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Cozy Cottage is Small Enough to Be Romantic and Large Enough for a Family!

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Lakeside view of the new cottage. Mid-summer of 2013.

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Last updated: 04/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Completely updated! Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 7 - 10)

Reserve now for spring, summer, and fall of 2017 and winter of 2018!!!

This property has availability in March, April, May, and October or later for 2017. It is booked full in all of June, July, August, September, and half of October 2017. Please check the calendar before initiating an inquiry.

Non-summer weekends and weeks are filling fast and many are reserved weeks, months, or even years in advance. This is a great value. Try it! You will like it.

Delightful 3 bedroom - 2 bath year around home. Updated every year.

Celebrate and sing together. Grand Piano is provided for your use.

Two tiled bathrooms and full separate laundry area

Exterior fire pit and interior gas fireplace.

Relaxing recreational location

Large commercial grade kitchen special for family meal prep and relaxed gourmet meals or just serving a family reunion crowd.

Nearby access to Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails for great bicycling, inline skating, X-C skiing, and snowmobiling.

Great bass fishing ( 1 lb to 5 lb) from dock. Good walleye and northern lake trolling shallows and sand bars

Quiet, calm, and weed free lake good for canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and recreational boating. Ultra clear and clean spring fed lake with a sandy bottom

Loons live here. You should see/hear them every day/night.

Private dock with 3000 lb covered boat lift.

Supplied with Old Town Canoe and Lund 14' fishing boat. Outboard motor not supplied but available for rent at nearby commercial locations

Property has a security system including (24 hr X 365 day) exterior video surveillance.

CAN SLEEP UP TO TEN PERSONS IN A LARGE FAMILY. THIS MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR 8, 9, OR 10 ADULTS EACH REQUIRING PRIVACY. BEST SUITED FOR 3 OR FEWER ADULT COUPLES. EXTRA CHARGES FOR MORE THAN SIX PERSONS. See bedrooms discussion in website AMENITIES section for further explanation/clarification.

Not fully handicap accesible: Most of the house is on one level. One step up at entrance. One step down between most of the house and just a portion of the living area. 10 steps down to lake in front of house. The interior doors are generally 30 in. width. No ramps are provided. The lawn is gently sloped to the lake shore. Lake can be accessed from the lawn easily as well as the steps.

Docks: Owner will access dock and lift and store owners boat on lift (1 of 2)

Guests do not have access to the house basement or the garage at any time. Owner retains access to the house basement, the garage, and one of two boat lifts on the dock at all times. Owner will store one boat on a lift (1 of the 2) at the dock. Guests do not have access to or use of the owners boat on the lift at the dock. Owner will routinely access those areas. Owner will be considerate of time of day and guests needs when accessing the dock or the basement.

Exterior of house and all property have full recorded video surveillance at all times. Interior of house, basement, and garage have extensive security sensors BUT DO NOT include ANY video or audio receivers, except glass breakage sensors, at any location interior to the house. Any access to the garage or basement will immediately initiate automatic notification of owner. The house security alarms will be disabled when guests are present. The garage security alarms may not be disabled unless owners or their family are present. If an alarm occurs after occupying the house, it is likely the garage system. If officials arrive to investigate an alarm, direct them to the garage, unless the alarm occurs promptly upon initially attempting to access the house for the first time.

