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La Bella Casa Di Mattoni, 3 Bedroom Cottage on the Bay in southern Door County

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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3 bedroom cottage with a water view, non-smoking, no partying

We have made every effort to set our 2nd home up with all the little details that will make your stay comfortable, relaxing and convenient.

The home is in a beautiful peaceful lake front neighborhood and therefore may not be used for noisy parties. We have great relationships with our neighbors. It is just a few miles from the small town of Brussels, in the area often referred to as Southern Door.

Two of the bedrooms have queen size beds and the third bedroom has a set of bunk beds with a queen on the bottom & a twin on the top.

Two additional guests(#7&8) can be accomodated on the fold out futon in the lower level family room with additional fee of $25 per person/night, upon prior approval.

I want to mention up front that the cottage is on a well and the water contains a lot of minerals including iron. It has been tested and is safe for consumption but some people do not care for the taste or smell. I simply use bottled water in recipes that may have the flavor affected by this.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jill Schwarzbauer
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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October 19, 2016
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About Jill Schwarzbauer

I love living near the water!! This home is one of our favorite places to vacation, whether it is for one night, one week, or more! Waking up in the morning and the first view right from my pillow is the water; Just sitting on the deck and listening to the waves while I read a book; and in the evening watching the sunset. When my husband & I travel we also love to go to other places that are on the water. Our primary home is just 15 miles away in the city of Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Jill Schwarzbauer purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Jill Schwarzbauer chose Door County

When we started looking for property we decided that there was no place more beautiful than Door County in the summertime. But we prefer the Southern Door area for the quiet and when we do finally retire here years from now we will be close enough to Green Bay and all it has to offer, including the airport only 30 miles away, while still being able to take a drive to the northern part of the county any day we choose.

And when family comes to visit we can all stay together and easily make day trips to all of the reasons that Door County is considered a primo vacation destination.


based on 27 traveler reviews

La Bella Casa Di Mattoni, 3 Bedroom Cottage on the Bay in southern Door County
average rating of 4.6296296 based on 27 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The place was very clean and neat , the view from the deck was amazing and they had so many of the little amenities a person usually forgets, would definitely stay there again , have no complaints at all.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed the place. I alway want people to love it as much as I do! You are welcome back anytime!! ~Jill
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Great house with great views

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay and are already trying to figure out when we can come back!

A bit off the beaten path; farther away from many Door County attractions than I originally anticipated but I also loved that about the place! It was so serene and you really cannot beat the sunset view, just amazing!

House was clean; many cute toys and games for my kiddos to discover. Jill, the owner, was very communicative and quick to respond to texts/emails.

We cannot wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In one word - Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Jill, the property owner, and her staff are very helpful and accommodating. They went out of their way to help us with a special request. The property is perfect for anyone wanting a quiet get-away, and yet it is close to all the activity in Door County (including those wonderful wineries).

We plan to make this an annual event.

Ramona V. Larson and her sisters.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing views, amazing place

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from Door County and we had such an amazing time. Jill was incredible at communicating with us in advance and answered several of my questions. When we arrived, we couldn't believe what a gorgeous view we had. This view is accessible from the backyard, deck, living room, and 2 of the bedrooms. In addition to the fact that it served as a perfect base for touring Door County, my girls loved exploring the property. They built stone cairns by the waterfront, went canoeing, caught a fish, and made s'mores and hobo-dins over the firepit. We have previously rented cabins before but they had never provided fishing poles, a canoe and a gas grill before. It also offered the best equipped kitchen of any rental we have previously stayed in. When a spectacular storm rolled in over the bay, we explored the DVD/Blu-Ray collection and watched Downton Abbey. This is the first rental place we've had where my girls asked to come back again as opposed to finding a new place to explore.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Remote and quiet (perhaps too much so)

  • 3 of 5

Pros:  the view is amazing, sunsets were incredible to watch, quiet location, nice fishing on the canoe, and Jill (the owner) is very friendly and helpful.

