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2 Bedroom , 1 Bath home on Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two bedroom home with private beach


"Once you have slept on an island, you'll never be quite the same"

Take a step away from the hustle and bustle of your busy life to enjoy this beautiful modified A-frame home, located just 45 feet from the shores of Lake Michigan. Wake up to the stunning sunrises and fall asleep to the soothing sound of the lake waves. Experience the star studded sky at night. Have breakfast coffee on the deck and watch the wild life along the lake. Take a long leisurely walk in Lake Michigan on the shoreline or swim in the refreshing waters surrounding this 7 mile island. Water so clear you can see the bottom of the lake from the kitchen window.

This lovely home has two bedrooms upstairs that have sliding glass /screened doors that open to an observation deck. (Perfect for night sky viewing.) The beds are queen size. The living room/great room has a huge 18 foot stone fireplace(for romantic fires in the evening-firewood included), hard wood floors, and many nautical accoutrements make this a very charming place. Full kitchen with stove, refrigerator,microwave, toaster, coffeepot,pots and pans,all cooking utensils with plenty of cabinet and cupboard space. Spacious dining room looking out directly on lake. Wifi, private beach, full bathroom. No laundry facilities. No bedding or towels are provided but have plenty of pillows and blankets and three sleeping bags.

Large wooded lot with rock outcrops, two picnic tables, outside fire burner, weber grill. Plenty of space for yard games. Two private entrances to lake, both with wooded staircases built over a rock cliff, a driftwood sculpture on beach. Front deck great for entertaining.

Peak season rentals are weekly from Saturday to Saturday. (Peak season is the 3rd week in June through the 2nd week of September,) Three day minimum for rentals on off peak times.

We welcome families with children, but do not rent to singles under 25.

ABSOLUTELY NO PETS ALLOWED! Please do not ask for exceptions.

Washington Island is located off the tip of Door County in Wisconsin. A six mile ferry ride starts your vacation off with a wonderful experience.

This property closes for the season the first weekend in November and reopens the last week of May.

More Details

William Smardo
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 April, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Washington in Door County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • High back antique beds with queen mattress and sliding doors to upper porch, carpeted . view the lake from your bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

2 Bedroom , 1 Bath home on Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews
Ripon, WI

Perfect Fall couple's getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This home was exactly what we were hoping for and more. We stayed for a long weekend in Fall. The view (and sounds) of the lake instantly helped us to relax! The stars at night were breathtaking. We came to go bass fishing and it was easy to pull in our truck and boat, plug in to charge, etc. Inside the home we enjoyed the huge fireplace and fires! There was plenty of wood and kindling all set to go for us so we could just enjoy our time. The kitchen was plenty equipped with what we needed. Great hot water for showers and bed was comfortable. We enjoyed the games available and watched DVDs in the TV. The owner was great to work with, checked up on things for us and we appreciated the information that was sent before our stay with ideas of things to do and overall info. We loved the island and enjoyed trying a couple of the restaurants. This was exactly the relaxing weekend stay we were hoping for. We would highly recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monroe, WI


  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time here. We've barely pulled out of the driveway and I already miss it!

The house is simple, and has all of your basic needs. The kitchen is fully stocked, plenty of extra pillows, blankets, books, games and movies.

Above all else is the view. Pure beauty. I even enjoyed doing dishes just for the view facing me! My favorite part has got to be the bedroom patios. Even though we had fairly crummy weather, I still left the patio door open at night just to here the waves crashing.....And in hopes to see a sunrise, although the rain and clouds didn't much allow that.

Either way, we had the best time here on the island. Guaranteed we will be returning! My favorite quote we heard several times is "You're North of the tension line now" So incredibly true!

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us :)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a week and it was more than we could have hoped for. We explored Washington Island on our rented mopeds, enjoyed evening fires, the peacefulness, and the waves lulled us to sleep. We also took the ferry to Rock Island and loved the boathouse and lighthouse. My husband is a vet so he especially enjoyed raising and lowering the flag each day. We found everything we needed at the nearby store so we didn't need to bring anything! The lavender store was amazing and I brought home many wonderful things for gifts. I highly recommend this location for vacation. You will arrive home refreshed and relaxed!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your vacation and the lovely island, our home and especially the lake with all it's glory. The Smardos
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We were looking for peaceful, quiet, and beautiful...and we came to the right place.

  • 5 of 5

The Smardo property on Washington Island was a wonderfully therapeutic escape. The house is situated in the beautiful east side woodlands, right on the shoreline of the pristine Lake Michigan waters. Our gracious hosts, the Smardo's, made certain that we had everything that we needed to enjoy our perfect anniversary week. I cannot imagine a more relaxing place on earth than Washington Island, and this house perfectly ices the cake of tranquility. Thank you Bill and Jeanne, we will be looking forward to another stay in our future. Pleasantly above all of our expectations.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your review. We are so happy that you enjoyed our place and the island experience. The Smardos
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Great location, gorgeous view, private, nice getaway.

  • 4 of 5

Could use a little updating, but adequate. Thanks for the videos. Great fun. Spacious. Gorgeous fireplace. Plates, glasses and silverware were fine; pots and pans kind of beat up. Coffee filters should be larger (#4 not # 2 , assuming you supply). Deck and outdoor furniture a bit dated. First step could use repair. The house mouse was friendly, visited us in bathroom and kitchen. Furniture was very nice, including the couches and dining room table set. We loved the wall of hooks; very useful. Wish the laundry worked, but no big deal. Good value. We'll be back. Thanks. The Todds

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your review. We have addressed your concerns and would like you to know that after you left we were informed of the step problem by our next guests and the step was immediately repaired. We have contacted our manager and she is eliminating the house mouse issue now. We overlooked the fact the deck furniture should be replaced as we had a new roof put on this year and actually didn't think to check that so we have new chairs etc. ordered. We appreciate the fact that these were pointed out to us and are glad you had a good time at our home. The Smardos .
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Refreshing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Hi William,

I thought that this 3 day vacation was great. I was really looking for some rest and relaxation, and your island cottage was amazing. My kids and I were awestruck at the remarkable fireplace and beauty of the cottage; real craftsmanship. I especially loved the quiet bike rides through the woods and seeing all the wildlife and beautiful features of the island. There is an energy there that is refreshing to the soul. Thanks for letting us stay there, and we will definitely consider staying there once again. Your recommendations for sightseeing were very helpful too.

Sincerely, David Hagglund

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi David Thank You so much for the very nice review. We are so glad that you enjoyed our lovely island home and certainly hope to have you revisit the island in the future. And we feel the wonderful energy there also. The Smardos
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Washington, Northern Wisconsin

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3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £156.45

Beds are queen size and you must bring your own sheets and pillow cases.
Cancellation policy--100% minus fees refunded 3 month prior to stay; 75% minus fees refunded 2 months prior to stay
50% minus fees 1 month prior to stay--3 weeks prior to stay no refund

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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