Secluded Retreat for 20+ People with Private Lake(8 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Property type:Estate
- Pets considered:Ask Manager
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Idealic, Secluded, Executive Retreat For 20+ People
The structures at Duffy Trails include the original main cabin, a hand-hewn log structure; a guesthouse; a lakeside gazebo; a stone garage with an upstairs apartment; an artist’s studio with a loft-style residential area, and a “kids’ cabin” – a 2,500 square foot building mixing reclaimed timber and mismatched log siding with walls of glass, rusted steel exterior panels, and an earth roof of succulent plants and moss.
The retreat can comfortably accommodate more than 20 people for a weekend in the woods. There’s a sauna, a hot tub, a fishing dock, a tennis court, a basketball court and a horseshoe pit. A lakeside gazebo, screened all around, is a favorite sleeping spot on hot summer nights.
The five miles of 10-foot wide private trails are groomed for x-country skiing and snow shoeing from November until March. Then, after the snow melts, for hiking and biking. The trails climb and swoop under white pines and along the Totagatic River, its brown waters twisting out of sight.
The main, log cabin, the property’s original building, sits above the beach. Inside, under the cedar-shake covered A-frame roof, stained-glass windows refract sunshine into beams, with red and yellow streaking the log walls. Details include built-in shelving, a log staircase leading to a bedroom loft and a stone fireplace with rocks collected by the original owner — a composer — on trips abroad. The downstairs walk-out has a sauna, and a master bath including an extra large whirlpool tub.
The 2,600-square-foot-high art studio cabin has light streaming in from skylights in the 20-foot-high vaulted ceiling.
Walk outside and downhill 200 feet to the kids’ cabin, and the kids in your group can watch cartoons on a plasma TV. Modern touches blend into the cabin’s hybrid North Woods aesthetic, including ceiling-mounted speakers, stainless-steel appliances and a varnished wooden dining table. A stone fireplace hides a staircase heading down to a playroom and bunk beds.
Then there’s the little log cabin – a darling, simple, sleeping quarters for four, including two beds and a log stove – that’s it. No running water.
A quirky perk on this estate is the outhouse – converted from a playhouse. Now it has running water, and a flushing toilet!
The lake is well used, for swimming and fishing (trophy Bass are caught for catch and release, and plenty of pan fish for fish fries,) and if you walk around the lake, where a ski trail loops back, you’ll see the roof lines of the cabins peeking through the trees. Stairs and walkways cut across a hill, connecting cabins.
The lake itself is approximately 15 acres, with a 15' maximum depth. It has a beautiful, sandy swimming beach, and the rest of the lake is terrific for fishing with typical fishing habitat. This is the perfect lake for canoes, kayaks, and an electric pontoon (provided,) but not a lake for motor boats or jet skis.
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Member since: 2014
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Bird Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View
- Lake View
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Room
- Seating for 23 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Fitness Room / Equipment
- Living Room
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Outdoor Grill
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My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $50 + tax
- Cleaning Fee $250 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $750
- Tax Rate 5.5%
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Main Log Cabin
Largemouth Bass - 5-1/2 and 6-1/2 lbs - caught w/in 10 min of each other in lake
Interior of Main Log Cabin
Hot tub next to main, log cabin
Interior of Artist Studio
Basement interior of Kids' Cabin - workout room in back
Interior of Auger's Retreat - above garage
Interior loft of Little Log Cabin
Gazebo by beach
Shot of trails in Fall
Lake dock in summer
Deck on Main Log Cabin
Interior loft of Main Log Cabin
Interior of Artist Studio
Interior of Kids' Cabin
Auger's Retreat - Cabin above the garage
Little Log Cabin - sleeps 4
Deck on Totagatic River - accessible by trail from cabins
Yellow Raft on Blue Water
Skiing the 5 miles of ski trails on the Duffy Estate
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 08, 2016
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