose Sheboygan County
The home provides my family and friends a chance to “get away from it all,” spend time indoors or out and create happy memories. I like the quiet, the woods, the beach, the outdoors. It brings tranquility and calm to my life. The air is cleaner. The raw beauty in all seasons, captivating. The attraction of being almost in Lake Michigan makes this home truly special. Proximity to the Lake is the best of any property on Cardinal Lane. The waves can be alternately soothing or exhilarating, rivaling those of the widest, deepest oceans, changing in intensity and appearance as often as the wind. Neighboring wildlife come to bathe and sip the cool water. One of the unexpected joys is walking down our quaint little lane. The dirt road is gorgeous in any season, shaded by a variety of tall trees, walled by a bed of green ferns and backed by a dense thicket of swampy woods that only enhance the feeling of being far away from the urban jungle. My children and I treasure memories of days playing in the sand and evenings watching the stars in around our campfire. Winter and fall bring a wild beauty that I still enjoy after 25 years of living on Cardinal Ln. The close-knit Cardinal Ln. community is peaceful, lightly populated with lovely neighbors. The home is nature at its best, secluded yet surrounded by peace, comfort and safety. The location is close to many and varied diversions and unbeatable for ease of access. Only one mile to route 43 - highway travel from most locations. Only 2.5 hours from downtown Chicago 45 min. north of Milwaukee. I enjoy the luxuries of Kohler nearby. The Baker furniture outlet has a wonderful selection of furniture at a significant discount. The food and environment at the American Club offers fine dining and fun for afternoon tea in the atrium. I like the town of Oostburg for its simplicity and ease of access to any necessities.
What makes this House unique
Best Beach House has easy access by car and no hassles with lines at check-in or waiting for elevators when all you want is to drop everything and relax. Unique to this part of Lake Michigan, the beach under the water is covered in blond, finely grained sand. The lake water temperature and quality vary, but at times the it’s crystal clear and sparkles like diamonds in the sun over the smooth soft sandy bottom. The home provides both family togetherness and “alone time,” depending on your mood. Beach combing on sunny days, stargazing on clear nights, warming your weary bones around a crackling fire . . . Entertaining is easy, with snacks and drinks from the kitchen so conveniently accessible to the deck and beach. Bring a DVD along or select from our collection of family board games if the weather turns cloudy. Oostburg has all the basic amenities, but sorry, no stoplights. Like much of small town America, it closes up early and Sunday. The charming Judi’s Diner for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the most delicious Oostburg Bakery, pizza, small supermarket, gas station, library and laundromat are all conveniently located in downtown Oostburg. Familiar big box stores (Costco, Target, etc.) are short drives if you are so inclined. Shopping is less painful in Wisconsin with the 5% Sales tax! For an abrupt transition from the laid back beach life to high end luxury, visit the American Club in Kohler. Pamper yourself with a treatment at their $7 Million Waters Spa, hit the links on one of their championship golf courses, enjoy a superb meal at one of their many excellent fine dining restaurants or browse their exclusive WoodLake Shops for unique treasures. Check with the American Club for Spa or golf packages and availability and review their calendar of special events. They offer entertainment usually every weekend that can be joined with a bit of advance planning.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great House and Perfect Lake Michigan Getaway
I cannot say enough about this house on Lake Michigan. The house has a very cozy feel and really exemplifies luxury living. The view of the lake has to be one of the best views on Lake Michigan. The interior of the house is spotless. This is a great place to stay, no matter the season. Thanks so much to our wonderful host, Megan - very responsive, thoughtful, and kind.
Amazing property. The neighbors were very friendly and the view is spectacular.
Everything we needed was there, all the little things you forget Megan had covered. Falling asleep to the waves crashing on sore was amazing.
Thank you! I strive to make the stay as enjoyable as possible and want every guest to enjoy the beauty of the Lake with all amenities included. Your group was wonderful and I welcome your return visit!
NO BEACH "beach house" & Dishonest Owner
DO NOT RENT FROM THIS LYING, DECEITFUL PERSON. This was the worst experience I have ever had renting a home. I spoke with the owner a few weeks before the trip, asking her how close the beach was to the house. She said, "Oh it's right there, just a few steps down." Well imagine my surprise when we arrive and there was NO BEACH. The water went right up to the steps. No place to lay down towels, play in the sand for my son, NOTHING. Her excuse was "the beach changes week to week" - which her neighbors confirmed as a LIE; there hadn't been a beach there all summer.
