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Scenic Cottage, 5-Lake Chain. Boat, Swim, Ski, Bike, Golf, Fish, Rest, Relax.

Mount Morris, Wautoma, WI, USA
  • Cottage1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 6 nights

4 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8 (additional guests require approval)

Wisconsin’s second-tallest mountain and a peaceful, clear-water chain of lakes are among the many features of our family cottage located in unincorporated Mt. Morris, in the heart of recreation-rich Waushara County.

Wake up to the sparkling, spring-fed, 15-acre Emerald Lake. Dive off our wide pier and splash out to our swimming raft. Kayak, canoe, row or motor under a white footbridge onto Morris Lake, the skiable 180-acre lake and heart of the five-lake Morris chain.

Watch the sun rise over Mt. Morris, and walk just a few steps to our private beach on Morris Lake for a flaming central-Wisconsin sunset. Back at The Cottage, an over-sized hammock invites you to an afternoon nap. When the moon and stars come out, grill a dinner and sit down at our 8-seat picnic table, then enjoy a campfire on our spacious sand patio. Ample split wood is provided.

Guests have free access to our rowboat, canoe, paddle board and two kayaks, with paddles and life jackets provided. Powerboat rentals are available in Wautoma, seven miles away. Large-mouth bass, bluegill, and sunfish are abundant and ready to strike. Spend the day netting painted turtles or searching for herons, beavers and deer along the shores of the chain of lakes.

The cottage's large, glassed-in porch has a panoramic view of Emerald Lake and is ideal for evening card games or quiet reading. The vintage tube-powered stereo radio was recently restored and is ready for your listening pleasure.

The master bedroom is set apart from the three others and just steps from a new wood-burning stove with a hearth made of local stone. The cottage's beds comfortably sleep eight. While we have set our occupancy limit at eight, if your family requires a little more room, we have two canvas cots and a reclining leather couch that may accommodate your needs. Please remember, there will be an additional charge for guest counts over eight.

The kitchen is fully stocked with pots and pans, a gas stove and microwave oven, a two-well sink, refrigerator and utensils. An antique oak pedestal table comfortably seats six, expandable to eight.

From The Cottage, it’s just a short walk to unincorporated Mt. Morris, which features a quaint, 19th-century mill that is enjoying a second life as an ice cream and coffee shop. Just steps down the road is The Trading Post, a popular restaurant and night spot where good food and live music attract locals and visitors from throughout the area.

Hike or drive up Mt. Morris and enjoy the panoramic views of central Wisconsin farmland, as well as tennis, horse shoe pits, a play lot, and picnic area. On the other side of the mountain is Nordic Mountain resort, offering exciting mountain bike trails and a wake-board training facility. An archery golf course--where bows and arrows replace balls and clubs--can be found just a short drive away.

Mt. Morris is in the heart of Waushara County, a recreational jewel in heartland America. Within a 10-minute drive from the cottage, the 27-hole Waushara Country Club features elevated tees, wooded fairways, and plentiful hills and water features. Waushara County’s rolling hills and smooth-running roads are ideal for bicycle touring. Nearby farms offer strawberry picking and foot-long sweetcorn all summer long.

Visit a cluster of Amish farms outside Wautoma, where baked goods, quilts, furniture and crafts are sold. Explore the antique shops of nearby Wild Rose or Berlin. Visit the rock quarry-cum-nature park in Redgranite, and swim in the deep quarry lake. Enjoy a polka band at the Golden Nugget in nearby Pine River, or rent an over-sized inner tube or a compact canoe and paddle down Waupaca’s Crystal River.

The Cottage has been in our family for nearly 70 years, and some of our guests have been visiting for 20 years and more. Decades have passed since our immigrant grandparents bought the cottage as a wedding present for our parents, but the rest and recreation of a week on the lake is one thing that, thankfully, never seems to change.

Owner

The Mt. Morris Cottage

Member Since 2014
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within a few hours
Speaks:
english, german, spanish, italian, Filipino
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018

Amenities

    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking

      Bedrooms

      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        1 bunk bed
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double, Extra 'loft style' single bed above the double bed.
      • Four separate bedrooms. Spreads, blankets, and pillows are provided. Bed sheets and pillow covers are not provided. There are two additional folding cots that can fit into the rooms. The Cottage occupancy limit is eight, and we may be able to accommodate a few more, for an additional fee.

