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Ranch-Style Cottage in Manawa on a Quiet Peninsula of the Millpond.

(32 Reviews)

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Last updated: 02/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

This private shoreline cottage from the 1960s is at the end of a quiet lane on the mill pond of the Little Wolf River about two miles from the center of Manawa in the rolling farmlands of Waupaca County.

There is fishing right off the private pier: northern pike, perch, bass, bluegills, crappies, pumpkin fish and the occasional brown trout. This area has great spots for the fish to hide in.

Two bedrooms with room in the closets and dressers for your belongings, an orthopedic memory-foam queen bed & a new queen, hardwood flooring, a comfortable living-room with leather couches, new HD-TV, games, playing cards, books and a fully-equipped kitchen with new appliances and a dining area will help to make you feel right at home.

Get away from the hustle and bustle for awhile. Bring your binoculars to watch the birds. Cardinals, king-fishers, woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees live here and so do sand-hill cranes, Canadian geese and squirrels. You can take the portable fire pit and the camping chairs into the yard, lounge in the hammocks (1 double, 1 single) or settle in at the campfire site close to the water on the collapsible lawn chairs. Pull the boat into the water and use the oars to get around or ask Jason for the trolling motor. Have fun and see some of the open countryside on the twin 3-speed cruiser bikes. Bring your snowmobile in winter and use the miles of trails in the area; access them right at the pond. Watch the sun rise over the lake across the expansive level yard from the house and porch through the old-stand trees.

I am lucky to have a great care-taker who lives next door and watches over the house through all the seasons. This makes the cottage available for use all year 'round. He is a great fisherman who can swear by this private part of the pond as a fisherman's hideaway spot both summer and winter.

Note! Senior discount (65 years of age or older) of $25 if more than two persons, or $50 for a single person or one couple!

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Keywords: Ranch-style cottage
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/18/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    There must be someone in the group who is at least 25 years of age....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children must be watched every minute when outside (open water). Life jackets are provided that children under 12 must use....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Outside with ash tray....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    A $50 damage fee will be charged for each pet. Certain rules to meet. Pet bed suggested. There is a leash rule when the pet is not being monitored....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Single-level house with a few low steps....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Front Bedroom : 1 queen

    memory foam mattress, closet and chest-of-drawers...moreless

  • Lake-side Bedroom: 1 queen

    chest-of-drawers, closet, and window air-conditioner...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2): 1 orthopedic memory-foam mattress, 1 new queen mattress, plus 1 double bed air-mattress. Normally the amount of occupants is limited to four because there is just one bathroom. A charge of $10 per night will be added for an extra person....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Newly renovated bathroom : toilet, shower


  • Newly renovated.

Other Amenities

  • bonfire pit in the yard, fire kettle, Weber grill


  • DVD Player:

    some DVDs for your use...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront: Manawa Millpond is a 180 acre lake... It has a maximum depth of 12 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing, public lands or parks ...or directly from the yard. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    The cottage is located at the end of a cul-de-sac approximately 1 mile out of town....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    no central, but window cooling unit in one bedroom and fans...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    The cable service is connected. It is not available during the winter season unless sufficient notice is given so that it can be re-connected....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    new - located in the laundry-room of the cottage....moreless

  • Garage:

    attached, one-car garage ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:


  • Linens Provided:

    extra blankets and lots of pillows available...moreless

  • Living Room:

    2 sofas, chair, coffee table, lamps...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    one car may be parked outside...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    for local calls; calling card necessary for long distance...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    please bring your own beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    new - located in the laundry-room of the cottage....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    ditto to access...moreless


  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    original kitchen, dishwasher, large fridge with water dispenser, overhead fan....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:



  • Bicycles:

    3-speed cruisers...moreless

  • Boat:

    aluminum with oars and trolling motor with two children's life jackets...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    outdoor table and chairs, lawn chairs...moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 32 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 6 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Cleaning $60 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 5.5%


The first payment is the security/booking deposit. The second payment is the total vacation rental fee.

Children must be monitored 24/7 because of the lack of fencing and the proximity to the pond. Renters are solely responsible for their use of the boat and their activities around the open water (the owner may not be held liable).

