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A SUMMER PARADISE:PERFECT SAND BEACH & ELEVATION ON GULL CHAIN

Kurt Martin

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Sleeps20
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Calendar last updated:
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A SUMMER PARADISE:PERFECT SAND BEACH & ELEVATION ON GULL CHAIN

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Gull Lake House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-20)

Round Lake is known for being the gem of the Gull chain. Large enough to accomadate all but the largest boats, but yet small enough to avoid the rough water of larger lakes. Round interconnects with Gull Lake allowing you to boat to many of the fine restaurants on the chain with mooring facilities. Round Lake is known for its water clarity, hard sand bottom and few weeds. Truly a premier water recreation lake.

The waterfront is a picture perfect sand beach and nearly a flat grade extending over 200' landward. A lush lawn that is perfect for croquet, ladder ball and other yard games---all provided.

Plenty of outdoor table space and lawn chairs to enjoy your evening dinner while hearing the loons call. Large, 12' , firepit to enjoy a late evening campfire and smoors.

The home has two huge wood burning fireplaces and a natural gas fireplace in the master suite. Two of the five bedrooms have king size beds and the remaining bedrooms have queens. The master bedroom suite has a private bath suite and one of the bedrooms also has a private bath.

The Kitchen has dual built-in ovens, cooktop, microwave, trash compacter, dishwasher, coffee makers (pot & single cup) hot water dispenser and is fully equipped with cooking utensils, dishes, silverware, etc. Formal dining room has seating for six and dinette will seat four. Kitchen snack bar seats also seats four.

Both the TV Room and Family Room are equipped with 60' HD Plasma Home Theatre systems. Each has a dedicated DirecTV satellite receiver as do all of the 5 bedrooms. An extensive video library is included as well as a music library stored on the home server and accessible via satellite receivers as well as other home theatre conponents. Four wifi hot spots with coverage that extends throughout the property and well beyond the shoreline.

All bathrooms are full baths with a tub and shower. Top Floor common bath has a Kohler Body Spa. Master Suite Bath has two person whirlpool tub and separate shower. There is a total of 355 gallons of hot water heater capacity.

A large natural gas grille near the water front for outdoor grilling assures there are no LP tanks to go empty. A food prep counter in lower level of beach house supplements the grille and keeps you close to the waterfront activities

Swim raft, Water slide, canoe, paddle boat, swim tubes, life jackets, and beach toys are all included.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Kurt Martin (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Kurt Martin

A warm hello from Kurt and Tami! We consider ourselves truly blessed by God's gifts to us and that we can share them.

Both of us were born & raised in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Kurt operates a communications business and Tami is a school administrator.

Part of Kurt's upbringing was in the building trades. Being blessed with the abilty to learn and implement skills, Kurt designed and built much of the home himself. Being a bit of a perfectionist and a gadget lover, the attention to detail is obvious and the home has many, many extra features.

Kurt Martin purchased this house in 1999

Why Kurt Martin chose Gull Lake

Kurt's grandparents owned property on Round Lake when he was a boy, in the '60s. Since his boyhood, it was always his dream to own a Round Lake property.

What makes this house unique

A summer morning swim to the raft in water that is mirror smooth under a bright blue sky is simply awe inspiring. An evening pontoon boat ride for dinner at the Quarter Deck is a picture perfect close to a wonderful day on the lake.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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4.3
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A Summer Paradise:Perfect Sand Beach & Elevation on Gull Chain
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews
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A Summer Paradise:Perfect Sand Beach & Elevation on Gull Chain
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p352847vb
-218-829-6007
Gull Lake Minnesota
Wayzata, MN
5

Beautiful! Pictures don't do it justice!

Beautiful! Pictures don't do it justice!
  • 5 of 5
We rented the main house and boat house for 4 days while we were in the area for a family wedding. The house is huge! I looked it up on zillow and it's like 7000 sq ft. Immaculate condition. It was much nicer than we were expecting based on pictures. The master bedroom is amazing. They have two of anything you could possibly need in the kitchen. Yard is open and very clean. It was too cold for us to swim, but beach would be perfect for swimming with a nice sandy beach and shallow water for young children to play in. Owners must be super techs because every room has a nice TV set up. I give this 5 stars without hesitation. Frankly I think it's pricing is under the market value of what they could be charging for a place like this. The only cons were that there is a massive deck that is under construction. It's was still very "clean" looking outside even though deck was clearly being built. Also there was a square hole in the basement that had plywood over it in the basement. I think they might have removed an in ground hot tube or something. Anyway, it was the only thing that made the basement seem unfinished. I perceived it as dangerous to walk on because the boards seemed springy and I was a littled worried about someone falling through. Owners are very straight forward and business like in their interactions with you. Lastly, while they didn't charge us for anything, the owners wanted a credit card on file for unlimited damages rather than taking a traditional deposit. I thought this was obsessive, but the owners were very straight forward and responsive to deal with. They don't leave you to wonder about anything. You will know exactly what your responsibilities are and what theirs are. All in all a wonderful experience and beautiful property.
  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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A Summer Paradise:Perfect Sand Beach & Elevation on Gull Chain
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p352847vb
-218-829-6007
Gull Lake Minnesota
Sheldon, IA
5

Finally found the one!

