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Rustic Cottage on the Shores of Lake Michigan - Secluded Yet Close to Everything

Bedrooms 3
Space 92 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 BR, 1 bath on woodsy treed lot on the Lake - Up North feel w/o the long drive

This wee house, which we like to call our Cozy Cottage, is barely 1,000 SF and sits on a large wooded lot with 120 feet of sandy bottom Lake Michigan water frontage. When we began shopping for a vacation house in 2014, we only had two criteria: 1) it had to be on the shores of a lake; and 2) it had to be an easy drive from Milwaukee. We quickly weeded out the lakes with shallow water, mucky bottoms & well…weedy water. We soon narrowed our focus to Lake Geneva and Lake Michigan. As we continued to explore, we came to realize we also yearned for something forested, remote and tranquil, which happily pointed us in the direction of Cedar Grove.

We didn’t really have a particular style of house in mind, but when we saw Cozy Cottage, we knew it was The One. It looked at once like an East Coast cottage perched on the shores of the Atlantic, surrounded by sea grass (Cape Cod, perhaps?) but also like a mountain cabin nestled among towering pines and oaks, with a seasonal stream ringed with ferns. Inside, the house was old, and crooked, and charming.

We learned that Cozy Cottage was built in 1939 and originally served as a humble fishing cabin. Back then, cabins were simple, functional wood frame structures out in remote areas but just steps from Lake Michigan's fertile waters. They were wood paneled, unpretentious, utilitarian shelters built so their owners could have a base from which to hunt, fish, explore the great outdoors and enjoy nature’s bounty. The lands on which these cabins stood were treasured by families and passed down from generation to generation. As time passed, some were sold to new families who valued the land, but the cabins…not so much. As a result, larger & more modern vacation homes have sprung up here and there along Lake Michigan’s shores. Luckily, however, a number of these quaint cabins have survived and lend a timeless quality to the area, a depth of history, a sense of belonging.

The cottage has 3 bedrooms: one on the upper level, one on the first floor and the 3rd (aka “the captain’s quarters”) somewhere in between – a quasi-loft accessed from a short step ladder. The cottage can comfortably sleep 4 adults and 2 children but is also perfect for a couple, small family, a group of friends or a girls’ weekend getaway. There is a galley kitchen, 1 bath, and a living room/dining room combination. The screened in patio off the back of the house is just feet from the water and provides additional living/entertaining space for your stay while keeping the mosquitoes at bay.

We come here to relax, decompress, unplug, and let go of stress.

We come here to take in the sights and sounds of the lake, the woods, and the parks.

We come here to enjoy the outdoors, kayak along the shore, bird watch, read, talk.

We invite you to do the same, and leave rested, rejuvenated, and refreshed.

NOTE: May, 2016: The water level of Lake Michigan is the highest it's been since 1986. While we had a sandy beach at the cottage the last couple of years, here in 2016 the water is right up to the sea wall. There is a narrow strip of of sea grass & native vegetation where you can place beach chairs but at the current time, you cannot take long walks along the beach, as the beach is largely submerged. That said, you can still enjoy all the other fun things to do in the area!

More Details

Lori Foulke
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 92 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing



Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin

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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$102.49 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$683.25
Cleaning Fee C$136.65 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.6%


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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