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Gorgeous 3BR/3BA Lake Home 2 Hours from the Twin Cities

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Last updated: 08/28/2016

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

At last! A rustic yet luxurious getway for all seasons just 2 hours Northeast of the Twin Cities, an hour from Eau Claire, and 30 minutes from Hayward. Nestled on a dead end road on a chain of three lakes: Red Cedar, Hemlock and our own, Balsam Lake in Birchwood, Wisconsin. Once you arrive at our spacious home, you'll know you're in for something special, with a view of the water from every room and a pink sky nearly every night.

Make yourself a refreshing beverage in our open, well equipped kitchen, then step out onto the deck while contemplating your next move. With golf just minutes away, you can hit the links. Or, catch the eagles playing while you spend the day on the gorgeous 10 mile lake cruise.

Feel at peace while your dog romps with other dogs where friendly neighbors encourage off leash play. Relax on the dock with a picturesque view of the lake, one of the least populated of the lakes, with only a few homes on this stretch. Have a fire and see if you can count the stars on a clear night before turning in on one of our comfy beds.

Have a great meal on the deck grilling some fresh caught fish or a steak from the local grocery store. Stay in for a sunset cruise, or hop over to downtown and see smalltown USA.

When you're ready to turn in for the night, you have a choice of three large bedrooms. Starting on the main floor, you have access to a huge bedroom and office with queen sized futon, 2 XL twin beds or King, small nursery area, office and two queen air mattresses. Off the bedroom you have a gorgeous bathroom complete with large vanity mirror and walk in shower. Custom wooden blinds keep the room decently dark and the room is far enough away from the main level's living, dining, kitchen, conversation and deck area.

From here you can step up to the enclosed loft master where you'll sleep on a Sleep Number King sized bed and his and hers vanities, a steamshower, soaking tub, walk in closet and laundry area. Pamper yourself in the 2 person steam room or take a long, hot bath in our antique cast iron tub that stays hot for an hour!

Our lower level is extremely private with your own bedroom with King Bed, living room, bath with shower, big screen TV with BlueRay, and comfy couch. Walk out the door with your own private entrance.

Ideal for up to 3 couples, wellness or yoga retreats, business outings, families, a girls or guys getaway or a special romantic interlude.

Keywords: lake home, minnesota, wisconsin cabin, lake cabin, cottage, vacation home, golf, retreat, girls or guys trip, vacation, pet friendly, lakes, lakefront, boating, relaxing, water-ski, canoe, kayak


Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated: 08/28/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 3300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be at least 25 years of age. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We don't have a beach but a dock area. There are kids jumping off the docks, a fantastic lake to swim in. ...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Entering the home is no issue but the steps inside and outside the home may be difficult....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We love dogs and encourage you to bring them. All neighbors have dogs and are used to having dogs off leash. Just please don't lock up your dog to possibly bark and disturb neighbors. However, if your pet will poop or pee in the house, please refrain from bringing it. ...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Smoking is allowed outside only!!!...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Sleep number bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Two twin beds are XL for easy conversion to a full King Bed....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 king


  • Convertible bed(s): 1 twin/ single

    tell us if you want use of this bed...moreless

  • King size beds (2) 1- Sleep Number in Master suite 2) Lower level bedroom, These are XL twins, easily converted for your stay to another King!, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) We have a queen size futon Also available are convertible blow up beds...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Open, modern, rain shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

    Steam shower with bench in shower area. His n' hers vanities...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Small bathroom in lower level...moreless

  • 3 bathrooms, one bathtub. We provide a couple of rolls of TP in each bathroom to get you started, you will want to bring your own for the remainder of your stay. We have a sensitive septic so please do not toss feminine products or anything besides toilet paper in the toilets...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    some including puzzles in LL and main level...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (2) 48' Sony Bravia with Twin Cities channels, including some premium channels: HBO, ESPN, Golf Channel, Showtime. DVR to record shows is on the main level only ...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Two tv's. One large 48" flat screen tv, one smaller, with 1 HD DVR for the main level small television for conveniently recording shows to watch when you return from your outings....moreless

  • VCR


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    northwoods feel very private and lake view is obstructed somewhat by trees...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    outdoor dining table with four chairs can seat more. Indoor dining seats six. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Washer & Dryer are in master suite area, in the huge walk in closet....moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    2 car garage...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Two fireplaces, one wood burning, one gas...moreless

  • Garage:

