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Perfect Summer Vacation Home on Green Lake!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + 2 Futons, 4 Full Baths, (Sleeps 10-13)

Welcome to Blackbird Manor ~ our all-inclusive home on the south shore of Green Lake, the deepest natural lake in Wisconsin!

Our home has been completely renovated with modern conveniences and brand new construction throughout the interior, from solid hardwood cypress flooring, knotty pine ceilings, and wrought iron fixtures to granite surfaces. We designed our home with family entertainment in mind. On the lakeside you can enjoy the panoramic views of the water from the deck while relaxing on the woven wicker outdoor living room set. This home is situated on 62 ft. of Green Lake frontage and an expansive flat yard. If you’re adventurous cozy up near the outdoor fire pit along the shoreline. Five stone steps lead to the 5’ x 50’ dock, where you can lounge or fish off the custom bench at the end of the pier. Swimming and rafting are enjoyable with the perfect water depth of 4-5 ft. off the end of the pier. Enjoy the sandy bottom shorelines for snorkeling on those calmer days. If you have a large boat or pontoon, no worries we provide a 5,000 lb boat lift available for your use during your stay.

There are many wonderful things to do during the winter season including: snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding, skating and skiing. During the summer this area of Big Green Lake offers the best swimming area around with comfortable depths and sandy bottom - great for swimming and deep enough for virtually any size water craft.

To add to the relaxing experience of anyone using our home, we have included many extra amenities for your comfort & convenience, including:

• Welcome Booklet: containing many useful maps and brochures on the many shops and restaurants in Green Lake & Princeton to help you investigate and experience our quaint community firsthand.

• Coffee, condiments, and a variety of teas, and assortment of single-use

• Spa quality soaps & shampoos in each bathroom along with extra

toiletries in each bathroom closet, plus a first aid kit in the main floor bathroom.

• Books, cookbooks, magazines, games, and DVDs are located throughout our home.

• Discovering Green Lake Magazine offers further details on area attractions and things-to-do.

• WiFi available

• Flat screen TV’s with built-in DVD players.

Now let’s take you inside our home….2,500 square feet of remodeled living space welcomes your family, friends and guests. Step into the expansive Kitchen, Dining, and eat-at bar perfect for preparing that early morning breakfast or barbeque dinner. Off to the side in a cozy corner, you can curly up with a hot cup of coffee in one of the 2 wing back chairs overlooking the expansive family room. New stainless steel appliances add an upscale ambiance to this gourmet kitchen, while the knotty pine cabinet’s and granite island and a touch of warmth. Custom knotty pine cabinetry, granite counter tops give this country kitchen character and charm. Service for 13 includes ceramic dishes, small appliances (coffee pot, blender, crock pot, mixer and toaster), cutlery, stainless steel utensils, pots and pans, and many kitchen ‘extras’ are stocked for ease-free entertaining. In the mornings, a stocked supply of coffee to help wake up our guests. Dine at our cozy butcher block table, seating for six (extra chairs available) under the glowing ambiance of a wrought iron chandelier hanging from the knotty pine ceiling. The laundry room off the kitchen includes custom tiling, washer/dryer, deep soaking sink plus an iron and ironing board for any touch ups during your stay.

The Living room continues beyond the kitchen with solid hardwood floor as well. The handsome gas fireplace is custom crafted of native river rock by local artisan Gerry Verdine. Easy to operate, with just a flick of switch you will be warmed within minutes. The 24” flat screen television includes a built in DVD player. In the evening relax on one of the Italian leather sofas while enjoying one of the many DVD’s or books that are available to you. A large butcher block coffee table is perfect for game night or assembling on one of those 5,000 piece puzzles you've always wanted to do. Magnificent sunsets can be seen through the large, panoramic picture window. Large sliding doors take you out from the family room onto the spanning back porch, 35 steps away from the shoreline.

The rear hallway leads directly to the new full-size bath, complete with custom tile, 4’ walk-in shower, and an antique style vanity with granite sink.

At the end of the hallway, solid knotty pine doors open to a first floor Master bedroom with a double bed. Antique side tables with accent lamps surround this cozy bed – perfect for those that prefer to be on the first floor.

Descending the stairway to the lower level, you immediately enter the lower Family room. Two queen futons face the large built-in flat screen TV. There’s plenty of room to relax while enjoying one of the many DVD’s available.

Off to the side, is a game table hosting an over-sized checker set – just waiting for you to partake. A side door accessing the lakeside is perfect for when you return from fishing or for housing your water toys. A full-size bath is also located on this level, ideal for rinsing off after a long day on the water.

