A Modern Lake House in Yesterday's Setting

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Last updated: 07/10/2016
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This lake house in Minnesota's vivid Headwaters Region invites guests with it's blend of simple charm and attention to detail . The pristine quality of the setting on Lake Hennepin and surrounding 5 acres of grassy wooded property is just the beginning. Inside the newly remodeled home, you will find a cozy retreat, complete with a romantic master suite. Perfect for special celebrations (honeymoon, anniversary, reunions) or simple at-the-lake vacations, this home fits the bill for families, couples, or gatherings of friends.

Our beautiful well-equipped kitchen opens to a relaxed dining area. Enjoy a lake view whether you're cooking or eating. Tables just outside on adjoining deck and lower brick patio are perfect for morning coffee or al fresco dining. Reading materials, radio and music library, comfortable furnishings and artwork make the adjoining living room a warm, inviting area.

On the main floor, too, is the extraordinary master suite with floor-to-ceiling window walls. Here you will find an in-room jetted tub for two, and a large tiled bath with double shower and two sinks. Spacious, quiet, and romantic, this area has its own door to the outside and access to the deck, patio, and lake. Bedroom #1 is also on the main floor, with plenty of room to set up our portable crib if needed. A half bath is just across the hall.

The lower level has the third cozy bedroom, separate full bath, laundry room, and entertainment room with 42' LG HDTV, DVD Player and Sony PS 3. Here is the room for a retreat after outdoor activities. With its walk-out feature, lake-side windows and easy to use gas fireplace, this is the place for movies, TV sports, or video games. Two fold out beds allow this room to sleep 4.

One of northern Minnesota's natural gifts is the panorama of the seasons. Warm weather and water activities abound here. Autumn in the north country is stunningly beautiful, perfect for long hikes and visits to Itasca. In the winter, park your snowmobiles in our 40' square garage or take up snowshoeing (we provide 2 pair!) cross-country skiing or ice fishing. Imagine Thanksgiving or Christmas gatherings in this rustic setting. Here is a spot to rest and renew, year after year.

Keywords: Lake House

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Features games & puzzles, kids movies and books, Playstation 3 with a couple games, high chair and crib....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Ashtrays Are Provided for Smoking Outdoors....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Rate for Pets (Dogs Only) is $20 Per Night....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 6-10

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Queen size Beds (3) New Mattresses in '09. Two of These Queen Beds Are Firm with Removable Fiber Bed Tops, in the Event You Prefer a Firm Mattress., Baby Cribs (1) New, Fold-Away Crib Provided. Linens Included. Facilitiy Includes High Chair Also., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) TV Room Has 2 Convertible Couches, sleeping 2 each, full (double) size....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • We now offer use of Wenonah Canoe with the rental at no extra charge, and have added a tandem (2 person) kayak! Great way to get around the lake and explore the island!...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    A Small Collection Available. Radio Included as Part of Stereo System....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    42' HDTV, Connected to Cable ...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console:

    Play Station 3~Bring Your Own Favorite Games and Blueray DVD's. We keep a few games on hand. They are for all ages....moreless

  • Video Games:

    Playstation 3 with several games...moreless

  • Video Library:

    A Small Collection of Favorites Available....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Large Deck on Lakeside, Brick Patio on Lower Level, Steps with Railing to 24' Cedar Dock....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    We keep an extra sturdy fold-out table in 'red' bedroom closet. Extra dining chairs easily seat 10....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Air...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Free in-House Facilities...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    Garage Available...moreless

  • Garage:

    Large Enough for Snowmobile Storage Too....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Easily Turns Off and On Using the Thermostat in the TV Room....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Premium Linens and Towels. Separate Beach Towels Provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Big view of lake! ...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Enough space to park several vehicles near house....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Plenty of Extra Room for Trailers, Etc at End of Driveway Near House....moreless

  • Telephone:


  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Free in-House Facilities...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils:

    Set of Pots & Pans, Hand Mixer, Baking Pans, Large Roasting Pan, Stock Pot, Pasta Cooker/Steamer, Waffle Maker, Fondue Set, large griddle...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Well Equipped. We Are a Family of Cooks! Gas cooktop and oven with convection as option. A Small Collection of Regional and Gourmet Cookbooks On Site. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator:

    Stainless Steel, with Ice-Maker and filtered Water...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Attached Cedar Deck, Very Large with Outstanding View of Lake and Island. Spacious Deck off Living, Dining Area. Steps Down to Lower Brick Patio & Steps Down to Lake and Private Dock....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Wenonah canoe and tandem kayak....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber gas grill...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub:

