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Large 1911 Cottage on Unspoiled St. Croix, Near Twin Cities

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The house from mid-river

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Last updated: 05/26/2015
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This old family summer place -- the first house built on the beautiful St. Croix -- has only a large lawn separating it from the riverbank. On its three other sides are woods. This portion of the river was designated a wild and scenic river by the federal government in the 1970s, which halted development on the water; the view of the opposite (Wisconsin) side of the river is of undeveloped forest and river flats laced with sloughs, where eagles, herons, beaver and other wildlife can be sighted. Amazingly, this peaceful, old-world gem is less than an hour from the Twin Cities.

Since this house was built in 1912 it has been altered and expanded and updated gradually without losing any of its old-world charm; antiques (and the quirks and idiosyncrasies that come with a country house that has grown organically along with a family over the course of a century) coexist with modern conveniences.

The house is ideal for family gatherings. It features numerous bedrooms (including two sleeping porches): one queen-size bed, two full-size, and five twin (plus a very comfy sofa); a 'Pack 'n' Play' can be provided. There are two-and-a-half baths (including one claw-foot tub and one shower). There is a large, charming, well-equipped kitchen with a separate eating area; a big living room with high ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace; a screened dining porch with a long table; a rear utility/laundry porch; a large, screened gazebo-style front porch and an unscreened deck, both overlooking the river. In the summer, one can sit on the front porch or deck and observe the hummingbirds zooming and hovering and frequenting the flowers and hummingbird feeders; our seed feeders also attract an array of birdlife. A swing hangs from one of the towering, old white pines at the edge of the lawn.

There is a shared boat landing/swimming area with dock (and canoe and kayak which renters may use); if you have your own boat to put in, there is a public boat-launch nearby, and from there you may keep your boat on our shoreline. (Note that we are in a Slow/No Wake zone.) The property also features a nice, shady tennis court, also shared. The St. Croix river is great for swimming, fishing, canoeing, birdwatching, and hanging out on sandbars.

Although secluded, the house is one mile from a state park with hiking trails, five minutes from the historic village of Marine-on-St.-Croix, and twenty minutes each to Taylor's Falls/St.Croix Falls, Stillwater, and Forest Lake, which offer rock-climbing, antique shops, gourmet restaurants, movies, paddlewheel river-boat rides. The small town of Osceola, ten minutes away, offers some of the above as well as weekend antique train rides down the valley and back, about an hour and a half roundtrip.

Well-behaved dogs welcome with damage deposit (and we ask that you please pick up after your dog). No cats.

This house is strictly non-smoking.

More photos available on request.

If summer does not work out for you, consider post-Labor Day; that time of year is beautiful, too, as the leaves begin to change and everything is even quieter. Small weddings have used this property as a location (and in that event, further accommodations might be arranged -- inquire if interested. Cost and availability will vary).

Keywords: St. Croix, River, Tennis, Vintage, Cottage, Cabin, Old, Antique, Quirky, Quiet, Birds, Bird-watching, Wildlife, Nature, Woods, Scenic, Peaceful, Canoe, Kayak, Paddling, Old World, Reading

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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Case-by-case basis...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Please let us know numbers and ages....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Single story: back porch door--no steps; kitchen door--one step; front deck--6 steps to yard. Inquire for details concerning your needs....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Well-behaved, mellow dogs considered. No cats....moreless

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 11-12

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Tennis Court, Swimming Area/Boat Landing

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • Stereo:

    CD player, radio, hook-up for playing music from MP3 player/computer/smart phone through speakers....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    5 or 6 cars (depending on size) can park easily. Inquire about more....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
 

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$2500/week. 1 week minimum stay. Exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis.
* A returnable damage deposit of $500 is required.
* A $290 cleaning fee will be charged.
* An additional returnable deposit of $250 is required for dogs.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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Last updated: 05/26/2015
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Photos

  • The house from mid-river

    The house from mid-river

  • The front deck

    The front deck

  • Front porch from living room door

    Front porch from living room door

  • The living room

    The living room

  • The dining porch, looking thru laundry porch toward kitchen door in background

    The dining porch, looking thru laundry porch toward kitchen door in background

  • Master bedroom opens onto screened front porch (river visible through door)

    Master bedroom opens onto screened front porch (river visible through door)

  • Tennis, anyone?

    Tennis, anyone?

  • The house from the bank, morning.

    The house from the bank, morning.

  • Front screened gazebo-porch — a great place to watch the river go by!

    Front screened gazebo-porch — a great place to watch the river go by!

  • Front porch, morning paper

    Front porch, morning paper

  • Twelve foot ceiling

    Twelve foot ceiling

  • The dining porch

    The dining porch

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Early morning mist rising off the sunlit river

    Early morning mist rising off the sunlit river

VRBO #105422

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Date last modified - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

  • Reviews
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    2.5
  • Property type
    Cottage
Owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 2 days
  • Response rate 100%
  • Calendar last updated 05/26/2015
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(651) 291-0777

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