Spacious Newly Built Home Nestled in the Woods Walk/Bike to Town

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Last updated: 10/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Looking for all the comforts of a modern home wrapped up in the charm of a Northwoods retreat? Liking the idea of feeling nestled in the woods, yet wanting to be close to the convenience of town? Charlie's Haven is the place for you! Less than a mile from the quaint harbor town of Grand Marais, you're close enough to be able to walk or ride to enjoy the amenities of town, yet far enogh away to avoid the noise, congestion and bustle of summer festivals and outdoor music venues. Whether you are looking for a summer vacation getaway or a quiet winter retreat, Charlie's Haven provides easy access to hiking, biking and cross country or downhill ski areas. Like to travel with your canine friends? Is Charlie's Haven booked for the dates you desire? Please check our other listing: vrbo #355006, McFarland House.
It is 20 minutes away from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) with its boundless opportunities for exploration and fun.
Charlie's Haven is a newly constructed home designed for the site featuring large and small windows strategically placed to take advantage of the sun as it rises through the pines and cycles into dusk. Walls are artfully painted to catch the sun's glow whether it is shining bright or hiding beneath grey winter skies. Enjoy the play of light as you lounge in the comfy couch or loveseat in the great room featuring a vaulted aspen ceiling and hardwood cherry floors.
Love to cook? The kitchen will inspire you with its marble countertops, Chicago Cutlery, Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless Steel cookware and state-of-the-art range and refrigerator.
At the end of the day nestle into the bedroom with its brand new queen bed and northwoods furnishings. Sleeping arrangements include a loft (accessed by a standard well lit staircase) that serves as a sitting or yoga area by day with 2 futon/couches that fold down to queen sized beds. Loft windows afford you with a year-round view of Lake Superior.
Charlie's Haven is pet and smoke free and sleeps 4 comfortably: 2 in the bedroom; 4 in the loft if 2 can share each bed. (Please be aware: children are not permitted to sleep in the loft without an adult). Like to travel with your dog(s)? Please look into our other listing:McFarland House vrbo listing #355006.
SO . . . imagine yourself enjoying the outdoors in whatever way you like (hiking the many area trails including Superior Hiking Trail, biking the Pincushion Mountain trails, boating our many waterways - canoe or motor, fishing, skiing, birding). Perhaps your family has split for the day - some to take a North House or Art Colony class, others to shop Grand Marais, others to fish or hunt. You gather together at 'home' to quiet comfort. Maybe you'll stream a movie using your computer and our wifi system, or pop a DVD into the player to amuse the children while you prepare home cooked meal in the kitchen or on the grill. Curl up on the couch with a cup of tea or beverage of choice and let the tensions of your everyday life flow out and away. Rainy day? Pick up a new craft or project from a visit to The Garage in town, enjoy the simple pleasures of a jigsaw puzzle or pull out that book you've been longing to read. You're on vacation and every day here is a day of renewal. You're surrounded by one of the most beautiful places on the planet, in one of the most inspiring homes you'll ever find. And you deserve it all. Welcome to Charlie's Haven!
(For more complete description of the setting, please look at our other listing: McFarland House, vrbo #355006. Close to Charlie's Haven, yet far enough away for complete privacy, the property would welcome your extended family.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1150 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Please be aware, we do not allow children under the age of 13 to sleep in (or play in) the loft alone. Charlie's Haven is not child proofed for very young children and the loft can be a dangerous place for unsupervised children. Please consider McFarland House (vrbo listing #355006) if you have children under the age of 10. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Master Bedroom is on the ground floor with a door....moreless

  • Loft Area: 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Open loft area has 2 fold out queen sized futons....moreless

  • The master bedroom is on the ground floor and has a queen sized bed, dressers, and window seat. The loft can accommodate 4 guests assuming 2 sleep together in each of the queen sized futon beds....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Brand new bathroom has a large slate tiled shower in the European style; floors are tiled as well - lovely....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Kitchen area boasts beautiful quality cabinetry, granite countertops and brand new luxurious appliances. It shares the focal point of the great room with a cozy living area with couch, loveseat and gliding chair. Guests can choose to sit around the dining table, sit outside on the deck or cozy up in the living room as members of the party prepare the meal. The great room provides access to the deck & grill, lawn area, bird feeders and woods where wildlife abounds....moreless


  • Books:

    An odd assortment of books are available....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Modest number of DVDs available at the house. Guests can rent at Holiday in town....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The dining area is part of a large great room living area which also includes the kitchen. Dining table seats 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker:

    Automatic drip....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes can accomodate 6 guests; full set of stainless steel pots & pans; good quality knives and cutting board make cooking a pleasure....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    State - of - the -art, brand new kitchen set up with stainless steel cookware, baking pans and dish service for 6. Kitchen is a focal point of the great room and includes a large dining table....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large new microwave....moreless

  • Oven:

    State of the art - brand new....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic spices (ie salt & pepper), starter roll of paper towels, are provided....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    State of the art - brand new with ice maker....moreless

  • Stove:

    State of the art - brand new....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden:

    The house is situated on a partly wooded lot with modest lawn area private to Charlie's Haven guests....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Will be available July 2013...moreless



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from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Holiday
Nov 25 - Jan 5, 2016
3 night min stay
$150 $170
Fri, Sat
$750 $2,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Deposit $60
  • Booking Fee $15
  • Tax Rate 11.787%


Please add $20 (couple) / $25 (family) for bath towels. Make final payment(s) by by check and save the booking fee ($15).

