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Arts & Crafts Masterpiece

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

SAND BEACH, 5 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-14

ALL RATES QUOTED ARE ESTMATES. TO GET ACCURATE RATES PLEASE Click "SEND EMAIL" or "MESSAGE" there is also tax and a security deposit of $3,000, which is fully refundable within 5 business days after checkout.

Arts & Crafts masterwork on 2 acre wooded lot sloping down to 300 feet of sand beach frontage on Lake Michigan. Solid Douglas Fir beamed ceilings, 5 bedrooms plus sitting room convertible to a dormitory for 2-4 children, 4 stone fireplaces, 3 ceramic tile bathrooms, full kitchen with seating for 12, great room, entertainment room, pool table area in loft, whirlpool, steam shower, 30'X 60' deck. During the summer, we rent by the week, Saturday to Saturday. Rent averages $4,550 plus 11% tax per week, but significantly lower the first two weeks of June, and depends on the number in your party; there is also a security deposit which is returnable within 10 days after you check out.

So, take the beach path to the unobstructed view of the sunrise over the lake, and start your Door County vacation on this very special wooded land.

For information and reservations, please use this number (three one two) three seven one, three three seven three.



This is a custom-designed and custom-built house, in the Arts & Crafts style of Greene & Greene. The land was purchased in 1999 and construction began in July of 2000. Master carpenters, masons, cabinet makers, fireplace builders, tilers and metal workers labored for 18 months to create this work. The Great Room's dramatic ceiling soars 28 feet, supporting a wall of glass framed by five Douglas Fir columns, but then it descends to eight feet, to create a warm and inviting feeling around the hearth. The beam joinery is custom; all floors and doors and cabinetry are quarter-sawn oak. Off the Great Room are the entrances to the Library and the Master Suite. The open common area from the Great Room also leads to the kitchen.

Bedroom configuration: Master Suite is downstairs and has 1 king bed, stone fireplace, it's own private exterior entrance, ceramic tile bath with whirlpool and steam shower and double sinks. Attached to the suite is a hall leading past a wet bar to the sitting room, which is convertible to a dormitory for 1-4 children using inflatable aero beds. The view is to the east, with an unobstructed view of the sunrise and the lake.

Upstairs are four bedrooms. The Yellow Room contains a four-poster queen bed and exterior door to a balcony facing north. The Southwest Room contains a pull-out queen bed and stone fireplace after a Greene & Greene design, and an exterior entrance and balcony viewing east and the lake. The Nautical Room has two twin beds and exterior door and balcony with a view to the east and the lake. The Pine Room is lined with inch-thick knotty pine boards and has two twin beds.



It is a short walk to the beach, the path to which is lighted at night. We have 300 feet of sand beach frontage on Lake Michigan, shallow 600 feet out, so flat-bottom boats, kayaks, canoes and sailboats with centerboards can be launched right from our shore. The beach can also be used for nightly fires, which are easy to build. Beach chairs, umbrellas and sand toys are available in the garage.

We are located across the street from The Town Hall Bakery, the best bakery in Door County. Jacksonport also has one grocery, two standalone pub-restaurants and one restaurant in the motel on the same side of the street as the house; the Craft Cottage is across the street from and north of us, and is the place to get lists of activities in Door County and maps. Also see the visitors' center in Baileys Harbor, about 15 minutes' drive north on 57.

Cave Point County Park and Whitefish Dunes State Park are a bicycle ride to the south of us on Cave Point Drive. Both are excellent outings for hiking which could easily take you 4-5 hours to see the entire area. A 10 minute ride south and west of us is Kurtz Coral, riding stables for horseback riding at all levels. Between Jacksonport and Baileys Harbor is Maxwelton Braes golf course. A short ride north, past Baileys Harbor, on County Q, you find two outdoor hiking venues: The Ridges, a nature sanctuary, and Cana Island Lighthouse, which you can tour and picnic under. If fishing is your passion, the causeway off County E is good at dawn and dusk; if you want the thrill of big fish, there is charter fishing and a boat ramp in Baileys Harbor.

The best hiking park is Newport State Park, which is less crowded than popular Peninsula State Park; the best trails for cross-country skiing are at Whitefish Dunes State Park. Best rugged climbing/hiking is found in the Headlands County Park just south of Gils Rock; best camping is at Rock Island, you will take two ferry boats to get there.

We highly recommend Door Shakespeare, an outdoor theater at Bjorklunden, just south of Baileys Harbor, about 10 minutes' drive from the house on 57. For wide range of theater, Peninsula Players in Fish Creek is the venerable summer stock theater where many nationally famous actors got their beginning.

Restaurants: Donny's Glidden Lodge Restaurant for best escargot; White Gull Inn in Fish Creek for breakfast and fish boils; Mission Grille in Sister Bay for fresh fish, Inn at Cedar Crossing in Sturgeon Bay for best cherry pancakes; and best hamburgers and malts/ice cream is at Wilson's in Ephraim; Al Johnson's in Sister Bay for the best Swedish food, including pancakes.

For groceries, please plan to stop at Pic-N-Save in Sturgeon Bay on your way to the house; it's a full service grocery and liquor store; there is a smaller Piggly Wiggly store just south of Sister Bay on 42


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More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2018

About The Owner

I acquired the property in 1999, designed the house between mid-1999 and mid-2000 and built the house between July 1, 2000 and November 30, 2001. We moved in December 2, 2001.