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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/26/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 or greater. All adults, and in particular parents, are responsible for inspecting this particular property upon arrival and discussing with owner (509-521-1171) any issue that they encounter....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Gentle slopes and sandy weedless lake bottom. Sandy gentle slope shoreline. Lakeshore and dock visible from interior of house kitchen and dining areas. As with all homes there are hazards inherent in this property. Parents assume full responsibility for inspecting property for hazards to their children and for managing their children and those conditions while they are present to safeguard the health , safety and welfare of their children. Parents should call owner promptly if any hazard is of concern. Parents should immediately resolve issue/safeguard children until owner can resolve issue or provide a refund, if appropriate. Renter assumes all responsibility for damage that children may cause. Video surveillance of property exterior. Baby bed is not routinely available, but could be made available with some prior notice. The steep skip stairway to loft beds is suitable only for well coordinated late grade school or older children carefully supervised by their parents....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Video surveillance of full property exterior. Docks: Owner will access dock and lift and store owners boat on lift (1 of 2)...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Normally not allowed. Call owner (509-521-1171) for exception, if required. Pet stays will require extra cleaning fee and damage deposit. Renter assumes all responsibility for pet safety and pet health. Renter assumes all responsibility for damage that pet may cause. Video surveillance of property. All adults, and in particular parents, are responsible for inspecting this particular property upon arrival and discussing with owner (509-521-1171) any issue that they encounter, so that the adult guests present, and all parents, maintain and exercise their responsibility to safeguard the health and welfare of themselves, their children, and their pets. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Limited Accessibility:

    One step up at entrance. One step up between living area and rest of house. 10 steps down or gentle slope on lawn to lake in front of house. Not all interior doors are full 36' width (most are 30' and some are 36' or greater)....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Walk-in closet and ensuite bath. Bath all marble and tile....moreless

  • Loft Sleeping Area: 3 twin/ single

    Separable into two semi-private areas (2 twin & 1 twin)...moreless

  • Sunroom/Kitchen: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Full sized sleep sofa. No privacy. Use for families only...moreless

  • Guest Bedroom: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    Marble and tiled guest bath access from hallway....moreless

  • NOTE! There are ten spots where a body may sleep in a total of 7 beds. This property may NOT be suitable for 8, 9, or 10 adults (or may NOT be suitable for 4 couples), requiring reasonable privacy. Please note the arrangement of beds and bedrooms to ensure that these accommodations are appropriate for your larger group. Queen size Bed (1) in Master Bedroom with private bath. Guest Bedroom has one double bed and one twin bed. Sleeping loft: has three twin beds in two room, and kitchen/sunroom has a full size sleep sofa: Please consider helping my staff, by removing any towels used in the bathrooms and any sheets and pillow cases from the beds used during your stay, just before you depart. Leave those used linens in the first floor laundry room. I do expect you to leave the house in same general state of cleanliness, as that in which you received it. However the remainder of all deeper and detailed cleaning and all linen washing will be done by my home help....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Guest Bathroom: toilet, shower

    3/4 - No tub. Granite and Tile. Enter from central hallway...moreless

  • Master Bath: toilet, tub, shower

    Ensuite. Wood, marble, and tile. XL tub and handspray...moreless

  • Master Bath with separate tub and shower. Guest bath is three quarter bath with shower only, and no tub. All granite and tile. Custom cabintry and fixtures. Heated floors. Please consider helping my staff, by removing any towels used in the bathrooms and any sheets and pillow cases from the beds used during your stay, just before you depart. Leave those used linens in the first floor laundry room. I do expect you to leave the house in same general state of cleanliness, as that in which you received it. However the remainder of all deeper and detailed cleaning and all linen washing will be done by my home help....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Due to bed arrangements, this property may not be suitable for 8, 9, or 10 adults requiring privacy. This property may not be suitable for 4 couples. All adults, and in particular parents, are responsible for inspecting this particular property upon arrival and discussing with owner (509-521-1171) any issue that they encounter, so that the adult guests present, and all parents, maintain and exercise their responsibility to safeguard the health and welfare of themselves, their children, and their pets. Owner with prior discussion might permit guest to bring a pet. If so, then the renter assumes all responsibility for the health and safety of pet as well as total responsibility for any damage caused by the pet Security system includes onsite exterior video surveillance of property. Renter will not access the basement or garage. Owner will have full access to, and make use of, both (from road side) at all times. Owner will store and access owners boat on dock and (1 of 2) lifts....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Large collection of classic novels and some recent literature. Almost all novels. Please do not remove from the house. Please DO NOT take with you away from house....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Blu-Ray and DVD. In living and in master bedroom...moreless

