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Cozy Family Place; Great Fishing & Sunsets Year-Round; Near Winery & Snow Skiing

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


About the property

Spacious Open Concept 4-bedroom Home with Grand Lake View & Great Family Space

Find your peaceful place at our quiet lake home! Big Swan is a 694-acre lake that is lightly developed and has a hard, sandy bottom making it great for wading & swimming. It's known for great fishing year-round, especially walleyes, and has low lake traffic. Our tree-lined lot gives you privacy, with wooded and marsh lands, some being State Wildlife Mgmt land that is open to public hunting. Enjoy a bluff view of the lake with your morning coffee, and come back for a panoramic view of the sunsets in the evening!

The home welcomes plenty of natural light into its spacious open-concept main level, where there is also two bedrooms and a full bath. Large patio door gives access to the deck from the living room, and the campfire grilling areas are just steps away. The attached garage/game room is also easily accessed from the living room, with full size ping pong and air hockey tables.

There is DVD collection with a wide range of genres, a 40" flat-screen (antenna receives 15-18 local stations) in the main living room and a 32" flat-screen in the basement family room. This family room also welcomes kids, teens and adults alike with bunk beds & futons, a TV area, and game cabinet full of games, puzzles, books & toys. There are also two more bedrooms and a full bath just down the hall.

* The Public Lake Access is located on Co Rd 35 and has a concrete ramp, parking space and a sandy/beachy area.

** There is a dock at the home but currently no boat lift. Please bring an anchor for any watercraft you bring.

** 6.5 miles to Millner Heritage Winery; 16 miles to Powder Ridge Ski Area; 32 miles to St Cloud mall; 50 miles to west Minneapolis suburbs; 67 miles to Mall of America

More Details

Reed & Rachel Vieau
Member since: 2016
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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Reed & Rachel Vieau

Both Reed & Rachel grew up in nearby towns and both enjoyed being in the outdoors year-round. This property offers you great opportunities to do the same! Reed purchased the property in 2004, and then renovated it inside & out. The main floor was transformed into an open-concept with beautiful teak wood and Travertine floors. He added the dormer and a 2-stall garage, while the home also received all new windows, doors & siding, electrical, pipes and appliances.

Rachel spent time living in Iowa before moving back to MN in 2005, and met Reed a year or so later. [She currently manages the property and will be your main contact.]

Their love of peaceful lake settings, relaxing in the outdoors and sunsets motivates them to help you do the same.

Reed & Rachel Vieau purchased this house in 2004

Why Reed & Rachel Vieau chose Dassel

Surrounded by trees, the home offers privacy and solitude without feeling closed in. The open view from the front door draws your eye straight to the gorgeous vista of the lake below, and Big Swan Lake boasts great fishing with lots of room to relax on a pontoon or set out your ice house! The neighborhood is beautiful and offers great, quiet walks or bike rides. There's also a small landing on the lake stairs where you can watch for all kinds of wildlife.

In this "Heart of the Lakes" area, where neighbors are like friends, it's easy to feel like you're in the country and yet there is such a wide range of things to do and see. Several small towns offer unique sights, eateries and great shops, including art galleries & museums. But you can also get to bigger towns with more options in 30-40 minutes, and even visit the Mall of America in about an hour.

What makes this house unique

The view is mesmerizing and the home is beautiful with a main level arched hallway, spacious island, and an 8-ft patio door framed by large windows for enhanced lake views. There is also ample space to spread out, with 4 bedrooms one can sneak away to for a nap. We love the cozy campfire area in the backyard, and that even when a rainy day occurs groups can gather in the garage for a ping pong tournament, air hockey match, or games and meals at the banquet tables. The wide overhang of the garage allows you to keep the large doors open and enjoy the sounds of nature.


