We stayed at one of the Cottage Keeper properties at the end of September so that we could celebrate several big family events with our adult children (2 couples and son) and another couple. The home was perfect to do that! We chose this house because the photos showed ample living spaces, a very nice kitchen, # of bedrooms/beds and the large patio table and dining table and fun things to do in the lower level (shoot pool, play ping pong or Foosball). Everything was exactly as shown in the photos. Our daughter and her husband were the first to arrive at the property and were greeted by Ginny, a very warm and friendly lady who talked about area amenities and answered questions about the home. We spent some time out of the house on Saturday (ladies at Cranberry Fest, guys doing UTV riding at Beer Bogging in Warrens) but the remainder of the time was spent enjoying the house and cooking together, playing games and visiting. What was nice was that it was a short drive if we needed something like ice, soda to a small store. For those who travel to see local attractions, there are plenty in the area (wineries, shopping, casinos, supper clubs).
The kitchen was filled with top-quality appliances including a top-quality blender, coffee pot, omelet pans, dishes, etc. The grill was new and easy to use. Though we brought some drinking water the water at the proper was of excellent quality. The bedding and mattresses were VERY good and everyone reported excellent sleep. It was nice to have small dumpsters so that we could get our recycling and garbage out as needed as sometimes VRBOs are not too clear on that. We do have a boat and like to hike but it was not in our plan this trip and that was fine. We would choose another Cottage Keeper property based on our experience.
One more thing is that by using the Cottage Keeper, they were responsive by call and email to me prior to booking and kept the reservation process very smooth. We have rented VRBOs all over the US and other countries and this one was seamless to use. Highly recommend the Cottage Keeper, Ginny, Dave, & Shauna! Thank you so much for a great long weekend!
“Very pleased, I would recommend Cottage Keeper to others” Larry G. Oak Creek, WI
We appreciate all services that you gave us, everything was wonderful. We enjoyed our vacations and we were satisfied with your service. The home was very clean and beautiful and it had all the services that we needed. Thank You very much for all. We will consider your service for our next vacations. – Nancy & Jorge R, Chicago IL
We enjoyed out five days at Alpine Greens. The house was spacious and clean and very well equipped with everything we needed. We will certainly keep Cottage Keepers in mind for next year’s vacation, and if possibly there is a nice place on a lake, we would be very interested. Thank You again for a nice stay. – Bill & Nancy H, Menomonee Falls
We loved our week at Arbor Shores…. Great home, great location, great beach! (Access to the lake was definitely a plus on this home). Overall a great property and I wouldn’t hesitate to rent it again in the future. Thanks again! – Darlene B, Racine WI
Enjoyed the holiday weekend at Arbor Shores. We did a full day pontoon boat rental on Saturday from Barnum Bay Marina. We enjoyed the peace and quiet and a nice view of the lake. we had all we needed in the home for a comfortable visit and plenty of room for 10 adults. – Michael H, Rolling Meadows IL
My friends and I stayed at the Arbor Shores property for a long weekend and were absolutely blown away by the property and building. A large fire pit that could fit our entire crew(11) around it, direct sandy bottom water access with a small bridge built over the riff raff by the water. The lodging on the property was perfect to fit 11 grown men with four full bathrooms everyone was able to have their space and do their own thing without hindering anyone else. The staff at cottage keeper was very helpful and met with us to give us some information of the area as some of our group was from out of state. The property was beautifully maintained and extremely clean when we got there and was ready for us to move right in for the weekend. I give Arbor Shores and Cottage Keeper a 10/10! – Joshua B, Bangor ME
Beautiful home! Very relaxing and quiet sitting around the campfire during our stay. Cottage Keeper was very attentive to our needs and made us feel right at home. The best part was that they came and met with us at the home once we arrived and gave us directions to certain places and gave us brochures to local attractions that helped us plan our vacation. – Chicago, IL
Had a great time staying at Bayside. Beautiful home with room for the entire family! Great location, close to the beaches and golf. – Jen V, Delevan WI
The Camera de Vista home exceeded out expectations for our stay! – John R, Billings MT
We stayed at Camera de Vista and house was great … We did have an issue with some spiders on the outside of the home. Cottage Keeper got it taken care right away for us so we could use the front and back porches. – Eric G, Waunakee WI
