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Cottage Home On Lake Mckusick, 1 Mile From Historic Downtown Stillwater

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

This little oasis is surrounded by trees and 400 feet of lake shore. Watch the loons from the dock or take the kayaks out to see the wildlife. Take the path from the backyard around Lake Mckusick or to downtown Stillwater and the St. Croix River. The home has a cottage feel on the outside, but a fully remodeled modern aesthetic on the inside. 1st floor, Living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room, master king bedroom with french doors out to the deck and dock, and 2 more bedrooms with a full bathroom. Full gourmet kitchen and walk-in pantry with prep sink as well as a casual eat-in nook, deck with Weber Grill, and Sunroom that overlooks the lake. Lower floor has family room with 70 In HD TV and movie theatre surround sound. 1 large bed room that can sleep 2-4 people, shared bath room with shower. The whole house has wireless internet access, Cable TV and Apple TV. There is a hot tub that seats 8 people. No smoking or pets allowed, thank you for your consideration!

Nathan Jespersen
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Nathan Jespersen

My wife Sara and I have been married for over 12 years, have 2 kids, Tori and Ellie. We live in Stillwater and also have our office space downtown. We both work in the fitness and health industry.

Nathan Jespersen purchased this house in 2012

Why Nathan Jespersen chose Stillwater

We stumbled on this property in the summer of 2012. The home was in rough shape, but the property and the location was paradise. We renovated the home to our liking. The home is also rich in Stillwater history. The trail behind the house used to be the old trolley track that commuted loggers throughout Stillwater back in the 1800's. The trolley house is converted into a home now and is our closest neighbor. We've thoroughly enjoyed this property for the 3 short years we've been here. We felt that it would be fun to share this little treasure with others.

What makes this house unique

By far, the most fascinating aspects of this home is the view of the lake and wildlife. You can see the sunset over the lake from every room in the home. What also makes this property unique is it's country secluded feel, while still amidst the populated downtown Stillwater area. We hope you'll enjoy it as much as we have.


Stillwater House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting big game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We also have a massage therapist that can come to the house.


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Cottage Home On Lake Mckusick, 1 Mile From Historic Downtown Stillwater
average rating of 4.9117646 based on 34 reviews

Another fantastic week at Meadowlark Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd visit and couldn't ask for a better home to share with our 3 boys. From the well stocked kitchen, to the fantastic family room in the basement, everything is top notch. Our favorite is sitting on the deck off the master, sipping our tea and watching the sunrise. Nathan is a wealth of knowledge on restaurants and things to do. He is also very quick on answering questions. 5 Stars for sure!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! And it's always a pleasure to have you and your fam! Can't wait to have you back! Nathan
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Wonderful house for our large family

  • 5 of 5

This house was a blessing for our big family. The house was great with 3 living room areas and plenty of seating for meal times. The outside of the house had a tire swing, zip line, fire place and canoes. We really didn't have to leave the house! Location was great and Nelson's ice cream near by was the best ice cream we'd had in a long time.

Nathan was quick to respond when I had questions and even found us a pack n play so we didn't have to travel with one.

Great experience and great house. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and spacious

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Stillwater. The home was clean, spacious, and private with nice amenities.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We used the property for our team, and it was a perfect getaway spot!

  • 5 of 5

We loved it!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute cottage for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with two other couples and enjoyed the location and property. There was plenty of room for the six of us. We made most meals at home and found the kitchen was well stocked with all the cooking equipment we needed. We also enjoyed walking around the lake and sitting around the fire pit in the evenings. The app for unlocking and locking the door was very convenient. Downtown Stillwater is within walking distance which made the location even more enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay. Nathan was very helpful - he respected our privacy but was readily available to answer questions as needed. The home is tucked away with beautiful lake views and a lot of outdoor space. Plenty of things to keep kids entertained with the tire swing, zip line, and Wii, but also a lot of great places for adults to relax and take in the beautiful scenery. Would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nelson Ice Cream
Awesome icecream and huge portions!
Lolo American Kitchen
Chilkoot Cafe
Our favorite local breakfast place!
Len's Family Foods
If you want quick groceries!
Marx Wine Bar and Grill
Best fish dinner in Minnesota! All local ingredients!
Stillwater Trolley
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Harbor Bar
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Oak Glen
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Harbor Bar
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Afton Alps
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Square Lake
Car: not necessary

The Meadowlark Cottage is a little piece of paradise; rich in Stillwater history and close to downtown Stillwater and the St. Croix River. The trail behind the home used to be the old Trolley track that commuted loggers throughout Stillwater back in the 1800's. The trolley house is converted into a home now and is our closest neighbor. You can follow this trail down all the way around Lake McKusick or take it down the creek to downtown Stillwater. Downtown Stillwater has much to offer; wonderful restaurants, shopping and antique stores. And, for recreation, boating up and down the river gives the most scenic representation of the Valley.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.12%

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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