Dassel 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: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16 ...
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • * All guests are responsible for completing the Check-In/Out lists posted at the home
  • * Do not roll suitcases, coolers or other heavy items on the wood floor
  • * Remove shoes at door (bring indoor shoes for cold months); and dry off after being at the lake, etc. before entering house
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Level Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower Level Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The property is on well and septic systems. Please do not flush anything other than toilet paper, to include baby wet wipes and feminine products (even the 'flushable' wipes can cause septic problems). If you intend to use the washing machine during your stay, please bring "septic-safe" laundry detergent if possible.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Family Room, Lower Level - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 3 bunk bed , Bassinet/Pack in Play
    Master Bedroom, main floor - 1 queen , Pillow-top mattress, closet, 2 dressers, nightstand, lamp
    Lower Level Bedroom - 1 queen , Large room with queen bed, large closet and dresser
    Lower Level Bedroom - 1 queen , Large room with queen bed, closet and dresser
    Main Floor Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen bed, closet, and dresser
  • Lower level great room has a hutch with board games, cards, books, puzzles, and some toys. There is also a TV area with a flat screen and DVD player. [Note: DVD/movie collection is kept on the main level]. There are extra comforters and blankets in the linen closet.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • 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
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
[When viewing on mobile/tablet: please tap on each amenity for additional notes] If you want to tour the local area, there is a great winery just 10 minutes away that offers wine tastings and vineyard trolley tours, and Annandale has a brewhouse ["Spilled Grain"] that will feature live music. There are also great local restaurants, ask for details! For boats and other lake recreation options, call Chartered Rentals: they have a variety of summer & winter [Josh at (320) 310-9089 or]. For winter activities: Powder Ridge Ski Area (Kimball) offers downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing, as well as lessons; and there are nearby groomed trails/hills for cross country skiing, snowshoeing or sledding.


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Cozy Family Place; Great Fishing & Sunsets Year-Round; Near Winery & Snow Skiing
average rating of 4.6190476 based on 21 reviews

Perfect place for us!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed our stay and Reed and Rachel were very accommodating. It was a last minute trip to attend a funeral for our sister. When we arrived, there were flowers with a very kind card. We couldn't have picked a better place to stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Julie! You and your family were terrific guests!
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This Property and the hosts were amazing.

  • 5 of 5

This property is Amazing! It was easy to get to and the home is well taken care of. There was plenty of room for all of us, we spent a lot of time gathered in the living room and kitchen, which is all open. There is a beautiful view of the lake from the living room. We were there for a family wedding and with all of us getting ready I had a concern about enough hot water- there was plenty! We had everything we needed. Reed and Rachel were wonderful hosts, always quick to respond, and help in any way they could. My son left some of his shirts in the dryer and Rachel was kind enough to mail them back to him. Thank you so much for making it such a wonderful time with my Family.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place with a few odd house policies

  • 4 of 5

There were a couple things with this rental that were very different from previous VRBO stays I've done.

First, let me say the house was very nice and accommodated our group of 10 friends well. The kitchen was a great size and the open floor plan are very conducive for gatherings. It would have been nice if we would have known the coffee maker takes the cone type filters but we made do. Also only one extra kitchen trash bag for a four day weekend seemed pretty short. The owners did drop more off when requested. Only one dish drying towel was provided along with two dishrags. We made it work.

The bedrooms were all comfortable and bathrooms adequate. We did need to ask for extra washcloths. There were only 9 available for our group of 10. I really think a house that advertises it sleeps up to 16 should have a minimum of 32 wash clothes.

In every previous rental I've had, the damage deposit was part of the rental payment which was then reimbursed after leaving the property. This homeowner wanted a personal check to be delivered at check in. I failed to notice this until we were on our way and nobody really carries checks anymore. The owners were flexible and took down our credit card info in lieu of a check which we appreciated.

Another thing that struck me as odd was the owners requirement that I provide a list of the full names of all our guests. I've never needed to provide that information to any other accomodations I've ever booked.

Overall it was a good experience. The guys enjoyed the air hockey and ping pong table in the garage. And it was wonderful to see the bald eagles fishing and the trumpeter swans swimming. The lake was pretty and it was easy to find the house with no gravel roads along the way. The owners were ok to work with too.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: * Guest names are requested a) for cases of emergency, if we had to report to authorities who is at the home, and b) to help me in getting beds ready (singles vs queen and for kids the color of sheets, etc.) * Both the listing and Hospitality Manager, available to all booked guests, state that the coffee maker takes cone shape filters; there is a reusable filter basket at the house, as well. I had encouraged the guest to use the Hospitality Manager, it's a great resource * Accommodations are provided for the reserved number of guests, not the amount the house will sleep * We work to accommodate guests as much as we can; more wash cloths, dish cloths and kitchen towels were brought to them; was then surprised to find only 7 wash cloths in the dirty laundry, while the extra dish cloths and towels went unused * More garbage bags were brought over, as well, though they were left unused (listing notes that a starter supply is provided of garbage bags & paper towels)
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Beautiful view of the lake!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay at this fully furnished lake home! We had a bonfire each night in the firepit outside. We also had a really great time fishing the lake, we caught catfish and lots of northern pike. It was fun to just relax outside on the patio and watch the guys play bean bag toss. Very clean lake home and well maintained.

