5 BR/3 Bath enchanting fairytale cottage with private beach & lots of fun
About Jim Taylor
I love the Hayward, Wisconsin area and I adore our unbelievably charming cabin, Runamuk Roost. Runamuk helps me recall the fond memories of my boyhood cabin. Warm summer days of swimming, fishing and swimming with grandpa and grandma, mom and dad, cousins, siblings, friends, etc. Campfire sing alongs, roasting marshmallows, and talking with family and friends around the fire. You know: the good old days. Now that I am grown up I wanted to always keep that memory alive. That's why we bought Runamuk. It's the perfect design, on the perfect lot, in the perfect location, on the perfect lake. Half vintage log cabin lodge and half-bungalow, our home, Runamuk Roost, was built in the early 1960s as a small hunting cabin. Because the original structure was so full of charm, as we added on and renovated, we built around Runamuk rather than simply tear it down and start over. Throughout we tried to maintain the underlying design and character of the property by matching things like stain, varnish, woodwork design, etc. We also tried to stay true to the vintage feel of the original Runamuk by using locally harvested wood and quarried stone, all hand-crafted by local tradesmen. Inside Runamuk there are many special items. Some have been in our family for a long time while others have been acquired not so long ago but are themselves antiques or special. They include things such as a real “moose leg” lamp made from a moose my father-in-law shot. The animal pelts scattered around are from the local Hayward, Wisconsin area and the fish mounts are from those we pulled right out of the lake less than 200 yards from the dock. I am proud to say that my wife, Joan, did the re-design of Runamuk as well as all the decorating. Suffice to say she is very talented. Runamuk was certainly one of her favorite projects to do.
Jim Taylor purchased this Cabin in 1993
Why Jim Taylor chose Hayward
Staying at Runamuk is like living in a story book world. Surrounded by undeveloped property on a clean, sandy bottom lake, it’s a private lakeside cabin retreat built in the style of the great lodges and charming cabins that thrived in the early 20th century. It's historic and nostalgic setting is truly like stepping back 100 years in time. Yet with all its charm and vintage character Runamuk still retains that comfortable, cozy cabin feel. Runamuk is equipped with resplendent luxuries and modern comforts such as climate control, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and full gourmet kitchen, etc. With its own private sandy beach just 75’ feet away, a level and unencumbered front lawn that flows right up to the lake, and location on a good fishing and swimming lake, Runamuk is perfect for multi-generational and multiple families including those with children and folks with limited mobility. Runamuk and the surrounding northwest Wisconsin region are incredibly beautiful, awe-inspiring and are loaded with unique and fun activities and adventures. You can swim, dive, fish, bike, canoe, boat, eat in or out, golf, mini-golf, go-kart, shop, shoot shotguns, rifles and pistols, snowmobile, ATV, plus see wildlife such as bear, deer, beavers, eagles, elk, fishers, bobcats, etc. The lake Runamuk is on, Durphee Lake, is, the perfect size lake. It's big enough to water ski, tube, jet-ski, boat, etc. but is uncrowded quiet, clean, sandy and loaded with fish. The neighborhood too is quiet and good for walking, biking, etc. The property is level and has an unobstructed view of the lake. The yard is equipped with a charming lakeside fire-pit, outdoor dining.
What makes this Cabin unique
Runamuk is the most charming, well decorated, and comfortable homes around. It’s located on the best fishing, swimming, boating lake around. It's clean, sandy, and gently sloping. The fishing is great right off the dock. Our lot is near level and you have a nice, level lot that's 75' from the beach to the home. The home sits on a quiet, dead-end road in a beautiful neighborhood that's perfect for walking, biking, etc. It’s just 6 hours from Chicago and 3 from Minneapolis. The lot is large, wooded, secluded and set back from the road. In many ways it’s just like having your very own resort with a private beach & dock (pier) on a nice sandy swimming and fishing lake. Runamuk has a huge kitchen, nice-sized and comfortable bedrooms and an awesome living/great room with a beautiful fireplace. The rates include lots of extras like firewood, propane for the gas grill, a wonderful fire-ring, lawn furniture, outdoor dining facilities, linens, towels, cleaning supplies, and has fully stocked kitchen, etc. Runamuk can sleep 10+, is highly affordable and chock full of incredible charm. It is spacious, comfortable and entertaining for people of all ages. There’s lots of wildlife around as well as exhilarating and fun activities for guests of all ages. Many activities can only be found or experienced in this part of the world where we have four distinct seasons, lots of space, huge forests, glacial lakes and rivers, and an extensive motorized and non-motorized trail system. We are pet friendly and have made arrangements with Runamuk Rides () to offer a 1 discount and free delivery of fishing and pontoon boat rentals, jet ski rentals, snowmobile and ATVs/UTVs Visit runamukrides.com for details or let us know and we'll be happy to assist.
