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A Waterfront Home for All-Seasons in Door County!

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Welcome! We know you'll love our waterfront home as you make memories with friends and family.

Kill Kare is a complete and modernized cottage, available for rentals throughout the year. While only two miles from the city limits of Sturgeon Bay, you'll feel secluded and refreshed here. The water is shallow, situated on an area of the bay called ''the flats''. It's known for great fishing, boating, and swimming. During some years, it's possible for an average height adult to walk over 300 yards into the bay before it is over his or her head. Additionally, there is a sand bar, often exposed, about 75 yards off shore, which is a great place to bring the children for a fun diversion. (During the Winter the bay freezes over entirely - perfect for skating, broomball, snowshoeing, or hiking.)

There are no inhabited dwellings on the lots adjacent to Kill Kare, so it truly is a secluded environment. Potawatomi State Park is just across the bay, so the view is unhampered.

There are no city lights to dim your nighttime view of the stars as you gather around the bonfire on the beach. The driveway is long and tree-lined, isolating you from Highway BB and any traffic noise.

''Kill Kare'' is the name that our grandfather, Louis H. Nebel, gave to this wonderful getaway on Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula. Maybe his love of Shakespeare prevailed, envisioning a place where all cares, worries would be killed. He was Door County's first electrical contractor, and though his residence was only two miles away in Sturgeon Bay, like any businessman, he valued his retreat place. The cottage has been our family gathering place ever since, a place where four generations now have forged their fondest memories.

Our grandfather originally purchased this property in November of 1922...for $750! He paid his mortgage off in two years. Then, in 1935 he secured a mortgage of $5,400 to construct the first phase of the building.

Over the years Kill Kare grew in a piecemeal fashion--adding a sun porch and a small upstairs loft. Then, in 1999, our mother, Helen Nebel, saw to it that the building would be expanded and renovated to serve future generations. When she died in 2002 her will specified that the cottage somehow stay in the family, with rentals allowed to provide for upkeep and taxes - but not as an income property, per se.

*Today Kill Kare is a modernized 4 plus bedroom home, secluded and situated on over 100 feet of private sand beach, available for year-round rentals. You'll gather a sense of our family's history here, and perhaps you'll start to gather a sense of your own. We just love this place, reserving enough family time each year to keep the sense of home and heritage alive. And though most of us no longer live in Door County, we make routine pilgrimages back home - to kill our cares. You'll see why.

More Details

Owner
Tom Nebel
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Loft - Loft/play area/5th bedroom for sleeping bags.
    Master bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Smaller first floor bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Upstairs, two queen beds - 2 large double bed
    Upstairs, bed and sofa sleeper - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
  • Queen Size Beds (5) Baby Cribs (1) Queen sofa sleeper (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Two picnic tables, dock/pier (seasonal), phenomenal view, new pier, canoe, kayak, fire pit for bonfires, phone-activated thermostat for warm arrivals in winter. Very nice for swimming and family activities. Water is shallow and warm.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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A Waterfront Home for All-Seasons in Door County!
average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews
4

Great vacation home for family time.

  • 4 of 5

The beach was a great spot for our family to relax and play. The home was well stocked with plenty of room for all of us. We would definitely consider staying here again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Paradise on Sturgeon Bay

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent our 8th week at KillKare this July. We feel very much at home there. Our first time was in 2010. The cottage has very large airy rooms. It is supplied with about everything to make for an easy week. Every year we are awed by the beauty of the spot the cottage has on Sturgeon Bay. We love the sunsets (awesome), the breezes, the wildlife, swimming, boating, fishing, campfires on the beach, watching the 4th of July fireworks from the beach, picnics on the beach, the easy access to biking, shopping and very good restaurants. It is the perfect place for us to kill our cares.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're family, ya know! Platinum Preferred status with priority seating! When you're there, and we're not there, we live vicariously through you. Catch you soon. Tom
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5

Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Serene, remote and peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Outstanding experience

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to know where to go for wintertime retreats, but I'll be back to this property again. It's cozy, the views are outstanding and everything is stocked for comfort. It truly works for all seasons.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great location and property.

  • 4 of 5

Our family enjoyed our first visit to Sturgeon Bay. Kill Kare property is just how we pictured it. Homey, comfortable, just step out the door and you are on the sand beach and water. Gorgeous sunsets and huge firepit! Tom, the owner, is great to work with, responded quickly to my emails and allowed a late checkout, which we wound up not needing!! Our only complaints: the house was not as clean as we are use to with other VRBO rentals-the upstairs had a lot of cobwebs and spiders indicating it had not been cleaned in awhile, slightly dusty upstairs and down-blinds, windows, wooden chairs. The kitchen and bathrooms were clean. Towels were left in the washer that we dried, folded and put away. We were also surprised to find that we not only provided sheets and towels, we had to purchase ALL paper products-TP, paper towels, kleenex, and dishwasher soap! Overall nice stay, but in the future I will be more thorough in asking what is provided and what is not.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

This was our fourth year vacationing at the cottage and we love it.

  • 5 of 5

Our entire family, parents, adult children, and grandchildren, were at KillKare for a week the end of August. We have been going to the Sturgeon Bay area since 1979 and are so happy we found KillKare four years ago when the place we had stayed before was no longer available. KillKare always feels like home when we arrive, very clean, a big well stocked kitchen, plenty of space for everyone, beautiful beach and fire pit. Love the front room with a large window overlooking the bay, it is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee.

At the cottage, we enjoyed playing in the sand and water, fishing from the pier, kayaking, watching awesome sunsets over Potowatomi Park, evening fires with s'mores, bird watching right on the property (eagles, pelicans, kingfisher, a variety of warblers, catbirds, cardinals....)

For outings, we had a great breakfast at Kimz, downtown Sturgeon Bay; pizza at the Wild Tomato in Sister Bay was also a favorite of our group; after lunch we hung out at the Sister Bay beach/shoreline/park area--very nice too. Shopping downtown Sturgeon Bay shops is a fun way to spend an afternoon.

We would recommend KillKare and plan on coming back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$50.39
Damage Insurance A$74.33

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please check our website for excluded holidays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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