|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This beautiful, private home is the perfect spot for Summer vacation getaways!! With an outdoor pool, canoe & fishing boat, fire pits, and great fishing spot, this is the ideal spot for your summer family getaway.
With over 1600 sq.ft. of decking around the home, sit and enjoy the views of the river in the sun or in the screened in gazebo on the deck with a cool cocktail in your hand or watch the kiddos swim in the beautiful pool!!
This is the perfect fun-filled, relaxing vacation spot for making lifelong memories.
You'll have all the comforts of home - a full kitchen, 3 bedrooms, living room, 2 1/2 baths and lots of room to host the perfect family vacation, reunion, bachelor/bachelorette party, or whatever comes to mind! Comfortably sleeps 8-10
Have a dog? Although, pets are not allowed at the home, my daughter is offering a 'farm stay' for your pooch at her beautiful farm in River Falls. We will pick up your pet and drop him off for you to take home. We have 100 acres to romp and run and a friendly collie, Blaze, to play with. Rates are $35 a day per dog - you provide your own dog food. Take a peek at the 'Farm Stay' pictures with Blaze!
Keywords: St. Croix river, river home, pool, family vacation, fishing, canoeing, camping, cabin, Apple river, bonfire, sleeps 6-8, summer home, summer vacation home, river, river views
Hi! My name is Sonja and I'm helping my dad list his river home for rent. My mom died in August and my dad wants to share the beauty of the home he and my mom built together.
Sandy Smith purchased this house in 1995
The St. Croix river is one of the most beautiful rivers in Wisconsin. It has crystal, clear water, great fishing, wonderful sand bars, and eagles and birds to watch. The views from the house are breathtaking!! This truly is the perfect hot spot for your summer family vacation for making lifelong memories.
The favorite part about this river home is the gorgeous view and privacy. I just love having a cup of coffee in the morning on the deck and admiring the river and nature waking up all around.
And if you like shopping, you can go head to historic Stillwater (a short 15 minute drive) for a fun filled day of shopping and great food. The hand made malts at Brines are to die for!
There is also a screened in gazebo on the deck for evening relaxing with a cocktail mosquito free! However , we cannot be responsible for the actions of those pesky bugs:)
In 2011, I rented a modest beach house in Nags Head, NC through this website (HomeAway). It was the best vacation my kids had ever been on; they had the time of their lives swimming in the pool, enjoying the hot tub and just feeling content surrounded by clean home-like amenities. Even with the ocean a very short walk away, the kids just wanted to stay at the house. So this year, I figured why drive hundreds and hundreds of miles when I could drive less than a hundred miles and find a rental home closer to home. As long as it had a pool and hot tub, the kids would be happy. So I was thrilled when I found this listing. It had what I was looking for: a pool, a hot tub, and enough space for the kids. I immediately contacted the owner via the website. From the get go, communication was challenging when renting this property. After several inquiries went ignored, the owner's daughter finally responded. She was very kind and friendly so I was relieved to get the dates reserved and information where to send the deposit, etc. However, that was the last I heard from her or the owner for months. Emails were not responded to at all. It would have been nice to get at least one confirmation email that "yes" they received the deposit, with check-in instructions, date confirmation, etc. The listing states that the full amount is needed five days prior to check in, but it was difficult to arrange this with no response from the owner. We finally had to call the owner directly, and he said that we didn't need to pay until we got there. Also, we didn't find out specifics like check-in time, etc. until actual check-in date (the owner called us, but it would have been nice to know this stuff in advance). When we got to the house, the kids were disappointed to see that there is no waterslide (like the picture shows), and the owner no longer lets renters use the hot tub because, as he told us, "people overflow it too much and it gets all over the floor." While it's his right not to allow hot tub use, it might be a good time to update the listing because that was a huge part of why we rented this house. The house is filled with many breakable collectables, which was challenging with kids around. He has the thermostat under lock and key so we were unable to adjust the temp..which was frustrating because even at the Super 8 they allow guests to adjust room temp! I have a few more frustrations but I'm out of characters. Positive note-Sandy is very nice. Thanks!
We had such a nice time in Sandy's home, he made us feel very comfortable.
My daughter in law said it feels like we are in the middle of no where. The scenery was beautiful
There was plenty of room for 6 adults and 3 small children.
