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Extraordinary Home on the River Bluff Directly Across from Stillwater, Minn.

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Unique cozy log home with 4BR and 3BA. Spectacular views!

Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, a great place to stay for a nearby wedding or other special occasion, or a girl's weekend away, you'll find "Lift Bridge Hideaway" your perfect home-away-from-home. From the moment you wind your way back along the river and enter the passcode to open the locked gate, you will discover a magical destination. The unique layout of the property provides majestic views both up and down river, as well as over the historic lift bridge to picturesque Stillwater, Minnesota. In fact, many of the professional photos you see of Stillwater are taken from the back yard of this home.

The wooded lot includes a log home with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and many unique amenities. (The 4th bedroom -- a.k.a., the "secret" room -- is described later.) The kitchen includes all Jenn-Air appliances and a gas/charcoal combination grill is available for your use on the back patio. The pantry is well stocked with spices, oils, and condiments, and guests are welcome to a bottle of wine from the underground wine cellar. In addition to the open kitchen/dining area, living/game room with a fireplace, bedrooms, and bathrooms, the home includes two large "dojos" that can be used for weight lifting, yoga, meditation, or martial arts. The property also offers unique hiking opportunities. Our more adventurist guests will want to explore the decades-old logging path down to the river. Internet and Wi-Fi access is included.

The master bedroom has a king-sized bed and sitting area, while the other two bedrooms have full-sized beds, and all include ample closet space. One of the bedrooms includes a balcony overlooking the backyard and river. The master bathroom includes an iron two-person waterfall tub/shower, and both of the other bathrooms include showers. The living room includes a game table and several board games, a TV, desk, and reading area. The dining room table seats six comfortably, or eight if you don't mind being cozy. The kitchen island provides additional seating. Laundry facilities are available for your use in the completely-finished basement.

The fourth bedroom, should you need it, is the "secret" room at the far end of the home. It is connected to the house by the dojos and a mysteriously moving bookcase. The secret room includes a full-sized sofa/pullout bed (with a very comfy mattress topper), and a fireplace. A circular staircase leads to a 360-degree windowed massage room, and then another stairway brings you to a rooftop lookout tower. The tower provides exquisite views and a peaceful place for reading, observing the lift bridge and boats on the river, or just enjoying life. We also have a twin pull-out sofa bed in the upper dojo.

Stillwater is right across the river and boasts many unique shops, restaurants, night spots with music, breweries, wineries, and festivals. You can take tours, hike, bike, or rent a boat. Hudson, Wisconsin, is seven miles south and is offers many fun river town activities. Other nearby popular destinations include Willow River State Park (7 miles); several golf courses within 15 miles, St. Paul/Minneapolis (20-30 miles), and the Mall of America (35 miles).

Non-smoking guests only please. We do allow a single pet with an additional $100 pet charge.

More Details

Gary & Kit Elert
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Gary & Kit Elert

Gary & I both grew up in Wisconsin and love the beauty of the St. Croix River Valley. Since our kids are grown and because we can work remotely, we spend much of our time traveling. Because of that, we'd like to share our home with others who appreciate its uniqueness and beauty.

Gary & Kit Elert purchased this house in 2001

Why Gary & Kit Elert chose Stillwater

When we bought the property 16 years ago, it was quite run down. We saw the potential and knew that it could become an exquisite home.

What makes this house unique

We fell in love with the spectacular views and knew that we could make this home special. Gary's vision and playful nature enticed us to incorporate many unique features such as a secret room, a lookout tower, a waterfall pond, and a massage room.


Stillwater House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • First Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower , Includes 5X make-up mirror
    Second Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub , Two-person iron waterfall tub with shower
    Lower-Level Bathroom - toilet , shower , Lower-level Bathroom -- Extra large Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Ceiling fan, dresser, and armoire
    Tanzania Bedroom - 1 double , Closet, Dresser, Tanzanian Decor, River View
    Stillwater Bedroom - 1 double , Closet, Balcony, Monitor/Office Chair, River View
    "Secret" Room - 1 double , "Secret" access, Comfy Pull-out Sofa, Fireplace.
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Massage room with massage bed available on site. Owners can put you in touch with local massage therapists.


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Extraordinary Home on the River Bluff Directly Across from Stillwater, Minn.
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Amazing Property and Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the property with my business partners and we used the home for a planning retreat. The house had amazing views of Stillwater and the property itself was warm, comfortable, and in immaculate condition. We enjoyed the comfortable decor and got plenty of use out of the amazing kitchen. We were able to utilize the Dojo as a co-working space to collaborate in.

Stillwater, MN and Hudson, WI are only a short drive away and are full of wonderful restaurants.

This is an amazing property and I highly recommend it as the place to stay if you are in the area.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your home. It was a very cold Christmas weekend, upon our arrival the house was toasty warm the heat all ready turned up and a lovely note and Poinsettia plant welcomed us. Exploring the home was fun. Stillwater is lovely at night and the View is spectacular from the house. Definitely will be back. Rick and Lu Ann

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay Rick and Lu Ann! We do our best to make your stay special!
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Fantastic house for a ladies weekend

  • 5 of 5

The house had everything we needed for a fantastic ladies weekend. It was clean and had lots of space for everybody. Gary and Kit were easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous house with great views and unique character

  • 5 of 5

My family was in town for a wedding in Stillwater and this was great family home for my adult children. Downtown Stillwater was only a 10 minute drive, though if the old drawbridge was open it would have been a 20 minute walk. We had one toddler which was manageable as we brought a baby gate, but otherwise would have been a challenge as lots of stairs. The house has everything, coffee and filters is only the start for the great well stocked with nice things kitchen. Lots of character furnishings made it special and the beds were comfortable and everything clean. Enjoy and thank you for sharing this fabulous house.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home with incredible views!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with incredible views. Sunrises and sunsets were gorgeous. Bald eagles and a variety of birds in the backyard overlooking the river. Plenty of space for larger groups but cozy enough to feel at home with a small group. We stayed during Thanksgiving weekend and had plenty of dishes and cookware. Prompt responses from the owners who took great care in making us feel at home. We look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that your Thanksgiving holiday was a success. You're welcome back anytime!
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

The house is gorgeous, and in a wonderful location. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kelly! We're glad that you enjoyed your stay and you're welcome back any time!
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Marx Wine Bar and Grill
The Green Room
Lolo American Kitchen
Pub 112
Pier 500
Smilin Moose Lodge Bar & Grill
Dock Cafe
The Tilted Tiki
Main Cafe
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several in downtown Stillwater
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Oak Glen (MN); White Eagle (WI)
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Amtrack - Union Depot, St. Paul
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 36/64
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several in downtown Stillwater MN
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Afton Alps
Car: recommended

Both Stillwater and Hudson provide a variety of restaurants, shops, waterfront dining, and site-seeing!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 5.5%

Our standard base rate is $385/night for up to four people. We charge an additional $50/person per night for each guest over four up to our maximum of nine guests. (There are some dates (e.g., SuperBowl) with a higher base rate.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.