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Silver Lake cottage - historic renovated home - family water sports and fishing

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 bedroom - 2 bathroom - with bunk house. Large level lot to lake / sand beach

Our Silver Lake cottage home is one of the last remaining William Walker cottages built circa 1900 as part of the original Silvercryst resort. The cottage was recently extensively renovated to make it an updated all season home with all modern amenities while still maintaining some history (including refinished original douglas fir floors).

Located on Big Silver Lake which features 350 acres of boating, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, tubing, swimming, water sports, and kayaking in the crystal clear natural spring fed and sand bottom lake.

Our home faces the lake toward the Southwest which provides amazing sunsets. We also have 75' feet of sandy beach frontage, with a private pier and swimming raft. There is space to dock or beach your own fishing boat, ski boat, or pontoon boat. Boats can be rented in Wautoma, if desired. Owner's 3-person WaveRunner PWC is available to rent to qualified renters.

Our home features 3 formal bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms. In addition, we have a large bunk room with separate entrance which has 2 additional sleeping areas. The home sleeps up to 12 people comfortably. All mattresses are all new in past 3 years with little use.

The all season porch (with radiant heated floor) is the best room featuring walls of windows, vaulted ceiling, fans, cozy seating area, and dining for 8 - 10.

The interior of the home features a gas fireplace, 3 flat screen smart TV's, whole house sound system, high speed WiFi, central air conditioning, dishwasher, and washer/dryer. The bunk area features a PS2 gaming system, flat screen tv, stereo, electric fireplace, mini fridge, and additional seating.

The exterior features a 7 person hot tub, outdoor shower, large deck, charcoal grill, fire pit, landscaped lot with mature trees/shrubs, large level lot to lake, and a unique 4 person yard swing constructed from an antique ski chair lift. There are only 2 steps down to the pier.

Two kayaks, stand up paddle board, and 2 older 10-speed bikes are available for use.

The house is a short walking distance to the Silvercryst resort for dinner, drinks, entertainment, and the famous beach bar.

The home is just minutes from Wautoma which features additional restaurants, shopping, antiquing, and golfing.

This cottage lake home has it all and is only a 2 hour drive Northwest of Milwaukee, 1.5 hours from Madison, 3.5 hours from Chicago, and 4 hours from Minneapolis. If you get tired of Silver Lake, Wisconsin Dells is an hour drive.

Includes all kitchen items, washer/dryer, bed linens, and bathroom towels.

No smoking and no pets please.


Snowmobiling: State & Club Snowmobile trails accessible from the Silver Lake corridor.

Skiing/boarding: Nordic Mountain is a 10 minute drive. It's a very nice local hill which also has snow-tubing for those who don't ski. Cascade Mountain is larger and is a 45 minute drive. Granite Peak is even larger and boasts the most vertical feet in WI and is just over an hour drive.

Snowshoe/hike/cross country ski : Ice Age trail access point is a 15 minute drive.

Ice Fishing on Silver Lake and Irogami lake is very popular.

We'd be happy to speak to you by phone if you have any additional questions.

Our home has it all for family summer & winter fun and a relaxing lake home vacation experience!

More Details

Rick Brudny
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Rick Brudny

The cottage was originally built circa 1900 by William Walker as part of the Silvercryst resort. Later when the resort property was subdivided by the Walker's, Boyd Merryfield purchased the cottage and the lot. He expanded and completely renovated the cottage in the 1970's/1980's and lived there for many years as his primary residence. When we purchased the property, it needed a complete update again which was completed in 2014. My family of 4 (along with our family and friends) still use and enjoy the cottage and lake as our vacation 'get away' several weeks each year. We have recently decided to rent it for a portion of the year when we are not there.

Rick Brudny purchased this house in 2011

Why Rick Brudny chose Wautoma

My extended family has been vacationing in Waushara and Marquette counties for well over 20 years. Waushara County is "Where Up North Begins". When my family decided to purchase our own vacation home, we chose this property on Silver Lake because it had the most potential, and it is on the best water sports/fishing lake in the area. In addition, it is very near several ski hills that visit annually. Lastly, we love the history of the area and the location. It is only a 2 hour drive from our home near Milwaukee, but we are still "up north'' when there.

We have a large sandy beach, are on the best part of the lake, and experience amazing sunsets. We have a large level lot to the lake (2 steps down to the pier) and are a short walking distance to the Silvercryst resort restaurant for dinner and drinks and entertainment.

What makes this house unique

The all season porch (with radiant heated floor) is the best room in the house. Walls of windows provide full views of the lake. A cozy seating area, dining for 8 - 10, sound system, vaulted ceiling with fans, and bamboo flooring (with radiant heat) make this the room where most inside time is spent. Unique whole house sound system for those who enjoy music. 3 smart TV's allow for the streaming of your favorite movies and TV shows from our high speed free cable WiFi. The outdoor hot tub, outdoor shower, large level lot to the lake, and a one-of-a-kind 4 person yard swing constructed from an antique ski chair lift are also unique features. And remember, ONLY 2 STEPS DOWN to the pier. Owner's 3-person WaveRunner PWC is available to rent to qualified renters.


