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Beautiful Lakefront Cottage perfect for large/multiple families

Bedrooms 4
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 kitchen, 2 family rm lakefront cottage complete with boats

This two-level lakefront gem is complete with 4 bedrooms, master bed & bath with deck, 3 baths, 2 fully furnished kitchens (one on each level), washer & dryer, large screen TV's w/satelite & DVD's, lakeside decks with outdoor furniture, screen porches on each level, brick patio, outdoor grills, waterfront fire pit, grassy sideyards and dock. Authentic Northwoods interior finishes throughout complete with cleaning service. You can close off one level from the other if you so choose! Includes large pontoon, motorized fishing boat, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, water toys and large dock. Lake Arrowhead has great fishing and is perfect for water skiing and boarding without all the traffic. You can even boat across the lake to one of the area's premier pizza parlors! Property faces west for picturesque sunsets, and lakefront is all sand bottom, tapering off gently for great water fun. We bought and completely remodeled and refurbished after combing the Northwoods for the perfect spot. While tucked away and quiet, the property is also very close to area grocery stores, restaurants, golf courses, casino and downtown Minocqua. We're proud of our many repeat guests who have made many family memories here and keep coming back! This is our family's vacation destination too!!

Greg Callin
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About Greg Callin

The Callin Family stems from the Greater Madison, WI area and consider the WI Northwoods our second home. We've rented to great guests & friends since we bought it and renovated it in 1998. This is our only rental property so we love it and care for it as our family treasure. This property is also our vacation home, so we furnish it and care for it as such and expect our guests to as well. Over the years we've come to trust some locals who help us with cleaning, maintenance, repairs and quick response guest calls and we consider these trusted friends an extension of our family. We welcome your family to our family destination-Cal's Cottage.

Greg Callin purchased this cabin in 1998

Why Greg Callin chose Woodruff

My parents started vacationing in the WI Northwoods decades ago and decided to buy a rental/vacation property in the area. After searching for years, we vacationed on Lake Arrowhead and happened to see a property for sale. This 1950's vintage ranch home was plain and neglected, but had great 'bones', a great waterfront, and tremendous upside. Lake Arrowhead is a great lake-wonderful fishing and big enough for boating and skiing yet secluded enough that its primarily used only by our lakefront property owners. My architect brother designed the renovations and my retired father worked side by side with a talented carpenter and other tradesman and completely refurbished and remodeled it-inside and out. My mother furnished the kitchens, bedrooms, baths and living spaces with her touch on the interior decor and we've been constantly upgrading and tweaking ever since. Cal's is truly what a lakefront cottage/cabin should be, and we and our repeat guests love it.

What makes this cabin unique

Very few rentals offer the boats and watercraft that are included at Cal's Cottage. 12 person deluxe pontoon, motorized fishing boat, 3 kayaks, 2 paddleboards, 2 canoes and a paddleboat give you countless options on crystal clear Lake Arrowhead. From the moment you first drive down the windy, wooded drive to when you first see the cottage and its wood exterior to when you first look out across the lake, you'll know why we consider this place Cal's 'heaven on earth'. With great windows on both levels facing the lakefront and all the unique 'perch' positions on the wood decks, screened porches, brick patio, grassy sideyards and dock, you'll enjoy great days and picturesque sunsets overlooking the lake. The lake water is amazingly clear and simply draws you toward it. The toughest moment is always when you turn your back on the lake and leave for reality.


Woodruff Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Renters are responsible for garbage removal upon departure.
  • Fuel used on boats must be replaced upon checkout per fuel instructions
  • We appreciate being notified of items broken, damaged, or in need of repair or maintenance.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Includes ventable skylight
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Includes washer/dryer
    Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 full bathrooms. Master bath off master bedroom includes washer/dryer, main level bathroom has tub/shower combo, lower level bath has shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Lower Level Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 2 twins,dresser,closet, bath w/shower next to it
    Main Level Guest Room - 2 twin/ single , Hardwood floors, 2 twin beds, dresser, closet
    Main Level Sofa Sleeper - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In main level family room, sleeps 1 adult or 2 kids
    Lower Level Sofa Sleeper - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In lower level family room, sleeps 1 adult or 2 kids
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master bath,washer/dryer,2 closets,glass patio dr to deck
    Lower Level Main Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen bed, dresser, closet, chair,space for portacrib/sbag
  • 4 Bedrooms, 2 with queens, 2 with 2 twins each, 2 sofa sleepers in large open family rooms, authentic cabin decor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
The Northwoods/Greater Minocqua boasts many great boutique shops and independently owned restaurants. Our large/multiple family guests have found comfort, relaxation, fellowship and fun at and around Cal's Cottage.


