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Winter getaway near Mt Morris ski hill, heated, game room, wifi, slps 14+

Bedrooms 3
Space 222 m²
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Perfect for winter sports, a quiet retreat, or a gathering of family and friends

Our family cabin on John’s Lake, in central Wisconsin, has been the site of many happy memories -- family reunions, graduation parties, weddings, Fourth of July celebrations, and lots of summer fun. Now we are sharing this special place with others.

The cabin is close to Mt Morris ski resort, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling trails, so there are lots of winter recreation opportunities! It's heated and comfortable for winter guests.

Cable TV, WiFi, and Google Chromecast (bring your own Netflix/Hulu subscription) are included in the rental fee.

Come make memories here at this private, secluded lakeside retreat among birch trees, herons, wildflowers, and native wildlife. The clear, calm lake provides great swimming, fishing, sailing, boating and water sports, and there are plenty of nature trails and great biking opportunities nearby. In the summer, we provide a large, well-maintained pontoon boat for you to use -- we'll only charge you for the fuel! We also provide two canoes for paddling on the lake at no extra charge.

The house has a large kitchen and a family-sized dining room that opens out onto a balcony, with views towards the lake. We have beds, sleeper sofas, and futons to sleep 14, and there is space to squeeze in more if you have a bigger gathering. We understand that pets are part of the family, so your dogs and other pets are welcome to join you in enjoying a stay at Birch Bay Retreat. We provide a fire pit and an outdoor grill for summer campfires and barbeques.

Shops are a short distance away in Wautoma, and the cabin is near several charming small towns such as Redgranite, Berlin, and Wild Rose. There's plenty to do nearby, including wineries, antiquing, golfing, and rafting trips!

On rainy days, sit in our covered ground-level patio, enclosed with mesh to keep out insects. Or, play a game of ping-pong or carpet bowling, pop in a DVD, or set up a card table and play a few games.

Birch Bay Retreat is also an excellent location for a family reunion, a casual outdoor wedding, a retreat for a small group or club, or many other similar events.

For families, a Graco Pack-N'-Play is available for infants as well as a Chico caddy hook-on chair and washable silicone placemat to use at the table. Cots are available for young children. The house is partially child-proofed, and we continue to improve the family accessibility based on feedback from our guests.

Our family has cherished the memories and traditions we have created here over the years and we know you will, too. Come stay and relax at the lake!

Check in: 4:00 PM - the Property Manager will meet you upon your arrival to give you keys and answer any last minute questions, and will be during your stay if you need any assistance.

Check Out: noon.

Early check-in and late check-out may be available upon request for a small fee, on a case-by-case basis -- please ask during the booking process!

More Details

Property Manager
Becky Cram
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, german
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2018

About Becky Cram

Now retired, the Willis family has been enjoying Johns Lake for decades. We picked out the property and built the home with care to ensure that the natural setting remained unspoiled. The grandchildren all grew up learning about the beauty and wonder of nature at Birch Bay, as well as how to fish and swim. Now it's available for your family to enjoy.

Becky Cram purchased this chateau / country house in 1994

Why Becky Cram chose Wautoma

This property combines the natural beauty of a secluded lake setting with abundant wildlife and great fishing with fun water sports such as skiing, tubing, and jet skiing. The property is quite private, but is close to a number of small towns with shopping, good restaurants, and great ice cream! The people of this area are warm, friendly and welcoming, they make strangers feel right at home.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Choosing Birch Bay Retreat ensures your family/group of up to 14 or more people enjoys a unique vacation destination that was designed and built to maximize your enjoyment of all the natural beauty Wisconsin offers while still having fun! Go on nature walks/bike rides throughout the area or in the nearby Mt. Morris park and enjoy spectacular vistas and skiing in winter. The large, clear lake is well-stocked with game fish and perfect for swimming and boating. Use of the lake is split into times for quieter and noisier fun: 10am - 5pm is open boating for water sports, and "no wake" periods are observed before 10am and after 5pm for fishing, quiet canoeing, and wildlife observation.

There's a simplicity to life here that allows one to experience nature at it's best.

While the kitchen is fully-equipped with dishes and cookware and provides everything you'll need to whip up a great meal, there are also many great restaurants in the area where you can enjoy a traditional Wisconsin "supper club" or Friday night fish fry.

