Lost Lake: Historic Family Estate Now a Vacation Retreat(7 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:Estate
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 7-10)
A private family estate since the 1920s is now LOST LAKE PRIVATE RETREAT — a lake retreat for your getaway! This historic house was part of a private artist’s colony in the 1970s and ’80s. Original stand-up, whole log construction. Only a handful of this classic design remain in all the Northwoods.
Set among towering virgin White Pines and a nature preserve, this is a PRIVATE lakefront Retreat, with a long driveway through the woods, your own pier, swimming raft, fire pit and optional guest cabin (to add another bedroom and bath). Closest neighbor on one side is 500 feet away along the lake shore! The other neighbor is a walk through the woods to your friendly property owners.
Featuring two screened-in porches, a glass-walled dining room, large living room, three bedrooms (firm mattresses!), plus optional pull-out sofa sleeper and/or private guest cabin with full bath. Retro kitchen and baths — not luxury, but clean, functional and fitting for this nostalgic property. One guest commented that it’s “the kind of place where they’d film a movie—the kind of place you don’t want to leave.”
The Retreat includes rowboat, canoe, two mountain bikes. Friendly lake community … get to know locals and other vacationers at the twice-weekly waterfront softball games.
The Retreat is a 3300 sqft home on 5 wooded acres, with over 500 feet of private sandy shoreline.
541-acre Lost Lake is a serious fishing lake — ranked as one of Wisconsin’s premier fishing lakes by “Badger Sportsman” magazine. Lost Lake recorded award winning musky the last two years. The lake is also great for waterskiing and pontoon boating. Lots of great hiking and biking in the immediate area.
Retreat is perfect for artists, retirees, nature lovers and other low-impact guests who will respect this historic house.
Need to spread out for additional family, or privacy? Rustic side cabin available, sleeps two, with full bath.
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Member since: 2009
- 3300 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 7-10
- All bedrooms on second floor.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Recreation Center
- Theme Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Lake View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 19 - Jun 15, 2017
7 night min stay
Jun 16 - Aug 18, 2017
7 night min stay
Aug 19 - Oct 20, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Friday
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Tax Rate 10%
Over 7 adults we Require adding the side cabin that has two beds and a bath with shower. rate is additional $350 plus tax.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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The Retreat is located in 'The Northwoods' of Wisconsin. Surrounded by state land and dense woods. Vilas County has over 1300 lakes. Original settlers arrived just 100 years ago. This area is remote with a colorful history.
Year Purchased: 1962
About the owner: Our family has owned property on Lost Lake since 1917. The Retreat is a treasured home that was originally the Galbeck estate, which included 1000 feet of lake frontage and 100 acres of woods. The history of this area is my passion to preserve. I love the north woods and my family history is here. My wife and I live next door to The Retreat in a large home called Blueberry Camp. Back in the 1920's homes were called camps as it was really roughing it back then, old outhouses still exist behind our home! I was read stories by lantern light as a child in the 1950's when the electricity shut down by falling trees or lightning strikes. The phone was a on a 'party line', two long rings and a short was 'our' call. Lost lake is the perfect sized lake with 220 shoreline owners that we call friends. My brothers and I learned to barefoot waterski on Lost Lake. But also, we have caught walleye as well as filled a creel or two with spring crappie. Please join us. Jack and Linda Peil
Why the Owner Chose St Germain, WI, USA:
The Retreat is next door to our property and summer home that my great grandfather (Dr. Gaebler) bought in 1917. He was best friends with Dr. Galbeck who owned the Retreat. Thus we wanted to save the Retreat and upgrade it so guests could enjoy living in a real original lake home.
The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Plenty of room and solitude. You are by yourselves. Privacy. Your own world to enjoy. This is a unique estate home from 1920. Artists love it, but also extended families with children and adult children have plenty of room inside and out. And there is a connected 80 acres of your private hiking trails in dense woods.
- Primary: 775-741-0132 Jack's cell
- Secondary: +1 7155423418 June 1-Oct 15 our home on Lost Lake
- Tertiary: +1 5205054469 Oct 15-June 1 our home in Arizona
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Your own world on 5 acres of woods! And 500 feet of shoreline!
Private guest cabin available to add a bedroom ( two twins or one king) and bath
Lovely living room on main floor
Off living room, daybed and desk. hardwire for internet and wifi.
Lake-view master bedroom with king bed
Lake-view twin bed (along with queen) in second bedroom
2nd floor bathroom with separate shower stall
Your big, private t-pier, with rowboat and canoe.
Every day is a different look, sound, wonder
Retreat porch view toward lake.
Side cabin, view toward entry door.
1932. My family enjoying lunch on Lost Lake. My mother, in pigtails.
A classic 1920s stand-up log house
Huge screened-in, lake view porch
Living room with optional sleeper sofa
Glass-walled dining room!
Second bedroom with lake and woods views with queen+ twin beds
Third bedroom with double bed, woods view
Roomy, full kitchen — bright, clean, functional and fun!
And your own swimming raft
'The side cabin, two single beds or a king. includes and bathroom+ shower stall.
Side cabin view toward lake.
1905 on Lost lake. My grandmother Anita, born in 1892, with my great grandfather
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Sunday, January 15, 2017
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