      Bathrooms

      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Toilet with sink. Shower in adjacent room.
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Shower room includes toilet, vanity & towel hooks throughout
      • There is a bathroom with a toilet and sink next to the kitchen. There is a separate shower room with a toilet and sink (with towel hooks all around) for cleaning up after your lake swims and before heading into town.

      Location Type

        • Lake View
          Sun rises over nearby Mt. Morris, with shimmering diamonds on the water visible from the bedrooms. Morris Lake, steps away, offers the rich red hues of central-Wisconsin sunsets.
        • Lakefront
          Located on Emerald lake, part of the five-lake Morris chain. Emerald Lake is a 'no wake' lake, great for swimming and floating on the raft. Morris Lake allows skiing. Great fishing, too.

          Theme

            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities

              Meals

                • Guests provide their own meals

                  General

                    • Fireplace
                    • Heating
                      Gas wall heater, rarely needed.
                    • Living Room
                      Combined dining/living area, which includes a wood burning stove and reclining chair. Great place to knock off that novel--or play cards, chess or board games provided in MBR closet.
                    • Parking
                      The driveway easily allows for 3 vehicles.
                    • Wood Stove
                      Cast-iron stove with glass front, backed by field-stone mantle, adds ambience and warmth.

                      Kitchen

                        • Coffee Maker
                          Mr. Coffee, with filters in the cabinets.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Dishes, pots/pans, flatware.
                        • Kitchen
                          Galley style kitchen, fully furnished.
                        • Microwave
                          Small microwave for heating, re-heating, and making popcorn.
                        • Oven
                          Gas oven.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Routine cleaning items, such as dish soap, scrub pads, garbage bags are stocked. If any routine item is missing, let us know.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full size refrigerator. No ice maker, but plenty of trays.
                        • Stove
                          Gas stove with four burners.
                        • Toaster
                          Four-slice toaster.

                          Dining

                            • Dining
                              There is a breakfast table that seats 6, expandable to 8. A game table on glassed-in lakeside porch. Spacious patio includes picnic table that seats 8.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people

                              Entertainment

                                • Books
                                  Explore our library, or bring your own tablet reader. The reading is great inside, or on the hammock by the lake.
                                • Game Room
                                  Game room for playing cards, Monopoly, or Yahtzee. The glassed-in porch overlooks the lake and is a great place to unwind after sunset.
                                • Games
                                  Several popular board games provided in MBR closet.

                                  Outside

                                    • Boat
                                      A rowboat and paddles included.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Lakeside patio, with 8-seat picnic table, chairs and fire pit.
                                    • Golf
                                      The local Waushara Country Club is nearby, picturesque, affordable, and challenging. There are many other nearby options. For world-class golf, Lawsonia CC, Green Lk. is only about 45 minutes away.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      A canoe, rowboat, paddle board and two kayaks are available for your pleasure.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      A Weber grill for lakeside grilling. Watch the kids play king of the raft as you turn the burgers.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Nearby tennis on Mt. Morris county park--atop the second-tallest point in Wisconsin. Horseshoe pits and playground up there, too. Take a break and enjoy the views.

                                      Suitability

                                        • smoking allowed
                                          No smoking indoors. Smoking allowed in outdoor areas only. Properly dispose of butts in garbage receptacles.
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Attractions

                                            • churches
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • water parks

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • paddle boating
                                                • antiquing
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • bird watching
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • golf privileges optional
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing

                                                          Notes

                                                            • The Cottage is part of the Retreat Association - which owns 40 acres of wooded land that offers an area to hike and explore. This includes 'Kirchoff Field,' a sport area including a baseball diamond. Great place to organize a family softball game, soccer practice, or archery.

                                                              13 Reviews

                                                              Exceptional5/5

                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Cozy, great getaway

                                                              Aubrie J.

                                                              This was our second visit to the cottage and we had an even better time this visit. Walking in, it smelled like fall (leaves and pine wood and grandma’s cabin)! The new bathroom/remodel was a hit and the wood stove took the bite out of the chilly October air. My family loved the record player and lake view. This is a great place to unwind and make memories with family. I hope it never changes!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              So glad to have you back again in Mt. Morris. Hope you got under some of the thick warm blankets we leave up there, although between the heater and the wood-burning stove, it is usually nice and toasty.