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Beautiful Lakefront Cottage perfect for large/multiple families
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews
Wellington, FL

Perfect combination of why we love to go "up North"

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for getting our family together from WI, DC and FL. It was roomy, cozy, wonderfully decorated in the "up North" style and included a pontoon boat, fishing boat, paddle boards and kayaks. The sandy beach in front of the cottage was perfect for launching the boats and enjoying the clear waters of Arrowhead Lake.

Our host was very accommodating to an unforeseen complication brought on by Hurricane Irma and I can't say enough about their kindness and concern for us. A pleasant stay at this cottage was just the tonic we needed.

Our family doesn't agree on everything, but in this case, we were all united in proclaiming "Cal's Cottage" as perfect in every way.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always appreciate guests who enjoy the amenities that make our place unique and distinctive and those who care for it like its their own. While we provide cleaning services as the host, this guest did it themselves-WOW! We sure hope to have them return!
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New Years Rental

  • 5 of 5

Cal's Cottage did not disappoint. The cabin was in great condition and with the kitchens upstairs and downstairs it really assisted our group with meal preparation. The weather ended up being extremely cold but it not stop our group from enjoying the private lot and the easy lake access. The owner was very easy to communicate with and everything went very smoothly. I am excited to make a trip to the Northwoods and Cal's Cottage at some time when the lake is not frozen and take in all that cabin offers!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Complete Northwoods Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Spent a wonderful week with our whole family in this peaceful and warm "Cottage". Our early 20's kids loved the water sports that are included and convenient, the fishing, and just hanging on the lake front. Plenty of room inside and outside. Grilling out, bonfires, cruising in the pontoon and relaxing fun. Golf and biking in the area and Minocqua shops and restaurants just down the road. We already committed to next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that all ages find our place comfortable, fun and inclusive, and that all appreciate the convenience of the area and privacy of our property. Return renters are great!!
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Perfect vacation home for family fun

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from our third annual stay at Cal's Cottage. The location is perfect. This lake home is on a quiet, peaceful lake, perfect for a pontoon cruise or kayak trip out to spot the eagles that nest nearby. The water is beautiful and our kids make great use of the swim deck while we watch from the adirondack chairs at the dock. Busy downtown Minocqua is just a minute away if you'd like to spend time shopping, dining or buying too much fudge. The amenities and comfort of Cal's Cottage make it tough to beat. The ability to use the boats and water toys on site is a great draw for our family. The house is large enough that you can spend quality family time together, but the two levels and multiple decks are also great if you're seeking a little separation or quiet time. The owner has consistenly made updates and improvements to the property since we've been renting here. He is great at communicating regarding scheduling and any upates renters should know. It's obvious he wants everyone to have a wonderful stay at his lovely, well maintained vacation home. We have already booked our stay for summer 2018 and can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoy hearing about how other families and groups create great memories and enjoy their stay at Cal's Cottage. It puts a big smile on our face and motivates us to continue to make our place as good as it can be.
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Beautiful well kept

  • 5 of 5

Property faces lake with lower and upper level

Screened porches that extend across the back of the property. Lovely day or night.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Annual Family Cabin Stay

  • 5 of 5

For the past three years, my family has stayed at Cal's and we absolutely love it. There are 8 of us and we never feel crowded in this roomy cabin. Two kitchens is a plus when you have that many people. The lake is great for swimming, fishing and relaxing near. :) The fact that Cal's offers two motor boats, kayaks and paddle boards is great for the price we pay. I highly recommend staying here. We certainly like our annual trip to Cal's!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have a large, very active family ourselves so we have always tried to make Cal's Cottage a very comfortable and easy place for large families and groups to enjoy their time together.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Lakeland Airport (ARV)- 5150 ft, 2 runway private
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Timber Ridge Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
WI State Hwy 51
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Monical's Pizza
Nearest Ski
85 Miles
Granite Peak
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Cal's Cottage

The Minocqua WI area is a great year-round vacation destination. The area is known for its natural beauty, great lakeside properties, numerous clear water lakes and abundance of outdoor activities all year round. The area is also home to many excellent restaurants and boutique retail shops. Fun and relaxation for all ages!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 9.5%

We currently do not accept credit/debit cards only personal checks. Taxes are 4% local room tax and 5.5% state sales tax. Rental agreement required.

Refundable security deposit of $400 and downpayment due to secure all reservations. Balance is due 1 week before occupancy. Guests responsible for all costs resulting from abnormal damage/cleaning and/or repairs incurred during stay. Currently no credit cards accepted only personal checks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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