|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Had enough of the hustle and bustle of your daily life? Get away to relax and enjoy the quiet unspoiled beauty of the North Woods.
This rustic lakeside retreat (named Done Achin') is perfect for fishing, walks in the woods, writing, and reading. The cottage has no immediate neighbors (although there are 40 homes around the lake) and is located on a point of land surrounded by trees. Go for a stroll around the lake (five miles), for a sunset boat ride, or simply take your book to the dock and watch for bald eagles.
Lake Pardee is a small private lake that is stocked with fish each year. The clear cool water is perfect for swimming, boating and fishing. The pristine surroundings are home to many species of wildlife including bass, walleye, pike, otters, deer, chipmunks, beavers and many different kinds of birds.
Our rotary dial telephone ensures the opportunity to take a break from voice mail. Families welcome! Non-smokers only please. We're sorry, we can't allow pets.
This cottage has been in our family for more than 50 years. My Grandmother bought it originally, and my father and his brother added on the living/dining room and kitchen as well as the screen porch.
This unspoiled area of Wisconsin represents what the northwoods used to be. The wildlife is abundant and the lake water clear and stocked with fish. We've never found a more peaceful and beautiful place.
The loons build their nests on the island in the lake each year. You can sit on the screened in porch and watch the lake, the birds, and whatever deer, fox, chipmunks or other small wildlife happens by.
This is our third time at Done Achin's. For two adults the property works very well. The house is simple but fully functional. Lake Pardee is very peaceful and quiet, since there is no public access to it. We enjoyed fishing, hiking ( there is a 3.7 mi gravel rad that wraps around the lake), grilling, listening to loons.
As stated in the initial review, "It is the quintessential Northwoods fishing camp from the 1950's or early '60's." It's not the faciest cabin up north, but I'm confident there are far worse. After some driving and a missed 'Done Achin' sign (the vegetation grew up in front of the sign) we ( my gf, and kids ages 8, 11, 12, and 14) arrived. It has a VERY modest but servicable kitchen and bathroom, and three bedrooms. The cabin has NO TV and cell service was nonexistent which we was of little concern. When we arrived, there was no power in two of the three bedrooms and the outboard motor was 1/4 full of gas. Checking the fuses didn't help, so I called the handyman. There is a rotary dial phone to call local but it has no long distance service. It should be noted the handyman's phone number is long distance. So, we had to drive to Manitowish Waters to call on our cell phone. He showed up when expected, solved the electrical issue, and brought more fuel. He's an overall pleasant guy, also. There is a small library of books and such which I personally enjoyed. Pardee Lake is a smaller, but quiet lake with very little boat traffic. Very little water skiing, or PWC traffic! If you like to, the fishing was descent. There is a large and accurate topo map of the lake on the cabin wall. It took us a few days, but found some descent pike (numbers, not size) and panfish (bluegills, perch, crappies, and rockbass). No walleyes or muskies caughtne 1 largmouth, and 1 respectable smallmouth off the dock. We caught enough panfish in one am to have a nice fish fry our last night. Lots of singing loons, eagles, ospreys and we saw otters. The boat (5 hp Evinrude) and canoe worked just fine. The fire pit was again, servicable. Despite a swimming ladder at the end of the dock, this isn't exactly good swimming although, our girls are 'a hardy bunch' and had no problem diving in. To get a 'beach', you can drive into Manitowish Water for a modest boatlanding/dock/picnic by the big smallmouth bass off of hwy 51. The MW area is roughly 15-20 minutes away, so anything you need can be found there, although you should have better selection in a bigger community. We visited the Discovery Center in MW, hiked on their trails (over 20 kilometers), but didn't get a chance to use their kayaks which are free for use. Cafe 129 has great ice cream. We got a nail in our van tire, but Dietz's Phillips 66 in MW has a small auto shop and helped us out at a reasonable price. Overall, a good stay!
We have been visiting "Done Achin' " once or twice a year for seven years. It is perfect for us. Nostalgic, rustic and simple. It is not a Holiday Inn or even a Motel 6. It is the quintessential Northwoods fishing camp from the 1950's or early '60's.
Secluded, quiet, and relaxing; isn't that why you come to the Northwoods?
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Summer rentals only
May 31 - Sep 30
|Refundable damage deposit||$50|
|Notes||We request half of the rent (and the refundable security deposit of $50) when you book your dates (we will send you a lease to return with your deposit). The second half of your payment is due one month prior to your rental. When we receive your full payment we will send you a detailed map of the last few miles to the cottage.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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