4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
John and Chris Knapek
About John and Chris Knapek
John and Chris - We live in Lakeville, MN with our 6 (yes, 6!!) kids!
John and Chris Knapek purchased this Cabin in 2013
Why John and Chris Knapek chose Hayward
Chris's parents also have a lake home in the area. We have been coming up here for many years and have completely fallen in love with the area and the community. We even honeymooned up here! When we had our own opportunity to find our own place, the location choice was the easy part. We knew we wanted to be close to downtown and everything that Hayward has to offer. When we saw the charm and character of this cabin with the potential to expand the living area, and the absolute stunning Windigo lake views just 35 feet from the waters edge, we knew it had to be ours! Plus, we are located only 6 miles away from downtown Hayward!! This makes an easy trip for that cup of sugar, or that gallon of milk you may need! :) We continue to put our personal stamp on the property, and we know it will be a long process to get everything exactly the way that we want it. It is a labor of love and legacy for our family and we look forward to sharing our special 'little piece of heaven' with you and yours!!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Place was nice.
Enjoyed our stay. Caught some fish. Nice short drive to Hayward.
Ben.... Was great to have your family up to our cabin during Memorial Weekend. Surprising to see you catch the elusive Walleye! While the temps during the weekend didn't seem to cooperate as much as we hoped....I think your family must have found the lake and our cabin as advertised! Hoping we see your group again next year.... John & Chris Knapek
Great Family Vacation
Our family stayed at this north woods cabin for a week. It was not only the perfect location (10 minutes from Hayward) but it was the perfect family cabin. It had more space than we would ever need for our family of 5 and the dog! The many rooms were all full of comfy and quality furniture which made it very easy to rest and relax. The best part of it all was how close the cabin is to the lake. One of the family rooms walls were all windows so the lake was always in view! The sunsets and sunrises were unbelievable thanks to the incredible view from the house as well as the fact that the cabin was so close to the lake. The water was clear and clean around the shore. Boating and tubing was a ton of fun. The cabin has a nice dock that allows you to jump off the end as the water is roughly 6ft deep from the edge. Overall, our family loved this cabin, the location couldn’t be better, views were jaw dropping and the quiet lake made it a fun family experience!
Thanks for your great guest review! We always enjoy knowing that our guest find -- what my wife and I, and many, many other guests find our cabin to be advertised as!
Private, great location, and stunning!! --- especially the views!
We love our location and love that almost all guests see what we see when we first laid eyes upon it!
Thanks Randy Satterfield for enjoying it during your week! We hope to see you and your family back again and again....
The lake is beautiful and the home is nice. Please know the property you are renting is not private, as the owners created living space for themselves above the garage, and vacation/stay on the premises, at their discretion, during your rental period. The 200' of lakeshore advertised in listing is also inaccurate. Rental property lakeshore is shared with owners. The owners built a separate pier and keep their boat on rented property. It feels like a classic 'have your cake and eat it too' scenario.
We have enjoyed vacations homes via VRBO and have never had such a disappointment. The owners, and I'm now quoting VRBO customer service, "did not care about our rental experience". We intended to accommodate this non-private rental, simply because the lake is beautiful, however after purchasing groceries the evening of our arrival, only to wake the next morning to a non-functioning refrigerator and a trash bag full of spoiled food, we sadly felt we had no choice but to leave. Despite the owners being right next door, they proudly proclaimed their response was within "12 hours"... Obviously communication failed, and the owner response "we're sorry you feel that way", did very little to make us feel welcome.
In addition (it would be irresponsible not to mention) the owners did not have the respect nor the courtesy to inform us the lot adjacent to the house was sold and construction underway, prior to our arrival. I understand this is beyond their control, but it certainly impacts the rental/vacation experience. During our initial tour of the property, and noticing the homesite right outside the kitchen window, it was casually mentioned by owner, "construction crews start 7am Monday morning."
I have never submitted a negative review, but sincerely want to save another family from a horrible experience. Perhaps the owners will change their attitude toward those renting their property, or perhaps a family compound living arrangement appeals to you, regardless, please go into this vacation rental with eyes wide open.
Note the one star given is for Windigo Lake. It deserves 5. The overall experience with rental, 0 stars.
These guests were upset that we were offering a discount for the week following their stay. We couldn’t use it ourselves given our daughter’s scheduled kidney transplant surgery. They asserted that we were advertising that week for “half-off” and wanted appeasement. We stated that it was being offered for $400 off, not 50%. We’d already given them a $300 discount for their 3 dogs and we offered another $100 to make the total discount $400 to match the following week. That wasn’t good enough for them.
