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Waterfront Cottage with Views of Deaths Door, New Kitchen

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Sleeper sofa+ Futon, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Experience Door County's most beautiful view all day long at this true log cabin located on the waterfront of famous Death's Door Passage. With views of Plum Island lighthouse, Pilot Island lighthouse, and Northport Ferry Dock all from the porch of this quaint cottage, the only view more impressive than the islands scattered across the pristine blue waters by day is the sea of bright shining stars spanning the northern skies overhead by night. Sink into your chair and watch the ferry boats cross the channel to Washington Island well into the night before stepping outside to catch satellites and shooting stars which are regularly gazed upon from this site on clear nights. By day, either enjoy a swim in the clean waters of Lake Michigan off a stone beach in front of the cabin or jump on a ferry from Northport to enjoy a fun filled day exploring Washington Island or Rock Island, both memorable experiences. The Northport Ferry Dock is less than a five minute walk away from this location. The Bell Cabin is perfect for a family, couple, or group of friends looking to get away from the tourist traps in the busy towns and to take in the true nature of Door County's treasures. With a large flagstone porch off the water, the 'backyard' (or off-water side) is a perfect location for grilling and campfires. Between the beach, lake, and wilderness, kids of all ages will have no problem finding many adventures to fill their days and create memories that will last a lifetime. The cabin is located a few miles car ride or bike form Gill's Rock where you can find provisions as well as sight seeing cruises, dive boats, and fishing charters. Also located in Gills Rock is a coffee house, gift shops, and The Shoreline, another great restaurant with an unbeatable view of the sun setting over Green Bay during dinner hours.

The cabin itself is centered around a large stone wood burning fireplace. Behind the fireplace is the main bedroom which includes a double bed, two dressers, and a full fold down futon. In front of the fireplace there is full fold-out couch which can also sleep two adults or is perfect for kids. If further bed space is needed, there is another fold out couch on the porch which overlooks the water and lighthouses.

Many tell stories of vacations to Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, or Sister Bay and the wonderful times they have had in Door County, but few have ever traveled far enough North to experience the full wonders of this amazing peninsula. This cabin is literally located on the Northernmost tip of Door County on 200 feet of shoreline and looks off towards Washington, Plum, Detroit, and Pilot Islands and onward toward Michigan. For the true adventurers who want to leave the city behind and get completely swallowed up in nature's beauty, The Bell Cabin offers an atmosphere that is second to none. We hope to see you there!


More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018


Gills Rock Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper Sofa and 1 Futon
  • Double Beds (1)
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside Fire Pit!


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Waterfront Cottage with Views of Deaths Door, New Kitchen
average rating of 4.0 based on 8 reviews

Nice place

  • 5 of 5

Really nice quaint cabin. Nice hearing the waves roll in at night. The wife was in heaven.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location - Perfect for escaping reality for awhile

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was perfect for our getaway....had everything that we were looking for. Water views, beautiful sunrises, slightly remote - but that was our intention. You are not "right in the middle" of all the touristy craziness, but close enough that it only takes minutes to get to the other areas to explore and relax. However, the roof of the cabin leaked in 2 spots when it stormed - nothing too major - we just stuck bowls under the drips, and there was no way to get to the water at the cabin, the stairs are missing about half way down, and looked as if it had been that way for awhile ( listing for cabin should have been updated) - one of the "selling points" for us in choosing it as we brought our own kayaks thinking we could launch there. Also, there appears to be an "ant problem" in the cabin..... while ant traps have been placed in every corner... they still persist - perhaps a professional could help. Lastly... the water pressure in the shower is horrible.... if you have anything longer than shoulder length hair be prepared to spend ALOT of time rinsing !! We still give it 4 stars as it was a fantastic trip for us, regardless of the inconveniences, we were here a full week, spent each day exploring a different village and still left plenty for a return trip someday. :) The Eberle's

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peacefulness and Tranquility

  • 4 of 5

Bell's Cottage provides guests with a peaceful and tranquil escape from the demands of work and family. The view from the sun porch is amazing and both of us spent hours reading, lounging, listening to the rain and looking out at the beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the islands.

The cabin is rustic but the kitchen and bathroom remodels are nice. Our morning walks were gorgeous and provided us the opportunity for solitude.

Door County is an area that we will return to.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So quiet!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this cabin. Very quiet, close to everything but not in the middle of all the touristy kitch. We will come here again!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Rebecca for your review! Bell's Cottage is indeed in a lovely spot on the peninsula. We hope you can come stay again! -DCPM/RentDoorCounty
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Skokie, Illinois


  • 5 of 5

So, yes, there is the neighbor next door. However, they were quite friendly and respectful of us and our space. My husband and I absolutely loved the location of this cabin. Close enough to get pretty much anywhere in Door Co. Pretty quickly but far enough away to feel like we were actually on vacation from society. The back porch view of the lake was the best part of this house. We loved the cabin feel of this place. Another thing we noticed about Door County is that the locals are super friendly and willing to help with anything. That's not something you can find in just any vacation spot. All of the cycling and fishing opportunities made us fall in love with the this place.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, ILLINOIS, United States

Outstanding Experience

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this cabin last summer, and after seeing the negative reviews we felt compelled to tell you about our experience.

To begin, yes, there is a cabin next door that had some activity but we found the neighbors to be super friendly and it ended up having a positive impact on our experience. We enjoyed watching the moon rise while listening to the soft tunes from next door. We didn't experience the bright lights and we're able to see the stars PERFECTLY every night and have a bonfire in the backyard.

In addition, the cabin was EXACTLY what we were looking for. Reasonably priced with amazing views and the charm of a log cabin. Bathroom and kitchen were both nicely updated. We couldn't have had a better week together and told ourselves that we would definitely be making this an annual trip.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review! Getting to know your neighbors is one of the perks of renting a privately-owned home - in contrast to the anonymity of staying at a hotel or resort. We hope you come back to stay again!
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport
Nearest Barpub
7.3 Miles
Mink River Basin Supper Club
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
Washington Island Ferry Line
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Bay Ridge Golf
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
State Highway 42
Nearest Restaurant
2.4 Miles
The Shoreline Restaurant
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100

(Inquire about two-night rates during non-peak dates)

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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