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Whole Home! - Beautiful Cottage on Horseshoe Lake.

Entire house hosted by John
10 guests3 bedrooms7 beds2 baths
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Clear spring fed lake. No creek or river ingress or egress. Gentle sandy slope into water. Sandy bottom. No weeds. Semi-private dock with boat lift. Cabin faces east for beautiful view of sunrise on the lake. .

Good fishing and hunting year around.

Great for watersports as there is always a calm spot in the sheltered bays of the lake.

Plentiful wildlife is on display: Blue herons, bald eagles, loons, ducks, geese, beavers, deer, and black bear.

The space
Reserve now for summer, fall, and winter of 2020, as well as Winter sping, and summer of 2021!!!

This property is booked full for both 2020 and 2021 in late June, all of July, all of August, and through mid-September. Please check the calendar before initiating an inquiry.
Non-summer weekends and weeks are filling fast and many are reserved weeks, months, or even years in advance Incredible value. Try it!

Delightful 3 bedroom - 2 bath year around home. Updated every year.

Two beautiful bathrooms and full separate laundry area

Exterior fire pit and interior gas fireplace.

Relaxing recreational location

Large commercial grade kitchen special for family meal prep and relaxed gourmet meals or just serving a family reunion crowd.

Nearby access to Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails for great bicycling, inline skating, X-C skiing, and snowmobiling.

Great bass fishing ( 1 lb to 5 lb) from dock. Good walleye and northern lake trolling shallows and sand bars

Quiet, calm, and clean lake good for canoeing, water skiing and recreational boating. Ultra clear spring fed lake with a sandy bottom

Loons live here. You should see/hear them every night.

Private dock with 3000 lb covered boat lift.

Supplied with Old Town Canoe and Lund 14' fishing boat. Outboard motor not supplied but may be available for rent at nearby commercial locations

Property has a security system including (24 hr X 365 day) exterior video surveillance.

CAN SLEEP UP TO TEN PERSONS IN A LARGE FAMILY. THIS MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR 6, 7, 8, OR 9 ADULTS EACH REQUIRING PRIVACYDEPENDING ON THE MAKEUP OF THE GROUP. DISCUSS WITH OWNER PRIOR TO BOOKING A GROUP OF MORE THAN 6. BEST SUITED FOR 3 OR FEWER ADULT COUPLES. EXTRA CHARGES FOR MORE THAN SIX PERSONS. See bedrooms discussion in website AMENITIES section for further explanation/clarification.

Not fully handicap accessible: One step up at entrance. One step down between most of the house and just the living area. 10 steps down to lake in front of house. THE LAKE IS ACCESSIBLE VIA A GENTLY SLOPED LAKE SHORELINE, IF NOT ABLE TO ACCESS THE STEPS. The interior doors are generally 30 in. width. No ramps are provided.

Premier Kitchen! 60 in. Wolf Dual Fuel Range w/griddle, two ovens, and grill. Subzero 36' refrig and 36' freezer. Large island with seating. Dual Bosch dishwashers. XL Triple sink. Wok.

Gentle slopes and sandy weed-less lake bottom. Sandy gentle slope shoreline. Lakeshore and dock visible from interior of house kitchen and dining areas. As with all homes there are hazards inherent in any property. Parents assume full responsibility for inspecting property for hazards to their children and managing their children and those conditions while they are present to safeguard the health , safety, and welfare of their guests, children, and pets. Renter assumes all responsibility for damage that children may cause. Video surveillance of property. Notify owner immediately if there are any unexpected hazards in or on the property.

Master Bath with separate tub and shower. Guest bath is three quarter bath with shower only, and no tub. All granite and tile. Custom cabintry and fixtures. Heated floors.


House was built new in 2013. Roomy 3 bedroom and two bath cottage. Full laundry. Full living area with separate kitchen and dining spaces. Beautiful bright sunroom sitting area overlooking the lake and beach immediately in front of the house. Spaces flow comfortably together so no one is left out but there are lots of nooks for quiet reading or work. Thoughtfully designed and highly functional house with top quality commerical grade gourmet kitchen. Natural sunlight throughout with plentiful glass for view out to the lake as well as surrounding woodlands. Bedrooms have full closet and dressers. Master bedroom has ensuite bathroom. Sleeping loft has areas for older children or adult guests. Spent four years designing and preparing to build this. Corrected all of the flaws in our previous home and then some.

Lived on this lake every summer for 70 years. Family on this lake for 100 years. Love it summer or winter! Our family also owns the house next door to the north and the lot between the two houses.

My grandfather bought the property next door to the north shortly after he returned from World War I about 1919 and then built the first house on this lake in 1921. The original rustic log cabin was replaced by the current existing next door house in 1946, right after World War II. My parents honeymooned at that home in 1947. I visited this lake for the first time in the summer of 1950 two weeks after I was born. I have been here numerous times in each year between then and now.

