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River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Two bedroom, three bath home overlooking the St. Croix River

Maison sans Chèvres, our charming Craftsman style home, has two stories, both with great windows overlooking the St. Croix River.

The main level features a granite countertop kitchen with stainless steel appliances made for enjoying cooking and eating, a dining area that can accommodate 8-10 people; an inviting parlour with a gas fireplace, windows overlooking the river and a queen sized sleep sofa; a guest bathroom, and a master bedroom suite with jacuzzi tub and separate shower stall.

The lower level features a cozy TV nook with a queen sized sleep sofa, a sitting area around a gas fireplace, a unique bathroom and a bedroom with a window overlooking the river.

The upper level walks out onto a spacious, wrap around deck. The lower level walks out to a patio with a river cabin feel. Both outdoor areas have furniture for enjoying the sights and sounds of the river and for eating. There is a gas grill on the deck.

As we live only a 10 minute drive away, we will be at the house to welcome you upon your arrival and we will be available by phone if you need questions answered or assistance during your stay.

More Details

Christine Maefsky
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2017

About Christine Maefsky

We have been farming in the St. Croix Valley for over 40 years. If you know anything about farming, you know that there is no 'getting away from work'. You're there 24/7, with all the joys and worries that brings. We never had a vacation home until we bought the river house in 2012. We

purchased it with the intent of allowing us a perfect way to 'get away'. It only takes us 10 minutes to drive there from our farm, allowing us

to get away frequently and easily. You may be curious about the name 'Maison sans Chèvres'. Our farm is a large, commercial Grade A dairy goat farm. The river house is our 'home without goats.' We've stated the name in French to honor the river's name and the French voyageurs who explored it.

Christine Maefsky purchased this house in 2012

Why Christine Maefsky chose Metro

In the 44 years we've lived in this area, we've come to love the St. Croix River and the very unique town of Marine on St. Croix. When we were lucky enough to be able to get this architectural gem of a house - not only on the river but also in the village of Marine on St. Croix - we were thrilled. It is the perfect vacation home for us. As we're not able to use it full time, we enjoy sharing it with others.

What makes this house unique

The Maison sans Chèvres is a peaceful, warm, welcoming house. It has an incredible amount of character. Being right on the river allows for a unique connection to nature and the river towns north and south of us.

Marine on St. Croix is an historic town whose residents take a great deal of pride in their history, their natural surroundings, and the creative energy of people. There are numerous cultural events that occur here throughout the year: concerts in the historic Marine Village Hall, art fairs and exhibitions - from Fourth of July celebrations to the Christmas Market, taking enjoyment from life is an ongoing theme here.

Being in this warm, small town setting but still so close to busier life in the larger towns nearby and even close to the Twin Cities (St. Paul is only a 40 minute easy drive away), gives visitors an opportunity to experience a range of Minnesota life.

As for the house itself, remodeling, updating and furnishing this house was a labor of love for us. We think the results of our efforts reflect our appreciation for quality and for history.


Marine on Saint Croix House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Lower level bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Half Bath for guests on main level.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Master Suite Bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom Suite with Master Bath adjoining
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Lower Level Bedroom with River View Window
  • In addition, Queen sleep sofa on main level and Queen sleep sofa on lower level
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
Contact owner if you have questions about amenities not described here.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Charming, cozy, scenic, relaxing, and convenient

  • 5 of 5

The Maison San Chevres is a gorgeous property with large windows and a deck directly sited on the St. Croix River. There are other homes nearby but it still feels very private. The house is so very charming -- craftsman style with a modern kitchen and 3 bathrooms. The town of Marine on St Croix has a general store with a well-stocked grocery section, coffee shop, ice cream store, bar/restaurant. You can walk the streets of the town, or easily walk/bike/drive to one of several parks within 5 miles that have all kinds of recreational opportunities. This is our second stay and we loved it both times. First time, there were 6 adults, and we didn't feel too crowded. Second time, just the two of us and it didn't feel too big.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your second stay at our home. You've been such great guests. Hope we'll see you again.
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Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

My family and grandchildren had a wonderful time at Maison sans Chèvres.

The owners Christine and Vincent were delightful and met us when we arrived to showed us around as well as shared with us the history of the home.

The house was very warm and cozy, and had more than enough rooms and space for five adults and two small children. We woke up each morning to the sound of birds and wild life and sat on the deck which overlooks the Saint Croix River.

We took several walks around the quaint town of Marine on Saint Croix and had great food at the local restaurants.

As a family we travel a lot and everyone said this was the best place we have ever stayed.

