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A Little Piece of Scandinavia in the North Woods, Spider Lake Chain, Hayward, Wi

(11 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom Sleeps 8

Located on Clear Lake of the Spider Lake Chain and only 20 minutes from Hayward, Bakkestua (which translates as Bakkes' living place in Norwegian) was built in the 80's by husband and wife Norwegian immigrants. The cabin is now taken care of by the next generation, but all of the Norwegian elements remain. There is a mix of traditional and mid-century modern Scandinavian design throughout the cabin including a corner cabinet and chest with rosemaling painting, 2 Scandinavian wood-burning stoves, a reindeer skin on the wall, an ornately hand-carved wooden mangle (traditionally used for ironing in Norway), traditional Scandinavian 'dynes' (duvets) in 2 of the bedrooms, as well as other decorations and furniture. Stepping into this cabin is a little like taking a mini-trip to Norway.

Bakkestua has spectacular views of the lake from every living space and bedroom. It is spacious and comfortable with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room combined with dining room, family room, 2 wood-burning stoves, laundry room with washer and dryer, 1 larger deck and 2 smaller decks.

On the main level, enjoy a cup of coffee with the sunrise on one deck or enjoy a gin and tonic with the sunset on another deck. In between the two decks is a spacious combined dining room and living room with a wood-burning stove, vaulted ceilings, and speakers with phone connection for enjoying your music. The kitchen has all the essentials minus a dishwasher and is just off of the combined room. The master bedroom and bathroom have access to one of the decks with a beautiful view of the lake and the sunset.

On the lower level, there is a family room with a wood-burning stove, large flat-screen TV, DVD player, video library, board games, books, 2 couches with pull-out double beds, and a deck overlooking the lake. There are two bedrooms also with views of the lake, a bathroom with tub and shower, laundry room, and storage room. The storage room has life jackets, fishing rods, golf clubs, and paddles for you to use. Right outside the storage room, there is wood for the wood-burning stoves.

Bakkestua sits above the lake overlooking 200 feet of lake shore. The lower level has a walk-out to a curving, gradual path down to the lake with just a few stairs by the dock. Relax in a hammock or at the fire pit by the lake. Take a canoe or paddle board out for an adventure. Bring your own boat along or rent one at Hayward Power Sports only 10 minutes away. Clear Lake is connected to the Spider Lake Chain, so you have access to five lakes with good musky, large-mouth bass, and walleye fishing. There is swimming off the dock, but bring water shoes since it is not a sandy beach. Flotation devices work well in this area for having fun in the water.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    board games, cards, puzzles...moreless

  • Stereo:

    speakers with phone connector to play your own music...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Better for swimming off the dock and using flotation devices, since beach is not sandy. ...moreless

  • Lake View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    2 tables - one seats 6, one seats 4...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    electric heating...moreless

  • Internet:

    There was a review that we did not have internet service, but as of the summer of 2016, we now have internet....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    2 parking pads with 2 spots each for a total of 4 vehicles. There is no parking on street....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is limited cell phone coverage depending on your carrier. We provide local service....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels available, but extra charge for cleaning them if not done by renter...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Bring your own laundry detergent...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    2 wood stoves...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Some pantry items if you happened to forget something....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Bring your bikes. There are lots of trails nearby....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    1 large deck and 2 smaller decks...moreless

  • Golf:

    Spider Lake Country Club is less than a mile away...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    canoe and paddle board (actually a wind -surfing board, but works great as paddle board)...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    gas grill and propane provided...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    life jackets, fishing gear, canoe and paddle board paddles...moreless



from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Tax Rate 5.5%


1/2 down to hold reservation. Deposit is non-refundable if canceled within 60 days of rental date. $400 refundable damage deposit and remainder due 2 weeks before rental. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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Great place for active adventures or to kick back and relax. Swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, road biking, golfing, shopping, restaurants, and ATV trails are just some of the activities available. We are located less than a mile from Spider Lake Country Club if you like to play golf and exactly 2 miles to the Birkebeiner Ski Trail if you like cross-country skiing (also miles of groomed grassy trails through rolling hills in the spring, summer, and fall for hiking). Bring your boat or rent one. Boat landing close - less than 5 minutes away (by Spider Lake Country Club) and boat rental - less than 10 minutes away on Hwy 77 (Hayward Power Sports). It is equally beautiful in the winter with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and fires in the wood-burning stoves.

Things not to miss in the area:

Dog sledding, Lumberjack Show and Championships, Chequamegon National Forest -- Fat Tire Bike Race and Birkie X-Country Ski Race! Fishing Hall of Fame, Wilderness Walk, Friday Night Fish Fry.


Owner info

About the owner: As Norwegian immigrants, Harald and Synnove Bakke were looking for a place to remind them of their homeland. They decided on what they call 'Bakkestua' on the Spider Lake Chain. Harald, who was a prominent structural engineer in the Twin Cities at Bakke, Kopp, Ballou, and McFarland (BKBM) built the cabin in the early 80's. Synnove has passed away, but Harald is enjoying his retirement. They passed the cabin on to their son and his family. All of the traditional and mid-century modern Scandinavian elements remain throughout the cabin, since the younger generation, Paul and Ellen Bakke, enjoy it just as it is, 'A Little Piece of Scandinavia in the North Woods'.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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