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Castle on Cedar Creek/walk to Winery & Historic downtown

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Waterfront 1 1/2 story executive home, 2 bedroom, 2 full baths (sleeps 4-6)

Welcome to our home - a slice of history -- Frederick Leuning immigrated to the area in 1843 and built a cabin near Cedar Creek and called the cabin ‘Cedarburg’ which meant “ the castle of the cedars.”

Our all-inclusive original homestead of 1885 has been completely redesigned, restored, and updated with modern conveniences and brand new construction throughout the interior, from new windows to solid hardwood flooring, along with the exterior and yard, bringing nostalgia and history into the 21st century. We custom designed our home with upscale entertaining in mind, the professionally landscaped patio brings the living space outdoors. On the hardscaped living room in the backyard, we relax with new furniture including a patio table with four swivel rocker chairs, two lounge chairs with side table, and a new Kenmore gas grill. Seating along the “castle” wall is unlimited! Eight stone steps lead to the 4’ x 10’ dock, where the 13’ pontoon paddle-boat awaits. (all life-preservers and fishing gear ready to go.) Cottage-style gardens wrap the patio and welcomes our family, friends & guests in the front entry with a timeless rock garden.

To add to the relaxing experience of anyone using our home, we have included many extra amenities for comfort & convenience, including:

• for stays of a week or more, a gift certificate to the many shops and restaurants in Cedarburg to help people investigate and experience first-hand our unique community.

•a variety of wines from our Platinum Award Winning local winery, Cedar Creek Winery, only one block west on the corner.

•coffee, condiments, and a variety of teas, and assortment of single-use organic spices await; even corresponding recipes.

•spa quality soaps & shampoos in each bathroom along with extra toiletries in each bathroom closet, in case something is forgotten (shavers to toothpaste), plus a first aid kit

•books, cookbooks, magazines, games, and DVDs are located throughout our home.

•yoga mat and elastic bands

•“Planning & Concierge Desk’ — forget email or texting...send an ‘ol-fashioned postcard to family & friends! Ready to mail with stamp affixed, postcards and stationery await at the ‘concierge desk’ in the hallway. Along with area phone books, the Community Reference Guide is located inside the desk, containing many useful maps, brochures, and guides further detailing area attractions and things-to-do.

•Pre-grocery shopping service. Wouldn’t it be nice to arrive 'home' and have the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry all stocked with favorites? Just let us know and we'll shop for you ahead of time!

•Plush Turkish-cotton waffle robes.

•Apple TV, AT&T U-Verse, Blue-Ray, WiFi.

•Bose stereo system with iPod recharging station and interior/exterior Rocketfish speakers.

•iLuv iPod recharging alarm/radio

•Accessorized with plush linens throughout

Now let’s take you inside our home….1400 square feet of remodeled living space welcomes our family, friends and guests. The mudroom off the back patio includes custom tiling, washer/drier, closet (iron, ironing board) and built-in custom storage cabinet with coat hooks. Step up into the expansive kitchen, dining, and bar which explodes inside these cozy walls, a 15 x 20 foot space overlooking the patio and creek. New appliances and chimney hood with stainless steel add upscale ambiance, while the antique white furniture island brings back the era, with seating for four on comfortable saddle stools. A walk-in pantry, custom kona cabinetry, granite designed counter top, and custom tile backsplash give the upscale kitchen character and charm. Service for 12 ceramic dishes, small appliances, cutlery, stainless steel utensils, pots and pans, and many kitchen ‘extras’ are stocked including linens for ease-free entertaining. In the mornings, a stocked supply of European gourmet coffee filter-packs and condiments will help wake up our guests along with a variety of teas. The built-in bar has a separate bar sink, glass cabinets (stocked with stemware, glassware, barware) and a 52-bottle wine cooler. Dine at an antique claw-foot pedestal table, seating for four, enameled in a retro accent, with the glowing ambiance of stained glass craftsman-style pendants and chandelier, hanging from the vaulted ceiling with can-lights on dimmers to bring the evening in.

The living room continues the solid hardwood floor off the kitchen with a framing of kona. The handsome new natural gas fireplace looks as original as can be with the reclaimed cream-city-brick of the original chimney’s, enhancing the design. An authentic hand-hued barn beam is re-purposed as the mantle, with the modern 40” LED HD television inset above for meeting modern technological needs, including Apple TV, AT&T U-Verse and Blue Ray DVD. 1880’s meets 2012 when a restored antique sled is re-purposed as a coffee table. The bookcase offers a variety of books, games, and DVD to curl up with in the all leather sofa and side chairs with ottoman, punctuated with Pottery Barn accent tables.

