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Superior Horizons Carriage House Next to the Apostle Islands

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Superior Horizon’s modern day Carriage House is the perfect destination for the traveler seeking comfort and relaxation. Whether you are an adventurist looking for a place to store all of your toys or the leisure enthusiast looking for peace and quiet, we have many amenities to offer both. Our fully furnished 2 bedroom, 1 bath loft offers a full sized attached garage with enough space to store kayaks, bikes, motorcycles and even your truck. Located just one mile north of Bayfield, Wisconsin and nestled on 10 beautiful acres of rolling woods, you will be secluded, yet minutes away from great shopping and restaurants. We have 40+ Five Star Reviews and have been selected 2012's Best Vacation Rental in Bayfield!

This vacation rental caters to the adventurers that like to bring their equipment with them but hate to have to keep it with them where ever they go. Also to the persons that like to have a quiet wooded park-like setting on 10 acres with a jogging/hiking trail, and yet be within walking or riding distance to downtown.

Please note: We only accept children over the age of 12

Open Year Round

Private garage with 660 square feet of storage space for Kayaks, bikes, motorcycles and vehicles

Built-in kayak storage rack


Fully equipped kitchen w/stove, fridge, microwave, utensils and dishware

Complimentary local gourmet coffee and organic teas

King size bed w/tempurpedic mattress

Queen bed w/pillow top mattress

Queen sized sleeper sofa

2 flat screen TVs with DVD players and DVD library

WiFi Internet Access



Quality cotton Linens and towels provided

Eco-friendly laundry and dish soap provided

Hair dryer

Alarm clocks

Picnic area

Outdoor gas grill

Privacy and seclusion in a park-like setting

Boat and trailer parking

Hiking/Jogging trail

Keywords: Wooded, Acreage, Secluded, Garage, Kayaks, Trailer Parking, Fitness Area, Apostle Islands, Biking, Walking Distance to town

More Details

Barbara Murphy
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Barbara Murphy

Barb has 20 years experience in the restaurant industry. She retired from her position with Le Peep Restaurant in 2010 where she served as a General Manager for 10 years. Providing great customer service was her primary goal and she played an active role in training her employees to assure it. Barb is a Certified Personal Trainer and ran her own women’s boot camp class from 2007-2010 in Houston during her spare time.

John is retired from the Houston Police Department where he served for 28 years. He joined the force in 1982 and after 4 years of working Patrol, he joined the SWAT Team and remained with that division until his retirement in 2010. John has worked with Secret Service and other dignitary protection groups serving four presidents and numerous high profile individuals. He has a thorough understanding of one’s privacy and security and strives to ensure it.

Barbara Murphy purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Barbara Murphy chose Northwest

John and Barb Murphy are no strangers to the north. John was actually born in Racine, Wisconsin and grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Michigan. Barb was raised in northern Michigan on the east shore of Lake Charlevoix in the small town of Boyne City. Career opportunities led them both to Houston separately, where they eventually met, got married and raised a daughter. After 30 years in the big city, it was time to retire. Having spent the latter 10 years searching for the perfect place, and some 10 states later, they ended up in Bayfield on a whim in the summer of 2009. On the advice of a friend, they scouted an area south of Bayfield County. It was a beautiful place but something was missing. One of the locals there suggested visiting Bayfield; so, they packed for a day trip and headed north. Within the first few minutes of arriving they were definitely “Up North”; they knew this was the place: quaint shops; islands; friendly residents; and, of course, the big water - Lake Superior. It was like coming home. With sights set high, they headed back to Houston, sold their home and moved to Bayfield in August of 2010. Their new home and Carriage House Rental is situated on 10 beautifully wooded acres just one mile north of town.

What makes this cottage unique

We are located on 10 wooded acres with a 1/2 mile hike/jog trail that runs along the property with it's own creek. We have wildlife on our property including Black Bear, Bobcat, Deer, Coyote, Wolf, Raccoon, and Fox. Our Carriage house is equipped with all the comforts of home and if you need any special requests, we can have it for you in minutes. You will have a 600 sq ft heated garage where you can store your equipment instead of being one of the many unfortunate visitors that have to keep all their toys on or attached to the vehicles. We are next to the Apostle Islands which is controlled by the National Park Service. You will find Seacaves along the islands and mainland. Kayaking, canoeing and boating is a lifetime experience along the Islands. You can paddle to one of the 21 islands and hike or even camp in areas pristine with nature and solitude. Just keep bear wary!

