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SECLUDED 5-ACRE, MINNETONKA FAMILY RETREAT IN WEST METRO AREA

Florence Dunkel

Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Florence Dunkel

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
December 19, 2014
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SECLUDED 5-ACRE, MINNETONKA FAMILY RETREAT IN WEST METRO AREA

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Excelsior House Rental Photos and Description

Minnetonka retreat home nestled in Lone Lake Park Reserve on its own cul-de-sac on 5 acres, partly wooded, partly spacious lawn. First floor split entry invites one into a cozy library or up several wide carpeted steps to a grand living room with ceiling to floor stone and brick fireplace, The dining room opens to a screen porch and a breakfast room with fireplace and updated kitchen with double ovens, refrigerator, and 5 burner cook-top. Up several more stairs are 4 bedrooms, a full bath plus large separate shower. The master bedroom suite opens into a spacious sitting room with bay window and picture windows on 3 walls. First floor has a half bath, access to the laundry room, garage. Down several more stairs is a large family room with ceiling to floor brick fireplace, TV, wet bar, and game area leading out to a stone patio. Each room has picture windows ideal for viewing wildlife: deer, pileated woodpeckers, wild turkeys, barred owls.

Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Florence Dunkel (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2012
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
December 19, 2014

About Florence Dunkel

I am an Entomology professor at Montana State University (MSU) and live in Bozeman, Montana. I raised all my children here and taught freshwater ecology at Lone Lake adjacent to this vacation home when we lived there. My husband is a retired instructor in the MSU College of Business and we were married on the grounds of our home. It is an ideal location for a wedding and reception. Together with our children and the neighbors we have been exploring this area through skiing, wildlife observation, including birdwatching for 35 years. This was the first house on the road and the home where Doug and Lynn grew up, hence the road name Douglynn. We bought the home from the parents of Doug and Lynn.

Florence Dunkel purchased this house in 1977

Why Florence Dunkel chose Excelsior

We chose this property because we wanted the feeling of being in the wilderness. In fact one step inside of our south facing woods on the property and you feel like you are in a natural cathedral. Proceed a little farther and you are at the edge of a lake bordered in the summer with the magnificent lotus leaves and flowers. The woods are always changing and will share its beauty with those who explore. It is peaceful, relaxing, and a joyous place to be. You can enjoy the warmth of a fireplace while in the cozy eating area watching wildlife or in the great room. You can relax inside the home, in the screened porch area, patio, or outside on the lawn. For the active family there is a level playing field for badminton, croquet, bocce, touch football or soccer. Most of the rooms have been furnished in earth tones to keep the rustic feel. The home has a serene, natural feel where there is a continuity between the outside and the inside. The home is away from it all, yet close to everything. We would like to welcome families and groups of no more than 12 enjoy our home. This is a peaceful neighborhood and we want to keep our neighbors happy. Therefore, we will not accept requests for events such as weddings, receptions, batchlorette parties, etc.

What makes this house unique

This clearing in the woods is nestled in Lone Lake Park Reserve with miles of hiking, cross-country, and interpreted nature, trails, tennis courts, picnic pavilion and children's jungle gym. The property is located within 20 minutes of Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Mall of America, and downtown Minneapolis, and Lake Minnetonka by car. We are within walking distance of Shady Oak Beach which is a kid-friendly, life-guarded lake with a mini-water park, concession stand, volleyball, and changing rooms. Bryant Lake is a 5 minute drive and offers free entrance, parking, and beach. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, just to name a few, are available to rent. There are concession stands, restrooms, and an indoor pavilion to rent for entertaining large groups,

Why HomeAway

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.3
based on 15 traveler reviews

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Secluded 5-acre, Minnetonka Family Retreat in West Metro Area
average rating of 4.266667 based on 15 reviews
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Secluded 5-acre, Minnetonka Family Retreat in West Metro Area
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Excelsior Lake Minnetonka
Canada
5

Great House, Excellent Experience

  • 5 of 5
Myself and seven other male friends rented this house in September for a golf/NFL football weekend. The house fit our needs perfectly. All 8 of us had our own beds and the large, secluded property gave us a ton of space to throw the football around and hang out outside. The weather was not great so we did not take advantage of the screened in porch area but it would be great in the summer. The house allowed us to make most of our meals, which we ate around the large dining room table. There is not much within walking distance, but MOA was less than a fifteen minute drive, as well as Uptown. Plenty of parking at the house and quick access to major freeways. Florence and Marie were easy and pleasant to deal with. When we arrived, Marie was waiting with the key and answered any questions we had. I would recommend this property to any larger group looking to stay together as oppose to a hotel. The best features of this house is the property it is on, and the number of people it can sleep. Definitely would recommend to any group seeking a rental home in the Minneapolis area. Clean, comfortable, and convenient rental property in the Minneapolis Metro area. Absolutely would stay here again if/when I come back with a large group.
  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Secluded 5-acre, Minnetonka Family Retreat in West Metro Area
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Excelsior Lake Minnetonka
Portland, OR
5

Beautiful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5
My sisters and I rented this house for our families and our parents to convene in MPLS for our parents 50th anniversary. The house was perfect for our group; lots of room to spread out and relax, plenty of little creatures and greenery to satisfy the nature lovers, and not so fancy that we had to constantly worry about damaging something.

