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Holly Brassington

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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2600 sq. ft. Lodge, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

HOUSE: As you enter the gate, the packed gravel road curves for 1/3 mile with Finger Lake on your left side and a diverse forest of red and white pines, aspen, ironwood, birch, juneberry and balsam fir on your right side. After making the final curve the forest will open up to the Up North House. The 2,600 square foot house was built in 1929 by architect George Rapp as his summer home. You will enter the house through the three season porch perfect for enjoying your morning coffee, reading and conversation. From the porch you enter the dining room and kitchen. You will notice a fourteen foot ceiling, a beautiful oak ice box and industrial style sink both original to the house. Above the ice box is an aerial photo of Finger Lake we took in 1995. Connected to the dining room is a fully stocked kitchen with new oak cabinets and plenty of storage. Leaving the kitchen and entering the great room your gaze follows the magnificent 28 foot stone fireplace to the ceiling.

The ceiling is constructed with rough hewn beams. Looking at the second floor you will notice an original birch railing framing three sides of the room. On the first floor to your left are two bedrooms centered by a full bath with a shower. To your right are two bedrooms and the porch room which leads to the outside deck. Each of four first floor bedrooms has a sink in its clothes closet. On the other side of the fireplace is the sun room, a cozy room with half timber wood walls and three picture windows for lake viewing. The kitchen and the bathrooms have linoleum flooring, the great room is carpeted and all other rooms have original hemlock wood flooring. As you walk upstairs, there are two open dormers with window seats, prefect for reading and nature viewing. The second floor bedroom has a fourteen foot ceiling, walk-in closet, floor to ceiling fireplace and a full bathroom with a tub. Through the French door, step out onto the fifteen-foot balcony and enjoy the lake and forest view.

LAKE: Off the porch room is an oversize deck great for outdoor eating, sunbathing and watching the stars. Enjoy the fire pit just off the deck. Wood is provided and stored under the deck step. There is a path straight off the deck leading through the woods to a bench with a great view of the lake. Go right and cross the lawn then follow the path taking you to the swimming beach. If you’re looking for a nice short walk try following the lake around the point from the swimming beach. The lake got its name for the five inlets resembling fingers on a hand. You can fish for bass, northern pike, and sunfish in 75 acre of Finger Lake. You can bring your own or rent a canoe and kayak from a local paddling company to fish or investigate the lake. Enjoy swimming from the sand beach and the use of a pontoon raft.

LAND: The 250 acres of woods are surrounded by the Chequamegon National Forest and consists red and white pine, maple, birch, aspen, juneberry and ironwood. Besides walking the shoreline and the driveway there is a great trail through the woods from the garage side of the house leading about ¾ of a mile up to Forest Road 223. There is a large yard surrounding the house where bocce ball, badminton, horseshoes and other games may be played. You might see and hear a variety of wildlife including: deer, bear, fox, rabbits, squirrels, turtles, herons, geese, loons, ducks, hawks, whippoorwills and other birds.

Keywords: Private Lake, Fishing, near Bayfield and Ashland, biking, hiking, beach, swimming, secluded, 350 acre, canoeing and kayaking, Brule River, Namekagon River, Chequamegon National Forest, ATV route, Family Fun, kid friendly, child friendly, 5 bedroom historic lodge, Northwoods

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
The “Up North House” is a historic, architecturally magnificent, yet cozy vacation retreat deep in the north woods. Our family has fallen in love with this spacious, charming house and private land. There are many things to do for adults and kids nearby if you’re tired of nature walks, rock hunting and fishing. We love Bayfield and the Duluth zoo. Next year we plan on taking the grandkids to the Great Lakes Visitors Center. We’re thrilled to have discovered the “Up North House” and we made it our annual family vacation spot. We’re certain there’s not another like it anywhere else on earth!
Jul 2010
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Holly Brassington

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Holly (Mom) and Rob (Son) Brassington live in Madison Wisconsin and love the outdoors, especially the Up North House. Holly is a non-profit accountant working part time as she enjoys retirement. She loves gardening, volunteering at the UW Madison Arboretum, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and with the Boy Scouts, hiking, cross country skiing, biking and visiting the dog park with her Brittany, Ziggy. In a former life, Holly restored Victorian Era properties. Rob is a student at UW Milwaukee in Middle Childhood Early Education (grades 1st-8th), an Eagle Scout, an avid runner and biker, who one day hopes to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Holly Brassington purchased this lodge in 1985

After visiting friends in Iron River we fell in love with the area. We spent a summer camping at different locations looking for secluded property with a private lake and sizable acreage. It was a very enjoyable experience learning about the area, driving through the Chequamegon National Forest roads. Finger Lake was exactly what we wanted. Now we needed a house. We couldn’t decide what we were going to build until we saw a news article in the Ashland Daily Press titled “Save Rapp Lodge”. The article described a historic lodge in great need of repair, owned by the Forest Service that would be destroyed if the lodge was not moved. We purchased the building in 1987, cut it into pieces, loaded it on flat bed trucks and moved it 40 miles to its current location. That was only the beginning of an eight year renovation.

Privacy, quality rest, family time, access to ATV trails including the Tri County ATV Corridor, architecturally unique lodge, private Lake on 350 acres parcel, fishing, gorgeous views, wildlife experience.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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4.8
based on 9 traveler reviews

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(608) 233-1804 (Wisconsin, USA)
Ashland Northern Wisconsin
Clintonville, Wisconsin
5

ANOTHER GREAT VACATION AT THE UP NORTH HOUSE!

