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Northwoods Retreat-Pet Friendly

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

4-5 Bedroom Year Round Retreat on South Turtle Lake in Winchester, Wisconsin

Master Suite with Queen Bed, Jacuzzi Tub, master bath and wood burning fireplace plus

5 bedrooms-one king, two queen, one double and one single.

Two bathrooms in addition to master, one with jacuzzi tub and shower, one with shower/tub combo.

Large kitchen with all amenities and a fully stocked pantry, large family room with huge fireplace and bar. Fire pit in yard by the lake. 5 minutes from Manitowish Waters, 30 minutes from UP ski areas, 20 minutes from Boulder Junction. Best sunsets and star-gazing in the north woods! Check out the following videos provided by a regular guest.

More Details

Diane O'Connor
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Diane O'Connor

We bought this home years ago to enjoy the north woods of Wisconsin for the beautiful sunsets, swims to the island, skiing and hiking in winter and the gorgeous fall colors. We raised our three daughters here to enjoy the same love of the wilderness and they have canoed and kayaked from Boulder Junction to the Arctic circle and many places in between! And become avid ski racers, snow-shoers and tele-skiers as well. They cherish their memories but now live in the West and we want to share this little slice of peace of mind with others!

Diane O'Connor purchased this house in 1981

Why Diane O'Connor chose Presque Isle

I went to camp in nearby Mercer and fell in love with the smells of the forests and the peace of the starry nights. When the opportunity came to buy this home we jumped at it and now have many friends whose families have enjoyed it with us.

What makes this house unique

Fabulous sunsets, autumn colors that surpass New England, never-ending trails to explore the wilderness, and events that don't end in Manitowish Waters, Presque Isle, Boulder Junction, and Mercer.


Presque Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , upper level for queen and king bedrooms
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , lower level
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Attached (private) to Master Bedroom
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , large bedroom with view of the woods
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Views of the lake and woods
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Lower level with views of lake and woods
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , office/bedroom with wooded views
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Natural fireplace, views of lake and stars, jacuzzi for two!
    Family Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Futons in family room for overflow...
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

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Northwoods Retreat-Pet Friendly
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

Lots of character

  • 5 of 5

This home is a dearly loved place, clearly. Our family enjoyed the down to earth feel of it and the beautiful September scenery. The owners are lovely.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you felt that way about our home. You are welcome to return again soon!
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  • 5 of 5

The house accommodated my family perfectly. Great location quiet great lakes. Pontoon Boat we rented form Wilson's Landing was very affordable and we had a lot of fun on it. Would definitely return to this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good time! You are welcome back in the future.
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Creating Family Memories

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay at this property with our entire family and it was wonderful! Our family is growing and there is plenty of space for our large group. It's private and the lake is beautiful...the guys even caught some fish this year! We were also struck at how quiet it was. There are many amenities but for me, being the mom, my favorite was being able to get our whole family around the table for dinner! We like the location...close to shopping and great restaurants. Everything is there that you could possibly need to make your vacation a memorable one!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Peggy. I am glad you and your family had a good vacation. We hope you will return again!
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A Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here for a family getaway. The week was spent boating, fishing, hiking, visiting the local bars and restaurants, and just relaxing while enjoying each others company. This home is large, comfortable, well maintained, and situated directly on a very quiet lake. We were a group of 7 adults and could have easily accommodated more. The house had everything needed for a great stay. The property is beautiful and very private.

The Winchester area is something of a step back in time. If you are looking for crowds, fast food, and Walmarts, this is probably not the place for you. If you want a relaxing, laid back experience, that still has alot of great activities, this is the place.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having your group at our home and hope you will return!
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Mogadore, OH, USA

