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Magical Handcrafted Cabin on 20 Acres printed in book and magazine

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

**Excellent Spot for Romantic Island Wedding**

Featured in the coffee table book, 'Madeline Island Summer Homes' by Linda Mack, featured in MSP magazine 'Home and Design,' and also chosen as the site for several weddings, this unique cabin has been called 'wood poetry.' Nestled in the woods 2 miles from the wonderful beach of Big Bay (considered the best on the island), 'Billy Bunkhouse' is a charming and unique cabin built from century-old barn wood that was transported across the winter ice road to Madeline Island in a horse trailer. Set on 20 acres (with horses sometimes grazing about), the rustic cabin is a warm mix of log home craftsmanship in the American tradition (Courtesy of Douglas Construction, the owner's local construction company) and a bright and beachy aesthetic with white-washed pickled walls and stylish antiques accents.

Billy's Bunkhouse features 'relaxation spots' throughout the cabin and property with three cozy lofts with feather down bed covers, a balcony off the master bedroom, a swing on the front porch by a spouting pond, a fire pit (bring your own fold out chairs), and sunlit wooded meadows to picnic or camp in. Sitting by the pond is a perfect place to watch deer graze in the field, and the antique claw foot bathtub with a glass of wine is the perfect end to a hard day at the beach. On cooler nights, watch the fire in the wood stove and listen to the island crickets or frogs chirp 'goodbye mainland....'

Much like Madeline Island herself, this cabin is one-of-a-kind-unique, elegant yet rustic, peaceful, and full of personality. Once a guest here, you'll have had a true island experience.... (a.k.a, nit-pickers not welcome)... this is a country cabin on an island, not a Condo or hotel room or The Hamptons... outside there may be horses, bugs, and big beautiful moons... inside, there are antiques and an aesthetic design captured in a coffee-table book and design magazine. But be clear when booking... while clean, if you want sterile, this is NOT the vacation for you. Also, while the cabin has heat, it was built using 'passive solar' construction meaning that the house uses natural convection between rooms to help efficiently heat and cool the cabin. So while the rooms are visually private, the cabin does not offer total sound privacy between rooms to assist natural airflow. The upper lofts are not sound-proof, so if you are a group don't expect a total sound barrier.

Also, the owners often camp on the back acreage of the property, so you have have neighbors.

Frequently Asked Questions: The cabin is about 1 miles from the beach (Big Bay) and 7 miles from town. It's located on Benjamin Blvd. For sleeping arrangements there are 3 bedrooms: one queen, one full, and one twin with a twin loft above. The rental is for 6 people MAX, additional people, regardless of age, is $30 extra per person. No one under 21 can rent.

For a fee, guests can use the pool, spa, and sauna at the Inn on Madeline Island in town. There is a full bathroom and an outdoor shower (the hot tub behind the cabin is not for guest use, emptied).

What to expect: There is sometimes a caretaker on the property staying in the converted barn, workers coming periodically to mow the lawn, take care of the horses, empty the holding tank as is typical on the island.

Please note, the steps to the loft are steep, but there is a bedroom downstairs for small children or elderly. We also have a gate to keep children off the stairs and a big pillow for safety at the bottom.

Important in this day-and-age! There is no T.V or video, you just have the island to listen to and watch. There is Wifi but, like much on the island, it comes and goes with Lake Superior Winds it seems. So do prepare to 'unplug.' Cell phones don't work at the cabin (you have a phone for local calls only so bring a phone card if you will need to make long distance calls, you can receive calls), but you can use your cell phones in town where you can always get internet at the best library in the whole wide world!

And as mentioned above, there may be a lovely herd of horses grazing the 20 acres, so bring carrots or apples if you wish to interact with them... Otherwise, you can roam the 20 wooded acres.

'Billy's Bunkhouse' is considered one of the best spots on the island... Please love it with all the love that went into creating it....

-Sarah & Bob

Keywords: Cabin, Wedding

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, French
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Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Sarah

Sarah Luck Pearson and Bob Douglas built their dream cabin and lived on the island for 5 years before moving to California to be closer to Sarah's parents. They miss much about the island-- the great blue waters, the fine sand, the wonderful air coming across the ferry, the fun at Tommy's Burned Down Cafe-- but mostly cooking big dinners for friends and sitting around the campfire. Built entirely by friends and family, 'Billy's Bunkhouse' has a lot of love in it. Guests have noted that this feeling becomes a part of their vacation too.

