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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 2 - 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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

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 Central

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:
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Gorgeous Log & Glass Home On Large Sunny Waterfront Lot, Waupaca Chain O' Lakes
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

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: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place to come together with your family. Well furnished, the kitchen had everything you could imagine for cooking and or grilling. A beautiful view of the lake and so close to e everything!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you, Greg and family. So glad you enjoyed your time at our lake home!
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Savage, MN

Absolutely beautiful family Christmas!! We found a little slice of heaven here on earth.

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay at this gorgeous log home on the Chain of Lakes, but our first stay during the Christmas holiday. What a lovely, warm, inviting home for all of our family members to meet up for Christmas.... with all the accommodations we would ever need. Sandra, the owner was outstanding with her prompt replies to all of my questions and accommodations including moving around furniture to accommodate dinners for our large family. Chelsey, the caretaker and her fiance' Charlie, were so wonderful and accommodating too.... they removed snow after the storm so we could get in and out of the driveway, and brought out the gas grill for our Christmas Eve dinner plans. Chelsey was so responsive to all of my last minute questions over text and I was delighted I had the chance to meet them both in person. Such a nice couple! Thank you, Sandra, for once again exceeding our expectations. We will be back again.... that is for certain....maybe we'll try and make this a Christmas family tradition. Thank you for making our Christmas stay so memorable! I feel so blessed to have found your beautiful home, a little slice of heaven here on earth!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was nice and clean. It worked out great for our woman's retreat. Lots of room for 8 of us!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house had plenty of space for our group. The house had everything. Surrounding area is nice. There are two marinas on the lake. The property manager is great. Would come back here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous views on quant lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this home. Gorgeous home with plenty of room to enjoy with company. They had a great selection of water toys that we didn't need to rent the pontoon boat. Row boat, canoe, 2 kayaks, paddle board and tons of floaties. Great kitchen space to cook in and still be apart of the party. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Waupaca House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Year 2018
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2018
Jun 16 2018 - Jun 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Sep 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2018
Sep 2 2018 - Sep 4 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum 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 if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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