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Quaint and quiet cottage north of Ephraim, just off of Hwy 42. Easy to find.

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Living room/bedroom, kitchen/dining area, full bath, and quiet side deck.

Tuckaway Cottage is a quaint and quiet cottage settled among pine and maple trees where one spots deer and turkeys sharing paths in the beautiful outskirts of Ephraim. This one-of-a-kind eclectic cottage has many handmade features to welcome you; most notable are a machine-pieced-and-quilted star quilt by the owner and a unique 3-D village of yesteryear which surrounds the living room/bedroom. The artistic interpretation of an old-fashioned village was handcrafted by a young man from St. Paul, assisted by the owner's family members. As night falls, settle under the mini lights of this unique village.

The accommodations include a comfortable air-conditioned living room/bedroom combination, a fully equipped kitchen/dining area, and a full bath. An adjacent side deck with table and chairs awaits your plans for dining outdoors. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, silverware, utensils, pots and pans, an apartment-size refrigerator, coffeemaker, electric stove, and microwave. The cottage is furnished with a queen bed, pillows, blankets, bed linens, and even an alarm clock. A fold-out cot is available for a young child upon request. A color TV with satellite and DVD player awaits your enjoyment. Bring along your favorite DVD or check out the few available at the cottage.

The cottage is located on the north side of Ephraim at the corner of Hwy 42 and South Coral Hill Road. This quiet location is within walking and biking distance from the restaurants, shops and waterfront in Ephraim (however, children are advised to be accompanied on busy Hwy 42 by an adult). The cottage is also just minutes from Sister Bay.

You must visit this unbelievable cottage, perfect for honeymooners and couples preferring a quiet setting for the 3 Rs: relaxing, reading, reconnecting. Perhaps you will allow time to experience the state parks, especially nearby Peninsula State Park and Golf Course, the nature trails, bike and boat rentals, the notable outdoor movie theater just south of Ephraim, and Door County outdoor fish boils, especially the one in Ephraim at the Old Post Office restaurant. There are excellent theater presentations, a plethora of concerts, and an array of gift, art and antique shops throughout the county.

A grill is available to make a juicy steak or burger, giving you a choice between dining in or eating out, but don't miss Wilson's Ice Cream Shop in Ephraim for that tasty treat while cooling off on a hot summer day.

A double-sized hammock calls you come outside under the big tree for a relaxing time in the backyard.

Please note that check in is after 4:00 p.m. and check out is by 10:00 a.m. Contact owner Fran Richter if you need special consideration on these posted times.

More Details

Property Manager
Fran Richter
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Fran Richter

I have lived in Wisconsin all of my life. Growing up on a farm in the Rib Mountain area, I left country life after high school to attend St. Norbert College, met my 1st husband there, and settled in the Green Bay area for over 20 years. We moved to Ephraim in 1994 and I fell in love with Door County, its people, and the beauty of its landscape. After he died, I remained in the area, remarried, and now live in Jacksonport with my 2nd husband, who has helped me ready my Ephraim cottage to be a wonderful vacation rental. Without him, I would never have been able to offer my cottage to vacationers.

Fran Richter purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Fran Richter chose Ephraim

This little cottage is what sold us on the Door County property. My first husband and I fell in love with the uniqueness of the building and wanted to share it with visitors to the area. The cottage has been through two major decorating changes since 1994, the latest one by the handiwork of my second and present husband. We feel the cottage has become even more welcoming and comfortable. Come enjoy this cozy place and experience Door County from our very central point.

What makes this cottage unique

Quiet site, conveniently located just off Highway 42, close to both Ephraim and Sister Bay, with shopping, restaurants, water views, and local attractions within minutes of the cottage.


Ephraim Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with tub and shower. You must bring your own bath towels, hand towels, beach towels, and washcloths.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • If requested, a small cot is available for a youngster. All bed linens, pillows, and blankets are provided.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Quaint and quiet cottage north of Ephraim, just off of Hwy 42. Easy to find.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 33 reviews

Pristine, comfortable and great location! Perfect for a couple who enjoys privacy.

  • 5 of 5

It was easy to feel the pride Fran takes in Tuckaway Cottage. We had everything we needed to make our first visit to Door memorable. Lots of detailed information on the cottage and surrounding area. Would definitely recommend for a couple.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you felt welcomed at Tuckaway. Thanks for your kind review. Fran
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Tuckaway Cottage - Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Tuckaway Cottage is quaint, charming, clean and centrally located for easy access to all parts of Door County. It is exactly as pictured. We stayed the 3rd weekend in October and had a fun time going bike riding on Washington Island and in Peninsula State Park, going to Fish Boils (we recommend the one at White Gull Inn in Fish Creek) and enjoying the Fall colors, which were beautiful. My husband and I had a great time and would love to return to Tuckaway Cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Nice location. Great accomodations. We were mostly out and about but enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage, great location.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for our honeymoon. Beautiful little room, comfortable bed, nice and close to both sister Bay and Ephraim. Hammock was great for star gazing. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, quiet, cozy... Fabulous place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the tuckaway cottage. It's a tiny place (one room) and I wouldn't use the fridge for anything more than leftover storage as it's not very cold (it's a small hotel room fridge) but the place is so quiet, clean and cozy! Felt like a little retreat. Fran has great attention to detail with little comforts/just in case things left for your use. WiFi worked well. Bed has a very firm mattress but I slept like a rock. Easy to find and located in a great spot just minutes from Ephraim and Sister Bay.on Would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and quaint

  • 5 of 5

The cottages' location (just north of Ephraim) was close to perfect from where we spent most of our time. After a day of hiking, looking through galleries, and enjoying all Door County has to offer, the cottage was peaceful and just enough off the main highways to enjoy a good night's rest. Our stay was brief, but relaxing. The cottage is clean and well maintained.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nice to know the cottage was convenient and quiet for you. Thanks for your complimentary review. Fran
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Husby's, Sister Bay
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Northport/Gills Rock
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Peninsula State Park Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 42
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
Joe Jo's Pizza
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Tuckaway Cottage is just minutes from Wisconsin's well-known Peninsula State Park where one can bike, picnic, swim, camp, enjoy outdoor activities and attend a theater in the park.

Ephraim is a favorite subject for artists painting landscapes, waterscapes, boats, and fantastic sunsets seen from Anderson Dock. The fall color is spectacular as one views the State Park across the water. Wilson's Ice Cream Shop is a must for your taste buds.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $100

(2 Night Minimum*)
*(All Holiday Weekends and Pumpkin Patch Weekend have a 3 night minimum)*
$50 Cleaning Fee on all rentals.
$100 Security Deposit charged regardless of length of stay; refundable based on condition of cottage upon departure.
Taxes of 11% comprised from Wisconsin Tax 5.5% and Door County Room Tax 5.5%.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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