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Top 25 Vacation rental -MN Monthly Magazine 2017

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,001 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin with 5 Bedrooms: Rustic meets luxury Lakeshore property

From the moment you walk in the door you will feel completely at home at the barn at Madeline Island.

Sleeps 16 in beds/featured in both Martha Stewart Weddings, Linda Mack's new book about Madeline Island homes and featured on the Discovery Channel (Great Retreats).

Our home is located on over 900' of private lakeshore (18 acres) surrounded by beautiful white pine, maple and birch forest. The 3000 square foot home was built in 2003 from a 200 year old Vermont hay barn we had disassembled, transported and painstakingly reassembled into a luxury vacation home. The hand hewn beams inside are up to 20' in diameter and the walls are original barn board.

Enjoy our over-sized dock at sunset. Stand Up Paddle Boards and Kayaks are waiting for you at the lake... You and your kids will love swimming at the shore.

A charming treehouse for the kids and a handmade bonfire area to enjoy marshmallows and cocktails.

You will feel warm and comfortable from the moment you step inside to find a gourmet kitchen with Viking range and all of the amenities needed to relax and or entertain in grand style. Sit on the huge deck with family or friends and watch the sun set over the islands.

A perfect retreat for a couple, a wedding, a reunion or a larger group of friends looking to experience peace and quiet on Madeline Island.

We've hosted gorgeous weddings, family retreats, reunions and honeymoons. We take extra pains to make sure your needs are met. (caretakers are down the road!)

The Barn is truly a work of art that needs to be seen to be fully appreciated.

We are 7 miles from the town of LaPointe where you'll find restaurants, bars, ice cream and souvenir shopping. There are tennis courts available as well as a Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course. Moped, kayak and bicycle rental also available. Take the ferry over to Bayfield for a day trip of shopping and dinner out.

Available for weekly (7 night minimum) rentals during July and August or shorter periods in fall, winter and spring (3 night minimum).

This review sums up your future experience at our home:

"The home was BEAUTIFUL. It was decorated lovely, with a warm and cozy feeling. It was spacious, clean, very comfortable and the view to Lake Superior breathtaking. The home had all the amenities we needed and the gourmet kitchen was fabulous. We spent a lot of time on the huge deck, which had comfortable seating for all. The dock was large and awesome where we spent a lot of time sunbathing, taking a dip in Lake Superior to cool off and trying our skills on the paddleboard. We had a lovely time and we all agreed that it was one of our best vacations. We also want to thank the owner for calling us to make sure we had everything we needed. That's customer service at it's finest. "


More Details

Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

What makes this cottage unique

The barn at Madeline Island is actually a 200 year old hay barn that was lovingly moved from Vermont to its new home at Madeline Island where it was turned in to a breathtaking luxury home. Featured on the Discovery Channel, Martha Stewart Weddings and the upcoming book 'Madeline Island Summer Houses' by Linda Mack.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sanders and family - A HUGE thank you for renting us your home

on Madeline Island for K&L's wedding weekend.

Here is a link to a few pictures chosen by the photographer

to post on his website:

We thought that you might enjoy seeing these, because we all read the

framed article about your wedding and it looks like K+L were

married on the same spot!

We had a wonderful meal catered by Good Thyme and amazing flowers

all grown on the Island and arranged by Cynthia Davell of Sylvan Island Events.

Your home was the perfect spot and exactly what K + L had hoped for

when they thought about their wedding day - close to nature and very, very special.

We tried to leave your property as clean as the day we walked in. (And it

was very clean on that day!)

Thanks again for providing us the contact information for your caretaker. He was a great help by coming to pick up the extra

trash and getting the septic company to come and pump. We all felt

better knowing he was so close.

