Rock River Paradise
Hosted by Philip
Philip is the host.
8 guests
5 bedrooms
5 beds
1.5 baths
8 guests
5 bedrooms
5 beds
1.5 baths
You won’t be charged yet

This waterfront home is located on the very stretch of the Rock River that the world championship Rock Aqua Jays water ski team uses for practice and performance. The remodeled home features a dock for your ski boat, kayaks, and a nice deck.

The space

Just steps from the river - this home offers one of the best waterfront locations in Wisconsin. Because the home has a rare retaining wall along the river, the home is very close to the river offering great views of the water, water skiers, and fishing.

The house has a large master with a king size bed, a second medium size room with a queen, a small room with twin, a tiny room upstairs with a twin, and a detached bonus room with a queen air mattress. There is room to lay down several more air mattresses but keep in mind that there is only one bathroom plus an outside shower. The listing shows 1.5 bath and this often means one full bath and a second with only a toilet / sink. In this case the half bath is the outdoor shower.

The listing shows that we have a TV. This is for watching DVDs or playing the X-box. There is no cable TV or antenna to watch broadcast television. We do have a Roku Smart TV and wi-fi so you can watch streaming services on the TV or your devices such as iPads or other tablets you may bring. You can also use the computer in the house to watch a variety of tv channels, shows, streaming services, etc.

Please see the additional information section about winter time considerations. There is an additional cost for snow clearing and winterization it is not showed in your booking.

Guest access

Dock, fire pit, grill, outdoor shower, yard, nearby boat launch (1 mile away), on street parking. There are two kayaks and several different size life jackets for your use INCLUDED. The motor boats in the photos are NOT INCLUDED but you are welcome to bring your own and tie it up to the dock. There is a public boat launch one mile away.

Interaction with guests

Property manager will be across the street during your stay and will handle any questions or concerns.

Other things to note

This is a NO SMOKING house. Please do NOT smoke inside and don't get into the beds smelling all smoky, PLEASE.

Parking is at street level and you must walk down a flight of stairs to reach the door to the home. There is a driveway around the side of the house but the primary access is down the stairs. The main upstairs bedroom has a king size bed and plenty of room for an additional queen bed. There is also a tiny room upstairs with a twin. The downstairs rooms have a queen in one and a twin in the other. There is a queen air mattress in the bonus room under the garage with plenty of room for a few more air mattresses.

This house is NOT the Ritz Carlton, it's not perfect, it (like the owners) has flaws. It's our fun river retreat that we hope you love as much as we do!

Wisconsin is normally not too hot, so the home has a single window A/C unit upstairs to cool the home and fans. This is typically all that is needed to keep the house cool unless it's unusually hot outside.

If the water in the river is very high, the Sheriff may prohibit boats driving fast - so, no skiing. If fast boating is a priority for you, please call the Rock County Sheriff before you book. We can not be responsible for water levels and whether the river is "idle speed only". If water levels have been high, the dock may not be in the water.

To use the outdoor shower, first open the valve on the propane tank, then open the water valve that is on a brass fitting up and to the right on the hose. You can adjust the heat by opening up the water valve more or less. More water and it's cooler. Less water and it's hotter. For a even more fine-tuned heat, use the controls on the water heater on the back of the shower under the metal hood. If the hot water doesn't come on, the gas may be out. Please run up to the Lion's Mart and pick up a new tank, just like it was your house!

Please note that many of the amenities are unavailable during the winter. The dock may be removed, the outside shower will be winterized, the river may even be frozen over. This is a beautiful time of year, but it WILL not look like the photos! During the winter, the "cleaning fee" will be higher and includes snow and ice removal as well as un-winterizing and re-winterizing the home for your stay. Because AirBNB does not support seasonal, please send an additional $100 through the Resolution Center for stays November 1 - March 31.

Like any rural home, the house has a septic tank which may need to be pumped out from time to time. Let us know if you detect any bad odors which last for more than a day continuously.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 single bed
Bedroom 5
1 air mattress
Common spaces
1 couch

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 10AM
Self check-in with lockbox

Treat our home like you'd treat your own (assuming you treat your home well!). You may use the dock for your boat but be sure to bring your own ropes, lines, etc. You are welcome to use anything in the pantry, but please replace what you use. But, please don't drink our booze or wine!

NO SMOKING - please don't even smoke on the deck. If you must light up, please go near the fire pit or out on the dock.

Please don't discharge any firearms.

Pets are OK, but please do not let them in the house wet or muddy (same with kids!). Use the outdoor shower to clean them up and dry them off.

We charge a cleaning fee, but this doesn't included doing your dishes. If we have to do your dishes, there will be a $25 charge. Please clean and put away your dishes, dirty pots and pans, etc. Also, please replace any items you use from the pantry.

Mostly, have a great time!!!


37 Reviews

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Craig User Profile
September 2017
Phillip was great to work with and the house on the river is great for privacy but also really close to shops and restaurants.

Magui User Profile
September 2017
The location is great! And the house is actually nicer than the pictures.

Frank User Profile
August 2017
Cool spot and relaxing. Quiet area, but lots of bugs inside and out. Not terrible, but annoying at times. Otherwise, quiet homely stay!

Katrina User Profile
July 2017
This is a very good deal for the price. Don't expect a palace but it's a beautiful setting on the Rock River. Janesville is a cute town with lots to do. Great breweries, restaurants and dairys within a reasonable drive. Overall, I like the area.

Kinsey User Profile
July 2017
We had a nice stay at Phillips river home. It's definitely not fancy (which was perfect for us) but better suited for a family with children, given the small rooms with twin beds. The river is beautiful and the kayaks are really fun - we loved how private and secluded it was.

Geoffrey User Profile
June 2017
Lovely, humble space along the Rock River. Had a great time with my 7 friends kayaking and hanging out in the Janesville/Madison area. The house is definitely a house before it's an AirBnB, but that was perfect for us, and a great value. Highly recommended.

Jen User Profile
June 2017
Great place to stay on the river. Seemed to be freshly redone with flooring and painting on the inside. Three individual bedrooms, small yet functional. Large loft also with two beds. Nice kitchen with microwave, toaster oven, refrigerator freezer, good counterspace. Limited parking on street probably three vehicles. Could use some new living room furniture. But that is getting nitpicky.Philip was very responsive to our messages and needs. Would definitely stay here again

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United StatesJoined in March 2014
Philip User Profile
We love to travel and stay in fun places. Travelling around the world, we have stayed on moored boats, in hostels, rented apartments, ferry boats, and have camped in too many different ways to mention. Often, we bring along one or more of our children who are also well travelled,…
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