4 bedroom, 2 bath, lake home w/dock, sand bottom swimming & stunning views!
Terry and Bill Lahmayer
About Terry and Bill Lahmayer
We (Bill and Terry), purchased The Lake House when we were in our early twenties with a 1 year-old son. Both born and raised in Wisconsin, we moved to Ranier in 1983. Originally we planned to stay in the area for just a "few years", but the people, Ranier, and Rainy Lake captured our hearts. We decided to stay and added two more children to our family along the way. In 2011, we made the very difficult decision to relocate to the Duluth area, but decided to keep our Rainy Lake home as a long-term rental. Because we missed spending time there, we recently decided to try operating a vacation rental instead. That way, we could give others the opportunity to enjoy it short-term, and still have time there for ourselves. I think you, too, will find that it's a very special place.
Terry and Bill Lahmayer purchased this House in 1983
Why Terry and Bill Lahmayer chose Ranier
While looking for a home to purchase after our move to the area in 1983, we couldn't find anything that really appealed to us -- until this one. In spite of its unattractive exterior at that time, and it's need for a great deal of work, we fell in love with the place the first time we saw it. The vaulted ceiling, huge living room, massive fireplace, second story railing/hallway overlooking the main living area, and the darling little window --- were just too much to resist! We spent the next 30 plus years updating, replacing and remodeling. With the exception of one of the bedrooms, every single room was taken down to the studs and renovated. Also fascinating to us was the history of the house. Built in the 1930s by the Trompeter family, the house became a restaurant for a number of years in the 1950s. The Twin Elms, as it was called, was known as the -- "home of hot biscuits and honey"! We have incorporated the home's history into it's décor, along with photos of Ranier in it's earliest days. In those formative, wild years, there were many houses of "ill repute". However, our house was not one of them, lol! But even more captivating than the house and it's history, was the beauty of Rainy Lake. It's medicine for our souls and we are so thankful that the Lord has blessed us with it for all these years.
What makes this House unique
With the water's edge just steps from your door, there's no hassling with the hauling of coolers, chairs, toys, blankets, etc. up and down a long stairway or over rocky ground to get from house-to-water. The yard, the dock, the water --- it's all right there! And hearing the gently lapping of the waves at night, is so wonderfully calming. Stunning sunsets never fail to dazzle, no matter how many you've seen. Hearing the call of a loon on a quiet summers evening is a special kind of music. Watching the mama ducks paddle by with their babies in tow, as well as seeing geese, pelicans, seagulls and sometimes beavers and otters, is so rewarding. The sight of a Bald Eagle circling overhead and swooping down to catch a fish in it's talons is amazing. And then there are the Northern Lights! They are not a regular occurrence, but if you happen to catch them, they will take your breath away. Other things we have enjoyed immensely... the privilege of having a boat tied up to the dock, ready to go out for an evening of fishing just down from the Ranier bridge... lounging around on the dock and watching the kids play in the water... And one of my very favorite activities --- having a campfire at the waters edge on a calm, summers night. It can't be beat. However, I have to be honest and say that the mosquitoes can be challenging, especially during the first half of the summer. Fogging the yard and wearing a good bug dope will make a huge difference. While wonderful in many respects, we need to remember that no place is perfect!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Lake/dock are water hazards. Low windows upstairs.Lake/dock are water hazards. Low windows upstairs.
No smoking - No smoking anywhere on property.No smoking anywhere on property.
Max guests: 10 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
- Use of dock is at guests' own risk. Owners are not responsible for any damage or loss to water craft or other property.
- This is a non-smoking property in its entirety. Violation of this rule may result in loss of damage deposit.
- No sandy towels or clothes allowed in wash machine or dryer.
Beautiful lake house
Every part of the process was made so easy. Terry was great about communicating details about the property. It felt like home from the moment we walked in! I don’t think I could say enough nice things about this property. The kitchen was stocked with odds and ends that made cooking at home a lot easier. We loved it here!
Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Myranda! You guys were fantastic and I'm glad I got to meet you and your family! We greatly appreciate that you chose to stay with us 😊.
Terry & Bill 🚣
Nice lake gem
A group of us was at the house for a fishing trip. The house was extremely clean and well-kept we had everything we needed to have a really awesome stay. The owners were very accommodating especially when we had adjust the dates, they were very helpful with anything we needed, we highly recommend this property.
Beautiful house amidst a relaxing community
Where to begin? I can't think of one suggestion to make this lodging better - it is perfect! The house is beautifully decorated, in excellent condition and immaculate. The spacious kitchen is well-stocked which was wonderful for our hiking group of seven adults. We loved having breakfast, cocktails and dinner out on the patio along the lake shore. The view of Rainy Lake is awesome! The beds were very comfortable; we had plenty of space to socialize. The owner, Terry is lovely, friendly and most accommodating. I highly recommend this rental -- if '10' is the highest rating; I'd give it '11'.
Oh my, Terry! We are humbled and grateful for your incredible review! Thank you so very much!!!!! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit 😁�. Having guests like you and your great group is why we love what we do! Thank you for choosing The Lake House for your stay on the shores of beautiful Rainy Lake! ⛵
Bill & Terry 😊�
Comfortable Convenient "home base" for visit to area
Our entire family were delighted with Lahmeyer Lake House, a comfortable and inviting space. Immaculately clean and many many luxuries, conveniences and thoughtful additions to meet our needs including very comfortable beds, high quality linens, black-out blinds, plenty of towels, well-equipped kitchen and appliances, good lighting with dimmers to create just the right lighting, flower beds. Tasteful decor including historical photos. Extra considerations such as first aid kit (which we didn't need, but appreciated being there "just in case").
Our visit for family reunion seemed short; if we are able to visit again, we definitely hope to stay at Lahmeyer Lake House.
Hi David! Thank you so much for your very kind review! We appreciate it more than you know. It was great having your wonderful family stay with us! We felt instantly at ease leaving The Lake House in your care 😊�. Families like yours making special, life-long memories are why we do what we do. It truly blesses us 💗�. We would LOVE to have you stay with us again in the future!
Bill & Terry ⛵
Family bonding on gorgeous Rainy Lake
Fantastic home on the shoreline with a huge dock for boating, swimming, with water toys galore.
Family bonding while watching sunsets, bonfires each night after frolicking in the many moods of gorgeous Rainy Lake.
Such a comfortable house!!
Our family intends to make it an annual event!!
Be sure to bring your passport and make at least one day trip into Canada. Fort Frances is just across the International Bridge. You will need to familiarize yourself with border crossing information and regulations. Voyageurs Nat'l Park has guided boat tours -- a "must-do", even if you have your own boat. They offer other activities as well. The Visitors Center is worth a visit all by itself. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch. A trip to the historic Kettle Falls hotel by boat (the only way to get there!) will be an unforgettable experience. There's much to explore in the Park, including an abandoned gold mine. Launch your boat at their fabulous facility with ample parking. Fishing and tour guides can be hired if you wish. Walleyes, Small Mouth Bass, Crappies and Northern are the prized game fish. For those interested in river fishing, Rainy River begins at Ranier. For bikers and hikers, the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail follows the south shore of Rainy River and then Rainy Lake east from International Falls to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center for Voyageurs National Park. The paved trail takes you through lakeside residential areas and forested highlands, a distance of about 12 miles. Bald eagles, loons, pelicans, swans, seagulls, and many varieties of ducks are just some of the birds you might see in our bay at the Lake House. Winter also offers a myriad of great activities. The main snowmobile trail runs through Ranier, less than a block away. And just a point of information... while most people probably take the modern conveniences of city sewer and water for granted, many lake homes have neither. The Lake House has both.