If you plan your vacation timing right, you can participate in one of the wonderful local festivals that the local towns hold throughout the summer and get a taste of area culture at its best!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Wautoma, Wisconsin

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 222 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bath - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , This bath is on main floor & adjoins the master bedroom.
    Ground floor bath - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Ground floor bath for rec-room & bedrooms.
  • The master bath has a tub/shower combination, and another separate stand alone shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • TV room - 1 sofa bed/futon , Queen sleeper sofa in TV room; privacy screen available.
    Cozy fireplace room - 1 sofa bed/futon , Queen sleeper sofa located in the living room.
    Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Generous closet space and attached bath.
    Forest Room - 1 extra lg. double bed , Basement bedroom near second full bath.
    Green basement futon - 1 sofa bed/futon , Comfortable queen-sized futon in ground floor rec room.
    Sun Room - 1 large double bed , Bright, sunny room on the main floor.
    Front room - 1 sofa bed/futon , Queen sleeper sofa in the front sitting room with lake view.
  • Sleeps 14 in king and queen-sized beds, sleeper sofas, and futons! Two small roll-away cots and two small camp cots are also available upon request, which are great for children or extra guests in large groups.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • long term rentals available
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Winter getaway near Mt Morris ski hill, heated, game room, wifi, slps 14+
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 18 reviews

Amazing weekend

  • 5 of 5

I rented the cabin to celebrate my 35th birthday with friends. Even though we were there in January and unable to use the outdoor equipment, we had an amazing weekend. We will have to go back during another season. I suggest if you have some free time to go to the lunch creek winery. It is 30 mins away but is worth the drive.

  • Review Submitted: 10/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful lake stay for Labor day week!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful large home, very clean and well stocked for family fun! We loved the pontoon use and had fun fishing and introducing our granddaughter to lake fun! Loved the quietness and beauty of the first touch of summer to fall!

  • Review Submitted: 03/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Neenah WI

Great Family Vacation Property

  • 4 of 5

Plenty of room for everyone and a large variety of things to do.

House was stocked well and ready to go.

Lake was a little small but still fun to swim, boat, and fish.

  • Review Submitted: 27/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home on Lake John

  • 3 of 5

Beautiful home very spacious with lots of amenities. Very family oriented for large groups. Better view of lake would have been possible if shoreline trees we cleared. Two refrigerators a real plus. Lake is very small. Pontoon boat was why we selected this but had motor problems and had to get towed back, boat should be better inspected gas line not connected properly. Lost power for about 20 hours because of storm, a real problem no water, toilets and refrigeration ,AC, especially with very small children, a generator would have helped but a unforeseen problem. Not being able to use the inside fireplaces would have been a real disappointment if it had been cooler. Proper manager was extremely responsive and did everything she could. One of the best managers we have had with VRBO.

  • Review Submitted: 19/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Darien, illinois

Very nice accommodations, had every thing we needed.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful cabin and had a great time on the lake using pontoon, canoes and row boat.

  • Review Submitted: 16/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Paul, MN

Perfect weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We came to Birch Bay Retreat for a girls weekend and found that the location was everything we were looking for! The lake was quiet and calm - having the pontoon to use was awesome! There was plenty for us to do and we'll definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 13/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Waupaca wisconsin
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
3 miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
5 w/in 10 miles
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Oshkosh Wis.
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
4 miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
4 miles & 5 more w/in 10 miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Mt Morris
Car: necessary

Located in Central Wisconsin, Johns Lake offers a wide variety of natural beauty and fun activities throughout the year. We provide a beautiful Pontoon Boat for your use while you are our guest or you are welcome to bring your own boat. Our large aluminum pier is big enough to accommodate two boats with room to spare. There are wonderful festivals in each of the local towns & one of the best Wisconsin County Fairs is held in Wautoma at the end of August. If you're looking for great antiquing or a winery tour they're a short drive away, and the largest Flea Market in Central Wis. is held in Princeton every Saturday. We even boast Casino gambling within a hour's drive with Vegas style gaming, dining & entertainment.

There's something for everyone & nearly all tastes!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Wautoma, Wisconsin

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2017-2018
2 Jan 2018 - 20 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Early summer 2018
21 May 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day weekend 2018
26 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer 2018
3 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
4th of July week 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 7 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
EAA week 2018
22 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Late summer 2018
9 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2018-2019
1 Oct 2018 - 17 May 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$50.58 + Tax
Pontoon boat usage fee AU$50.58 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$505.84
Tax Rate 9.5%

- Refundable Security Deposit of $400.00 is required to confirm/hold a reservation, and as a security for property damage. Full payment is due 60 days prior to arrival date (or at time of reservation if less than 60 days in advance of arrival date).

- We do not provide bed linens (sheets and pillow cases), or bath or beach towels. Dish towels and small hand towels are provided.

- Taxes include 5.0% Wisconsin state sales tax, a 0.5% Waushara County sales tax, and 4% Waushara County Room tax.

- The use of the pontoon is included. The pontoon's 6.5 gallon gas tank will be filled prior to your stay; if the gas tank is not full at the end of your stay we will charge you for 5 gallons of premium gasoline. A gas tank is available to use in refilling the pontoon tank; premium gasoline is required.

- Propane for the gas grill is not included in the rental fee. A refillable propane tank is provided and propane can be purchased at stores in town.

- Firewood is available locally for purchase.

-Check-in time is 4:00 PM, Check-out is at 10:00 AM. Please review policy for early check-ins and late check-outs if needed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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