Send this page to a friend

Thank You

Your message has been sent.

You can send this page to up to five email addresses. Please separate each email address with a comma.

check navigate-up


Member since: 2004
Speaks: english

Stunning Contemporary Retreat on Lake Superior

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Special Offer! Spring Special...3rd night free! March 25 - May 13

Minnesota House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

This home is a rare find. From the moment you enter, your senses are overwhelmed by the natural beauty all around you. This retreat is situated on a 40 foot cliff overlooking Lake Superior. Local folks call it 'the glass house' due to the 180 degree views of Lake Superior.

Close enough to the Lutsen Ski Resort to enjoy all the amenities yet far enough to be away from all the crowds for some quiet time. The exterior walls are 65% windows with views of the lake and woods. A 10 by 15 foot skylight washes the main room with light. The total effect is that you are inside but feel at one with nature.

In the Great Room is a full kitchen, two dining areas, a gas fireplace, and a wonderful couch area under the skylight. The windows, with a beautiful view of the water, are framed with window seating. Under the window seats are many books sure to interest every reader, plus many games for the whole family to play. The bedrooms, which are separated by the Great Room, have queen beds and private full bathrooms. The master bath has a steam shower plus a whirlpool, over-sized, deep-soaking bathtub that overlooks the lake.

Keywords: Retreat, Lake View

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english

About The Owner

This property was built by Mary Ruth Barton in 1989 and held by the family partnership until 2015 when Mary Ruth's daughter, Kittie, through her Kittie Frantz Trust, purchased it from her siblings in a private sale. She knows you'll love to spend time there as much as she and her family does.


based on 7 traveler reviews

Stunning Contemporary Retreat on Lake Superior
average rating of 4.285714 based on 7 reviews

A beautiful, serene, and welcoming property!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a relaxing (but too brief!) summertime visit to the Horizon house. This is a beautiful, serene, and welcoming property. We found it to be a great base for exploring the region and appreciated learning more about its special history, as well.

Thanks to the Owners for the timely responses to our inquiries, the very helpful info provided, and for allowing us to share in those stunning Lake Superior sunrises!

Safe to say the area and Horizon have four very happy new converts!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Shoreview, MN

Wonderful winter getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family just got done booking another stay at this beautiful house on Lake Superior. The views are amazing from every room and the great room is a perfect place for our family to hang out. Greta was helpful and easy to get a hold of with any issues that we had. Last year we received 6" of snow and the driveway was plowed out first thing in the morning. Great place to stay for skiing at Lutsen.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Burnsville MN

Yearly Visitors

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, sister-in-law and brother-in-law come every year to Horizon house over President's weekend. When I read the recent review from someone who had a bad experience I had to write. We've been coming for over 10 years and have always enjoyed our visit. We too pay holiday rates, but compared to what you get elsewhere in the area, this house is private, with stunning views and room to have your own space if you want and the cost is much better! We are there in the winter and have never been cold in this house. With the radiant heating during the day, we rarely even turn on the thermostats at night. The windows do not leak unless you don't have them locked down tight. The place is always clean and when we have had a problem, we call Greta and she is available to us. It is true that the only TV is in the large bedroom. We do not come here to watch TV so it's never been a problem. Prior to finding Horizon House, our family rented many, many homes in the area, all up and down the North Shore but we have never found another place like Horizon House where we feel welcomed and comfortable. I'm sorry that other person had such a bad experience. That has NEVER been our experience.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
7 0

Horizon House made the trip

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for a weekend while attending a wedding at nearby Lutsen Resort.

The house is a delight from the moment you enter, as the views are stunning and the great room is just that (great). This property is kept with loving care, and it shows.

