Minnetonka retreat home nestled near Lone Lake Park Reserve on its own cul-de-sac on 5 acres, partly wooded, partly spacious lawn. First floor split entry invites one into a cozy library or up several wide carpeted steps to a grand living room with ceiling to floor stone and brick fireplace, The dining room opens to a screen porch and a breakfast room with fireplace and updated kitchen with double ovens, refrigerator, and 5 burner cook-top. Up several more stairs are 4 bedrooms, a full bath plus large separate shower. The master bedroom suite opens into a spacious sitting room with bay window and picture windows on 3 walls. First floor has a half bath, access to the laundry room, garage. Down several more stairs is a large family room with ceiling to floor brick fireplace, TV, wet bar, and game area leading out to a stone patio. Each room has picture windows ideal for viewing wildlife: deer, pileated woodpeckers, wild turkeys, barred owls.
- House4400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Min Stay3 nights
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 20, 2018
About Florence Dunkel
I am an Entomology professor at Montana State University (MSU) and live in Bozeman, Montana. I raised all my children here and taught freshwater ecology at Lone Lake adjacent to this vacation home when we lived there. My husband is a retired instructor in the MSU College of Business and we were married on the grounds of our home. It is an ideal location for a wedding and reception. Together with our children and the neighbors we have been exploring this area through skiing, wildlife observation, including birdwatching for 35 years. This was the first house on the road and the home where Doug and Lynn grew up, hence the road name Douglynn. We bought the home from the parents of Doug and Lynn.
Florence Dunkel purchased this House in 1977
Why Florence Dunkel chose Minnetonka
We chose this property because we wanted the feeling of being in the wilderness. In fact one step inside of our south facing woods on the property and you feel like you are in a natural cathedral. Proceed a little farther and you are at the edge of a lake bordered in the summer with the magnificent lotus leaves and flowers. The woods are always changing and will share its beauty with those who explore. It is peaceful, relaxing, and a joyous place to be. You can enjoy the warmth of a fireplace while in the cozy eating area watching wildlife or in the great room. You can relax inside the home, in the screened porch area, patio, or outside on the lawn. For the active family there is a level playing field for badminton, croquet, bocce, touch football or soccer. Most of the rooms have been furnished in earth tones to keep the rustic feel. The home has a serene, natural feel where there is a continuity between the outside and the inside. The home is away from it all, yet close to everything. We would like to welcome families and groups of no more than 12 enjoy our home. This is a peaceful neighborhood and we want to keep our neighbors happy. Therefore, we will not accept requests for events such as weddings, receptions, batchlorette parties, etc.
What makes this House unique
This clearing in the woods is nestled in Lone Lake Park Reserve with miles of hiking, cross-country, and interpreted nature, trails, tennis courts, picnic pavilion and children's jungle gym. The property is located within 20 minutes of Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Mall of America, and downtown Minneapolis, and Lake Minnetonka by car. We are within walking distance of Shady Oak Beach which is a kid-friendly, life-guarded lake with a mini-water park, concession stand, volleyball, and changing rooms. Bryant Lake is a 5 minute drive and offers free entrance, parking, and beach. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, just to name a few, are available to rent. There are concession stands, restrooms, and an indoor pavilion to rent for entertaining large groups,
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Great house with a wonderful yard
We really enjoyed staying here for a few days. It's a very nice quite spot with a fantastic yard. There are lots of living spaces and although it was very large it also felt cozy. The wild turkeys wandering the yard were an unexpected surprise.
Communication was great, and it was exactly as advertised. Would definitely stay here again.
Very roomy in a park like setting!
Our family enjoyed all aspects of the accommodations. Plenty of room to play, relax, cook, and enjoy each others company around the large table that fit all ten of us. We also enjoyed that no T.V's were in the living room so it promoted communication without distraction. Everyone enjoyed the wild life and the wide variety of birds in the area. From a toddler to a senior it was a very wonderful experience. Everything we needed was provided. This would be great place to retreat for any occasion. I personally would love to do some writing in the small room off the master bedroom. Very peaceful and quite.
Wonderful Location, Home and Host!
This was my first time using VRBO and the Dunkels made it a wonderful experience. Florence promptly answered all my questions. Their home exceeded our expectations. The location was convenient with easy access to the freeway, bike trails and walking paths. Stores were nearby. The 7+ beds provided more than enough sleeping spaces.
With 3 generations sharing the home, everyone was comfortable and loved the family atmosphere. The house is clean and kid friendly with toys, games and books. The 3-seasons-porch provides added dining and relaxation possibilities.We roasted marshmallows over the fire pit and made delicious s'mores.
The Dunkels were able to be flexible with the schedule, which we sincerely appreciated. Our entire family agreed that this was a great home to share and we all look forward to coming back.
Adorable house and wildlife!
We spent a lovely few days with family. The house was a perfect gathering place. Immaculate, well-maintained, cozy and very charming. The house had everything we needed and enough space for five adults, two teenagers and a baby (and plenty of room to spare!). We had great time and loved the house. Next time we'll come when the weather is warmer so we can enjoy the yard and the quiet neighborhood. Thank you!
Family wedding weekend
The location is nice and the yard beautiful, but much is left to be desired about this rental.
The house is outdated (think Brady Bunch furnishings) and in need of repairs, including the back railing from the porch to the yard. When we arrived there were 4 broken dining room chairs set against the wall with a note on them from a previous tenant, dated 2 months prior. The silver ware drawer had only 3 teaspoons, even thought a list of utensils was prominently placed in the drawer listing 8.
The cleaning crew needs better supervision as we found toenail clippings between the sheets in one of the guest rooms.
The payment is odd. Florence doesn't like PayPal so requires you send in a certified check or money order, plus a substantial security deposit. I had to wait an unusually long time for acknowledgement of my check, and over a month for my security deposit to be returned.
Overall, not the perfect rental for a few different reasons.
Wonderful setting for a family gathering!
My husband and I hosted our three children, their spouses and young families for the weekend. The residence was very roomy with lots of options for sleeping. The kitchen was well stocked for doing our own cooking. We had lots of room for dining. But our favorite was the secluded yard, rich with wildlife! The 3 & 4 year olds loved running from window to window to watch the wild turkey strut through the yard! The Lone Tree nature area was only 1/2 mile away and had awesome play equipment and lovely wooded trails.
Rates & Availability
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Dates will remain open until signed contract and the security deposit is received. Upon arrival, the security deposit becomes the damage deposit. If there is no damage detected after departure, damage deposit is refundable within 30 days of departure. Gatherings of more than 12 people at the property, without owner's prior approval, will be charged an additional fee of $500; this fee will automatically be deducted from the damage deposit. While we show "No Pets Allowed," service dogs are certainly acceptable