Gorgeous Log & Glass Home on Large Sunny Waterfront Lot, Waupaca Chain O' Lakes
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
**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.
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Member since: 2014
- 3170 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 11
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 23 - Dec 26, 2016
4 night min stay
Dec 30 - Jan 2, 2017
4 night min stay
Jun 17 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Jul 1 - Aug 25, 2017
7 night min stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 26 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 2 - Sep 3, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Cleaning Fee $200 + tax
- Tax Rate 5.5%
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 for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Lovely late 1800's main street, complete with Farmer's Market and movie theatre. Gift shops, restaurants, pizza places and even a pub.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: 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:)
Why the Owner Chose Waupaca, WI, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Builder of current house,Thad Marcom of Strongwood Homes, lives on the same lake as the property and will greet and orient guests at check-in, and will be your contact person for any questions or issues which arise during your stay. For an extra charge, Thad can deliver and pick-up a pontoon boat (seats 12), or a ski boat directly at your dock.
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Links to more information:
- CLICK HERE - Lakeside restaurant, Paddlewheel boat cruises, live music. Outdoor seating.
- CLICK HERE - Visitor's Guide and up-to-date information
- CLICK HERE - Home of famous Crystal River Canoeing/tubing trips.
- CLICK HERE - Close and fun. Scoopers ice cream parlour, coffee shop and bakery a few steps away.
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Reese's Retreat Chain-'O-Lakes Waupaca, Wisconsin
Deck right outside the great room. Beasley Lake and channel to Long Late at left
Entry way via front door.
Hall linking kitchen to Master Suite.
Other side of sun room. Folding chairs for use on deck.
Stairway to loft with 2 lake view bedrooms and a bathroom.
Second bedroom in the loft has a King bed, and a beautiful lake view.
Bunk room. Top bunk is a twin, lower is a double bed.
Walk-out to the lake. Entertainment Center, two bedrooms, bath and laundry room.
This is how my sister Joanne and I spend hours every year. Priceless!!
Kayaks: perfect for a trip to the Upper Chain via Beasley Creek a few yards away
Reese's Retreat, 3 story luxury log and glass home on Waupaca WI Chain'O lakes.
Great room with wood-burning fireplace,cathedral ceilings and fabulous lake view
View from Great Room to kitchen counter, seating area and sun room.
Another view of kitchen from Great Room..
3-season sun room with lake and woods view. Lovely breezes with windows open.
This shot captures the lake view and deck from the Master Suite, on the first first floor with it's own large bathroom.
Loft bedroom with Queen size bed, and of course, lake view.
View of entertainment center from large leather couch.
Walk out level second bedroom has lake view and a Queen-size bed.
Laundry room has a whole wall of windows facing the lake. Sunny and bright.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding on Beasley Lake. No worries about being mowed down by a jet-ski, our lake is designated as 'no-wake'!
View of Reese's Retreat from across Beasley Lake.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Monday, December 05, 2016
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