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Beautiful Cottage in Northern Door on the Shore of Green Bay

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Ellison Bay Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 3-5)



Schwandt Cottage, in beautiful Gills Rock, is the perfect place for rest and relaxation. The cottage was once owned by one of the fishing families of Door County. It has been painstakingly restored to one of the quaintest, most delightful cottages in the area.

Gills Rock is in northern Door County, away from the hustle and bustle of some of the other towns in the County. It is significantly quieter, with less traffic. It is certainly possible to come to Schwandt Cottage and stay a week without is just hard to leave after you get there, regardless of the season.

The View....: The view is outstanding! From the living room, the deck, the kitchen, and the private beach, guests can watch the changing moods of Green Bay, local fisherman coming and going, the incredible sunset which always provides an outstanding skyscape at the end of the day, and an occasional glimpse of a freighter passing the Door.

The Seasons....: Spring, summer and fall are all beautiful times to visit Schwandt Cottage. Week rentals are required for July and August, and a minimum of three days during the other seasons of the year. Schwandt Cottage is closed from early December until late March. Check your calendars....we are accepting reservations!!!!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Michael and Georgiana Schwandt
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 27, 2016
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based on 5 traveler reviews

Beautiful Cottage in Northern Door on the Shore of Green Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
New York City

Could't have asked for anything better!

  • 5 of 5

What a gem! The house was just as beautiful as it was in the pictures- if not better! The owners are so kind and super responsive. We stayed here for a girls memorial day weekend in 2014 and had the best time! It was the perfect place to unwind, relax and have a few laughs with your friends. We took a trip to Washington island as the ferry is so close to house! We also had a great dinner at the Shoreline. The house is just a short drive to all the other sites of Door County but it was so nice to come back to the house -felt like our little retreat! I would love to return one day, I miss those sunsets!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words about our cottage in Gills Rock! We would welcome you back at anytime. We are actually going to stay there ourselves in the near future....and we can't wait!
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Geneva, IL

Cozy cottage, breathtaking sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

Love this place. The cozy cottage greeted us with fresh flowers, pumpkins, and a huge jar of peanut M&Ms. Proximity to the water and the sunsets are unmatched. Great deck for eating breakfast or playing a game of BananaGrams. And, despite the "remote" location at the tip of Gills Rock, it's walking distance to the Shoreline Restaurant, where we had the best dinner of the week. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, Wisconsin

Beautiful view, right on the water!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights in this clean, comfortable cottage. The pictures and description are completely accurate. The owners are incredibly helpful and send a packet of information including nearby activities and restaurants prior to your arrival. The view is spectacular so you are enjoying the water, the birds, the trees, and nature in general even inside of the cottage. We also particularly enjoyed the firepit and the indoor fireplace. The location is steps away from the passenger/bike ferry to Washington Island where we enjoyed biking and riding Icelandic horses, which are hypoallergenic! Charlie's Smokehouse is steps away as well offering, among other things, an incredible salmon/whitefish dip. We loved the hustle and bustle as we explored Door County during the day. We also loved coming back to our beautiful cottage in the evening to enjoy our peaceful surroundings. We hope to make this a yearly getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Milwaukee, WI

Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful cottage. The pictures do not lie, the view is all that, and more. For example, we spent most of our first day here just peering out the large picture window identifying the various waterfowl feeding in the bay (which consisted of swans, ducks, pelicans, gulls, and cormorants). There's an occasional fishing boat coming and going, and the ferry to Washington Island leaves from the dock just two doors down. Upon arrival, you're immersed in the tranquil historic fishing community that is Gills Rock (some great books about the area on-site). The hustle and bustle of some of the more populous Door County towns seems far away as you sip a drink on the rocky shoreline beside a warm fire. Make no mistake, this is one of the best views in the state, let alone the county.

Back inside, the well-equipped kitchen makes it easy to cook your own meals. The cabin itself is cozy, but has everything you'll need. The decoration has a maritime theme, with much of the artwork depicting actual local historic/current fishing boats. This is fitting, since you can see modern-day fishermen bring in their whitefish haul right out of the picture window. Some of that catch gets sold to Charlie's Smokehouse, which is also located on the dock... best smoked fish ever! The best way to describe the cottage itself is "worry-free". This applies to everything, including those little things that renters often worry about: enough towels, comfy beds, great location, etc.

The owners have poured their love into this property, and the "at home" feeling comes through. We'll be back (again). There's few places we'd rather be.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, David....we are glad that you and Brenda had a great stay! We hope that you will be able to return in the not-so-distant future. Mike and Georgi
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Milwaukee, WI

Door County Treasure

  • 5 of 5

A perfect place for our anniversary getaway. We are always looking for places to stay near water and this little bay was lovely. The pictures in the listing convinced us and they didn't lie. The cottage was beautifully decorated, with all the conveniences . . . and more. Thoughtful details and information about the area sent ahead of time made the experience even more special. The owners couldn't be more welcoming. The location at the tip of the Door County Peninsula in Gills Rock was perfect, a quiet spot, yet with plenty to do and great food nearby. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Shoreline
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Island Clipper
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Bay Ridge Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Sister Bay
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Shoreline

Other Activities: shopping, boating, wildlife viewing


Rates & Availability

Ellison Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 23 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 0.11%

Please check our webpage,, for more information, photos and guest comments. A 1/3 deposit is required at the time of making the reservation and the remainder is due two weeks prior to your arrival.

A deposit of 1/3 is required to make a reservation. The remainder is due two weeks prior to arrival. Major credit cards and personal checks are accepted. Upon receiving a deposit, the guest will receive a welcome packet.

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Ellison Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • In addition to the two bedrooms, there is a queen hide-a-bed in the living room. This was purchased in 2010.....and it has a very good mattress!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Other Amenities: Schwandt Cottage is located in the heart of Gills Rock, just two doors from the passenger ferry to Washington Island. The beach is Door County stone. Swimming is enjoyed by many visitors during the summer months. An outdoor fire pit is available for guests to use as they watch the most spectacular sunset in Door County. The porch with outside dining, the hammock, and the Adirondack chairs make Schwandt Cottage a destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. The garden, the personal interior touches, and the library of books regarding historical Door County help to make the Cottage a respite and your home-away-from-home.

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