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Ranch-style cottage in Manawa on a quiet peninsula of the Millpond.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

This private shoreline cottage from the 1960s is at the end of a quiet lane on the mill pond of the Little Wolf River about two miles from the center of Manawa in the rolling farmlands of Waupaca County.

There is fishing right off the private pier: northern pike, perch, bass, bluegills, crappies, pumpkin fish and the occasional brown trout. This area has great spots for the fish to hide in.

Two bedrooms with room in the closets and dressers for your belongings, an orthopedic memory-foam queen bed & a new queen, hardwood flooring, a comfortable living-room with leather couches, new HD-TV, games, playing cards, books and a fully-equipped kitchen with new appliances and a dining area will help to make you feel right at home.

Get away from the hustle and bustle for awhile. Bring your binoculars to watch the birds. Cardinals, king-fishers, woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees live here and so do sand-hill cranes, Canadian geese and squirrels. You can take the portable fire pit and the camping chairs into the yard, lounge in the hammocks (1 double, 1 single) or settle in at the campfire site close to the water on the collapsible lawn chairs. Pull the boat into the water and use the oars to get around or ask Jason for the trolling motor. Have fun and see some of the open countryside on the twin 3-speed cruiser bikes. Bring your snowmobile in winter and use the miles of trails in the area; access them right at the pond. Watch the sun rise over the lake across the expansive level yard from the house and porch through the old-stand trees.

I am lucky to have a great care-taker who lives next door and watches over the house through all the seasons. This makes the cottage available for use all year 'round. He is a great fisherman who can swear by this private part of the pond as a fisherman's hideaway spot both summer and winter.

Note! Senior discount (65 years of age or older) of $25 if more than two persons, or $50 for a single person or one couple!

Special rates for returning guests. Ask about extended-stay rates.

Send for a vacation rental agreement after checking the calendar for availability. Reserve now for a weekend get-away or for your summer vacation accommodations!

Keywords: Ranch-style cottage

More Details

Charlene Brunner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

About Charlene Brunner

A fifth-generation California resident who lost her heart to Switzerland would not normally have a cottage in rural Wisconsin, but this is special. I live in Chur, Switzerland, and see my family in California about once a year. I have visited Manawa quite a few times to see where my good friend grew up.

Charlene Brunner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Charlene Brunner chose Wisconsin

When my friend showed me the area where she was raised, I was smitten with the beautiful farms, woodlands and lake areas...but especially with the quaint little ranch-style cottage I found there on the quiet man-made lake called Manawa Mill Pond. The 1-plus acre yard around the house with old-stand trees provides it with plenty of privacy and peacefulness, especially because of the 400-yard lake-shore access. There is no traffic because it is at the end of a country cul-de-sac lane.

What makes this cottage unique

This cottage gives vactioners a chance to spend time in an absolutely quiet place away from home. I recently had the opportunity to visit the cottage and loved the feeling of security and seclusion it gave me. Bird-watching, fishing, some swimming and barbecuing, but also reading and painting here are the highlights.

I have enjoyed the Mid-Western Rodeo in Manawa in July and have seen some of the old cars that are shown at the Iola Car Show.

Green Bay is worth a trip for many reasons. The Wisconsin Dells, too.

I furnished the cottage in 2005 from some of the local stores but especially from the antique shops in New London and Waupaca. For antique lovers there is also the big Osh Kosh show.

Manawa is a convenient distance from the Outagamie Airport in Appleton and not a bad drive from Chicago, where I can enjoy the Windy City before taking off to Switzerland or California.


Manawa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Newly renovated bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Newly renovated.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Front Bedroom - 1 queen , memory foam mattress, closet and chest-of-drawers
    Lake-side Bedroom - 1 queen , chest-of-drawers, closet, and window air-conditioner
  • Queen size Beds (2): 1 orthopedic memory-foam mattress, 1 new queen mattress, plus 1 double bed air-mattress. Normally the amount of occupants is limited to four because there is just one bathroom. A charge of $10 per night will be added for an extra person.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
bonfire pit in the yard, fire kettle, Weber grill


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Ranch-style cottage in Manawa on a quiet peninsula of the Millpond.
average rating of 4.84375 based on 32 reviews

Great property beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

I was in town for business for two months, and so thankful I found this wonderful home. I was greeted immediately by Jason we quickly became friends. The home is very comfortable and has everything you need. I really enjoyed the large property so beautiful to wake up and see the lake. Charlene was very easy to work with and responds fast. Thank you to Jason and his family for making me feel so welcome. Highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review Susan! Lots depends on the caretaker. I'm glad I have Jason right there, who watches out for everyone's needs. I am very happy that the cottage worked out well for you as a home away from home. It would be nice to have you come back someday. Kind regards, Charlene
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Perfect little getaway cabin

  • 5 of 5

We (2 adults and 2 children) were looking for a cabin for a quick weekend getaway, and found this property. It was a great choice! Between the play area, large yard, boat, and fishing we didn't have to leave at all and had more then enough entertainment to occupy the minds of a 4 and 1 yr old. We caught a hand full of bass from shore, and several perch and panfish as well. The cottage has a well equipped kitchen, is spacious, and very comfortable. We would highly recommend it and plan on going back soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, I am so glad to hear you had such a good time at the cottage with your little ones! I am glad you caught some fish and enjoyed going out in the boat. The property was ideal for you and met your needs. I appreciate the recommendation and look forward to your return visit whenever you like. Remember that I will give you a discount when you do. Thank you sincerely!
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Nice, neat cottage for a quiet stay

