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Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien - Includes Pontoon Boat

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,020 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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!!

More Details

Owner
Jeff Balmer
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

Amenities

Crosslake Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1020 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main Level Bath - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Level Bedroom - 1 king
    Loft - 2 queen , Privacy Curtain
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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

Reviews

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Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien - Includes Pontoon Boat
average rating of 4.967742 based on 62 reviews
5

Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This well updated cabin was great! Right on a beautiful small lake with access to their pontoon. Hard to tell from the pictures/layout, but the upstairs bedroom (two beds) is an open loft to the living room and dining room, With only curtains for privacy. Wasn’t an issue for us, but could be for some. Would definitely go back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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PERFECT

  • 5 of 5

Staying at this cabin was INCREDIBLE. Stay here if you can! The Scandinavian theme of the cabin was beautiful, the lofted beds were adorable, the boat was a blast, the kitchen was fully stocked with quality appliances and cookware, the cabin was very clean, the porch was straight out of a movie, and the fishing on Lake O'Brien was fun! We took our old Clumber Spaniel with us, and he loved it just as much. Can't wait to stay here again next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect cabin retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time at this cozy cabin! There was plenty of space for my family inside, but that didn't really matter because we spent it all outside! From the perfect fire pit area, to the numerous outdoor seating areas, everything was great. The kids really enjoyed the oval paved driveway and they used it for their own personal race track on their bikes. There was also swings nearby that they used for their pit stop! The hammock was nice and we used it often. The boat looks and operates like it is brand new. It was so nice to just hop on the boat any time we felt the need, and in no time we were on the lake. The inside was great as well. The beds were very comfy, and it was nice to have a TV in the master. We never used the inside shower once because the outdoor shower was amazing! There's just something magical about that, it's hard to describe. The kitchen has everything you need to cook a meal, including spices and oils and all the utensils as well. We used the grill every night, and I even smoked some 6 hour hickory ribs that were delicious! A couple small negatives were there was not a good swimming area right off the shore for the kids to swim and play in the shallow area as it was covered in lily pads and plants. There was also no ice maker, which i guess I was just used to at home so we just had to buy ice at the store. Overall I would give the place an A+ and we are in the process of booking again for next year! Looks like we found a new family tradition!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, great location, with all the amenities

  • 5 of 5

All of our stays at Cross Lake have been wonderful. We enjoyed the pontoon, the outdoor firepit and the warm ambiance of the cabin. Nearby golf and restaurants added to the fun. Thank you again for sharing this family heirloom with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin! We will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Fantastic Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 spent Memorial Day weekend at this lovely cabin recently. Everything was amazing. We especially enjoyed the pontoon, fire pit, and fabulous views. I would highly recommend this place to others. We will be back!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Multiple in Crosslake
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Crosswoods Golf Course - Multiple within 20 miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many great options in Crosslake
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Mount Ski Gull and Tubing- Downhill Skiing
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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