We definitely will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cal for the wonderful review. We're so glad you and your family enjoyed our home and the town. You were great guests; we appreciate the good care you took of our home. We look forward to seeing you again. Christine
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Terrific Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Maisons sans Chevres is a terrific house beautifully located on the St Croix River and just a few minutes’ walk to the quaint little town (village) of Marine on St. Croix. We spent an extended weekend enjoying the house, the village and the beautiful country side. The owners (Christine and Vincent) could not have been more welcoming and gracious. Christine met us on our arrival and gave us a tour of the house. The kitchen was very well stocked with everything one would need for cooking simple to elaborate meals. The 2 bottles of wine and cheese from Christine was a very nice touch. We had the extraordinary good luck to have a tour of their farm as part of the weekend when the co-ops highlight some of their providers. All in all, the house and the location was more than we had anticipated.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words Joe. We certainly enjoyed meeting you and your family, and were so glad you had the chance to take part in the Co-op sponsored farm tour.
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Very nice home! Christine is a gracious host who made us feel right at home.

  • 5 of 5

This home is very clean and has all of the conveniences of your own home. The little town is adorable and located just a short stroll around the corner. Our family would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Juliet. Hope we'll see you again.
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Felt right at home!

  • 5 of 5

Great location! What a quaint little town, has everything you need walking distance. Upon arriving we met the owner who was very pleasant along with the home itself. The highlight for the kids was the tour of their goat farm not too far from the house.

We would highly recommend this home, plenty of space but yet very cozy!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed our home. Thanks for being such great guests.
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Holland, Mich

Fabulous Family Reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Marine on St. Croix and Maisons Sans Chevres were perfect for our family reunion. The house is easy walking to the general store, coffee shop, restaurant and also access to nature trails, artist studios and Stillwater. The site overlooking the river is exceptional. We saw trumpeter swans, eagles, cranes and more all from the dining/living/deck areas.

The house has everything we needed, plenty of room for eight, big and well equipped kitchen, great bathrooms and well stocked with assorted games. We gathered from all parts of the country and everyone is hoping for a return visit in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Marcia! We were happy to have you enjoy your family reunion at our house on the river. I don't know if you are aware, but our home is actually within a National Park, The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Glad the wildlife cooperated and made a showing while you were here.
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul International
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Brookside Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Oak Glen Golf Course, Stillwater
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Olives Pizza, Marine Landing, Marine Café
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
cross-country, William O'Brien State Park
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
William O'Brien State Park
Car: necessary

• Enjoy this charming Craftsman style house with its many windows facing the river, its sweeping wrap-around deck, its lower patio area, and its mission-style architectural detail.

• Enjoy being part of the charming, historic village of Marine on St. Croix. Once a lumbering town, later a summer residence haven for city dwellers, Marine has maintained the look and feel of its history. Its architecture reflects the New England heritage of its first settlers and the feel of a vacation retreat. Take the short walk to the Marine Landing and Cafe, Marine Café Coffee Shop, the Marine General Store, St. Croix Chocolates, the community library, the Village Hall and Brookside Bar and Grill. Across from Brookside, enjoy looking over the falls rushing down to the river. For a complete look at the village, take the 'Historic Walking Tour' of the village with the guidance of the walking tour map you'll find at the house. From the village center take the short return walk to the Maison sans Chèvres and its sense of seclusion.

• Enjoy the wintertime - cross country skiing and snow shoeing at William O'Brien State Park, 2 miles north.

• Enjoy the spring, summer and fall living along the river. While the house is about 30' up on the riverbank, we have a short flight of deck stairs leading down to the river and our private dock. From our spacious deck you can watch life in its many forms on this quiet river; from Taylors Falls on the north to south of the village of Marine, the river is a 'slow speed zone' ideal for appreciating the unique beauty of the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

•Enjoy Stillwater. Travel 10 miles south to the historic town of Stillwater. Often called the 'Birthplace of Minnesota', Stillwater offers many wonderful antique shops, clothing stores, gift shops, and restaurants, museums, the historic Lift Bridge to Wisconsin, riverboat and gondola rides , and marinas for boat rentals to explore the St. Croix River. Winery and apple orchard nearby.

• Enjoy William O'Brien State Park , just 3 minutes north on Hwy. 95. There you can hike, bike, explore, swim at the Lake Alice beach, rent canoes for local paddling, or in winter cross country ski or snow shoe,

• Enjoy historic Scandia, site of the first Swedish settlement in Minnesota. Scandia boasts Gammelgarden Museum and Hay Lake Schoolhouse Museum, historic sites and shops for antiques and gifts.

• Enjoy Taylors Falls, just 20 minutes north on Hwy 95. Along the way you can take in the free outdoor Franconia Sculpture Garden at the junction of Hwy 95 and Hwy 8. At Taylors Falls you can rent canoes and kayaks, take a riverboat ride or try rock climbing.

• Enjoy other historic nearby towns including Lindstrom in Minesota and St. Croix Falls, Osceola, and Hudson in WI.

• Drive 40 minutes to St. Paul or 45 minutes to Minneapolis for museums, theatres, sporting events and so much more; drive 1 hour to Mall of America for mega shopping


Rates & Availability

Marine on Saint Croix House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 7.12%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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