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Quiet Vacation Home Close to Beach and Town

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Originally, Legacy House was a 'Surfman's Cottage' for Coast Guard personnel on Plum Island. It was floated to Washington Island by my grandfather in the 1940's. He reconstructed the home on this beautiful 9 acre parcel and remodeled it after his retirement from the Coast Guard. You can see the transformation the house has gone through in the photo gallery. Photos will be updated this spring to reflect our newest improvements.

Legacy House is a quiet retreat, an escape only minutes away from Schoolhouse Beach, the Recreation Center, the Trueblood Performing Arts Center, and every other venue on the Island. The front yard is the perfect place to sit with your morning coffee and experience a stunning sunrise! Or recline in the evening with your favorite libation and witness wildlife first hand. As the sun sets, the deer, geese, heron, and turkeys all come out and parade through the sky overhead and the fields across the way.

If you choose to stay home to eat, we have a full kitchen, appliances, dishes, and silverware. There's even an easy-to-use gas grill outside. We have an assortment of small appliances for your convenience, including 12 cup coffee maker, hand mixer, electric skillet, bread maker, etc. You can wind down by the fire pit in the evening and make s'mores for dessert.

If you choose to dine out, Washington Island offers an incredible variety of choices from 'home cooking' to 'gourmet', from Island delicacies like fresh lawyers to custom pizzas with locally grown veggies.

For the fishermen (and women), we have a fish cleaning station with table, running water, and garbage. There is limited freezer space in the kitchen refrigerator/freezer.

More Details

Deb Sheridan
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Deb Sheridan

I am the granddaughter of the original owner of this house. Born, but not raised on the Island, I did spend most summers at the house as a child and later visited every year. Marvin, my grandfather was born and raised on the Island, as was his father.

Deb Sheridan purchased this house in 2014

Why Deb Sheridan chose Door County

Legacy House, as we now call it, belonged to my grandparents, Marvin & Gudrun Jepsen. My uncle Bob bought it from my grandma after Marvin passed in the 80's. I was so excited to purchase this property from my cousins and all the memories attached to it. This is not just someone's home, this is a Legacy.


Washington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom is small but adequate. Plenty of water for showers. Sink is old and will be replaced. We do have iron in the water and it does stain the fixtures.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Besides the two bedrooms, there is a pull out sofa and two quality twin air mattresses. Linens and towels are provided for a $40.00 laundry fee. Please bring your own if you don't want this fee.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Cell phone coverage is iffy on the Island. Cellcom and Verizon work the best up here. There is iron in the water, although not a problem to use in bathing, brushing teeth or making coffee, you may want to bring drinking water as it's not the greatest taste.


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Quiet Vacation Home Close to Beach and Town
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 17 reviews

Amazing experience on Washington Island

  • 5 of 5

What a great home to stay in on Washington Island. Debbie is an amazing person with whom to work. Down the road from School House Beach, within walking distance of Fiddler's Green, and minutes away from the Stavkirke. Our four days in this property were care-free and easy. Everything you could possibly need can be found on this island. Be sure to check out the Albatross' Banana Split

I highly recommend this property. Thank you again!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Josh! The best people to have at Legacy, are those who appreciate the history and romance of the property, and the awesomeness of the Island. Thanks for leaving breakfast and lunch. Don't forget I owe you a night stay, plus! Debbie & Michael
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Great quiet location!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for sharing your home, we loved our visit to the island, especially School House Beach, the Farm Museum & the Island Art & Nature Center - wonderful hospitality from everyone we met!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5 stars

  • 5 of 5

Great place, exactly what we needed.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Nice house, has everything you need. Quiet location.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Legacy House was Great!

  • 5 of 5

The Legacy House was a quiet escape from the normal commitments of life. Plenty to do on the island if you don't want to sit back and relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very pleasanat stay with nice house owner Deb & Mike

  • 5 of 5

It was quite a pleasant stay. We visited Washington Island with family and friends. Deb & Mike were very nice and friendly to stop by and say hello. House was conveniently located. Water was not best though. It has a very bad smell of sulfur and iron. I recommend carrying plenty of waters to drink particularly if you're travelling with kids. Overall, we enjoyed our stay. If anyone needs further info please contact me at

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Schoolhouse Beach
Nelsen's Hall Bitters Pub
Figunscow Bay
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Fiddlers Green
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Damage Deposit $90

There is a $40 cleaning fee included in the security fee. The entire amount will be refunded 2 weeks after your stay as long as there is no problems with the house.

There is a $10.00 per person, per day charge for more than 4 people staying at the house.

Linens and towels are provided for an additional fee of $40.00 for laundry services. Please ask when making reservations.

Weekly rates include one weekend

There is a full time renter on the property. He is in the cottage next to the house and has been here for eight years.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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