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Country House Resort
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Sister Bay
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersSilver level
central Indiana
1 review
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“Beauty, value, and convenience in one place.”
Reviewed 2 June 2009

The room was very clean, and smelled GREAT, since all of the rooms are non-smoking. The daily Continental Breakfast is much better than most other places that just throw out the bare minimum every morning-here, there is REAL food, and lots of choices. The prices are reasonable, the staff is very helpful, and the location is amazing-it's beautiful, and isolated, but at the same time, just a short trip back to the main highway, and then you're off to your next adventure. Very enjoyable.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Marinette, Wisconsin
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117 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2009

We just enjoyed our fourth stay at The Country House and once again, we were not disappointed.

First of all, the staff is incredibly friendly. Check in and check out were pleasant, and although we requested a room change, they were polite about it.

We are comfortable here. Our last three visits have involved specialty rooms, which are not theme rooms as you might think, but which offer (1) a refrigerator along with wet bar and microwave and (2) a two-person Jacuzzi. They are about the size of the average hotel room. The bathroom offers a wonderful shower, which could also accommodate two people. Most of the specialty rooms are located around the corner from the main lodge and have their own parking lots. They are an easy walk to the main lobby through the pool area.

The view of the bay is lovely during all seasons. The balconies (porches on the first floor) are private and overlook an expanse of lawn and fountain.

On rare hot days, the specialty rooms offer cross ventilation, as there is a narrow window next to the door. It cranks open.

The Country House offers a varied breakfast. Although I steer away from toast and pastries to concentrate on fruit and eggs, my husband seemed to enjoy them.

There is plenty to do here: You can play tennis, borrow a bike or boat, or do as I did: Just walk around the grounds taking photos of trillium or water lilies.

Door County offers many riches, from orchards and old farms to fine dining and upscale shopping. The Country House Resort is one of its treasures.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Midwest
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Country House for 3 nights in May 2009. Overall our experience was not bad, but not good either. The biggest problem was the smell. It was very musty combined with that old motel soapy smell. We had to take our clothes to the dry cleaner to get the smell out. We kept leaving the patio door open to let it air out but the maids kept closing the door. Unless you are a sound sleeper bring ear plugs. This is an older establishment and you can hear you neighbor plus the walkway to get to the rooms is made from lumber so you can hear shoes on boards.

The grounds are nice and you can see water from almost any room. There is a lot of growth between the edge of the property and the waterline so the view is about 30% obstructed. The breakfast was fine, actually they had more selection than we had anticipated; the cherries were very good. The staff was friendly and helpful.

The other complaint / suggestion is that at an adults only (meaning over age 13) hotel the hot tub should stay open later than 10 PM. One thing we enjoy is a late dinner, some social time, then to sit in the hot tub for a little while before bed. Country House is ADMANT about closing the area too. We met another couple that had stayed at Country House a couple of times and we had a laugh about the fervor at which they tell you to get out when they are ready to leave.

Bottom line is that we would not stay here again. The smell, the noise, and the confusion between being adults only and shutting things down early were more negatives than the nice grounds and nice staff.

Pros
Nice Ground
Nice Staff
Good Location
Nice View
Adults Only (over 13)

Cons
Musty smell
Noise
A little pricey
Hot tub MUST be shut down at 10 pm
Internet worked only in the lobby

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2008

My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Door County. The Country House Resort is located on very beautiful grounds, and our 2nd floor room had a beautiful view of the lake (when they say lakeview, they mean it). We liked that it the resort was located off the "main street." The desk staff was very pleasant. The free breakfast in the lobby was nice - plenty of food choices. Hot tea and coffee are always available in the lobby. We enjoyed taking the nature path to town (Siser Bay). The grounds are beautifully landscaped. Our room itself was small but clean. I do have to say that the funishings (i.e. pictures, bedspread, chairs, couch) were very outdated. For what we paid for two nights, I was disappointed. The TV was very small, and we only got limited channels - and considering there is not much to do in Door County after dark (7:00) - we had nothing to do but watch TV in our room! The majority of the guests here are older. All in all, not a bad place to stay, but we will probably never return.

  • Liked — Beautiful view and grounds
  • Disliked — Price for what you got
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Neenah, WI
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2008

We researched many lodging options before a recent weekend in Door County and can say we were pleasantly surprised by the Country House Resort even after reading all of the positive reviews. We are a married couple in our early 30's with no kids. Bed & Breakfasts just aren't our type, so we focused on resorts/hotels.

