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Reclaimed Barn Home Sleeps 20

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 30 nights

About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 20)

The Lake Superior Barn is a 4,250 sq. foot home with 4 bathrooms and accommodations to easily sleep 20 people in the 6 bedrooms and 15 beds…. It is designed to accommodate multiple families with open bathrooms and individual toilets and showers. The home is just 30 minutes east of Duluth on the sandy south shore of Lake Superior.

Lake Superior Barn stands on 320 acres of remote wilderness and sandy beach. The home sits on the south shore of Lake Superior, staring across the lake to the North Shore cities of Duluth and Two Harbors whose lights twinkle in the distance at night. The property is completely surrounded by the Brule River State Forest so there is not another home on the Lake Superior shoreline for miles… Enjoy the secluded sandy beach or walk it like an ocean looking for beach-glass. Listen to the waves crash or swim in the cleanest of all the Great Lakes where the temperature can reach 60 or 70 degrees in the shallow, sandy bottom water. Warm up to a driftwood fire or roast s'mores on the waterfront.

Once back to the house, wash the sand off your feet in the outside shower while taking in the 180 degree view of Lake Superior. Enjoy the 1600 sq foot reclaimed deck just outside the beautiful kitchen and a pantry with all the extra ingredients and spices you may have forgotten. Build a fire with firewood provided in the stone fireplace or lay in a bean bag and pick a book to read from the stocked bookshelves in the loft. Lake Superior Barn has 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3 showers built from the reclaimed lumber, steel and nails of 7 turn of the century Minnesota barns. The game room has radiant concrete heat to warm your toes as you play ping pong, video games, shuffle board or lounge on the couch to watch a movie on the Apple TV.

The Lake Superior Barn is a unique and rustic experience... there is a TV, but no satellite or cable TV... plenty of cards, books and boardgames! We do have APPLE TV... like a large iPod with movies, TV shows & music.

On the 320 acres of forest, there are trails through the woods and bridges over Haukkula Creek that flows the length of the property. Pick raspberries and wild strawberries in the summer or snowshoe the woods and trails in the winter… either way, you will never encounter another person on the private and secluded land. End the day by building a fire while overlooking Lake Superior and watch the summer sun set over the hills of Duluth.

Keywords: House, cabin, vacation rental, lakehome, horseback riding, remote, lake superior home, scrap booking,sandy beach,

More Details

Tom Wolfe
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2017

About Tom Wolfe

We have 5 kids... 4 boys and 1 girl. We live in Minneapolis, MN. Enjoy 'the Barn...'

Thanks, Tom & Nicole and Kids

Tom Wolfe purchased this house in 2007

Why Tom Wolfe chose Northern Wisconsin

We fell in love with the Lake, the sound of the waves, the endless sandy beach and the fact that you are 30 minutes from an amazing city like Duluth, but you feel so remote and surrounded by nature.

What makes this house unique

The property is totally remote and surrounded by State forest... you will very likely not see another person. The reclaimed home is unique and the feel is rustic. The beach is secluded and it feels like you are on an ocean.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I am writing just to let you know what a lovely time we had at the Barn. The detail that went into designing the Barn is amazing. The winding road leading up to the Barn and it's placement on hundreds of acres make this stay remote, cozy, rustic and yet luxurious. It has all the amenities you would want with still feeling like your not in a polished cabin. We had 8 people and everyone had their space and we still had plenty of room for more. The view is amazing. We had a fabulous time exploring and just enjoying each other and the Barn.

Thank you!
Oct 2014
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Maple House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath has toilet & shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Bathroom in loft has only toilet & sink
  • Bathrooms are camp style- sinks on outside of toilet & shower area.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Queen size Beds (6), Twin Beds (8), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1),
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Apple TV... like an iPod... many TV Shows & movies to watch...In Floor heat, all reclaimed wood, Stable, Bring your own horses!! Book Library, 2 Bunk Rooms, Game Room, Radiant Heat, Surrounded by Brule River State Forest, Secluded sandy beach, View of Duluth and North Shore, Access to Snowmobile Trails, Mile long Driveway, Firewood provided 30 minutes from Duluth, 50 minutes from Bayfield.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Reclaimed Barn Home Sleeps 20
average rating of 4.757576 based on 35 reviews

Winter Weekend with Friends

  • 5 of 5

The Barn is spectacular! It's exactly what a group of 12 friends wanted for a get-away weekend in the doldrums of winter. Well appointed and comfortable, there wasn't anything the place didn't have. We took advantage of the wood-fired sauna, the game room, group cooking, games, a roaring fire in the fireplace, the grill and hiking around the beautiful property! The owners were extremely responsive via email. The caretakers were friendly and available if you needed them! The only struggle is finding the place in the pitch dark of winter. Anyone coming to the barn should look for the fire # 11251E sign (small - red) at the end of the driveway since it gets dark so early. Thank you for sharing your beautiful property! Looking forward to our return!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN USA

A Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This really exceeded our expectations. We saw the pictures on the website and thought, wow, it looks nice. Then when we arrived, it was even nicer than the pictures. A group of 11 of us spent 3 nights at the barn. There were 4 couples and 3 singles. Each couple got their own bedroom and the singles shared the upstairs loft bedrooms. It worked out perfectly. Plenty of bathrooms and beds. A few of us work in restaurants cooking/bartending so we made lots of elaborate meals. There was plenty of equipment and supplies to cook for 11 adults easily...once we figured out the trick to the cooktop. (ask the caretaker) With two refrigerators, there was plenty of room to store the food.

Tons of firewood for the fireplace, hot tub, sauna and fire pit. We used all of them. Even with 11 adults, there was plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing, or hang out together. And, splitting the cost 11 ways made for a very cost effective getaway.

There's movies, classic video games, ping pong, shuffle board, board games, trails and lots of books. There is no wi-fi and cell coverage is you have plenty of excuses not to do any work. :-)

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summer in Northern Wisconsin

  • 4 of 5

About 12 of our family spent a week over July 4th at the Barn. 4 adult couples fit well into the 4 double bed rooms on the first and second floor. Four children were comfortable in the 3rd floor bedrooms. The house was spacious and well equipped to handle us. The views of the lake from the North balcony and seating were great. The lawn to the North of the house was perfect for yard activities. Trips to Bayfield gave us some small town sites and the Brule River State Park was excellent hiking and kayaking.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Garidods Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Coming from an urban area, we are constantly concerned with our kids being at risk from traffic and strangers. The days of kids being kicked out by mothers till the street lights come on, are long gone. Our kids have a much tighter circle of exploration and time to just be out in nature. When we saw this vacation spot we decided to give our kids the space to explore and be outdoors. We loved it! For 7 days our kids played on the beach, explored paths, collected rocks, played games like Red Rover and ran around with sparklers. We even threw them out of the house when they said they were bored and within an hour their imaginations had taken over and eight kids from age of 11-3 created a world of espionage in the most elaborate game of tag we had ever seen. The parents enjoyed reliving a bit of their childhoods through their kids.

The barn easily accommodated us, and we even had plenty of room to spare. The main living area was spacious and beautiful. The kitchen was large and is fully equiped with cooking and dining utensils. It just invited us all to cook together. Bedrooms and bathrooms are designed beautifully and comfortable. The game room downstairs had us connecting with the kids by playing the games we had before video games. We did take advantage of their Apple TV and would settle the kids down each night with one of their children's movies.

The outside space of the barn is just as beautiful with all the little touches by the owners plus that of previous visitors. Various bones, rocks and driftwood have been collected by guests and can be found displayed in various spots. The kids loved the bones the most! They had a great fire pit, basketball hoop, tire swing, tight rope and of course the hot tub. We had no issues with ticks or poison ivy which was the only concern we had.

The caretaker was a great friendly guy who clued us in on some of the best place to explore. It was great to just listen to how the property had all come together.

We highly recommend this beautiful vacation spot! Already trying to arrange a week at one of their other properties.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St., Paul, MN U.S.A.

Perfect for a family Christmas in the Northwoods

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed spending the Christmas holiday together at this very special place. The property is very well-maintained. The Barn is well-appointed and provides great space for family time by the fire. The views of the Lake, as well as the twinkling lights of Duluth across the bay, were the perfect back drop to nighttime bonfires. We especially enjoyed exploring the trails and finding the beaver clearing, beaver lodge and dam. The Barn is truly an ideal setting for a large group of friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very disappointed with how the owners handled problems with their property!

  • 1 of 5

We were very disappointed to arrive to a freezing cold barn for the weekend of our daughter's wedding. We arrived on a very cold Thursday and did not have any heat until late afternoon on Friday. Alarms and the power went off through our entire first night, which we had to repeatedly tend to. The owners have brushed off our concerns saying they did the best they could. The property is beautiful, the owners not so good!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charter Fishing on Lake Superior from Port Wing, WI, Skiing at Spirit Mountain in Duluth! Bring your horses!!


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Weekday nights 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2018 Each Weekend Night
Jan 1 2018 - Jan 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Each Weekday Night
Feb 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Summer
May 31 2018 - Sep 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Christmas 2018
Dec 21 2018 - Dec 26 2018
6 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $40 + Tax
pet fee per day $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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