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Unique Handmade Log Cabin: Unplug and feel the peace. Ask about our specials

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 11

Buckhorn Lake Cabin is a beautiful, log cabin built by my family, and surrounded by pine trees and large wrap-around deck with view of Buckhorn Lake, a quiet, no-wake lake. The cabin is officially designated a no-stress zone. The 2,200-foot cabin sleeps 11, and has two full baths. It’s heritage living, but with all the amenities of home including dishwasher, microwave, jacuzzi, stone fireplace, heat, and air conditioning. The perfect place to get reacquainted with family, friends, nature and you. So grab some floats and tubes and jump into the lake, sunbathe, read on the deck, play music and board games in front of the stone fireplace, engage in a ping-pong tournament in the family room, create a great meal and enjoy one another, relax by the fire pit and roast some marshmallows, ice fish, cross country ski or take a walk and look at the stars or the wildlife.

Offically Designated No Stress Zone: The cabin is perfect for a romantic weekend, family gatherings, women’s or men’s get-togethers and spiritual or business retreats. Or come for a solo retreat and stoke-up your batteries. Located one mile from Hatfield, Wisconsin and 11 miles from Black River Falls, Wisconsin, the area looks like the “North Woods,” just closer! The cabin is approximately 2 1/2 hrs. from Minneapolis and Saint Paul, 3 hrs. from Milwaukee, 4 1/2 hrs. from Chicago, 2 hrs. from Madison, 1 hr and 15 minutes from the Dells. One mile away is Lake Arbutus, an 839-acre lake with boat and jet-ski rentals, boat ramps, picnic areas, beaches and playgrounds and an indoor roller skating ring. Discover treasures at the local Flea Market/Craft Show.

Great recreation on site or near by: There are loads of recreational activities available during all four seasons without ever having to get into your car. Just walk out the front door. Buckhorn Lake is across our road and is connected to a canal, linked to other lakes and the Black River. You can canoe, kayak, swim, fish, bike (we have a canoe, two-person kayak and bikes on site) and cross country ski or snowshoe for hours without ever having to get in your car. So throw your car keys away for a while and technology (if you can) and get to know your spouse, family and/or friends or even yourself better.

Don't worry about bad weather: Majestic Pines Casino is nearby, as is a affordable movie theater and antiquing and an affordable fitness center which includes a swimming pool/whirlpool and dry sauna; fitness room ,gymnasium 2 racquetball courts, and a 125 meter suspended walking/running track available. An indoor and outdoor water park is just 1/2 hr away.

Two night minimum most the time except during the summer and on holidays and event weekends. Then it is a 3-night minimum during holidays. During the summer there is a one week minimum. We rent Sunday to Sunday June, July and August. There is a 5.5% sales tax in addition to the quoted base price. $10/night per person over four guests.

More Details

Leah Dobkin
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, Japanese, some Chinese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2018

About Leah Dobkin

My husband, with a little help from me, my son and some friends, built our log cabin over a two- year period. We bought the ten-inch logs from a local man who builds log cabins and owns a lumberyard. The logs were harvested from this man’s sustainable forest. We tried to incorporate recycled and reused materials as well as new green products, such as radiant-heat bamboo flooring. We are just starting to rent the cabin. We hope to find vacationers that will respect and appreciate all the hard work that went into creating the log cabin. We are told by family and friends that the place has wonderful karma. I am a writer and over a one-month period, I wrote a book at the cabin, which will be published shortly. My husband renovates old properties and sells or rents them and is an energy auditor.

Leah Dobkin purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Leah Dobkin chose Merrillan

We bought land here because we wanted a place that we can get to for the weekend that wasn't a long drive, but looked like the North Woods. We have had a camper on the property for a number of years, and have spent wonderful times in the region. We can share information about great hiking trails, where to eat and shop etc. The Black River region is not as well-known as the “North Woods,” but it is closer, less congested and beautiful. My husband loves to come up just to smell the pines and watch the wildlife. We hope you will love the region too!

