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Charming Traditional Cottages, Affordable and 'Travel Green'

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + futon 1 Bath,

Enjoy the classic simplicity of a traditional Door County cottage vacation, away from the stresses of everyday life.

Terra Cottages is located near the tip of the Door Peninsula and a short walk from the village of Gills Rock, a favorite destination for kayakers and cyclists. The excursion boat to Washington Island, fresh and smoked fish, an excellent restaurant, and the Door County Maritime Museum are among the things that make Gills Rock a special place to stay.

We are just a short drive from the rugged, unspoiled beauty of Newport State Park, a semi-wilderness area offering hiking, swimming, and nature activities. The many performances, restaurants, galleries and shops throughout Door County are also easily accessible.

While staying with us you take one of the regular fishing charters that leave the village daily or enjoy a crossing on an excursion boat across the beauty of Death’s Door Passage to Washington Island, the oldest Icelandic settlement in North America.

Wisconsin Travel Green certified, we are committed to preserving the environment and natural resources of Door County. We are also business sponsors of the Door County Land Trust

Terra Cottages Offers:

• Two bedrooms with double size beds plus futon

• Bath with shower

• Individual charcoal grills

• Fully equipped kitchen

• Campfire ring

• Bed and bath linens •

• Decks

• Gas fireplaces (cottages 3 and 4)

• Boat slips available nearby

Keywords: Gills Rock, Door County, cottage, affordable, travel green, pets,

More Details

sophie taubert gehan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About sophie taubert gehan

Built in 1946 by a founding fishing family with lumber from the surrounding cedar trees and recently remodeled, the cottages preserve the original layout while offering comfortable accommodations and a relaxing atmosphere.

sophie taubert gehan purchased this cottage in 1996


Gills Rock Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (2), Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Complimentary organic coffee & tea.


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Charming Traditional Cottages, Affordable and 'Travel Green'
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Getting Away from It All - For Real!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect antidote to crazy, hectic, city life. The cottage fit our needs to a T. There is no wifi, and I could not be more thankful for being forced to really enjoy my time without the stressful parts of my life interrupting. The cottage was clean, comfortable, and well-maintained, the bed was comfortable, and we really appreciated the green products and organic coffee that Sophie provided. Nothing fancy, but also nothing more than we needed, either. Very comfortable.

While not exactly on the water, In the evenings, you can walk up to the point to watch the sunsets (amazing!), and we found this location to be perfect for exploring upper Door County. If you are someone who loves the outdoors, Rock Island is not to be missed. Also, Newport State Park has wonderful trails and views, and the Door Bluff County Park is a beautiful place to explore. Peninsula State Park is also beautiful, and allows for a way to drive and see the views without the hikes, if that's your preference.

The Shoreline Restaurant was not open while we were there, so we recommend Fireside, where we had great food and service that wasn't too far from Gills Rock - one of the owners is from Louisiana, so the food is authentic. Other great places were Greens and Grains in Egg Harbor for great sandwiches and wraps as well as a natural food store, Stone's Throw Winery, Door County Distillery, Door County Brewing, and Simon's Creek Winery (if it happens to rain). Gills Rock Coffee is terrific, if you don't feel like making your own, and Charlie's Smokehouse has fish to purchase to grill out.

This was an unexpected gem of a vacation for us, and Terra Cottages was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Carol. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and were able to explore so much of what Northern Door County has to offer!
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Great cabin in a beautiful quiet area

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience. It was clean and was everything we needed for our long weekend in door county! Thank you for the vacation spot!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not primitive but rustic, simple. basic, awesomely old cottage!

  • 4 of 5

A sweet cottage with water views, clean with all you need— loved fire pit, front patio, games and no TV!! Yay! Would’ve loved closer water access and a tad more space but that would be a different property— our family had a wonderful, wonderful time at Terra Cottages! Thank you Sophie!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Sophie was great to work with! Great stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy place for a relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a quiet spot in Door County where we could relax, but still enjoy everything the area has to offer. This was definitely it! The Terra Cottages are cozy, the perfect size for a couple or small family. We were in cottage #4, which has a water view and a gas fireplace. We unfortunately didn't get to use the backyard fire pit since it rained a lot while we were there. But we did enjoy sitting out on the front deck overlooking the water while enjoying our bottle of Island Orchard Pear Cider that Sophie very kindly left for us. The cottages are an easy drive to Ellison Bay or Sister Bay, and Newport State Park, and within walking distance of the Island Clipper ferry to Washington Island. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, and would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stay Too Short

  • 5 of 5

The cabin had all items needed to have a quiet get away. Perfectly located for our needs. We will definitely return for a longer stay next time. We wanted to see the cherry blossoms and we made it just in time for viewing and they were beautiful - rows and rows. Our host was very accommodating and left us a beautiful fruit bowl to welcome us. Would definitely recommend this spot for a quiet get away.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Shoreline Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
The Island Clipper to Washington Island
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Sister Bay or Washington Island via the ferry
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Shoreline Restaurant
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Europe Bay
Car: necessary

The cottages are located in Gills Rock at the tip of the Door County peninsula, known for its expanses of water, islands and unique light. You can witness some of the most beautiful sunsets in Door County at the port of Gills Rock on the waters of Green Bay and catch the sunrise in the morning only a few miles away on Lake Michigan.

Walk in one of the nearby parks, launch your kayak, go fishing, swimming, cycling or take an excursion boat to Washington Island during the day. Enjoy a wonderful meal at a nearby restaurant or simply a quiet evening at your cottage preparing local foods and sitting around the campfire.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $5

If you are a family or more than 4 (for instance a family with children) please contact me for more information as to if the cottage would accommodate your needs in terms of space. Additional guests $15.00 per night. Free for children under 12 yrs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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