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2 Rental Suites on 37 acres of Door County meadow & forest

Bedrooms 1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

kitchen, dining table, queen bed, full bath, living room, patio, solitude

If you are seeking solitude, natural beauty, peace, tranquility, starry night skies, and easy access to the best that Door County has to offer, you have found what you are looking for. Welcome to Fernwood Farm. We offer two suites for rent on the first floor of our house, surrounded by acres of untouched northern Door County hardwood forest and meadows full of bright wildflowers, towering maples, white birches, swaying evergreens, singing birds, quiet deer, and curious raccoons.

Fernwood Farm is a unique place that lets you escape to a peaceful country setting and still be only minutes away from hundreds of fun-filled places, activities, shops, forests, beaches, water sports, antiquing, and much more.

We offer two cozy suites (the Apple Suite and the Cherry Suite) for rent in northern Door County, Wisconsin. Each suite includes a kitchen with dining table, bedroom, bathroom, living room, and amenities like a microwave, refrigerator, wifi, and satellite TV. The open floorplan works best for 2 adults per suite. A couch in the living room can sleep 2 more adults or children.

A patio door in each suite faces our meadow, our neighbor's meadow, our neighbor's neighbor's meadow, etc. You'll also have easy access to our woods that border our meadow a few yards away from the suites.

We're dog friendly. Our golden retriever, Buddy, welcomes friends (human and canine) to visit and stay with us.

Feel like a campfire? If the weather cooperates, you can watch the trees sway in the moonlight while you roast marshmallows. And you won't believe the stars at night. Watch for shooting stars and satellites, and see the Milky Way in all its brilliance.

When you're here, you feel worlds away from the life you temporarily left behind. Watch birds fly and wildflowers sway, hike our trails, see more stars than you've ever imagined. Read. Eat. Take a nap. Jog or bike. Take a short drive and see the sun rise over Lake Michigan on a secluded beach. While you're there, fish, swim, explore. Then go shopping and antiquing. Play mini golf. Start a puzzle. Take another nap. Finish the puzzle. Go to the candy store. Visit the original Door County fish boil (in our town). Ride the ferry to Washington Island. You get the idea.

You can hike in the forest or in the meadow at Fernwood Farm. Both the meadow and the woods offer miles of private hiking trails. Some trails are paved gravel, some are mowed grass, and others are rugged terrain. The low-traffic backroads in our area are great for bicycle rides. The Nature Conservancy's Mink River Estuary is a half mile away on County Road NP. And Newport State Park, home of some of Wisconsin's most natural, unblemished land, is about two miles away. Newport includes miles of trails, beaches on Lake Michigan, camping, and terrific sunrises over Lake Michigan at Europe Bay Beach.

If you are seeking solitude, natural beauty, peace, tranquility, starry night skies, and easy access to the best that Door County has to offer, you have found what you are looking for. Welcome to Fernwood Farm.


Ellison Bay

Newport State Park

Europe Lake & Rowley's Bay

Gills Rock


Washington Island

Sister Bay, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Egg Harbor, Bailey's Harbor

More Details

Bill & Linda Kelly
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Bill & Linda Kelly

We vacationed in Door County for 25 years. Every visit to this magic place provided us with the strength and renewal of spirit to face each day of the year. In 1997 we were gifted with the opportunity of a lifetime: we found and purchased the 37 acres that we named Fernwood Farm. It was our beginning.... again. We rebuilt and refurbished the suites. The Apple Suite and the Cherry Suite are tastefully decorated. They feature modern conveniences, yet provide you with the feeling of days gone by in the remote heartland of Door County. We look forward to sharing Fernwood Farm and the Door County Experience with you on your next visit. Bill & Linda Kelly

Bill & Linda Kelly purchased this farmhouse in 1997

Why Bill & Linda Kelly chose Door County

If you are seeking solitude, natural beauty, peace, tranquility, starry night skies, and easy access to the best that Door County has to offer, Ellison Bay is for you!

What makes this farmhouse unique

Fernwood Farm is quiet, peaceful, removed from the hustle and bustle of life... but only minutes away from the tourist fun Door County offers. Hikers and bikers and snowmobilers can enjoy our trails and have easy access to nearby trails. Shoppers and families are a 5-10 minute drive away from stores, restaurants, boating, golf, and much more.


Ellison Bay Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • In addition to the queen bed in the bedroom, a pullout sofa in the living room offers sleeping for two more adults.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside firepit for campfires


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

2 Rental Suites on 37 acres of Door County meadow & forest
average rating of 4.576923 based on 26 reviews

Winter Escape

  • 5 of 5

Bill and Linda (& Buddy!) -- Thank you for being wonderful hosts. We had such a fun time -- from experiencing our first fish boil, to Bayside coffees in Fish Creek at Winter Fest, to romping in the woods with Buddy -- it was perfect. The suite was charming and had everything we needed. It was truly a pleasure. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had a good time. Buddy loves being with people.
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Very hospitable

  • 2 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and how kind Bill and Linda were to us. We wish the place had been cleaner.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very quiet. Owners were very nice and respected our privacy

  • 5 of 5

All the accommodations of home but out in the woods away from city life.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed your visit.
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Great Stay with Our Pups!!

  • 5 of 5

Our dogs and I had a fantastic time hanging out with Bill and Buddy! If you're traveling with dogs, this place is an absolute must. SO many trails and SO much land for the pups to romp around. Bill was so kind and hospitable as well. There was a massive snowstorm the day we were scheduled to leave, and Bill offered for us to stay free of charge until it was safe to drive home.

Thank you so much!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Buddy could not figure out where you went!
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Perfectly quiet, comfy bed, off the beaten path.

  • 3 of 5

Bathroom was a bit dirty, but overall this was a great rental. Just up the road from Newport State Park and great to have the option to bring dogs. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love it!

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful, quiet, just very comfortable. Hated to leave!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you here.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Gibralter Epraim WI
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Ellison Bay
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Sister Bay
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
RT 42
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Ellison Bay
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Newport State Park
Nearest Beach
2 Miles


Rates & Availability

Ellison Bay Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%

IMPORTANT: Guests may also pay with cash or personal check. Call to set up. We have Two (2) rental Suites available and accept reservations orher than VRBO so calender is not always reliable, please check with owner at 920-854-7324

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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