Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)
About Bob Taylor
We are the primary caretakers of this family owned home and have realized our goal to live at Green Lake. We have retired from teaching and providing computer services. With help from our son and daughter-in-law we are privileged to maintain this property. It is a hands-on project, and satisfaction comes from comments from our renters - 'comfortable and clean'. Although we don't live in the cottage, we are close enough to help if needed but not to interfere.
Why Bob Taylor chose Markesan
This is a home that has been in our family since the early 1900s. The original vacation home on this land was the historic 'Windmill Cottage' - a cottage with a working windmill atop a three story structure. That building has been replaced by our four bedroom home 'Hidden Treasure.' It has been a summer place for our family since the 1950s. It has provided many fond memories for us and we hope that your time spent here be the highlight of your summer experiences.
What makes this Cottage unique
We love being near the water and the scenic beauty of the lake, but we also enjoy the rich variety of wildlife which come to our yard - song birds, water fowl, wild turkeys, and deer. Early mornings are special times when we enjoy a steaming cup of coffee on the pier and watch the mist rise off the still waters of Green Lake.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Enjoyable family vacation!
We enjoyed our first Green Lake vacation! The cottage was accurately pictured and described on VRBO...no surprises. Bob met us upon arrival and helped with unloading. The cottage had plenty of space for my family (husband, 4 and 6 year old), my parents and my 2 sisters. We enjoyed the lake views from the house, and floating and fishing off the pier. We rented a “Maui Mat” from Action Marina and used Bob’s tandem kayak for morning paddles. We all had fun!
Wonderful setting, very nice property, ambiance over the top, kids had a blast. The 4th of July fireworks over the lake, an unexpected treat.
Very quaint, spacious, quiet place. Furniture needs to be updated.
The house is spacious, however the kitchen is small for a large group. The master bedroom could use a toilet topper, as there is very limited space for items. Some of the aged furniture should be updated, and the living room furniture should be rearranged with the tv near the fireplace, for better viewing by more quests. The full size mattresses should be replaced. The fire pit and patio area are nice, however there was not a large enough level lawn area for yard games. The pier is nice and renting the boat lift is highly recommended. There is ample parking for 4 vehicles & 1 boat trailer, however the area to maneuver to get the trailer in the proper area was challenging. Guests were not pleased about the distance to haul everything from the parking area to the house. Hauling is across a grassy downward sloped area, cement & wood stairs. Having a paved area down to the house, for unloading at arrival & loading at departure would help tremedously. The owners are close by to assist with any needs that arise, and quickly resolved any issues.
We are very receptive to all recommendations, and address concerns regularly. We try to make regular updates and and changes to make all of our guests more comfortable and satisfied. We are in the process of updating some of the furniture and bedding. A new parking area for boat trailers has been added. Under usual circumstances, a golf cart is available upon request to assist guests with their luggage, coolers, and other items. We make ourselves available to address any concerns guests may have during their stay.
The lake was beautiful... We had a good family vacation. Swimming , fishing , camp fires and beautiful sunsets. There was a problem with having a boat docked to the owners pier. Owner insisted you have to use the boat lift with an additional fee of $175 per week or take your boat out of the water every night !
Docking boats at the pier are welcomed and necessary for loading and unloading. However, Green Lake is a very unpredictable, and the weather can change at a moments notice. Therefore unsupervised docking and boats left tied to the dock unattended could result in damage to the owners boat and or the dock which would need to be covered at the expense of our guests. We provide the rental of a boat lift for most boats up to 4000 lbs for convenience and security.
Charming and comfortable
I think the previous reviews did a thorough job covering almost everything and the home is very much as pictured.
My husband, 3 teen age+ sons, and mother-in-law stayed for 4 nights, Mon-Thursday in early June. It was an especially peaceful time being mid week. We too enjoyed the full view of the lake from all the back windows and appreciated how well Bob and his wife stocked the home beyond the essentials, including various sized pots, marshmallow roasting utensils, matches, kitchen, bath, and cleaning supplies, etc.!
The house had more than enough space for the 6 of us; but was still happy to have 2.5 BA. The yard is beautiful and has ample shade and sunshine.
Our activities included mostly watersports, i.e., wake boarding, wake surfing, tubing, and endless fishing for our oldest son, Ben. Ben fished from the end of the pier with an additional pole he borrowed from Bob. He was happier than a little boy on Xmas morning reeling in some of the biggest bass he’s ever caught. For the other activities, we rented a boat and equipment through Action Marina and were extremely pleased with them as well.
Most importantly, Bob and his wife were amazing hosts. They treated us like family greeting us upon arrival, were extremely responsive via text, and caring about all the little details, as they really wanted to ensure that we were happy. It poured the morning we left and I’m afraid we rushed out to catch our flight back to CA and I missed that hug. Next time!
Perfect Little Piece of Paradise
Large, spacious, and clean. The kitchen is fully stocked for any of your cooking needs. There are plenty of towels and a washer and dryer to use. There are many tables and chairs to sit at and play games, do puzzles, or have a meal. We were especially happy that the home had an entire wall of windows looking out onto the lake. The property is well taken care of, both inside and out. Full wi-fi to post those sunset pics onto Facebook, and MULTIPLE bathrooms. *This has been an issue we constantly deal with and one bathroom with multiple full grown men is an absolute no-go for us. :) AC worked well, and the kids LOVED the sandpit and kayak. The dock goes far out, with about a 6' depth at the end. It included ladders as well so if you felt the need to jump in, no problem!
The home itself sits on a private drive with a few other houses. The owner lives 2 houses down so is around often keeping your place cleaned up. There are restaurants within 10 minutes and plenty of pretty farms to look at. We were especially happy eating at Reilly's (good food, full menu, and plenty of outdoor seating with views of the lake) and the Little Corporal for breakfast (family run diner, but packs up so get there early and order the crab cake eggs benedict!) The lake is beautiful and large. We even rented a pontoon boat to go swimming and look at the gorgeous houses. Neighbors are very friendly and will probably offer you a cocktail if you smile at them.
Bob is very sweet and lives just 2 houses down. He doesn't ask for them, but he likes hugs. He walks over often to check in on you and will continuously take care of the yard. He was very easy going and likes to chat. He knows lots of history about the house and the area surrounding it. He was very accomodating as well, offering a late check out for us. Further, he stayed in contact via text message to make sure we were satisfied with our trip.
This house can't be missed. It's a genuinely great piece of property. Quiet, comfortable, spacious, and AMAZING views. We were very happy!
Thank you for choosing our place for your Memorial Day Weekend vacation and for taking such good care of it! We are very glad you and your family enjoyed your stay! We hope that we will see you again.
Green Lake Conference Center, Boat Rentals and Fishing Charter Services on Green Lake, Thrasher Opera House and Concerts in the Park - Green Lake Village, Concerts on the Square - Ripon, Ripon College, EAA Museum - Oshkosh, Larsen Clydesdale Shows, Playground at County Park, Wisconsin Dells - 1 hour away