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Brett Reed

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Wild Iris / The Luxury North Woods River Cottage

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Athelstane Cottage Rental Photos and Description

River Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 5-10)

The Wild Iris is on a small tributary to the Peshtigo River and connected to Marinette County Forest. Less than 5 minutes from all the activities that North East Wisconsin offers: ATV, snowmobile, bike and horse trails, prime lake and flowage fishing, Blue Ribbon trout fishing and spectacular white water rafting on the Peshtigo River that is the best in the Midwest.

All the comforts of home in this clean, comfortable cottage, set on a river under 150 year old trees. Enjoy watching the wildlife and listen to the river as you sit by the fire with French-doors that open onto the screen porch. Fully equipped kitchen, plus a bunk house make this a vacation to remember!

Keywords: Handsomely appointed cottage, prime river fishing with trout, small mouth bass and Northern pike. In the middle of north east Wisconsin's trout streams, Peshtigo, Pike and Wolf Rivers. Just minutes from Caldron Falls flowage, Roaring Rapids rafting, snowmobile trails, direct access to ATV trails, groomed X-country skiing, Marinette County Forest, hunting, river view, kayaking, Goodman Park and more.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Brett Reed (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Brett Reed

My wife and I love fishing and hunting and getting away from the city

Brett Reed purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Brett Reed chose Wisconsin

Its as close to the U.P. as you can get with all the amenities.

What makes this cottage unique

Easy acssess to ATV, Snow Mobile and Ski Trails!

Great fishing in front of the cottage. Direct access to Marionette county forest.


based on 23 traveler reviews

Wild Iris / The Luxury North Woods River Cottage
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

Northwoods at it's best!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutley fantastic home!! The house was extremely clean, and the fireplace was wonderful. The views are great, especially looking up at the stars - truly amazing. We can't wait to get back to the northwoods and enjoy the summer months - fishing, rafting and tubing.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Milwaukee, WI

Beautiful, peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in a number of VRBOs and loved them all, but this one tops our list. The house is beautiful, constructed with care and pride by the owners from trees on the property. It's designed with several spots for peaceful relaxation, all overlooking the river below: a hammock, the open back porch, the screened-in porch, the campfire area, and the cozy living room. The house is deceptively spacious (particularly taking into account the bunkhouse), and it was spotlessly clean and well-appointed. The caretaker/property manager lives across the street, and is available for any questions, needs, and even moral support :). The owner happened to be in town while we were there, and generously offered the use of his kayaks - even transporting us to the put-in area. We took advantage of many of his recommended area activities, including hiking at Goodman Park, swimming at Twin Bridges, and visiting Gov Thompson State Park. The Wild Iris is definitely off the beaten path, with the nearest town a 20-30 minute drive and a small section of gravel road only. This was exactly what we were looking for, but may be a drawback for some. Other small considerations that were irrelevant for us, but perhaps important to others: there's no air conditioning, but the nights were cool even on the hottest days; there's no dishwasher or wifi; and access to bedrooms involved a large flight of stairs. Overall, I would highly recommend this house and location for a vacation filled with beauty and relaxation. Heartfelt appreciation to Brett and Lynne for sharing their "up north" retreat with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Modern, rustic holiday

  • 5 of 5

Wild Iris had the modern amenities, yet the rustic serenity we were looking for. As always, the photos don't do the cottage justice: it is roomier than it appears and very well laid out so every inch of space is well utilized. Our family of 8 (five adults, three kids) fit very comfortable. We opted for nearby lakes/beaches over the flowage accessible via the property. Owners provided everything we could have needed!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lori, Thank you for your kind response. I'm glad you got out and about, exploring the area. There is so much to see around you will have to come back. Your always welcome Brett
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Norris City

The Wild Iris is truly a home away from home that is highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We're so glad that we picked the Wild Iris as our vacation cabin rental. It did not disappoint. The kitchen was surprisingly well stocked with the small comforts of home. The same goes for the chocked full linen closet for that piece of mind incase something was forgotten. Communication was great with the homeowner and the property manager greeted us upon arrival.The cabin was immaculate and very well appointed. Our 16 yr old son claimed the basement room with the flat screen TV. Fishing during our stay was the goal and every effort was made to assist us. We would definitely recommend and return to this secluded piece of heaven in the Northwoods.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tonya, Glad you had a great stay. Your great renter's and hope to have you back soon. Brett
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Second time, twice the charm

  • 5 of 5

Had three generations up there this time, ages 10 to 75, and it was perfect for everyone. Rode bikes, played bocce balls, fished, cooked, hiked in the State Park up the road, rafted down the river, and ate s'mores until we almost exploded.... Stocked up in Crivitz, and unplugged ourselves for the next four days- thank you, again, Brett and Lynne, for creating the environment where memories are shared for a lifetime.

See you next year!


The Lawsons and Mitchells

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cara, Glad you had another great trip. I promise I'll help Nick catch the big one next time. See you soon, Brett
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A peace of mind

  • 5 of 5

We almost cancelled. The week before our scheduled holiday, I watched my dear friend and mother or three take her last few breaths of life. It seemed wrong to go away, and leave everyone else to deal with the logistics of losing a loved one..... In the end, we decided to turn inward, in a way that can only be done when there is silence and a river that lets thoughts and memories roll on through.... So life affirming. So healing. So needed. Thank you, Brett and Lynne, for all your attention to detail, for the lending of the fly rods, and for giving us the space to come together as a family, and hold each other tight. Life is so very precious, and this is the kind of place that reminds you of just that.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cara, There are times I wonder and regret renting and sharing my labor of love. But when I see the memories made and the life rejuvenating north woods experience like yours, makes it all worthwhile. I hope you and your wonderful family can come again soon. Brett
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Rustic inn.
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Lakewood county club (public)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Rustic Inn
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Ski Brule
Car: necessary

Easy accuses to ATV trails.

Best Class 3 to Class 4 rafting in the mid west.

Blue Ribbon Trout Fishing.

Avoid the Door County crowds and enjoy the real North Woods.

Near Paint Ball, Zip Lines and Potawatomi Carter Casino.


Rates & Availability

Athelstane Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $10
Tax Rate 5.0%

If we are able to rent the property on the dates of cancelation we will refund all except $100 cancelation fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Athelstane Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Detached Unit - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , bunk house above garage
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , basment
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Detached garage with room for ATV, snowmobiles, or boats. Connected to Marinette County Forest, On tributary to Peshtigo River.

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