I bought the property where my current home resides in 1993. It was the fourth time that the property had been for sale since a small frame home had been built upon it in 1926 by an aging German bachelor who was also a master carpenter. The carpenter retired to this property in the 1940's. I knew this gentleman very well. I hunted and fished with he and my grandfather on and around the lake. He owned the property and lived there most of the time until his death in 1965. He left the property to his cousin. The cousin eventually sold the property and a sequence of owners enjoyed the lake and that same original house until 1993. I bought the property in 1993 and modestly improved and remodeled the original house several times. That sequence of efforts evolved over years into the net very substantial upgrade that is this current newly built home.

My grandfather passed away in 1962. My grandmother passed in 1988. My mother passed in 1992. My father passed in 2011.

The property to the north remains today in the hands of my brothers. Between us we have 9 children all of whom routinely visit and stay at our homes on Horseshoe Lake. My brothers and I have planned for and hope to pass these wonderful living spots along to our children and are now well prepared to do so, when the time is appropriate

Guest access
Self Check-in. House will be clean and already open when you arrive. Security systems will be disarmed.

free - wired and wireless ethernet via high speed DSL and multiple wireless routers Security system on property with comprehensive exterior video surveillance. Internet service provided but not guaranteed. In recent past years service has generally been very reliable. However, I cannot guarantee it will always be available. Rural MN service is sometimes intermittent due to vehicular damage, storm damage, and service provider equipment failures.

Other things to note
Pets are not routinely allowed. They could be permitted in limited circumstances only with prior permission of the owner. There will normally be an extra fee for bringing a pet. Discuss with owner.

Due to bed arrangements, this property may not be suitable for 7, 8, or 9 adults requiring privacy. This property may not be suitable for 4 couples.

All adults, and in particular parents, are responsible for inspecting this particular property upon arrival and discussing with own(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) any issue that they encounter, so that the adult guests present, and all parents, maintain and exercise their responsibility to safequard the health and welfare of themselves, their children, and their pets.

Owner with prior discussion might permit guest to bring a pet. If so, then the renter assumes all responsibility for the health and safety of pet as well as total responsibility for any damage caused by the pet. This responsibility includes any issues related to the health of the pet interacting with some interior or exterior feature of or materials on the property or on the exterior site.

Security system includes onsite exterior video surveillance of property.

Renter does not have access to basement or garage. Owner will have full access to, and make use of, the garage (from road side) at all times.

Renter will not enter, or use items stored in, the basement.
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Clear spring fed lake. No creek or river ingress or egress. Gentle sandy slope into water. Sandy bottom. No weeds. Semi-private dock with boat lift. Cabin faces east for beautiful view of sunrise on the lake. .

Good fishing and hunting year around.

Great for watersports as there is always a calm spot in the sheltered bays of the lake.

Plentiful wildlif…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 3
3 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed, 1 couch

Amenities

High chair
Bathtub
Smoke alarm
Air conditioning
Washer
Kitchen
Cable TV
Essentials
Iron
Indoor fireplace

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Backus, Minnesota, United States

Loons live here 8 months of the year. They will be out almost every night in spring, summer, and fall (when lake is ice free)

The Northern Lights can sometimes be seen in the late evenings with all exterior lights off

Mature lawn and stone pathways around house, and out to the garage and roadway

2 mile walking trail in woods across the access road behind the garage

Terraced outdoor patio with fire pit. Renters must provide their own firewood. DO NOT remove wood piled on any adjacent properties.

Older Vermont Castings gas grill is available and newer kettle style charcoal grill. Renter provides additional fuel, if fuel is expended.

Small lake. Pristine spring fed water. Low boating traffic on the lake nearly all of the time as compared to White Fish Chain, Gull Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Leech Lake, etc. More suitable for families in some ways. More suitable for children venturing out on their own. Better wake boarding and water skiing due to low wave height and quiet boating conditions. Many bays on the lake. Always a calm spot for trick skiing and trick wakeboarding. Generally good fishing. Often good sunfish and bass fishing right from the dock.
Loons live here 8 months of the year. They will be out almost every night in spring, summer, and fall (when lake is ice free)

The Northern Lights can sometimes be seen in the late evenings with all…
Getting around
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Almost all errands require a car.
16
Bike Score®
Minimal bike infrastructure.

Hosted by John

Joined in June 2015
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My wife and I own living and recreational properties in MD and MN. I manage the recreational properties. I am a nuclear engineer by professional. My wife is a HR manager. We bicycle, canoe, sail, fish, water ski, downhill snow ski, XC ski. We love food, wine, and friends. Living on the water is always a part of our life.
My wife and I own living and recreational properties in MD and MN. I manage the recreational properties. I am a nuclear engineer by professional. My wife is a HR manager. We bicycl…
During your stay
I will often not be present on or near the property. However, I can be reached and am available by phone and email. (EMAIL HIDDEN) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). I have a lady that works for me part time and she is usually available in less than one day if I am notified of a specific need. She may sometimes be available in less than one hour.

My brothers and I may sometimes be present at the house next door to the north. I may sometimes be present in the apt above the garage. I may sometimes be present in the basement of this house.

I retain access to the basement at all times, and to the garage at all times. The guests never have access to the basement or any part of the garage.
I will often not be present on or near the property. However, I can be reached and am available by phone and email. (EMAIL HIDDEN) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). I have a lady that wor…
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House rules
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm