Kimpel Cottage

Contemporary rustic cottage located in Wisconsin’s north woods. EST. 1985
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"7 Scenic Natural Wonders of Vilas County - Vilas County has one of the world's highest concentrations of inland freshwater lakes – more than 1,300 lakes and 73 rivers and streams. Not only is the county packed with waterways, but it is also home to areas of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Fores...

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Part of the Nicolet National Forest, Franklin Lake Trail is the trailhead for Hidden Lakes Trail.

Part of the Nicolet National Forest, Franklin Lake Trail is the trailhead for Hidden Lakes Trail.

In Japan, we practice something called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. This is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in...

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Ode on Solitude by Alexander Pope (1688–1744)

How happy he, who free from care
The rage of courts, and noise of towns;
Contented breathes his native air,
In his own grounds.

Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer ...

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Because We Hunkered Down by Malcolm Guite

These bleak and freezing seasons may mean grace
When they are memory. In time to come
When we speak truth, then they will have their place,
Telling the story of our journey home,
Through dark December and stark January
With all its disappointments, throu...

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2 months ago
Quiet, quaint and cozy. Kimpel Cottage is wonderful getaway from the city. Conveniently located near national parks, trails, and lakes, there is plenty to do for activities, while still having access to modern amenities like shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, and groceries. I will be back!!!
- Jaime E
3 months ago
Kimpel Cottage is a peaceful and cozy space in a quiet, secluded area of Wisconsin's northwoods! It has all the furnishings for an enjoyable weekend away and the wood stove is an added bonus. I would highly recommend this stay!
- Jared S
3 months ago
- Beth B

Contemporary rustic cottage

Welcome to the Kimpel Cottage!

Custom-architect-designed contemporary rustic cottage located in Wisconsin’s north woods in Eagle River, Wisconsin, US. This unique cottage is available for limited rentals spring-fall. Perfect for a writer's retreat, an outdoor enthusiast, an artist, etc. - a perfect, nature-filled getaway!  

About the area
Eagle River, located in the stunning North woods of Wisconsin, is surrounded by miles and miles of pine trees. Eagle River is part of an impressive chain of 28 lakes, the largest connected freshwater chain on the planet, and is a world-class fishing destination with incredible musky, panfish, and bass fishing. The cottage neighbors plenty of public lands, including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
  • The nearest boat launch and swimming beach are minutes away at Anvil Lake
  • The nearest grocery store is in Eagle River (Trig's Supermarket is great!). 
  • Eagle River town is about 8 minutes away and has all necessary amenities, including a post office. 
  • The town of Three Lakes is located about 8 minutes away and has a wonderful Swedish bakery, called FIKA that is definitely worth a stop! 
  • The next largest town is Rhinelander, about 30 minutes away
  • Food delivery is sparse but Butch’s Pizza delivers 
  • Endless hiking, cross country, and snowshoeing paths and trails are in the area. Try out the Vilas County app that helps you locate trails of interest!

About the cottage 
  • Property - the cottage
    • The property is a scenic 4-hour drive from Minneapolis-Saint Paul and 5-hour drive from Chicago
    • The property is in a secluded location with over 5 wooded acres surrounding the cottage
    • The cottage is semi-rustic - it is heated by the fireplace stove and there is also a wall heater in the bathroom - there is plenty of firewood available on the property as well as fat-wood fire starters. 
    • The cottage was designed with environmental factors in mind, and is very cool in the summer months, a ceiling fan and other fans are available if needed. Extra spaceheaters available as well.
    • A fire pit is in the back with seating. Fire accessories like pie irons are in the mudroom, in the bench storage. 
    • If temperatures are below 30 degrees, water shut off will be required on departure to avoid frozen pipes. Details are in the three-ring binder in a guide provided by the original owner. Non-freezing temperature stats are recommended (typically April - October). Winter stays are only available on a case by case basis because of this extra step! 
    • Safety: a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, fire, and carbon dioxide detector are all onsite/installed 
    • Tools are located in the utility closet on the first floor if needed as well as a tool shed on the property.
    • Garbage and recycling pick up is every Thursday - just bring it to the end of the driveway
    • Dogs are allowed but a damage fee will apply if necessary 
  • Sleeping/Bedroom
    • The cottage can sleep 6 comfortably (two full beds, one twin bed, one full sofa bed, one twin sofa bed, a camping cot, air mattresses) - all linens are provided - please put sheets and pillowcases in the hamper(s) when finished so we know what needs washing (thank you!) 
    • Additional linens are located in the bedroom cabinet and in the storage ottoman on the first floor.
  • Bathroom
    • There is one bathroom, one shower - all linens provided (please put them in the hamper when finished).
    • A hairdryer is available. 
    • Extra toiletries and basics are available if you forget something! 
    • Heated toilet seat with night light installed - you can turn it off if you are not into that, too! 
  • Kitchen
    • Fully equipped kitchen with new refrigerator (a half size/under counter style), a new microwave, a new instant pot vortex oven (guide), an electric stovetop, a food processor, a waffle maker, a deep/Turkey fryer, a griddle, etc. 
    • Kitchen basics are provided like pots, pans, flatware, utensils, spices, etc. 
    • Coffee and tea available - traditional coffee maker, french press, stovetop espresso machine are onsite
    • Dishes require hand washing (no dishwashing machine)
  • Mudroom/Extras
    • There are kayaks, snowshoes (3), and other toys available in the mudroom - help yourself! 
    • Tents and camping gear are located in the mudroom in the storage bench
    • An "RV" washing machine is available in the mudroom (it is a smaller size than a standard washer). A drying rack is folded behind the washer. 
    • Critters: there are lots of deer and some bears in the area. If visiting during hunting season, it is recommended to wear a blaze vest while hiking (several available onsite)
  • Living Room/Area
    • Many games and books are available… help yourself! 
    • There are no TVs or WIFI (service is not good out there anyway!) 
    • An overhead projector that is compatible with iPhone's is available for movies
    • There is a Bluetooth radio available. Sync to the “IKB318” Bluetooth to connect. 

About the Architecture/Proprietors 
The cabin was originally designed in 1985 by owner John Kimpel, a photojournalist, and his architect/associate, Gene Guszkowski, AIA, Principal of AG Architecture in Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award winner. In 2020, the cabin was purchased by Beth Bowman, an artist, and arts administrator and Director from Minnesota.
Reservation/Payment Information
*Nightly rate is currently $95/night 
*A weekly discount can apply 
*A three-night stay is requested
*Payment is via PayPal - you will be sent an invoice from 
*Reservation is confirmed when payment is received

Once payment is received you will receive an access code to the property for your confirmed date. 

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We hope you enjoy your stay at our (semi) rustic abode. Tag @kimpelcottage to share your adventures! 

***Land Acknowledgement: A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and respects the enduring relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. We remember and honor the Indigenous people of North and South America who called this land home until it was taken from them. We express our gratitude for their witness on how to live honorably and humbly. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present. May we always remember that the Earth does not belong to us, that we belong to the Earth, and that we are all relatives in life.***

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