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Madison & ~UW~-Madison Lakefront Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Lake Waubesa home - Madison & UW Madison

Experience Madison & the UW-Madison by staying in this ‘Coastal Living’ inspired lake front cottage. Downtown Madison and campus events are 15 minutes away, by car, Uber, or taxi. Fully licensed!

Relax on the wood deck that overlooks the lake, enjoy the large lawn, and go swimming, boating, fishing, or kayaking from the pier. Hiking and bike trails are practically right outside the back door.

This beautiful, redesigned and rebuilt cottage on Lake Waubesa, in McFarland, Wisconsin is a 15 minute drive or Uber ride from downtown Madison, a 5 minute walk to restaurants, bars and shops in McFarland, and minutes away from the outdoor concerts, farmers markets, and other amazing activities Madison and the surrounding areas have to offer.

The living room, dining room, kitchen, first floor bedroom and the upstairs master bedroom have lake views and unparalleled sunsets.

Two first floor bedrooms, two contemporary bathrooms, a living room with TV, dining room with a large table for easy entertaining, and an entry mud room. The upstairs master bedroom has vintage wood beams and the best sunset views on Lake Waubesa. The charming, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen has white cupboards, granite counter tops, and is outfitted with stainless steel appliances that include a dishwasher. All rooms are very spacious.

Huge windows offer breathtaking views of the lake from almost every room. The illuminated Wisconsin State Capitol can be seen at night — along with other lights that twinkle around the lake.

This quintessential lake home — recently renovated by a renowned local interior designer —honors the aesthetics of lake living with vintage furnishings, nautical accessories, comfy furniture, and soft grey colors.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About Renea

Locally renowned interior designer has long owned a 100-year old family home and cottage in the area.

Renea purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Renea chose Wisconsin

- 2 hours from Chicago

- 15 minutes from downtown Madison, the state capitol, UW campus, State Street, Camp Randall, the Farmer’s Market

- 5 minutes away from the Village of McFarland — grocery stores, liquor stores, pharmacies, drug store, restaurants, and gas stations, etc.

- less than 2 blocks from the new Lower Yahara River Trail, connecting McFarland to the Madison area's vast network of bike paths

- Internet / wifi, DVD player & NetFlix

- California closets

- Lake pier

- Additional Street parking

- No pets

- Wheel chair accessible

- Non-Smoking

- Minimum Age Limit: 25

- Children welcome

- Sleeps 6

Access to Madison by boat or bicycle. Wrought iron beds, wicker baskets, a twig bench, and retro light fixtures are a few of the authentic details.


McFarland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Lake front view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Superior lake views
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin bed with additional twin trundle
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Madison & ~UW~-Madison Lakefront Home
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 26 reviews

Lovely lakeside property.

  • 5 of 5

Stunning views and comfortable accommodation.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great view!

  • 4 of 5

The house was very nice and owners were responsive after we got the wrong code for the lock via email. Very relaxing week with my husband and two kids. It would have been awesome if the house had a couple of kayaks to explore the lake more. Got excited to see kayaks off the dock, but realized they were the neighbors (it looked like their dock was being replaced at the time). Also, the lake is pretty shallow a long way out from the dock. Neighbors seemed to be watching over the house and taking care of duck poop on the dock. Close to Madison and will be a great location once the bike trail opens up down the road to be able to bike into Madison. House was very clean and well maintained. Wifi was spotty and slow for our rainy days, but otherwise okay.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our stay. The location was perfect for ease of access to everything you could need -- restaurants, grocery store, pharmacy. The home itself is perfectly appointed and very comfortable. We did a lot of cooking using the great grill and the fully stocked kitchen. Todd was very responsive to any needs we had. We hope we can return to stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hit the Jackpot

  • 5 of 5

We hit the jackpot on our first try when booking this vacation rental online. It looks exactly like the pictures: immaculate, beautifully decorated, comfortable, right on the lake, with gorgeous lake views from the large picture windows. Everything is fresh and new. The kitchen is well furnished with extremely nice cookware. All appliances seemed brand new. This was our first formal family reunion after our son moved to Madison from NJ for work last year. We gathered from Boston, New Jersey, Indiana, and Wisconsin. The property is close to Madison and many surrounding activities. We never ran out of things to do. We visited museums, went boating, toured nearby botanical gardens. We ate on the beautiful deck each evening overlooking the lake. We couldn't have found a better place. This was the best vacation we have had as a family with adult children. We highly recommend this property and would definitely book it again!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard, so glad you had such a great stay in Madison and at our lake cottage. Thank you for the great review and we hope you will stay with us again when you return to the Madison area.
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Perfect weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this home!!! The house is decorated so nicely, had everything we needed and was very clean!! The size of the home was great for 5-6 people. We were able to bring a boat and keep it at the dock which was really nice. The views of the lake in the morning and at sunset were AMAZING!!! The location was also great, being a few short steps from local restaurants/bars. Overall we had an amazing time and would recommend this home to anyone!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heather, thank you so much for your wonderful review. Thank you for booking with us and we hope you will return again!
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Gorgeous Lake House!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the property! It was beautifully decorated, well stocked, and extremely clean and comfortable! It was also super easy to communicate to our hosts prior and during our stay, which was really appreciated! Perfect location to re-connect with friends over dinner, games, and views of the lake!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tina, thanks so much for your nice review. We are so glad you had a great stay and hope you will return on your next visit to the Madison area.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Dane Country Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.7 Miles
Yahara Hills Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Green Lantern
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Tyrol Basin
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
McDaniel Park
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning Fee $135
Tax Rate 5.5%

Cleaning Fee: $135 per stay. Monthly rentals require two cleanings; mid-stay and at end of stay. We keep this cottage spotlessly clean so you can enjoy your stay; please help us keep it this way. Any extra required cleaning over and above normal wear and tear (cleaning carpets, smoking odors, etc.) will be deducted from your security deposit.

We are so proud of this beautiful home and so happy to be able to share it with you. Please love this cottage as much as we do and help us keep it and Lake Waubesa pristine and beautiful.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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