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Beautiful Home on Lk Washington - Pontoon & Fishing Boat Included with Rental

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10 or more

The Swisher Retreat is an amazing ALL season rental that sits right on beautiful Lake Washington. It is great for family gatherings, reunions, fishing weekends, girls weekends, bachelor parties, etc. Private, roomy, gorgeous location.

The main property has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths (master bath has jetted tub) and a huge, beautiful deck with a gas grill, facing the lake. The bunkhouse has two futons, a TV/DVD player, and is included in the rental.

The Swisher Retreat includes unlimited use of a pontoon and a fishing boat (seats 6-8) both with motor and gas. The property is on Lake Washington, but Lake Stella can be easily accessed via the channel with the fishing boat (included). Both lakes are excellent for summer fishing and ice fishing!

Also included are 2 kayaks, 2 paddle boats, and assorted tubes & floating air mattresses. Families with young children love the shallow shoreline for swimming, water toys included. There is a fire pit overlooking the lake and firewood is included. A huge, covered deck on the home (with plenty of comfortable seating) overlooks the lake.

For larger groups there is a lovely travel trailer with full hookups on the property. It sleeps 2-4 and has a kitchen area and bathroom, as well as air conditioning. It is available for an additional fee of $100.00.

This is a spacious property that has room for tents in the yard, yard games, plenty of shady areas, room for kids to play, and plenty of parking.

Wi-Fi, washer, dryer, dishwasher, central air conditioning, coffee maker, jetted tub in the master bathroom, water softener, towels, and a fireplace give this vacation property many of the comforts of your own home. We include many extras: soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, paper plates, paper towels, garbage bags, disposable aluminum pans, paper cups, coffee, flour, sugar, salt/pepper and other seasonings.

We offer a 10% discount to active and retired military personnel & active and retired law enforcement/firefighters. Please let us know when you book, so we can include the discount.

While you are here, visit local attractions like the World's Largest Ball of Twine!

Come to the lake and make some wonderful memories!

More Details

Jill Swisher
Member since: 2016
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 a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Jill Swisher

I was born and raised in the area and am excited to share all that the Lake Washington area has to offer with you! I am the former owner of one of the most popular local restaurants and am now sharing my enthusiasm and hospitality with each person that rents my property. My family and I live just a hop, skip and a jump away on the family farm. Give me a jingle and I will share with you anything you want to know before renting.

Jill Swisher purchased this house in 1970

Why Jill Swisher chose Darwin

The property has been in the family for 3 generations. In fact, my mother started the area summer festival, Twine Ball Days, which the area celebrates every year in August.

What makes this house unique

This lake home is tucked in the woods away from traffic on a beautiful lake. There is a large lawn which is perfect for picnics, yard games and room for kids to run and play. The main feature is the lake. The views are awesome and the beach, pontoon, kayaks and paddle boats give you everything you need to enjoy your stay with us. The fire pit is an evening favorite and firewood is provided. We want you to have a wonderful time so please let us know if you have any questions about the property. If you are staying with us please let us know if you need anything while you are here.

Sincerely, Jill


Darwin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Relax in the spacious, jetted tub. Towels and soap included.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bunkhouse - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • This is a 3 bedroom lake home. The master bedroom has a master bath with jetted tub and shower. There is also a bunkhouse included that sleeps 2-4. A travel trailer that sleeps 2-4 is available for an additional fee of $100.00.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
While you are here, visit local attractions like the World's Largest Ball of Twine! We offer a 10% discount to active and retired military personnel & active and retired law enforcement/firefighters. Please let us know when you book, so we can include the discount. Book for Super Bowl weekend and we will provide chauffeur service all weekend long, at no extra charge!


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Beautiful Home on Lk Washington - Pontoon & Fishing Boat Included with Rental
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Warm, Cozy and Well Equipped !

  • 5 of 5

Warm, cozy and well equipped is the best way to describe this nice place to get-a-way and enjoy Lake Washington and/or the Darwin and Hutchinson areas.

We rented this lake home in connection with a Family Wedding and it worked out great for a group of nine out-of-town Michiganders who all have lake homes of their own. So, we can honestly say it was like a home-away-from-home. The large "entertainment" friendly kitchen was a gathering spot for large breakfasts and/or nightly cocktail hour gatherings.

The three bedrooms, bunk house and trailer helped accommodate everyone with restful sleep; and, the two full baths worked out well. Laundry room perfect for keeping the towels clean and dry and/or your own clothes.