Upon arrival, the staff was friendly and the fresh baked cookies were excellent. Once in our room, the view was great. We were worried that being on the first floor would hinder the view, but that was absolutely not the case. We could see the water of Sister Bay and across to a lovely hillside of gently emerging fall colors. The room itself was fairly large and clean. Although it was not brand new, we felt that it was up-to-date and included nice amenities including a refrigerator, microwave, and a corkscrew (to help in sampling that Door County wine!). Perhaps the best features were the large whirlpool and shower. The shower was amazing with 5 total shower heads and plenty of room for two.

The grounds of the resort were absolutely beautiful. Although late in the season, the landscaping was very well done. The walk down to the water could be a challenge for some, but it is definitely worthwhile culminating in a dock where you can relax and take in the sights and sounds of gently crashing water. The property's nature trail along the water was well maintained and very scenic. It truly felt like we had our own little piece of Door County, if just for a little while.

The expanded continental breakfast was very nice with many good options. The location is also excellent. We easily ventured to Fish Creek, Ephraim, Peninsula State Park, and took an easy drive up to Northport. Nothing is very far away.

It seemed like we were the youngest people at the resort during our stay, but that did not bother us. We wanted to spend time together and were not worried about making friends or socializing. The absence of small children was definitely very nice.

All in all, we cannot say enough good things about the Country House Resort and feel like we have found a place that we will definitely return to on future visits to Door County.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Grayslake
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2008

Hm...we just came back from Door County (Sister Bay) having stayed at the Country House Resort - having rented their one Penthouse Suite. The grounds are very nice as were the personnel within however for what we paid and what we got there is a fine line. While the suite was pleasantry clean and pleasantly stocked with utensils in the kitchen and bathroom necessities this was not worth it to us. We've paid far less and gotten far more actually in other top end rentals. The suite was right off the lobby unbeknownst to us so everyone coming and going into the lobby was literally right below our master bedroom windows, as such it was tremendously noisey most all the time. The resort offered a free breakfast which we did not go to but this, too, was offered in the main lobby therefore all those going for the free breakfast (and there were many) were coming and going from around 7:00a.m. through it's completion or ending at around 10:00a.m.! Again I must reiterate it was tremendously noisy to say the least. The queen bed in the master was extremely uncomfortable and the first night there had sheets that appeared to be meant for a full size bed. We went to the lobby first thing on day one and asked them to please get fitted sheets for the bed as what were on it presently were not right. They did address this promptly with housekeeping. We were with belief from what was read about the penthouse - it would be on its own floor and with a large balcony boasting the best view of the entire property. That might be true view wise as it was quite beautiful but the balcony was rather small and anything but secluded (actually right off the parking lot); in fact a resting patio outside the lobby was right below the balcony as well. Bottom line for the $317.00US+ a night while not the worst place was surely not what it was believed to be via brochure and conversation and not worth it simply stated.

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — Tremendously noisy and in the line of lobby traffic right below the master bedroom
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Gurnee, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 September 2008

This is an excellent place to stay if you desire nice, clean, quite lodging with excellent service and a fantastic view. It is a bit off the beaten track (several blocks off Route 42, but is right on Green Bay and there is NO street noise. The owners and staff are super friendly and always willing to "go the extra distance" to satisfy a customers specific needs. Most of the folks who stay there are "over 55 mature adults" and you will meet some very nice, courtous old fashioned folks there. We have stayed there three times now and will return next time we visit Door County.

  • Liked — A clean, quiet place.
  • Disliked — Could use a waffle machine for breakfasts.
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Country House Resort
Address: 2468 Sunnyside Rd, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9163
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Door County > Sister Bay
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Sister Bay
#3 Romantic Hotel in Sister Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Country House Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a quiet, relaxing getaway at this adult only (children 13 years and older), waterfront resort. Close to everything, yet away from it all. 46 rooms and suites, most with private water view balconies overlooking the rolling bluff, bay, fountains and gardens. Accommodations available with in-room whirlpools and gas fireplaces. Complimentary bikes, kayaks, tennis and a European style continental breakfast buffet (May-Oct). Amenities include heated outdoor pool, outdoor whirlpool, fire table, fishing dock and shoreline nature trail. Reservations for designated dog friendly rooms must be made by calling the resort directly. No online reservations that include a dog. See our website for our complete Dog Policy. ... more   less 
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