    2 car garage allows you to come and go as you please, while leaving your belongings safe....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    this is in the lower level and is fabulous to flip on while watching movies on our blue ray dvd player...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    WIFI - this is up north - it is not always reliable but we do our best to ensure it will work. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    We have 2 sets of bedding for each of the beds...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    2 car garage and driveway carport area...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    We have a large driveway which holds 5 cars plus 2 in the garage...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    you'll want to get that in the water soon! park alongside our home and the boat landing to put your boat in the water is just down the road...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer & Dryer are in master suite area, in the huge walk in closet....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    high speed internet all through the house....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    We recommend using this only in the winter months. Have a fire at the campfire outside, instead...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    2 coffee makers are available for your use: Cuisinart and Gevalia...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Can opener, wine opener, forks/knives/spoons, , hand rotary egg beater, blender, 3 frying pans, 1 saucepan, 1 electric fry pan, waffle maker, coffee maker, soup ladel, cutting knives...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Provided. We do not have mixing bowls per se but have bowls, tupperware and most utensils that you would need...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    2 sinks in this gorgeous, cook friendly open style kitchen. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Brand new- ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    spices, coffee filters. One roll of paper towel is provided, along with some dish and dishwasher soap. Please feel free to bring what you may need. Bring any other pantry items that you want...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas stovetop with four burners and separate oven...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Boat:

    Hurricane Deck Boat 19' Mercury 125 four stroke rental with extra charge. 2004...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    spacious deck with table and four chairs and umbrella ...moreless

  • Golf:

    3 golf courses within a half hour: Spooner Golf, Tagalong and Turtleback. More courses a bit further in Hayward. Big Fish, Hayward Golf Club and Hayward National 45 minute drive ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Perfect area to use any watercraft. None provided....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas Grill purchased in 2016...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Christie Mountain ski area in the beautiful blue hills...moreless

  • Tennis:

    nearby at the schools in downtown Birchwood...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    We have many floaties that are available for your use. ...moreless

Pool / Spa



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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$2,000 $6,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
  • Cleaning Fee $150


If we discover dog poop or dog pee in the home we will not be able to refund your damage deposit. Please also note that we have a check list of what to do when checking out. Please understand, we are owners of the property and share this with our renters. Thank you for understanding.

Paypal or Personal Check - depending upon the length of stay, a deposit to immediately secure your vacation with remaining balance due 2 weeks prior to your vacation date. If you cancel your vacation and we are unable to rent the property, the deposit is not refunded.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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playing pool or darts at local bars; hiking trails are all over the place and we'll provide you with some maps and information for quick searches


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: We love to travel and have enjoyed unique rentals for our vacations. When we moved back to the city in 2011, we couldn't imagine leaving our place "up north" quite yet. Armed with vacation experience and a dream of others sharing our lake place, here we are on VRBO. One of our absolutely favorite things to do when in Birchwood, is to hang out on the deck or the boat or in the winter, make a fire and watch movies. We're both employed in the Twin Cities after living in Birchwood for 7 years. We love dogs and all animals and hope you enjoy our own version of paradise.

Why the Owner Chose Birchwood, Wisconsin, United States of America:
We've been vacationing in the area for over 20 years and love Northwest Wisconsin. What we love about our home on Balsam Lake is the quiet, very few cabins populating the shores. There are five golf courses within a half hour, great leaf peeping in the fall, lots of bald eagles on our lake, a few good restaurants nearby.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
What we love about this property is that our lake is part of an intricate river system, constantly flowing. We have a sanctuary for birds - especially eagles, where our primary tourist attraction are these huge birds. We love taking a "cocktail cruise" or just relaxing on the deck to talk about our day.

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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated: 08/28/2016

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  • Welcome to the Lake!

    Welcome to the Lake!

  • Sunset off the dock

    Sunset off the dock

  • Large open kitchen with all the comforts of home

    Large open kitchen with all the comforts of home

  • Main level view from main level office and bedroom suite

    Main level view from main level office and bedroom suite

  • Lower level walk out

    Lower level walk out

  • Firepit area. Firewood provided. The boat!
Lake/dock area. 19' deckboat

    Firepit area. Firewood provided. The boat! Lake/dock area. 19' deckboat

  • Main level bedroom, XL twin beds form a perfect King. Queen size futon, desk

    Main level bedroom, XL twin beds form a perfect King. Queen size futon, desk

  • Conversation room off main living area and deck

    Conversation room off main living area and deck

  • Front entrance from the street

    Front entrance from the street

  • View of conversation room, wood burning fireplace, exits to deck

    View of conversation room, wood burning fireplace, exits to deck

  • More of the deck- note: no hot tub

    More of the deck- note: no hot tub

  • Walk out from lower level guest quarters

    Walk out from lower level guest quarters

  • Upper Master Suite, King Sleep #, walk in closet, gorgeous full bath steamshower

    Upper Master Suite, King Sleep #, walk in closet, gorgeous full bath steamshower

  • Lower level guest suite living room with gas fireplace, walk out, 1/2 bath & BR

    Lower level guest suite living room with gas fireplace, walk out, 1/2 bath & BR

VRBO #343929

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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