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Camp Wandawega Bunkhouse Mid Level

SuperhostElkhorn, Wisconsin, United States
Private room in guesthouse hosted by David
12 guests6 bedrooms8 beds1 private bath
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The mid level of the historic bunkhouse/brothel has 6 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12. There are shared primitive "his" and "hers" restrooms, a communal kitchenette down below, and access to camp showers. 4 rooms with full beds, 2 rooms with 2 twins.

Please read our "other things to note" section for our Coronavirus response BEFORE BOOKING.

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This is the mid-level of the old bunkhouse. Like all of Camp Wandawega, it’s a back-to-basics, no-frills, primitive experience. Simple rooms, vintage furnishings. Shared “his” and “hers” restrooms and showers. A shared primitive kitchenette. For all intents and purposes, there is no heat or AC: just windows to open, and a lake breeze. Please check the weather before you come, and bring an extra sleeping bag if it’s going to be chilly at night. If you think of it as "camping indoors" and come prepared for the weather, you'll be just fine. Remember, October in WI can bring lows in the 30s!

There are 6 bedrooms and each room can sleep up to 2, for a maximum of 12 guests. 4 rooms with full beds, 2 rooms with 2 twins. If you have more than 12 then also consider the top level of the old bunkhouse or some of our cabins.

Be aware that the photos are not 100% accurate, as things are always being moved around, redecorated, etc. but they are still indicative of the overall look-and-feel. We strongly suggest you come for a tour before booking so you know exactly what you're getting. If you’re looking for fine lodging, look elsewhere: this is old school cabin-living. If you’d like to see an unedited view of camp, simply search for us online, Instagram, Youtube and Vimeo to see us through the eyes of the many who have visited over the years.

To support the ongoing renovation of this historic property and the largely philanthropic camp activities, we are continuing the tradition of making a very limited number of accommodations available for self-guided "friends-and-family" recreational camp programs during the summer months. Admittedly, the price is expensive for the primitive nature of the accommodations, so please please please set your expectations accordingly. Remember, you're not just renting primitive lodging, you'll also have access to the grounds, private beach, woods, communal spaces like the treehouse, campfire pits, sports courts, boats, canoes, smokers, grills, etc.

What should I bring you ask? For starters, the camp basics. A few beach towels. Some Deep Woods Off. Sunscreen. And flip flops. If you have a favorite blankie, sleeping bag and pillow, bring them too, as I’m sure they’re more comfy that what we have : ) As for food, we suggest that you shop local. Bring an empty cooler and fill it up at the Elkhorn Piggly Wiggly and Frank’s Liquors. Or Wilson Farm Meats in Elkhorn. Or Rushing Waters Fisheries in Palmyra. Or The Elegant Farmer. There’s plenty of local produce, meats, cheeses, beer, wine and booze for appetites and budgets of all sizes. The nearby Mobil on Cty A has bait, food, wine, ice, booze and beer too. You’ll have access to grills (and campfires of course) and an old smoker we have on grounds. Most of our friends and family live out of coolers when they’re here, grilling out, and frequenting local restaurants like Holi Canolli, The Chalet, and Sperino’s.

Again, we are not a "proper" resort, so if you require an immediate response, lots of hand-holding and attention to detail, then this just might not be the best fit for you. Before staying with us, request a copy of our “Manifesto of Low Expectations”. It will give you more insight into the casual, no frills (but charming) experience we’re offering. You’ve been warned : ) Thanks.

Guest access
Get "back to basics" at Camp Wandawega. Our guests aren’t renting a couple of random cabins as much as they’re immersing themselves, their friends and family into the whole old-school camp experience featuring a full agenda of recreational camp activities such as canoeing, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, horse shoes, tennis, shuffleboard, archery, campfires & s'mores. The fact that we have no modern conveniences is part of our charm.

Wandawega Lake Resort/Camp Wandawega is a private friends & family retreat, not a “proper” resort. We are carrying on the proud 90-plus year history of reconnecting people to the simple pleasures of simple times in a no-frills, recreational camp setting. All of our guests are here as part of preplanned recreational friends & family camp programs: sorry, but we do not accept random “walk-ins” or “transients.” But all are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings for Catholic "mass-in-the-grass" service, a 50-plus year old tradition; Sundays at 10am weather permitting. We don't want you to be surprised if you're there on a Sunday morn and awaken to find 100-plus worshipers gathered at the nearby outdoor chapel : )

Other things to note
During this time, we are taking the CDC & WHO guidelines very seriously & are constantly evolving our best practices for how to reopen & operate safely. Based off the guidelines from our national & local health leaders we have intensified our cleaning standards & added things to our Campground & operating policies. Once booked you will receive an in-depth note on our updated practices.

BEFORE YOU BOOK please understand that in order for us to continue being here to provide a rustic, summer camp experience we need to make sure that everyone who is coming to Camp is taking the pandemic seriously as well. Of course, we cannot actually make sure that our guests have been social distancing so let’s do it with the good old scout’s honor. By reserving a space here at Camp you are telling us that you’ve been washing your hands like a crazy animal & following CDC & WHO guidelines on how to keep yourself & your community safe (including wearing a mask while out in public spaces). Thank you for taking this seriously with us!!

Our campground has been a place for making memories. A place we cherish. We feel like we can continue to offer you a special place to unplug & unwind with our cabins in our wide-open Camp. We are excited to have people here again, & hand in hand (metaphorically of course, seriously, we won’t actually be touching hands) we’re confident we can do this in a smart and healthy way.

All guests must sign our Release which will be sent prior to arrival.
Make the time to review it in advance and let us know if you have any questions about it that you'd like to discuss before your arrival.
The mid level of the historic bunkhouse/brothel has 6 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12. There are shared primitive "his" and "hers" restrooms, a communal kitchenette down below, and access to camp showers. 4 rooms with full beds, 2 rooms with 2 twins.

Please read our "other things to note" section for our Coronavirus response BEFORE BOOKING.

The space
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Bedroom 4
1 double bed
Bedroom 5
2 single beds
Bedroom 6
1 double bed

Amenities

Wifi
Kitchen
Iron
Private entrance
Building staff
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Fire extinguisher
Free parking on premises
First aid kit

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Elkhorn, Wisconsin, United States

An old school lake community, about 7 miles outside of Elkhorn. About half of the neighborhood homes are year round residents while the others are summer homes.

Hosted by David

Joined in April 2011
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Camp Wandawega: Dedicated to the Simple Pleasures of a Simpler Time.
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During your stay
We are often up at Camp on weekends, so perhaps we'll see you. We'll always have a local property manager on call should you need anything. In general, we leave our guests to their own devices, but are always happy to offer up suggestions of things to do, places to go, etc.
We are often up at Camp on weekends, so perhaps we'll see you. We'll always have a local property manager on call should you need anything. In general, we leave our guests to their…
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House rules
Check-in: After 1:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with building staff
Safety & Property
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm