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

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Ellison Bay Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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, 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.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Dan and Cindy
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2016
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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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based on 24 traveler reviews

Little House on the Bay---Door County Retro Style/ Comfortable--
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 25 reviews

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: Oct 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: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Jun 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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A very relaxing Halloween weekend

  • 5 of 5

My husband, teen-aged daughter and our little poodle Sugar thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay at Little House on the Bay. The breathtaking views, the peace and quiet of this safe neighborhood were some of the reasons this was a great fit for our family. We have been coming to Door County for many years and we found this cottage to have everything we needed for our stay. To echo what others have said, if you want all the amenities, look elsewhere. Clean and safe are important to us. For us it was perfect. Great care was spent to make sure that the beautiful staircase leading down to the waters edge was safe and secure. Our pictures of the view don't do it justice. Truly a great retreat for us, thanks again to Dan and Cynthia!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Again, I must state that it is such a pleasure to see folks come to Door County --- enjoy their stay with us and thoroughly appreciate the cottage for what it is and what it has to offer.
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Beautiful and Peaceful Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

The listing for this property was not totally accurate; understated, very understated. This is a beautiful property on a very quiet little corner of peaceful heaven. No noise, except nature. The house and property are picturesque and rural. If you are looking for a property with high end amenities and resort style furnishings, this is not for you. If you are looking to re-capture the simplicity of Wisconsin cottage life in a natural setting, then this is the place. The house is well maintained and has every conceivable amenity required. All the basics in working order plus comfortable beds, furniture, spic and span clean, safe and secure. If you need anything “extra”, bring it from home. I would definitely recommend this property on the view alone. Great restaurant, "The Shoreline" within walking distance but all the amenities you need to grill or cook at the house....and yes, I did see a bald eagle flying just over the tree tops early one morning sipping coffee on the patio. So many varieties of birds, I had to look them up in the reference guide left in the house. Fell asleep reading in the chairs outside in the sunshine more than once. From the ships going back and forth from Washington Island and a few barges farther out to the magnificent sunsets, this property is relaxing, comfortable and peaceful. Dan was a pleasure to work with and easily replied to email, text or calls. Such wonderful hosts. See you again soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest at our Little House on the Bay very definitely "got it." Very gratifying. Thanks so much for "getting it."
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

My son and I stayed at Little House on the Bay in August. The view is breathtaking, we enjoyed everything about the house it is comfortable and very much like home. The big bay window lets you enjoy the view. We were able to grill our dinner and there is a bon fire pit. We would definitely stay there again and plan to in 2016 or before. The beds are comfortable and it is very cozy. It is also very close to the ferry that goes over to Washington Island.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always enjoy having folks enjoy their stay with us and to appreciate the natural beauty of the property and area. We look forward to having these guests stay with us again. As most of us are aware time slips right on by very quickly so "get it together" and come on up for some holiday time---it is worth it.
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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

Ellison Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
SumFall 3-4 prs $235
Jun 17 2016 - Nov 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
E Spr-3/4 pers $195
Apr 14 2017 - May 11 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sp/Sum/3-4pers $215
May 12 2017 - Jun 15 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Cleaning** $0
Tax Rate 11.0%

$165-$235 $1155-1645wk (2-4 persons)
We accept personal checks--No credit cards.
Rates subject to tax of 11%. 50% down w/ rental agreement confirms reservation Number of occupants inc. every child/infant/adult. Final pay plus $250 sec/damage deposit due 30 days before rental date.
No smoking No Fireworks (wisconsin statute 167.10(3) property. Pet fee is $20/n $100/wk w/approval. **Cleaning charge added for less than 3 nights rental.

Personal check or bank check. NO CREDIT CARDS. 50% down with Rental Agreement reserves your dates/ Final payment is due 30 days prior to rental dates. Refundable Security/damage deposit of $250 less damage/breakage and excess cleaning charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Ellison Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
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
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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 $100/wk $20/n

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