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

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Last updated: 08/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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, 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 MP3/Ipod 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 (shower, no tub) 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, 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 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. Blow-up boats, chairs, and rings work well in this area.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 double


  • Family room has 1 double pull-out bed and 1 queen pull-out bed. Beds need to be put side-by-side to use both. Cabin sleeps 8 comfortably and 10 snug. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    board games, cards, puzzles...moreless

  • Stereo:

    speakers with MP3/Ipod connector to play your own music...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


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

    2 parking pads with 2 spots each...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 and 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



Write a review 4.9
from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 - Nov 20, 2016
3 night min stay
Birkiebeiner Week
Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2017
3 night min stay
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. $400 refundable damage deposit and remainder due 2 weeks before rental. Holidays and Special Events outside the summer season (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Birkiebeiner in Feb.) $300 per night with a minimum of three nights or $1700 for week of event or holiday. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. Any stay of 3 days or less, there is a $100 cleaning fee.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 08/25/2016
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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, 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). Bring your boat or rent one. Boat landing close (by Country Club) and boat rental - less than 10 minutes away on Hwy 77 (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. Harald and Synnove are enjoying their retirement, but have 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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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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