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Spectacular Kenosha Lake Michigan Waterfront Retreat for 12

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12)


The best revenge for hard work is harder relaxation. And the ideal getaway for this is The Retreat, a luxurious and scenic waterfront property where you and your guests are encouraged to relax, reward, and pamper yourselves in splendor. Nestled atop a bluff between Chicago and Milwaukee is a completely renovated 2-story, 5 bedroom/4 full bathroom, 4000 sq. ft. home on a ½ acre of land and 150' of pure unobstructed Lake Michigan tranquility. Let the endless sunrise greet you to your wake-up call and Orion and Cassiopeia entertain you from above at night. You will never get tired of listening to the waves crashing in or gazing at the moon shimmering upon the vastness of the lake. This splendid retreat is ideal for family, business, or social gatherings. It comfortably sleeps 12 people and features the following:

- Chef's kitchen with Subzero, Viking, and Wolf appliances including a wine cooler.

- Outdoor hot tub for up to 6-7 people (not in use during winter months below 32 degrees).

- 2 fire pits: main fire pit sits 15+ and 2nd fire pit for patio area.

- 9' professional pool table, ping pong table, and dart board.

- Workout area featuring a universal weight machine and treadmill.

- Stainless steel gas bbq grill and charcoal grill.

- 4 fireplaces (1 wood in living room & 3 gas).

- Volleyball/Golf/Badminton net during Summer season (balls, clubs, and rackets supplied).

- Basketball net.

- Netflix and Bluetooth wireless speaker.

- 2 separate Patio areas.

- Fishing (temporary fishing permit required).

- Stairway leading to lake.

- Spacious Jacuzzi overlooking lake.

- All mattresses and bed pillows protected with anti-dust mite sheets & covers.

The retreat is located near the following sites:

- 5 minutes to golf course, public beach, Forest Preserve, and park with 3 playgrounds.

- 15 minutes to Racine & Kenosha Art museum and downtown area- 10 minutes to shopping centers.

- 20 minutes to Recplex water park for boating, canoeing, swimming, etc.

- 45 minutes to downtown Milwaukee, Lake Geneva, Key Lime Cove water park and Great America.

- 60 minutes to Chicago.

Off-season rates (Jan-Feb) start at:

Weekend: starting at $1050 for up to 3 nights.

Weekly: starting at $1650

Sorry no pets allowed. I used to allow pets but it didn't work out.

A modest $250 cleaning/laundry fee for 3-night stays and $300 fee for longer stays. An extra $50 cleaning charge will be assessed if guest does not clean up their use of confetti and/or glitter for extra cleaning time.

A $500 security deposit is required.

A 3.5% fee will be applied for Paypal payments.

A 2.9% fee will be applied for credit card payments.

Sorry no pets allowed. I used to allow pets but it just didn't work out.

*CAVEAT: For the respect of my neighbors, this house cannot be used for loud outdoor events, wild parties, or weddings. The outdoor city noise ordinance is from sunset until 6 AM. All occupants must keep outdoor noise level and activities to a minimum during these hours. Use of outdoor hot tub is not permitted after sunset and large fire pit is not permitted after 11 PM.

Keywords: Lakefront/waterfront retreat/getaway/lake Michigan/lake.

More Details

owner/property manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

Why owner/property manager chose Southern Wisconsin

I bought this property to work on my artwork. The magnificent views of the lake and sounds of the waves crashing onto the bluff serve as great inspiration.

What makes this house unique

This house is unique to other waterfront properties in Wisconsin because you can hear waves crash onto the bluff when weather permits whereas houses on smaller lakefronts don't offer such sounds. The house scenic, peaceful, romantic, inviting, inspirational, private, quiet, and serene yet is close to shopping, restaurants, golfing, entertainment, and much more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

8 of us stayed here over the weekend and we now know what it means to live in luxury. The house is elegantly contemporary and decorated with soft earth-toned colors and clean lines. We loved the wood floors throughout the house, the stainless steel/glass stairway, and the view, oooohhhh the lake view is priceless! The house is very clean and we really appreciated the 4 or 5 air purifiers placed throughout the house and anti dust-mite sheets and pillow covers on all of the mattresses. This just shows how much the Daniel (property owner) cared about the cleasiness of this house. There was no firepit at the time of our stay so we suggested he get one. He did and we will definitely utilize the firepit on our next visit.

The area is quite and serene--a contrast to Chicago city life that we are used to. But that's the type of place you want when you are planning a relaxing vacation. Most stores close at 10pm on weekdays so being night owls, we needed to find places to eat after 10pm. There is a 24-hour Denny's, McDonalds, IHOP, and mega supermarket that's at least the size of a football field about 15 minutes away which added much convenience.

