Welcome to Trout River Log Cabin, a 19th Century Norwegian-Built Log House

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Last updated: 09/01/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

We are open seasonally from April 1 to October 31. We book out well in advance, so please give us a call about your 2016 stay.

Perched on a bluff overlooking Trout River valley, just seven miles from downtown Decorah, our farm is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Driftless Region. The house is small and simple by today's standards, but we are sure it has everything to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Watch the sun set from the large porch with its breathtaking views of Trout River, and spend the evening stargazing under a pitch black sky.

Trout River meanders just down the hill from the cabin, and can be accessed by a five minute walk through the woods. We own over a half-mile of stream frontage. Its clear spring water makes for wonderful year-round trout fishing, or swimming and relaxing on a hot summer's day. Our farm makes for wonderful hiking, whether it be on the trails and deer tracks through the oak forest, along the meandering trout stream, or through our several fields of native prairie grasses. We recently won an award for our conservation practices, which include set-aside Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) native prairie lands around the stream and throughout the farm, bank stabilization, tree planting, and public fishing access. We own the only piece of private ground on Trout River that's open to public fishing. We're proud of that. Sorry, no hunting.

The state of Iowa owns 120 acres of public land just down the road available for fishing, hunting and hiking, too. And just a few miles beyond is the large and remote 1,000+ acre Coon Creek Wildlife Management Area. Come stay at one of the prettiest farms in all of the Driftless Region.

The cabin was built in the 1850s as a Norwegian-Lutheran parochial school. Built of old growth oak, walnut, and elm trees, the house feels rich and textured; the product of a different era. In 1898 it was disassembled, moved across a field, and rebuilt as a house by Norwegian immigrant Peter Losen. It remained lived in until the late 1970s and fell into disrepair. Beginning in 2007 we disassembled the house, moved it to its present site, and spent three years lovingly restoring it.

The cabin sleeps three. Upstairs is a comfy, yet very firm queen size bed. Linens, blankets and towels are provided. There is a pullout twin sized bed that may accommodate a third person, but note the pullout bed is in the same space as the queen bed.

On the main level you'll find a small yet totally functional kitchen stocked with all the kitchen supplies you'll need, including olive oil, fair trade and organic coffee and teas. Also on the main level you'll find comfy arm chairs, a kitchen table, a bookshelf of interesting books, board games, photo albums of the historic cabin and information of the surrounding area.

The bathroom is on the main floor and the shower is upstairs. Both the bathroom and shower are stocked with natural and organic soaps, shampoo and conditioner. Towels and wash cloths are provided.

Your cell phone and cellular data work here, but sorry, no TV or wireless internet access.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo


  • Historic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Ski-Out
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Spelunking
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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Standard pricing
2 night min stay
$125 $140
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 6%

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Last updated: 09/01/2016
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70 Miles
Nearest Airport
Rochester, MN
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Downtown Decorah
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
55 Miles
Nearest Train
La Crosse, WI
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Downtown Decorah
Decorah, IA, USA
Nearest Ski
Nordic Skiing on the farm

Car: Necessary

Decorah is home to many wonderful sights including Seed Savers Exchange, the Decorah Bald Eagles, Trout Run Trail, Oneota Community Food Coop, Hotel Winneshiek, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Porter House Museum, Luther College and a lively downtown.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Our farm has been in the family for over thirty-five years. I (Paul Cutting) built the cabin back in 2007 and have since restored numerous other Norwegian-built 19th century log houses, including two others on the farm that are used as a woodworking workshop and an addition to our house. We have a small herd of completely grass fed Belted Galloway cattle. We also have chickens and occasionally goats. In addition to the cabin rental, I'm a high school industrial arts teacher.

Why the Owner Chose Decorah, IA, USA:
Our farm is beautiful. The farmstead (the cabin, barn, outbuildings, and our house) sit on the edge of a steeply cut bluff overlooking miles of Trout River valley. Northeast Iowa is simply gorgeous. The cabin was skillfully pieced together almost entirely with 19th century building materials. And it shows. The building feels warm, inviting and textured. We also have over three miles of hiking trails, and over 1/2 mile of Trout River flows right through the farm. And on top of that, it's only a ten minute drive to downtown Decorah.

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Speaks: english

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  • Upstairs bedroom with queen bed

    Upstairs bedroom with queen bed

  • Delewares!


  • Porch at sunset

    Porch at sunset

  • Bathroom


  • Grass-fed Belted Galloway cattle

    Grass-fed Belted Galloway cattle

  • Trout River meanders through farm

    Trout River meanders through farm

  • New Hampshire Red rooster

    New Hampshire Red rooster

  • Katahdin lambs

    Katahdin lambs

  • First floor living area and kitchen

    First floor living area and kitchen

  • Tiled Shower

    Tiled Shower

  • Upstairs bedroom with queen bed

    Upstairs bedroom with queen bed

  • Fully stocked kitchen

    Fully stocked kitchen

  • Trout River valley

    Trout River valley

  • Front Porch

    Front Porch

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Sunday, October 23, 2016

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