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The Cro's Nest - The Rat Race Stops here!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 8

Visitors world-wide love this beautiful 3100 sq. ft. home on the shore of Green Bay. It is decorated with wonderful antiques, unusual stained glass, comfortable seating with views of Green Bay. There is a large dining room that seats 12 , large master bedroom with a whirlpool bath, fully stocked island kitchen, large sun room with 8 skylights, and sliding Anderson windows only partially describes the interior. Outside. Well, where does one begin. There is a 20ft. motorized awning off the sun room. Also, there are 3 decks facing the water, bar-b-que deck with gas and charcoal grills, spacious patios, gurgling water pond, outdoor chimera fire place with plenty of outdoor seating, picnic tables, pleasing landscaping with flowers and plants everywhere. Of course beautiful views of Green Bay, Plum and Washington Islands. Descend the one of a kind lighted spiral staircase to the lighted 70ft. pier. *(Please be aware that because of high water levels of Green Bay / Lake Michigan our dock will not be set out this year. However, there is still water access.) Sit on a bench with a cup of coffee and watch the sun come up over Washington Island. Relax!

The Cro's Nest life: Watch the ferry and fishing boats go by. Fish. There was a 12 lb. Walleye caught off of the pier. Take a walk on the quiet, beautiful Wisconsin Bay Road and nearby trails. Walk to Gills Rock: shops, marina, ferry to Washington Island, and the Shoreline restaurant.


Always remember: the Rat Race Stops Here!

More Details

Property Manager
Nick Kerpan
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

"This place is so magical. We traveled all around Door County and stayed in many different places and none of them stood out like yours did. All of the different gardens and seating places with views of the woods and lake made our visit at the "Cro's Nest" very special. Your collection of knick knacks and art from around the world makes a great conversation piece in every room. We look forward to visiting again."
Jul 2007
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Gills Rock House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , upstairs master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , upstairs loft
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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The Cro's Nest - The Rat Race Stops here!
average rating of 4.736842 based on 51 reviews

Relaxing and well appointed

  • 5 of 5

Everything was well done. Easy to find, instructions clear, and a fabulous view. It was perfect for a relaxing get away. And well appointed doesn't begin to cover it! You could make a Thanksgiving dinner without having to bring a single extra item besides your food. Turkey baster? It's there. Whole nutmeg? Yup. Coffee maker? There are two. It was great!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I could watch the view forever!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great property for families! The stairs to the lake are a bit daunting but worth it. Inside is clean and welcoming. Good kitchen for food prep, though I always try to bring my own sharp knife. Whether sitting in various places watching the lake or in the sunroom you are surrounded by the outdoors. This was our second year staying and we will likely be back. Thanks to the Kerpans for providing their home.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Santa Maria, CA

Perfect week!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful house and a perfect place to have a family reunion. House is well supplied for cooking and very clean. Our family enjoyed the fire pit and swimming at the rocks. Enjoyed playing pool and the gardens. Inside and out a great place!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cedar Rapids Iowa

get away surrounded by beautiful nature

  • 4 of 5

great view, relaxing, ample space...away from busy tourist areas, but close enough to get everywhere you'd like to see in DC

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House with a Beautiful view

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful house and property overlooking the bay. The house had everything you could possibly need...lanterns, first aid kit, extra blankets, kitchen appliances, fire wood and on and on. They have thought of everything! Beds were comfortable & plenty of sitting areas throughout the house. We had 3 couples staying there & easily could have had one more couple. Weather was perfect so didn't use the pool table but was nice to have available. We did have a storm one night and lost power for 6-7 hours. Owners called next day to see if everything was ok or if we needed anything. The owner Jack stopped by a few times to drop something off and check to see if we needed anything. Would only stay few minutes, so never intrusive. Only reason I did not give 5 stars is no place is ever perfect but this was pretty close. Would highly recommend this place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Door County and we will certainly return! We were there over the July 4th week and it made for a wonderful celebration with family and friends! The Cro's Nest exceeded our expectations as this was also our first VRBO rental. The home was comfortable, clean and the owners thought of everything~ a well stocked kitchen, firewood for the fire pit, beautiful gardens and even a quick stop by the house to welcome us!

The view is amazing, our college age sons enjoyed fishing off the pier and swimming. We especially enjoyed nearby Sister Bay, Ephraim, and Bailey's Harbor! Fireworks at Gills Rock were amazing! A great rental in North Door County! Thank you Kerpans!

The Conrad Family

Barrington, IL

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Washington Island Ferry


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125

We require 50% down to reserve your rental dates and the remaining balance is due approximately two weeks prior to your stay.

Pets are $10 per night with a $150 Refundable pet deposit to held in escrow until the end of your stay.

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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