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A Retreat Created With You In Mind - just relax or take in a workshop or two!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Darling 4 BR home in the country - plenty of room for everyone to spread out

Completely renovated cottage in the country, this house is so light & cheery you can't help but feel cozy during your stay. And with an acre to enjoy the outdoors, as well as being near to the Lake Minnetonka area, the Luce Line Trail & only 25 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, you will not be bored! Hit the other occasional shops in the area for a weekend of shopping or take some workshops next door at Mama's Happy - your stay is yours to create!

Three bedrooms are spread across 3 floors, giving everyone some privacy. An additional 3 beds and TV area are found in the beautifully finished lower level. The second level has a large bedroom with 2 full size beds & one queen. There is also a 3/4 bath upstairs. The main floor has a single bedroom with two twin size beds. There is also a half bath on the main floor. The lower level has the 3rd bedroom with a queen size bed. There is a full size bathroom in the lower level.

There is a living room with large TV with dish on the main floor. There is also a dining room and large breakfast room on the main floor.

The lower level features the second large TV with dish.

The kitchen is stocked with all the tools you'd need for meal preparation and serving.

The back porch has a table with seating for 8 as well as a "living room" for 6. Lots of room in the yard for yard games! Fire pit and firewood available as well as a gas grill.

Furnished & decorated by Mama's Happy, the DARLING occasional shop located right next door!

More Details

Amanda Ficek
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2018

About Amanda Ficek

I started my business Mama's Happy to give me a little something for myself amidst the chaos that is motherhood. Thanks to my extremely supportive husband, I opened the first of my four shops in 2010 and have been running like crazy ever since. Our main/flagship store is located inside the Lyndale Creamery, a fabulous 120 year old building in Independence, MN. After opening the store we spent the next year building out the upstairs level(s) into what would become our home. We live here with our 3 children, chocolate lab Shep, and a dozen or so chickens.

Amanda Ficek purchased this house in 2017

Why Amanda Ficek chose Independence

When our sweet neighbors told us they were moving, it only took me about 12 minutes to put together a proposal to my husband as to why we should buy the house and turn it into a Guest House that we could rent out to families or groups of girlfriends needing a getaway to the country. He was game...because it came with a garage. A big garage. As long as I promised that he would always be able to park in there (in other words, not fill it with all of my fabulous finds), he was in. The girls from the shop and I had SO MUCH FUN furnishing and decorating the place that we sometimes have it open for our customers to tour just because we think it's so cute!


Independence House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Minimum 2 night rental
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Upper level bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Main floor bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Lower Level bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 double , Upper level bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Main floor bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Lower level bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , These beds are in the lower level former "family room".
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat


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A Retreat Created With You In Mind - just relax or take in a workshop or two!
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Minneapolis, MN

Absolute Perfection

  • 5 of 5

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Following the trend of previous reviews, we too reserved the Maker’s Cottage for a girls weekend. I thought it was cute as a button based solely on the listing photos, but they simply cannot capture the welcome and warmth you feel from the moment you step inside. This is where Fixer Upper meets Minnesota Nice, and all you want to do is just bask in the coziness of it all.

This home totally spotless, the numerous beds are all super comfortable, and the kitchen is fully stocked--you will want for nothing. To top it all off, Amanda responds to your every question with lightning speed. What are you waiting for? Get off the grid for the weekend, book this home, and let your worries just slip away…

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well I could cry! That is the most beautiful review! We’ve put so much time and energy into creating this space I hoped that women would feel exactly as you have described. This made every bit of our work worth it! Thank you so much.
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We LOVED it!

  • 5 of 5

The house is adorable with plenty of sleeping space. We had a girls weekend and everyone kept commenting on how great it was. I HUGE perk was the outside area! The deck is huge with seating for 15. It also has cafe lights, making it a great place to unwind in the evening. We would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad your group enjoyed your stay Nicole!
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Picturesque, cozy cottage perfect for a weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Maker's Cottage for a girls' weekend and it could not have been more perfect. We loved sitting at the adorable kitchen table while some of cooked meals and the living room was perfect for games and girl talk. The beds were comfortable and everything was laid out nicely for a good sized group. Amanda was so helpful and was always available to answer any questions we had. We also loved being able to hop next door to the store and shop!! We couldn't stop commenting on how amazing this place is!!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Charity! I’m so glad you all enjoyed it. We would host your group anytime!
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Birch's on the Lake Long Lake, MN
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Pioneer Creek
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ox Yoke Inn
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Surfside Lake Minnetonka
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Property Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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