  • Games:

    Some limited board games: Monopoly, etc. Stored in library area closed shelving and upstairs in loft storage drawers. No video games....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    Limited number of music CDs. Sing and play together. Grand piano and bench provided with small selection of antique sheet music....moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    DirecTV for Samsung 40" and Samsung 55" LED. Service can sometimes be erratic in rural North America. Maintenance required more often than urban areas. Cannot guarantee operability 24X7X365....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Supplies sound for TV and DVD playback...moreless

  • Television:

    40" Samsung LED in Master Suite. 55" Samsung LED in living area...moreless

  • Toys:

    some very limited...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Minimal library of videos, but recent movie rentals available less than two miles away at Godfrey's Hardware and Grocery...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View:

    50 ft beyond and immediately in front of the broad expanse of dining/kitchen/sunroom/livingroom windows...moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Beautiful spring fed lake. Gentle sandy slope into water. Sandy bottom. No weeds. Private dock with boat lift (lift usually but NOT always available) Video Surveillance on property exterior. ...moreless

  • Lake:

    Horseshoe Lake. 2 mile long and 1/2 mile wide. Spring fed. Weed free. No runoff from land into or out of the lake. Weed free sandy bottom and gentle slope from shoreline and into deeper water....moreless

  • Lake View:

    Cabin faces east for beautiful view of sunrise on the lake and delightful calm reflections at sunset. Video Surveillance on property exterior. The loons will haunt you....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Beautiful spring fed lake. Gentle sandy slope into water. Sandy bottom. No weeds. Private dock with boat lift (lift usually but NOT always available, call ahead if critical). Video Surveillance....moreless

  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront:

    House 50ft from shoreline. Beautiful spring fed lake and lakeshore lined with pine trees....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Ample double pedestal extension table with antique chairs, and servers, suitable for 12 or more...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Second story ceiling exhaust to exterior and ceiling fans. Central air can be provided when above means are ineffective...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    free - wired and wireless ethernet via medium speed DSL and wireless router Security system on property with comprehensive exterior video surveillance. Internet service provided but not guaranteed....moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    New Compact ASKO - provided...moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    Gas interior fireplace - wood burning fire pit in terrace - outside only!...moreless

  • Garage:

    Garage is separate from house though only by 10 yds. Separate entry to garage from road. Renter does not have access to garage. Owner has access to garage at all times. Video surveillance....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Large stone fireplace with gas logs. Fire Pit - wood burning outside only in terraced fire pit....moreless

  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Heat and A/C Provided. Forced air central heat with humidification and air filtering...moreless

  • Internet:

    It is provided. I do not guarantee it will always be available. Rural MN service is sometimes intermittent....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room:

    Large living area with views to lake. Small library with many hardback books. Please feel free to use the books. Please, DO NOT remove any books from the property. Leave a book if you wish....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Coverage is okay. Sometimes erratic in cottage. Walk outside to improve signal....moreless

  • Parking:

    off-road and next to garage. Garage is separate from the house, although close by. Renters and guests do not have access to garage. Owner has full access to garage at all times. Video surveillance...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Boat and car parking alongside garage. No RV parking. No camper parking. No tents. No Pickup Camper. 24 X 7 Video surveillance of property and stored online....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Yes, parking for boat. No RVs! No trailers. No tents. No Pickup Camper. Video surviellance of property external to house at all times. 24 X 7 Video surveillance of property and stored online...moreless

  • Security System
  • Telephone:

    Incoming and local only....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Compact New ASKO- provided...moreless

  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet:

    free - Wireless ethernet via DSL and wireless router. May sometimes be unavailable....moreless

Kitchen

  • Freezer:

    36" Sub Zero Refrigerator and 36" Freezer...moreless

  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Premier Kitchen! 60 in. Wolf Dual Fuel Range w/griddle, two ovens, and grill. Subzero 36' refrig and 36' freezer. Large island with seating. Dual Bosch dishwashers. XL Triple sink. Wok....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Sharp Microwave drawer oven...moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven:

    Two Wolf 30" Electric Convection Ovens...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Bring your own. Subzero wine cooler. Limited store of condiments (salt, pepper, flour, sugar, etc) Replace if you use it all!...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    36" Sub Zero Refrigerator & Sub Zero 36" freezer. 2 Refrigerator Drawers located at coffee bar. 24" Wine cooler in the pantry/laundry....moreless

  • Stove:

    60' Wolf range with griddle and grill. High heat wok burner....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    provided...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Loons live here ~8 months of the year. They will be out almost every night in spring, summer, and fall (when lake is ice free)...moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat:

    14 ft Lund fishing w/oars. No motor. Motor can be rented at local vendors nearby. Owner will access dock and lift as well as store owners boat on lift (1 of 2)...moreless

  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio:

    Terraced outdoor patio with fire pit. Renter provides wood. DO NOT remove wood piled on any adjacent property. Do not create fire pit in lawn or nearer shoreline. Both are prohibited by DNR....moreless

  • Golf:

    Many reasonably priced high quality local courses within 30 miles....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Old Town canoe with paddles. Docks: Owner will access dock and lift and store owners boat on lift (1 of 2)...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Mature lawn and stone pathways around house, and out to the garage and roadway 2 mile walking trail in woods across the access road behind the garage Owner will access garage, basement and docks....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    New four burner Weber gas grill and newer kettle style charcoal grill. Renter provides additional fuel, if fuel is expended. Docks: Owner will access dock and lift and store owners boat on lift ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda:

    irregular terraced stone patio. Video surveillance of property exterior. Docks: Owner will access dock and lift and store owners boat on lift (1 of 2)...moreless

  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Ski Gull - near Nisswa, MN 25 miles south on Hwy 371. ...moreless

  • Terrace
  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Lifejackets - Bring your own if you have them. Previous guests have left some limited sizes at house. Inspect and use at your own risk. Docks: Owner will access dock and lift and store boat...moreless

  • Yard
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Apr 8 - May 12, 2017
2 night min stay
$125
$800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Early Summer 2017
May 13 - Jun 2, 2017
2 night min stay
$200 $250
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,200

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2017
Jun 3 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,200

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Late Summer
Sep 9 - Oct 8, 2017
3 night min stay
$250 $300
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,500

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Fall
Oct 9 - Nov 16, 2017
2 night min stay
$150 $200
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Holiday 1
Nov 17 - Nov 25, 2017
3 night min stay
$200 $250
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Early Winter
Nov 26 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$100 $150
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Holiday 2
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay
$200
$1,200

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Winter
Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2018
2 night min stay
$125 $125
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Spring 2018
Apr 1 - May 10, 2018
2 night min stay
$125 $175
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$900

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Early Summer 2018
May 11 - Jun 1, 2018
3 night min stay
$175 $200
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,200

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2018
Jun 2 - Sep 7, 2018
7 night min stay

$2,500

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Late Summer 2018
Sep 8 - Oct 5, 2018
2 night min stay
$250 $300
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,500

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Fall 2018
Oct 6 - Nov 15, 2018
2 night min stay
$125 $150
Thu, Fri, Sat
$800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Holiday 1
Nov 16 - Nov 24, 2018
3 night min stay
$200 $250
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Early Winter 2018
Nov 25 - Dec 20, 2018
2 night min stay
$125
$800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Holiday 2 2018
Dec 21 - Jan 1, 2019
3 night min stay
$200 $250
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,200

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Winter 2019
Jan 2 - Apr 4, 2019
2 night min stay
$125
Spring 2019
Apr 5 - May 16, 2019
2 night min stay
$125
$800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Early Summer 2019
May 19 - May 31, 2019
2 night min stay
$200 $250
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,200

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2019
Jun 1 - Sep 6, 2019
7 night min stay