    Large Jetted Tub for Two in Master Suite....moreless



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Off Peak nightly rate $250.00/night,2 night min (3 night holiday minimum)
Off Peak: After Labor Day to Memorial Weekend--250.00/night $1500/wk
Peak: Memorial Weekend~Labor Day $330.00/night $1975/week (3 night min)
Monthly Rate: Peak, $6200~~Off Peak $4500
Monthly or Season:  Please Call
Pet Rate:  $20 Per Night
Damage Deposit:  $300.00, refundable within 7 days of departure
Mn Sales Tax (.06876) on rentals of less than 30 days

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Last updated: 07/10/2016
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Itasca State Park is Just 16 Miles Away on Hwy 71. Itasca Offers Hiking Trails, Biking Trails and Rentals, Swimming, Fishing, Watercraft Rentals (Canoe, Kayak, Fishing Boats, and Pontoons), Nature Programs, and Guided Tours(by Land or Water). Nice restaurant at Itasca's Douglas Lodge!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Meet the Owners: Paulette Barthelemy and husband Tom Gleason, Tom Barthelemy and wife Billie Barthelemy ~ The Barthelemys (Tom and Paulette are brother and sister) were born and raised in Bemidji, MN, so we have our roots in the northern Minnesota Lake Country. With his Masters in Architecture and life-long work in construction , Tom Barthelemy's design and building skills allowed us to bring this property to the completed, well-crafted state you will see in our photos. Tom and wife Billie, a textile artist, still live in the Bemidji area. I am Paulette Barthelemy; my husband Tom Gleason and I have lived, worked and raised our family in Alexandria, in central Minnesota, for 30 years. Together, we have truly enjoyed furnishing and preparing this exceptional property for use by family and guests. It's been a joy to watch our children and grandchildren share in the bounties of northern Minnesota. We invite you to discover quiet and a variety of activities in and around the Lake Hennepin area.

Why the Owner Chose Solway, MN, USA:
The Lake Hennepin property is centrally located between Bemidji, a bustling college town, and the legendary Itasca State Park, source of the Mississippi River. As a northern Minnesota retreat, this ideal location offers the full range of outdoor, lake, and scenic activities. The nearby city of Bemidji is available to all who are looking for an easy day trip into town and all it has to offer, including Bemidji State University. Some of our favorite times include paddling on the lake, hiking nearby DNR trails, swimming, snowshoeing, cooking, and quiet times on the sunny deck. Our northern Minnesota heritage made this rental property an easy choice when the opportunity became available.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The unique vantage point of the house on 5 acres, with the island view, pines and birch, the unspoiled shoreline, and the presence of wildlife and waterfowl, all combine to present a look into Minnesota's past while enjoying thoroughly modern living. How often do you get to see six loons playing thirty feet from your deck? Wildflowers, bear tracks, wolf calls... The quiet and the sounds of nature are a major draw to this place. DNR hiking trails can be found a 5 minute walk from the front door of this lake home. Inside the home, find maps and tourism info from both the Bemidji and Park Rapids area detailing nearby trails for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Many of our winter guests have enjoyed downhill skiing at neary Buena Vista Ski Area (see map). Visit Bemidji for a taste of college town life. Itasca to the south and Bemidji to the north provide the two aspects of wilderness and town life for our guests to partake in. The public boat landing is literally 2 lots away from our dock. Free use of the canoe and tandem kayak will get you out on the water!

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  • View of house from lake side

    View of house from lake side

  • Clean, well-equipped kitchen. Open design with view of lake and deck.

    Clean, well-equipped kitchen. Open design with view of lake and deck.

  • Extraordinary view from master suite

    Extraordinary view from master suite

  • Comfortable, convenient bedroom # 2, main floor.

    Comfortable, convenient bedroom # 2, main floor.

  • Family/Entertainment room with gas fireplace and three lakeside windows

    Family/Entertainment room with gas fireplace and three lakeside windows

  • View of house, brick patio, and Lake Hennepin.

    View of house, brick patio, and Lake Hennepin.

  • Paddlers Enjoying Beauty and Calm on Lake Hennepin

    Paddlers Enjoying Beauty and Calm on Lake Hennepin

  • Evening scene, dining room and view of the lake

    Evening scene, dining room and view of the lake

  • Our cozy lake view living room

    Our cozy lake view living room

  • Warm, relaxed dining area, lake view.

    Warm, relaxed dining area, lake view.

  • Jetted tub in master suite.

    Jetted tub in master suite.

  • Inviting lower level bedroom #3

    Inviting lower level bedroom #3

  • Al Fresco Dining, Deck View, Lake Hennepin

    Al Fresco Dining, Deck View, Lake Hennepin

  • Misty morning on the dock

    Misty morning on the dock

  • This is why we love Lake Hennepin

    This is why we love Lake Hennepin

  • Al fresco dining. June at the lake.

    Al fresco dining. June at the lake.

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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