Celtic Lodge was a perfect location for a vacation. Because of small children, the swimming area was very safe and small enough to manage everyone in the water. The cabin was spacious with plenty of room and was very clean upon arrival. I found the rental company to be very accommodating and made it easy to check-in as well as checking back to see if there were any problems. All in all, a great rental experience for our family. – Dick B, Minot ND
We had a great time and the house was perfect for the kids. They loved the water, the beach, and the fish. So fun having a private beach. I think they gained a lot of confidence in the water. – Cindy B, Belgium WI
We truly enjoyed our stay at the Celtic Lodge. It was spacious and fit all the needs of the participants. It had all the amenities that an individuals’ home has and possibly more. The children enjoyed the man made lake. It was easy to supervisor them all day but also gave the adults time to visit with each other. We have stayed their multiple years and plan to stay again if available. – Dick B, Minot ND
We loved the house, lots of space for everyone to have their own space. Nice to have the two docks for ski boat and small fishing boat, loved the sandy bottom of the water. – Shelly K, Waverly WI
Thanks for the great stay. The house met all our expectations. Looking forward to next year. – Duane B, Woodbury MN
Lots of ‘living’ space downstairs and chairs. Great decor. No odors. Everything was very clean, lots of pots/pans/dishes/kitchen supplies. Good mattresses, and nice pillows. Everything very well kept. Loved the large deck. They do spray for mosquitoes but still bring spray b/c its hard to avoid them. A couple of upstairs rooms are small but 2 bathrooms are good sized. Master suite is large & gorgeous! We plan to return for a family reunion next year! – L0ve2Escape, Chicago
We enjoyed our week at Eagle Bay. The home is beautiful and very spacious, both inside and out, with plenty of room for the 10 adults and 4 children. We didn’t do much fishing but were able to catch a few which were promptly released. We appreciated the large protected pier and that we were able to keep the boat docked throughout the week. Communication with Cottage Keepers was outstanding, both before and during our stay. – Ruth K, Horicon WI
Beautiful home and perfect location. We will definitely be back. Our 2 grandsons loved it! – Tracy H, Newman IL
We have used Cottage Keepers for an annual golf trip for the past three to four years (for as long as we have known of them). Everything has worked out wonderfully! They have been very accommodating with the check in time as we have parties traveling in from various locations. They have listened to any issues or enhancements that we feel would be helpful to us or future renters. They worked with us to make our stay even more enjoyable the next time we return. Thus far there have been 12 different golfers that have joined us at one time or another. Every one of them has remarked that they would happily use or refer the services of Cottage Keepers in the future. – Scott H, Sheboygan WI
Was a very relaxing stay. Being by the water and having our own dock was the best asset to this vacation. Beautiful and serene. – Ronald R, Mundelein IL
This is our second time staying there. We liked it so much the first time that we went back this year. The sunsets are amazing from the living room. – Joanie R, Itasca IL
We had a wonderful time at Fish Tail Cottage. The harbor just minutes away from the main lake was perfect for us as we wanted to do a lot of fishing. The ability to dock the boat right out front was very convenient. The home was very accommodating for the 5 of us. We were very impressed with how well kept and clean the cottage was. Felt just like home! Thanks for the great time! – Jenifer K, Mount Pleasant WI
Have stayed at this home on a few occasions. A wonderful place with great fishing from the docks and the neighbors across the road are very friendly – Bob D, Wood Dale IL
We had such a great time, thank you so much. Ginny was extremely great to interact with. Very nice and friendly. The house is beautiful. Definitely will recommend this or any other home maintained by The Cottage Keeper! – Kathie W, Brooklyn Park MN
We were very pleased with the home we rented. The accommodations were beyond our expectations! It was very spacious and clean. We had everything needed especially with 4 children under the age of 4. Sleeping arrangements worked out very well! A special thanks…for your assistance when we first arrived. I felt you were always available if there were any needs. We did have to call you once to find the life jackets and you promptly assisted in finding them. The yard was great. Gave the kids plenty of room to run around. We did use the fire pit…and that was really fun. – Renee A, Antioch IL
We were impressed with the home itself. Nice and clean and comfortable. Fit our family well. Having a boat made the vacation lots of fun. – Karen P, Minnetonka MD
We all enjoyed the house very much. Its so roomy and very comfortable. – Janis M
The entire process of working with Cottage Keeper was caring and welcoming. From pre-booking questions to checking out I knew my family vacation would be great!