Two houses down, you can get to the beach. But to do that, you have to wade through water or walk through the neighbor's property, which she asked us specifically NOT to do. The name of this place, "Best Beach House," is a COMPLETE LIE.
The owner then had the nerve to withhold half our security deposit for things that were very petty. When I asked her to send me pictures of the supposed "mess" we left behind, she refused. So she charged us $250 for a "messy stove," leaving a dirty diaper in the trash, forgetting to close the blinds, and doing "too much laundry." HUH? After the huge lie she told us, she should be offering us some money back, not STEALING ours. STAY AWAY!!!!
This renter tried to extort money from me to avoid posting this review. VRBO reviewed her complaints, and reviewed my extensive documentation and found no validity to her claims.
Their complaint, no beach. The guests 7 days later had sufficient beach to walk on and use. It clearly states in all information that the beach level is extremely high and it varies. For the past 20 years we have had a nice beach that has diminished this year as Lake Michigan is at a 30 year high.
I have been renting my home for ten years and never before have had such irresponsible renters. They caused significant damage in two nights time and left the home filthy.
I withheld only half of the rental deposit and would have kept it all if I knew the extent of the damage they caused. (detailed later.)
There were no complaints until I withheld half of the security deposit.
The renters did not read the contract or information and instructions provided about the house.
They broke the sliding screen door requiring replacement.
They must have allowed the kids to play with the brand new commercial Maytag washer electronic control panel as after they left it required extensive service calls to allow it to work again. The "kids" may have reprogrammed it to shut down and delay start.
The septic alarm went off to notify them for the need to empty the tank. They ignored this and told no one. The septic tank overflowed and caused headaches for me and my septic service. This had never happened before.
They broke the expensive sliding glass door blinds and left them in pieces. They left 7 loads of laundry, crammed 10 people in a house intended for 6 max.
They failed to remove their garbage, including smelly dirty diapers.
They left the house unlocked, blinds and windows open and did not tell anyone. My cleaning staff had to return over a 3 day period to clean the home to standards. My cleaning costs were doubled. The oven was crusted with food, and some item containing red dye was spilled and left on the refrigerator and surrounding area requiring extensive cleaning efforts.
The guests called the day of check in with no idea of the time to arrive or depart and did not have the address of the home which is stated on each page of the contract they signed. One person contacted me to rent and another one signed the contract and checks without authorization.
I needed to make 2 trips from out of state to correct the problems and am still not finished yet.
Awesome Beach House!
Family of six stayed here over Memorial Day weekend (4 young kids). We really loved this house and the beach. The house had everything you'd need for a stay and beautiful views from the outside and inside. The house was clean and the gift basket with S'mores was a nice touch. Thanks for everything, we'll be back.
What a great vacation spot! Heavenly!
As a person born in this area and now a resident of Florida, I look forward to coming home to WI. This year was by far the best WI vacation! Being on the lake, the sun rises, having room for family to visit was the best. This really is the best beach house, as we have stayed in a few the past years. We look forward to returning next year!
Perfect Family Vacation Spot!
Absolutely perfect spot for a family to enjoy! The home was exceptionally clean, well appointed and you simply cannot beat the location - perfect! This cottage is right on the water!!!! Out family loved exploring all that Sheboygan had to offer and this cottage provided the perfect location as a base camp for us. Camp fires right out front of the cottage on the beach was incredible - all wood was provided! Our kids loved walking up and down the sandy beach - hours of fun. We will be back!
Located in Eastern Wisconsin, in the rural Village of Oostburg is an oasis of calm, tranquility and peace. Your beachfront home rental has 3 bedrooms 2 bath with showers only, the most lovely quick and closest access to lake Michigan steps from your door and deck and the Best sand available.
The main attraction is being outside and enjoying nature. The Lake is cold, but beautiful and ever changing in color, waves and clarity. Walking along the beach miles to the north and south is a great way to spend family time throwing sticks and playing in the waves, running through the water, chasing the seagulls, feeling the sand and the breeze.
A crackling fire at night completes the day with star-gazing opportunities and marshmallow roasting. Go to sleep with the sound of the waves.
Your day begins with sunrise over your deck and coffee or tea and precious moments of quiet.
