Vacation Home on Lake Waubesa - Close to Madison yet peaceful

Madison, Wisconsin

Relax and enjoy this beautiful lake front home. This two-story, 3 bedroom, 2 bath chalet-style home features beautiful views of Lake Waubesa, including gorgeous sunrises.

This is a fisher’s, bicyclist’s, and boater’s paradise with over 30 golf courses and frisbee golf also nearby. Minutes away from the Wisconsin state capitol, historic downtown Madison and Farmer’s Markets by bike, boat or car. Boat to nearby restaurants.

Lake Waubesa is a 2000 acre lake with great fishing, including Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye and Catfish.

Don’t forget your bikes. Madison’s miles and miles of bike trails are accessible just a short distance away and have some of the best views in the greater Madison area.

The home is also just minutes away from Camp Randall for easy access for Wisconsin Badger games.

Relax in the living area perfect for lake views, or sit outside on the deck, patio or pier.

The yard is level and just steps away from the lake and is enjoyable when you grill or relax with an evening campfire in the firepit. The long dock is perfect for sunning, fishing or launching a canoe or kayak. You may wish to bring your own boat and launch it from nearby boat launches. The pier can be used to dock your boat during your stay. A single person kayak is available for use as well as water tubes and inflatables.

During the winter months, cross country ski or snow shoe right from the back door. The lake is also a popular ice fishing spot.

The open kitchen/living area is perfect for family gatherings. A large dining table has comfortable seating for six and can be expanded with an additional table leaf for more seating.

The first-floor bedroom features a queen size bed and large closet. A bathroom with shower and laundry appliances are directly across the hall.

Upstairs includes two large bedrooms (one overlooking the lake!), built-in dressers and many closets. And a “kids” room upstairs features a single bunk bed and double bed, Playstation4, and children books.

A full bathroom with shower and tub is conveniently located between the bedrooms.

Linens are provided in the bathroom & kitchen and for the beds. Bring a favorite pillow or blanket--or enjoy ours!

The kitchen includes all amenities for your entire stay: full size refrigerator/freezer, ice maker, oven, microwave and dishwasher. Small appliances such as coffee maker, toaster, waffle maker, electric skillet and blender and a few basic pantry items are available for your use. A grill is just out the door and off the lake and is available year round. The kitchen is fully-stocked with dishes, silverware, pots & pans, utensils, glasses, mugs, and serving ware.

Home includes central air and heating and ceiling fans.

Book a few nights, a week or more. Your hosts are nearby to help with suggestions or lend a hand, if needed.

This is a family home in a community of single family residences. We require a minimum age of 25 years for rental. This is not a party home. Guests are not allowed to throw large parties — small gatherings are certainly welcome. A campground is 10 minutes away to share with friends

Note: we keep our pontoon boat and speed boat at the dock. This is not available for guest use or rental. You may see us cross the yard to access the dock but we will be very respectful of your privacy and space.

Stay in the privacy and comfort of a home while visiting nearby Madison for Badger games, the Dane County Farmers Market, State Capitol, UW-Madison, or competing in one of the many athletic competitions in the Madison area.

You will feel like you are away from it all yet the home is just 10 minutes from downtown Madison and UW-Madison, 25 minutes from Epic Systems, 70 mins from Milwaukee and an easy 2 hour drive from Chicago.


Sports And Adventure Activities

  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Sailing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Skiing
  • Golf
  • Wind-surfing
  • Water Skiing
  • Roller Blading
  • Hunting
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Water Tubing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling/diving

Leisure Activities

  • Walking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Antiquing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Paddle Boating
  • Sight Seeing
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Photography


  • Recommended


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo
  • Health/beauty Spa
  • Festivals

Local Services And Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Catering Options

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room


  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen


  • Television
  • Books
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Video Games


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio


  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure


  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only


  • Dining Area

Suitability Chkbox

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters

Dining Checkbox

  • Dining

Houses Rules

  • 03:00 PM
  • 11:00 AM
  • No parties/events
  • Smoking allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Children allowed
  • Max occupancy: 7


Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

40 Reviews

    Relaxing stay on Lake Waubesa

    5/5 Stayed Oct 23, 2020
    Submitted Oct 26, 2020

    Stayed for a weekend with my husband and two daughters (11 yrs, 3 yrs) in October 2020. We found the house to be just as pictured. Overall very clean. The view of the lake was beautiful. Appreciated the proximity to Madison and to access points for bike routes. We took advantage of the latter despite the cooler temperatures. Had the weather been warmer we could have easily made it to downtown Madison. We will definitely looking for dates in the summer.

