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Classic Secluded Waterfront Cottage, Fish Creek: 2017 Reservations Open!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Fish Creek Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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

[OWNER'S NOTE: One-third of our 2017 dates are already taken, so act early for the best choice. Contact us for details. Ask about our everyday discount.

May and early June dates can be wonderful. On our shore and throughout the county, migrating warblers and waterfowl abound. Wildflowers appear in our gardens, in Peninsula Park & the Ridges, and along our road. Nearly all businesses (except the on-water ones) will be open around May 1, so you will have first dibs on new stock in our many unique small businesses. No crowds either! ]

WATERFRONT Ann's Cottage you will be just over a mile from downtown Fish Creek, at the bustling center of the resort area (#1 Midwest getaway according to Midwest Living Magazine), as you unwind happily in your quiet, secluded, and well-appointed private waterfront cottage.

For swimming, fishing, stargazing and sunsets that can take your breath away, you will have a new beachfront deck and seasonal swimming pier with a long stretch of private waterfront. The shore front cottage, with its screened porch set back just 30 feet from the water, is not visible from the street. The only traffic that you're likely to hear is boat traffic, and the waves will lull you peacefully to sleep.

PEOPLE JUST LOVE...the screened-in porch overlooking the water. There is a multipurpose table, four chairs and two wicker armchairs and a settee. Some guests tell us that they have never eaten a meal in the kitchen because it is so very pleasant dining outside. Fans of alfresco dining can enjoy a deck in the yard with another table and chairs and a grand water view, yet convenient to the kitchen.

INSIDE...the living room has a classic stone fireplace, and seasoned firewood is provided for you, along with satellite TV, Netflix, books, games, DVDs and a stereo with an MP3 docking station. You will find the kitchen to be very nicely equipped, and its eating area also offers a great view of the water.

There are two bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed, the other with twins. The bathroom has a tub/shower and new Martha Stewart vanity. Mattresses and appliances are all recent. We have recently added air conditioning. If you spot a cleaning problem when you arrive, we have an agreement with our cleaners that they will return to correct it.

EVERYTHING YOU MIGHT NEED… An on-site caretaker (at the property entrance) is available gratis to help with any house-related problems and doesn’t mind answering a quick question about area attractions.

The owners provide information for arranging tickets and boat and bike rentals ahead, detailed instructions for “operating” the cottage, along with guidebooks and their suggestions for exploring the county. Even a needle and thread!

THE quiet, beautiful, and special. Ann's Cottage, with a private 150 foot shoreline unique for a small rental, is situated on one of the early 20th century estates in a Fish Creek waterfront summer colony dubbed "millionaires' row.” It is well separated and screened from 2 other houses on the property (the caretaker's cottage and owner's large home are each hundreds of well-screened feet away) and has its own private waterfront and ample yard and garden.

On the way to Main Street, the trees meet over the woods-and-wildflower-lined road, offering a splendid route for a walk or short bike ride. Be on the watch for spring wildflowers, wild turkeys, deer, pileated woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and other wildlife.

Your destination, quaint Fish Creek, has arguably the best amenities in Northern Door: a picturesque village and harbor, a grocery, unique shops, many restaurants at all price points, gourmet carryout pizza, Peninsula State Park, live theater, art galleries and art school classes, a friendly bar/grill, a coffee shop, a bank, hair salon, a library and bookstore among them. And TWO ice cream shops, a candy emporium and children's toy shop. Several golf courses are minutes away.

SO MANY PLEASANT WAYS TO PASS THE TIME...relish a leisurely cup of coffee on your porch listening to our cardinals sing while you breeze through a sudoku or crossword. Settle in an Adirondack chair overlooking the water, breathe in the natural cedar aromatherapy, and read a book or catch a glorious nap on the hammock in the sun or shade.

Hang out by the water and see pelicans (yes!) and gulls soaring over the waves. Enjoy a glass of wine and a spectacular sunset over the water. And at the end of a magical day the stars put on a show for free, maybe even Northern lights, without city lights to dim the dazzling display. It will be so relaxing.


For less than many local hotel or resort rooms in season, you have both indoor & outdoor space, many amenities, and an incomparable and private waterfront setting. You can save even more by having some meals or carryout at home.

OUR GUESTS WEIGH IN…Be sure to skim the many “Traveler Reviews” at the end of our VRBO listing.

Many of our guests have pronounced the cottage, the waterfront setting, and the neighborhood to be quite simply enchanting. They value the privacy here, as well as the convenience of being so centrally located in Door County. There are a number of guests who have vacationed here regularly for 20 years. Once you stay here, you will understand why!

