Just 1 Mile N and 1 Mile W of the Lewis & Clark Marina. North of Twist of Pine.
Lisa & Kelly Kneifl
About Lisa & Kelly Kneifl
Owner of Twist of Pine, wife to Kelly Kneifl, mom to Mike & Hallie, stepmom to Brandon, Holly, Megan, Jewel & Kaden. Proud Grandmother to RayAnn, Paul and newbaby boy coming Mid-July 2019! Owner of Twist of Pine - the luxury timber frame home south of the Pinecone towards the lake. Opening soon, this home will house Kelly & Lisa and one child. The home will have wedding and events, parties and experiences available. Guests of the PineCone will be able to upgrade their experience by the day or the whole rental with FULL Breakfast, evening reception, use of the Pool, Hot Tub and Theater Room. Lisa is a Graphic Designer, Marketing Specialist, On-Line Store Owner, Serial Entrepreneur, Wedding & Event Planner, and Food & Travel Enthusiast and is married to Kelly Kneifl, who travels extensively for work and loves coming home to this vacation home. Kelly is building the amazing barn you see under construction to the south and east of thePinecone. He hopes he can someday soon enjoy his woodworking shop with his kids and grandkids.
Lisa & Kelly Kneifl purchased this House in 2018
Why Lisa & Kelly Kneifl chose Yankton
We chose this property due to the proximity of the location to the Yankton area and the Lewis and Clark lake, but you just have to see the view. It's amazing year round from this lovely sunfilled home.
What makes this House unique
Access to Twist of Pine not later than September 2019. This beautiful Timberframe home just down the shared driveway is a great way to upgrade your stay with a full breakfast and all the extras you might need. Starting in September 2019, Twist of Pine will have many added experiences and add on's as well. Babysitting, delivery of food items and some room service type amenities, access to our store during your stay, and more. Information will be updated here when Twist of Pine officially opens in September. Follow social media for thePinecone @pineoneyankton on Facebook and Instagram. Or Twist of Pine @twistofpine on Facebook. For more information about their official opening, and their experiences.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Relaxation & View
Our experience is in comparison to a few dozen other stays. This property was just like being home. Everything need was in place. All the amenities we well staged and in place. Home was clean and spacious. Lots of privacy out on the back deck to enjoy the fantastic view of the lake and Nebraska bluffs. Location is very convenient to all the activities and to town. We would definitely book and come back to this location.
my husband and I stayed 2 nights at this property. The view was wonder from the very comfortable deck. It was my birthday and Lisa left us a dessert and doggy treats for our dog. The house is well stocked with many things that you just want but didn’t bring like tin foil paper plates. We truly enjoyed our stay. The internet worked and so did the TV. We had no issues and we will stay there again.
Awesome location near Lewis & Clark Lake or Czech Days!
We had a wonderful time. Common areas upstairs and downstairs leave lots of space for different groups (kids, adults, etc.) to gather separately or together as a large group. Also an awesome view of the lake.
The upstairs suite was perfect for our older parents, and the downstairs bedrooms accommodated a couple and child in one room, a couple in another, and two other children in the "lower loft" area. House is a perfect setup for 6 adults and 3 children, which is exactly what our group was.
House is well stocked with just about everything you need including board games and outdoor games, and a fully stocked kitchen.
Lisa was great with her communication both before and during our stay and was very gracious in fulfilling any additional requests we had (she realized after we had messaged looking for hairdryers, she had never stocked them, and we had three at the rental within about 90 minutes!).
Highly recommend The Pinecone!
Yankton Lake House
Prior to arrival we were never contacted by the owner or VBRO regarding what is required for cleaning so we could get back our deposit. We initiated several text messages and phone calls to find out how we were to access the property. A text message indicated a handyman was installing a coded lock on Thursday May 2nd afternoon, this never happened but a key was finally provided after asking for one several times. The owner texted us that we would get a message from HomeAway supposedly describing the parameters of use and release, this was never provided.
Bath mats in the basement bathroom where dirty
Food and alcohol were left in the refrigerator. The inside of the refrigerator was dirty and needed wiped out before use.
