Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien (Includes New Pontoon Boat)

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

If you are looking for the 'cabin experience', this quintessential cabin in the pines won't disappoint. The property was originally purchased and built by my grandparents in 1958 and has been in our family ever since; it was completely renovated by my wife and I in 2011. A small but efficient layout, the cabin has a wonderful screen porch, sitting area with gas fireplace, and dining room; all with panoramic views of the lake, which is only steps away. It has one bedroom on the main level (king), and a semi-private loft with two queen size beds. There is one 3/4 bath, and a great outdoor shower with views of the lake for those true Minnesotan's. The inside space flows seamlessly to a large lakeside patio with grill, outdoor dining area, fire pit and coffee sitting area. The rental comes complete with a pontoon boat (2014 Bennington), a 4-person paddleboat, a canoe, and of course a hammock in the yard. For those that can't disconnect, the cabin also includes two high definition TV's with DirecTV (DVD/Blu-Ray on main TV) and free Wi-Fi! And don't worry, you won't be roughing it, the 2011 renovation also brought all new mechanical systems including air conditioning, new appliances, and a new Kinetico softened water system!!

Situated 5 miles east of the town of Crosslake, crystal clear Lake O'Brien is spring fed with a water clarity of 24', the cleanest lake in the entire watershed district. The lake itself is surrounded by mature pines. There is approximately 5 miles of shoreline, of which about a quarter of the lake is undeveloped state owned property. During the summer, this recreational lake is perfect for fishing, skiing, wake boarding canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and all water based activities, including floating on an air mattress!! There is a sandbar where you can walk across the lake which is a favorite gathering spot for 'kids of all ages'!! It's location on a quiet tar township road make it perfect for a morning walk or bike ride. During the winter months the lake is perfect for ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and is a perfect base camp to access the endless miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

Our property is perfect for a family of up to 6 or a few couples. We have a strict limit of 6 due to the size of the cabin and the single bathroom. We do keep our calendar updated and so if you are seeing availability then it's likely available. Upon reservation confirmation you'll receive a complete 'what to bring' list so you are prepared for your time up north. Feel free to inquire with any questions you may have and we’ll be prompt to reply! We pride ourselves on keeping our property and structures/equipment pristine and are certain we'll exceed your expectations in that regard. And further, since we also live on this lake, should any questions or problems arise we can respond quickly. In fact, your only disappointment will be when you have to leave!!

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1020 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum rental age is 30....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • DVD Player:

    DVD/Blu-Ray on TV in common area...moreless

  • Television:

    High Definition TV's in main Level bedroom and common area...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Great views of the lake from inside the cabin and from lakeside patio....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Cabin sits 40' from the water's edge....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Internet:

    Wireless Internet provided...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linens and blankets provided...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line available...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels provided for indoor use only. Please bring beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Stack W/D available...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Keurig and standard coffee maker available....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Range, Refrigerator, Microwave and Dishwasher...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    2014 Bennington Pontoon Boat with 50 HP Yamaha Outboard...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Canoe and 4 person paddleboat available...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Natural Gas - No need to fill tanks!...moreless



Write a review 5
from 33 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall/Winter 2016-2017
Oct 1 - Apr 21, 2017
3 night min stay
Spring 2017
Apr 22 - Jun 9, 2017
3 night min stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 10 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

Peak Summer 2017
Jul 1 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay

Late Summer 2017
Sep 9 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay

Fall/Winter 2017-2018
Sep 30 - Apr 20, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Cleaning Fee $150 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7.375%


50% non-refundable deposit

All full week rentals are Friday to Friday.

Check-in is at 4:00, check out is at 11:00 am.

Please call with any questions or special requests.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
Check availability
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21 Unavailable
22 Today
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5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Multiple in Crosslake
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Crosswoods Golf Course - Multiple within 20 miles
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Many great options in Crosslake
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mount Ski Gull and Tubing- Downhill Skiing

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Contact us

Speaks: english



  • Cabin and Lakeside Patio

    Cabin and Lakeside Patio

  • Lakeside of Cabin

    Lakeside of Cabin

  • Cabin and Garage from Driveway

    Cabin and Garage from Driveway

  • Cabin Entry

    Cabin Entry

  • Living Area

    Living Area

  • Bathroom


  • Main Level Bedroom

    Main Level Bedroom

  • Fireplace


  • The Wood Pile

    The Wood Pile

  • Lake - North End

    Lake - North End

  • Morning at the Lake

    Morning at the Lake

  • Lakeside Patio and Lake

    Lakeside Patio and Lake

  • Lakeside of Cabin and Porch

    Lakeside of Cabin and Porch

  • The Coffee Spot!

    The Coffee Spot!

  • Living/Dining Area

    Living/Dining Area

  • Kitchen


  • Screen Porch

    Screen Porch

  • Dining Area

    Dining Area

  • Outdoor Shower (accessed from bedroom)

    Outdoor Shower (accessed from bedroom)

  • Main Level Floor Plan

    Main Level Floor Plan

  • Lake - Sandbar

    Lake - Sandbar

  • Lake - South End

    Lake - South End

  • Pontoon Boat (stock photo)

    Pontoon Boat (stock photo)

VRBO #568199

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, October 24, 2016

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Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien (includes new pontoon boat)

Crosslake, MN, USA #568199

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