|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This 3 bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bathroom cabin and its guest cabin/bunkhouse sit on 180 acres of private property. They are the only cabins on this 300 acre private lake which has no public access. Windows throughout the home provide beautiful views of the lake. With a fabulous swimming area, playground, canoes, kayaks and fishing boat, and hiking trails on the property there is something for everyone here!
3+ Bedrooms: Upper level main bedroom in loft has queen bed; second upper level bedroom in loft has a full and twin bed; third bedroom on lower level has queen bed; private bunk room off family room has upper/lower twin bunks. Bed linens provided.
1.5 Bathrooms: Main floor bath has shower, no tub; half bath on lower level. Toilet paper provided. Bring your own bath/beach towels and toiletries.
•Main floor features living room with wood burning fireplace and large picture windows with great view of lake
•Dining room adjoins living room, seats 8; additional seating for 4 at kitchen counter
•Living room/dining room opens to expansive lakeside walk-out deck with lawn furniture and gas BBQ grill - propane provided
•Modern well-stocked kitchen with newer appliances including dishwasher, microwave, coffeemaker, cookware and dinnerware. Dishwashing soap, garbage bags, kitchen towels and pot holders provided.
•Lower level family room has a gas fireplace and large windows with a nice view of the lake; futon and day bed for extra guests
•Small kitchenette off lower level family room has second refrigerator, small sink and counter area
•Main cabin has A/C unit in kitchen/dining room area
•Playground equipment for the children
•Private hiking trails located throughout the property
•Winter guests will also enjoy direct access to the Taconite Trail System and summer guests can access this same trail system for miles of additional hiking possibilities
•Private dock in front of the cabin has sandy swimming area
•Second dock on the point accessible by short hiking trail
•Larger groups may also consider renting the guest cabin/bunkhouse located just a short distance from the main cabin. This cabin/bunkhouse has small bathroom, small kitchen, one large upper level bedroom with 2 twin over double bunk beds. It will sleep an additional 4-6 guests
•2 kayaks, 2 canoes, and a 14’ fishing boat included
•Motor rental and additional watercraft rentals available
•No smoking inside cabin
•Well-behaved pets welcome (additional fee)
•13 miles from Ely
Nighty Rate: $399.00
Bedrooms: Bunk room on upper level with 2 twin over double bunks and 2 twin beds. Bed linens provided.
Bathrooms: Small bath on main level has shower. Toilet paper provided. Bring your own bath/beach towels and toiletries.
300 acre Horseshoe Lake is a private lake with no public access and has crystal clear water. The lake is known to have fishing for northern pike, bass, pan fish, and the occasional walleye.
All cabins rent Saturday to Saturday and are available by the week only. If you are looking for a stay longer than a week, or need a check in on a different day, please contact our office to book your stay. Please be sure you have selected a Saturday check in before booking online.
My family of 10 (three siblings, four kids, spouses, grandpa) have rented a variety of cabins around the north woods via VRBO and other sites for the past several summers and this was our least-favorite, and yet one of the priciest. We felt misled in several ways by both the property management and the ad, too.
The big selling point of the cabin is its privacy and wild feel, being on the small lake by itself. That was indeed nice. The downside of that is it's actually quite far from Ely -- about a half-hour drive into town -- with not a lot to do close to the cabin. It does bump up close to the state park boundary line, but the entrance to the park is around another big lake and also a good long drive away. The property's management told us specifically it has a great "sandy beach" and "great for little kids" to swim at, but the lakefront is actually pretty rocky, and the kids all kept getting leeches on them (no little kid likes that!).
The sleeping arrangements aren't ideal at all. Basically nobody gets any privacy whatsoever. If your group is the size of ours, more than half of you will wind up sleeping in the basement, which is very damp and dank with poor lighting (half the electricity doesn't work). Two of you will wind up sleeping on futons, for which they provide no linens. They don't provide any towels, either. The fridge is a piece of junk, leaking water everywhere and freezing up too easily. They give you two kayaks and a canoe but not enough paddles. The promise of being on the Taconite Trail was a bit bogus, too: The trail does go near the property but there's no connecting trail to get to it, and the trail isn't marked along the road either (it took us a few days to even figure out where it was; we enjoyed mountain-biking it when we did find it). There's another nice little trail on the property to a lake overlook, but it's overrun with fallen trees (a half hour with a chainsaw would do wonders for it).