    Would return

    4/5 Stayed Oct 16, 2020
    Submitted Oct 18, 2020

    Despite the lateness in the season we went in October, including a windy cold day and calm warm evening. The home was cozy for 4 adult and 2 under 2. The access to the dock made getting out to go fishing amazing. The accommodations in the home were great and perfect for all visitors. Would for sure return in warmer weather to do more fishing! Neg: the balcony on the main bedroom was inaccessible due to issues, and the beds were not great.

    Cute cabin

    5/5 Stayed Oct 8, 2020
    Submitted Oct 24, 2020

    Relaxing with a beautiful view

    A Terrific Weekend Getaway

    5/5 Stayed Sep 18, 2020
    Submitted Oct 1, 2020

    A beautiful, tranquil setting, with the sunrise coming straight over the lake to the house. Everything was clean and there was fishing off of the very nice pier. (No beach for little ones.) Quintessential, 'Lake Life' but close to everything.

    Perfect long weekend getaway!

    5/5 Stayed Sep 4, 2020
    Submitted Sep 7, 2020

    The place was very clean, perfect access to the water with stores and restaurants accessible by boat. The owner was VERY quick to respond and was also extremely cordial. I will definitely stay here again!

    Perfect for our needs

    5/5 Stayed Aug 28, 2020
    Submitted Sep 1, 2020

    The location of this house was perfect for our family. The house was very clean and had everything we needed.

    Close but feels far away

    4/5 Stayed Aug 20, 2020
    Submitted Aug 25, 2020

    Great location, less than 15 minutes from campus, but seems like you are away from the city. Lots of space to spread out outside.

    Family get away

    4/5 Stayed Aug 9, 2020
    Submitted Aug 25, 2020

    Good location with variety of on site outdoor activities. Good hiking/ biking trails close by. I would recommend a good deep cleaning of the outside kitchen cabinet gripping area as they felt sticky tacky, but otherwise clean and orderly.

    Perfect lake house for us!

    5/5 Stayed Jul 27, 2020
    Submitted Aug 5, 2020

    House was clean and check in was a breeze. The proximity to the water was fantastic for the kids. Excellent rental!

    Great Lake Relaxation Trip

    5/5 Stayed Jul 20, 2020
    Submitted Aug 7, 2020

    Our family had a lovely stay at this house. My boys ages 8 and 10 loved fishing and swimming off the doc. We also really enjoyed using the kayaks to tool around the lake. The lake was peaceful and a great size. We saw bald eagles, blue herons, and lots of fish. The house was very clean! It was a great layout and the perfect size. The two outdoor dining tables were great as well. We would love to go back! Thank you!

    Great Lake Vacation

    5/5 Stayed Jul 5, 2020
    Submitted Jul 21, 2020

    We enjoyed our lakeside stay at this property. Easy access to services and stores while having a quiet lake experience. Home accommodates guests with a cozy vibe and roomy outdoor deck and patio area. Owners are very supportive and quick to respond to all questions!


    5/5 Stayed Jun 25, 2020
    Submitted Jun 28, 2020

    loved the property!!!!

    Great place

    5/5 Stayed Jun 21, 2020
    Submitted Jun 24, 2020

    Stayed here with our 2 young kids and I was a great setup for a family. Open concept in the house was really nice and the backyard is great for relaxing by the lake with the family near by

    Will definitely be coming back.

    5/5 Stayed Jun 8, 2020
    Submitted Jun 11, 2020

    House was very clean and well maintained. Loved the patio and outdoor space. Loved having the kayaks and canoe as an option to play in the water. The only drawback was that we wished the dock had a ladder to climb in and out because the shore is very rocky and the algae is thicker next to shore. The kitchen has a lot of appliances and cooking utensils. The only big problem was on the first night. It was like 90 degrees that day and the AC was off when we arrived. The cool air does not circulate upstairs very well and the small window unit in the kids bedroom is not strong enough to cool the whole upstairs. It might not have been so hard to cool if the AC was on before we arrived and we did not have to play catch up on such a hot day. But the rest of the time the house was kept very cool with the AC options. Overall we loved our stay here and we will definitely be coming back.

    Memorial Day

    5/5 Stayed May 23, 2020
    Submitted May 26, 2020

    Great property and perfect for a weekend getaway. Very relaxing and enjoyable. Thank you

    Very nice place!

