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Wisconsin Panoramic waterfront view (12 miles east of Stillwater Minnesota)

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,180 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

3 bedroom: Ideal base to visit beautiful, historic St Croix River Valley area

Enjoy your stay in our quiet, peaceful, rural setting on 3-acres located with local shopping & services less than 5 miles away. Drive less than 30 minutes in any direction to explore several historic towns with unique shops featuring antiques, vintage or upcycled items, boutiques and award winning restaurants, breweries, distilleries or wineries. Not a shopper? The natural habitat in this area is so beautiful. Enjoy cross-country or downhill skiing, hiking, golfing, canoeing, kayaking or an outdoor concert or stay home in an ideal setting for quality time together with family or friends.


Looking for individual sleeping accommodations? Beds available for 6: (1 queen, 2 full, 2 single and deluxe queen inflatable mattress).

Maximum accommodation: 8 guests (including infants and children).

Driving distance or time: Stillwater, Minnesota or Osceola, WI: 12 miles ; Hudson: 15 miles ; Minneapolis-St Paul international airport: 50 minutes ; Downtown St Paul: 30 minutes. Check-in time is 12:00 p.m.; Check-out time is 2:00 p.m.

Note: Please respect we cannot rent to a guest who smokes. There is a no-smoking restriction on the entire property with NO exceptions. For groups of 4 or more a $50 cleaning fee is charged.

The 1,800 sq. ft. house has: open floor plan for kitchen/dining/living room; oak table for dining can seat up to 8 guests comfortably with table extensions; cozy gas fire place in living room with comfortable L-shaped leather sofa and club chairs. Full bathroom w/tub/shower on main floor, full bathroom with whirlpool tub on 2nd floor. 3-season enclosed porch has a quality treadmill, love seat/ottoman, table for playing cards, games, etc.


-- Queen posture-pedic mattress in the main floor master bedroom (Walk-in closet can easily accommodate a portable crib).

-- Full platform bed in bedroom with a treetop view on main floor.

-- Upstairs: Full-size bed with chaise lounge in master bedroom suite.

-- Upstairs: Two single twin beds in smaller bedroom.

MAXIMUM number of guests is 8 (including children) or daytime visitors. 6 guests maximum sleeping in individual beds and on an inflatable queen mattress. 8 guests maximum total.


Basic amenities included: Quality towels & bedding, soaps, shampoo & conditioner, hand lotion, hair dryer, toilet paper & tissue, paper towels and napkins. plush bathrobes for (1-4) guests. Ceiling fans in bedrooms, living room and enclosed porch. Coffee maker (inc. coffee & filters), microwave, toaster, ice maker, variety of cookware, serving bowls and trays, utensils, and bake ware, bread maker, large crock pot, mixer, waffle iron, dinnerware, cereal & pasta bowls, beverage & wine glasses, basic cooking and pantry supplies.

WiFi internet provided. Cell phone coverage on the property is excellent.

32' HD television, DVD player, CD and DVD library, playing cards, cribbage board, dominoes, books ranging in interest from infant to adult, exercise treadmill, toys: stuffed animals, legos, duplos.

Enjoy the beautiful hilltop view from living room or deck. Hiking trails on the property lead to waterfront and a grassy area for a picnic. Our lake is on the migration path of geese. Swimming isn't recommended. An excellent swimming beach at Perch Lake Park which has canoe and paddle boat rentals is 12 miles from house.

Year-round activities to suite anyone's interests within 20 minutes in any direction. Local services nearby: grocery, library, doctor, hospital, dentist, ATM/Bank, laundromat, beauty shop, recreation centers (including indoor swimming), restaurants, gas stations and auto repair.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2017

About Shirley

We are retired, empty-nesters not ready to leave this beautiful property. My husband and I grew up in the Minneapolis-St Paul area. We are experienced vacation rental travelers, and enjoy sailing, fishing, golfing, motorcycling, hiking, and the arts. My life-long hobby is photography.

Shirley purchased this house in 1997

Why Shirley chose Wisconsin

We wanted to enjoy the best of rural living (privacy, solitude, a variety of birds and wildlife, wide-open spaces and heavily-wooded areas) with an easy commute to Minneapolis-St. Paul to enjoy everything city-living has to offer and the Mpls.-St. Paul airport.

Being close to Sillwater, Minnesota, a town I visited often before moving here, has so much to offer: a beautiful waterfront, historic architecture, unique shops and restaurants was a bonus.

What makes this house unique

Our home is well-built in an extremely quiet neighborhood. Laminate-wood floors in the 3-season porch and 2nd floor bedroom upstairs. Master bedroom on main floor carpeted in berber. Soft, low carpeting in the bedrooms. Hilltop, panoramic views from the deck, rooms in the back of the house, and the bonfire pit. Hike trails on the property for a good workout, especially climbing back uphill. Snowshoe or cross-country ski on fresh snow without having to pack up the car.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your home was perhaps the nicest one we have rented and we have been doing this for almost 30 years. You are so organized and your home so clean and well supplied....we really enjoyed sitting on the porch and also the living room comfortable sofa to watch a movie. The shop "My happy place" in Somerset was really fun too!