$2,500

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Late Summer 2019
Sep 7 - Oct 4, 2019
2 night min stay
$250 $300
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,500

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Fall 2019
Oct 5 - Nov 22, 2019
2 night min stay
$150 $200
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Holiday 1
Nov 23 - Nov 30, 2019
3 night min stay
$200 $250
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Early Winter 2019
Dec 1 - Dec 19, 2019
2 night min stay
$125
$800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Holiday 2 2019
Dec 20 - Jan 4, 2020
3 night min stay

$1,200

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Winter 2020
Jan 5 - Apr 2, 2020
2 night min stay
$125
$800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Spring 2020
Apr 3 - May 14, 2020
2 night min stay
$125
$800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Early Summer 2020
May 15 - Jun 5, 2020
2 night min stay
$200 $250
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,200

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2020
Jun 6 - Sep 11, 2020
7 night min stay

$2,500

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$2,200

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $100
  • cleaning added, if not weekly rental $150
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

A cleaning fee of $150 will be charged for stays of less than 6 days.

Weekly rentals only in May - September. Prefer Saturday to Saturday Rentals in May. and June. I will occasionally rent by less than a week or other than Saturday to Saturday, if still open on short lead time. Ask, if interested.

Pets, if permitted by owner, will require extra cleaning fee and a refundable damage deposit


Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Location

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Brainerd
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Backus
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pine River
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
MN 87
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Salty Dog
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Ski Gull
10 Metres
Nearest Beach
At house

Car: Necessary

Supplied with Old Town Canoe and Lund 14' fishing boat. Outboard motor not supplied but available for rent at nearby commercial locations. Easier still, borrow or rent a motor and bring that one with you. 6 HP or less is preferred. Lake view accessible from dining room, kitchen, sunroom, and livingroom.. Piano for singing together. Fire ring in terraced area with table and chairs. Grill outside or inside. Picnic out while watching the kids swim and the sun set. Roast marshmellows. Walking trail through woods and ponds just behind house. Two miles distance to 80 miles of the Paul Bunyan and Heartland bicycle trails. Paul Bunyan Trail provides access to added 70 miles of Heartland Trail.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1992

About the owner: Nuclear Engineer. Reside in MD part time, and in MN part time. Like to sail, swim, waterski, snow ski, hike, mountaineer, bicycle, XC ski, digital communications, and amateur radio Own house in MN on lake, and condo in MD on Chesapeake Bay.

Why the Owner Chose Backus, MN, USA:
Lived on this lake every summer for 65 years. Family on this lake for 95 years. Love it summer or winter! Family owns house next door to the north and the lot between the two houses. My grandfather bought the property next door to the north shortly after he returned from World War I about 1919 and then built the first house on this lake in 1921. The original rustic log cabin was replaced by the current next door house in 1946, right after World War II. My parents honeymooned at that home in 1947. I visited this lake for the first time in the summer of 1950 two weeks after I was born. I have been here numerous times in each year between then and now. I bought the property next door where my current home resides in 1992. It was the fourth time that the property had been for sale since a small frame home had been built upon it in 1926 by an aging German bachelor who was also a master carpenter. The carpenter retired to this property in the 1940's. I knew this gentleman very well. I hunted and fished with him and my grandfather on and around the lake. He owned the property and lived there most of the time until his death in 1965. He left the property to his cousin. The cousin eventually sold the property and a sequence of owners enjoyed the lake and that same original house until 1992. I bought the property in 1992 and modestly improved and remodeled the original house several times. That sequence of efforts evolved over years into the net very substantial upgrade that is this current home. My grandfather passed away in 1962. My grandmother passed in 1988. My mother passed in 1992. My father passed in 2011. The property to the north remains today in the hands of my brothers. Between us all we have 9 children all of whom routinely visit and stay at our homes on Horseshoe Lake. My brothers and I have planned for and hope to pass these wonderful living spots along to our children and are now well prepared to do so, when the time is appropriate.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Small lake. Pristine spring fed water. Low boating traffic on the lake nearly all of the time as compared to White Fish Chain, Gull Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, etc. More suitable for families in some ways. More suitable for children venturing out on their own. Better wake boarding and water skiing due to low wave height and quiet boating condiitions. Many bays on the lake. Always a calm spot for trick skiing and trick wakeboarding. Generally good fishing. Great bass fishing. Good walleye fishing. House is all new in 2013. Roomy 3 bedroom and two bath cottage. Full laundry. Full living area with separate kitchen and dining spaces. Beautiful bright sunroom sitting area overlooking the lake and beach immediately in front of the house. Spaces flow comfortably together so no one is left out but there are lots of nooks for quiet reading or work. Thoughtfully designed and highly functional house with top quality commerical grade gourmet kitchen. Natural sunlight throughout with plentiful glass for view out to the lake as well as surrounding woodlands. Bedrooms have full closets and dressers. Master bedroom has ensuite bathroom. Sleeping loft has areas for children or adult guests. Spent four years designing and preparing to build this. Corrected all of the flaws in the previous home and then some.


