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Special retreat, large deck looking over Lake Michigan, perfect for 2-4 people.

Oostburg, WI, USA
  • House2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Open weeks for summer $2400/wk. AUGUST 10 and 24 available

Barbadon, built in 1930, was originally a 4 bedroom cottage and was remodeled into a year round home with 2 bedrooms in the 80’s. There is a large deck that overlooks the Lake . This rental does have TV and Wi-Fi. Linens and towels are included. Master bedroom has a new queen size bed, upstairs has 2 twin beds.

Kitchen is fully equipped including spices, sugar, flour and oil.

The Lake during the winter months can be breath taking, watch the ice shelf build and then be destroyed by the waves. You can cross country ski, snow shoe, sit and read a book by the fire.

In the summer months the main attraction here is beautiful Lake Michigan and the beach. Without a doubt, the sand is some of the finest in the world. On top of that, the beach is private. There is a fire ring on the beach for evening bonfires. The Lake, while generally cool until July, has a sandy bottom that gradually becomes deeper. Beach furniture and a few beach toys and games are provided. If the salmon are running, it’s possible to catch dinner while wading in the Lake. For most though, it’s a cup of coffee watching the sun rise, the warm sand on toes while reading a book, building sand castles, throwing the football, and relaxing. The Lake can change quickly from smooth as glass to huge waves with a strong undercurrent; children need to be supervised at all times for their safety.

Our property is for family vacations. If you want to plan a large gathering for a day please contact Kohler Andréa State Park. They have great facilities for large groups. Their phone number is 920-451-4080.

There is a grocery store,ice cream and coffee shop, hardware store,Bakery, post office and two restaurants in Oostburg, two miles directly west. Sheboygan has many delicious restaurants plus shopping. Plenty of golf courses are available for every ability level.

Lake Michigan is high this year so there is not as much beach for walking as there has been. This is a cycle of the Lake. Currently there is a shorter beach in front of Barbadon. Questions, call/text 608.332.3571


Nicola Davis

Member Since 2009
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Nicola Davis

This property has been in our family for 81 years. We are the third generation to be given the opportunity and honor to care for this beautiful property.

Nicola Davis purchased this House in 1930

Why Nicola Davis chose Sheboygan County

Gramma(Bessie) camped on this very beach with 4 girl friends from Milwaukee in the 1920's . She fell in love with the Lake and the rest is history.

What makes this House unique

Oostburg is a darling town, it has the best Hardware Store and Bakery you will ever find. An easy drive from Chicago and without the crowds of Door County. Our beaches are private, the water clear with a sand bottom. There are plenty of other local attractions if you decide to venture from the Beach however most people that come to Bessie's Beach tend to just say put and relax.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Full bath is off the Master bedroom.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
        • 1 bath with shower/tub. Plus half bath.

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
            Barbadon and Bessie's Bungalow sit right on the beach while MacBess is about 50 feet back . Perfect for family reunions, total capacity for 14.
          • Waterfront
            The Lake has a beautiful sand bottom, no stones or rocks, gently slopes.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Fireplace
                        Gas fireplace
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        Large living room with views of the Lake and woods
                      • Parking
                        Room for 2 cars
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Catering Available
                            Send me your grocery list and I will shop for you, will add total to your final bill.
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Spices, flour, sugar, dish towels, coffee pot, dishes, pots/pans, microwave,gas stove
                          • Microwave
                          • Pantry Items
                            Sugar,flour, salt, pepper, spices, oil
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Gas and gas grill outside
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Kitchen table looks out on the Lake
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                    Great selection for books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Cards, board games
                                  • Television


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Beach furniture included
                                      • Golf
                                        Lots of Golf available within 30 mile radius.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Gas grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                              • marina
                                              • churches
                                              • festivals
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • cinemas
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • water parks
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • Babysitter
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • swimming


                                                              • Other properties: #800417 and #802872 Our properties are for family vacations, not large parties. This is the place you come to unwind, unplug, watch the waves, stars, to be still and in the moment.

                                                                15 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Spacious and relaxing! Loved the views and sounds of waves crashing.

                                                                Hector E.

                                                                We had a great time at Barbadon! Beautiful views of Lake Michigan from the large deck. Great views from any room in the house. It was nice to have a fully stocked kitchen for items you forget to pack. Nicola was a pleasure to work with and responded quickly. We enjoyed the large interior as we were able to spread out and relax, especially with a 4 year old. Will definitely try to return.

                                                                The best place to relax

                                                                Sissel Svanoe R.