The kitchen was nicely laid out and easy to work in and there are more than enough dishes and supplies to suffice for 10+. The beds and linens were all very comfortable and impeccably clean!

Our favorite spot was the screened in porch. Dinner on the porch is a must, if the weather permits! If your lucky the wild turkey might be walking around in the yard, or one of the several bunnies that we saw. At night, 2 or 3 little frogs would sit on the big glass picture window in the front hall and dine on all of the moths flying around in the light. The kids didn't even think about TV with that going on.

There is even a really nice basketball hoop, that, combined with the extra large driveway, made for a great place for the kids to play.

My parents both said that this was the best trip of their life! We all would come back and rent this house in a heartbeat, and most likely will be back here in the coming years.

Florence and Marie were very cordial and easy to work with by the way, much more so than many other property owners/managers I've encountered before.
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Secluded 5-acre, Minnetonka Family Retreat in West Metro Area
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-4064519343
Excelsior Lake Minnetonka
5

Absolutely Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5
We spent one week here for a small family gathering of 7 adults and 2 children under age 4. It was a perfect fit! Our favorite aspect of this rental was the wide variety of spaces. We could all be together when we wanted, but we also had plenty of room for separate activities, so we never felt like we were on top of each other. The kids (and the young at heart) enjoyed the toys and games which were provided in the lower level, and the short carpeted stairs were not a concern even with a toddler. Several adults spent time working in the office area and greatly appreciated the FAST wireless internet connection. We brought lawn games and very much enjoyed spending time in the spacious yard. The screened in porch was fantastic and received daily use.

The property is nicely secluded and tucked away—we almost forgot how conveniently close the dining, shopping, and entertainment are! The owner and property manager were both very helpful and pleasant to speak with. The one request we made was quickly accommodated, and care was taken to ensure we had everything we needed before and during our stay. We would definitely stay here again, and will strongly recommend the home to others.
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Secluded 5-acre, Minnetonka Family Retreat in West Metro Area
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-4064519343
Excelsior Lake Minnetonka
Wauconda, Il
5

Perfect Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5
This home worked out beautifully for our 3 day family get together. It was spacious, clean, and private. We loved the screened in porch. Our young grandchildren loved all the space they had to play. We greatly enjoyed the yard and swing. This was our first VRBO experience as a family and it was entirely positive. We would definitely stay here again. This house was a great find for us!
  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Secluded 5-acre, Minnetonka Family Retreat in West Metro Area
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p420203vb
-4064519343
Excelsior Lake Minnetonka
4

Family of seven

  • 4 of 5
This residence was clean and functional, and would recommend it to anyone staying in Minneapolis area. Close to the major freeways, it was very easy to commute to tourist attractions. We will be rebooking this property, next time we return to Minnesota .
  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Secluded 5-acre, Minnetonka Family Retreat in West Metro Area
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Excelsior Lake Minnetonka
Owosso, Michigan
4

Can sleep 12 - We had 7

  • 4 of 5
We only used 4 of the bedrooms but there is plenty of room for 12. The only thing preventing 5 stars is that we had to use the back door because the key did not work on the front door. But otherwise it was all as advertised.
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children

Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Mainstreet Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Glen Lake Golf
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highways 7, 494 and 62
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Scoreboard Bar & Grill
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Hyland Ski
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Shady Oak Beach
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

From $300 Per night

Excelsior House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter Holiday Rates
Dec 22 2014 - Dec 27 2014
3 night minimum stay
$375
 
 
May/June Rates
May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$350
From
$375
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
July 4th holiday Rates 2015
Jul 1 2015 - Jul 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
$375
 
 
July/Aug/Sept Rates
Jul 7 2015 - Sep 7 2015
3 night minimum stay
$350
From
$375
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
Thanksgiving Rates 2015
Nov 23 2015 - Nov 28 2015
3 night minimum stay
$375
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$300
From
$325
Fri,Sat,Sun
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Cleaning Fee $225 + Tax
Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 7.26%
Notes Dates will remain open until signed contract and all deposits are received. Pet and/or damage deposit is refundable. Gatherings of more than 12 people at the property without owner's prior approval, will be charged an additional fee of $500, this fee will automatically be deducted from damage deposit.

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Excelsior House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upper Level Hall Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Main Floor - Toilet and sink only
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Shower only (no tub), with his/her sinks
  • 2.5
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Master bedroom - 1 king , Master has private bath
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , Lower level family room, queen sofa bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , bunk bed with double bed underneath
    Sitting room - 1 twin/ single , room is attached to master, pocket doors can be closed.
  • 4 bedrooms on upper level: Bedroom 1 - Full size, Bedroom 2 - Twin (loft bed) over full size - Bedroom 3 -Two twin beds, Bedroom 4 - King bed with twin in attached sitting room. Lower level family room - Queen sofa bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
The property has plenty of space for outside activities, basketball, football, badminton or soccer on the side field. The house is within walking distance of Shady Oak Lake that caters to families and includes lifeguards, kiddie area and concession (they charge admission). Bryant Lake is a 5 minute drive where you can rent paddle boats, canoes or kayaks. Enjoy the walking/bike trails very close to the house. And of course, Mall of America is a 20 minute drive as well as downtown Minneapolis for those who want to shop or visit tourist attractions.

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