100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 10
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
Hands down the reason for my 5 star review is the Minnestay team.
The Cabin was just as advertised. It was comfortable. The lake was quiet and crystal clear. Fishing off the dock wasn’t great, but we caught enough to entertain the kids. This is Minnesota, if you want serious fishing, get in a boat. I thought the bunkhouse was a little under sold as I t is right on the lake and perfect for our two older boys. There are 89 steps from the deck to dock. It really didn’t seem bad at all, this coming from a guy who could stand to spend time at the gym! Now there were a few issues. Hot water heater quit. Air conditioner, which was not a listed amenity, quit working. Cleaning crew forgot to leave enough dish soap, toilet paper and left sand and sandy rugs. So why then the five stars?! Lance and his crew were Jimmy John’s freaky fast in fixing these things or replying to ANY concerns. I think I reported the water heater in the morning via email. With in a few minutes I got a response that a plumber was coming. I had hot water a couple hours later. Sent an email as an FYI that the air conditioner wasn’t working. I wasn’t expecting anything to be done as it wasn’t advertised that there was an air conditioner. Next morning, a replacement unit was installed. Those cleaning crew issues I mentioned couldn’t be remedied by the crew, as they had transportation issues. Lance offered to reimburse us if we pick up the supplies. He did that and then some for the inconvenience! The cabin was what I expected for the rental rate. The customer service far exceeded anything I have experienced at other VRBO properties I’ve used. If I go to that area again, I’ll be looking to stay at a Minnestay property
CJ. YOU ARE AWESOME! It was awesome having you as a guest! We are happy we were ablet o fix all of the issues quickly. I will be sure to bring these items to the attention of my cleaning crew so they can better themselves and the work they are doing. Please reach out to us directly next time you are looking for a vacation! You are always welcomed.
Lance and the Minnestay Team
It was great!
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Big Trout Lake Cottage, a Minnestay property. I cannot thank you all enough for your willingness to do this. I’m glad you loved the house and I do hope you come back and stay with us again! Repeat guests are some of our favorites! - With Gratitude, Lance from Minnestay
Cozy cabin on beautiful lake!
Great place to stay and excellent value for our family of 4... the cabin is exactly as described and owner was very available for any questions. We maximized our time on the waterfront which was absolutely gorgeous. It is peaceful and rustic yet close to all the amenities.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our Minnestay cottage. I cannot thank you all enough for your willingness to do this. I hope you were able to relax, unplug, and truly enjoy your time up north. You are always welcome With Gratitude, Lance from Minnestay
Nice and Cozy
We had a very nice stay in mid-July of 2018. It's a cute little cottage. The owners have it set up so you really don't need to do much but unpack and relax once you arrive. There was firewood and chairs down by the pit, hotel style toiletries in the bathroom, a full propane tank on the grill, and the kitchen had plates, pans, etc . It was nice not to have to worry about those things.
For being on a very popular lake you can hardly tell you had neighbors. The house was far enough back off the road where you really felt like you were in the middle of the woods yet being just spitting distance from a paved road and 5 minutes into town. We woke up to deer in the back yard an a couple of occasions. There are a lot of deer in the area. Watch out when you drive and dusk and dawn.
The bedrooms in the main house are tiny but met our needs. We had 4 adults and a baby and we were just fine, but weren't getting anyone else in the rooms. There is a window AC unit for warm summer days. It does it's job in keeping the cozy space cool. Old TV, VCR and DVD player in the house with some DVDs to watch. No cable so TV is for playing movies. There were also a few board games in a cupboard.
The bunkhouse down the hill from the main house could easily sleep 10, but with no bathroom you probably don't want that many people staying over. Like the posting says, it would be great for grandkids. It's a bit of a trek up the hill to get to the main house so don't recommend the bunkhouse for smaller bladders. They do have a mechanical chair lift to take you up and down. It beats the heck out of the stairs but it's like a minute long ride. Yes, it's that big of a hill.
Overall, it was a great place for the price. If you have a family of 3 or 4 this would work great. This is not the big fancy place on the lake. Those are down the street. This is the nice, little getaway that won't break the bank to rent for a weekend. We would stay here again without hesitation.
Pros: Good communication with owners
Nice clear lake for swimming
Well stocked house
Chair lift down to lake and bunkhouse
Cute cabin. Really has a the lake cottage feel to it.
Great location. Close to towns, restaurants and entertainment
Cons: Small bedrooms in main house
No wifi or cable (if you need that thing while on vacation)
Fishing off the dock is terrible. Need a boat if you really want to fish.
No beach but there is a ladder on the dock for swimmers
Minnestay is so pleased to receive yet another stellar review. Time and again the guests are so gracious to take the time to write a review. I'm glad you were able to enjoy the great features the house has to offer and relax on your vacation. You and your guests were great, and I would be happy to host you again - hopefully next year! - With Gratitude, Lance from Minnestay
Extremely small bedrooms. No internet. No tv. Well decorated main room.
I am so glad you found it nicely decorated. I think it is as well. This is cabin. There are no pictures with a TV. We do not advertise a TV or do we advertise Internet. You are going to a lake cabin to get away from it all. If we advertised that and had not provided it. I can understand the complaint. But to say disappointing and it does not say anywhere that we provide that is a bit unfair to say the least. Sort of like renting a row boat and expecting it to have a 150 hp engine.
Sorry that you did not read the description more closely
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