Lynnhaven, Country Retreat Nestled in Wooded Valley by State Park, Trout Stream

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Last updated: 10/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This spacious home is nestled in a wooded clearing, giving you privacy and delight in the life of the forest surrounding you. We offer all the comforts of home since we also come here for our haven getaway. We have collected art, antiques and nature treasures. Enjoy reading my son's journal of the beavers living in the valley with maps of the dams and lodges!
Red Oak post and beam construction have created an open kitchen, dining room and comfortable living room. A separate family room offers an extensive library and entertainment center plus another sleeping area for 2 with use of downstairs bathroom. Large windows and a sun room give views of perennial gardens, bird traffic to the bird feeder and bath, cheeky chipmunks and squirrels running on the garden fence and silent deer. Sunlight warms the golden hues of the oak floors, wainscoting, furniture and butternut cabinets.
3 bedrooms upstairs and a hall space have beds for 8, dressers and closets. An upstairs bathroom has a claw foot tub for a cozy soak.
Because we are opening our home to you with so many personal touches, we ask that you don't come here for a drinking party weekend. We have had one unpleasant experience where lots of damage was done by inebriated guests. We almost stopped renting at that point!
The yard offers a picnic table and lawn chairs, a badminton net, a stone fire pit for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs and relaxing by the fire's glow in the dark forest with its night sounds. There is a small charcoal grill. In season, the garden may have tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers, peppers. The yard and grassy clearings in the woods have scrumptious wild berries to pick; red raspberries, strawberries, black caps mid summer and big blackberries in August and September. You can see eagles and hawks soaring above and in the spring and fall, flocks of geese pass over with their plaintive honks.
Explore West Beaver Valley. Hike dry runs for crystal rocks, fossils and hidden waterfalls cut deep in the rock. Climb the bluffs to rock outcroppings with caves and wild inhabitants! Follow West Beaver Creek, rich with rare songbirds, herons, kingfishers, a mallard hiding her ducklings in the weeds, a beaver may slap the water to warn of you! Wade or be brave and swim in a deep pool, refreshing! Take a tour of Schech's Mill and buy some stone-ground cornmeal. Enjoy the beauty of the mowed trails in Beaver Creek Park and watch or fish the trout under the bridge, all within a mile!

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Meadow's Room-bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Jesse's Room- bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single


  • Sewing Niche (in hallway): 1 twin/ single


  • Master Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 baby crib

    There is a baby crib and a cradle for an infant...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • I have a masseuse who will come to the home and give massages if scheduled ahead....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    for videos and DVD's only...moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    little travelled country road through scenic valley...moreless

  • Ski-In:

    cross-country ski on trails in Beaver Creek State Park...moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    Mt. LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI 35 minutes away...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    DSL connection and wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    unlimited local calls, limited minutes on long distance...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Waffle iron, rice cooker, blender, mixer, slow cooker...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen for any meal prep...moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden:

    large lawn and badminton net to set up...moreless



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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $14 per night, per additional guest

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200


Families with children under 6, no additional fee for the children

If you would prefer not to purchase the insurance, (for $59), I will have to increase your refundable damage deposit to $1,000. Let me know and I can adjust your quote.

Owner'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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Last updated: 10/22/2016
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Caledonia, MN
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Caledonia, MN

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1985

About the owner: I'm Lynn. My childhood was spent in New Jersey and next I landed in the midwest where I married, had 7 children and lived for 25 years. In 1999 we all (13 of us then) moved to CA to run a bamboo nursery where the whole family could work together. We had a bunch of teens and early 20's kids by then, and we rented out our MN home. This went rough on my MN house so I reclaimed it and have been restoring it for some years now. Our CA experience was tough and I lost my husband, so I have been supporting my 2 youngest children, Forest and Meadow, for the last 15 years. I established a goat dairy in the Santa Cruz Mountains where I still reside. I was so happy to be able to return to my MN home, I was always homesick for it in CA and now love coming back whenever I can escape the farmwork. Now I have 6 precious grandchildren in CA and a great-granddaughter so I treasure my time there also.

Why the Owner Chose Caledonia, MN, USA:
Building our home was my heart's desire, to live in this scenic valley, the same wilderness valley I had first moved to in the state in 1976. I had lived near the source of West Beaver Creek surrounded by wooded hills with my baby Willow. Years later we had 5 children and bought 5 acres, cleared the house site and milled the oaks for our home in the “big woods”. I loved gathering limestone rock to terrace the hillside, build the steps, even the entry floor. From pouring the footings to shingling the roof, it was a creative work of joy with help from many friends. My last 2 children were born here and 2 grand daughters. We homesteaded for many years, raised the 7 children with our gardens, chickens and goats.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
I hope you sense the tranquility and beauty of nature all around you here. The fragrances of the valley, the earthy dampness cooling the summer evenings, the magic of fireflies twinkling in the deepening woods shadows, the call of the whippoorwill, owls hoot to each other, the coyotes yelp, a lone cry of a wolf, all are spellbinding. Every season here is rich for me. I find God's voice speaking to me and refreshing my spirit in this place. I love the friendly small town feeling of this community. They celebrate their Norwegian heritage with colorful holidays like Nordic Fest in Decorah, IA, Syttende Mai in Spring Grove, and their farm life with harvest festivals, Steam-engine Days, horse and tractor pulls. I love the cultural aspects, Shakespeare Festivals in WInona, La Crosse's Art and Music Festival, Riverfest, Lanesboro's plays, and my favorite, Spring Grove's outdoor Black Barn plays. I love visiting the Amish farms with their produce stands, maple syrup, furniture and basket shops and bakeries. My family have always enjoyed the outdoor activities, bike trails, canoeing the Upper Iowa and the Root River, the Mississippi backwaters around the islands. There's a bird sanctuary near Alma where during migrations, swans, pelicans, Canada geese and Snow Geese gather in noisy flocks. There are little towns up and down the Mississippi for shopping, music, great restaurants, wine-tasting. My kids loved the caves near Harmony, where you climb deep into the earth, a little too deep for some of us! We never run out of fun things to do!

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  • Our home in the woods

    Our home in the woods

  • summer's gardens

    summer's gardens

  • kitchen view from living room

    kitchen view from living room

  • living room

    living room

  • front of family room

    front of family room

  • downstairs bath

    downstairs bath

  • Willow's bedroom, queen bed

    Willow's bedroom, queen bed

  • upstairs bath

    upstairs bath

  • the campfire

    the campfire

  • badminton in the yard

    badminton in the yard

  • The quiet valley road

    The quiet valley road

  • kitchen from dining area

    kitchen from dining area

  • dining area by bay window

    dining area by bay window

  • family room

    family room

  • master bedroom, king and queen beds

    master bedroom, king and queen beds

  • Jesse's  bedroom, single bed

    Jesse's bedroom, single bed

  • exploring the dry run by the house

    exploring the dry run by the house

  • visiting an Amish shop

    visiting an Amish shop

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Lynnhaven, Country Retreat nestled in wooded valley by state park, trout stream

Caledonia, MN, USA #690240

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