Food was left in refrigerator took up space leaving renter with less space to store our food
Dishwasher was left with dirty dishes, the dishwasher did not work, the water was turned off from an apparent water leak that required the wood floor to be removed by the kitchen sink
We had to wash the owner's dirty dishes and were prevented from using the dishwasher for our entire stay
The bottom drawer in the main bath was filthy and could not be used
The can opener does not work
High chair was dirty with food
Microwave was dirty, requiring cleaning before use
A seating pad on a chair at the dining table was not attached
There were not enough sheets and blankets for the beds, however after notifying the owner, she did bring bedding that evening
A twin and queen bed were laid on the floor but there was no box springs or frames for either bed
The twin bed had bugs alongside of it between it and the wall
We had to clean the downstairs toilet before use
The water pressure was sporadic, the shower ran as a trickle at times
The property clearly has some potential as a VRBO property but there definitely needs to be more precise communications between VBRO and Renter regarding expectations of each party. The Hospitality aspect as well as housekeeping needs to be addressed to meet the basic requirements of renting a property. We clearly had expectations of a property that would be similar in hospitality and housekeeping with any hotel property
I am requesting an itemized invoice of all charges, also showing any deposits returned.
I am also requesting funds be returned to us for the above items, since they were clearly below expectations. I look forward to your proposal regarding this matter.
Ownership at "the Pinecone" accepts & admits all the comments below are fair & honest. We are new to being a vacation rental, and own another business as well. Plus we are building a new property adjacent to the this property. We actually planned to block off May 2019 for a remodel /update for his property because we knew it needed it.
But before we blocked those dates off on VRBO, they booked it.
We accepted the reservation, and didn't start remodeling.
WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? Lisa acknowledges all of issues below were true, but ONLY because it hadn't been rented for several months during the winter, and she was mistaken on what day they were arriving. This was due to no fault of VRBO, or the client, just a mistake in her mind when they were arriving. Previous guest arrived on Fridays and checked out on Sunday's and Lisa just ASSUMED. Mistake!
Her handyman, cleaning lady and herself WERE coming Thursday Evening so everything would be taken care of before arrival on Friday.
ONLY to be surprised when asked for a key on Thursday. It was then she then discovered their reservation was for arrival on Thursday!
Totally a horrible oversight on her part.
She apologized & offered to make sure they had everything they needed to come on in, there were issues with dusting and cleaning out of the refrigerator, microwave as well as some of the items used to eat, as our grandchildren had eaten lunch out there a week or so before while we were getting it ready for the summer. We apologized and went & purchased additional blankets, sheets, towels, etc, to make sure everything was complete for their stay.
NOTE: They contacted us after initial VRBO reservation, asked bring a dog without paying for the dog deposit. We did allow them to bring the dog without the deposit, and I hope they saw that as a risk for us as well.
There was NO damage, and because we are new to this whole vacation rental we are pretty laid back as to expectations on what we expect for guests.
They were great guests, who did everything we expected from them, and are sincerely sorry we did not have the chance to put our best food forward for the.
We hope they accept our apology and had a great graduation for their daughter from USD despite a few setbacks with the home. I know that hotel prices for that weekend were very high in Vermillion, SD, so I hope they feel like although not ideal, it was still pretty affordable for the 11+ people they had stay.
It was great! The lake wasn’t that far about 2 minutes away. The view was great.
I would 10/10 recommend this house. It is fantastic. The house is very clean. The view is amazing. And the owners are very helpful and answered a bunch of our questions. The lake is about 2 minutes away so it’s not too far. It was a great stay for us!:)
We are a small community with a beautiful Lake with lots of fun lake options, but we as the owners of the PineCone also have prepared for you a great - guide of things to do in our area year-round and special notes and coupons that help keep going to all the fun places, and meeting the right people based on what your are looking for...i.e. kid friendly, dog friendly, dive bars, awesome food, fun shopping, hidden gems, funky historical markers and fun experiences based on people we know and things that they are willing to share with visitors that aren't listed in any travel guides, hand gun target shooting, driving a tractor, meeting local artists, experiencing local gourmet experts, etc...this book grows every week and we are excited to share it specifically for our guests looking for that ONCE IN A LIFETIME Experience we can help them find on their vacation. Lisa & Kelly