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Historic - Waterfront - Family/Pet Friendly

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

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Arbor Cottage is nestled in the heart of the Village of Ephraim on the shores of Eagle Harbor. This historic Post Office building (circa 1850's) has been lovingly restored to a charming shorefront cottage. Savor the beauty of unforgettable sunsets, island & bluff vistas from your private waterfront area.

Walk to all that is quintessential Door County: Wilson's Ice Cream Parlor, galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Whether it’s a day at the beach, boating on the waters of Green Bay, nature walks through the State Park, golfing, tennis, or just relaxing ... Arbor Cottage welcomes you!


Private waterfront area across the street

Living Room, Family Room/4 season porch, Dining room

3 bedrooms: (sleeps 8)

(1 King, 1 Queen, 2 XL twins, and sofa-sleeper)

2 full Baths w/2 hairdryers

Full Kitchen w/dishwaher

Flat screen TV/DVD (Cable and WiFi)



Charcoal Grill

We are available for assistance and local information for guests of Arbor Cottage.

**All stays during peak season less than 1 week or overlapping designated turnover day are subject to approval.

Please note that the Russell's purchased another cottage, Lille Cottage, which is being fully renovated and will be open June 15, 2017 (

Keywords: Cottage, Home, Cabin, Vacation Rental

More Details

Property Manager
Brad Russell
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Brad Russell

The Russell family, of Iowa, purchased this property in the Fall of 2012. Brad and Amy Russell are native Wisconsinites, who have adopted 12 children; and thus want Arbor Cottage to remain 'child-friendly' and enjoyed by large families... (Your pets are welcome, too :). They will continue to rent the cottage, extending it to year round rental. They have made several renovations to the home. The name was changed from Bayview Cottage to 'Arbor Cottage' to reflect the garden landscape. We welcome you to 'Arbor Cottage'!!!

Note: The Russell's purchased another cottage, Lille Cottage, which is being fully renovated and will be open June 15, 2017 (

Brad Russell purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Brad Russell chose Door County

This property has a most interesting history. The original four rooms made up the first Post Office (circa 1850's) in Ephraim when Water Street was still a dirt road. The original Postmaster lived and worked from this location. When he married, the upstairs loft area was added to accommodate his growing family. Over the years, a one room cabin was attached to the building; as well as, new additions of downstairs bedrooms, bathrooms, and family room/porch.

In 2016, Brad and Amy remodeled the loft area into a micro-apartment for their permanent residence to continue to oversee and improve the property for their guests.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is located in the center of the Village of Ephraim and has 100' of waterfront. It faces west for incredible sunset views over Eagle Harbor. It doesn't get any better than this!


Ephraim Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located in hallway
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , en-suite to master bedroom
  • 2 Full Baths
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , XL twin, tempurpedic
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , pillowtop mattress
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , tempurpedic mattress
  • Bedroom #1:King size bed; Bedroom #2: Queen size bed; Bedroom #3: 2-XL Twin or Single beds, and Sofa-sleeper in Family room; roll-away bed available; and port-o-crib available
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Historic - Waterfront - Family/Pet Friendly
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews

Outstanding location, beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

I couldn't have picked a more ideal place than the Arbor Cottage for my first week-long stay in Door County. It felt like home only better! It had all the comforts we needed, the décor was delightful and the view was outstanding. Brad and Amy couldn't have been more helpful in making sure our stay enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Lovely!

  • 5 of 5

This home is just what the doctor ordered. So well appointed! If you forgot something, open a drawer and the owners have provided it for you. If you want to have quiet time for yourself there are two lovely living spaces, one of which overlooks the bay. The side yard is lovey. Perfect for an evening glass of wine or walk across the street to the private area perfect to watch the sunset. Thanks Brad and Amy for providing us a much needed time away in your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Five stars past the five-star limit

  • 5 of 5

I want to lie and drop all manner of poisonous comments on this site, so it will be available whenever I want to come back. Yes, that good.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage - great location.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 9 days in Door County at Arbor Cottage and had a wonderful relaxing week. Brad and Amy are excellent hosts and thought of everything when outfitting the cottage. The cottage was very clean when we checked in and it is so comfortable and decorated perfectly. We enjoyed the kayaks and just sitting outside reading and watching the sunset from the beach.

The cottage is centrally located in Door County so it is easy to get to any of the other towns. It is in walking distance to Wilson's for ice cream, and other great restaurants and coffee shops. We rented a boat from the Ephraim Marina and had a great day fishing and exploring. Peninsula State Park is nearby and it is fun to rent bikes and ride through the park. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing escape!

  • 5 of 5

We were very excited about our trip to Door County and especially staying at the Arbor Cottage in Ephraim, but the cottage more than exceeded expectations! The beds were comfy, the decor was warm, cozy and inviting, and the location was absolutely perfect. We enjoyed coffee out on the breakfast table and watched sunsets from the private land across the street overlooking the water.

We loved being able to walk to some fabulous food - we ate a great lunch at Wilson's, had a wonderful fish boil at the Old Post Office, and had such a fabulous dinner one night at Trixie's. And we were close little driving trips to Sister Bay and Fish Creek as well!

Brad and Amy were wonderful hosts - they've really thought of everything. My husband and I can't wait to come back and bring our teenagers for a fun family trip - hopefully next summer! I recommend this cottage to absolutely anyone interested in a central location and perfect, waterfront charm!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place and people!

  • 5 of 5

This home has a lovely view, excellent decor and is very clean. The owners are helpful and friendly. We have stayed here year after year and they always add something to keep the place updated and fresh.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Green Bay (Austin Straebel) & Ephraim-Gibraltar
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Gill's Rock
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Peninsula Park Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
Chef's Hat Restaurant - 1/2 block
Nearest Ski
North Shore Pier - Rental across the street
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Ephraim public beach
Car: not necessary

Ephraim is a charming small village with the most accessible shoreline of all the Door County communities. You are within walking distance of shops, galleries and vintage homes. Explore Eagle Harbor from a jet-ski, kayak, paddle boat or rent a family-size pontoon boat. Enjoy an evening sailing on a harbor cruise that leaves the pier across the street.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Guests receive up to $3 off a Door County Trolley Tour :)

One time $75 cleaning fee for daily rentals
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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