Sarah purchased this cabin in 1998

Why Sarah chose Madeline Island

We didn't buy this vacation home, we built it! The wonderful part of that was enacting our dreams. Bob would say, how bout a balcony?! And we'd do it. I would say, why not a pond off the front porch?! And we'd do it. Or an outdoor shower? And there it is! The result is a cabin that is customized for comfort and fun.

What makes this cabin unique

As for unique benefits of the house, the top loft is literally in the apex of the cabin, the bed in the top triangle of the ceiling. It's been called the Tree House or the Princess Bed as laying up there is so cozy and romantic, a place for enchanted dreams. At night, laying there with the windows open to a warm summer breeze, there is nothing better than to be lullabyed by the hundreds of 'Peepers' (frogs) that live in the nearby wetlands. It is also wonderful to just hop on your bicycle and peddle over in 5 minutes to Big Bay Town Park for a swim or a walk across the lagoon bridge to the forest boardwalk. With 20 acres surrounding the cabin, you feel great privacy and peace. And yet in 10 minutes you can be eating an ice cream in the village of La Pointe or dancing under the stars at Tommy's Burned Down Cafe.


La Pointe Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower , Antique sink and clawfoot bath tub and shower
  • Bathroom has an antique clawfoot tub with shower. There is an antique sink as well.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Actually, it is one twin with a bunk loft on top (sleeps 2)
  • (1) Queen size Bed in master room loft with balcony, (1)Double Bed (1) in upstairs bedroom, (1) twin bed downstairs bedroom First floor and above it (1) large twin bunk.
  • CD Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Outdoor Shower, and twenty acres to explore with horses sometimes grazing...


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Magical Handcrafted Cabin on 20 Acres printed in book and magazine
average rating of 4.625 based on 40 reviews
Portland, Oregon

Cozy cabin, lovely decor, utterly peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Billy's Bunkhouse, and we enjoyed it even more this time. The open living room and kitchen area is a great place for meals and hanging out. We much appreciate the furnishings and fabrics. We were charged with preparing some dishes for a big family reunion elsewhere on the island, and found the kitchen to be well equipped and easy to work in. The surrounding fields and forest are beautiful, and we loved the burbling fountain outside the front door.

We were favored with good weather and took advantage of the honor system rental canoes at the lagoon in the Big Bay City Park, just about a mile away. Also played in the beach at Big Bay, just about the best beach ever for children, shallow, relatively warm water (for Lake Superior).

We had some concern about our four year old and the steep ladder stair up to the second floor. But with some reminders to pay attention, the little monkey got up and down safely.

Most impressive is how absolutely peaceful it is at Billy's. A great spot for rest,relaxation.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I hope we can be your cabin every year! A family tradition! So great to hear from folks who love it like we do... :-)
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Cool house!

  • 4 of 5

This house is really cool. The architecture is fun and we really enjoyed our stay there. When we arrived it felt a bit dirty. As part of our checkout we were asked to do some minor cleaning up and we felt we left it cleaner than when we found it.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cabin was everything we pictured when we arrived. It was tucked away with lots of privacy and loads of charm within. Thank you for sharing your rental home with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very charming!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! Very charming cabin with lots of character. The ladders/stairs were a little steep/scary with smaller children but all were safe and they thought they were staying ion Rupunzel's tower.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, Wisconsin

Magical Handcrafted Cabin-Madeline Island

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! A perfect Fall weekend with fires at night and beautiful scenery! The cabin was great and clean and the beds were comfortable.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Again!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time that I have stayed at Billy's Bunkhouse with family and friends. I would like to continue and make it a tradition. Thank you again for such a pleasant place to stay. Amy

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Big Bay Town Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry and Downtown La Pointe
Nearest Point of Interest
Swimming Pool

Chartering the surrounding Apostle Islands, Dancing at Tommy's Burned Down Cafe


Rates & Availability

La Pointe Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

$275 is for 6 people max. $30 per person over 6 people, regardless of age.
No one under 21 can rent.

CANCELLATIONS – Cancellations that are made more than 60 days prior to the arrival date are subject to a 5% cancellation fee or $50, whichever is greater. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within 60 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full reservation deposit. Cancellation less than 2 weeks from stay or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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