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Little House on the Bay---Door County Retro Style/ Comfortable--

Ellison Bay, WI, USA
  • Cottage600 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

2 Bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, Sleeps 1-4 persons

From this sun lit clearing in the 3.5 acre woods along the Door County shore--390 feet shoreline--, visitors will experience the tranquility, the freshness, and the beauty of this peninsula. The backyard makes a perfect morning birding site. Grab an afternoon nap on the deck. At night observe the brilliant sky and conduct your own meteor count. Awaken to the song birds; fall asleep to the sounds of waves. Explore the woods on the property, looking for wild flowers in the spring or visit any of several local parks, located nearby: Newport Park, Door Bluff County Park. Hike or bike the local roads summer and fall or head for many designated hiking areas. Sled the lane in the winter and x-country at nearby trails. Take a short walk to the local coffee house in Gills Rock for morning coffee or midmorning cherry pie. Have dinner at The Shore Line Restaurant in Gills Rock , one of Door's best restaurants; it, too, is just a short stroll. CALL Dan 920-421-0578


Dan and Cindy

Member Since 2006
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018


    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, bunk beds
      • Bedroom 3
        1 sleep sofa /futon, living room-queen
      • Two Separate Bedrooms and one sleeper queen size in the living room. One Bedroom has a queen bed and the 2nd BR has bunk beds w/ sleeper sofa in Living Room.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Beach
            Staircase down to beautiful dolomite/rock beach has now been completed to access the water. Cliff face has sea fossils viewable
          • Lake
          • Lake View
            Gorgeous view of Lake Michigan and Washington Island--located up high on bluff for an excellent view.
          • Lakefront
            On Green Bay water/Lake Michigan--gorgeous view-- water/beach is accessible by beautiful stairs--located high above the water on the bluff for an excellent view out towards Washington Island.
          • Water View
          • Waterfront
            Located on a high bluff with beautiful staircase to the water--cliff face has sea fossils viewable


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Local Maps
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Linen Rental Possible
                      • Linens Provided
                        may be a charge if renting less than 1 week for linens/towels
                      • Living Room
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Fireplace
                        Outdoor fire ring---need to purchase firewood in area for outdoor fires
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Telephone
                        No land line---Need to have cell phone
                      • Towels Provided
                        may be a charge if renting less than 1 week for linens/towels


                          • Kitchen
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Freezer
                          • Blender
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Dish TV
                                  • Stereo
                                    Music on Dish TV programming


                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        gas grill on deck plus outdoor fire pit--- picnic table
                                      • Bicycles
                                        Bicycles can be rented in Gills Rock /bike shop
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Chairs/End tables
                                      • Deck Furniture
                                      • Golf
                                        Several golf courses in area--Penninsula State Park and others
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Kayaks can be rented in area
                                      • Boat
                                        Various power and sail boats can be rented in area
                                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                      • Patio
                                      • Small Cooler
                                      • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                      • Walkway to Water


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • caves
                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • coin laundry
                                              • festivals
                                              • forests
                                              • bay/sound
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • 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

                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • ice skating
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • paragliding
                                                          • parasailing
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • ski privileges optional
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • snowmobiling
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • water tubing
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • We are DOG FRIENDLY FOR AN APPROVED DOG(s)---i.e. typically, if your dog is a family member in good standing he/she will be welcomed--just let us know what dog(s) breed you have and age. An approved pet fee is $140/wk $20/n

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                27 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                A great stay at the "Little House"!

                                                                Brian L.Coon Rapids, MN

                                                                My wife and I and our Irish Terrier spent four days/nights at this wonderful little house in late September, our first trip to Door County. We can echo what many others have already stated – it is a charming, well equipped little slice of “old Door County” on an amazing piece of property. The sunsets and star gazing from those Adirondack chairs at the edge of the rock wall above the water were great, and the stairway going down to the water should be in the stairway hall of fame, very well designed and constructed. We were pretty busy while there and wish we had made more time to just enjoy the solitude and privacy sitting out on the porch. We cooked a couple of meals using the kitchen and gas grill and everything worked well, and also had great dinners at the very nearby Shoreline Restaurant and the Cajun-influenced Fireside Restaurant in Sister Bay. The Island Orchard Cider House in Ellison Bay is close by and not to be missed if you’re a cider fan, and also don’t miss Bea’s Ho Made shop less than a mile from the house. Dan was an extremely good communicator (even keeping in touch while he and Cynthia were in Iceland!) and we had a very enjoyable chat when he stopped by to make sure we had gotten in OK since there is minimal cell service. We couldn’t imagine coming back to Door County and not staying at the Little House on the Bay…..thanks Dan and Cynthia for making it available!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We always enjoy reading/hearing that our renting folks have had a nice time staying with us at our retro "Little House on the Bay" ---excellent renters as well and we certainly appreciate them staying with us.


                                                                Mary Ellen G.