Cons: the location is not close to the touristy/vacation areas of Door County. This location is in southern Door County, which is really just rural Wisconsin. You will have to drive 30 minutes or so to the closest activities (Sturgeon Bay), but even that is not really what you think of when you  think of Door County.  The beach is only slightly usable (unapproachable, super rocky and not really an area to sit down), and you have to descent 45 stairs to get to it. The outdoor play set was too old/dirty for much use (our 4 year old could swing, but didn't climb or slide due to the dirt).  

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Melissa, I am sorry you were disappointed in your stay. I make every attempt to describe the location accurately on my listing including the facts that it is in the southern Door area away from the crowds, and the lake shore is not a beach. This is the first summer since I have owned the cottage that the water level has been high enough to touch the bottom step which does not leave a lot of shore to sit on, although I just had an amazing time a few days ago there with our daughter & grandsons, enjoying the sunshine, skipping stones, and finding smooth rocks to sit on and enjoy the view--the shells that had taken over previously have been wash away by the high water! The swing set does get swept between each stay, but due to the surrounding trees and the fact that we do not like to use chemicals to keep the little buggers off it frequently needs additional brushing off as with any lawn furniture when you live near a lake. It is a very sturdy wood set, but yes, it is not brand new. I sincerely hope your next stay with VRBO is a better match for your family. ~Jill
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Calm and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay and hope to stay again soon.We have stayed in several VRBO homes and this one did not disappoint. The owner was very responsive also in helping us get familiar.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Scaturo's Baking Co & Cafe
Glas the Green Coffeehouse
Marchant's Foods Inc
"I love this small town grocery store. And their fresh meat is wonderful."
Belgian Delight
Coffee Kick
Potawatomi State Park
White Gull Inn
"Excellent Fish Boil!"
Brussels Countyside Diner
"definitely local flavor!!!"
Sugar Creek County Park
Stevenson Pier Citgo
"Sell fishing licenses & bait"
Family Worship Center Assembly of God
"Awesome people!! "
Farm, The
"A Living Museum of Rural America"
Door County Coffee and Tea Co.
The Skyway Drive-In Theatre
"Take your lawn chairs and bug spray, put the kiddies in their p.j.'s"
Nightingale Supper Club
"Best prime rib, and Thursdays its on special. Be sure to make reservations."
Heritage Hill State Historical Park
Lambeau Field
"Green Bay Packers"
American Folklore Theatre
Cave Point
"Cave point county park"
Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik
PC Junction
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Green Bay
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Washington Island Ferry Line
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Many swimming beaches all over Door County!
Car: necessary

Located in a beautiful, peaceful, natural setting with amazing sunsets over the lake. Our home is on the bay side of Door County, where the water is normally calmer and warmer. It is away from the crowds of the northern area of the county but is a beautiful drive to all that our gorgeous county has to offer. If you prefer to stay in the middle of the tourist shopping & activities please consider looking for a place in northern Door County, I want you to have your ideal Door County experience!


Rates & Availability

Brussels Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.0%

Check-in is 4pm and check-out is 11am. Variances can be considered but not guaranteed; And no charge for asking!

No Cleaning fee-we ask that guests leave the home as they found it, supplies provided for basic cleaning; If you prefer to pay a cleaning fee of $75 please let me know.
Ask about a Winter rate of $100/per nite(does NOT include snow/ice removal by owner)if you don't mind DIY shoveling.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom(in basement) - toilet , For those emergency times when the main bathroom is in use.
  • The home is on a holding tank, and while it has ample volume (3500 Gal.) to handle 8 people for way more than a week, excessively long showers could result in needing to have it pumped at an inconvenient time during your stay. Please respect this, it is NEVER a problem with normal length showers. :) THANKS!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Futon in Basement/unfinished family room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon in basement may sleep 2 add'l @$25/night per person
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Bedroom 3 has bunk bed w/queen on bottom & twin on top.
  • 2 Queen size Beds; 1 bunk bed w/queen on bottom & twin on top; Futon in the lower level/basement area, for the 7th and 8th guest and is available upon request for $25/night for each add'l guest.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming

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