What makes this cabin unique

There are so many choices of activities to do without getting in your car. It's so nice to drive-up and stay put. We try to keep the place a no electronic zone, although it is not easy. When we do however, we end-up reading more, playing cards and enjoy quiet thinking time, which is often elusive in our busy lives.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“This is a beautiful log cabin. It was so much fun spending time playing games next to the fireplace. The home has everything we expected and even more beautiful in person. Being in a home made out of real wood logs was definitely a nice change of scenery. It is surrounded by beautiful pines and close by we saw wild turkeys and white tailed deer. Our stay was peaceful and fun. The ping pong table in the lower floor was a nice surprise! Tip: I brought instant coffee because I wasn't sure if there was a coffee maker. (There was ! So don't forget your coffee grinds) . The water wasn't bad, think about it as a nice mineral bath. The smell takes some getting used to but it didn't bother me or my friends. There's a Walmart close by in case you forget anything . Overall this was awesome and we want to come back again next year. ”

“Leah , your home was wonderful. It was beautiful, unique, and cozy. Thank you for making it available for our stay. We had a lot of fun. ”
Jan 2017
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Merrillan Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Mountain ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Town ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • Mexican style tile surrounds the extra deep jetted tub on the first floor. Scented bath beads will put you in a state of beautiful deep relaxation.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Loft with beautiful view of inside the cabin and lake
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Bunkbed with futon on the bottom and single on the top.
  • Plus a living room futon couch next to the fireplace turns into a queen size bed. So enjoy the roaring fire while you fall asleep.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna ...
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We have an extra deep jetted tub large enough for 2 adults. I'm not sure if that is considered a jacuzzi or whirlpool. We also have a stroller, and portable high chair and games and adult and children books galore. There are a few steps to get into the cabin. We have purposefully kept the cabin a no electronic zone to provide an opportunity for both adults and children to have a unique experience. We leave it up to guests if they want to bring anything electronic. There is a portable ipod/CD /tape/radio player and clock radio with a CD player. The cabin is a great place to sing, especially from the loft balcony where you can really belt it out. Musical instruments are great to bring too. We have a keyboard.


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Unique Handmade Log Cabin: Unplug and feel the peace. Ask about our specials
average rating of 4.6753244 based on 78 reviews

spring break success

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly wonderful 5 day vacation here. Everyone had their own room to sleep in and lots of private space for my college aged son and his friend who came on the train from Minneapolis. We picked them up in Tomah, just 45 minutes from the cabin. We cross country skied from the cabin on 10 inches of fresh snow. A REALLY nice kitchen. Every aspect of the cabin was as described in the website. Beds very comfortable. The cabin was well stocked with board games and books and I loved that there was no TV! Leah was incredibly helpful will all of my questions before and during our stay. We will go back again for spring break and bring more friends next time!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting inside and out.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the cabin with our grown daughters and fiancée! The fire kept us warm while we played board games, ping pong, and read. We even snowshoed over to the lake. We had all that we needed for a relaxing getaway.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I too love how I can snow shoe and cross country ski right from the cabin and not have to get in a car. There is cross country ski groomed trails and a down hill ski center and tubing hill close by which are also fun. So happy you had a toasty time in our cabin even. I know how cold it was outside even though I am in Florida now. Can you believe it? I miss the snow. I guess sometime the grass is greener and that may not be a good thing :) Leah
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Friends Quilting Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The weekend was fabulous!! Love getting away for a few days with friends. Cozy cabin with all the amenities!!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved the cabin. It was very clean and comfortable. It was a great place to have Thanksgiving. Everything was well organized and easy to find there. Thank you so much!!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Decent cabin but lake across the street