Thanks again for letting us stay in your home!
Aug 2016
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Somerset House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2180 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , jetted tub , 2nd floor bathroom: Please note: No Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , in master bedroom on main floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , platform bed in smaller bedroom on main floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Spacious master bedroom upstairs with a chaise lounge
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Wisconsin Panoramic waterfront view (12 miles east of Stillwater Minnesota)
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 38 reviews

College Sisterhood Getaway

  • 5 of 5

OMG! This place was amazing! So welcoming and homey. The amenities were above and beyond expectations. It was a nice walk to the lake, sat on the bench on the dock and listened to nature. Absolutely perfect for us to get together, relax and catch up. Stayed in Friday and caught up with each other, cooked dinner and drank wine. Spent Saturday in Stillwater, so much to do there. This will be my first choice for a getaway in the same area.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing what you enjoyed about our property. Walking down to the lake is an entirely different experience from taking in the view from the hilltop. Deer, pheasant, an occasional turkey and a variety of birds share the space with us. I enjoy the brief portion of the trail through the dense woods before approaching the lakefront. Feel like I've been transported to a forest preserve every time and hopefully you did as well.
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South Central Minnesota

It was exactly what we hoped for!

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely return and use this same house!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for letting us know your group of seven were pleased with our accommodations. We've always felt living here is like being on vacation 24/7. Sounds like you had a similar experience. Thanks also for taking exceptional care of the house. Do keep us in mind if you return to this area for a future reunion.
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Great Girls Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and property just a short drive from the Twin Cities. Plenty of room for five of us. We had a relaxing few days and enjoyed the quiet location and the wonderful views. Close enough for a day trip to Stillwater for shopping and other activities. The house was stocked with plenty of everything we needed in the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. We especially appreciated the current information about local events and attractions. Great communication with the owner before arriving. Everything was clean and in working order. Our October stay prevented us from taking full advantage of the outdoor amenities, but we imagined enjoying our morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening on the deck. Will definitely consider again if we return to the area. Thanks for making our girls weekend memorable!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having relied on vacation rental properties, our goal has been to provide many of the household or bath items that would have been helpful for us when traveling. Our property is ideal for spending quality time together for a reunion with family or friends and it's very rewarding to know that we met your expectations. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience.
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Truely a Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this home for 4 days with our dog and the experience was as though it was our own home. Very clean, comfortable and quiet surroundings that anyone would enjoy.

We enjoy antiquing and there were plenty of shops in the area to keep us well occupied without much travel.

We will definitely recommend this home to any of our family members or friends...give it a try you won't be disappointed!!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Even though this 4-footed guest was the largest that's been on vacation in our home, he was a perfect guest. While preparing the house for the next guests to check in, it was obvious you and your wife took great care of the house during your stay. So many options for antique shopping or visiting occasional shops selling revamped, re-purposed vintage items are in this area,. The cities of Osceola, Stillwater, St. Croix Falls, Afton, Hasting and New Richmond offer plenty of opportunities for a full day of shopping. If you consider returning to this area for another opportunity to go antiquing, we hope you will consider staying with us again. You are always welcome.
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Wonderful Quiet Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We rented Pine View Retreat for nearly a week for our daughter's wedding in Stillwater. It is about a 20 minute drive to Stillwater, crossing the historic Lift Bridge (that will sadly be replaced by a new bridge further down the road later this year). Lots of parks nearby if you enjoy nature. The home is very well appointed and was to my standard of clean when we arrived (that doesn't happen very often for me...I'm very picky.) I couldn't get over the number of (nice) towels in the bathrooms! We never ran out, even with a house full of guests! Furnishings were nice, beds comfortable. The weather was really hot so we didn't spend a lot of time outside, unfortunately, but there is a nice deck and seating area to overlook the trees/pond. We were pretty busy with the wedding activities, but would definitely stay there again just to spend time in the area!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciate for your positive comments . Thank you! Knowing you were extremely pleased with your stay is important to us, especially since you booked many months in advance. The new bridge over the St. Croix River is expected to be in use Fall 2017. Over the coming months we're expecting to see many more events and activities in this area that would interest visitors. The lift bridge will be converted to a pedestrian bridge and the roadway at the end of the bridge will become an expansion of the Lowell Park waterfront. If you return the St. Croix River Valley for another visit, you were exceptional guests and would enjoy having you return for a stay.
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Great Place - Pine View Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at Pine View Retreat while in the area for our daughter's ribbon cutting for her insurance business in Hudson, WI. We did many things while in the area - fishing, shopping, visiting Stillwater, St. Paul, and of course Hudson. However, the best time was spent on the deck of Pine View Retreat relaxing, talking and enjoying the view.

Shirley was very prompt (over the course of booking and even days before our arrival) in answering emails and any questions. She provided extra touches throughout the house from plenty of towels to different choices of coffee. We were able to cook most of our meals in the great kitchen. Additionally, the house was clean and the beds comfortable.

Everything was as described and we would recommend Pine View Retreat.

Bosard Family


  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad everything worked out for your trip 'north' to celebrate your daughter's new venture and to spend quality time with your family. When you make a return visit, we'd be very pleased if you'd consider a return stay.
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Rates & Availability

Somerset House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
MAR 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
APRIL 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
May-October 2017
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

Additional guests are $25/per person per night. For 5+ guests a $50 cleaning fee is added to the invoice. $50 Pet Fee for 1 Dog. Maximum number of guests: 8.(including any children). Check in is 12:00 p.m., checkout is 2:00 p.m. .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Minneapolis-St Paul Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Bristol Ridge, St. Croix National, New Richmond
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Homestead Parklands
Car: necessary


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