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Northwoods Ambiance, Beautiful Views, and Crystal Clear Waters

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View of Big Hills Lake from Cottage Deck.


Last updated: 03/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 bedroom, 1 full bath, cottage & boathouse w/ cabana on full recreational lake.

Wild Rose Cottage offers old world charm, modern day conveniences, wonderful views, and a private beach. Enjoy a peaceful lakefront getaway with traditional up-North ambiance.

Big Hills lake is 133 acres of crystal clear water for full recreation activity. It has no-wake hours in the morning and evening for quiet fishing. The private beach has 87 feet of firm, sandy frontage which slopes gradually into the spring fed lake for great swimming.

The cottage is light and airy with plenty of windows to bring the outside-in for cross breezes and sounds of the North woods. The original cottage, built in 1926, has been modernized and blends into the great room, built in the 1950s. An open floor plan connects the rooms by doorways, without the traditional hallway. The result is an intimate transition between rooms.

The Great Room features: a grand fire place, gable ceiling, pine-board floors and knotty-pine walls. It is the natural focal point for activity in the cottage. Amenities include; a television with HDTV channels delivered by antenna, a DVD player, and Wifi internet connections. Family friendly DVD's, books, board games and puzzles are available too.

The bright galley kitchen has modern cabinetry, full size refrigerator, electric range and oven, traditional and Keurig coffee makers, a microwave, toaster, and new cookware. A stainless steel gas grill is located off the kitchen. For outdoor cooking, a stainless steel, Weber gas grill is located near the kitchen.

The bathroom is updated with a pedestal sink, tub and shower. A unique Old World feature is the bathrooms' side door for direct access from outside.

Bedrooms in the cottage are spacious. The Window bedroom, with its eight windows, has a queen size bed. The Wood bedroom, with its knotty pine walls, vaulted ceiling and wood floor, has two single beds. There is a full size sleeper sofa in the Great Room. The cabana has a futon, which folds out to a full size bed for those needing extra room.

The dining area, located near the deck, features seating for four, a serving buffet, and small refrigerator for handy access to condiments and beverages.

The wood deck has plenty of room for family gatherings featuring two sets of four place patio tables with shade umbrellas. This is a great place to gather anytime of day.

The campfire ring is located near the deck. Outdoor seating, complimentary firewood, marshmallow forks, and a dutch oven are provided.

The rock and mortar pathway to the boathouse and beach is a unique, and charismatic feature. Built approximately 50 years ago, stones left behind by the glaciers during the ice age were used in its construction.

The boathouse features two distinct activity areas. On top is the cabana featuring large glass and screened windows, sun shades, a coffee table, comfortable seating. A small refrigerator to keep beverages cold and handy during hot afternoons. For cool evenings, a space heater keeps the cabana comfortable. It's the perfect location for kids to hang out during the day, and a great evening retreat for adults. Located beneath the cabana in the boat house is additional shady seating, and a place to store beach toys.

Guests have complimentary access to the Old Town brand canoe, 2 Pelican brand Summit 100X kayaks, and a 4 person paddle boat. Life jackets are available for sizes 30 lbs. to adult.

The property is about 1 acre in size, offering views of the lake framed by trees. At the entrance to the property is a glacial kettle (a large depression in the land formed by glaciers) which provides a natural separation with a long private driveway. An additional 20 acres of forested land behind the property provides additional tranquility.

Large Mouth Bass, Walleye, Northern, and Pan fish are common and offer anglers plenty of action. Fly fisherman will enjoy the nearby Willow Creek and Pine River fisheries, with their Class 1 trout streams and more than 2,000 acres of public land access. Willow Creek is only 5 minutes away.

Here’s a sampling of the many activities in the area, (with estimated travel times):
• The Wisconsin DNR Fish Hatchery in Wild Rose - 15 min.
• Hiking at the many nearby county and state parks - 3 to 30 min.
• Horseback Riding at Luwisomo Riding Stable in Wild Rose - 2 min.
• Antique dealers in Red Granite, Wild Rose, Wautoma, & Waupaca - 15 to 30 min.
• Crystal River Canoe Trips in Waupaca - 30 min.
• Mountain Biking and Wake Park at Nordic Mountain in Mt. Morris - 5 min.
• Clear Water Harbor in Waupaca (home of Chief Waupaca Sternwheeler) - 30 min.
• Waupaca Chain Skiers – Ski Show in Waupaca - 30 min.

A Cottage Guide Book is provided for additional information about the area, as well as instructions for “where, what, when, and how” at the cabin.

Special Note: We invite you to enjoy the cottage with respect for the property, and the peace and privacy of our neighbors. The cottage offers a great opportunity to reconnect with family and recharge. The property address is W5547 Hillcrest Blvd., Wild Rose, WI 54984.


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, limited Spanish, German, and Serbo-Croation skills
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/23/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The minimum age is 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The property is suitable for older children, probably over the age of 3. The cottage is not baby or toddler proof. There are no child-locks on cabinet doors, and no padded corners on furniture. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • The 'Wood' Bedroom: 2 twin/ single


  • Great Room : 1 sleep sofa /futon

    The rattan sofa in the Great Room has a queen sized mattress...moreless

  • Boathouse Bedroom: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    The futon in the boathouse cabana is a full sized bed....moreless

  • The 'Window' Bedroom: 1 queen


  • We have a queen size bed, and two twin size beds that will accommodate four people in separate bedrooms. (Conventional beds for 4 people) For 2 more people, there are the following two choices: 1) The rattan sofa in the Great Room folds out into queen size sleeper with a padded coil mattress. Bedding for the sleeper is stored in the great room's main closet. Or, 2) The boathouse cabana has a futon that folds out to a full sized mattress. There is bedding for the futon stored in the cabana. The cabana also has a space heater and mini-refrigerator. No AC in the cabana. (The cabana is a truly awesome place to spend the night while staying at the lake.) ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Pedestal Sink, Tub and Shower.