The upkeep of the place is lacking overall. Case in point: There was only one smoke detector in the entire three-floor cabin, and it had been ripped off the ceiling. This is a clear code violation for a property rented by a full-time rental management company (they did bring us some detectors when we complained -- but two days later).
We don't expect a lake cabin to be a regal palace. But for the price, these problems all added up to this place really feeling like a bit of a rip-off.
Our family had a lovely time on this beautiful cabin on a private lake. It is a well-maintained cabin and grounds with ample amenities. There were 10 of us (2 young children), and there was plenty of room to gather around the table for dinner or in the living room for conversation and games. The lake is shallow but clear and we spent many fun hours swimming, fishing, and boating. We had the use of two kayaks, a canoe, a rowboat, and a pedal boat. The boats were somewhat worn, but all were fine for padding the lake. We saw beaver, herons, eagles, turkey vultures, woodpeckers, etc., and white-tailed deer and a wolf. Fire pit is right by the dock. Lots of firewood. The two loft bedrooms are beautiful with stunning views of the lake; they are also open to the living areas, so it requires some flexibility with large groups. There is a lower level with a private bedroom, another very small private room with bunk beds, and a large family room with a futon. Kitchen was great for cooking and we used the grill on the deck every day. Lounged on the swing or the lawn chairs. The managers were very responsive when we asked for anything. Our only complaint is that the refrigerator needs fixing. We had to mop up a small pool of water inside the refrigerator every other day. I'd recommend that you ask if the refrigerator has been fixed before you rent.
My extended family and I spent last week at both the main cabin and the guest cabin. There are many wonderful points to the cabins and the property. But the above description is at best misleading and at worst plan incorrect about what you are and are not getting at this property.
First of all, the main cabin does not have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It has 1 real bedroom and 1 full bathroom. It has a half bath in the fully-finished basement and one full bathroom with walk-in shower (no tub) on the main floor of the main cabin. Two other "bedrooms" are on the second level of the main cabin which is a loft-style level, with the sleeping areas open to the main floor of the main cabin. One bed on the second level is tucked under the eave and only a small child could sleep there comfortably as there is no head room above it.
The "guest cabin" is in fact a bunkhouse, with all beds in one area, again no sleeping privacy at all and the bathroom in that cabin has a walk-in shower, toilet and sink in a space of no larger than 8' by 8' and possibly smaller.
The main cabin does have beds to sleep 10 people but it did not have living space to comfortably accommodate 10 people, much less more if you are using the guest cabin to sleep additional people. In the living room, there are two couches seating 5-6 adults squeezed and room to pull up maybe one more chair for seating.
The balcony off the main floor had one outdoor table with 3 plastic chairs and the grill. The balcony is about 6 feet wide running the length of the house (25-30') so even if you had more chairs people would have to sit in a straight row. There were two more plastic chairs down by the water so we ended up driving into Virginia and bought enough plastic chairs so everyone could sit at the same time outside. The balcony gets full sun anytime after noon with no shade other than the very small umbrella over the table.
There were 2 kayaks and one canoe made available (along with others) but only one kayak paddle and one canoe paddle, not one pair of canoe paddles but ONE canoe paddle. The "sandy play area" is not sandy but gritty and rocky requiring water shoes for foot comfort.
What is great about this property is the privacy of the lake and the beauty of the surrounding woods. The cabin is quite comfortable for 6-8 people. Plus the kitchen in the main cabin is clean and very well equipped, both in appliances and utensils. And the view from both cabins is wonderful.
Childrens Playground equipment on site.
Ely, Minnesota is recommended by National Geographic Magazine as one of the 50 places in the world you should visit in your lifetime and was recently voted “Coolest Small Town in America”. Nestled in the expansive Superior National Forest, Ely is a place to renew an appreciation for the beauty and wonder of nature. With over 500 lakes within 20 miles of Ely, there are endless opportunities for swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing. Ely is located on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a 1 million acre tract of pristine forests intersected by 1500 miles of canoe routes. And, if you’re looking for true hometown hospitality plan a visit to Ely’s downtown shops, restaurants, attractions and museums. There are lots of things to see and do here including the arts and crafts, educational exhibits, tours, golfing, casinos, farmers markets, festivals and fairs. You’ll quickly see why so many families return to Ely year after year.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$240 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$125 + Tax|