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at Sach's North. If you "get" the Northwoods experience, I think you'll absolutely fall in love with this place. During our recent stay we watched fledgling eagles learn to fly over the course of two weeks. Incredible. The back deck and fire pit are just perfect for relaxing anytime of day. The front deck is great too and will shield you on colder, windy days. The fire pit is right by the water and is just perfect for morning coffee or evening cocktails. The sunsets will take your breath away. I've never seen such beautiful ones! The dock is a decent size, and there is room to park your own boat. At the end of July the surface temperature of the water approached 80 degrees for us, so being in the water was very comfortable. It's a rocky/sandy bottom around the dock with no weeds, which makes it nice for swimming. The home is spacious and has lots of nice amenities. The bar and game/TV room downstairs is a great plus--a wonderful place for reclaiming old-fashioned family fun. The master bedroom has a whirlpool bath and a large window overlooking the lake. I've never slept so good. The lake is quiet but ideal for all the usual activities. If you can transport kayaks/canoes, paddling from the nearby park in Winchester to Cedar Lake is amazing. Manitowish Waters has everything you need in the way of groceries, rentals, etc. Mercer has great shops, including the Wampum Shop (lots of gifts--big and small), and Antiques and Stuff around the corner is really cool. We got some old snow shoes and other stuff there to decorate our own log home with at great prices. All the items have great stories behind them. Make time to check out the Skyview for dinner. It's up County W by Presque Isle. There is no better Friday night fish fry in the Northwoods. The sweet and sour walleye is mind blowingly good, and you won't believe the enormous size of the filets. If you like hustle and bustle this isn't the place. If you are looking for maximum relaxation in a rustic yet modernized setting and off-the-beaten-path yet convenient location, this is what you want. The owners are great too. And be sure to take advantage of the "full" cleaning service on your way out. The price is very reasonable, and it allows you to maximize valuable vacation time. We can't wait to return! I've been coming up to the Northwoods since I can remember, and this is my favorite place that we have ever stayed.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Will! This review will be most helpful for future travelers. We love having you and your family and your "videos". Please do keep coming back.
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Mogadore, OH, USA

A Truly Magical Place

  • 5 of 5

I have been going "up north" for 44 years, and this is my favorite place. I have never seen sunsets as beautiful as the ones we saw here. The location of the campfire pit is just perfect. It sits close to the lake, so it is great for both evening and morning campfires. Enjoy it at night with the whole family (there are plenty of places to sit), or grab an early-morning cup of coffee and rekindle the embers from the night before, enjoy the smell of the towering pines, and enjoy a gentle breeze off the lake. I can't recall the last time I was so relaxed. There are two docks with plenty of room to park your boat if you bring one. There is a spacious deck overlooking the lake (facing west), and another one facing east. So, at any time of day you can take in the sun on one of the decks. As I would put it, coffee out front...cocktails out back. It's perfect. The lake is very quiet with not a lot of activity (which is so nice, especially at night), but there is plenty of room on it to do all the activities you enjoy--fishing, tubing, skiing, etc. Inside the home is just great. The master bedroom is wonderful. Open the large windows before you go to bed and fall asleep and wake up listening to the loons and the waves lapping against the shore. The bar/game room downstairs is truly unique. We recalled wonderful old memories and laughed and smiled as we created new ones. There are plenty of good restaurants nearby and lots of things to do. There is a nearby "Discovery Center" in Manitowish Waters with lots of activities (including miles of trails), and paddlers will love South Turtle Lake. The river route from South Turtle to Cedar Lake is fantastic. If you just want to do the river, put it at the town park in nearby Winchester and leave a car at the boat landing at Cedar Lake. The trip takes 3-4 hours (one way) with a few portages around beaver dams and rocky spots, but most of it is calm paddling through remote territory. If you scuba dive, check out nearby Sparkling Lake and also Palette Lake near Boulder Junction. The bottom line is this. If you are looking for a place to completely and totally relax, forget about the daily grind, and reconnect with family in a good old-fashioned rustic way, this is the place for you. I'm not sure if links work in reviews, but here is some video I shot during our two-week stay: We are literally counting the weeks until we can return!! This place is just magical. There's just something about it.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was thrilled with your video and wanted to be there too! The place has been magical for us because we spent time with family and friends as children in the north woods. It isn't a fancy place but it does kindle the love of the north woods if you let it! Hope to have you as guests again!
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Hwy 51 and Cty Hwy W
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Indianhead Mountain
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 5.5%

I prefer that payment be made by check as I am charged an extra fee for charge card payments.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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