After experiencing the thousands of acres of nature; walk, ride or drive one mile into town and shop at all the shops or eat at one of many restaurants while looking over Lake Superior and the islands. Want more culture?? Take in a show at the Big Top Chautauqua or at Stage North. You will see famous performers as well as our local artists. Don't forget the Bayfield Apple Festival or the Dog Sled Races or the Bayfield in Bloom or the Fall Harvest Celebration or the Blessing of the Fleet or 'whew!' Just too many things to see and do here in Bayfield. Check out our website for more info and pictures at superiorhorizons.


Bayfield Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Upstairs Master - 1 king , Tempurpedic Mattress
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 king , King size log bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
1/2 mile Wooded Hike/Jog Trail on property.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(63 traveler reviews)

Superior Horizons Carriage House Next to the Apostle Islands
average rating of 4.968254 based on 63 reviews

excellent getway with great people

  • 5 of 5

great charming guest house with excellent hosts, excellent location from downtown Bayfield WI, clean house ,very hospitable people and resourceful. On top of being our host our great house owner introduce us to Fat tire biking with his great knowledge of the outdoor activities of all kind. He even rented the bikes for both of us from Ashland and brought them to our door . we call this an excellent service . Besides the buisness aspect of it ,we felt like we got a new friends in Bayfield . You could feel the genuine friendship of our host and the connection with the outdoor activities and the protection of the environment . On another note , we loved the town of Bayfield and specially the the cycling group. we will go back for sure Winter and or summer .

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The carriage house was perfect for our stay. Beautiful, clean and well maintained house and property. The garage was large and was just what we needed for bikes and such. Close to hiking, biking, and all things outdoors, as well as, restaurants and pubs for yummy food and drinks. John was super helpful recommending bike trails and other outdoor adventures. Would definitely stay again and would recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chippewa Falls

Beautiful, well kept and kind owners!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a getaway in the dead of winter and looking for a unique place to stay. In the winter there isn't a lot to do in Bayfield unless you love the outdoors like we do!!! So in the spirit of unique, we found the Carriage House. Not only is it well maintained, well decorated with an amazing also boasts a wood burning sauna! We hiked all day long up on the lake shore and then came back to relax and wind down in the sauna. We honestly felt like we had been at the spa!

The owners John and Barbara are the kindest people you could ever meet. They gave us ideas on places to go hike and eat, they prepped the sauna for us upon our return from hiking! They were easy to contact whenever we needed anything!

THANK YOU JOHN AND BARBARA! Your home and hospitality was fantastic, and exactly what we needed!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adams WI USA

Looking for a quiet New Years

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I decided for a quiet way to ring in the New Years and do a little snow shoeing was well. I located this on VRBO, made contact with Barbara and booked it for the weekend. Must say this was one of the better stays of the year for us. We had never used VRBO but will be going back. The place was a dream weekend for us. Very comfortable, clean to the point it was like a summer cottage someone would own. Barbara meet us upon arrival and pointed out the everything we needed to know. The garage at this time of the year was a big bonus as well. Must say if you are heading to the Bayfield area anything of the year and don't want to put up with other people and want a quite laid back place, this is the place, it has everything you would need and is close enough to town if you need something its a very short drive. Loved it! Thanks Barbara and John!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Property in Bayfield!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, secluded property. The unit has everything you'll need and feels very safe and cozy. Perfect location for all there is to do in Bayfield and the Apostle Islands. Highly recommended to anyone visiting the area!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We'll be coming back!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent place to stay! Perfect location - close to town but far enough out to make things very peaceful. Loved walking the trail on the property in the morning and having a cup of coffee out on the front porch. A wonderful and cozy place to come home to after a long day of being outside. John and Barb are great hosts and gave us great hiking recommendations. We went after Apple Fest weekend, so things were very quiet and many of the restaurants were closed but we still found some great spots to eat and enjoy a cocktail. Fall colors were peaking and the hiking trails were dead. Would highly recommend coming up this time of year! It was perfect and we will be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Basswood Island

We are minutes away from the Apostle Islands


Rates & Availability

Bayfield Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

We do not accept children under the age of 12
Nightly rate is based on double occupancy. A nightly fee of $20 per person will apply for additional guests.
Cancellations with 30 days or more notice will result in a 75% refund of deposit
Cancellations with 29 days or less notice will result in a 50% refund of deposit
Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will result in forteiture of deposit

Please call for reservations. Deposit required to hold reservation = 1 night's rental rate for 1-3 night stay (or) 50% required for 4 or more nights stay. Credit Card and/or Check. Balance due upon check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.