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Little House on the Bay---Door County Retro Style/ Comfortable--

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, Sleeps 1-4 persons

From this sun lit clearing in the 3.5 acre woods along the Door County shore--390 feet shoreline--, visitors will experience the tranquility, the freshness, and the beauty of this peninsula. The backyard makes a perfect morning birding site. Grab an afternoon nap on the deck. At night observe the brilliant sky and conduct your own meteor count. Awaken to the song birds; fall asleep to the sounds of waves. Explore the woods on the property, looking for wild flowers in the spring or visit any of several local parks, located nearby: Newport Park, Door Bluff County Park. Hike or bike the local roads summer and fall or head for many designated hiking areas. Sled the lane in the winter and x-country at nearby trails. Take a short walk to the local coffee house in Gills Rock for morning coffee or midmorning cherry pie. Have dinner at The Shore Line Restaurant in Gills Rock , one of Door's best restaurants; it, too, is just a short stroll. CALL Dan 920-421-0578

Dan and Cindy
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Dan,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Once again we are so glad to have had a chance to stay here and enjoy time away from Chicago to relax and spend time in the "quiet." We hope to be calling you in the future. Your place is fantastic and just what we needed. Have a fantastic summer
Jul 2011
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Ellison Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • READ HOUSE RULES---contact Dan 920-421-0578 for questions.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linen Rental Possible
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , living room-queen
  • Two Separate Bedrooms and one sleeper queen size in the living room. One Bedroom has a queen bed and the 2nd BR has bunk beds w/ sleeper sofa in Living Room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We are DOG FRIENDLY FOR AN APPROVED DOG(s)---i.e. typically, if your dog is a family member in good standing he/she will be welcomed--just let us know what dog(s) breed you have and age. An approved pet fee is $140/wk $20/n


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Little House on the Bay---Door County Retro Style/ Comfortable--
average rating of 4.888889 based on 28 reviews
Coon Rapids, MN

A great stay at the "Little House"!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our Irish Terrier spent four days/nights at this wonderful little house in late September, our first trip to Door County. We can echo what many others have already stated – it is a charming, well equipped little slice of “old Door County” on an amazing piece of property. The sunsets and star gazing from those Adirondack chairs at the edge of the rock wall above the water were great, and the stairway going down to the water should be in the stairway hall of fame, very well designed and constructed. We were pretty busy while there and wish we had made more time to just enjoy the solitude and privacy sitting out on the porch. We cooked a couple of meals using the kitchen and gas grill and everything worked well, and also had great dinners at the very nearby Shoreline Restaurant and the Cajun-influenced Fireside Restaurant in Sister Bay. The Island Orchard Cider House in Ellison Bay is close by and not to be missed if you’re a cider fan, and also don’t miss Bea’s Ho Made shop less than a mile from the house. Dan was an extremely good communicator (even keeping in touch while he and Cynthia were in Iceland!) and we had a very enjoyable chat when he stopped by to make sure we had gotten in OK since there is minimal cell service. We couldn’t imagine coming back to Door County and not staying at the Little House on the Bay…..thanks Dan and Cynthia for making it available!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always enjoy reading/hearing that our renting folks have had a nice time staying with us at our retro "Little House on the Bay" ---excellent renters as well and we certainly appreciate them staying with us.
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  • 4 of 5

We absolutely loved the time we spent at the Little Cabin in the Woods! If you are looking for the most up to date amenities and furnishings, this is not it.

If you enjoy being away from the crowds, shoppers and hub-in... run, don't walk!

Favorite activity: listening to SILENCE, and then making a list of what we can hear... rustling trees, a bee, many different kinds of birds, lapping water.