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We can't imagine a better experience! Five bedrooms with all the character of the original cabin, very tastefully expanded to create the quintessential "up north" cottage. Plenty of privacy, but not remote. We will be back.
Simply put “Excellent” first impression let you know you made the right choice”
How very nice of you to say so. We appreciate that you chose Runamuk Roost for your stay.
We loved staying here. The accommodations are above average for the many cabins we’ve rented in the past. Large and cozy. I would appreciate a more independent check-in process and the required insurance was a bit excessive, but since we didn’t experience any problems we would rent again. We would be dissuaded from renting with smaller groups, however. Ultimately, a great experience.
We appreciate the review and feedback. The insurance is something sold/handled by VRBO so we don’t control the price or process. We do, though, offer a damage deposit option in lieu of insurance. Would you please contact us and tell me about the checkin process ? Not sure if you are referring to the VRBO process or ours when you arrive. We want to provide a great experience to our guests so feedback is important. Thanks.
Wonderful property for an old friend meet-up and fishing trip
This lakefront home is a spectacular destination for up north activity or rest and relaxation. It’s fully equipped, decorated for a magazine shoot and the large kitchen eats-in 10 at the built-in. Manager is great to work with. We’ll be back again for sure.
Magical Spot for a Winter Cabin Stay!
This home is beautiful and wonderfully equipped. Very spacious for our group of 6 adults and 3 young children. The lake and property are beautiful as well. The decor is wonderful and we especially loved the piano and spacious kitchen island! Would absolutely return!
Thank you for staying with us. We enjoyed having you stay with us. Hope to see you again soon!
Home was very nice
Home was nicely appointed and very comfortable. We had a nice relaxing vacation
Glad you liked our home. Please come back again and visit us.
Runamuk Roost is set in the heart of the unspoiled forests of northwest Wisconsin. From its alluring setting, to its classic vintage design, to its enchanting and tasteful adornments, Runamuk sets the tone for a remarkable vacation.
Just 11 miles from Hayward, Wisconsin Runamuk Roost is at the epicenter of a northwoods vacation getaway. The entire region is teeming with shops, restaurants, resorts and an ample selection of activities and entertainment options suitable for all ages. Enjoy the delicacies and entertainment offered by the street vendors at the many festivals and fairs the region is famous for. Visit any one of the many one-of-a-kind resorts, taverns and restaurants and sample delectable versions of trout, steak, hamburgers and pizza. Most venues are reasonably priced and offer some of the best and friendliest service around.
For the shopper…there are a multitude of antique and other types of quaint shops throughout the little towns and villages that dot the northwest Wisconsin landscape. Whether you are antiquing, scrap booking, craft or clothes shopping, the charming main streets of these boroughs offer something special for everyone.
Nearby activities include hundreds of miles of recreational trails, shopping, antiquing, wine tasting, championship & executive golf courses, lots of mini-golf courses, ice cream and home-made candy shops, canoeing, tubing, zoo, go-karting, the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Lumberjack Village where you can shop and catch a world-famous lumberjack demonstration show.
There are also many things to do right at Runamuk Roost. Picnics, yard games, campfires, swimming, sun bathing on our swim platform or beach, quiet walks, beach combing, snorkeling, fishing, boating, canoeing, biking, sand castle building, tubing, water skiing, boating, roasting marshmallows, etc. are just a few. Star gaze at night through a telescope or simply sit and relax by a fire or grill. Indoors you can play board games, read, visit with friends around the fire in the stone fireplace, watch a movie or TV, surf the internet or sit around and relax with nothing to do and no cares.
We've made special arrangements with Runamuk Rides to offer guests a 10% discount and free delivery for rentals of pontoon & fishing boats, Jet Skis, All Terrain Vehicles, (ATVs) and snowmobiles. You can either rent and explore the region via ATV or snowmobile on your own or book one of a guided excursion. Aside from the sheer thrill of riding on one of our machines you’ll get a chance to see forests, streams, lakes, rivers and wildlife from a perspective seldom experienced elsewhere. Bear, deer, wolf, bobcats, and eagles are just some of the animals that populate the region. Runamuk Rides offers 2, 4, full day and multiday programs. We provide the machines, helmets and if requested, trail guide. call the at +1-715-634-0656 x 1 for more information.