Wautoma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Rules are contained in Exhibit A of the Short Term Rental Agreement attached
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • outdoor shower - shower , outdoor shower , enclosed outdoor shower (hot & cold) with foot sprayer
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , on 1st level, tile floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , on 2nd floor, tile floor
  • 2 full baths. one on main level, second on 2nd level, and outdoor hot & cold shower on side deck.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , on 2nd floor
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , on 2nd level. lake view. can convert beds to one king size
    master bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1st floor, view of lake, smart TV, door to deck and hot tub
    bunk room areas 4 - 3 bunk bed , double bed lowers and single bed uppers. in lower level.
  • 3 formal bedrooms. master on main level, 2 bedrooms on 2nd level, PLUS large bunk room with 2 additional sleeping areas in lower level. Bunk area is accessible from the main level and also has an exterior door. Pack 'n Play for infant available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Owner's 3-person WaveRunner PWC is available to rent to qualified renters. Ask owner for details and rates. Boats (ski, fishing, pontoon) can be rented in Wautoma from two different establishments. Blackhawk Marine (preferred option by prior renters) or Mark's Quality Marine. There is space to beach or dock a small/medium sized boat at property. Miles and miles of country roads for road biking. Designated mountain biking trails located at Nordic Mountain (8 miles north). Hiking nearby at the famous Ice Age Trail. Over 300 miles of maintained snowmobile trails nearby.


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Silver Lake cottage - historic renovated home - family water sports and fishing
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Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place to stay with family! beautiful view on the lake!Going to visit on summer!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Wautoma at the Brudny property was fantastic. We we were right on the water with beautiful views. Plenty of space inside with all of the amenities needed. We went in November, so needless to say it was quite chilly outside. Inside, we were cozy and warm. I would recommend this property to anyone looking to stay in Wautoma!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Surprise romantic weekend getaway for my wife's birthday!

  • 5 of 5

I rented Sliver Lake Cabin for my wife's birthday. We had a great relaxing weekend! The cabin was everything we were hoping it would be!! The hot tub and view of the lake were awesome. We enjoyed dinners at silvercryst supper club and Moose Inn. We can't wait to visit again and highly recommend this cabin for anyone!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful autumn weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Great place for an autumn weekend to see changing leaves. The cozy fireplace and heated porch were awesome. We’ll be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You'll Fall in Love with This ace

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! We've been vacationing on Silver Lake for over 50 years and have stayed many places...this is one of the best!

We had 3 families stay here during the week we rented and the layout was really good. Good spaces for hanging out with each other, but layout is such that you can find places to get away on your own too.

The kitchen was really conveniently situated, with several of us being able to work in there at a time. Bedrooms are comfy, bathrooms have lots of space. The biggest treasure is the porch on the don't want to leave it...

The outdoor space worked really well for our group. Many different spots to hang out and felt like a decent amount of privacy. Great spot from which to boat and really nice area for swimming.

We loved being so close to Silvercryst...a long time and great supperclub...easy walk.

The owners are really responsive and very easy to work with. We would not think twice about renting again 😊

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply the best!

  • 5 of 5

This home is just spectacular. Rick and Angela are extremely generous and responsive hosts who have created a truly welcoming and family friendly home. The property is beautiful and in an ideal location, both for watching the sunsets over Big Silver and a very short walking distance to Silvercryst. There is plenty of room for everyone to have their own space and the bunkroom downstairs is ideal for school age and older, perfect for tweens, teens and young twenty-somethings. The porch is perfect for family meals and game playing, or relaxing and reading a book. The outdoor hot-tub is a wonderful way to relax after a long day of fun on the water, and the outdoor shower perfect. We have been fortunate enough to stay here before, it never disappoints. This year a very clever ski lift swing was added to the yard which we enjoyed- particularly the binding cup holders. We took advantage of the firepit and made S'mores. My eldest daughter brought her travel hammock and hooked it to their tree tie-outs in front of the porch.

My family and I enjoy the kayaks and SUP, it is a perfect location for family time and to put your toes in the water and your *** in the sand. I truly love this property and am very grateful to the hosts for sharing their slice of heaven in Wautoma.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Silvercryst
Moose Inn
Princeton Flea Market
Wisconsin's largest Summer Flea Market. Every Saturday during the Summer.
Best pizza in town. No liquor license.
Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Waushara Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 21
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Nordic Mountain
Nearest Beach
Cottage beach
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $200
Tax Rate 9.5%

Reservation deposit of $1,000 due at time of reservation.
First Payment 50% of balance due to owner - 180 days prior to check in.
Final Payment 100% of amount due to owner (including Damage deposit) - 90 days prior to check in.

(1) Prefer change over day of Friday/Friday -or- Sunday/Sunday so as not to split up a weekend.
(2) ALSO - We will consider/encourage fewer than 7 days if a mid-week rental (meaning Monday to Friday).

Reservation Deposit is 100% refundable if more than 180 days prior to check in.
Reservation Deposit + First Payment amount is 50% refundable if more than 90 days prior to check in.
No amounts are refundable if cancellation is 90 days or less prior to the check in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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