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, house, shore, Green Bay, on the water, lakefront, shore, beach

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Ann Clark
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 14, 2016
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About Ann Clark

My husband has happily summered here in Fish Creek from his birth to his old age, with many entertaining stories of past adventures. I married into this and my only previous claim to fame was biking from Green Bay to Gill's Rock with my Girl Scout troop, sleeping on tick-filled straw (early youth hostels) and drinking in the scenic beauty when I wasn't struggling up hills on my old fat-tired, single gear bike. It was love of the scenic Door at first sight, although maybe not so much the bike!

Ann Clark purchased this cottage in 1927

Why Ann Clark chose Door County

Our family was the first of the 'summer people' in 1897 when our grandfather bought most of the logged land on the Gibraltar bluff and to the west along the shore. They built the first Fish Creek summer estate (burned down when Curly Lambeau later owned it) next to the Carpenter Gothic Church of the Atonement. With our father's generation, a new house was built in 1927 to the south and it has been in the family ever since.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Well, everyone still loves the water and its viewing, and the many ten-year olds who wrote for their families ignored the cottage charms to urge us all to "swim a lot!" (I've modestly shaved the number of exclamation marks.)Besotted as we owners are with this special spot, we wonder whether prospective guests want to read another ten times that our guests really do love the cottage. A poem, long list of cot- age charms and Christmas letter are too long. So a small sample follows. Reserve the cottage for the full story!
Jan 2008
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Classic Secluded Waterfront Cottage, Fish Creek: 2017 Reservations Open!
average rating of 4.96875 based on 42 reviews

Charming cottage with amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed a 2-night stay at Ann's Cottage in Fish Creek, WI, and we were highly satisfied. This was our first trip to Door County. I can't speak highly enough of the owners, especially Ann, who communicated with us in a timely and professional manner. The Clarks have thought of every possible situation and/or need for your stay at their cottage (the "Little House"), which is privately situated right on the water. It is a treat even finding this gem, tucked down and off of beautiful Cottage Row. We loved the view and took advantage of the cozy fireplace (and abundant supply of dry wood) when we weren't exploring Fish Creek, Peninsula State Park, and the fantastic restaurants close by! Our bedroom was comfortable and cozy and although we could have cooked in, we had most of our meals out. Beautiful piece of 'heaven' and grateful to have spent 2 nights at Ann's Cottage.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Ann's Cottage for 3-nights. Very quaint and cozy cottage (also, very clean). The sunsets were spectacular. The views of Green Bay were breathtaking. The owners were very hospitable. We were in close driving distance to downtown Fish Creek, truly an ideal location. There was lots to do and see in Door County (shopping, sightseeing, wonderful restaurants, hiking, driving through the State Park) We hope to return next year and we highly recommend this cottage as a place to stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Green Bay, WI

Dream Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I always try to find a three or four day weekend to get away in fall and were very intrigued by Ann's Cottage. Wow, what a find! The site is breathtaking! The cottage itself is beautiful, comfortable, well equipped, and ideally located where it is both private and quiet and yet only a mile walk or bike ride into Fish Creek. Ann, one of the owners, greeted us and we knew right away in talking with her that we were going to enjoy our stay.There are not enough days to fit in all that you want to do here. When not riding our bikes at Peninsula State Park we would come back to the cottage and have a fire going in the fireplace almost nonstop while reading or cooking - just pure relaxation. The breeze would come through the screened in porch while we cooked and enjoyed our meal. We actually ended up cooking more and eating out less than we intended to do because we were content to just be where we were. We expected to catch a movie but never even turned on the tv - instead we brought an iPod and listened to music while enjoying the fire. Both inside and out, you can see how much work and thought has been put into the cottage by Ann and her husband. The furniture and the beds are very comfortable. The bathroom is beautiful and very large. The kitchen has everything you need. The views are amazing. We plan on coming back every fall and would highly recommend .

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly the best of past and present.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have just returned from a 3-night stay at Ann's Cottage near Fish Creek (and so much else). Here are a few reasons we can hardly wait to return:

It's very well situated for exploring the area ... or to simply enjoy the immediate environs. And includes all the conveniences and comforts one could wish for ... plus fresh breezes and spectacular sunsets!

The cottage was light-filled and quite roomy – especially with the screened-in porch (where the wi-fi worked perfectly for a video session with my boss – an option that was helpful since I wasn't at liberty to completely "disconnect"). It's cozy and relaxing – rain or shine.

The super-comfy queen mattress, air conditioning + ceiling fans made for restful nights, while the impressively outfitted kitchen (which even included a coffee grinder for super-fresh coffee and a blender for smoothies + a dishwasher!) made food prep and clean-up a breeze.

