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Scenic Overlook Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Stillwater Cottage Rental Photos and Description

One bedroom, full kitchen & bar, living/dining room, shower bath, outdoor patio

Nestled on a hillside in beautiful Stillwater Minnesota, Scenic Overlook Cottage overlooks one of the most beautiful waterways in the Midwest; the St. Croix River. This cottage is attached to a French Normandy-style house and is a very private, ample 1200 square feet. A European immersion experience will enhance this perfect spot for a getaway. This special and memorable home has been highlighted in Better Homes and Gardens. It is a premium property at a preferred location.

It is located within a comfortable 25-minute walk (will soon be on the new Stillwater City path which will follow the river to town). At the bottom of your cottage driveway is Stillwater’s southern scenic overlook . Take your picnic hamper right out your door and enjoy the life this beautiful river has to offer.

Sweeping French doors into a bedroom, a full kitchen and bar, living and dining room area and a bathroom with shower all on one level makes the cottage easily accessible and livable for short stays or an extended stay. There are a lot of great restaurants, sightseeing and activities within easy reach. Bikers Welcome! The owners are friendly, easily reached and offer prompt service. We look forward to meeting you.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Louise Fenner
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016
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About Louise Fenner

Louise and Martin are both European and their home reflects it. Louise is from England while Martin is from Switzerland. As soon as they found this home set high on the hills overlooking the St. Croix River, Martin felt at home. It was reminiscent of his childhood home in Switzerland. Louise took great joy designing and decorating the home in a style similar to her Grandparents farmhouse in Cheshire, England. Better Homes and Gardens took note when they featured the home in their magazine.

Louise Fenner purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Louise Fenner chose Minnesota

The property is in a preferred location just 8/10 of a mile south of downtown Stillwater. It is an easy drive and just a 25 minute walk. By the end of 2016 it will be on the river walk into town. There has never been a bad review on this property. You will understand when you see the meticulous attention paid to every detail to make it a premier property and a delightful stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a lovely stay! Comfortable, relaxing, peaceful - just what we needed! You have done a great job decorating and preparing those great "extra's" for travelers. The yard is gorgeous. Stillwater is such a beautiful little town. We loved looking through shops downtown, morning coffee and breakfast at Tin Bins, the Paddleboat cruise and even getting to the Mall of America. Thanks again!
Jul 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Scenic Overlook Cottage
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 31 reviews

Wonderful location! Wonderful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Wish we could have stayed longer! We have stayed in several VRBO's. This is my number 1! Stillwater was a wonderful surprise for these Texans! The Scenic Overlook Cottage is aptly named! Spacious, clean, comfortable, and feels like home at the end of the day. We walked to town and back along the river. Louise was MOST helpful in answering questions and communicating through email prior to our arrival. The neighborhood for her property is so very nice! Book this property! You will be glad you did!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saint Paul, MN

Last of summer at the cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay at the cottage. What a bright, and wonderfully appointed place to relax and enjoy the fall colors, and the town of Stillwater.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, Relaxing Setting

  • 4 of 5

Great place!! My husband and I stayed here for a two-day retreat/recovery after our wedding in late October. We did end up driving everywhere based on the location, but the location is still pretty close to the main shopping and eating area of town.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ellen, Thank you for such a positive review. We were so happy to have you for your joyous occasion and glad you found it a wonderful, relaxing setting. Yes, we are point 8 of one mile from downtown. The Scenic Overlook Cottage is a comfortable and beautiful 20-25 minute walk and now the new Stillwater City path, which follows the river to town, is an option to walk downtown. Our location is an option for those wanting a little more room and quiet. Hope to see you again. Sincerely, L and M
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A wonderful charming place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at this beautiful cottage. Each time we returned it was better than we remembered. This place is super clean and it has an amazingly comfortable bed with luxurious sheets. Our hosts Martin and Louise are gracious and welcoming. We are returning next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear M and D, We look forward to your visit every year now!! Thank you for your loyal faith in our endeavor. We enjoy sharing our beautiful part of the world with wonderful people like you. Love, L and M
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Beautiful property, fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

Louise and Martin were wonderful hosts- they checked on us to see if we needed anything, but we had complete privacy at this lovely cottage. I had a small Memorial for my Mom at the house and it worked for us quite well. The cottage was the perfect size and had everything we needed for our stay. The decor and grounds are simple, clean, beautiful, and relaxing. The location is very, very convenient to Main Street downtown- close to the river, restaurants and shopping. We will definitely stay here if we get up to Stillwater again!

*Hugs to you, Louise! Thank you for the personal touch (Alice the Bee) that will continue to make it a special place for me! :)

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Donna, Your family will forever be entwined in the tapestry of this home. Thanks for sharing such a special celebration with us. Take care and much love, Louise
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One if the most beautiful places we ever stayed!

  • 5 of 5

Lots of property, lovely landscaping and a fire pit! Truly a place we will return to! Can't wait until next year! And the design? Louise is a very talented designer and furnished the cottage perfectly! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice review K and J! It was really nice to meet you and are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you next time. L x
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Stillwater Packet Company
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Club Tara
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Afton Alps
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Bayport Beach
Car: recommended

Rates & Availability

Stillwater Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Peak Season
May 1 2017 - Oct 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Crew $85 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.12%

Cancellation policy:
50% Refund if canceled at least 30 days prior to arrival. 100% Refund if canceled at least 60 days prior to arrival.
When booking more than 4 days, you may want to consider booking for a whole week as the weekly price will be automatically applied.
Tax rate: State Tax: 7.125%; Hospitality Tax: 3%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Stillwater Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Full Bedroom Queen Bed Closet, Dresser and Desk.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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