                                                              Our favorite in the fall is to take a hike to the top of the Mountain to look at the colors for as far as the eye can see. Nice time for some mountain biking or hiking the trails too. We love to hear that new families are building their own memories. Hope to see you back again.

                                                              Just what I needed!

                                                              keri h.

                                                              Spent a long weekend at the Mt. Morris Cottage...so peaceful and cozy! Really appreciated the water equipment (kayak and SUP) and the fire pit, and enjoyed hanging out in the hammock, hiking to the nearby coffee shop, restaurant and scenic mountains. The cabin itself is so clean, roomy, and comfortable, with a beautiful view of the lake from the porch. Thank you, Marcia, for all of your input and for sharing your cabin paradise!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your long weekend at the Cottage. Those few days usually do a great job of recharging the batteries! Our family takes great pride in having the Cottage clean and ready for guests, and we hope the night sky was as beautiful as always while you were sitting by the fire...did you have a chance to enjoy S'mores? Thanks for the great review, and we hope you find time to come back and visit again.

                                                              Cottage Fun!

                                                              VickWisconsin

                                                              Just spent a week at this lovely cottage with our family. The location was really wonderful. We had lots of swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing. The cottage provided everything we needed! The cottage is a short walk or kayak trip to a delightful coffee/ice cream shop and a restaurant/bar. Be on the lookout for lots of little fish and turtles swimming right by the dock.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you kindly for the great review! Sounds like you mixed in some of our family favorites, with rest, relaxation, activity, and adventure. Rumor has it that the lake has some big fish in it too...Bass and Northern for sure. We seem to find the same ones you found...lots of Bluegill, Sunfish, and Perch. Loads of fun for the kids off the end of the pier.

                                                              Exceptional Quality Family Time

                                                              Kate K.

                                                              I am a single mother of four. I have three teenagers and a six year old and trying to find things to do as a family that suits all of our needs is a task. At this destination I could not have asked for a better time. Our family connected during our stay whether we went out into the middle of the lake to swim, go quarry jumping, a bonfire, turtle hunting, listening to records, or playing games. What a great stay! The cottage was in impeccable condition and very clean. The owners have been very prompt in responding when an email was sent. Honestly, great lifetime memories were made for my family and we will for sure be going back! It was just perfect. Thank you, for allowing my family to enjoy this time together.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are so happy to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at our Cottage, and we are pleased that you found everything in impeccable condition. Sounds like you found the quarries in Red Granite, so you must have had some wonderful summer weather! In case of rain, Red Granite also offers bowling at Lambeaul Lanes; there is also bowling in Wautoma at Dogger's Bar & Lanes. With the wide range of ages you have, you might consider a 30 minute ride north to the Waupaca area, where you can hike or bike trails at Hartman Creek State Park. There are singletrack bike trails ranging from 'easy' to 'most difficult', and the Ice Age Trail passes through the park. One family secret when you go turtle "hunting"...we used to paint our initials on the turtle shell with just a tiny bit of nail polish, then we would see if we caught the same turtle later in the week! Thanks for the kind review, and we look forward to more family memories next summer!

                                                              Sure to return to this tranquil vacation spot

                                                              sarah r.

                                                              This cabin was such an unexpected find! I was thrilled to find such a reasonably priced, lakeside cabin within a couple hours of my home. It exceeded my expectations. The setting was perfect for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway. I could not ask for more than mornings on the sunlit porch, afternoons on the water, and evenings by the campfire. Visiting from the city, it was such a blessing to gaze at the star-filled skies at night and listen to the sounds of nature. I also loved all of the personal touches - the helpful local guidebook on the kitchen table, all of the cookware and amenities, and the stocked game closet. And I cannot say enough about the helpfulness of the property manager. My calls and emails were always answered promptly, the booking was a breeze, and she was immediately responsive when I called during my visit. I only wish that I might have stayed longer.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Sounds like you played for the cycle--morning coffee on the porch, swimming in the lake, relaxing by the fire. The night sky really is impressive, especially when roasting marshmallows on the lakeside patio.

                                                              Thanks for mentioning the guidebook. Everyone in the family loves highlighting their favorite restaurants, golf courses and bike rides.

                                                              "Mini-moon" at the Cottage

                                                              Kallie S.