The owners seem to have thought of everything – there's even a hammock, a gas grill beyond the kitchen door and terrifically varied collection of books and DVDs. Information on how everything works + places to eat and explore are thoughtfully provided and well organized.

Had we stayed longer (next time!) we would likely have used the satellite TV more – or taken advantage of access to Netflix, but instead, we broke out the (furnished) Scrabble board.

We highly recommend Ann's Cottage and look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 16 year old son and 8 year old daughter and I just returned from another amazing stay at Ann's cottage. This is our 4th stay and I really can't say enough good things about it. The bedrooms are cozy and well maintained, the Kitchen has everything you could ever need, the Living room is welcoming with a fire or without and the screen porch is just heaven. We spent every night on the screen porch playing board games with the kids and drinking wine and listening to the waves roll in off the lake after they went to bed.

The dock is amazing - we brought out kayaks and launched them right from the dock, relaxed in the hammock, rode bikes through Peninsula State Park and just generally got away from big city Chicago life. We love love love the house and Ann and Allen are amazing hosts.

Fish Creek is fantastic and just a short walk or bike ride from the cottage. I can't recommend a stay in Door County at cozy and relaxing Ann's cottage enough.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spring or Fall or In Between

  • 5 of 5

I've just returned from yet another stay at Ann's Cottage, this time during peak fall foliage week. I've stayed here 4 or 5 times over the years, both in the Spring and in the Fall, and I can't say which I enjoy better. The cottage feels like home to me now, and my "get away from it all" week always flies by with a mix of daytime exploring, shopping and finding new places to grab a bite. And there is always that cozy fireplace (with plenty of complimentary wood!) to warm my tootsies in the evenings before drifting off to the sound of the waves from the nearby shore. When I first started coming, I was afraid that I'd find many of the stores and galleries closed, since it was late May, but I was pleasantly surprised that virtually all of the area attractions were open. The same held true yet again last week, and I was able to enjoy everything that Fish Creek and the surrounding towns had to offer. There's nothing like waking up on a brisk morning and getting that first whiff of clean, pure air in the secluded forest surrounding the cottage. All I can say is "aaahhhhhh."

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Ephraim-Gibraltar (small plane);Green Bay Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.3 Miles
Fish Creek Main St. has several
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Orchards & several w/in 5 mis.
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy. 42
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
White Gull Inn
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Our place & sand beach in village
Car: recommended

Sunbathing, swimming and fishing at your front door, a variety of golf courses, nearby restaurants, fabulous art galleries, antique shops/malls, coffeehouses, many unique shops, several live summer theaters, boat rental, nature watching, farmers' markets, many festivals and concerts, and Peninsula State Park w/in two miles with biking and hiking paths, nature programs, 18 hole championship golf course, swimming beach with sailboat, canoe & kayak rentals, spas, Eagle Bluff lighthouse and much more!


Rates & Availability

Fish Creek Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Wildflowers
May 4 2017 - May 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
Warblers & Wildflowers
May 12 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 26 2017 - Jun 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Everything but Swimming!
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Swim Season
Jun 16 2017 - Aug 17 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 18 2017 - Sep 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer's End
Sep 11 2017 - Sep 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall Color Season
Sep 25 2017 - Oct 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Indian Summer
Oct 18 2017 - Oct 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Sheets and towels are not included; optional rent is $80 for any period up to a week, or toss your own in the car and save!
A $200 Security Deposit is refundable if terms are met.
Maximum occupancy is 4 people.
Periods with 3-night stays offer Sunday night at a weekend rate or week night rate depending on whether it is part of a weekend stay or week night stay.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

1/2 the rent is due to complete the reservation, 1/2 due approximately 1 month before arrival. Other terms may be negotiated from time to time if there are special circumstances. Optional linen rental and security deposit are paid with the final rent payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Fish Creek Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub/shower combination, Toto toilet, lots of towel racks, new faucets and Martha Stewart vanity, with a drawer for each guest. Ceiling vent fan.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) New mattress, Twin or Single Beds (1) Recently purchased mattresses, Child Bed (1) Railings to tuck under mattress of twin to make a child bed, (1) Pack 'N Play.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
INSIDE: Seasoned firewood furnished; unusually well-equipped kitchen with coffee maker, blender, toaster, garbage disposal; window fan, ceiling fans in living room, bedrooms, porch. Bedding, including patchwork quilts and a nice selection of cotton and warmer blankets are provided. We rent sheets and towels or bring sheets, bath (& beach in season) towels, bath mat, and kitchen towels, and dishcloths. OUTSIDE: Well-furnished screen porch, 2 decks with table and chairs, hammock and Adirondack chairs. ADDITIONAL NOTES: There is no smoking inside the cottage. We can only accommodate up to 4 people total and children of any age do count.

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