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

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Manawa Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Charlene Brunner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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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.


based on 29 traveler reviews

Ranch-style cottage in Manawa on a quiet peninsula of the Millpond.
average rating of 4.862069 based on 29 reviews

Beautiful property in a very private setting, and super clean..

  • 5 of 5

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

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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Very Comfortable Home

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a 4 day stay in this charming home. Loved the "cook in" kitchen. Everything we needed to make nice meals and plenty of room for the two of us to enjoy it together. The bed was super comfortable and bathroom amazing.

Starting each morning sitting outside with coffee, listening to the sounds of birds and ending each night with a heaven full of starts was totally relaxing.

Plenty of small towns to explore. Great centralized location for visiting the 4 (not-too-far) casinos of the area too! Overall a wonderful fit for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Patty Thank you for your positive review. I am glad the cottage met your needs and made your stay a pleasurable one. It is especially nice to hear that the bathroom renovation was successful and that you were comfortable overall. This may also help others realize that there are plenty of small towns and interesting things to discover in the area. We look forward to having you again sometime. Sincerely, Charlene
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Rustic. Kind of a seventies decor. Well kept and equipped. "Homey" feel.

  • 4 of 5

We had a nice relaxing stay. The lake was beautiful and the cabin was well kept and comfortable. The area was quiet and peaceful. Surrounding neighborhoods were friendly but kept to themselves. The town of Manawa itself did not have much going on. It was alittle disappointing to see alot of the shops "downtown" out of business or closed. Overall we enjoyed our stay. I would recommend it to others. I bet it would be a nice get away and really pretty in the fall and winter also.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Melissa Thank you for your review. I am very glad you enjoyed yourselves. Yes, it is too bad that Manawa has lost some of its charm. I especially miss the TrueValue store that was located downtown. I hope something nice goes into that big space. At least there is still the Manawa Steak House with its trophy bar and friendly service. And I like to stop at the Cruisin' In diner for the real old-fashioned soda, sandwich and ice cream style. You don't have far to drive to get to New London and Waupaca for some of those old stores. Yes, come to Manawa again for the fall colors and the peace and quiet of our simple neighborhood. Sincerely, Charlene
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Perfect Lake House!

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely clean, comfortable well-equipped lake house! Perfect for our needs. Quiet and restful among the dancing reeds by the waters edge and the whispering pines above. The stars at night are overwhelming in number and brightness! The "pond" (actually a fair-sized lake) was perfect for our canoe. And our dog loved romping around the big yard. The house is nicely updated, but still has that 50s lake cottage charm to it. The neighborhood is very friendly and a very well-stocked grocery store is in town not far away. We enjoyed having a log fire in the outdoor fire-pit every night. We had a very refreshing stay and highly recommend this property to anyone looking for the same "lake house" vacation. We've been VRBOers for over 15 years and this is one of the best. Perfect! Thanks Charlene and Jason!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your considerate description of what it was that you enjoyed; letting us know that some of the amenities that we offer - the firewood, hammocks and lawn chairs, for instance - come to good use and are appreciated. I know that your careful review will be helpful to other interested vacationers as well. Jason and I enjoyed having you and your pet dog and we hope to have you back sometime soon.
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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:
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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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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

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