We would absolutely recommend Cottage Keeper to friends and family. Thank you Ginny, Dave, and Shauna for provide a place for our family to gather and vacation!
We thoroughly enjoyed staying at Pine Haven. The house was everything we needed. Our guests that were able to come also enjoyed their stay. If we ever need a home in the area for a period of time, we most certainly would consider Pine Haven again. KUDOS to the owners for a lovely home an so well decorated for the holidays. It meant so much to us to enjoy holiday spirit. – Mary & John K – Frankfort
We had a fantastic time @ Pine Haven and would love to book a week for next summer! I will be in touch after November 1st. Thanks Again! – Heather C, Crystal Lake
We had a great stay. We were very pleased with the accommodations, supplies, and location. The view from the window was fantastic. The home and grounds were very clean. We were in want of nothing. Thanks Again! – Patsy & Joe F, Lindenhurst
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Pine Ridge Shores. The house was perfect for us. Lots of room so we did not feel cramped. Castle Rock Lake provided great swimming, boating, and skiing experience. We would definitely consider staying there again. I have also referred the Cottage Keeper to friends! – Judy S, Bettenforf IA
We had an exceptional good time at Sanctuary Shores. The House was equipped too please all ages. The kids didn’t want to leave. They spent all their time in the loft playing or downstairs playing games. We had a beautiful campfire enjoying the solitude of the setting. The whole family would be more than happy to come back again. – Lois A, Cascade IA
My family and I enjoyed our vacation very much. We liked the accommodations very much. The area is very peaceful. We plan on staying in the area again next year, and using one of your homes again. Thank You again for everything. I have told other friends and co-workers that if they are wanting a place to get away to in that area to use you! – Renee M, Geneva IL
We had a great family time and enjoyed the accommodations a lot. The grandkids are already asking “when are we going back to your other house on the lake?” HA! Thanks also so much for getting my pillow back. I appreciated that a lot. If all goes well I am sure we will be back next year. So convenient for all of us! – Karan J, Platteville
Our family loved the Sanctuary Shores house! It was beautiful, clean, and easily accommodated out 3-generation family of 11! Both house and grounds were spacious and well maintained. One unexpected bonus was the wildlife that traveled thru the back yard – deer, raccoons, cranes, and wild turkeys make multiple appearances – to the delight of all us city folk! Thank You for your great service. – Marilyn & Larry C, Phoenixville PA
The house was beautiful and having the boat docked at the house was very nice. In the mornings we could see out on the lake why it was called shimmering bay, as the Lake sparkled. This was our second year with Cottage keepers and have enjoyed the experience. We hope to book again next year. – Cheryl K, Milwaukee WI
The house was spacious and had all the things we needed to have a great vacation. We were thankful to have a boat to spend time on the water! We enjoyed our stay! – Melissa S, Waukesha WI
We had a great stay! The house was well furnished with plenty of dishes, pots/pans, games, movies, etc. and included many items we didn’t expect including cornhole and marshmallow sticks. I would definitely recommend Shimmering Bay. – Sheryl K, Appleton WI
This was the first time we have rented a vacation home. It was fabulous on the lake and the view. The house went way beyond expectations. We will definitely rent from the Cottage Keeper in the future. It was a family vacation with our daughters and son in laws. – Robert M, Milton WI.
