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Secluded Contemporary Waterfront Home - New Addition/ Interior

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

You won't want to leave. Come visit our wonderful vacation home in famous Door County Peninsula, Wisconsin. You are in for a treat. We have done some remodeling and have added a garage w/second floor master bedroom suite w/king bed, upstairs balcony, two fireplaces and air conditioning. The second master bedroom suite (queen bed) is on the first floor. The two-story, contemporary home is very open with lots of light and spectacular views of Lake Michigan and small islands. It has a wrap-around deck and easy access to the water.

The home is on a dead-end road leading into a 2700-acre, semi-wilderness, state park with hiking trails, sand beaches, and biking trails. The wildflowers on the peninsula alone are worth the trip. Close by is Europe Lake which can be reached on a foot path in five minutes.

Door County is an upscale vacation destination with superb restaurants and shopping. Scenic sites include the shores of Lake Michigan and Green Bay, numerous state parks, and wildlife areas. You can enjoy the hustle and bustle in the small picturesque villages with their art galleries, unique stores, and restaurants. Then you can retreat back to enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of our home.

Keywords: Vacation Home

More Details

Dr. Anna
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 4, 2017

About Dr. Anna

I am a retired psychologist. My late husband and I bought this home in 1987, after he moved with me to the country around Madison, giving up his dream of living on one of the Madison Lakes. I promised that we would eventually buy a place on a lake. Since he wanted to hear the sound of the waves I knew we had to find a place on Lake Michigan.

Dr. Anna purchased this house in 2000

Why Dr. Anna chose Door County

We had lots of fun looking for our home away from home for 5 years. Then we found what we were looking for. The home has a breathtaking view of the Lake. It was in the quieter part of Door County, next to the unofficial entrance of beautiful Newport State Park. We remodeled and added on to the house about 7 years ago and just loved what our favorite architect did. He transformed the already contemporary home into a stunning place. Many thanks to Dave Valentin, architect in Sturgeon Bay

What makes this house unique

The house is contemporary , it has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Altogether it has 4 queen size beds, 1 standard and 1 king. The new master bedroom and bathroom are absolutely stunning. The two upstairs guest bedrooms are huge. It is very comfortable, the kitchen is well stocked, since I love to cook. We are planning a flower garden in the spring.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed a fun and relaxing week at your beautiful home. We couldn't have chosen a more perfect location! We wode every morning to the calming sound of the waves lapping at the shore, and fell asleep everynight to the same. This is our third visit to your home. We feel truly blessed that we've found such a beautiful gem in Door County.
Sep 2009
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Ellison Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1) in master bedroom, Queen size Beds (4) Two upstairs bedrooms: one has two queen beds and the other has one queen bed and one double bed. First floor master bedroom has one queen bed., Double Beds (1) In an upstairs bedroom.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Full Modern Kitchen, Beds include 1 king, 4 queen, and 1 full bed. 3 full bathrooms (upstairs master bath includes a jetted tub and heated tile floor)


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Secluded Contemporary Waterfront Home - New Addition/ Interior
average rating of 3.9 based on 19 reviews

Absolutely everything we wanted - plus pelicans!

  • 5 of 5

Six of us - two grandparents, two parents, and two primary-age children - spent a happy week here at the end of June. The privacy of the place, the beauty of the lake, and the comfort of the cabin were all much treasured. We saw deer, foxes, pelicans, terns, wild turkey, pheasant, raccoons, and seagulls. What a delight to be in an environment that hasn’t been poisoned by toxic chemicals. Yes, there are a few spiders on the deck - as another guest has noted. One goes out in the morning and sweeps down the webs. No big deal.

The cabin smelled fresh - no musty odors. We found generous supplies of toilet paper and paper towels in the kitchen closet, as well as clean towels and extra blankets in the two linen closets. Cooking gear and dishes were also generously supplied. A couple of fix-it problems came up and the housekeeper worked with us to resolve them. As I am disabled, I was happy to have a main-floor bedroom and bathroom with a walk-in shower. I was also delighted to have an Ekornes Stressless chair on hand - that’s where I spent most of the week.

The beach at the cabin is rocky and the charming Liberty Grove Town Park - maybe a 10-minute walk - has a sandy beach. We found a trail from the south end of Nor-Dor Road that led down into Newport State Park, with more wonderful rocky beaches. Additional local attractions: the Shoreline Restaurant, Charlie’s Smokehouse, and the coffee shop, all in in Gills Rock; the Pioneer Store in Ellison Bay; Seaquist Orchards and the Door County Creamery in Sister Bay; the Ridges Nature Sanctuary in Bailey’s Harbor.

This cabin has a unique history. We enjoyed reading stories in the guest book about its past years. It’s not perfect - no summer rental is perfect - but we found much to love and we’d go back in a minute.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pamela, thank you for your nice review. I love sharing my place with wonderful guests like you. I am going up there often for a little R&R, and to always improve on the place. I have solved the spider problem by calling in an exterminator. So glad you found the sandy beach in the county park, it is indeed only a few min. walk away. Delighted that you found the trail into Newport State Park, I use it daily. You must have walked only the first part of it, because as you continue you will find miles of beautiful sandbeach. You can also access this by a short drive to another county park within the State Park.Also, if you drive to the county park for Europe Lake you will have excellent swimming . I tend to kayak Europe Lake, which is an inland lake made for me, no weeds, beautiful clear water and you can always see the sandbottom. Thank you and please come again, Anna
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our most memorable vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have been staying at this beautiful home once a year. We are part of the maintenance crew, fixing anything that might need attention, clearing the trees and bushes to open up the view toward the lake, making suggestions for improvement.