  • 4 of 5

The cottage had all we needed to play outside with our family, cook some meals at home, and be comfortable. It was a bit far from any family attractions. Nice stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your straight-forward review Carrie. I know it will be helpful for some of the viewers. It's true that the cottage is really for getting away, fishing, riding the bikes around the countryside. It is not exactly in the vicinity of exciting entertainment, that is unless you want to do some tubing in the summer or snowmobiling in the winter. I am glad that you were comfortable and hope you come back anyway when you need to relax. Sincerely, Charlene
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Beautiful property in a very private setting, and super clean..

  • 5 of 5
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The cottage has a well equipped kitchen, is spacious and very comfortable (and very, very clean). The real "gem" is the backyard which pictures simply cannot do justice. Old, beautiful trees surround the lot on all sides; it feels like you're on a private island. No city lights to diminish the magnificence of the stars at night and the sunrise from the back bedroom window is amazing. I loved the kayaking, grilling out every night on the Weber, and sitting around the campfire watching the moon come up.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the special report! I love getting ones like this that give people an idea of the hidden treasures to be discovered at the cottage. You have to be a certain kind of person to realize some of its advantages. You will have shown others where to look for them. You encouraged me to get the woodpile restocked so you could have campfires. Now there is a good amount for everyone's use. And you were also alert to the fact that there were too many pine needles around the vicinity of the campfire pit; too close for comfort if a spark should ignite them and start more of a fire that was expected. I am glad you could use them for kindling the bonfire. I hope you will come back again someday to kick back and enjoy the peace and quiet of this gem of a place. Thank you for writing and for your good rating.
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Relaxing staying on the Wolf River

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son and I decided to celebrate my 40th bday with a get away to the northern woods. My 2yr old's first comment was "beautiful trees" as we got out of the car. I agree the lot is secluded and peaceful with large pine and maple trees along with a beautiful view of the Wolf River. The home was perfect for our needs. Jason was helpful with getting the boat set up. We can't wait to come back to visit. Only a 2 hour drive from Milwaukee.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ericka I appreciate your review! I am so glad that your birthday weekend was a success. Your son noticed the quietness. The peaceful views of the pond and the beautiful old trees are prime features of the cottage. Thank you for mentioning them. I am also glad that Jay gave you a helping hand with the boat. He is a great asset to our hospitality. We look forward to another (discounted) visit from you sometime. Sincerely, Charlene
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Cute and cozy!

  • 5 of 5
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We loved our stay! The house is very cozy and hado everything we needed. The bathroom is very nice. Plenty of space. The backyard is huge! We had a nice grill session using the weber grill that is provided and sitting around the campfire was very relaxing. We docked our boat by the dock and enjoyed some nice boat rides and fishing on the lake. Caught plenty of fish! Jason was very helpful and nice. The nearby grocery store is stocked up with anything you may need and cute ice cream/ coffee house is nice to go get a treat. Recommend to anyone who is trying to get away and relax!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Sylwia. We are glad you had a relaxing and enjoyable stay, caught those fish and barbecued on the Weber pot. It will be helpful for others to hear what you had to say about the cottage. Was that the Cruisin' Inn that you mentioned? I think so. That's where the ice cream and sandwiches can be had in the old style. Come back again sometime soon! Charlene with Jason
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Iola Old Car Show
"Yearly in the first week of July."
Cedar Springs Golf Course
"Friday Night Fish Fry served every week 4:30 - 9:00"
Black Otter supper Club
"The best place around. "
Smiths Steak House
Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Outagamie Regional Airport, Appleton, WI
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Cowboys Bar, 313 S. Bridge St, Manawa
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Cedar Springs Golf Course, E7005 Cedar Springs Rd
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
US Highway 10
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Smith's Manawa Steak House, 960 Depot Street
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Little Wolf Park across the water by boat
Car: necessary

Private ice fishing & river fishing nearby. Snowmobilers have access to trails from the pond.

There is shopping and antiquing nearby in Waupaca and New London.

Green Bay and Lake Michigan are about a one-hour drive: casino, football, zoo/nature reserve.

Swimming, fishing, etc: Bear Lake about 4 miles away south of Manawa and White Lake near Weyauwega about 12 miles south. Bigger lakes: Lake Poygan, Lake Butte des Morts, Lake Winnebago about 30 minutes, south of Appleton and by Osh Kosh.

Hartman Creek State Park about 18 miles west past Waupaca.

Mid-Western Rodeo Manawa and Iola Old Car Show in July.

EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh in August.


Rates & Availability

Manawa Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 6 2016 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning $60 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 5.5%

The first payment is the security/booking deposit. The second payment is the total vacation rental fee.

Children must be monitored 24/7 because of the lack of fencing and the proximity to the pond. Renters are solely responsible for their use of the boat and their activities around the open water (the owner may not be held liable).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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