Upon arrival, the wife became upset that the neighbors had kids. She stated that she already raised her kids and didn’t want to deal with them on her vacation. John went to the neighbors, asking them to make sure the kids stayed off our property. At that time, they informed John that construction was taking place a couple of days that week. John asked for a delay, but it couldn’t be rescheduled. We hadn’t been there for 3 weeks and weren’t aware that construction was occurring that week. John informed the guests as soon as he found out. We couldn’t have informed the guests any sooner. Our neighbor’s project is mostly complete and will be a moot point for future guests.
Although our refrigerator works fine, we responded within 90 minutes of being notified of a possible temperature issue, asking if we could enter the cabin that morning to repair/replace it if necessary. We also have a smaller fridge downstairs that they could’ve used. We respond to questions immediately and resolve concerns within 12 hours of being informed. Our past guests have raved about how welcoming we’ve been, and we didn't do anything differently with these guests. We never stated to VRBO that we didn’t care about our guest’s rental experience. We defended ourselves against threats by these guests.
These guests knew we lived in MN, not on property, and John was leaving to prepare for his daughter’s surgery. They knew Chris was staying at her parent’s cabin 20 minutes away until the surgery if they needed anything. We try to remain nearby during the first 24 hours of a rental week in case anything arises. Our past guests have appreciated our efforts to make sure they have a wonderful and memorable stay. While we have a dock at the other end of the property, there is still 200’ of lakeshore to use. We’d put our lake up against any other full-recreational lake in Hayward, WI regarding beauty and privacy. We are happy to share testimonials and video that prove how peaceful our property is.
Great property with a wonderful view.
We really enjoyed the property. Very nice.
Good Family Get-together Site
John and Chris are extremely nice hosts, showed genuine concern for our group's well-being! We really enjoyed the lakeside and generous upper deck seating ... spent hours out there observing families of loons, ducks, turtles, etc. Hummingbirds are frequent visitors as well. The kitchen is very well-equipped, even for large group meal preparation. Previous reviewers mentioned how clean the lake was on their visits, but the lake was disappointingly green and thick with algae this year, evidently an aberration. The downstairs remodel is gorgeous! The two upstairs bedrooms were pretty tight on space for two adults each, but two kids would be fine in those rooms for sure. We really had a nice, relaxing week in this large cabin. Downtown Hayward is a short drive away and we took advantage of those amenities as well. Thanks, John and Chris!
Thank you for your review of our beautiful cabin. Our cabin does offer what we have advertised. An awesome location, great view and many ways to enjoy 'quintessential' NW Wisc! :)
While we are happy our cabin was met with appreciation -- the lake is disappointing to me, my wife and all others who own on this lake -- it must be stated that my wife and I (and other owners here) on Windigo Lake are still able to swim in this lake. We have two young 6 yr old boys and we've all not been stopped from swimming in the water this summer despite the color. Although we lament the color, the description of "thick" and "algae" is absolutely not accurate. Cloudy would be more accurate...
The resulting green color is apparently from all the nutrients that have been 'flooded' into this lake from some or all adjacent bogs that surround Windigo Lake. The flooding of nutrients are from the over abundance of rain the NW part of Wisconsin, and moreover -- the Upper Midwest in general has been receiving this year. Residents who have lived on this lake over 60 years have never seen the lake this way before....
The rain and resulting nutrients have placed the lake into an "Atrophic" or 'shocked' state.
Hoping in the next few weeks to months, the lake will return itself to it's usual welcoming, crystal and clear condition that past guests have found it to be.
Thank you again for your stay in Hayward, WI.
John and Christina Knapek
Beautiful peaceful cabin over looking the lake!
This cabin is beautiful! Has everything we wanted and much more! John and Chris were on top of everything and made sure our stay was amazing! I will definitely come back and stay here in the future!
Harley & guests,
You and all of your 'crew' are very welcome to come-back to visit us! Wife and I love to have a young group of people enjoy our cabin like you all seemed to do, over Memorial weekend 2017.
Feeling bad that the weather didn't seem to cooperate, but that didn't seem to stop you guys from enjoying your time at our "little slice of heaven"!
John and Chris Knapek
6 miles from downtown Hayward - home of the world famous Lumberjack Championship, Fat Tire, and Birkebeiner ski race. Nearby wineries, brew pub, homemade candy shop, go cart track, atv trails, Fishing Hall of Fame and LCO Casino. Also close to Stone Lake - home of the famous Cranberry Festival.