Charming Old Cottage on Unspoiled St. Croix Near Twin Cities

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Last updated: 10/09/2015
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This family cottage, built in the 1930s and full of authentic vintage charm, sits nestled in a grove of white pines, right on the bank of the beautiful St. Croix River. Our portion of the river was the first to be designated a Wild and Scenic River by the federal government in 1972. This 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. The house is one of the only properties available for rent on this portion of the river, and the closest to the water.

Amazingly, this peaceful, rustic gem is less than an hour from the Twin Cities.

Extending toward the river bank is the front porch, which is screened on three sides and offers a view of the river and the pines that tower above. French doors separate this porch from the main living area, which, along with the dining area, is located in one large central room. The sofa is a comfortable hide-a-bed. (Please note that of the 8 people the cottage accommodates, this fold-out sofa sleeps 2 of them.) To keep you toasty on cool evenings, there is a Jotul wood-burning cast-iron stove in the center of the room, and a gas heater in one corner. One small bedroom opens off the living area, in which there are two small single beds, suitable for children and not-large adults. Past the dining area is a charming full kitchen, with front loading washer and dryer under the butcher-block counter space (there's a clothes-line strung between two trees, as well, with clothes-pins provided). An outdoor gas grill is also at your disposal. Off the kitchen, and one step down, is a small hallway leading to the three-quarters (shower, no tub) bathroom, master bedroom (with a full-sized bed at present — we hope to upgrade it to a queen soon), and best of all, a screened in sleeping porch, where guests have the feeling that they are really sleeping out in the woods. This porch has two twin beds that can be joined to make a king.

All three bedrooms offer views of the river. As an old cabin, it is furnished eclectically, with simple furniture, including a few unassuming antiques. There is a docking station with speakers for listening to your music/podcasts. With the exception of this and wi-fi (wireless Internet service), the place is low-tech. This house is one of a vanishing breed, a simple, sweet summer place that isn't 'retro' because it's the real thing.

Guests have use of a boat landing/swimming area with a dock, as well as a nice, shady tennis court. (A canoe and two sit-on-top-kayaks are also available for renters' use.) If you have a boat of your own to put in, there is a public boat-launch just upstream from us, and from there you may keep your boat on our shoreline. (Note that we are in a Slow/No Wake zone.)

The St. Croix is wonderful for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching, hanging out on sandbars ... and just relaxing and watching the river glide by.

Although secluded, the house is one mile from a state park with many kilometers of hiking trails, five minutes from the historic village of Marine-on-St.-Croix, and twenty minutes each to Stillwater, Taylor's Falls/St. Croix Falls, and Forest Lake, which offer rock-climbing, antique shops, gourmet restaurants, paddlewheel river-boat rides, movies.

Some guests have even commuted to the Twin Cities while staying here! There is no public transportation in the area — you must have a car.

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

If summer doesn't 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.

If you wish to have overnight guests over and beyond our limit of 8 guests, please discuss with us.

This house is strictly non-smoking.

Keywords: St. Croix, River, Tennis, Vintage, Antique, Old, Quiet, Peaceful, Quirky, Birds, Birdwatching, Nature, Wildlife, Woods, Paddling, Canoe, Cottage, Old-World, Charm


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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

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

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Please inquire about your needs....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Well-behaved dogs considered. (Damage deposit required.) No cats....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Double Beds (1); Twin or Single Beds (4); Baby Cribs (1) — a 'Pack 'n' Play' is available; Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) — the sofa in the living room pulls out into a double bed....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Three-quarters bath (shower, no tub).


  • Stereo:

    A clock radio with speakers and hook-up for MP3 players, computers, smart phones, etc....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Historic


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    A thermostat-controlled gas-heater is available in the living area, as well....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    3 or 4 cars can park (depending on size). Inquire about more....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    A beautiful Jotul cast-iron wood-burning stove stands on an elevated brick hearth in the living area, ready to radiate glowing warmth on cool evenings....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


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


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Rent per week: June & post-Labor Day $1500; July 1st through Labor Day $1650
Initial deposit to hold and guarantee the rental: $500
Returnable damage deposit, payable on or before arrival: $500 ($750 with dog)
Cleaning fee: $150
Final payment (rent balance plus cleaning fee) due 14 days prior to occupancy.
We are occasionally able to make exceptions for shorter stays.
We welcome longer stays; inquire about discounted monthly rates.
(Rent includes utilities: electric, telephone, Internet, trash removal, gas heat)

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

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Last updated: 10/09/2015
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Canoeing; nature walks; weekend antique-train rides down the valley from the nearby town of Osceola, WI (about 1.5 hr. roundtrip).


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  • View from the parking area; river in background

    View from the parking area; river in background

VRBO #59288

This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Sunday, November 29, 2015

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