Otter Haven, Sleeps 2-12, Restored Prairie Along a National Scenic Riverway
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Estate
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Welcome to Otter Haven, 200 acres of original and restored prairie (started in 1975) of Wisconsin’s native fauna and flora, as well as a restful retreat for guests escaping the daily grind. Whether you’d like to stroll through the low meadow grasses and wildflowers, or wander about the oak Savannah, take a leisurely tube down the Namekagon River, or fish the spring-fed ponds, we’re confident the natural charm will beset you. You might then pull out an old sketchpad, or paints, or bring along your photography skills. Perhaps you’d prefer the classic canoe, outdoor fire-pit, and s’mores, or rather an old-fashioned exploration of new knolls, islands, and wooded trails. If you’re inquisitive enough, and still enough, you’ll find our other regular residents: Deer and Heron, Otter and Beaver, Raven, Fox, Eagle, and Squirrel. Each trail offers its own discoveries and delights - like a traditional Native American Earth Lodge on one of our 5 islands, or a riverview outcropping of 6 oak trees perfectly situated to watch the river flow. So, wander as you will, you never know what you'll find.
For your vacationing comfort, we present our Guest House. A stroll along the sidewalk above the pond will bring you to the main entrance: the Great Room (30'x30'). The 14' vaulted ceiling angles over a space fit for dining, dancing, reading, and simply resting. The elegant dining room preens in the sunlight from a wall of south facing windows, overlooking the spring fed pond complex with 5 small islands. French doors open to the south, allowing one out onto the deck. The Great Room also contours a study corner, an upraised reading and resting area in the opposite corner, and a social sofa space gathered around the 4th corner's fireplace. These sleeper sofas don a night cap just as easily to offer a perfect slumber party space.
A few steps down from the Great Room, through a set of double doors, enter into the Kitchen (15'x18'): a galley-style space painted a peaceful underwater blue with sandy colored tile. New electric appliances (large refrigerator and electric stove) and custom-made countertop built from the tamarack and black ash of Otter Haven, offer a comfortable place to prepare meals.
Follow the tiles into the Bathroom (10'x15') to an elegantly tiled shower with opposing shower heads. The same serene blue splashes about the walls, over a simple single vanity, and back out to an alternate exit of the kitchen: the Master Bedroom.
A few steps up from the kitchen, you will find a queen-sized bed basking in the southern sunlight of a picture window. The window's view captures the expanse of the front pond. Glance away from the window, to the western wall, and you'll find a sleeper sofa available for a day's loafing, while across the room a reading area rests in the breeze of windows open to the east. The Master Bedroom also claims a private entrance and deck that wraps around its eastern and southern sides. Above the Master Bedroom, you will find the perfect sleeping, reading, or relaxing hideaway in the Loft (15'x15'). Pads and beds make it great for midday snoozers. Just ask a ladder for assistance.
For the quietest night's sleep, choose the Lower Bedroom (12'x16'), just off from the eastern side of the bathroom, or down from the Master Bedroom. This room nestles into the earth, yet allows the sun to peek in through an upper window for a soft "Good-Morning".
Whichever room you use or choose, we're confident Otter Haven will host with comfort and charm, offering many an opportunity for playful exploration, or simple rest. Feel free to call 715-645-2853 for further details or interests. Know that we will return your online inquiry with a phone call to address your questions in person.
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Member since: 2015
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Monument View:
Surrounded by national parkland, including a national forest, Otter Haven offers 100 acres of original and restored prairie through which the National Scenic Riverway: the Namekagon River flows....moreless
- Water View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $175
- Tax Rate 5.5%
Cancellation Policy: If a cancellation occurs outside of 30 days of the stay, 100% of the payment, including the damage deposit, will be refunded. If a cancellation occurs within 30 days of the stay, 50% of the lodging payment and the entire damage deposit will be refunded.
Manager's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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An array of northwest activities are available for your participation, or local entertainment. Among the most noted: The American Birkebeiner, The Heart of the North Rodeo, LCO's Honor the Earth Pow-Wow, the Lumberjack World Championships, County Fairs, Fishing Tournaments, the Bayfield Apple Festival, and countless others.
Morning mist rises over Otter Haven,
Daylight may beckon to you through the windows, to breakfast,
or out the french doors to float in a tube in the pond.
And then to the shower, to rinse off the day's play,
to nap in the cool blue of the lower bedroom, here on the lofted twin bed,
to doze with the queen in the master suite.
For you may choose to scout for the Green Heron nestlings,
He'll tell you how many tube, canoe, and kayak, or just fish the River.
Black-eyed Susan, Grey-headed Coneflower, Flat-top Aster & Gayfeather (Liatris).
Will you be able to find the traditional Man Dan Earth Lodge?
Or the otter who play about in the pond,
Our guest, Rhona Neri-Bergman captured this scene during her stay in July.
and lingers on the knoll of the upland prairie.
Or lazy lounging on the sofas by the fireplace,
You may then return for a snack - to the kitchen of course.
(large enough for two) and slip out the back door
or there on the double, or perhaps up the stairs...
If you go higher still, the lovely loft will let you slumber,
Or be seen by the Cedar Waxwing who scouts for adventurers.
From the river, thru our Oak Savannah, atop the knoll you'll find: the flowers
Pretty enough for a picture - as many blossoming photographers have found.
On your way back, watch for the doe and her fawn nestling in for the night
Or for the colors Autumn hues the Tamaracks with.
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Sunday, December 04, 2016
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