  • 5 of 5
We have been vacationing with our family of 14+ in the Minnesota area for 11 years now and we finally found a cabin that has it all. We had plenty of room in the cabin, the beach and lake are beautiful, it was great having a pontoon and jet skis available to us daily. The kitchen is well-stocked with everything we needed. The house was well-maintained and clean. It'll be even better once the deck gets on it. Thanks Kurt and Tami, we'll see you next year.
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
A Summer Paradise:Perfect Sand Beach & Elevation on Gull Chain
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p352847vb
-218-829-6007
Gull Lake Minnesota
4

Lovely home, many hidden charges

  • 4 of 5
We rented this home for a family reunion at the end of June. The home was beautiful! Tons of space for 17 of us. Gorgeous view of the lake.The beach was great for the kids. It was nice to have the added convenience of the jet skis and boats to rent. My big complaint would be that the owner added many unexpected extra charges at the end of our stay. For example, we were charged $30 for additives to the gas tanks of the jet skis/pontoons, $45 for refueling of the boats even thought we added fuel on one occasion, and almost $50 for "labor" to screw in a handle on one of the jet skis that was broken while we were on it. In addition, we were charged for more gas than we used. Though the owner wasn't the most pleasant to deal with but we otherwise had a lovely vacation.
  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: This guest's complaint was in regards to the rental of power boats (jets skis x2 & pontoon) we offer exclusively to our guests. The power boat rental agreements states that they will be fully fueled at the commencement of the rental, which they were. The agreement also states that they must be returned filled to capacity, which they were not. Jet skis consume a significant amount of fuel in a full day, typically 15 gallons or more each. As a courtesy to this guest, we loaned them two 29 gallon gas caddies full of fuel, so they would not have to make numerous trips to the gas station with 5 gallon containers. When this guest departed, they had not refilled any of the power boats they utilized nor did they refill the gas caddies. As an extra service identified in our agreement, we will refill the power boats returned with fuel for a service fee of 15.00 each. The agreement specifically states returned powerboats, and not during the rental period. This guest consumed a total of 60 gallons of gasoline in the power boats. Emptying both of the 29 gallon gas caddies full of fuel that we loaned them and a portion of a third we used to refill the power boats after their departure. Yes, per our agreement we did charge this guest 15.00 per power boat (x3) to refill each with fuel (gasoline and 2-stroke oil). This re-fueling service not only included the refilling the power boats, but purchasing the required fuel at a gas station that was a 20+ mile round trip, loading the empty gas caddies, dispensing the Sea Foam additive at the required ratio, filling the caddies, purchasing 2-stroke oil, and unloading the two 190 pound gas caddies. We provided this guest copies of the dated and time stamped receipts for the fuel (dated two days after they departed, it was too windy, big white caps, to re-fuel the day they departed.) We did not take any markup on the fuel, simply passing our cost to the guest. We did not charge this guest any fee for use of our gas caddies. The fuel we loaned this guest, in the caddies, was treated with additive. All we asked was to have returned what we loaned, fuel treated with Sea Foam additive. It took 30.00 worth of Sea Foam to treat 60 gallons of gasoline. The handle they broke was not screwed on but riveted, so it was not "simply screwing it on" as we had detailed to this guest. Considering we had over 2 hours into sourcing the parts and the repair process, $47.50 for repair labor is very reasonable. There was no "hidden charges".
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A Summer Paradise:Perfect Sand Beach & Elevation on Gull Chain
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p352847vb
-218-829-6007
Gull Lake Minnesota
St. Paul, MN USA
5

Annual Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 14 stayed in this beautiful home for our week long vacation. We rented both this main house and the Beach House. We could not have been more pleased with our entire experience. Upon arrival, the homes were spotless. Initially, we were concerned about all of us being under the same roof, but there is enough space for "private time" when needed. The beach is perfect for all ages and the water is crystal clear. There is easy access to Gull Lake for additional options. On the one rainy day we had, there was plenty to do in the Baxter/Brainerd/Nisswa area. Access to a washer/dryer was ideal for our group as there are 5 "tweens"- think towels! The owner/s were extremely helpful before and even during our stay if we had questions. Loved the jet skis! We would highly recommend this property and we are booked for 2014!
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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A Summer Paradise:Perfect Sand Beach & Elevation on Gull Chain
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p352847vb
-218-829-6007
Gull Lake Minnesota
Shakopee
5