  • 3 of 5

I will say that I was a little misled by some of the photos. The lake, which was incredibly low on water, was actually across the street, with little to no beach area. The fire pit was in the back. So our visions of sitting around a fire by the lake were very inaccurate. Also, this cabin is not remote, meaning that neighbors are about 30 yards away. Not private at all. It's located in a small subdivision with many other homes. The mattresses were not ideal as some seemed to have been slept on for years by a 400 pound person. The house was clean, to a point, but not at all cleaned to my standards. In this case, you get what you pay for. The price was right and the wood burning stove was fantastic.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Everyone has a right to their opinion, but I feel compelled to challenge the misinformation saturated in this review. First, I would like to make the overall point that we have, to date, received 73 guest reviews that rated the cabin and their vacation as “Excellent,” in fact the average was 4.7 out of five. When this particular guest (the 74th review) gave us a 3, we were dismayed and scratched our heads as to how their reality could be so different from everyone else’s. More importantly, what was said about our cabin by our other guests filled our hearts. We were making so many people happy resulting in memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. We also scratched our heads as to the many misperceptions of this guest. We speak to everyone before they rent a to answer their questions, give them updates and get better acquainted. We speak again to everyone before they head up to give another opportunity to answer questions and provide updates. We have notified everyone about the breach in the canal causing the lake levels to fluctuate and tell them the latest on the situation. Our written description of the lake says, “Buckhorn Lake is across our road and is connected to a canal, linked to other lakes and the Black River.” We never said that we were lakefront. Nor did we say we had a beach. I explain to our future guests that there is a public access road across the street where you can put the boats in and fish. We never indicated that the fire pit was on the lake, in fact, we tell our guests that there is a trail behind our cabin that takes you to the fire pit. No we do not have many neighbors. So this comment is bizarre. We are surrounded by pine trees. We have one neighbor on one side about 60 yards away with pine trees between us, not thirty. There is also a neighbor, kitty corner across our street. We have about thirty lots on our road and there are only about ten houses. The rest do not have any houses. It is not complete wilderness, but I would not say there are “many houses.” People have often written and emailed me how comfortable the beds are, so I have no clue why this person didn’t think the beds were comfortable. If they were expecting beds from a five star hotel, then that’s what they should have opted for. This is a log cabin, for goodness sake. The reviewer said the house was clean, but not up to her standards. Again I am very proud of my housekeeper, and again this is a cabin, not a five star hotel.
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Great, peaceful location for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our group had a great time. It had everything we needed for 4 guys on a fishing trip. Beds were comfy and it had everything needed for a good time. The only thing we didn't care for was the stinky water.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Black River Falls,
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
In Hatfield
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Black River falls
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Stones Thow Supper Club
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Bruce Mound, Levis Mound
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lake Arbutus
Car: necessary

3 Hours from Milwaukee, 4 Hours from Chicago, 2 Hours from Minneapolis, 1hr and 15 mins from the Dells and 2 hrs from Madison There are loads of recreational activities available during all four seasons without ever having to get into your car. On site: Bicycles, water floats and tubes, basket ball hoop, horse shoes, badminton. Kayaking, Canoeing, Boating, Swimming, Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Fishing. Near by: Sailing, Golf, Tennis, Shopping/Antiquing, Sightseeing/Museums, Restaurants, Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, Boating, Water Skiing, Jet Skiing, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Windsurfing, Biking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Downhill/Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Sledding/Tubing, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Fitness Center/Gym, Racquetball, Basketball Court, Old fashion drive-in movie, Pie shop and Diner, Horseback Riding, River tubing, Apple and Berry picking, Outdoor and indoor water park 1/2 hr away and a swimming pool with water slides 15 minutes away..

Golf: Skyline Golf Club, a public club is 15 minutes away.

Ski: There’s also Bruce Mound Winter Recreation Area which offers snow tubing, snow-boarding and downhill skiing only 15 minutes away and a cross country ski center, with groomed trails ten minutes away. There's also the best mountain biking in the state (I am told) at Lewis Mound.

Checkin is 4PM and Checkout is 11AM.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning fee $80

At least one person 25 years of age to rent the cabin. We Accept Pay Pal, or Checks; Dates Available: Year Round. $225/nt during holidays.
On-site three-person canoe for rent. $30 ($31.65 with sales tax) for three day two night visit. $50 ($52.75) for 3-7 night visit.
Two-person kayak for rent. $30 ($31.65) for three day two night visit. $50 ($52.75) for 3-7 night visit. Bikes available for free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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