The oversized hallway leads directly to the back patio, passing a new full-size bath, complete with custom tile, linen closet, 5’ Kohler walk-in shower with glass doors, Kohler water closet, and an original-to-Cedarburg antique craftsman style buffet, re purposed as the vanity, with a designer glass leaf vessel sink and bamboo-style faucet, enhanced with water glass pendant lights.

At the end of the hallway, kona pocket doors create private space in the den/guest room, where a klik-klak leather sofa doubles as a full-size bed. An antique trunk, one that our grandfather used when coming to America from the ‘old-country’, doubles as a coffee table. The view of the back patio, fireplace, and creek from this retreat is spectacular thru the private entrance patio door!

Ascending up the redesigned wood staircase, a front bedroom/sitting room greets us with a brand-new sofa bed, queen inner-spring mattress by Serta, and comfy chair-and-a-half glider rocker with ottoman. A spacious wardrobe and family heirloom high-boy dresser (plus a wooden luggage rack) are perfect to meet our storage needs. The soft-glow of linen-shade wall sconces bounce peaceful shadows from the vaulted ceilings.

An added oversized Master Bath upstairs takes our breath away as we can view Cedar Creek through double windows as we relax in the new cast iron, white enameled clawfoot bathtub, with authentically-styled faucet set. Another Kohler walk-in shower with glass doors, Kohler water closet, and original pedestal sink with authentically-styled faucets, bring the 1800’s into this modern, vaulted executive bath. Appointed with upscale extras, we can only but relax with custom tile and paint, plush linens, memory-foam plush bath mats, Turkish-cotton waffle robes, retro scale, full-length mirror, hair dryer, magnified hand mirror, and spa-quality soaps and shampoos. Plenty of storage space with a closet nook and custom built-in shelving.

The Master Bedroom is the icing-on-the-cake…right off the Master Bath, let the ambiance embrace! The cool and warmth of the green custom paint scheme, vaulted ceiling, and period-specific wall sconces envelope our guests as the outdoors come inside through the patio doors, leading to a private sitting deck, overlooking the patio, fireplace, and creek. Two Adirondack-style sling chairs are waiting. Truly, a million-dollar view! As evening extends, enjoy the sunset, just in time to turn on the undermount lights….or let the soft radiance of the low-voltage lighting in the ‘castle pillars’ below glow. Back inside, a new queen-size Serta bed with memory foam is ready with upscale linens, surrounded by our family heirloom antique furniture pieces, butler caddy, and wardrobe, perfect to move into. Watch favorite night-time program on the 22” LED HD television or relax listening to favorites on the iLuv alarm clock.

The details throughout are exquisite, from the authentic duck decoys to the antique depression glass water pitcher. The artwork in each room are personal photos we have taken and redefined onto linen canvas, each for sale if anyone using our home would like to take a piece of the ‘castle’ home with them.

We live locally and are excited to share our experiences with our home with you. Cedarburg is a gem and many refer to it as the “Door County of Southeastern Wisconsin.” We welcome any questions about the community, our home, or simply need help with directions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We have many family & friends who are also corporate executives who are welcome to use our home! Local companies and organizations include but not limited to Allen-Edmonds, Aurora Healthcare, Brady USA, Cedarburg Pharmaceuticals, Charter Manufacturing, Columbia-St. Mary’s Healthcare, Concordia University, DentaQuest, FIS, Frank Mayer & Assoc, Franklin Energy, Gauthier Bio Medical, KAPCO, Manitowoc Company, Milwaukee Curling Club, Red Fusion Energy, Rexnord, Rockwell International.

To help our family and friends plan a visit to Historic Cedarburg, we will provide many websites to view for upcoming events, Festivals, recreational activities……a lot is happening in our Norman Rockwell village!


Owners connect with guests personally prior to confirming any reservations. Please be sure to provide phone number and emails on all inquires. Thank you!

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About The Owner

We are both native of Ozaukee County, residing in Cedarburg for over 25 years. Growing up in Mequon, we always loved the charm and sense of community Cedarburg provided. We venture 'up north' to enjoy water frontage, but now we have the best of both worlds right here in our Hometown by beinig able to enjoy our home on the Creek! Being in the hospitality industry for almost 20 years, this is now our opportunity to invite our own family, friends and guests use our quality, upscale home, showcasing our fine community.