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5
My family absolutely loved staying at this place. The house and beach house were beautiful and perfect for our family of 15-20. The sandy beach area and lake made this vacation all the more enjoyable. We had incredible fishing and the weather over 4th of July week couldn't have been more perfect. We already booked this for next year and can't wait to return!
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
A Summer Paradise:Perfect Sand Beach & Elevation on Gull Chain
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p352847vb
-218-829-6007
Gull Lake Minnesota
Iowa
2

Minnesota vacation

  • 2 of 5
This is a beautiful home with alot of room, but be aware there are no pictures of the back of the house for a reason, there are no decks on the back of the house but there are patio doors in several places on each level that open to mid-air on the two upper levels. The outdoor grill and fire ring are near the lake but right next to the owners cottage so not much privacy. The home owner also lives in the beach house on the property which gives you the feeling of being "watched over"and he also billed us for very minor repairs (which we decided not to pay) we felt the cost of the property for one week should be enough to cover "wear and tear repairs". It would also be hard to sleep more than 10 people without using sofas and floors. We enjoyed the area very much with our two sons and their families (nine in all) and would like to go back again sometime but will not return to this home!!
  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest did not raise these issues until after receipt of the damage charges. In my opinion, their complaints are a self-rationalization for their refusal to pay for what they damaged.
The listing did and does incorporate a virtual tour link that provides an in-depth overview of the property, including the rear of the home. Yes, the decks have yet to be constructed and accordingly are not featured, advertised nor incorporated into the rate. All the patio doors are equipped with double action, child rated, locks to limit young children from opening the doors.
The listing references the beach house is available on request and additional charge. Likewise, the third line of the rental agreement executed by this guest states "Main House, exclusive of the Beach House upper level." We believe it would not be fair for our guests to share the outdoor amenities with another party and, as such, only offer the main house and beach house simultaneously to the same guest. However, my bride and I from time to time will stay in the beach house while we have guests in the main house, as it was during this guest's stay. Both my wife and I have careers and short of Sunday afternoon and late weekday afternoon/evenings, are not on the property. When we are, we make every effort to be as unobtrusive as possible and certainly do not "watch over" our guests.
We agree the VRBO listing mechanism that states "sleeps 10 to 20" is misleading and as was the case with guest, they disregarded the “10” and only paid attention to the 20. That is why we did and do detail the size of the beds in each of the five bedrooms within the listing, establishing the 10 (two in each of the five bedrooms) of the 20. When we created the listing on VRBO, 20 was/is the field described as maximum occupancy, not the number the beds will sleep. This was and is clarified in the rate section.
The items damaged by this guest were not minor, as claimed, but rather significant and not normal wear. If we were to, as this guest suggests, cover them as “wear and tear repairs”, then we would have to pass this expense on in a rate increase that would be shared by the vast majority of our guests who treat our property with the same respect and care they give their own. Would that be fair to those guests or you as a perspective guest?

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Rates & Availability

From $625 Per night

Gull Lake House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring 2015
May 23 2015 - Jun 20 2015
3 night minimum stay
$625
$3,499
 
 
Summer 2015
Jun 21 2015 - Aug 22 2015
7 night minimum stay
$5,300
 
 
Late Summer 2015
Aug 23 2015 - Sep 12 2015
3 night minimum stay
$795
$3,999
 
 
Fall 2015
Sep 13 2015 - Oct 3 2015
3 night minimum stay
$625
$3,499
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.88%
Notes Off-season rates and availability are negotiable depending on the dates and length of stay. Alcohol consumption on-site requires pre-approval.
Weekly stays require a $1000 down payment for reservations made prior to March 1 with balance due before March 1. Weekly stays booked after March 1 and all nightly stays require full payment at the time of booking. Credit cards subject to a 4.0% processing surcharge. Rates and availability subject to change until a reservation is booked.
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Gull Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Top Floor Common Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Features a Kohler BodySpa
    Main Floor Common Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower Level Common Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    SW Bedroom Private Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Master Suite - 1 king , Large private bath, sitting area, fireplace, large closet
    SW Bedroom - 1 queen , Private bath & walk-in closet
    SE Bedroom - 1 king
    Top NE Bedroom - 1 queen
    SE Bedroom - 1 king
    Other (See Description) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sleeper Sofa in Family Room
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3) Queen Sleeper Sofa (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 13 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Pontoon boat, fishing boat and jet skis available to rent. The beach house is available on special request and additional charge. It also has another full kitchen, full bathroom, queen sleeper sofa and queen bed in loft. Special events hosting (weddings, fund raisers, civic group, club gatherings, etc.) are subject to approval and at a negoiated rate.

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