Best always,


PS - Also had a lot of fun on the kayaks (we have some at home, too!)

and LOVED the paddleboard, the dock in general and the tree house!
Jun 2013
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Ashland County Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3001 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1st floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    2nd floor - toilet , shower
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • main floor: Hermit Island room - 1 queen , private bedroom with shared bath
    main floor: Basswood Island room - 1 king , private BR with hanging closet, large dresser and share bath
    upstairs: Hermit Island room - 2 twin/ single , private loft BR with shared bath
    basement: Sand Island room - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , 2 murphy bed , private room with shared main floor bathroom
    upstairs: Raspberry Island room - 1 queen , private bedroom with shared bathroom.
    basement: Stockton - 1 king , semi-private room with shared main floor bathroom
    upstairs: Eagle Island loft - 2 twin/ single , semi-private loft with shared bathroom
  • first floor Master: antique king bed, linens and duvet are Sundance catalogue products. Master BR also has a Large dresser and full hanging closet with shelving. two twin trundle beds in basement bedroom Leave the pack and play at home, we have a Graco brand pack and play waiting for you. There is an amazing screened in porch with an oversized twin couch/daybed. This is the best room in the house for those wanting the beauty of the lake and outdoors without the bugs!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
If we don't have it, ask us and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs...


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Top 25 Vacation rental -MN Monthly Magazine 2017
average rating of 4.96875 based on 33 reviews

Epic weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Great spot for me and my friends. Amazing kitchen, deck, porches and room for everyone to eat together and have their own bed! Definitely will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jillian! We can’t wait for you to come back. You and your friends were wonderful to host. Best always, Sanders and the boys
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Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic time at the Barn. It was the most picturesque and comfortable place we could have imagined for our wedding.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An amazing home with a wonderful view

  • 5 of 5

This was such a beautiful clean home, with all the amenities. So spacious and cozy. Lots to do, but our favorite was to walk down to the pier to fish and relax. Our little ones enjoyed the space so much, too. The deck was a great place for them to run and take in the scenery. Cooking was easy with the kitchen being very adequate. A very nice getaway for a family or friends looking to do nothing but relax, be active outdoors, or check out the island itself. Sanders, the owner, will take care of anything and everything you need. Always a phone call away and so helpful without feeling intrusive. We would definitely go back and stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Feel in love with the area

  • 5 of 5

We were a multi-generation family of twelve and had such a good time - the best family trip (with kiddos ranging in age from 4 1/2 to 15) we've had. Lake Superior (and the dock at the barn to enjoy it) were simply beautiful. And when it comes to the kitchen and related amenities, the barn was perhaps the best rental I have stayed in.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Barn House on Madeline Island is Pure Magic

  • 5 of 5

The Barn House on Madeline Island is pure magic! We had a very small wedding (ten people) at the house and it was absolutely perfect. We booked the home based on the beautiful photos in the listing and a few emails with Sanders and it couldn’t have gone smoother. The home is even more stunning in person and had everything we could have needed. We got married on the hill behind the house with views of Lake Superior through the trees, had an incredible dinner by Good Thyme Catering followed by an amazing cake by Harbor House Sweets. We spent five days at the house together and it was one of the most special vacations our family has ever had. I only hope we are lucky enough to stay at the Barn House again in the future – the only problem is you never want to leave. Thank you, Sanders and family - you helped us have the most incredible wedding and priceless time with our family!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Incredible Place to Stay!!

  • 5 of 5

From the location on Madeline Island to the beautifully built home, this cabin is the perfect getaway for family and friends. No detail has been missed in Sander's amazing home. The rooms are spacious, the cabin is warm and welcoming and the views are spectacular. There is tons of room to entertain, huge fire pit for smores, and an easy walk down to the water. It's a short drive to town, but you honestly will want to spend all your time here. I also can't say enough about Sander's attention to detail and ease of communication. There is nothing to want when you're in this spectacular home, just relax and unplug. Can't wait to get back!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
LaPointe town park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
dump fee-garbage removal $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
cleaning fee $350 + Tax


Reservations cancelled before 60 day period receive deposit less $200 handling fee.

*****We have a full calendar and need to strictly enforce our check in time is after 4pm, Check out 11am.
We are charged $150 per hour for early arrivals and or late check outs which will be deducted from your security deposit.
Sorry for this inflexibility, but it is the only way we can manage the time needed to prepare the house for next guests...

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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