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

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 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-qua 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 will be a water - side deck with seating.), 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

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: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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 4.785714 based on 46 reviews

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: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elkins WV

Girlfriends Getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Cro's Nest was peaceful and quiet! Located at the tip of the Peninsula, but yet convenient to the many quaint towns along the water.

Kitchen was equipped but we chose to eat out on our trip.

House was clean and nice to sit on porch and watch the sunset!


  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AMAZING house and location!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this place! The house was spacious, beautiful and fully furnished with everything you could possibly need. The location was very scenic and serene. Fantastic landscaping and gardens. Really enjoyed the fire pit and stairway to the water. What a wonderful place to relax!! Very clean and inviting. We will definitely come again!!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place on a Great Lake!

  • 4 of 5

After renting at Sister Bay Yacht Club for a number of years we decided to try something a little more secluded and off the beaten path. The Cro's Nest delivered the quiet, restful experience we were looking for. The home is right on the water, the neighbors are not really visible, and the views are as advertised in the pictures. This home has access to the water via a spiral staircase on the bluff and it was nice to be able to get right down to the water, other homes along this bluff don't have this feature. The home was very clean, bright and ready for us to visit when we arrived. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook meals. It was logically organized and well stocked - VRBO is NOT always like that so it was a pleasant surprise and allowed us to relax and not wonder what else we may need to go find so we could function well and cook for ourselves over this long weekend. The bathrooms were nice, the master area was very big and nicely appointed. We would have no problem recommending this for a stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A place to restore

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed the peaceful and natural beauty of the Cro's Nest. It has views and shore lapped ambiance that can't be captured in pictures. There was plenty of room to spread out in the large home for 10 people and lots to see and do in the area. While my teenaged son and nephews were thrilled to find a pool table in the basement and lots of places to bike ride and go fishing, I enjoyed other aspects of the area. This is a place where we experienced the sight of eagles while kayaking, a small fox crossing the street at dusk, black ducks gracefully flying forever only inches above the lake, white seagulls and Pelicans floating together peacefully and magically in the darkened night lake, and the very loud calling of a turkey at daybreak. We hope to return again and again. McCarthy family from Chicago

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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sac city, iowa

great get away!

  • 5 of 5

what a great week at cro's nest! Property was just as advertised and very clean and well kept! Owners were very responsive if needed and accommodative. Comes with our highest recommendation! Thanks kerpans for a great week!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Washington Island Ferry
Nearest Beach
5 Miles


Rates & Availability

Gills Rock House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $0
Tax Rate 11.0%

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.
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