Ascending up to the 2nd floor, one of two rear bedroom greets you with a Queen bedroom with and its own private rear sliding glass doors that take you to a quiet 2nd story retreat. A spacious closet and antique high-boy dresser are perfect to meet your storage needs. The room is accented with warm linens while a multi-speed fan hangs from the vaulted ceilings for a comfortable night’s sleep.

The other rear bedroom is an oasis for kids! This room provides a bunk bed perfect for those who prefer to bunk with their little ones. There is a comfortable double bed on the lower level with a twin bunk above. A comfortable chair, antique dresser and expansive closet will provide you with all the storage you might need during your stay.

A large hall bath has a travertine, walk-in shower and double granite sinks offers lots of counter space for your families stay.

The Master Bedroom is the icing-on-the-cake! The cool and warmth of the green custom paint scheme, vaulted ceiling, with multi-speed ceiling fan envelope our guests as the outdoors come inside through the large sliding patio doors, leading to a private sitting deck, overlooking Green Lake. Truly, a million-dollar view! As evening extends, enjoy the sunset, just in time to turn on the outdoor lights. Back inside, a queen-size bed is ready with upscale linens, surrounded by our antique furniture pieces, a wardrobe, and perfect to move into. Watch favorite night-time program on the 22” HD television with built in DVD or relax listening to sounds of Green Lake through your screen door!

The over-sized Master Bath upstairs takes your breath away as we can view Green Lake through the window as you relax in the new spa tub. The walk-in shower is made of travertine marble. Antique style dual vanities bring a warm cozy feeling into this modern, executive bath. Appointed with upscale extras, we can only but relax with custom travertine tiled floors and memory-foam plush bath mats, retro scale, hair dryer, magnified hand mirror, and spa-quality soaps and shampoos. Plenty of storage space with a closet nook and custom built-in shelving.

We are excited to share our experiences and our home with you. Green Lake is a beautiful place to visit any time of year! We welcome any questions about the community, our home, or simply need help with directions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Keywords: Big Green Lake, waterfront, sand, swimming, shoreline property, quiet, fire pit, great views, fishing, boating, pier, boat lift, open concept, gourmet kitchen, fireplace, first floor master, full baths

More Details

Ruth Martin
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Ruth Martin

We fell in love with Green Lake over 20 years ago and decided this is where we would like to live full-time one day. Until then, we love to share our home with friends and family.

We hope you'll enjoy our place as well.

Ruth Martin purchased this house in 2007

Why Ruth Martin chose Markesan

Green Lake is a beautiful lake resort town located within 90 miles of Milwaukee, Madison or Green Bay! The Green Lake area hosts a distinctive array of fine dining, lodging, entertainment, shopping & championship golf courses. A prime vacation destination that includes the arts, culture, proximity to Wisconsin's deepest natural inland lake and all that it has to offer. The natural beauty of Green Lake is awe-inspiring and can be enjoyed while biking, fishing, boating, camping and a host of many other outdoor activities.

What makes this house unique

Our home is situated on the south shoreline. It offers a beautiful shoreline and breathtaking sunset views.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our stay at your lovely lake house despite the schizophrenic weather. Everyone loved having their own bedroom and nice clean roomy bathrooms. The kitchen rocked! When it was warm we enjoyed the water and firepit and when it was cold we sat by the fireplace and played a mean game of Scrabble. My husband was fishing rain or shine - he caught 2 big bass off the pier! They were deeelish. We also did a few day trips to Ripon, the town of Green Lake, and Princeton. A good time was had by all.
Jun 2010
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Markesan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Lower Level Full Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Master Full Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Upstairs Hallway Full Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Main Floor Full Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 4 Full baths
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Main Floor Bedroom - 1 double , Full bathroom off bedroom.
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Lower Level Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleeper sofas
    Upstairs Master Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , On-Suite bathroom with spa tub and separate shower.
    Upstairs Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , Twin up and Full lower bunk
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Portable crib in 1st floor bedroom closet, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Queen futons in finished lower level, Bunk Beds (1) Single w/Double below
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Pier with 5,000 lb lift available for your use during your stay. Wi-Fi available.


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average rating of 4.909091 based on 23 reviews
Rochester, MN

Beautiful spot on the lake. Loved the deck, yard, fire pit, and dock.

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay here (three families). There was plenty of room to hang out together but also spots to be alone. We found great shops and restaurants nearby (Walkers, Once in a Blue Moon, Daiseye). We did use an air mattress for two kids (one we brought with us). The basement was a bit musty, and the air didn't work the best upstairs. Despite those small issues, I highly recommend this rental. The owner is kind and quick to respond. We would go back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location. Mere feet from the lake.. Quiet location. Lovely family reunion.

