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, when the water is low, providing easy access for swimming. Kayaks, paddleboats and sailboats are available to rent in downtown Ephraim.
Keywords: Cottage, summer cottage, beach cottage