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

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Last updated: 08/20/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Master: 1 king

    second floor with view of waterfront...moreless

  • second floor BR: 1 double


  • Garden BR: 2 twin/ single

    large BR with door to lawn and garden...moreless

  • middle BR: 1 queen

    just off the kitchen...moreless

  • Cottage BR: 1 queen

    separate cottage BR...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Sixty stations are available on three TV's, as well as CD/VCR players and a selection of family movies....moreless

  • Television
  • VCR


  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront:

    The shimmering water of Eagle Harbor is the perfect place for a brisk morning swim or a lazy afternoon floating on a raft. The 180 feet of shoreline is a rock beach and is left as nature intended with trees and grasses poking through the rocks. Water shoes are recommended....moreless

  • Lake View:

    The view from this house is spectacular. The house sits upon the west side of Eagle Harbor providing a stunning view of the sun setting over Horseshoe Island and Eagle Bluff. The colors of the sky change nightly and during the day the harbor is dotted with sails and wakes....moreless

  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Parking:

    off street parking for 3 vehicles...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    There is a land line for local calls....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    A huge stone fireplace lends a cozy atmosphere to the livingroom on chilly evenings....moreless


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Brand new appliances, a hardwood floor and a large chopping block counter make this kitchen a delightful place to work , and it is spacious enough for many helpful chefs to work together....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.8
from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Sep 4 - Sep 30, 2016
3 night min stay
Early 2017
Jun 17 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Peak 2017
Jul 1 - Jul 14, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Late 2017
Jul 15 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Fall 2017
Sep 2 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • linens $125
  • Tax Rate 11%

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 08/20/2016
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1926

Why the Owner Chose Knudson House (Ephraim, WI, USA):
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View of house from beach path

    View of house from beach path

  • Stairs from house to parking

    Stairs from house to parking

  • Wrap-around porch

    Wrap-around porch

  • Living room with view over the harbor

    Living room with view over the harbor

  • Breakfast nook in the woods

    Breakfast nook in the woods

  • Dining porch

    Dining porch

  • Upstairs master bedroom

    Upstairs master bedroom

  • Upstairs bedroom

    Upstairs bedroom

  • Downstairs middle bedroom two twin beds

    Downstairs middle bedroom two twin beds

  • Downstairs garden bedroom

    Downstairs garden bedroom

  • cottage half bath and shower

    cottage half bath and shower

  • Side entrance to garden bedroom

    Side entrance to garden bedroom

  • Wrap-around porch

    Wrap-around porch

  • View from the porch and livingroom

    View from the porch and livingroom

  • Country kitchen

    Country kitchen

  • Upstairs master bedroom one king bed

    Upstairs master bedroom one king bed

  • Upstairs double bed bedroom

    Upstairs double bed bedroom

  • main floor bathroom main floor

    main floor bathroom main floor

  • garden bedroom with quen bed

    garden bedroom with quen bed

  • Cottage queen bed

    Cottage queen bed

  • amazing view from dock

    amazing view from dock

  • with incredible sunsets

    with incredible sunsets

VRBO #390442

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, September 29, 2016

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