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  • Lakeside view of the new cottage.  Mid-summer of 2013.

    Lakeside view of the new cottage. Mid-summer of 2013.

  • Tubing and boating could not be better

    Tubing and boating could not be better

  • Winter early 2013 - House and garage viewed from approach on the access road

    Winter early 2013 - House and garage viewed from approach on the access road

  • Cottage, terrace, and walkways - taken from southeast corner looking northwest

    Cottage, terrace, and walkways - taken from southeast corner looking northwest

  • Cottage Terraced area.  Steps to the lakeshore

    Cottage Terraced area. Steps to the lakeshore

  • Cottage taken from on-lake ice - midwinter 2014

    Cottage taken from on-lake ice - midwinter 2014

  • Skip Stairway to the loft and central hallway.  From the entryway

    Skip Stairway to the loft and central hallway. From the entryway

  • Dining room from the front entryway.

    Dining room from the front entryway.

  • Living Room.  Entertainment Center.  Taken from Guest Bedroom

    Living Room. Entertainment Center. Taken from Guest Bedroom

  • Guest Bathroom with Shower.  No bathtub.

    Guest Bathroom with Shower. No bathtub.

  • Master suite.  One Queen size bed.

    Master suite. One Queen size bed.

  • Loft bedrooms.  Three twin beds

    Loft bedrooms. Three twin beds

  • The lake and dock viewed from the lakeside terrace.  Boat not included.

    The lake and dock viewed from the lakeside terrace. Boat not included.

  • Wakeboarding and water skiing are superb - sheltered bays and low traffic volume

    Wakeboarding and water skiing are superb - sheltered bays and low traffic volume

  • Garage as seen from the access road.  Guests do not have use of the garage

    Garage as seen from the access road. Guests do not have use of the garage

  • Terrace area on the lake side of the cottage with grills, fire pit, and settee

    Terrace area on the lake side of the cottage with grills, fire pit, and settee

  • July 2013 - House and yard as seen from the lakeside dock at sunrise

    July 2013 - House and yard as seen from the lakeside dock at sunrise

  • Lake just before sunrise - as seen from the kitchen over a cup of fresh coffee

    Lake just before sunrise - as seen from the kitchen over a cup of fresh coffee

  • Central hallway and main library in the cottage

    Central hallway and main library in the cottage

  • Kitchen looking from the Dining Room

    Kitchen looking from the Dining Room

  • Guest bedroom. Two twin beds.

    Guest bedroom. Two twin beds.

  • Laundry and pantry - Cabinet doors and roll out pantry

    Laundry and pantry - Cabinet doors and roll out pantry

  • Master bath.  Shower and tub behind the door

    Master bath. Shower and tub behind the door

  • 2 mile walking trail immediately across the access road from the garage

    2 mile walking trail immediately across the access road from the garage

VRBO #349396

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Friday, April 28, 2017

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