The Owner purchased this chateau / country house in 2001

Why The Owner chose Jacksonport

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What makes this chateau / country house unique

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Jacksonport Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • 1.Master Suite - 1 king , first floor sleeps 2
    2.Yellow Bedroom - 1 queen , second floor 4-poster bed sleeps 2
    3. Pine Room - 2 twin/ single , second floor sleeps 2
    4. Southwest Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , second floor pullout couch: queen bed sleeps 1-2
    5. Nautical Room - 2 twin/ single , second floor sleeps 2
    6. Sitting room - 2 queen , First floor 2 inflatable queen mattreses: sleps 4 children
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
300 feet frontage on Lake Michigan, two wooded acres, 30' X 60' deck,


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

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Arts & Crafts Masterpiece
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
Originally from Indiana (Pat) & Michigan (Clark)

2 Wonderful Weeks at the Nelson House

  • 5 of 5

We left the Nelson House after 2 weeks of rest, relaxation, and a "magical" experience difficult to describe. The home has everything you may need or want, plus much more. The pictures posted on this website are exactly as the home appears, both inside and outside. The view from the large panel of windows to include the backyard, beach, and Lake Michigan are extraordinary. I loved sitting on the 2nd floor at the window for meditation! Having a cup of coffee on the deck watching the sunrise, was as peaceful as sitting on the deck in the evening with a glass of wine. The landscaping is beautiful and well maintained, as we observed during our 2 weeks. The home is meticulous, with all supplies needed, and beds that were very comfortable. Craig's large library of books and DVDs are appropriate for all age groups. We also used the Pool Table daily, after a round of golf at many of the Door County Golf Courses. The Master Bathroom has both a Steam Shower and Jacuzzi Bath that are in perfect condition and very soothing after a fun-filled day.

I promise that you will not be disappointed staying at the Nelson House. We are hoping to return annually for our Nelson Home & Door County "fix"!

In addition to the Nelson House, don't forget that Door County has plenty to offer. We highly recommend a Site-Seeing Flight over Door County. Our Pilot even circled the Nelson House so we could take our own pictures and videos of the area.

Enjoy your stay, as we did!

Pat, Clark, and family... Naples, Florida

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation Home with a beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, our three very young children, and in-laws rented the Nelson house the first week of October 2016 and we can't say enough good things about it. We had a fabulous time enjoying dinners around the large dining table, sitting together in the beautifully crafted great room, watching the sunrise in the mornings, and playing on the beach with our children. The owner is very responsive to any issues. The House is well maintained and comfortable. With three small children who like to get into everything, it was nice to come to a home that didn't have a lot of knick-knacks and breakables. Jacksonport is a very quiet town, which makes the Nelson house a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy bay side of the peninsula. We look forward to renting the Nelson house again.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Champaign, IL

Perfect Craftsman Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, our four sons, and their three spouses enjoyed this beautiful home for a week in July 2015. The pictures don't do this home justice. It is a magnificent, well maintained, comfortable, and spacious home. The maintenance man told us he considers this home the most beautiful home in Door County and I would agree. This custom built home has ample spaces for a large gathering or places for solitude and the outdoor space is fantastic as well. The deck became a gathering place for morning coffee and afternoon chats with a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. The short path to the private beach was well travelled by our group as we enjoyed the water and the nightly bonfires. The kitchen has everything you need to cook and serve meals. The home has a great selection of books and dvds and a super sound system. The location is convenient to a bakery, restaurants, and a grocery store. We all had such a wonderful time and hope to stay again! Many thanks to the owner for making this lovely home available.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, spacious home

  • 5 of 5

I have been coming to Door County for vacations since 1968 and have never stayed in such

a beautiful, spacious and extremely well maintained rental home. My large family of 13,

including 5 grandchildren were very comfortable for both sleeping and personal space.

The deck is big with a great view of Lake Michgan and just a short walk to a large, private beach. The location is great for walking to the various Jacksonport establishments ie; bakery, Mike,s, J J's, grocery and the park. Our June 2015 family vacation was very memorable thanks to this wonderful home as our base camp (with style). I would definitely recommend the Nelson House, especially for a large family.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best family trip ever..!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a very professional transaction with the owner. Everything was as described in our communications. We loved the experience of being on Lake Michigan. The home was very spacious for all four generations of our family. No access issues for our aging parents. We actually appreciated not having TV channels. The location is well worth the extra couple of miles away from the busy towns. We would recommend this to anyone looking for space for the entire family.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arts and craft masterpiece

  • 3 of 5

Door county is a great area, with relaxing attractions. The home clean, beautiful, and had available activities. It could only comfortably accommodate 11 people comfortably however.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being our guests. Nelson House has 5 large bedrooms, each sleeping 2 adults plus room for a crib or mattress for a child; additionally, the house has a sixth room, the sitting room, with two Queen Aero Beds, each large enough for one adult or two children. Families of 12-14 people (10 adults and 4 children, or 12 adults) return to visit us year after year. The spaciousness of the house is why it is a favorite for weddings and family reunions.
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Zip line tours, corn maze, lighthouse tours, Birch Creek jazz festival, Door Shakespeare outdoor theatre, outdoor movie drive-in, cherry festival, fall color touring, Door Plein Air Festival art competition


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