The Owner purchased this house in 2011

Why The Owner chose Southern Wisconsin

This historic cottage was begging for help and the location was perfect. We purchased our home in Fall of 2011 intending to completely rehab and bring some life back into these historic walls, creating an executive 'haven' for ourselves, family, friends and guests to enjoy and discover for themselves the charm of Cedarburg. Our goal is to help promote Cedarburg as a destination city in our own personal way, working with the community, shop keepers, and restaurant owners by networking together and cross promote referrals. We live here and shop here as residents of Cedarburg!

See our 'before' and 'after' photos of this project. But moreso we want you to spend time rediscovering the beauty of America in this special 'hometown.' We are excited to share this experience with you!

What makes this house unique

The 'million dollar view' off the Master Bedroom Suite, overlooking Cedar Creek is breathtaking.....leaving worries behind and thoughts care-free. Bringing the old and the new together makes this a classic retreat, with the blend of metropolitan and country creates an upscale destination.

Please read the full description of The Castle (our home) since all its features are unique.

Many amenities are included as 'extras' throughout the home, from a variety of Cedar Creek wines, spa quality soaps, shampoos, lotions, to European coffee shop coffee and tea.....even plush robes to curl-up in (take home as a momento too!) Personally photographed wall art on canvas is also available to bring a piece of 'The Castle' home.

Come, experience someplace very unique...we have seen deer cross the road through our's and the neighbors backyards, watched the family of ducks on the creek, even heard woot owls in the middle of the night.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Loved the "Castle of the Cedars"! Another summer getaway was such a fun escape from reality! We have been getting together for 22 years and your house was filled with love and laughter. We so enjoyed the paddle boat, the patio, and your lovely town! Thank you for sharing your Castle, your generosity, and hospitality! We enjoyed the Cedarburg Chamber gift checks at The Anvil for lunch - great recommendation! We will be back, maybe around Christmas time.
Aug 2015
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Cedarburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bath upstairs has two entrances for both bedrooms and has a corner shower with rain/handheld showerhead and glass doors, deep soaking cast iron clawfoot tub. Kohler fixtures. First floor bath has owner-designed buffet with glass-leaf vessel sink, Kohler fixtures, and full size shower with glass doors.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) In Master Bedroom with memory foam topper. Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Brand new Serta inner-spring queen-size mattress sleeper sofa in 2nd floor sitting room/bedroom and full-size klik klak futon/sofa in den.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We are proud of our home, 'The Castle of the Cedars,' and share it with our family, friends, and guests based on availability.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Great property and wonderful town!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to getaway. Looking forward to going back!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your guests enjoyed our home and moreso our community, a bit of hometown USA! Men and Ladies alike escape to our home for a retreat, getaway, and even reunions and family celebrations. Staying in a 'home', not a hotel, is a relaxing experience, making your experience that much more personal and memorable. You're welcome back anytime, Dan!
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Girl's getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with everything we needed for a weekend away.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This home was beautiful. We really enjoyed our stay

  • 5 of 5

Very clean - hospitality was wonderful - so close to the downtown area- the owner was a pleasure to work with too!!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful home in a quaint small town.

  • 5 of 5

My sisters and I began taking an annual trip together last year. This year we decided to stay closer to home and plan a more relaxing trip. We wanted a place where we could all be together and we certainly found a jewel. The Castle of the Cedars is beautifully decorated and the owner has thought of and provided everything you might need for a pleasant stay. From the moment you walk in the door you know that you are someplace special. The attention to detail on both the inside and outside of the home is incredible. The neighborhood is incredibly quiet and just a short walk from shopping and restaurants. If you are looking for a beautiful, relaxing home away from home, this is it.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous home in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time at the Castle of the Cedars. The home is just as beautiful, if not more so, than the pictures. It's immaculately cared for and the owners have paid attention to every last detail.

The location on the creek is stunning and so peaceful. I had coffee on the deck off of the master in the early morning and just listening to the birds and gazing at the mossy waters in the robes provided is really a treat. There was plenty of room for the 4 of us- the kids even got their own individual rooms. We made breakfast one morning and grilled steaks in the evening and every accoutrement we could possibly need was there. I would love to pack up that kitchen and bring it home with me. Just beautifully done- and I'm a kitchen designer :)

It's a short walk into town and all that Cedarburg has to offer- really great restaurants, cute candy stores, jewelry, home goods and toy, etc. boutiques.