                                                              My husband and I were looking for somewhere to relax for a few days after our wedding. I have been calling this vacation our "Mini-moon" as we intend to go on our honeymoon in January. This cottage was perfect! We had such a wonderful time. The cabin was clean, cozy, and well stocked with everything we needed. It was a bit chilly during our stay, but the wood stove and blankets kept us warm, and we enjoyed the board games and record player. Our dog loved swimming in the lake, and it was so nice she was able to join us. Marcia was very responsive, and quickly answered any questions we had. We cannot wait to come stay here again!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We're happy to hear you had such a wonderful time at our cottage. Glad the new wood fireplace took the chill off a brisk late summer evening. Glad your dog liked it too--ours has learned to climb the ladder onto the raft! We hope you stay again next year!

                                                              Location

                                                              Mount Morris, Wautoma, WI, USA

                                                              The Cottage is located in unincorporated Mt. Morris, just 7 miles northeast of Wautoma, Wisconsin. Located 45 miles from Stevens Point, 30 miles from Oshkosh and 64 miles from Wisconsin Dells, the Cottage is centrally located in the beautiful countryside of Waushara County. Each of the local towns offer special features of rural Americana. Antique shops are plentiful, and are very reasonably priced. There are lots of unique shops, including a local Amish owned store in Wautoma. Nearby Wild Rose has one of the best antique shops in the area - lots of furniture and collectibles. There are many nearby dining options. Silvercryst offers 'great steaks',just 6 miles away. Moose Inn, is another great choice for a family outing. The towns of Red Granite and Wild Rose offer nearby dining choices - we will provide a detailed listing of recommended locations once you book your vacation. Wautoma is the place where you can find convenient shopping, less than 15 minutes away. A large Piggly Wiggly, Ace Hardware, Dollar Store, Culvers, Subway, and other well known retailers allow you to stock up. No need to pack the car full of supplies, when you can take a quick trip to town to get what you need! Golfers won't get bored. Nearby Waushara Country Club is challenging and picturesque. Two Oaks is also located in Wautoma - ranked 3.5 stars - about 8 miles away. The awesome Lawsonia Golf Course is in nearby Green Lake, if you are willing to travel about 45 minutes (30 miles). Lawsonia is ranked 4.5 stars and 15/50 'most fun' public courses. The summer twilight rate, walking is only $30!!! Waupaca is about 20 minutes away and offers additional dining options, shops, movie theatres, and pubs. The Crystal River offers river trips with family friendly trips, safe with a little bit of challenge. Oshkosh is about 30 minutes to the east. Oshkosh offers the worlds best Aviation Museum, and hosts the worlds largest air show yearly. Oshkosh also has a spectacular Outlet Mall, just off Hwy 41 - two miles south of Hwy. 21. Most people find their week filled with the lake and local activities, but if you are determined to take a daytrip, the famous Wisconsin Dells is about 1.25 hours to the southwest. Take a ride on the famous Duck boats, and get a day pass at one of the many world famous water parks. You'll be back at the cottage in time to roast some marshmallows by the lake before you turn in for the night. Nordic Mountain, located in Mt. Morris, about .75 miles away, offers a wakeboard park. The wakeboard park offers lessons for beginners, and jumps for the experts. Stop by and schedule some time with the local trainers. If you want to do some power boating/skiing, nearby Marks' marina rents boats by the day or week. Marks' is located in Wautoma, on Hwy. 21, about 15 minutes away. Stevens Point is also a unique Wisconsin city. Only about 45 minutes to the northwest, Stevens Point has a great brewery tour and other small city attractions. Berlin is another small, country town that offers local shops and dining. About 20 minutes to the southeast, off Hwy. 59, Berlin is worth a half day to explore. Red Granite is 5 miles to the southeast has a classic swimming quarry. Originally, a stone quarry for the state rock, it now is filled with clean and cool water - a great place to visit - bring your favorite floatation device. One of the best aspects of Mt. Morris is its location in central Wisconsin, Waushara county. There are miles and miles of county/country roads that are well maintained and sparsely traveled. Spend time just driving/biking the local roads and seeing America at its rural best.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              $75
                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              $50
                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              $25 - $50
                                                              Tax Rate
                                                              9.5%

                                                              The 25% first payment is non-refundable. After we receive the final payment, only 50% of the total fee is refundable. Any cancellation within 30 days of the reservation in non-refundable, unless we are able to rent the property in that short time period. We will do our best to make a reservation in the event of cancellation, in which case we will refund 75% of the total payment.

                                                              $250avg/night
                                                              13 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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                                                              For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

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