Please note: the cleaning deposit is fully refundable - details outlined in your contract.

WiFi is available May - January; other months based on booking volume.

Deposit at time of booking $200 weekly; $150/$180 nightly/Peak nightly required to reserve your dates. Remainder due: 1/2 - 60 days prior to arrival, final 1/2 due 30 days prior to arrival. Most major credit cards accepted. Personal checks accepted & must clear 30 days prior to arrival. PayPal invoicing available. (See check discount).

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Last updated: 10/16/2015
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90 Miles
Nearest Airport
Duluth, MN
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Gunflint Tavern
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Gunflint Hills
Grand Marais
Nearest Motorway
Highway 61
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Angry Trout
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
Pincushion Mountain
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Grand Marais Harbor

The North Shore of Lake Superior is noted for both modest and spectacular waterfalls, lake vistas and cobble beaches. The Superior Hiking Trail is within easy access with many spur trails to places of unique natural beauty. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is 20 minutes away with an abundance of outfitters to set you up for a day trip or a week's camping experience. Horeseback riding is available close to town, as is Putt-Putt Golf, a recreation park with swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. The city of Grand Marais (pop. 1500) is a quaint harbor town. Summer pleasures include relaxing or strolling on the cobble beach, rock hunting (agates), guided fishing (coho salmon, herring and lake trout), day or evening trips aboard the Hjordis (a 2 masted schooner), sailing, kayaking, canoeing and by evening live music under the stars. Grand Marais hosts a number of summer festivals and is 35 miles from the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and the Canadian border. Museums and interpretive centers dot the shoreline. Spring is a great time to come up and see the many waterfalls. Winter visitors can enjoy easy access to cross country and downhill ski opportunities, snowmobile trails and snowshoeing. The Grand Marais Art Colony offers year-round programming ranging from various arts festivals, fused glass, pottery as well as the traditional painting and drawing classes. The North House Folk School hosts both a winter and summer solstice festival, UnPlugged Music Event and classes ranging from boat building to knitted silver jewelry. There's lots to see and do all year round, and each season has its own special allure.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2008

About: I am a working musician. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and currently live in Pennsylvania. I travel a lot for my work, and devote long hours to it, both in the studio and on the road.

Why Grand Marais:
There is only one Lake Superior the largest freshwater lake in the world. As I drive to Grand Marais along the historic and scenic Highway 61 I am inspired by its panoramic views, coastal bluffs and craggy shores. I came up as a teenager and well into my 30's to go fishing with my step dad and fell in love with the area. When this property became available I grabbed it. The local people who come to visit can't believe we're within the city limits of Grand Marais. It feels like we're in the country. It really is 'nestled' in the woods.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
So many of our guests at the sister to this house (McFarland House, see listing #355006) have identified 'location' as being one of the things they like best about the property. It is close enough to town that you can walk or bike into Grand Marais, yet far enough away that you feel like you live out of town. My step dad built this house - we designed it together, placing the windows to take advantage of the north light and views into the woods; putting a window seat into the master bedroom because I've always liked those. And the loft - I've always like spaces like those: closely tucked into the wood ceiling overlooking the great room to one side and the lake to the other. I decided on paint color and finishing touches and I especially love the quality of the light in the house. I feel I'll never get tired of watching the light and how it changes the house from dawn to dusk.

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  • Charlie's Haven Autumn

    Charlie's Haven Autumn

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Loft view North

    Loft view North

  • Entryway facing out

    Entryway facing out

  • Kitchen view

    Kitchen view

  • Kitchen / Dining table

    Kitchen / Dining table

  • Loft view of Kitchen

    Loft view of Kitchen

  • Another winter view

    Another winter view

  • Loft Area

    Loft Area

  • Deep Winter Harbor

    Deep Winter Harbor

  • Kitchen/Dining area

    Kitchen/Dining area

  • Charlie's Haven Winter

    Charlie's Haven Winter

  • Master bed

    Master bed

  • Great room - ground floor view

    Great room - ground floor view

  • Slider chair

    Slider chair

  • Entryway facing in

    Entryway facing in

  • Kitch/Dining Table

    Kitch/Dining Table

  • "Entertainment Center"

    "Entertainment Center"

  • Loft view of Living area

    Loft view of Living area

  • Trail Out Back, Winter

    Trail Out Back, Winter

  • Cozy Couches

    Cozy Couches

  • Lake Superior Winter

    Lake Superior Winter

  • Winter 2013 ('tunnel view' - snow can get deep!

    Winter 2013 ('tunnel view' - snow can get deep!

VRBO #445941

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, November 26, 2015

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