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Thomas Nebel

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Beautiful Multi-Family Door County Waterfront Home

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Loft, Sleeps 14

Welcome! We know you'll love our waterfront home as you make memories with friends and family.

Kill Kare is a complete and modernized cottage, available for rentals throughout the year. While only two miles from the city limits of Sturgeon Bay, you'll feel secluded and refreshed here. The water is shallow, situated on an area of the bay called ''the flats''. It's known for great fishing, boating, and swimming. During some years, it's possible for an average height adult to walk over 300 yards into the bay before it is over his or her head. Additionally, there is a sand bar, often exposed, about 75 yards off shore, which is a great place to bring the children for a fun diversion. (During the Winter the bay freezes over entirely - perfect for skating, broomball, snowshoeing, or hiking.)

There are no inhabited dwellings on the lots adjacent to Kill Kare, so it truly is a secluded environment. Potawatomi State Park is just across the bay, so the view is unhampered.

There are no city lights to dim your nighttime view of the stars as you gather around the bonfire on the beach. The driveway is long and tree-lined, isolating you from Highway BB and any traffic noise.

''Kill Kare'' is the name that our grandfather, Louis H. Nebel, gave to this wonderful getaway on Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula. Maybe his love of Shakespeare prevailed, envisioning a place where all cares, worries would be killed. He was Door County's first electrical contractor, and though his residence was only two miles away in Sturgeon Bay, like any businessman, he valued his retreat place. The cottage has been our family gathering place ever since, a place where four generations now have forged their fondest memories.

Our grandfather originally purchased this property in November of 1922...for $750! He paid his mortgage off in two years. Then, in 1935 he secured a mortgage of $5,400 to construct the first phase of the building.

Over the years Kill Kare grew in a piecemeal fashion--adding a sun porch and a small upstairs loft. Then, in 1999, our mother, Helen Nebel, saw to it that the building would be expanded and renovated to serve future generations. When she died in 2002 her will specified that the cottage somehow stay in the family, with rentals allowed to provide for upkeep and taxes - but not as an income property, per se.

*Today Kill Kare is a modernized 4 plus bedroom home, secluded and situated on over 100 feet of private sand beach, available for year-round rentals. You'll gather a sense of our family's history here, and perhaps you'll start to gather a sense of your own. We just love this place, reserving enough family time each year to keep the sense of home and heritage alive. And though most of us no longer live in Door County, we make routine pilgrimages back home - to kill our cares. You'll see why.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Thomas Nebel (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english


based on 10 traveler reviews

Beautiful Multi-Family Door County Waterfront Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Alexandria, VA

We'll be back

  • 5 of 5

The Nebel cabin is a quintessential Door County property - the original small cabin has been beautifully incorporated and it sleeps a lot of people without being a giant mcmansion, which I love. Tom is very nice and accommodating. The beach is actually sand (rare) and the surrounding trees keep it feeling private. It's so close to town which is hard to find in waterfront properties. We'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Fun and Togetherness

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time here. Our ages ranged from 4 to 65, and every one of us had a wonderful experience. The survival game was a blast and we learned a ton, and the Memory Lane puzzle was an inter generational success; even the teens loved it! We took a walk on the ice-covered bay and appreciated having Cave Point in such close proximity for another afternoon adventure. Plenty of space for all of us, and the kitchen was perfect for many cooks in the kitchen, which was so lovely for making memories with the grandchildren. Close enough to run to the grocery store if necessary, yet far enough to feel like we were truly away from it all. What a wonderful, family-friendly place. We feel the energy of many happy families, and loved the family photos of the owner's family, too. Thank you for sharing your treasure with us!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sunset Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We loved this cottage! It could use some updates inside, but the location, the beach and the view more than make up for that. It is not far from town, but the property is very private and wooded. The beach area, outdoor furniture, hammock, large picnic tables and fire ring kept us outside most of the time. We had a glorious sunset every night. We enjoyed swimming right off the dock and kayaking on the bay. The view from the front room and sunroom of the cottage is spectacular. I hope we get back there again someday. The Door Peninsula is beautiful and there are many towns, parks and beaches to explore. Great restaurants and bakeries - make sure you get some local cherry pies. The owner is very personable and responsive to questions and the cottage is well equipped. There were twelve of us and we had plenty of room. Being there was a great blessing for our family. Don't miss out on this one!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Sturgeon Bay Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We booked Kill Kare last Februrary for my nephew's September wedding. Tom was easy to contact and very responsive through the whole process. The photos online do NOT do the house justice! The house is very clean and well kept and nicely decorated. Having 2 bedrooms on the first floor worked out very well as we had my elderly father staying with us and he didn't have to navigate the spiral staircase to the upstairs bedrooms (there are also straight stairs you can use from the outside of the house to get to the upstairs). The kitchen was very well stocked and the house even had a sewing kit and ironing board which we made use of before the wedding! Kill Kare is much more spacious than the pictures make it seem. The setting was gorgeous and peaceful and conveniently located for everything. We only wish we'd had more time to simply hang out at the house!! Coincidentally, there was even a great fall festival on Saturday. Again, we only wish we'd had more time to spend in and around Sturgeon Bay rather than at wedding activities. If we lived closer to Wisconsin, we'd book here again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good Family location

  • 5 of 5

Pros: Great location for travel to all of Door County. The home is very comfortable and can hold plenty. Owner was very quick to respond to emails and wasn't hanging over our heads which we have experienced with some locations. They have wi fi and lots of games. GREAT firepit and beach. The weather prevented fun in the bay but they have plenty of waterfront for fun. The owner was kind enough to allow our pet so long as we followed some simple rules. Great privacy and the view is out of this world!

Cons: (very minor)We came at the end of the season so the place could have used a little love. Gas grill was too dirty to use but had a charcoal option, few spiders inside, and the driveway to the home was overgrown and a bit tight for our vehicle. We were asked to bring our own sheets and towels with is something I am not used to with VRBO. Not a problem is you live close and make if your come from far away they will supply.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

President's Weekend in Sturgeon Bay!

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful, and Tom was a great host. He had the house nice and warm before we got there. The accommodations were fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone looking to stay in the area. The view was great, and everyone who came with me loved it.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, James! We're glad it worked out well for you. It's nice to be able to share our place with others who appreciate it. I'm proud of our housekeeper, Betty, who make sure things are ready for our guests, too. I hope you come back again.
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Other Activities: Boating, Kayaking, Shopping


Rates & Availability

Sturgeon Bay Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid-Season (Late Spring)
May 2 2016 - May 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Pre-Peak Season (Early Summer)
Jun 1 2016 - Jun 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season 2016
Jun 15 2016 - Aug 21 2016
7 night minimum stay
End of Summer Special
Aug 22 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall 50 (2016)
Oct 21 2016 - Oct 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 24 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Quiet Season
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $25 + Tax
Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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Door County Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bed: Queen Bed (5); Crib
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Beachfront, Lakefront, Waterfront. Two gas fireplaces, three televisions, two picnic tables, dock/pier (seasonal), phenomenal view, canoe, kayak, fire pit for bonfires, phone-activated thermostat for warm arrivals in Winter.

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