                                                                This is a warm, welcoming place to spend time with family and friends. The house is steeped in history, and reflects the loving care of the owners. As you step inside, you are treated like family, from fresh flowers on the dining table, to condiments ready to use in the kitchen. The Lake is always in view through the huge windows, and lulls you to sleep at night. Plenty of comfortable places to hang out, from the deck watching the Lake with morning coffee (highly recommended) to reading by the fire inside in the evening. There is easy beach access and a fire pit with wood ready to light for s'mores and conversation. Treat yourself to the luxury of relaxing and enjoy this peaceful haven. Everyone is already talking about 'our stay next year'!

                                                                Beautiful retreat

                                                                Bianca B.Chicago

                                                                Nicola is wonderful to rent from. The experience couldn't have been better! Will definitely be coming back. Love the history of this place and the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan right outside the door. Fully stocked kitchen made cooking so easy, very unusual for a rental cabin. We enjoyed the fireplace and just relaxing in the space. Kohler is an easy drive for lunch and a fun afternoon.


                                                                EGRMilwaukee WI 53210

                                                                The perfect place to escape. Starting with very precise directions on how to get there along with where to enter and park. Nicola then put our last name on the door on a piece of painted wood. I knew I was in the right place. Went through the door and came face to face to a stunning view of the lake. This was a place I had been looking for to bring my elderly mother for her birthday. Unfortunately she passed in December so we came as a family to reflect on our loss but celebrate the granddaughters birthday who shared our mothers birthday for 19 years. The lake could be easily heard when the windows were opened. Lawn chairs close to the lake to relax in, along with plenty of beach to walk and explore. Enjoyed the fireplace along with the pre-cut wood. Kitchen was well stocked with most pots, pans and dishes needed for our getaway. If you forget something for cooking Oostburg is a short drive away.....on a rainy day found the resale store on Main Street... Nicola was onsite for a few days and able to tell us some of the history of her wonderful place as well as some of the surrounding homes. There is nothing but good happening when you stay here.....plan on making this a family tradition as well as celebrating my 60th year here next year. Nicola thank you and your brothers for opening up your piece of paradise.



                                                                Most of the rooms have beautiful (and close) water views. The lake went from grey to platinum to silver to blue in the span of two days. There were hummingbirds, woodpeckers, cardinals and robins at the feeders on the deck. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen was efficient. Gorgeous spot on a beautiful lake! I look forward to my next visit.

                                                                Family-friendly, Romantic, Stunningly Beautiful Wisconsin Lakeside Retreat

                                                                kat o.Chicago

                                                                Totally a hidden gem! Barbadon was the ideal spot for a weekend getaway. Romantic as well as family-friendly, it was perfect for our family of three, and we can't wait to come back to rent all 3 cottages for our extended family for a longer stay. Nicola went above and beyond to make our vacation relaxing and stress-free. She was quick to respond to our inquiries, and made the booking, check-in and check-out processes simple and straightforward. Barbadon is minutes from I 43 and yet totally secluded by the woods along the lakeshore. Conveniently located: short and easy drives to Oostburg, Sheboygan and Kohler Village. So it's easy to get to, and easy to get around and do some sightseeing. We especially enjoyed visiting the state park and the Maywood environmental park. Easy trails to hike with a toddler. However, the property itself boasts enough to occupy a toddler in sunshine or rain -- and we had both on our visit. The beach and its views are stunning. Sparkling in the sunshine - we had fantastic meals on the deck, enjoyed sitting out on the private beach and watching the waves, and the few passersby we encountered were super friendly. At night, Nicola helped us start a bonfire which was the perfect ending to a perfect day at the beach. In the rain and fog, Barbadon was still beautiful and so romantic. It was an ideal retreat to relax, decompress, and appreciate nature: we loved watching the hummingbirds at the feeder, spotting gulls diving for fish on the lake, and my toddler son delighted in all the chipmunks and squirrels scurrying across the deck and into the trees. The cottage is rustic in aesthetic but comfortably appointed: comfy cozy seating and beds, heat/cool works great, wifi is fast, phone avail if the mobile signal is spotty, solid water pressure, a well-stocked kitchen for food prep, dishwasher, microwave, laundry -- and has more than enough toys, games, and classic family movies to entertain little ones. We brought our own toys -- but didn't even need to unpack them. Everything was clean and the tools were there for us to keep the place clean as well: we especially appreciated that there was even a dustbuster on the wall so we could clean up after our toddler's meals. Nicola's attention to hospitable detail was remarkable: guest soaps, fresh flowers throughout, help with the bonfire, charcoal for the grill, inquiring as to whether we needed a highchair and other babyproofing! Thank you Nicola!


                                                                Oostburg, WI, USA

                                                                Rent all 3 properties for a wedding or family reunion . Sleeps a total of 14.


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