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Private lakeside retreat, swim, boat, fish! Perfect for family events

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming in our clear lake, private natural setting!

1.1 acres with 213 feet of lakefront, a native wildflower garden, and a large lawn perfect for lawn games, picnics, weddings, and reunions.

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

Birch Bay Retreat is family-friendly and is an excellent location for a family reunion, a casual outdoor wedding, a retreat for a small group or club, or similar events, or a quiet weekend getaway or writing retreat.

Enjoy fishing and swimming from our pier, or take our canoes or pontoon boat out for a spin! BBQ on our wraparound porch with views of the lake and wildflower garden, and then gather around the campfire at our private lakeside fire pit in the evening. For summer guests, the first night's firewood is on us as our welcome to the lake!

Two televisions (one on each floor). Cable TV with DVD player, WiFi, and Google Chromecast (bring your own Netflix/Hulu subscription) are included in the rental fee.

Lawn games and other outdoor activities are available for summer guests. On rainy days, enjoy the basement game room with ping-pong, a foosball table and carpet bowling.

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 do our best to make sure you can bring the whole family:

For families with young children, 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 (a stair gate is available, cleaning supplies are placed out of reach of children, and most unused outlets are covered with safety plugs).

For older family members or those with somewhat limited mobility, the master bedroom is accessible by only a few steps, and it opens onto the main floor (kitchen, dining room, living room, and master bath are all on the same level). The master bath has a walk-in shower with a handhold installed, showerhead with hose, and a shower bench is available upon request.

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 do ask for a small additional fee to help cover wear and tear from pets.

A second refrigerator in the basement will allow you to chill all your food and drinks for a large gathering, and a laundry room (washer / dryer / iron and ironing board / drying racks) is available.

We continue to improve the family accessibility based on feedback from our guests.

Birch Bay Retreat is near several charming small towns such as Redgranite, Berlin, and Wild Rose, as well as wineries, golfing and antiquing. Grocery stores, restaurants, and other shops are a short distance away in Wautoma.

The cabin is also close to the 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.

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
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Becky Cram

Our family has been enjoying Johns Lake for decades. Our grandparents (pictured here) built the house, and we have celebrated family reunions, wedding, Fourth of July fireworks, Christmases, birthdays, and made many other happy memories here over the years. We are grateful to be able to make our own little piece of Wisconsin heaven available for other families to share. We look forward to welcoming you to our special place and hope you will enjoy making your own memories here!

Becky Cram purchased this chateau / country house in 1988

Why Becky Cram chose Wautoma

Birch Bay Retreat is the perfect place for your private retreat, family gathering, or group of friends. Set on a secluded lakefront property and surrounded by wildlife, the lake provides great fishing and fun water sports such as skiing, tubing, and jet skiing. We provide everything you need for the perfect vacation at the lake. Birch Bay is also close to several delightful small towns with shopping, good restaurants, and great ice cream!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Birch Bay Retreat property is more private and more spacious than most other lake rentals you will find nearby, and has beautiful views of the lake, grounds, and the prairie wildflower garden from nearly every room. A private fire pit is available for evening campfires, and a grill is available on the porch for summer barbeques.

Johns Lake is beautifully clear and stocked with fish, perfect for swimming, fishing, and boating. Canoes are available for you to use at no cost, and a pontoon boat is available for a small additional fee.

We do our best to accommodate our guests' needs and to make sure that there is a place for everyone at Birch Bay Retreat. To accommodate multi-generational family groups, a playpen and infant table seat, and a shower chair, are available upon request.

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!

Amenities

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

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • There is no daily housekeeping service. To keep rates low, linens (bedsheets and pillow cases) and towels are not included; please bring your own.
  • Parking is limited, please inquire if you have questions about parking needs.
  • Only septic-safe toilet paper (provided) may be used. Damage caused by flushing feminine products or other objects may be charged to guests.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Private lakeside retreat, swim, boat, fish! Perfect for family events
average rating of 4.695652 based on 23 reviews
5

Loved it!!!

