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Lost Lake: Historic Family Estate Now a Vacation Retreat

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Your own world on 5 acres of woods! And 500 feet of shoreline!

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Last updated: 04/19/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

St. Germain house description

Looking for a classic Northwoods lake house vacation?

A private family estate since the 1920s is now LOST LAKE PRIVATE RETREAT — a lake retreat for your getaway! This historic house was part of a private artist’s colony in the 1970s and ’80s. Original stand-up, whole log construction. Only a handful of this classic design remain in all the Northwoods.

Set among towering virgin White Pines and a nature preserve, this is a PRIVATE lakefront Retreat, with a long driveway through the woods, your own pier, swimming raft, fire pit and optional guest cabin (to add another bedroom and bath). Closest neighbor on one side is 500 feet away along the lake shore! The other neighbor is a walk through the woods to your friendly property owners.

Featuring two screened-in porches, a glass-walled dining room, large living room, three bedrooms (firm mattresses!), plus optional pull-out sofa sleeper and/or private guest cabin with full bath. Retro kitchen and baths — not luxury, but clean, functional and fitting for this nostalgic property. One guest commented that it’s “the kind of place where they’d film a movie—the kind of place you don’t want to leave.”

The Retreat includes rowboat, canoe, two mountain bikes. Friendly lake community … get to know locals and other vacationers at the twice-weekly waterfront softball games.

The Retreat is a 3300 sqft home on 5 wooded acres, with over 500 feet of private sandy shoreline.

541-acre Lost Lake is a serious fishing lake — ranked as one of Wisconsin’s premier fishing lakes by “Badger Sportsman” magazine. Lost Lake recorded award winning musky the last two years. The lake is also great for waterskiing and pontoon boating. Lots of great hiking and biking in the immediate area.

Retreat is perfect for artists, retirees, nature lovers and other low-impact guests who will respect this historic house.

Need to spread out for additional family, or privacy? Rustic side cabin available, sleeps two, with full bath.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 3300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 7-10

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    With walk in closet....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    With walk in closet....moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    With walk in closet....moreless

  • Detached Unit: 2 twin/ single

    Two singles or convert to king. With full bathroom....moreless

  • All bedrooms on second floor.

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

    With shower stall and separate bathtub. On second floor....moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet

    Located on first floor. Sink and toilet....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Living room has queen sofa sleeper for $150 additional charge if cabin is not included. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Historic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    New central air conditioning!...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    Single car garage, a walk from home....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas furnace....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    With step up separate day bed and desk area....moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Please no parking alone north, south or lake sides of home. Plenty of rear parking...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Please park trailers near separate garage, where sign is posted....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Too smokey to use. Outside fire pit and free firewood near lake and pier....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Standard coffe maker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped, but no dishwasher....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May
May 15 - May 29, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,800
June
May 30 - Jun 14, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,900
Summer
Jun 19 - Aug 21, 2015
7 night min stay

$2,200
Fall
Aug 22 - Oct 16, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,700

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

Over 7 adults we recommend adding the side cabin that has two beds and a bath with shower. rate is additional $350 plus tax.

Monthly rate available for Sept if booked early $4800.

Half down to hold your week. Final Payment due one eek before your stay. Please include $500 breakage deposit check with initial check that will be held and returned if all is well after your stay.


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Location

30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Rhinelander, WI.
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Sayner Pub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Plum Lake Golf course
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 155
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Approx 8

Car: Necessary

The Retreat is located in 'The Northwoods' of Wisconsin. Surrounded by state land and dense woods. Vilas County has over 1300 lakes. Original settlers were just 100 years ago. This country is remote with a colorful history.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1962

About the owner: Our family has owned property on Lost Lake since 1917. The Retreat is a treasured home that was originally the Galbeck estate, which included 1000 feet of lake frontage and 100 acres of woods. The history of this area is my passion to preserve. I love the north woods and my family history is here. My wife and I live next door to The Retreat in a large home called Blueberry Camp. Back in the 1920's homes were called camps as it was really roughing it back then, old outhouses still exist behind our home! I was read stories by lantern light as a child in the 1950's when the electricity shut down by falling trees or lightning strikes. The phone was a on a 'party line', two long rings and a short was 'our' call. Lost lake is the perfect sized lake with 220 shoreline owners that we call friends. My brothers and I learned to barefoot waterski on Lost Lake. But also, we have caught walleye as well as filled a creel or two with spring crappie. Please join us. Jack and Linda Peil

Why the Owner Chose St. Germain:
The Retreat is next door to our property and summer home that my great grandfather (Dr. Gaebler) bought in 1917. He was best friends with Dr. Galbeck who owned the Retreat. Thus we wanted to save the Retreat and upgrade it so guests could enjoy living in a real original lake home.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Plenty of room and solitude. You are by yourselves. Privacy. Your own world to enjoy. This is a unique estate home from 1920. Artists love it, but also extended families with children and adult children have plenty of room inside and out. And there is a connected 80 acres of your private hiking trails in dense woods.


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Speaks: english

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  • Your own world on 5 acres of woods! And 500 feet of shoreline!

    Your own world on 5 acres of woods! And 500 feet of shoreline!

  • Private guest cabin available to add a bedroom ( two twins or one king) and bath

    Private guest cabin available to add a bedroom ( two twins or one king) and bath

  • Lovely living room on main floor

    Lovely living room on main floor

  • Off living room, daybed and desk. hardwire for internet and wifi.

    Off living room, daybed and desk. hardwire for internet and wifi.

  • Lake-view master bedroom with king bed

    Lake-view master bedroom with king bed

  • Lake-view twin bed (along with queen) in second bedroom

    Lake-view twin bed (along with queen) in second bedroom

  • 2nd floor bathroom with separate shower stall

    2nd floor bathroom with separate shower stall

  • Your big, private t-pier, with rowboat and canoe.

    Your big, private t-pier, with rowboat and canoe.

  • Every day is a different look, sound, wonder

    Every day is a different look, sound, wonder

  • Retreat porch view toward lake.

    Retreat porch view toward lake.

  • Side cabin, view toward entry door.

    Side cabin, view toward entry door.

  • 1932. My family enjoying lunch on Lost Lake. My mother, in pigtails.

    1932. My family enjoying lunch on Lost Lake. My mother, in pigtails.

  • A classic 1920s stand-up log house

    A classic 1920s stand-up log house

  • Huge screened-in, lake view porch

    Huge screened-in, lake view porch

  • Living room with optional sleeper sofa

    Living room with optional sleeper sofa

  • Glass-walled dining room!

    Glass-walled dining room!

  • Second bedroom with lake and woods views with queen+ twin beds

    Second bedroom with lake and woods views with queen+ twin beds

  • Third bedroom with double bed, woods view

    Third bedroom with double bed, woods view

  • Roomy, full kitchen — bright, clean, functional and fun!

    Roomy, full kitchen — bright, clean, functional and fun!

  • And your own swimming raft

    And your own swimming raft

  • Retreat shoreline.

    Retreat shoreline.

  • 'The side cabin, two single beds or a king. includes and bathroom+ shower stall.

    'The side cabin, two single beds or a king. includes and bathroom+ shower stall.

  • Side cabin view toward lake.

    Side cabin view toward lake.

  • 1905 on Lost lake. My grandmother Anita, born in 1892, with my great grandfather

    1905 on Lost lake. My grandmother Anita, born in 1892, with my great grandfather

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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
  • Response time: Within a few days
  • Response rate: 90%
  • Calendar last updated: 04/19/2015
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