The canoe and fishing boat were used often. The fishing was not the best while we were there but the rides on the river were so peaceful and beautiful.The kiddies loved the boat rides, playing on the merry go round and playing around and in the pool. Cooking out and eating on the picnic table on the deck was great. We hope to return sometime in the fall to see the beautiful fall colors,
This is a lovely vacation spot and we spent some very relaxing days there.The 1400 sq. foot deck has lots of seating/tables/umbrellas and has a beautiful view of the St. Croix river area (down 72 steep steps). We saw bald eagles and lots of Sand Hill cranes and herons. The owner, Sandy, is a peach and very willing to do whatever he can to make your stay pleasurable. In the interest of full disclosure: This house is not in Rice Lake, it's on Rice Lake Rd. outside of Somerset, WI. The two "queen" beds are actually double beds. The built in pool, while very nice, is NOT heated and too cold for our kids to swim in. If you like to cook, bring your own sharp knives and a decent pot and pan. Otherwise, everything was great, roomy, comfy, and fun. The location makes it easy to make a quick trip to the Twin Cities or down the Great River Road to view the St. Croix/Mississippi.
We have four young children and just returned from a very hot week (90-100 degress each day) at this location. Thanks to the pool and the A/C, this was an amazing trip. My children are still talking about how much they miss the vacation house and we will definitely return for a repeat trip sometime soon. Everything was just as it is advertised and the owner is very polite/helpful. We were there for a full week and he stopped by twice to take care of the pool (short visits and he was very cautious about the house being yours that week-->privacy). I did not know if I would use the boat much with four little children, but I did get a couple short rides and the one with the kids was very enjoyable as they were constantly pointing at things (birds, jumping fish, knocked downed trees, islands, etc...). There was even one bald eagle we saw. The boat and river location are very valuable if you have the time/ability to be on them much. For us though, the trip was almost completely about the pool. This is a very nice and well-kept up pool that the children loved playing in. It is hard to describe the convenience of a private pool until you have it for a week, but since its right there, with an overlooking deck...there were tons of options. For example, if one child was still napping then one of us could be on the deck (within ear-shot of crying) while still being with the rest of the family. The shallow end of the pool is only a small portion and then it gets deep quickly. This can be good and bad, but we liked that it meant the deep end was enough to dive in (I would guess 8 feet). Couple other things of note: the TV is huge (50"???) which impressed us, but as it turned out, we rarely used it; the three bedrooms are all on the same level (nice benefit for a family); the gas grill is VERY nice with three burners; the deck is enormous wrap-around; there are a lot of tree frogs, but they mostly only came out at night for us due to the heat and the kids liked playing with the ones they did find; there is a four-horse carousel in the front yard that the children spent a lot of time on as well; we had a very nice day trip to Stillwater just a short drive away. I do think this location is good for various groups, but clearly my review speaks to the fun a family with children can have in this setting. There is no doubt this is the owners HOME, not just a cabin and you can tell he keeps it that way...with pride. Thanks for sharing it with us Sandy!!!
Really enjoyed a few days at this cabin recently with friends. Sandy, the owner, is great and was very helpful. He was even polite enough to call before hand when he needed to come pick up his lawn mower, a classy touch. The open plan main room is very sunny and comfortable. The grill is nice, the deck is where we spent most of our time. Great seating areas and view of the river. The birds and tree frogs sang to us. The house is well appointed.. AC, 3 bathrooms, dishwasher. Modern tv, fridge. The pool is older and the tree frogs wanted to go for a dip each day, but it was a welcome way to cool off on a hot day. Sandy built a firepit which we didn't get to use. But it's nice. Bring mosquito spray. Other notes: I have AT&T and all of us got great cell reception despite it being very rural. No wifi but I came to appreciate that! Plenty of room to park a boat trailer. Bring trash bags. There is a cd player stereo in the main room but no iPod dock. It does have RCA connectors in back if you have an iPod-to-RCA adaptor. There is sattelite tv. My favorite thing was the tiki thatch type umbrellas on deck. Oh and the best thing about this place is the price. It might not be a manicured riverfront mansion, but it is comfortable, nestled in a beautiful location and has all the comforts of home! For a fair price.
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3 night minimum stay
|Notes||$150 deposit is required to hold your dates. A $400 cash security deposit is required at check in and will be refunded at check-out. Payable by money order or cash. Full balance is due no later than 5 days prior to check in.|
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