  • 4 of 5

See above.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to spend a weekend with family!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home for a sibling weekend with the seven brothers and sisters in my family. We had a wonderful time! The home is beautiful and very well kept up. We really loved the location so close to the lake and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We loved sitting by the fire pit and talking each night and catching up as a family. (a nice supply of wood was provided the first evening----a small suggestion would be to have some small kindling available as well to help get the fire going a bit easier)

The home was beautiful and the kitchen especially was a big plus. Very large and modern with all of the important equipment provided. We were able to set out the many different foods that people brought and still have space to eat, talk and be together. Sitting out on the back deck in the morning with coffee and talking while looking over the lake was a treat. While we didn't swim or go boating, the dock was wonderful to just sit out by and have some quiet time. For those who love that, the dock is more than sufficient.

Ruth was a wonderful host and was a great communicator both before and during the weekend. The Wi-Fi was a bit spotty the second day, but she helped us figure it out in a timely manner. Thank you Ruth for the care and love you put into your place.

The home has great space for sleeping both upstairs, on the main floor and downstairs-. The master bedroom and bath are so spacious and the many bathrooms allowed us all to have our own space and not feel like we were stepping on each others toes throughout the weekend.

Great restaurant suggestions and we really enjoyed walking trails that were on the grounds of the Green Lake Conference Center on the other side of the lake.

Lastly, we really appreciated the willingness to rent for a weekend. Many homes require 4-7 days minimum and having such a nice place for a weekend family get away was wonderful.

We highly recommend your home to anyone who is interested!

Peter and the Leschke siblings!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Property with Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were looking for a place to spend a quiet week and do some water skiing and kneeboarding with the kids. We found this property and it was every bit as good as it appeared online. Ruth was very easy to work with--the hardest part was waiting for the trip.

The house is huge and has a wonderful view overlooking the lake. The dock is great to hang out on, suntan and swim from. In the morning and evening the kids loved to catch perch and smallmouth bass off the dock. The lakefront access is amazing. The added bonus is a lift for those who want to rent a ski boat during their stay. The people and Action Marina were beyond nice and got us set up with everything we needed for a week on the water.

The weather was perfect during our stay and the views from the dock of the sunset are amazing. I would come back in heartbeat. It was one of the most relaxing trips I've taken in years. This is a great house and property with amazing lakefront access.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect spot for a large gathering

  • 5 of 5

I organized a family reunion of grown-ups and teenagers for the last week of June. Blackbird Manor turned out to be an ideal spot. The size of our group fluctuated as people came and went, but we were at 13 for much of the week. The space was large and flexible enough to handle our various configurations. Having our own dock and lakefront lawn was marvelous. It's a great spot for kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing, etc. One of the kids caught a couple of tasty perch right off the dock. We also enjoyed getting into Ripon and the town of Green Lake a couple of times. The neighborhood around the lake was nice for jogging. The kitchen was spacious and fully functional for a large group. A couple of quibbles: some of the utensils and cookware could be upgraded, and the outdoor gas grill worked okay but had a couple of uneven spots. One bonus I didn't think we'd use, given that it was midsummer, was the outdoor fire pit. We ended up having fires there 3 or 4 nights, great for marshmallow roasting and story telling. All in all, the house provided a very comfortable locale for us to get together, and there's a good chance we'll book the place again next year or the one after.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved Our Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Ruth & Fred,

Thank you so much for letting us stay at your beautiful home on Green Lake. Our family has a wonderful time enjoying the water and the sunset views. The home was perfect for us and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. The kids are already planning our return for next year.

Thanks again,

Kathy C.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thrasher Opera House
Sugar Lips -- CLOSED
Get free Wi-Fi access while you have enjoy a wonderful, gourmet cup of coffee and danish.
Langford's Pub
Norton's of Green Lake
Goose Blind Grill & Bar
Best Bar! White Chicken Chili is a MUST!
Boat House Pub
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
Grey Rock
Tuscumbia Golf Course
Adam's Rib
Little Corporal Restaurant
Dining Room in Mecan River Outfitters & Lodge
Reilly's Pub
Harbor Lights -- CLOSED
Pierless Boat Rentals & Storage
Mascoutin Golf Club
Nordic Mountain
Mike Norton Big Green Lake
Action Marina
Sunset Park
Margaret Dodge Memorial Park
Closest boat launch to the home.
North Bay Sport & Liquor INC
Action Rentals
Green Lake Public Library
Crossroads Market
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Appleton International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Reilly's Pub
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Lawsonia Golf Courses
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Reilly's Pub
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Cascade Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Dodge Memorial Park West end of lake on Cty. K

Evensong spa ranked in the top 100 spas of america.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $150

Friday to Friday weekly rentals
$2,900 - $3,900/week
$500.00 Refundable Security Deposit on 2-3 Night Stays
$150.00 Cleaning Fee on Stays less than a Week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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