My husband and I have been searching for the perfect property to take our 4 children (ages 14, 15, 21, 25 and a newly added son in law.) over the past 6 years. We have used Cottage Keeper 5 of the last 6 years. They are very professional and have addressed issues with speed. This was by far the best property, with the perfect mix of features. The property is private and well laid out. The fire pit is situated very near the water. The screened in porch, proved to be a serious asset on a rainy day. The oversized table was a bonus at dinner time. Fishing was great right off the private dock. The water is about 6 feet deep just off the dock and dropped to 20 feet about 25 feet out. This is the home for us from now on. Thank you, Dave and Ginny. – Sherry & Mark, Shorewood, Illinois
Our family enjoyed a wonderful week at Sunrise Cove. The size and configuration of the home was perfect for our whole family. There was only one night that every member of our family was able to be at the house and even though we had a body in every bed that night, the house didn’t seem crowded at all. The location on the cove was perfect for the grandchildren aged 2 to 15 to play in the shallow water. There were plenty of activities to occupy us all and with the addition of the boats, kayaks and pontoon that we brought, we all had a great stay. Overall the home was more than adequately furnished and very comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with all the utensils, cookware, etc. needed to make meals for a large crew. We ate every meal all week at the home so we made use of it all. At the end of the week we all decided that our first attempt at a family vacation together was a success and we will try it again next year. Thanks Sunrise Cove owners for sharing your home with us! – Karen B, Vesper WI
This was the most amazing cabin EVER. Owners were super generous and neighbors were kind and welcoming. We spent the weekend grilling, sitting outside next to the bonfire, drinking hot apple cider and playing games. There were 12 of us and we slept very comfortably. Will DEFINITELY rent again. – Kate C.
We had a lovely time in a lovely home. Our entire family enjoyed it and it fit our needs perfectly. The pool table, electronic darts and Pac Man in the lower level were definitely enjoyed! Lots of fun, beautiful home, great views; a memory making weekend for all of us. Thank you! – Mary W, Burlington WI
We’ve been renting from CK for the past 7 years staying at 6 different houses. Although we enjoyed and felt comfortable at each house, Sunset Bay was our FAVORITE and we plan on staying again next year. The house is in a great location, close to the big lake, is well laid out, accommodates families with 3 levels of living, a fantastic game room and wet bar and has all the necessary accouterments needed for an enjoyable stay. Also, it is close to stores, marina and places to get a cool drink. The end of a fun enjoyable day is sitting at the outside fire-pit, roasting marshmallows, drinking cold beverages and watching the sunset over the lake. – Bill & Joan P, Naperville IL
There’s actually room for 14 here, with 3 king beds and sleeping on all 3 levels – with ample room for 6 kids on the loft level. The lower level, with the game table (free, with about 48 games on it), the professional dart board game, pool table, bar (with frig) & big TV was GREAT… While we expected a TV on the main level, having one in the loft (kids DVDs) and one in the rec room (sports) worked out well. Visit Splash bar/restaurant right across the bay for good casual dining. I’d recommend this place, as it offers great value for the money. The sunsets ARE spectacular as well – Mink52, Waukesha, Wisconsin
I was so amazed with this cabin it had everything a person could ask for very spacious lovely bathrooms bedrooms and the kitchen was something I always dreamed of having in a home loved the privacy and the smell of fresh pine and cedar trees waking up each morning was breath taking so relaxing and peaceful my family really loved it here we are so excited to continue are next vacation stay with the cottage keepers for 2019 Ginny Shauna you guys were amazing we are so looking forward to even extend our stay for even longer 2 weeks for our next visit to your bigger and beautiful cabin they make you feel at home I would not want it any other way but to continue my stay with the cottage keeper. – Carmen H, Calumet City IL
My family had a wonderful time at the Wi River Retreat. The home was beautiful, clean and spacious for the 8 of us. The Cottage Keeper staff were very responsive to all of my questions and were wonderful to work with. We played volleyball in the nice size yard, fished off the beautiful dock and our boat, kayaked in the clean river, made smores in the fire pit and played pool in the lower level. We also played board games at the large dining table and cards on the large table on the deck. The location is close to Lake Arrowhead for the golfers in the family and close to clean beaches for too. The sunsets were gorgeous! We could not have had a more perfect summer retreat house! * Thank you again Shauna and hope to be here again next year! – Marilyn M, New Berlin WI
We had a great time staying at WI River Retreat. The home was very clean and roomy. Nice back yard with outside patio and firepit. The view of the river was fantastic in the evenings. Very close to golfing and restaurants. – Noah P, Columbus WI