                                                                We absolutely loved the time we spent at the Little Cabin in the Woods! If you are looking for the most up to date amenities and furnishings, this is not it.

                                                                If you enjoy being away from the crowds, shoppers and hub-in... run, don't walk!

                                                                Favorite activity: listening to SILENCE, and then making a list of what we can hear... rustling trees, a bee, many different kinds of birds, lapping water.

                                                                It's a great place to refresh your spirit.

                                                                Believe the photos. Picturesque!

                                                                Theresa W.

                                                                Beautiful location with stunning views. Cabin is well kept and clean. Kitchen is better equipped than most others. Dan was wonderful to work with and had lots of suggestions for local attractions. Very pleased to find such a comfortable, homey cabin for us and our dog.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                It is always fun for us to see others come to Door County and enjoy their stay.

                                                                Cozy, private retreat

                                                                Diane C.

                                                                We had a wonderful time at the 'Little House on the Bay'. We were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary and the cottage provided us with seclusion and a beautiful retreat that we desired. The cottage had everything we needed. It was clean and in good repair. We loved the stairs down to the lakes edge. We also enjoyed a fire in the pit in the back yard. It was great to be away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger towns yet close enough to visit when we wanted to. I would love to return to the 'Little House' in the future.

                                                                Wonderful Experience

                                                                Brad B.

                                                                My family and I stayed at the "Little House on the Bay" and we had a awesome time. The location is spectacular, and the steps to the rocks down by the water are really nice. We saw a little red fox, mother deer, and a baby fawn decided to lay in the grass near the driveway. Needless to say, that was really cool for the kids. The location provides a peaceful getaway and the sunsets are really great. We enjoyed watching the boats and seagulls all the time. The location provides a great spot to drive to shops in Gills Rock, or down the road to Sister Bay as well. We were only 2 miles from the Boat Ferry to Washington Island, which also was a fun time. In addition had a charter to go fishing and caught some Salmon! Our family really loved everything about the little house and the quiet, peaceful surroundings. We enjoyed all the trees, rocks and flowers as well. Thanks Dan & Cynthia for a great vacation, and hope to return someday.

                                                                Incredible sunsets

                                                                Terri F.Oconomowoc, WI

                                                                Our family of four, plus our dog, all loved our weekend stay at Little House on the Bay. The location is beautiful, peaceful and convenient. We loved walking and admiring the views from the entire "tip of the thumb" area. The view of the lake is just spectacular, and the stairway to the water is really a work of art! We drove to the Emphraim bay area to watch the sunset, but, then discovered that the view right from our window when we got back to "Little house" was the most awesome!

                                                                The owners are friendly and easy to work with. Thanks so much for a memorable weekend, Dan and Cynthia!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                If I had a crystal ball ---I likely would see their two children while reminiscing together ---stating --- some years down the road from now,---something like "remember when our parents took us to that cabin,etc. up in Door County---lets take our kids up there--it was so much fun to be together." All of these seeds are being planted today.


                                                                Ellison Bay, WI, USA

                                                                Door County--where you can relax on a beach, fish in the lakes, walk through pristine woods, bike scenic backroads, kayak lovely coastlines, cross country secluded trails, pick cherries in the summer, apples in the autumn, eat fish all year-fresh, smoked, or boiled at our unique fish boils. Door County-where you can dine at gourmet restaurants, picnic in quiet parks, visit art galleries, antique shops, book stores, where you can hear outstanding music of all types, (for classical Mid Summer Festival in June-Peninsula Festival in August), where you can take classes in the folk schools-The Clearing, Bjorklunden. Door County-where you can choose a place of scenic beauty to be alone and do nothing. If this house is rented try our other house at HOMEAWAY # 177327 Beach @Skyledge--'Little House on the Bay' is a cute/retro and comfortable cabin(with a great water view) for a small group of family or friends. Numerous golf courses are available in Door County--Winter Cross Country skiing, Snowshoeing Golf: Numerous golf courses are available in Door County-- Ski: Winter Cross Country skiing and Snow Shoeing

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Cleaning Fee
                                                                Pet Fee
                                                                Additional Guest Fee
                                                                Tax Rate

                                                                $165-$235 (2-4 persons) $20/pp per night for over 2 occupants -------CONTACT DAN 920-421-0578-----schaulis@dcwis.com . Approved dog(s) $20/per pet per night. $140/week per pet. Rates subject to tax of 11%. 50% down w/ rental agreement confirms reservation Number of occupants inc. every child/infant/adult. Final pay due 30 days before rental date. If you cancel your reservation (after must notify us in writing) we will open your nights for rental --If we are able to re-rent your time slot then full refund--if not--no refund. No smoking No Fireworks (wisconsin statute 167.10(3) property. Pet fee is $20/n $140/wk w/approval. **Cleaning charge added for less than 5 nights.

                                                                27 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.9/5
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