My family and I are looking forward to our work/play vacation all year long. Whenever we arrive at the house it is immaculate. The house is spacious , the beds are comfortable, the kitchen has all the gadgets my wife wants, it accomodates our family

0f 5 very well, with room to spare. We have always felt extremely comfortable.

I am planning on removing the junipers next spring and the owner will design and plant a flower garden. I suggested this to the owner and can't wait to see it to completion. The owner is easy to work with and eager to pick up on most of my suggestions.

We hope all of us get to enjoy this wonderful place for years to come. We treasure our memories of Door County, in our home away from home.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Lawrence, OH

Breathtaking location overshadowed by dirty home! Immense disappointment - RENTERS beware!

  • 1 of 5

A group of seven of us spent 5 days at this rental. The house is very large and on the waterfront which is why we chose it. Although the location is breathtaking and the house COULD be lovely, we would give a no-star rating if we could!

We have rented numerous homes in and around Door County and have never had to spend most of our time cleaning! One of us actually spoke with their housekeeper, Terri, whilst she was actually at the house a couple of hours prior to our arrival. The house is basically dirty... the stove top, countertop, coffee table, bathrooms and bathtubs had to be cleaned before we used them. Some of the beds had incorrect size bedding on them that did not appear clean so we washed our sheets before using the beds. The oven was so filthy, we refused to even use it. Opening the linen closet was shocking - bedding in there literally was taken from the dryer and shoved onto the shelves without even the pretense of folding any of it.

The dirt everywhere was clearly old dirt - by that I mean ground in filth that simply has not been cleaned. The carpeting needs to be professionally washed and for the cost charged per night, the very least this owner could do is purchase a new shower curtain and a new shower head along with unstained towels! We spent so much time being disgusted by the state of this place and cleaning up before we could use things that we were simply discouraged and couldn't wait to get out.

I would like to think that the owner, Anna is unaware of the condition of this house but that is impossible since her partner, Forrest was apparently just over at the home prior to our arrival. No, this owner, it appears, is quite content to collect people's money and provide an unkept home that leaves them feeling bitterly disappointed.

There are numerous gorgeous rentals in the Door County area so save yourself the angst and find another place with conscientious owners. All we can say is VACATIONERS BEWARE!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dr. Pamela, I am very disappointed by your response. I frequently visit the house to check on maintenance issues and to do some deep cleaning. Our cleaning lady, Terri has been with us for 20 years and in that time we have had maybe 2 complaints, every one can have a bad day. But even if she had been remiss prior to your arrival, the house could not have been in the shape which you described. Somehow, there seems to be a confusion, Forrest is not an owner and has not been to the cottage in months but I have been up there several times this summer and fall. I take every complaint seriously and will redouble my efforts. My most precious reward is not the money but satisfied guests.
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Very nice! Very well stocked.

  • 4 of 5

Thanks Anna and Forest! We had such a great time and the house was perfect. We had 10 people, 3 families and there was more than enough space and bathrooms. The property is secluded and quiet with lake access and beautiful views. The kids had a great time playing at the sandy beach that is walking distance from the home. This little beach was a gem and nicer than some of the others we had visited; also with a grill so we cooked out there. The house was completely stocked and really comfortable. I highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Candy, so nice to read your review, thanks so much. The house is my vacation retreat as well, so I try to make it as nice as possible. Since I am now retired, I can go up there more often and see that it is always pleasing to my guests. Please come back, Anna
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Batavia, IL

Summer in Door County

  • 3 of 5

We arrived to a large garbage can at roadside 3/4 full of garbage we don't know if cleaning lady put it out or previous renters failed to put it away. Outside floodlights for driveway (switch in house) does not work making it difficult to find house in the dark. Jack and Jill bathroom has 6 switches - 2 work. Suggest putting blank plates over non-working switches. We had to remove a couple light bulbs in lamps in living room to put in bathroom for light. Noticed other tenants most have done the same as some bulbs were already missing. Two great looking Schwinn bikes in garage with flat tires and no pump although we're not sure if these were meant to be used by renters. I did fail to return key to proper location requested and left it in the locked house when we departed so this caused us to lose our total security deposit of $500. The next tenant got in at 7pm rather than 5pm per Forrest. I was told the incoming tenant drove to the cleaning lady and picked up her key. May we suggest in the future everyone leave keys in house and then the cleaning lady can put it in the correct location and this would never happen again. We've rented several different homes through VRBO and never had any problems and have rented a couple homes a number of times. We love Door County and will definitely return but we would not return here or recommend it. The three stars are for being on the lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious Home

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for allowing us to stay at your spacious, secluded home in the woods by the lake. It was a perfect home base for us 3 couples to explore Door County. In the evening we would return, prepare a casual meal and relax. In the mornings, walks were taken round the 'loop'. We enjoyed breakfast at White Gull Inn, ice cream at Wilson's, sunsets and the beauty of the area. Thanks again Forrest & Anna.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Northport 1 mile walking along the beach

The home is located on Lake Michigan. It is on the north side of Newport State Park, a 2700 acre semi wilderness area. It is close to Europe Lake, 5 min. walking, a crystal clear inland lake.


Rates & Availability

Ellison Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $200 per night, per additional guest
Labor day 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are based on a group of (6) maximum. Additional person(s) at $200.00 each for all weekly rates; $30.00 per guest/night on 3 or 4 day bookings. PEAK SUMMER bookings begin on Saturday PM and end the following Saturday AM.
A refundable separate security deposit of $500.00 payable by check only is required for all rentals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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