Thanks Cathy for taking such good care of us and making sure that we were comfortable in your home. We are already thinking of coming back perhaps in the winter so we can enjoy the fireplace!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home expertly provisioned

  • 5 of 5

The home is beautiful and their renovation outstanding. We usually stay in hotels but think we are spoiled with how well the owners set up and provisioned their home for guests. They have thought of every detail and then some. The location is excellent for exploring downtown Cedarburg on foot. We were busy all weekend for family activities but wouldn't mind coming back to this home as regular tourists and better explore all it has to offer.

A cautionary note… we were unlucky to have unusually high heat of 90+ days. The second floor master bedroom and queen sofa bed do not get much air-conditioning. The temperature and airflow on the main floor is fine it is just the upstairs that is challenged. We managed fine with one of us sleeping upstairs and the other downstairs on the futon (with an extra cushion). But if all in your party need cool temperatures to sleep this might be problematic. More typical summer temperatures would be more manageable.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mike, for your positive remarks and so glad you were our guests to enjoy your family time, returning to your home town! Thanks for mentioning the unusually warm and muggy summer temps....yes older homes do have a tendency to not welcome these abnormally hot temps on the second floors. When we renovated, we added the dormers, extra windows, vents and cold air returns, and large patio door upstairs since we found this to be a concern. We welcome you back anytime and thank you for taking such great care of our home!
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Nearest Airport
32 Miles
General Mitchel International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Lake Express
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Bog
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Anvil Restaurant
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Port Washington
Car: necessary

Consistently ranked as a favorite small town by visitors and residents, Cedarburg's natural beauty provides the perfect setting for living, shopping, spas, and exploration of the city's burgeoning arts community. Fascinating specialty stores, eclectic boutiques, charming & trendy restaurants, sensuous spas, museums, cozy taverns, quaint historic buildings, and a full calendar of festivals, entertainment and special events combine to make Cedarburg irresistible! Journey back 150 years to the limestone and cream city brick buildings where Landmark preservation has become a commitment of the entire community, with downtown listed in the National Register of Historic Places of over 100 buildings historically significant. From its birth in the 1840s, the source of Cedarburg's vigor was Cedar Creek where German and Irish immigrants built five dams and mills, historical landmarks today. Cedarburg earned first place in the 'Most Distinctive Architecture' category in the online Wonders of Wisconsin contest and in 2011 was honored by Forbes as 'one of the prettiest towns in America.'

In addition to its array of historical sites and museums, Cedarburg is known for its fun-filled festivals which bring in thousands of tourists annually. Some examples are Sip, Shop & Stroll (Ladies' Night Out), Fourth of July Hometown Celebration, Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and Christmas in the Country with First Friday Eves 'A Cedarburg Christmas-Everyone's Home for the Holidays', Friday Farmers Market, Maxwell Street Days 4 times per year, Winter Festival (February), Strawberry Festival (June), Wine & Harvest Festival (September), German Festival (October).

Recreation abounds in the area also. With Kohler only 30 minutes north, PGA Championship golf is close by along with several semi-private and public golf courses to enjoy. Take advantage of Lake Michigan's proximity by the adventure of charter fishing, kayaking, or enjoy a beach walk along miles of shoreline. Winter activities are just as refreshing from downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice sculpting, ice fishing, and simple snow-flake catching.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy a plethera of arts and entertainment from the Cedarburg Performing Arts complex, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Summer Sounds concert series, Gathering on the Green in Mequon, and the vast array in Milwaukee. Besides enjoying sporting events of the Brewer's, Buck's, & Admirals, take in a Chinook's ball game at Concordia's Kapco Field.

Enjoy our home in Cedarburg!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Linen Fee (5+ guests) $30
Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $150

Rental agreement to be sent out prior to confirming and needs to be signed and returned before confirmation. See cancellation policies and ordinance requirements for occupancy within rental agreement. Rates subject to change.

Ordinance requirements: If guests are not related by blood, marriage, or adoption, maximum is 4 guests. If guests are related, maximum is 6 or based on sleeping capacity/comfort as determined prior to confirmation (additional fees may apply for more than 4.)

Online quote does NOT include applicable taxes and will be added once quote is customized per each rental -- quote is detailed on rental agreement as well.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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