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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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

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 McFarland

- 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
  • Parties/events allowed
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

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Madison & ~UW~-Madison Lakefront Home
average rating of 4.875 based on 32 reviews

Wonderful, cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was wonderful! The home is cozy, warm and comfortable. It had all the essentials to make for a perfect get away for our family. We traveled to Madison for a winter vacation away from the Texas. The lake was so beautiful frozen and my girls loved being in the backyard playing in the fresh fallen snow. The sunsets were gorgeous, and perfect to watch from the large scale windows both in the living room and the master bedroom. It was close (15 minutes drive or so) to Childrens Museum, parks for sledding, and the Arboretum which was beautifully blanketed in fresh snow while we visited. The home was so beautifully decorated in a lakeside vibe, the kitchen was well stocked, the bathrooms were roomy and comfortable, and well stocked with towels. This rental is also minutes away from Angelo's Pizzeria, whose pizza is delicious! We would love to come back and stay here. The hosts were also incredibly accomodating/empathetic when a booking error occured, and took care of us. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay!! We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a nice review. Thanks so much. We were happy to accommodate your scheduling change and hope you will visit again.
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Clean, comfortable, lots of natural light. Plus a great view and close to restaurants and activity.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in winter, the lake and the snow were beautiful. We were six adults so it was a bit tight but, doable. We could walk to the local pubs and eateries. There were puzzles, games and tv available. Beds were comfortable and everything was functional. The only thing I would change is to add a washer/dryer to the unit.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Would recommend for 3 couples or a girl's weekend away. Just lovely!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful lakefront getaway. Highly recommend

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Lake Waubesa Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is just perfect for visiting family, friends in the Madison, WI area. It is in a very friendly and quiet village just minutes away from Madison proper or the UW.The lake setting is awesome and the sunsets unbelievable. The cottage is very well decorated with high quality furnishings and fixtures. It is very clean and has everything you need to make your stay wonderful.We were visiting from California and loved every minute at the cottage. The nice deck area in front with table and chairs was perfect for a glass of wine at sunset. The Green Lantern is just steps away and has a real WI fish fry on Friday nights. The new rec trail is open along the lake for walking and biking and just minutes away. You feel close to the city but you also feel the calm of the country. This is a 5 star property and we can't wait to visit again !

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun weekend

  • 5 of 5

Cute home- worked great for our sisters weekend. Had rainy weather which was a shame that we could sit by the lake but the house was perfect!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Cleaning Fee $135
Damage Deposit $500

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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