  • 5 of 5

Pictures do not do this place justice! The house was wonderful! We got married there and it was perfect! Enough room for everyone, even when it rained. Becky was amazing, very helpful with everything! Great place.... we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 10/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent place to unwind

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, relaxing experience. Amazing peaceful spot. Becky was amazing and very helpful. She made our familymoon perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 18/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very Relaxing Weekend

  • 5 of 5

This home is very large and roomy.......I don't feel the pictures do it justice. We stayed as a family, 6 of us, and everyone easily chose where they would sleep. The beds are comfy, but don't forget your linens! We used the ping pong, carpet ball, and foosball tables. The kitchen is well stocked, very large and well labeled.

We enjoyed the row boat and kayak but were really looking forward to the pontoon boat.....unfortunately, it wasn't available. We had had one of those super long "wisconsin springs" and it had really only began to warm up. This was a bummer because it was one of the main reasons we chose this house, but we didn't let that affect our fun and there is still plenty to do.

Property manager is very easy to reach and happy to answer any questions. We want to come back in the summer!

  • Review Submitted: 06/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect for a group!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 8 adults and 2 children and we all enjoyed our stay at Birch Bay. We loved the large kitchen and the labeling throughout. Plenty of dishware and the dishwasher was wonderful to have! There was also plenty of places to sleep and hang out. We visited in the winter and went skiing one day at the nearby ski hill. No complaints, Becky was easy to work with and communicated well. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 26/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

great location from both Minneapolis and Chicago

  • 4 of 5

Had a friend reunion here! Great middle spot on a beautiful lake. Becky is a bit hard to get a hold of, but the place is great for a big group.

Incredibly well stocked kitchen, great for cooking for large groups. And tubing at Mt. Morris was a blast.

  • Review Submitted: 26/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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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Map

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!

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Rates & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2018
3 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$371
From
AU$472
Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$2,676
AU$6,740
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
EAA week 2018
22 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
AU$4,044
Flat fee
 
 
Early fall 2018
9 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$337
From
AU$404
Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$2,359
AU$5,392
 
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
AU$222
From
AU$263
Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$1,449
AU$3,370
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
Late spring 2019
18 May 2019 - 1 Jun 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$276
From
AU$337
Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$2,123
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
Memorial Day 2019
25 May 2019 - 26 May 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$1,517
Flat fee
 
 
Early June 2019
2 Jun 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
AU$2,494
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
Late June 2019
16 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
AU$2,676
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
Fourth of July week 2019
30 Jun 2019 - 6 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
AU$3,134
Flat fee
 
 
High Summer 2019
30 Jun 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
AU$2,945
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
EAA week 2019
21 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
AU$4,246
Flat fee
 
 
Late August 2019
18 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
AU$2,811
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
September 2019
8 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$357
From
AU$425
Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$2,494
AU$5,662
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2019-2020
29 Sep 2019 - 22 May 2020
2 night minimum stay
AU$236
AU$1,517
AU$3,539
 
 
Memorial Day 2020
23 May 2020 - 24 May 2020
2 night minimum stay
AU$1,597
Flat fee
 
 
Late spring 2020
25 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020
2 night minimum stay
AU$290
From
AU$354
Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$2,231
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
Early June 2020
7 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
AU$2,554
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
Late June 2020
14 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
AU$2,811
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
High summer 2020
28 Jun 2020 - 15 Aug 2020
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
AU$3,094
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
EAA week 2020
19 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020
7 night minimum stay
AU$4,448
Flat fee
 
 
Late August 2020
16 Aug 2020 - 5 Sep 2020
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
AU$2,945
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
September 2020
6 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020
2 night minimum stay
AU$371
From
AU$445
Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$1,537
AU$5,931
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
AU$404
From
AU$472
Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$2,811
AU$6,066
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pontoon boat usage fee AU$101.1 + Tax
Pet Fee AU$67.4 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$539.2

- 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 12:00 NOON.

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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