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 02/18/2017
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34 Miles
Nearest Airport
Outagamie Regional Airport, Appleton, WI
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Cowboys Bar, 313 S. Bridge St, Manawa
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Cedar Springs Golf Course, E7005 Cedar Springs Rd
16 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US Highway 10
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Smith's Manawa Steak House, 960 Depot Street
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
Little Wolf Park across the water by boat

Car: Necessary

Private ice fishing & river fishing nearby. Snowmobilers have access to trails from the pond.

There is shopping and antiquing nearby in Waupaca and New London.

Green Bay and Lake Michigan are about a one-hour drive: casino, football, zoo/nature reserve.

Swimming, fishing, etc: Bear Lake about 4 miles away south of Manawa and White Lake near Weyauwega about 12 miles south. Bigger lakes: Lake Poygan, Lake Butte des Morts, Lake Winnebago about 30 minutes, south of Appleton and by Osh Kosh.

Hartman Creek State Park about 18 miles west past Waupaca.

Mid-Western Rodeo Manawa and Iola Old Car Show in July.

EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh in August.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: A fifth-generation California resident who lost her heart to Switzerland would not normally have a cottage in rural Wisconsin, but this is special. I live in Chur, Switzerland, and see my family in California about once a year. I have visited Manawa quite a few times to see where my good friend grew up.

Why the Owner Chose Manawa, WI, USA:
When my friend showed me the area where she was raised, I was smitten with the beautiful farms, woodlands and lake areas...but especially with the quaint little ranch-style cottage I found there on the quiet man-made lake called Manawa Mill Pond. The 1-plus acre yard around the house with old-stand trees provides it with plenty of privacy and peacefulness, especially because of the 400-yard lake-shore access. There is no traffic because it is at the end of a country cul-de-sac lane.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This cottage gives vactioners a chance to spend time in an absolutely quiet place away from home. I recently had the opportunity to visit the cottage and loved the feeling of security and seclusion it gave me. Bird-watching, fishing, some swimming and barbecuing, but also reading and painting here are the highlights. I have enjoyed the Mid-Western Rodeo in Manawa in July and have seen some of the old cars that are shown at the Iola Car Show. Green Bay is worth a trip for many reasons. The Wisconsin Dells, too. I furnished the cottage in 2005 from some of the local stores but especially from the antique shops in New London and Waupaca. For antique lovers there is also the big Osh Kosh show. Manawa is a convenient distance from the Outagamie Airport in Appleton and not a bad drive from Chicago, where I can enjoy the Windy City before taking off to Switzerland or California.

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Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/18/2017

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  • Welcome to my cottage

    Welcome to my cottage

  • The living-room with a view across the yard & out to the pond

    The living-room with a view across the yard & out to the pond

  • Yellow bedroom. Plenty of space for your things.

    Yellow bedroom. Plenty of space for your things.

  • Totally renovated bathroom with shower.

    Totally renovated bathroom with shower.

  • The Manawa Mill Pond at capacity as seen from the shore in the Fall.

    The Manawa Mill Pond at capacity as seen from the shore in the Fall.

  • Fall view to the north

    Fall view to the north

  • The cottage as seen from the boat.

    The cottage as seen from the boat.

  • Cruiser bikes

    Cruiser bikes

  • Trophies at the Manawa Steak House

    Trophies at the Manawa Steak House

  • Jungle gym in the yard

    Jungle gym in the yard

  • Jayden's Catch on Saturday

    Jayden's Catch on Saturday

  • Central WI, two-bedroom cottage with garage and ample, shore-line yard.

    Central WI, two-bedroom cottage with garage and ample, shore-line yard.

  • The green queen bedroom

    The green queen bedroom

  • The quaint but well-equipped kitchen and dining-room w a new dishwasher & fridge

    The quaint but well-equipped kitchen and dining-room w a new dishwasher & fridge

  • Shore-line with boat house

    Shore-line with boat house

  • Elizabeth and bass

    Elizabeth and bass

  • Jay, Elizabeth and their northern pike, which was caught in the pond

    Jay, Elizabeth and their northern pike, which was caught in the pond

  • Amish buggy on the main road in Manawa

    Amish buggy on the main road in Manawa

  • Spring countryside west of Pond Street

    Spring countryside west of Pond Street

  • Come visit soon!

    Come visit soon!

  • Jayden's Catch on Sunday

    Jayden's Catch on Sunday

VRBO #213076

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Saturday, February 18, 2017

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