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Waterfront Historic Home, Views, Private Beach, Walk to Town

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Built in 1910, the Yeomans Cottage, a craftsman style home, has been a beloved summer home for our family for 85 years and four generations. An architectural gem, this clapboard home with wood floors sits on a 1¼ acre wooded lot with towering trees overlooking the bay. A wrap-around porch and screened dining porch face the water and frame the glorious summer sunsets. The priceless view includes the uninhabited bluffs of Peninsula State Park as well as Horseshoe and Chambers Islands. The old flagstone pathway, built in the 1920s, leads to a stone and wooden dock with private access to Eagle Harbor. Located at the bottom of the bluff, the house feels secluded although it is only ¾ mile from the center of town and a 5-minute drive to the state park, with its miles of bike trails and world-class golf course. However, once you have enjoyed the pleasures of the porch — with a cup of coffee or a cocktail — and taken in the spectacular views, you may never want to leave this comfortable setting.

An enchanting country kitchen boasts a cozy breakfast nook where you can enjoy your breakfast gazing through the large windows into the surrounding woods. Open shelving stores all the dishes and cookware needed to produce meals for a crowd, and a small pantry holds additional appliances and supplies. The screened in dining porch seats 10 comfortably and provides protection from the weather while giving the illusion of being in a tree-house. The adjacent living room faces the bay through a wall of windows. A majestic wood-burning fireplace and a flat-screen TV and DVD player provide warmth and entertainment in the evenings or on a rainy day. Two bedrooms with two twin and one queen bed and a full bath complete the ground floor.

Upstairs is the master bedroom with views overlooking the bay, a king-size bed and adjacent bath. A smaller bedroom with a double bed and two large windows looks down on the side yard and bluff. An adjacent small cottage houses a separate bedroom (queen bed) and bath that open onto the yard. Attached to the cottage is a utility room with washer and dryer.

Access to the private stone beach is via a flagstone path and stone steps. A wooden dock extends into the water, providing easy access for swimming. Kayaks, paddleboats and sailboats are available to rent in downtown Ephraim.

Keywords: Cottage, summer cottage, beach cottage

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Charlie Farwell
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

Why Charlie Farwell chose Door County

Our Grandfather purchased this house in 1907 as a family retreat from the hustle and bustle of life in Chicago. Then a full day's drive from the city, it is now just four short hours to the beauty and tranquility of Door County … one of the nation's top vacation destinations.

What makes this house unique

Enjoy a rare opportunity to spend a week or an entire summer in a 100-year old Door County house … it combines the charm of the past with contemporary conveniences. The warmth and character of this unique cottage is perfect for entertaining, sharing with family and friends or simply relaxing. Nestled in the woods and on the shores of Lake Michigan, this vacation retreat radiates peace and tranquility. Whether you are sitting on the porch, admiring the gardens, or sun bathing on the dock, you will be embraced by the magical beauty of nature. This house symbolizes 'the good life' at its very best and will offer you a summer to remember forever.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a treat! This house is old and that is what makes it charming and unique. It is beautifully maintained and has the luxury of new modern appliances. The front porch has a fabulous view of the bay and the state parks bluffs. We congregated there every evening to watch the amazing sunsets. This home is technically close to the road, but because it is down such a big hill, you do not hear any road noise. The screened in dining porch allows you to hear the birds and watch the late day sun while dining at a lovely handcrafted wooden table with comfy captains chairs. Dinners can go on for hours in this environment. And when you don't want to cook, there are many delicious restaurants within a very short drive, or a lovely walk into downtown Ephraim along the quiet high road. The house is amply stocked with everything you need and the caretakers are thoughtful and have great tips about where to go. Early morning coffee on the dock is a must. We would recommend this home to anyone who appreciates the woods and rustic atmosphere. The beds are comfy too!
Jul 2013
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Ephraim House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 king , second floor with view of waterfront
    second floor BR - 1 double
    Garden BR - 2 twin/ single , large BR with door to lawn and garden
    middle BR - 1 queen , just off the kitchen
    Cottage BR - 1 queen , separate cottage BR
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
A screened-in dining porch with a glorious view of the setting sun; a spacious front porch looking over the harbor provides the perfect spot to relax before dinner or for a nap in the afternoon; a private wooden dock for reading, daydreaming and lunch.