    5/5 Stayed Dec 28, 2019
    Submitted Jan 2, 2020

    We enjoyed our stay! Roomy and nice. The internet was not awesome but other than that it was amazing.

    Great spot on the lake

    4/5 Stayed Oct 25, 2019
    Submitted Oct 27, 2019

    We had a great time staying at Jane's place on Lake Waubesa. There were a few issues that I've relayed to Jane, but overall, we enjoyed the house and quiet neighborhood. It's a bit of a drive to get to downtown Madison, but fairly close proximity to everything you'd need.

    Beautiful view !

    5/5 Stayed Oct 11, 2019
    Submitted Oct 13, 2019

    This house is on a beautiful lake. Definitely enough space to have your family stay and relax. Sunsets are gorgeous! It was only about 10 mins out of town and very quiet and peaceful!

    Sisters weekend

    5/5 Stayed Sep 14, 2019
    Submitted Sep 23, 2019

    Perfect weekend. This place has the most beautiful sunsets. Easy to get to. House is set up nicely, plenty of room and clean. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay.

    Great for family reunion

    5/5 Stayed Aug 22, 2019
    Submitted Sep 2, 2019

    A lovely spot

    Nice place

    5/5 Stayed Aug 11, 2019
    Submitted Aug 27, 2019

    Enjoyed our stay.

    Family vacation comfort

    5/5 Stayed Jul 25, 2019
    Submitted Jul 28, 2019

    Our family of 6 adults and our one year old granddaughter all had a wonderful time. Perfect location and suitable accommodations!!

    Great Lakeside Experience

    4/5 Stayed Jul 12, 2019
    Submitted Jul 21, 2019

    We spent a week at this property and had a wonderful stay. We had family of all ages and friends join us at different intervals and everyone enjoyed their time there. House is well equipped, especially love the large table so we could all eat together! Plenty of room and we really utilized the fantastic front yard with large deck, extended patio, firepit area and all with comfortable seating! Spent lottsa time outdoors. The dock area was good for our boat. Love the location on the lake - morning sun then evening shade on the deck area and close to stores, eateries and any necessities you may need. Overall this is a comfortable, clean rental and we plan on going back! The owner, Jane, was very responsive throughout our reservation process and our stay at the property.

    Wonderful stay!

    5/5 Stayed Jul 8, 2019
    Submitted Jul 12, 2019

    What a beautiful place to spend a week! The place was clean, nice and the lake front was amazing! The dock made it easy to fish and enjoy sunrise and even relax with a few other people. We were able to get in the water and enjoy it. Nicely stocked. Jane was very easy to get a hold of helped us if we needed anything. 2 kids and 4 adults, plenty of room for all! Will stay again!!

    Family Fun

    4/5 Stayed Jun 25, 2019
    Submitted Jun 30, 2019

    We had a great stay at this house. Plenty of room to move around with a fully equipped kitchen. Great location and we loved having access to the dock so that we did not have to take our boat in and out of the water. The only negative is for the cleaning fee we had to pay it could have been cleaner.

    Excellent Getaway!!!

    5/5 Stayed May 27, 2019
    Submitted Jun 6, 2019

    This is a darling lake place within quick driving distance from Madison, but without the hustle and bustle of actually staying in the city. We were visiting from Florida, but had lived in the Madison area for many years - we entertained different family members every night we stayed (6 nights), and everyone was impressed with the accommodations. This cottage is well stocked, very clean, convenient, and has a beautiful view of the lake/dock. We don't fish, but my husband's brother caught (and released) a 14-16" large mouth bass right off the dock near the shoreline within 5 minutes of starting to cast. Our host, Jane was easy to communicate with, gave helpful information about local eateries, and very accommodating to our requests. We ended up wanting to stay an extra night, and fortunately, the cottage was available for us. We would definitely like to stay here again - next time, I'll remember to turn the dishwasher on. Thank you so much, Jane! Karen and Don K.

    Great lake views

    5/5 Stayed May 24, 2019
    Submitted May 27, 2019

    Great property. Access to lake, kayaks, dock terrific. Enjoyed the stay.

    Quiet cabin on a beautiful lake.

    5/5 Stayed Nov 23, 2018
    Submitted Nov 25, 2018

    There was plenty of room for our family of 6 to relax and a table large enough for everyone to be seated at. Games were provided which we utilized and enjoyed. Kitchen had adequate pots pans plates glasses and utensils. Imagine this is a wonderful place in the summer being right on the lake.

    Great place!