Pontoon Boat was great to tour the lake - just add a well stocked cooler to quench your thirst. Fire pit area overlooking the lake is a neat place to sit back, kick up you feet and bring a FUN day to an end! Large wrap around, covered deck great place to play cards and enjoy the outdoors.

Only drawback - the 32 inch flat screen TV. Can't watch MICHIGAN football on anything less than 50" - take note JS / we love ya; but were talking about a TEAM with a BIG HOUSE ...

The owner is an entrepreneur extraordinaire! She understands the common thread of every successful business model - TAKE CARE of the CUSTOMER. Thanks JS for taking care of us and making our stay so special.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to meet you and we absolutely LOVED having you stay at Swisher Retreat. We hope we'll see you again sometime!
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Wonderful host, cabin equipped perfectly!

  • 5 of 5

We were excited for our stay in Darwin before we even knew what a treat we were in for! Our long weekend stay started with a flexible arrival time, and a warm welcome to four adults and three dogs. The cabin has everything you'd ever need for a fun stay - both inside and out. Abundant fire wood was provided, which made for a perfect fall weekend filled with bonfires! The pontoon was great for attempting to fish (the fish were elusive this weekend darnit!) and the fishing boat is a nice addition, though it wasn't working for us during our stay. No prob because the pontoon was great!

Inside the cabin is cozy and comfortable - lots of games for indoor fun and everything you'd need in the kitchens and bathrooms!

Jill truly loves opening her home to guests; you can tell by every detail that she's thought of in hosting guests on Lake Washington.

If you're lucky, local business Whimsy Green will be open the weekend you visit. Check them out!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful stay at the Swisher Retreat!!! We had a pontoon, a fishing boat, 3 paddle boats, kayaks and gasoline!!!!! The house was very nice also!! Jill supplied all the necessary items we needed, toilet paper, laundry supplies, cleaners, etc!! Loved everything!!! Thanks Jill!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you as our guests! Thank you!
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Amazing Stay - Great Host!!

  • 5 of 5

Jill was such an amazing hostess! She fully accommodated whenever we needed anything, and really went above and beyond to ensure we had a great experience! When it rained, she bought and delivered us a bag of board games, and when we had a question about a light on a boat, they were over within minutes to help! Beyond the hospitality, the house was great (we had 9 people and all were comfortable), and the boat made the weekend experience one to remember! It's a great lake, and there were lots of lake toys to keep us occupied! We'll definitely be back :)

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happily Surprised

  • 5 of 5

We five pickey seniors were impressed with the very clean interior and enjoyed the large deck and the fire ring in the evenings and the fifteen or so steps to the lake. We wanted to bring Jill home with us but Jim said no. Absolutely everything you would want in the house was provided. Thank you both for such an enjoyable expierence

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were thrilled to have you as our guests! We hope to see you again!
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Splendid Week!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from an amazing week spent at Swisher Retreat, from the time driving up till the time we left, Jill was an amazing host. The property was even nicer than the pictures. The view of the lake was amazing and she had everything and anything you could have wanted.

The boats, yes there was beautiful pontoon and then the large fishing boat. Fishing boat had trolling motor and regular motor, both had lights. The fishing was good - lots of bass, some northern, and pan fish. We were there for a week of relaxation and fishing; both were satisfied.

There were 11 of us and all had a place to lay our heads. There were three 15-year old boys in our group that we tucked away in the bunk house. It was great. The huge deck was a great asset to the lake home. Many hours were spent out there enjoying the view and great weather, playing cards, and enjoying our favorite beverages.

I would recommend this get away to anyone looking for a really great place and great hostess - you will not find another place for the $$ or a better host. Jill is simply amazing and the most caring person to work with. She even brought us treats! Thanks for the memories, Jill. See you again, soon! ~The Tiptons

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Minneapolis Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Darwin Tavern
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Litchfield Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
A variety of local dining establishments
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
Powder Ridge
Car: necessary

In the summer, relax in the sun near the lake front, explore the lake - excellent fishing and unlimited use of the pontoon & a fishing boat, gas included!

In the winter, this area is perfect for cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. If you are looking for the perfect spot for the holidays, this is it! We will even provide the tree!

Come see the world's largest ball of twine and visit the twine ball museum, located just one mile from the property.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Travel Trailer $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

100% refund with 60-days cancellation notice; 50% refund with 30-days cancellation notice.

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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