  • 5 of 5
This was our 4th vacation at the Up North House. We had a great time! The fishing was fantastic! We caught huge bass, walleye and pan fish! ATVing on the local roads and trails was so much fun, and the scenery was incredible. We had campfires each night and gazed at the stars. We hiked the trails and saw eagles, deer, a wolf and a bear again this year. We spent a lot of family time in the great room and around the kitchen table. Many card games were played until early in the morning. The worst part of the vacation was when it ended. This place is heaven! We feel so relaxed when we are there! And because we return each year, it is like it is our own place. I have already made reservations for next year. I hope the next 51 weeks go by quickly! Thanks Holly and Rob for such a wonderful place to go. See you next fall!
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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(608) 233-1804 (Wisconsin, USA)
Ashland Northern Wisconsin
5

GREAT PEACE AND QUIET

  • 5 of 5
We loved our vacation at the "Up North Cabin". It's very private and peaceful. You have the whole lake to yourself and all the privacy we wanted. The swimming area is nice and the fishing was good. The cabin is a classic style and worked well for our family. Ping pong and games in the basement is nice too. Walks on the surrounding roads are nicer than some hiking trails we've used. We saw gold and bald eagles and lots of other wildlife.
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Joel,
Thank you for the review. We are very glad you enjoyed your vacation at the Up North House.

Holly and Rob
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Ashland Northern Wisconsin
Peru, IL
5

PERFECT FAMILY VACATION RETREAT. PRIVATE, BEAUTIFUL, PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5
Owners provide for every need. Crib and high chair and safety gates for baby. BBQ grill for Grandma. Fire pit for gatherings. Lawn furniture to relax. Well stocked kitchen for family meals around the big farm table. Three screen porches to relax and hear nature. A private lake great for fishing AND swimming. This is the perfect private excape to any nature lover or family wanting to get away from the tourist trap vacations. Reconnect with your family at this historic fascinating home tucked away in a national forest. It doesn't get any better.......
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Hi Celine,

Thank you for the wonderful review.

Holly and Rob
business
Fully Booked for 2014
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p315536vb
(608) 233-1804 (Wisconsin, USA)
Ashland Northern Wisconsin
Clintonville, Wisconsin
5

3RD VISIT AND COUNTING

  • 5 of 5
This was our 3rd visit to the Up North House. We had a wonderful time. Holly and Rob are so kind to share this fabulous home with us. We had fantastic camp fires. We played cards until the wee hours in the huge kitchen. We hiked around the property. We saw a bear in the woods and eagles over the lake. The fall colors were unbelievable. Lots of beautiful photos were taken of the area. We went fishing. We took some day trips to Duluth. And of course we had to eat at the Delta Diner! We went ATVing all of the way up to Lake Superior. Our favorite times, however, were spent with our family sitting around the great room, talking and telling stories. We can't wait to go again next year! If you are looking for peace and quiet and privacy, with tons of things to do, this is the place to go! But don't tell anyone, we want to keep this place our little secret!
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks again for having your family vacation at the Up North House. September is a great time to visit with the fall colors.

Holly and Rob Brassington
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Ashland Northern Wisconsin
Hartland, WI
5

GREAT PLACE FOR A FAMILY GETAWAY!

  • 5 of 5
Our family just returned from an excellent stay at the 'Up North House'. We had a great time - the property is huge, the house is pleasant and perfect for a large family, and the lake made a great place to spend time with the kids. It is very secluded - in our week there we only saw one other truck, and two 4-wheelers on the fire road. One day we heard some logging nearby - otherwise there was nobody else around.

Just a few tips/notes for any visitors:

- Bring bug spray. The driveway in is in the shade, and the bugs were especially bad there. Once around the house/lake area it wasn't too bad, but you will want bug spray.
- The TV has a component and HDMI input. We brought along a Nintendo Wii for the kids to play in the evening and it worked just fine.
- Iron River is about 12 miles away and is a good source for gas, simple groceries, and lunch at A&W.
- There is AT&T 'EDGE' cellular data coverage to get your internet fix - we brought along an AT&T iPad and it worked fine.

Overall it was a great visit - I would highly recommend it for a family looking for a quiet getaway!
  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
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Ashland Northern Wisconsin
Davenport, IA
4

GREAT LABOR DAY WEEKEND

  • 4 of 5
Our family had a wonderful time at this private lake house and woods. We only wish we could have stayed a little longer. We arrived somewhat late our first night and had a wonderful surprise of woods and the lake to wake up to. The "Up North House" is designed very well, and the renovation/work done to this home is impressive. The pictures on this website do not give justice to the home. Holly and Rob have taken care of this home, and provide most everything needed for a good stay. The lake is somewhat visible through the trees from the home, there are pathways that lead down to the beach and lake area. This home is perfect for a family wanting a private get away. There is plenty of fishing, hiking, and exploring that can be done. Bring your own kayak, or canoe. We rented from Brule River Canoe Rentals just west of Iron River. There are board games, TV, if it rains or you get bored of the wilderness. We even star gazed one night! Overall a good stay. I would suggest that if you rent this home, that you visit the store first, as this is very private and a little ways from the main road.
  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Hi Kelley,

We are glad you enjoyed your stay at the Up North House and we appreciate you writing the review. If we would have know you were arriving late on Friday, we would have had some lights on in the house to greet you.

Thanks again for staying at the Up North House,

Holly and Rob Brassington
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Rent canoes and kayaks from Brule River Canoe Rental, daily or weekly.

18 miles west of the Up North House on Highway 2.

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Amenities

Ashland Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Can convert 2 twins to king upon request, Baby Cribs (1) Full size crib - 2 mattress covers provided - other crib bedding guest provides
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Books ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • kayaking
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • fishing
Notes:
High Chair, 2 baby gates, weather radio, fans for the bedrooms, games and puzzles for adults and children, telescope and book on the stars for star gazing at the country sky free of light pollution, electric piano, chairs for outdoor use, screen porch, outdoor fire pit and indoor fireplace with wood provided
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