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Gorgeous Log & Glass Home On Large Sunny Waterfront Lot, Waupaca Chain O' Lakes

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,170 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Sunny 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11 Lakefront Beauty

**please note: this is a no pets & no smoking property.

***also please note MAXIMUM number of guests is 11 INCLUDING DAY GUESTS

**** ALSO please note there is NO SANDY BEACH except a small patch to the right of the boathouse. Swimming is the 'jump-in' variety, off the dock to our raft.

The Waupaca Chain O' Lakes is a premier Wisconsin vacation spot, known for it's crystal clear connected spring-fed lakes and fun family atmosphere. Reese's Retreat, named 50 years ago when our parents bought the property, is located on Beasley lake, the last lake on the fun-loving, water-sport mecca of the lower chain, connecting via Beasley Creek to the peaceful nature sanctuary of the upper chain.

Sit on the wrap-around deck and watch the world go by. Enjoy fishing/swimming off the dock to our private swim raft not far offshore, or my favorite: float with a cool drink and catch up with those you love. No worries about the kids in kayaks or floats: Beasley is a safe, no-wake lake. The middle of our lake is a favorite for swimmers, as is the sandy shore at the end of adjoining long lake where all ages float, put chairs in the shallow water to talk, throw balls, play or just generally splash around. 2 kayaks, a stand-up paddleboard, a rowboat, floaties of every description and a canoe are included with the rental. A 12- person pontoon boat with built in upholstered seats or a ski boat can be delivered right to your dock for an extra charge by calling our builder and neighbor Thad Marcom (920-588-8990). Pack a cooler and tour the lakes, tie up at Clear Water Harbor for live music and eats, or park on a sandbar in style.

Our large lakeside yard is surrounded by beautiful plantings, which create a private space for your group to play volleyball, Frisbee, or have an after-dark campfire.

The main level's open floor plan allows the great room with it's wood burning fireplace to flow into the kitchen so no one is left out. A connected 3-season porch offers outdoor eating without hassle or mosquitoes. Lots of seating and a gas grill steps away on the deck make things easy. After dinner it's a short walk to Tom Thumb's mini-golf, then a s'more-making, story-telling session around the fire pit. Or you can choose to do nothing but sit on the deck, listen to the frogs and watch for shooting stars.

Our family purchased the property in the early 1960's, and replaced the original cottage with this large house in 2005 to accommodate our growing brood. We designed the walk-out level to be quite separate. It consists of a big screen entertainment center, huge leather couch with built-in recliners, 2 bedrooms which sleep 4, a bathroom, wet bar with fridge, and the laundry room. If your family is like ours, you have early birds, but you also have night-owls who like to watch movies, eat chips and make lots of noise into the night. No problem. This arrangement keeps everyone happy.

On rainy days, you can watch movies or play games in front of the fire, or explore the authentic late 1800's main street with shops, restaurants and even The Rosa, an old-time movie theater playing films suitable for all ages.

On sunny days, the Chief Waupaca stern wheeler or Lady of the Lakes motor yacht out of Clear Water Harbor Marina offer narrated cruises while beautiful scenery goes by. The hardy among you can take the famous crystal river trip from nearby Ding's Dock. Offering both tubing and canoe options, it can be rough-and-tumble, but great fun indeed! Or just stay close to home for a kayak trip to the upper chain or a swim off the dock.

Reese's Retreat has been part of our family for 50 years. We welcome you and your family to enjoy it as well.

More Details

Sandra Congdon
Member since: 2014
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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Sandra Congdon

The family has spread from coast to coast, although my sister Joanne and her family live in nearby Madison.

Reese's Daughters, my sister, (Joanne Thornton) and I (Sandra Congdon) own Reese's Retreat. Here we are doing our favorite thing, right off the pier in front of the lake house. I cannot tell you how many years this has been going on:)

Sandra Congdon purchased this house in 2005

Why Sandra Congdon chose Waupaca

When dropping us off for camp here on the Chain, my parents fell in love with the area. They purchased Reese's Retreat in 1964. Then it was a small, rustic cottage built in 1925 with the first owner's own hands. We've always dreamed of a log and glass lake home, and in 2005, our dream came true.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Sandra,

I wrote a review but I wanted to say something to you also. Thank you for sharing your home with us. What a special place it is. At every turn our expectations were exceeded. We had a wonderful stay.

Thanks again.
Jul 2015
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Waupaca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3170 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master suite bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Guest powder room on main level.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Walk-out level bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Loft bathroom
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master suite, bathroom, french doors to deck, lake view.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Loft, shares bathroom with 2nd loft bedroom. Lake view.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Second bedroom on loft level. Lake view.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Lake view, walk-out level.
    Bedroom 5 - 2 bunk bed , Top bunk twin, lower bunk double. Walk-out level.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • water skiing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Fabulous Lake Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Reese's Retreat at the end of July-August 2017 and can not say enough about our trip. We had a large multi-family group ranging in ages from 7-83 and there was plenty of room and activities for all. Sandra and Chelsy were great to work with and the home was beautiful and well maintained. We loved the kayaks and outdoor space as well as the screened porch. Would highly recommend and hope to visit again! Thanks !

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you, Joe, Cheryl and family We love hearing the joy in our guests' voices:) Sandra and family.
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Great Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

Superb home with dock on the chain of lakes. Great vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Waupaca weekend

  • 5 of 5

Reese's Retreat is exceptional! Extremely well equipped, perfectly located, and wonderfully furnished.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was lovely and well equipped. The grounds were beautifully landscaped.

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fabulous time at Reese's Retreat . Our sons, wives, partners and grandchildren loved the home. The kitchen was large enough for all of the family to cook in and eat together. The outdoor space was perfect for toddlers to play on...nice and level by the lake. We've never been in this area so we just loved kayaking in the quiet bays and small lakes while also enjoying tubing and waterskiing on the larger lakes. My sons loved taking their boat to the bars and restaurants that are on the lake with boat-side service! My husband also enjoyed fishing even though they weren't biting the week we were there. We would definitely recommend this vacation home.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and view of the lake!

  • 5 of 5

So spacious and every amenity you would ever need. We all feel so comfortable staying here. Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing weekend on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We were so impressed with this property! We had a group of 8 including 2 children. There was plenty of space for everyone to spread out and relax. The kids loved having the basement entertainment center to watch Netflix in the morning! We rented a pontoon through Becker and no one could get over how crystal clear and beautiful the water was! The kids also enjoyed fishing off the dock on the days we didn't have the boat. They only caught small blue gills, but they were entertained! The only drawback for us is that the water around the dock was rather mucky and weedy and the kids didn't want to jump in off the dock to swim. I suspect it gets better later on in the summer and this was partly due to the crazy amount of pollen blowing around this time of year, but the kids were a little disappointed. We had a fire the first night with wood provided by the rental. Just awesome! They have really thought of everything and we had no issues cooking multiple meals in the well stocked kitchen! This was definitely the best VRBO rental that we have stayed in and provided us with much needed family time after suffering the loss of my grandmother the weekend before. Thank you for offering such a wonderful retreat!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristina, we've always found that time together in a beautiful setting is just what our lake house does best. Glad your family experienced that as well. As far as the soft, natural lake bottom, that's absolutely true, and why we use the pier-to-the-swim raft technique or, even better, hop on one of the crazy and numerous water toys. Thanks for staying!
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Chez Marche Cafe -- CLOSED
Tw Martin's Public House
Ding's Dock/Crystal River Canoe Trips
WheelHouse Restaurant
"Great bar, pizza and live music and outdoor seating. Fun!"
Little Fat Gretchen
"Great espresso drinks, food on Main Street. Lovely stop before or after a movie at the Rosa..."
Little Fat Gretchen
"Great espresso drinks, food on Main Street. Lovely stop before or after a movie at the Rosa..."
Rosa Theatre
"Main Street movie theater that shown recent releases. Has now been divided into a multiplex..."
Nearest Airport
41 Miles
Outagamie Regional Airport
Car: necessary

Lovely late 1800's main street, complete with Farmer's Market and movie theatre. Gift shops, restaurants, pizza places and even a pub.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $500

Person signing contract and taking responsibility for property must be at least 30 years old.
Check-out is 11AM, check-in is 4:00PM. Reese's Retreat is a large property, and every minute of that time is required to prepare for your arrival. As a result, we cannot offer early check-in/late check-out. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY OR LEAVE LATE. We want every guest to experience our home at its best!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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