It's a great place to refresh your spirit.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Believe the photos. Picturesque!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location with stunning views. Cabin is well kept and clean. Kitchen is better equipped than most others. Dan was wonderful to work with and had lots of suggestions for local attractions. Very pleased to find such a comfortable, homey cabin for us and our dog.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always fun for us to see others come to Door County and enjoy their stay.
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Cozy, private retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the 'Little House on the Bay'. We were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary and the cottage provided us with seclusion and a beautiful retreat that we desired. The cottage had everything we needed. It was clean and in good repair. We loved the stairs down to the lakes edge. We also enjoyed a fire in the pit in the back yard. It was great to be away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger towns yet close enough to visit when we wanted to. I would love to return to the 'Little House' in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at the "Little House on the Bay" and we had a awesome time. The location is spectacular, and the steps to the rocks down by the water are really nice. We saw a little red fox, mother deer, and a baby fawn decided to lay in the grass near the driveway. Needless to say, that was really cool for the kids. The location provides a peaceful getaway and the sunsets are really great. We enjoyed watching the boats and seagulls all the time. The location provides a great spot to drive to shops in Gills Rock, or down the road to Sister Bay as well. We were only 2 miles from the Boat Ferry to Washington Island, which also was a fun time. In addition had a charter to go fishing and caught some Salmon! Our family really loved everything about the little house and the quiet, peaceful surroundings. We enjoyed all the trees, rocks and flowers as well. Thanks Dan & Cynthia for a great vacation, and hope to return someday.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oconomowoc, WI

Incredible sunsets

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four, plus our dog, all loved our weekend stay at Little House on the Bay. The location is beautiful, peaceful and convenient. We loved walking and admiring the views from the entire "tip of the thumb" area. The view of the lake is just spectacular, and the stairway to the water is really a work of art! We drove to the Emphraim bay area to watch the sunset, but, then discovered that the view right from our window when we got back to "Little house" was the most awesome!

The owners are friendly and easy to work with. Thanks so much for a memorable weekend, Dan and Cynthia!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: If I had a crystal ball ---I likely would see their two children while reminiscing together ---stating --- some years down the road from now,---something like "remember when our parents took us to that cabin,etc. up in Door County---lets take our kids up there--it was so much fun to be together." All of these seeds are being planted today.
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Ephraim Gibralter 3D2 - or Green Bay GRB 85 miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Shoreline Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
1/2 mile to ferry for Washington Island
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
1/2 mile--Shoreline Restaurant
Car: necessary

Door County--where you can relax on a beach, fish in the lakes, walk through pristine woods, bike scenic backroads, kayak lovely coastlines, cross country secluded trails, pick cherries in the summer, apples in the autumn, eat fish all year-fresh, smoked, or boiled at our unique fish boils. Door County-where you can dine at gourmet restaurants, picnic in quiet parks, visit art galleries, antique shops, book stores, where you can hear outstanding music of all types, (for classical Mid Summer Festival in June-Peninsula Festival in August), where you can take classes in the folk schools-The Clearing, Bjorklunden. Door County-where you can choose a place of scenic beauty to be alone and do nothing. If this house is rented try our other house at HOMEAWAY # 177327 Beach @Skyledge--'Little House on the Bay' is a cute/retro and comfortable cabin(with a great water view) for a small group of family or friends. Numerous golf courses are available in Door County--Winter Cross Country skiing, Snowshoeing

Golf: Numerous golf courses are available in Door County--

Ski: Winter Cross Country skiing and Snow Shoeing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Cleaning** $65 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet fee daily $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

$165-$235 (2-4 persons) $20/pp per night for over 2 occupants -------CONTACT DAN
. Approved dog(s) $20/per pet per night. $140/week per pet.
Rates subject to tax of 11%. 50% down w/ rental agreement confirms reservation Number of occupants inc. every child/infant/adult. Final pay due 30 days before rental date. If you cancel your reservation (after must notify us in writing) we will open your nights for rental --If we are able to re-rent your time slot then full refund--if not--no refund.
No smoking No Fireworks (wisconsin statute 167.10(3) property. Pet fee is $20/n $140/wk w/approval. **Cleaning charge added for less than 5 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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