Classic Cottage across from Lake Ripley, Cambridge, Jefferson County, WI
About Steve Tesmer
Jill Kessenich and her husband Steve Tesmer are both designers. Jill is an interior and architectural designer, and Steve designs websites. They have a dog named Baiely, who is in Jill's shop, Bungalow Jo's Market, two days a week. He is a big hit! They like to do household projects, biking, hiking and playing music in their band, Jill & the Jax.
Steve Tesmer purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why Steve Tesmer chose Cambridge
Love the way it sits high on the lot, with views of the lake. Love the CCC-style architecture with wrap-around porch, big stone fireplace, knotty pine panelling, and pristine maple floors. Reminds me of State and National Forest lodges scattered around the US.
What makes this Cottage unique
If you have a bit of Nostalgia for the vacations of your childhood, this is the place for you! Mid-century furnishings and pottery, great wrap-around screened in porch, knotty pine panelling, and stone fireplace.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Great as always!
This is our 4th year at the cabin and we wouldn't stay anywhere else. The location is perfect and the screened in porch is fantastic. The views, although set back from the lake, are still great and very relaxing. Already looking forward to our stay next year.
Best Cabin on the lake
We have 3 little ones and the beech and pier were perfect for them. They enjoyed the slide and jumped off the pier about 20,000 times. The large screened in porch was our favorite and made s'mores in the small fire pit they had all ready for us. Great time and we plan on coming back!
Wonderful getaway cabin!
We enjoyed a fantastic vacation staying at this cabin! We received a warm welcome from the owner, Steve, who gave us a tour and answered any questions we had. The cabin is rustic and tastefully decorated. It is quite beautiful in our opinion! We especially LOVED the screened-in porch where we spent our early mornings drinking coffee and late nights just enjoying the outdoors minus the bugs! It was a great addition. We also appreciated having our little Yorkie welcomed there. Kayaks were a plus as my two older children came later in the week and enjoyed some time on the lake. Thank you, Jill and Steve, for offering your lovely cabin for others to enjoy! Kudos to you for all you did to make this vacation extra special. We hope to return next year.
We had a very laid back time at the cottage making using the fireplace in the evening and playing dominos.
The bedrooms were small, but the public areas were great with plenty of room for us to spread out. The screen porch was used both morning and evening.
We had a great time.
Thanks, Maggie--hope to have you back!
Cozy cabin for chilly spring weather
This rustic cabin was a warm retreat during a week of wet weather in May. It is well supplied with kitchen basics and cookware, warm bedding, and toiletries. The kitchen was bigger than it looked in the photos, with more counter space than expected. It was very adequate for basic meal preparation and cleanup. The big porch is lovely; we were glad to have a couple of days at the end of our stay to enjoy it.
Thanks, Sarah! Hope you'll stay with us again.
We so enjoyed our stay at this cabin! It is very clean and well kept up - and we loved how it's decorated. We went kayaking, had meals on the screen porch, played games (some fun and unique ones are provided), sat by a crackling fire, and walked along the lake. Couldn't have asked for a better weekend!
Thanks, Janet! Hope you'll stay with us again!
Things To Do In The Area
Food & Drink
Herings Lake Ripley Inn
Just a mile from the cottage, the Lake Ripley Inn is your typical Wisconsin tavern and supper club. “Great Friday night Fish Fry and Old Fashions.”
4103 Co Rd A, Cambridge | (608) 423-7070
Plow is an 1850’s feed mill, now restaurant, that provides the ambiance and character needed for a farm to table experience. Plow strives to be a true dining experience that takes you back to when food was done differently.
159 W Main St – Cambridge | 608-423-2350
Camrock Cafe & Sport
The Camrock cafe and sports shop is located at the head of the CamRock Trails, adjacent to the meandering Koshkonong creek and one mile from the gem-like Lake Ripley. They serve food for a healthy lifestyle, 100+ craft beers and gourmet espresso drinks.
217 W Main St, Cambridge | (608) 423-2111
The Cafe Carpe, a secular trinity of family-friendly cafe, bar, and listening room, is housed in a century-old brick building on the Rock River, with a screened porch overlooking the water. Run by Bill Camplin and Kitty Welch, the Carpe has been idiosyncratic since 1985.
18 South Water St. West, Fort Atkinson | (920) 563-9391
Rockdale Bar & Grill
Rockdale Bar & Grill is conveniently located 2 miles south of downtown Cambridge on county highway B in the small community of Rockdale, Wisconsin.
222 Water St, Rockdale | (608) 423-3323
CamRock County Park
CamRock County Park is located in eastern Dane County along the banks of the Koshkonong Creek, between the Village of Cambridge and the historic Village of Rockdale. This 422-acre park boasts three shelters, play equipment, hiking trails, a canoe/kayak launch, cross-country ski trails, a sledding hill (near shelter #3) and prairie restorations. There are also extensive mountain bike trails which are built and maintained by volunteers.
68 Co Hwy B, Cambridge | (608) 246-3896
Enjoy a wine sampling or glass, appetizer plates and a memorable experience.
700 Kenseth Way, Cambridge | (608) 819-6672
Shopping & Art Studios
Cambridge Wood-Fired Pottery
My name is Mark Skudlarek, I founded Cambridge Wood-fired Pottery in 1988. I invite you to visit my showroom at the end of Tranquil Lane. My showroom is open seven days a week. It’s attached to the workshop and provides you the perfect opportunity for firsthand contact with the process of making pottery.
10 Tranquil Lane, Cambridge | (608) 423-4507
Everything from seeds and bulbs, to gardening tools, plants, and home accessories.
136 W. Main St, Cambridge | (608) 423-3991
Bungalow Jo’s Market/Bungalow Pros Design
Decorative arts, cards, and pottery, specializing in the Arts & Crafts style. Also offering full service interior and residential design.
136 E. Lake St., Lake Mills | (920) 945-0114
The Garment Shop
Unique specialty shop for women with a passion for fashion.
125 W. Main St., Cambridge | (608) 423-7671
Take a look at our terrific selection of yarn, patterns, gifts, and accessories.
131 W. Main St., Cambridge | (920) 342-0496
Rowe Pottery Works
217 W Main St, Cambridge | (608) 423-3935
Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
Fort Atkinson Chamber of Commerce
Lake Mills Main Street Program
Madison’s Isthmus Newspaper