Thanks to the owner and manager for a memorable experience. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Eau Claire, WI

Major disappointment

  • 1 of 5

After considering this place for 6 years, my family and I decided to splurge for 4 nights over Thanksgiving. While the location is beautiful and the layout of the home is ideal, it is not comfortable, and it definitely is not worth the holiday upcharge. The worst aspect of the home is the heating system. Our bedroom was probably 55 degrees on the first day--until sometime after midnight when the heat kicked in and turned our room into a 75-degree sauna. This was a nightly occurrence. I'm all for being "green" and economical (that's how I live), but it makes no sense to force guests to freeze during the day and sweat in the middle of the night; the time-of-use plan they're using does not work. Parts of the home were filthy. We could write our name in the dust in our bedroom, there was crud and thick cobwebs in every corner and dead bugs everywhere, and we found fecal matter in one of the toilets when we arrived. The only TV was in the freezing cold bedroom, so if we wanted to watch a movie as a family we had to squish on the queen-sized bed and sit under a pile of blankets. The instructions for the satellite, DVD player, TV, etc., were outdated. Some of the instructions contradicted each other, and others referred to equipment that was not present. The satellite remote was not working consistently due to weak batteries, but there were no extra batteries to be found. If the electricity went out, there was no flashlight either. The home advertises a large jetted tub, but instructions indicate there will be no additional hot water if you use it. The first night we had one cold shower and a partially filled tub. Although the view is gorgeous and the architecture is pleasant, this home is no longer contemporary, and it's not a "retreat" when one is physically uncomfortable due to a poor heating system (and cold air blowing in through the windows).

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our family takes all reviews very seriously. VRBO’s notification that we had a complaint was the first we have heard that there was a heating problem with Horizon. We, as well as our very capable caretaker, feel very badly that this family had such a cold experience in our favorite place. Why did they not contact Greta, our caretaker, so that these concerns could have been addressed that Thanksgiving weekend? We can only know of problems when folks tell us. When we received this review we contacted the furnace and hot water heater repair company. They came out right away and the thermostats and the hot water heater off peak timer is repaired. That the toilet was dirty is horrible. We have changed the lock box code to insure that no one who knew the previous code can enter Horizons after the place has been pre-cleaned and prepared for an arrival as it is done for every renter. As for the insects in the cobwebs, they were between the glass windows and the outside screens. We had the screens taken off and the sills cleaned in 30 degree weather. Normally windows aren’t opened in winter so we do this in the spring but want all to be reassured that the insects are now in their final resting place.
Did you find this review helpful?
10 2
St. Clair, MN


  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at Horizons. It was a nice vacation home with many amenities. It had a great kitchen space, open floor plan, great jacuzzi and steam shower, and a beautiful view! The furniture and decor was dated but over all a nice place to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and enjoy the peace and quiet on the lake with my new husband. There are lots of things to see and do near by as well. We would recommend Cascade Falls Park to everyone - it was beautiful and a very short drive from the house. Split Rock Lighthouse was fun too!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 1


Nearest Airport
115 Miles
Duluth International Airport
Car: necessary

Directly on Lake Superior this home is 2 miles away from the Lutsen Ski Resort with its 18 hole golf course, alpine slide and many activities. A peregrine falcon nesting place is near by. Grand Marais is 18 miles further down the highway providing water activities and where a number of artists spend creative hours. The gunflint trail starts in that town and the boundary water canoe trips are legendary.


Rates & Availability

Lutsen House Rental Rates

Special Offer! Spring Special...3rd night free!

Special Offer From:
Dates Mar 25, 2016 to May 13, 2016

To make sure you get the advantage of this special, include in your inquiry the words "Spring Special".

New reservations only. Nightly minimums apply. Not valid with other discounts.

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day
May 27 2016 - May 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
May 31 2016 - Oct 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jul 1 2016 - Jul 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Trash Fee $20
Cleaning Fee $75
Tax Rate 11.88%

A direct deposit of half the rent total is required to reserve your dates. Balance need to be direct deposited 15 days prior to your first day's stay. Credit card information is taken in case of damage and not charged.
Refunds on deposits are given ONLY if cancellations are made 20 days prior to your first night and will be less a $30 fee.
Refunds will not be given due to weather.

Enter dates to see total
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Minnesota House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom One's shower is also a steam shower and the tub is a deep soaking tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • There is a large comfy couch and a queen blow up bed available for sleeping up to 6 people in the home.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Player Piano View overlooks the lake on 40' cliff

Partner Offers

Other Vacation Properties

Contact the Owner

Request to Book

This property requires that you message the owner to complete your booking request.
Enter dates to calculate a quote