Nearby attractions are best described by the websites for them:Kohler-Andre state park, The American Club of Kohler, the Kohler Design Center and shops at Woodlake market, world famous golf courses; Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits, host at times to the PGA. (15 miles and 20 minutes)
Elkhart Lake is a short drive to world class auto racing, fine dining and quaint shops.
To the South is Milwaukee with its Summer Music Festival, Zoo and Lakefront activities.
To the west is Kettle-Moraine state park with hiking trails, cross country skiing and biking.
Cedarburg is a destination for many guests in and of itself. It has a large indoor ice area, cute shops and a wide selection of delicious food. There is a glass blowing shop in Cedarburg, with 4 working kilns. Inquire further directly with them. There are several weaving and specialty craft stores.
Factory tours may be available for the Kohler factory where its world famous bathroom products and fixtures are manufactured.
Folks who enjoy fine meats and grilling will appreciate the quality and selection of options at Meisfields Market. (fourth exit north of the four Sheboygan exits.)
Finer dining is available in Sheboygan and in the Kohler resort. Whistling straits may have dining opportunities depending on the season and guests.
There is a Private horse arena for indoor lessons if you make special arrangements with me first and the owners. (White Rose Farm, 2 miles away.)
The town of Oostburg itself is a picturesque, well maintained village of Dutch ancestry. Farms and farming activities circle the rental home and cows are nearby.
Infrequently, at sunset a parade of ultralights meanders along the shore with the gentle hum of engines and the brilliantly colored sails.
Wildlife includes deer, hawks, herons, seagulls, mallards, Canadian Honkers, Loons, hummingbirds, chipmunks, wild turkeys, and all supporting ecosystem inhabitants. Along with birds comes insects. There are the usual inhabitants in a wilderness setting.
The winter brings a pristine coat of snow to the area and provides its own opportunity for outdoor fun. Biking with winterized mountain bikes along the lake shore is a favorite activity as well as cross country skiing. Sun Burst ski area is 40 minutes away. (My kids tell me a great snow board and tubing park.)
Boating does occur but is more suited to a canoe or Kayak when the water is calm. Power boats are not suited for mooring along the shore and should be kept at the Port in Sheboygan or Port Washington.
Now the unpleasant features that may annoy some guests: limited water use is encouraged as the 2,000 septic holding tank must pump out each drop of water that enters it from the household use. the pumping process will not disrupt your stay but can be annoying. There are bugs that live in the woods and come to visit the beach. We have mosquitoes, nats, flies, ladybugs, spiders and beautiful Dragon Flies. Last I checked we did not have a Lyme disease issue and those bothersome critters (ticks) were located primarily to the West. There are times of the year when the waves are huge and days when the water is completely calm. The Lake conditions are unpredictable and can change hourly. The water is often crystal clear. Sometimes algae grows along the shore in large amounts. There is no mud bottom to the lake. It has a soft sandy bottom and is generally shallow with rolling sand bars, and free of stones or rocks but check.
Temperatures change drastically and quickly. A variety of clothes should come with guests. The Lake is generally COLD. Wet suits help, and often it will warm up in the months of August and September.
In the early spring a wave of Ocean fish will migrate and die unpleasantly along the shore. They are annoying as they smell. The raccoons are fans but that may be all. They are quite pretty silver fish and children have been known to enjoy chasing them immensely. There may be poison oak and ivy. There are cloudy days and rainy days. I can not begin to cover all the information I have gained in my 20 years in the area but will be happy to address your specific questions.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
I am so glad you would like to be my guests.If the number of guests is small and I have flexibility I will consider a reduced rate for 2 to 4 adults. New renters: Pets not permitted. Ck-in is 5 PM; guests are required to Ck-out by 10 AM. Please plan accordingly. Late check outs only with prior written permission. I return deposits promptly once no damage is ascertained by me and my staff. Recycling is required. Garbage and recycling must be placed at the end of the long driveway on Thursday night. Pick up is early Friday. I request my lovely neighbors not be disturbed. If they are, then you will not be invited to return. The lake level is unpredictable, as is the weather. If there is something special about your visit please let me know and I will make every effort to accommodate your request. I include everything in the listed price. I try not to charge additionally for insurance, supplies cleaning fees, taxes so you have one rental price to consider. I attempt to keep all aspects of the property in pristine condition and check on the home frequently to update and maintain the property in the best possible condition.