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

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning


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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 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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Ellison Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

The Cro's Nest - The Rat Race Stops here!
average rating of 4.818182 based on 43 reviews

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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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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Caledonia, IL

Beautiful spot right on the water

  • 4 of 5

The home was spotless clean. Plenty of room for all 7 of us. Really nice master suite. Beautiful view on the water with Washington Island in the distance. Backyard area was a bit buggy. Has a nice fire place in the back... The fire smoke solved the bug problem. We had a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was a girls only trip in celebration of our 50th birthdays! Immediately when we entered the quaint rural setting we fell in love. The towns people are extremely friendly and welcoming. We had all the amenities at the house, plenty of room for us to have our own space. We couldn't get enough of the water front views. The weather was picture perfect, the water was like glass and you could see for miles. Had a great time watching the ferry go back and forth to Washington Island, and the many boats out on the water. We had a little baby raccoon frequent us and captured the cutest video. It was everything we could of asked for and much more. Sister's Bay is close with many quaint shops to visit. We enjoyed our time and hated to leave but have plans to return to this paradise. Thank you for having us!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great 9-day stay here over July 4th. There were three couples (my parents, my husband and I and my brother and his wife). The house was plenty spacious for 6 adults and was great for spreading out. There are lots of cozy nooks to read or nap. The water views were amazing, and we spent lots of time watching the terns diving for fish off shore. We had fun using the fire pit to roast s'mores and renting kayaks and paddling from the dock (the stairs are steep, so we had to put the kayaks in at Garrett bay, but the paddle over was beautiful). The July 4th festivities in Gills Rock were fun, with a great fireworks display. The surrounding area is beautiful, and we went on numerous runs/walks in the area. All in all, it was a wonderful week, and I wish we could have stayed longer. We hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Washington Island Ferry
Nearest Beach
5 Miles


Rates & Availability

Ellison Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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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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