We loved how Daniel provided the basic necessities for us and are planning another visit before year's end. The pictures, as nice as they are, truly don't do justice and this house needs to be visited to be appreciated. My invitees and I highly recommend this vacation rental.
Apr 2010
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Kenosha House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking
  • Dialup Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Murphy Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • swimming
Fire/bbq pit area; gym area which includes a universal-style weight machine and treadmill.


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Spectacular Kenosha Lake Michigan Waterfront Retreat for 12
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Very Nice!

  • 5 of 5

We were visiting the area for the Ragnar relay from Madison to Chicago, and found this home for the twelve of us to stay in. We've rented other houses at other races and this one is by far the nicest we've stayed in. The bedrooms are laid out, so that everyone has some privacy, no more than two rooms have to share a restroom, and the basement/work-out room has it's own bed and bathroom as well. The kitchen, dining and living room area are great for large groups, and the outdoor / patio area is great for cooking out. You'll definitely want to stay here.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenfield, WI, USA

Fantastic Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends celebrated my birthday with a long three-day weekend at the Retreat. Daniel was super to work with before, during and after our stay. And we were thoroughly delighted with our visit! The house is just a beautiful as the photos indicate, and fully equipped for comfort and fun. The bedrooms and bathrooms are plentiful, super comfortable, and met all our needs. Kitchen was fantastic and we loved cooking and socializing in it. The sunken living room is beautiful and comfortable, while the family room accommodated many a game of pool and darts as well as some delightful movie watching by the whole gang. The master bedroom and bath are a dream (oh man, that jacuzzi!). We enjoyed the enclosed patio and the balconies, the outside patio and fire pit, the hot tub, some games of volleyball and badminton, and the little patio overlooking the lake at the bottom of the stairs. The cram-packed game cupboard provided a fun puzzle and trivia game. And probably best of all were the three spectacular sunrises and three glorious moonrises we got to see. In short, we didn't even have to leave the property to enjoy ourselves immensely. Everything was very clean, and there are plenty of instructions all over for using the tons of equipment and appliances provided. I can't imagine anyone not loving staying in this comfortable and spectacular home. Thsnks so much, Daniel!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fantastic Home fantastic vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at the retreat everything you could ask for were there. Had my family from Florida and New York and had a wonderful time. Although it's snowed the last 3 days we were there we had plenty to do inside the home that kept us pretty busy. Thanks for a wonderful vacation with family

Derek Small

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Place for a Family Reunion!

  • 5 of 5

My family gathered at the Retreat the first week in August. Three 'kids' and their spouses and kids, plus Grandma & Cramps. We all Loved it!! The house is fabulous, the views gorgeous, and the location close to LOTS of attractions. We went to a BREWERS game in Milwaukee, rented a boat in Lake Geneva, enjoyed downtown Kenosha, and ate at some amazing restaurants. Some played golf, some went into Chicago... just an awful lot of good things nearby. Would highly recommend this house for a multi-generational gathering!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

We have just completed our stay at The Retreat. This was quite the wonderful place to vacation. Located right on Lake Michigan - we looked out the window on occasion and it felt like we were on a cruise with the close proximity of the water. There are an amazing number of beds and televisions and other electronic equipment that we had no clue how to use. However ... we did not come to watch TV or play electronic games.

Our group of 11 have been friends for almost 60 years and gather every two years for this reunion. Dan has equipped The Retreat with most anything you would want. There are games, a hot tub, and every appliance known to man. Another very nice touch was paper towels, tissues, plates and napkins that were provided. The road to the house is not paved so it is a little bumpy ... but once you arrive, it is as if you leave the rest of the world behind you.

We visited the Hob Nob Restaurant, the Chancery and John's Dock for some live music entertainment and would recommend them all. The Kenosha Art Museum with an impressive watercolor exhibit and the Natural History Museum were quite fine, and the Civil War Museum was amazing. We would recommend all and they were in close proximity to the house. The Kenosha North Shore Light House was also an enjoyable visit. It is such an easy drive from the Chicago area. So we would heartily recommend anyone to stay at The Retreat.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Family Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

The “Retreat” was an amazing house to stay at with my family. It has absolutely everything you want, it’s crazy how you can find such a peaceful and tranquil place just a little over an hour from the busy Chicago life. This place is huge and the pictures are exactly what it looks like…. It’s beautiful and depending on the season, you can get a small private beach by the water just a stairwell away… We had a blast playing darts, pool, board games and just hanging out in the huge outdoor Jacuzzi. This is definitely going to be our yearly family vacation spot, you wont be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hob Nob
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Petrifying Springs
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Hob Nob
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Kenosha public beach
Car: necessary

Kenosha, Southeast, Wisconsin, USA.

Just 30 South of Milwaukee & 60 Minutes North of Chicago.

Other Activities: Shopping, Boating.


Rates & Availability

Kenosha House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 27 2017 - Dec 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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