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Quaint Cottage on a Beautiful Chain of Lakes 2 Hours West of Minneapolis

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View from the back yard. This is our dock. It's about 4 feet deep at the end.


Last updated: 05/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8 (four couples)

Four bedroom, lakes country home with central heat and A/C. Includes washer & dryer. Easy access to lake level and full dock. One full bath and one additional shower. Quaint, clean, and on shallow sandy shoreline for easy swimming or relaxing. New front and rear Trex decking. Beds sleep 8. If you are looking to get away and relax for a few weeks, you can't go wrong. Utilities are all included along with Cable/HD TV and free WiFi. Two refrigerators. Comfortable living room with lake views and game table. 42' HD television. Gas fireplace. Excellent neighbors. Home is opposite the Arrowwood resort where you can rent a pontoon, boat, or jet ski if needed. You can also bring your own and tie up to the dock. Yard service takes care of keeping yard manicured so that all you have to do is relax and enjoy the day. This home faces west so nightly sunsets are a given weather permitting. Alexandria is a great little town offering good restaurants, a movie theater, golfing, and much more as it caters to the summer resort crowd. We recently moved south ourselves to be closer to family so our goal is to find a couple or family wanting to get away from the summer heat of Arizona or Florida to enjoy (minimally) 1 week or more of Minnesota summer or fall colors. Golf is plentiful in the area with Geneva Lakes, Alexandria CC, or many others.
We prefer Friday to Friday rentals. Check in is after 3:00 pm and check out is 10:00 am.


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/11/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    There is a cigarette butt trash receptacle on back deck for any one that needs to smoke. Smoking inside the home is strictly prohibited. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well-trained dogs welcome. No cats due to allergies. Anything else will need to be specifically requested. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    42' Plasma HD TV in LR plus TV in master BR...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Situated on Lake Darling, Alexandria's Chain of Lakes...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Excellent A/C ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Gas fireplace with wall controls...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Wireless router/WiFi available with correct password which will be provided upon rental confirmation...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    42' Plasma HD TV with DVD player and BOSE surround system..great for watching movies on a rainy evening. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Driveway can accommodate three to five cars. No parking allowed along street due to city ordinance. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    No phones..cell services work fine...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bring your own beach towels. Bath towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    New TREX decking with table and chairs...moreless

  • Golf:

    Geneva Golf Club is public and offers 27 holes of excellent golf 20 minutes door-to-door. You can ale play Arrowwood's course or Alexandria Country Club. Plenty of others within 50 mile radius. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    All taken care of need to do any yard work:) ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber gas grille available for your use...moreless



from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 19 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,750 $3,500

Changeover Day: Friday

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning fee $200
  • Pet Fee $50


Garbage day is Monday so please leave by street on Sunday night before retiring. Instructions for use of TV/DVD/and Internet will be located in home upon arrival. Septic requires that nothing be flushed down the toilets other than toilet paper. No smoking allowed in home. A receptacle is available on outside deck. Washer and dryer in basement available for your use.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/11/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: I have been in sales leadership roles with AT&T, Cisco, NetApp, and now Nimble Storage. We bought the home originally when we lived in Eagan, MN to enjoy our family and to have a place to get away from the Twin Cities and relax. Getting to the lake just seems to stop time and lets you truly invest in your family. This past spring we sold our home in the Twin Cities and re-located to Birmingham, AL to be closer to friends and family. Our children are now college age or older and have migrated south and we were getting a little tired to the winters so we made built a home outside of Birmingham and moved in April. We can certainly provide any personal references needed but suffice it to say we are looking for people that will treat our property and our neighbors with the utmost respect. Lake Darling is an awesome lake of around 1000 acres but it is connected to several other lakes so there is ample opportunity to explore if you have a boat or jet ski. There is gas access on the lake as well as restaurants and rentals. There is plenty to do but the most fun is doing nothing at all.

Why the Owner Chose Alexandria, MN, USA:
It was actually owned by a co-worker at Cisco. We had been traveling to the Alexandria area with friends for several years and renting ourselves and had come to like the area. When my co-worker put it up for sale (so he could build a home on a lake in Twin Cities area), we jumped on it and acquired it lock, stock, and barrel. Since then we have annually made improvements and investments in the property. Even though we've now moved south to be closer to our children as they all migrated south for college, our intent is to keep this property so that upon retirement, we can use it for the entire summer season ourselves. However, for now, we need to rent it out for 4-6 weeks a year which will enable us to financially support the expenses associated with the property.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
When you drive down South Darling Drive, its almost as if you leave one world behind and enter a new one filled with lots of trees and quaint lake shore homes that are appealing and represent the Minnesota cabin experience. There are resorts on either side of our home that will remind you of days past when you may have come to the north woods with friends or parents. Our home fits right in there with great views, a fire pit for evening s'mores, and much more. Our shoreline is typically the calmest so you can enjoy the water and sunshine. Swim over to the neighbors swim platform or simply lay out on the dock. Its all about relaxing and enjoying the beauty of Minnesota summers and falls.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/11/2017

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  • View from the back yard. This is our dock.  It's about 4 feet deep at the end.

    View from the back yard. This is our dock. It's about 4 feet deep at the end.

  • Street or driveway side.  New Trex decking.  Furniture not shown here.

    Street or driveway side. New Trex decking. Furniture not shown here.

  • View from lakeside deck

    View from lakeside deck

  • Living room/all new carpet

    Living room/all new carpet

  • Kitchen table

    Kitchen table

  • main bathroom..shower and tub not shown to right

    main bathroom..shower and tub not shown to right

  • Lake view/firepit

    Lake view/firepit

  • Lakeside deck and stairs

    Lakeside deck and stairs

  • Northern view from lakeside deck

    Northern view from lakeside deck

  • Lakeside - windows provide great views of lake

    Lakeside - windows provide great views of lake

  • New landscaping to follow.

    New landscaping to follow.

  • Landing deck right on water

    Landing deck right on water

  • More living room...

    More living room...

  • Kitchen..


  • Game table and second eating area..

    Game table and second eating area..

  • Game table

    Game table

  • Gas fireplace

    Gas fireplace

  • Southern view

    Southern view

VRBO #591818

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 20, 2017

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