    5/5 Stayed Oct 19, 2018
    Submitted Oct 21, 2018

    Great place for us to stay and visit our kids that go to UW! Great views, clean house, everything we needed!

    Nice launching spot for Madison

    4/5 Stayed Oct 12, 2018
    Submitted Oct 14, 2018

    This nice cottage was the setting for a fall getaway with three couples. We loved the close proximity to Madison and visited the farmers market and had lunch in the area. We found the house to be very clean, and we had everything we needed for our stay. We weren’t able to be outside much due to cold temperatures so we spent a lot of time in the house. The living area would be great with one more sofa or loveseat. We pulled over a few chairs from the dining table or sat on the floor but one or two additional comfy spots would be ideal for congregating. Also the WiFi was a little sketchy so it was difficult to stream music etc. Overall tho, it was a smooth and painless rental process and very enjoyable stay.

    Great place, wonderful lake access.

    5/5 Stayed Sep 17, 2018
    Submitted Oct 1, 2018

    I had an incredible experience during my time. Lake access and fishing were great. I would highly recommend this home for anyone looking to have quick access to freeways, fishing, and a cozy place!

    Great weekend!

    4/5 Stayed Aug 31, 2018
    Submitted Sep 3, 2018

    Great weekend. Close to delicious restaurants. Beautiful lake. Nice and calm. Great for fishing and kayaks!


    5/5 Stayed Aug 26, 2018
    Submitted Sep 13, 2018

    By far it was the cleanest and most well stocked rental we ever had. Despite the inclement weather and no wake on the lake,we were able to enjoy the water and the cabin to our utmost satisfaction. We will return. I recommend this house to anyone, especially a family with children.the game room was well stocked with games also.

    Wonderful and relaxing place on the shore of Lake Waubesa!

    5/5 Stayed Aug 17, 2018
    Submitted Sep 6, 2018

    We had a wonderful stay at this comfortable house on the shore of Lake Waubesa. We met our son and grandchildren from Chicago for a weekend of fun on the lake. The house was very nice and had everything we needed. I especially liked that they had games for children, including a small foosball game that the kids loved. The children loved the outside tree swing so much that the adults never got to enjoy it. The sunrise in the morning over the lake was amazing and BBQ on the patio in the evening was perfect. The dock was convenient for our pontoon boat. Overall, it is a wonderful spot for a family rendevous. We'll be back!

    It was great. We were there for a wedding so would love to come back and enjoy the lake.

    5/5 Stayed Aug 9, 2018
    Submitted Aug 12, 2018

    Very nice ! Has almost everything you would need. Pretty lake and plenty of room. We want to come back.

    3.5 stars. Nice property but hard beds.

    4/5 Stayed Aug 5, 2018
    Submitted Aug 19, 2018

    Pefect location on the lake but still close enough to downtown. Awesome for a long weekend stay in Madison. We loved the firepit and hanging out in the lake on our big raft. My only complaint is the beds were extremely hard! I actually had to buy an air matress at Walmart because I got no sleep the first night and my back was aching. It wasn't just me, all 5 of us complained about the beds. If the owners fixed the bed situation (maybe add some foam toppers or something), then I would definitely stay again.

    Peaceful yet close to the city

    5/5 Stayed Aug 1, 2018
    Submitted Aug 6, 2018

    A wonderfully peaceful setting amidst a very busy city. Looking forward to returning. It was quaint, quiet, and a very well kept property. We had everything we could possibly need.

    Vacation on a Lake

    5/5 Stayed Jul 23, 2018
    Submitted Jul 27, 2018

    Everything was wonderful. Perfect location and the house was a great size for my family.

    Nice quiet place on the lake.

    5/5 Stayed Jul 20, 2018
    Submitted Jul 26, 2018

    Everything was great, very happy with my stay. Jane was quick to respond whenever I needed to ask a question.

    House was as described, nice location.

    5/5 Stayed Jul 2, 2018
    Submitted Jan 19, 2019

    The house was much larger than it appears online. We had a family of 6 and had plenty of room. The only drawback was that the upstairs bedrooms really get hot during the day, and don’t really cool off at night. The A/C does a decent job on the first floor, but it doesn’t really do much upstairs. We covered the upstairs window that faces West in hopes of blocking the sun a bit, put fans at the bottom of the stairs to circulate the cool air. It helped a little. You can’t beat the location - on the chain of Madison lakes. It was easy to navigate to the sandbar, and drop anchor for the day. The neighborhood is nice and the people are friendly. We wouldn’t hesitate to go back.


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