  • Books:

    Books for all ages, including nature reference books. ...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games and puzzles...moreless

  • Television:

    40 Inch LED. 9 Local HDTV stations via Antenna. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Several water toys, including noodles, suitable for children....moreless

  • Video Library:

    DVD's mostly for Children...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Located in the front of the Great Room, near the deck. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    A Mitsubishi mini-duct system located in the Great Room provides comfortable, and very quiet, forced air cooling that spreads through the Great Room and reaches the two bedrooms with open doors....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Natural wood fireplace in great room. Outdoor fire ring. Complimentary firewood is provided for the outdoor fire ring. ...moreless

  • Heating:

    Electric Baseboard Heating, and a Mitsubishi mini-duct system located in the Great Room. Provides comfortable, and very quiet, forced air heating from this room....moreless

  • Internet:

    High-speed (6 Mbps.) with Wifi. Our service does not support online gaming. Internet service supports wifi calling. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Linens are provided for the conventional beds (two twin and full size), pull-out couch (queen size), and futon (full size). Linens include bed sheets, pillows and pillow cases. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The great room features comfortable seating for 6 people. Entertainment center, and dinning room table. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for up to three vehicles is located on the grassy area in front of the cabin. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Traditional and Keurig. Bring your own coffee and/or Keurig coffee cups....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Settings for eight. Tools for the gas grill are provided....moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    State of Wisconsin regulations require guests bring their own cooking ingredients and condiments. A roll of paper towels, hand soap, and garbage bags available. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Pedal Boat - 4 person. Life jackets are provided. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Cottage has a large deck with two sets of patio furniture, shade umbrellas, and bench seating. Additional outdoor seating at the boathouse. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Old Town brand Canoe. Two Pelican Summit 100X Kayaks. Life jackets and paddles are provided....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Grassy lawn area surrounds cabin. A fire ring is available with complimentary firewood. ...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 12 - Jun 9, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 10 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

Peak Summer
Jul 1 - Aug 25, 2017
7 night min stay

Aug 26 - Oct 27, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 9.5%


To confirm the reservation, we require a deposit and completed rental agreement. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. The refundable damage deposit includes a $400 property damage deposit, and a $100 cleaning fee deposit. The property damage and cleaning fee deposits will be happily refunded to guests who return the cottage to move-in condition. Please feel free to request a copy of our rental agreement prior to making a deposit.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/23/2017
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80 Miles
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Waushara Country Club, http://www.wausharacountryc
Wild Rose, WI, USA
Nearest Motorway
County Highway H
13 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Christianos Pizza,
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
Nordic Mountain,

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: We live in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, just an hour and forty-five minutes away.

Why the Owner Chose Wild Rose, WI, USA:
Our family has been vacationing in the Wild Rose area for many years. Visiting Wild Rose is like going way up North, with plenty of forest woodlands, lakes, and streams; and its still pretty close to our home. We finally decided to find a place we could call our summer home. After looking at many alternatives, we found our cottage on Big Hills Lake -- a peaceful and beautiful location, with a well maintained cottage, where we could spend quality time with family knowing that all the details are covered and in place for fun. We invite you to make our cottage your vacation home too!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The floor plan reflects the heritage of the property. The original 100 year old cabin integrates with a great room built in the 1950's. The result is a quaint and very comfortable cottage for everyone. Located on top of a hill overlooking the lake, there is a reliable cool breeze to keep temperatures comfortable with great framed views of the lake. The many windows allow nature to be visibly present in the cottage at all times. An activity area exists for each member of the family, and their interests. Solitude can be found in the charming and peaceful cottage, while plenty of fun in the sun is available around the boathouse. There are complimentary boats in the boathouse, and various beach toys for children (along with a couple of ready to use fishing rods) to enjoy on the lake. There are also plenty of nearby activities to keep explorers and sports enthusiasts engaged. The ambiance of the lake cottage, its crystal clear waters, and plenty of activities make it a wonderful place for a Summer vacation.

Contact us

Speaks: english, limited Spanish, German, and Serbo-Croation skills
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/23/2017

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  • View of Big Hills Lake from Cottage Deck.

    View of Big Hills Lake from Cottage Deck.

  • There are two patio sets with umbrellas. Seating for 8.

    There are two patio sets with umbrellas. Seating for 8.

  • Fireplace, HD television, DVD player, Wifi supports streaming.

    Fireplace, HD television, DVD player, Wifi supports streaming.

  • 'Wood' Bedroom

    'Wood' Bedroom

  • An evening sunset.

    An evening sunset.

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • Knotty pine walls and wood floors.

    Knotty pine walls and wood floors.

  • Galley kitchen

    Galley kitchen

  • "Window" Bedroom

    "Window" Bedroom

  • Weber grill -with stainless steel grates and flame tamers

    Weber grill -with stainless steel grates and flame tamers

VRBO #629981

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, March 31, 2017

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