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Located across the road from Lower Long Lake, our private guesthouse is a complete one- bedroom apartment nestled in the woods on the north side of crystal-clear Lower Long Lake. Built in 2005 there is over 750 square feet of elbow room for you to enjoy. Sleep in or enjoy some solitude for writing, retreating, etc., or enjoy all the recreational area has to offer, including fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, area fish fries, live music and so much more. No loud motors, boats or fish houses being backed into the lake just outside your door or party goers outside your windows since we're set back off the lake and in the woods on almost 10 acres. Close enough however to carry a canoe or kayak to the landing and start your day on the lake in just minutes!
One of the most notable features of this guesthouse is a fully furnished eat-in kitchen with full-size appliances to prepare your meals (stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker, and tea kettle). Dishes, glassware, pots and pans are all included. Not interested in making your own meals? No worries! There are several local establishments happy to feed you that also have live music, incredible desserts and local flavor.
Afterward, relax in your own living room, enjoying the glow and warmth from the electric fireplace on cooler Fall or Winter evenings, your feet also kept toasty from the in-floor heat. High speed internet connection means you can bring your passwords for Roku, Netflix, etc., and watch your favorite TV shows and movies or grab one of the books available and nestle in on rainy days. A writer's desk beckons you to start that book you've been meaning to write or check your laptop for incoming messages. The sleeper sofa is available for additional guests along with a foam topper provided to assure comfort. A roll-away twin bed is also available.
The bedroom's foam-topped queen-sized bed and lots of pillows welcomes you after a long day on the lake, snowmobiling, hiking or biking. Unpack your suitcase, hanging your clothes in the spacious closets or tucking them in the bedroom dresser. No need to bring a clock. One is provided on the nightstand. Better yet? Unplug it, open the window and let Mother Nature tell you what time it is. Listen for the doves and loons in the morning and the owls at night.
Your private bathroom includes a shower, medicine cabinet, pedestal sink, toilet, linen closet and all bath, kitchen and bedroom linens are furnished, as are soaps, conditioner, shower gel, toilet paper and facial tissues.
Enjoy sipping something on your private deck among the trees, keeping an eye out for deer, rabbits, turkeys and other woodland residents. Enjoy the screened in gazebo on the deck if you'd like.
Enjoy the large fire pit in the courtyard, just ready for roasting marshmallows and telling tall fish stories in the evening. During the day the courtyard can be a great place to watch the charm of hummingbirds whiz by as they sip from the feeders on the front of the chalet.
Go for a walk on the long windy roads, the miles of hiking trails, and take the picnic blanket and basket you'll find in the guesthouse closet with you.
Lower Long Lake is across the street, and is well-known for its crystal-clear water, home to walleyes, muskies, bass and lots of pan fish. There's room for you to bring your boat and park it on our property while you're here. A lesser known boat landing is literally across the road, so put your boat in, drive your trailer back to the guesthouse and don't worry about navigating a parking lot full of boats & trailers when you return!
Upgrade to our special occasion package and enjoy finer quality linens, decoration upon your arrival, plush bathrobes and a welcome basket of goodies for an additional fee. Continental Breakfast baskets are also available when requested at time of booking, also for an additional fee. If you have any food allergies, please let us know at the time of requesting either of these upgrades. Upon receiving your reservation we will contact you and offer these options. You can choose to accept or decline them at that time.
Our guesthouse is perfect for couples and individuals wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, for writers, honeymooners (ask about our wedding, honeymoon and anniversary packages or elopements), those seeking personal retreat space, or those looking for a jumping-off place to enjoy all that the Blue Diamond resort area has to offer with festivals, music, outdoor recreation and so much more. For more information and photos, see our website at BasswoodChalet dot com.
Across the courtyard from the guesthouse is Basswood Chalet. Basswood Chalet is an Old World European style chalet with a 22 foot river rock fireplace in the main room of the house. Basswood Chalet is available for smaller, more intimate weddings, elopements and ceremonies, small meetings and photo shoots. It does not accept overnight guests at this time.
The onsite services of a seminary-trained, fully ordained interfaith minister, mediator/arbitrator, photographer, videographer and keyboardist are available. Ceremonies can be held in front of the 22 foot river rock fireplace, on the chalet's wraparound deck, in the courtyard, in the forest or at the boat landing across the road. Guest list size is limited to preserve the natural woods, marshland and wildlife of Basswood Chalet & Guesthouse.
There is a fiber internet connection in the chalet for those wishing to host small meetings in a more cozy environment, such as executive board meetings and small catered dinners. The kitchen and formal dining area is available for licensed caterers to assemble and serve meals.
Sorry, no smoking and no guest pets. If you're missing the lovin's of a dog (or two), our two residents, Tucker (a Brittany spaniel) and Lilly (a miniature schnauzer) are always willing to fill in.
Please, no children under the age of 12, and older children must be accompanied at all times.
High quality, battery-operated candles are provided for your use in the guesthouse during your stay - please leave regular candles at home.
Sorry, we are not handicap accessible at this time.