Thanks for a great mini Vacation on the lake!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property for a relaxing get away!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great extended weekend get away at Lake Swan. The house was clean and roomy...comfortably fit 10 of us! The kids LOVED the garage set up with the air hockey and ping pong. The view of the lake was so peaceful. While we didn't go into the lake because of the algae bloom (in reality was fine to go swimming in ( : ), we still enjoyed fishing off the dock and got to explore the area and found another lake near by to go swimming. The owners were very responsive and great to work with!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family home on a quiet lake

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this house for our annual Labor Day family reunion. We had 15 people stay at the home & it was the perfect amount of space. There was a private bedroom for each set of adults & all 7 kids had fun in the bunkbed space in the basement. The owners were very responsive both during booking & during our stay. They happily answered questions and were quick to respond. The kitchen & open floorplan allowed for easy meal prep while still staying part of the activity. We enjoyed that the kids had a separate space to eat at the tables in the garage along with ping pong & air hockey to keep them entertained while the adults dined inside and enjoyed fewer interruptions at mealtime. The backyard was bigger than pictured in the ad, so we were happy to have extra space to play yard games. We also had a great rental experience through the boat rental recommended by the owners. The lake is quiet and perfect for relaxing boating & kayaking. I highly recommend this property for your next MN lake getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Rebecca! We really enjoyed your family as our guests and welcome you back anytime!
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
St. Cloud Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Ironheadz Grill & Saloon or Thirsty's Tavern
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Cokato Town & Country Club
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Amtrak, St Cloud
Nearest Motorway
34 Miles
Granite City Speedway, St Cloud
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Bait & Hook Seafood Bar & Grill, Cokato
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Powder Ridge Ski Area, Kimball
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Public Acess on Big Swan Lake
Car: necessary

On weekends: take a trolley tour of the Milner Heritage Vineyard & Winery (, visit Nana's Attic in Watkins or the Vintage Exchange in Cokato, and find a treasure or two at the largest outdoor Flea Market in Wright County! (spring to fall months only)

For outdoor lovers: if you want to take a break from the lake, there is plenty of fun to be had nearby and places to explore year-round, too! The a nature walk or go birding in the State Wildlife Mgmt area, and be sure to bring your camera. There are local parks and trails within driving distance, as well, that offer walking/hiking trails; running/biking/blading paths; or cross-country ski trails and sledding hills. Rent a pre-heated fish house and enjoy some ice fishing, or bundle up and head to the nearby Powder Ridge Ski Area in Kimball for downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

Visit the quirky Twine Ball Museum in Darwin that hosts the World's Largest Ball of Twine made by one man; or learn about the people and area at the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum. Dassel is also home to local artists' shops that you can visit. There is an 18 hole golf course at Cokato's Country Club that hosts a well-loved coffee shop with a "Golf Course View." And local foodies rave about the new seafood restaurant that is owned/operated by a chef from Bangkok. He opened his first Bait & Hook in Manhattan before marrying a Cokato girl and opening a 2nd restaurant here.

For a wider variety of shopping, Hutchinson and St. Cloud are within a 30-40 min drive, or the twin cities and their suburbs (Mall of America) can be reached in about an hour.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50

Once you receive the Rental Agreement from me (via email), please sign and mail this back along with your first payment (Booking Deposit) and a (separate) $500 damage deposit check. Note: there is elevation to this property with steps down to the shoreline. There is a long dock but no boat lift. Pet fee is per animal; please speak with us before booking - they are only allowed outdoors and in the attached garage. All care & clean-up of them is mandatory and renter's responsibility.

SUMMER GUESTS: there are 2 Kayaks and/or a Canoe available for rent. Please inquire regarding rates for your stay, if you would like to rent either/both for your stay.

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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