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Waterfront Historic Home, Views, Private Beach, Walk to Town
average rating of 4.8125 based on 17 reviews

Cozy cottage, great views!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family had a wonderful week here. All the amenities in a cozy cottage with great views of the bay!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cottage's porch and dock- right on the lake, were a perfect place for our group to reconnect.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time relaxing and reconnecting with our group of friends (9 of us stayed). The house's porch was our favorite hangout. We spent a lot of time there watching the lake and relaxing. Each couple had their own room and we all had plenty of room to spare. One really nice memory was of our last day there having breakfast in the screened in porch. A very cool place with tons of character.

The owners were very responsive and easy to work with. We'd stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Minnesota

The location on the Green Bay was excellent! Parking was a challenge.

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is 110 years old and represents the early 1900's very well. While the driveway and parking is a challenge it is doable. The owners are easy to work with and the cottage comes well equipped. There are two bathrooms in the cottage and one bathroom in the guest cottage. You must be friendly and share the bathrooms if there are more than three couples. We numbered five retired couples who were on a bike adventure of Door County. Our high expectations were met.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thiensville, Wisconsin, USA

Beautiful View & Rich History

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Yeomans cottage for 2 weeks in August. The cottage is a large old beautiful one, rich with family history and long on great views. The owners clearly love the house and are proud of their family's history. We really enjoyed sitting on the porch watching the boats go by and sun go down. The dock was great and the kids swam every day. We saw 2 bald eagles several times and many other birds including the gray pelicans!

Multiple generations stayed on-and-off during our stay and everyone loved the house. The driveway and stairs are a bit steep, but even my dad (75) managed to navigate the grounds.

While the house is a bit pricey, I will say we never ate in more than this trip as we couldn't breakaway from the view and the swimming. So we saved a bit there - Ha!

Thank you Lesley, Charlie and family for sharing your beautiful family cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Ephraim Views in 10 Person Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Overall had a wonderful time. The renter is responsive, helpful, accessible, and timely, which is very important to me. The views are unbeatable. Wish I was still there having coffee on the patio facing Eagle Harbor. Amazing sunsets as well. And comfortable porch furniture to relax in.

Linen service was worth it in my opinion; sheets were clean, towels were acceptable. Don't forget to do it though! I overlooked it initially. The water pressure in the downstairs shower and cottage shower was pretty weak, the upstairs shower seemed to work fine. Similar to someone else's review, we just about ran out of bathroom tissue, but we also had a packed house almost all week.

The driveway is steep yes, but I have a small AWD SUV and my family members have regular sedans (Camry & Accord) - the key is just to go easy on the gas.

I also had my two elderly grandmothers on the trip, which was a LITTLE difficult to get them both down the steps to the house, but there is a railing and the steps are well lit at night (once we figured out the motion lights). The steps are also fairly wide to allow for more than one person to go down at once. AND we successfully got them both down to the dock by going slowly and taking the stepping stones down to the water.

Would definitely recommend, but keep in mind it is a 100 year old house and its meant to be rustic, which we found charming for the most part. Don't mind the occasional bug here and there (you're in the woods). The location is perfect. You're basically half a mile from Wilson's - WHICH IS THE BEST! And it's still quiet enough to enjoy your peaceful nights!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stillwater, MN

2015 Season opener

  • 5 of 5

Our family celebrated a 60th and 30th birthday at this property mid June 2015. We loved it and will come back! We liked the location, we could walk to downtown Ephraim, and we enjoyed being on this beautiful bay of Lake Michigan. The sunsets were gorgeous! The inside of the home had everything you could want. The screened dining space and the large porch were the most enjoyed spaces. The host warmly welcomed us and sent forgotten items after we returned home. A 10+!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Ephraim House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Season
Jun 16 2018 - Jun 30 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 14 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Season
Jul 15 2018 - Sep 1 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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