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Your Quiet Sanctuary On the Big Lake!

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,450 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Spectacular Four Bedroom Contemporary On Lake Superior With Private Dock!

Welcome to Whispering Pines on Lake Superior, our family's chosen name for this paradise on the lake!

You'll experience true relaxation in this gorgeous contemporary featuring 4+ acres of wooded privacy, 393 feet of Lake Superior shoreline, and a huge 60' x 60' L-shaped dock! Spend hours of uninterrupted time on one of three benches situated at various points along the bluff, all providing stunning views of the lake and at least five of the Apostle Islands. Or hike down the 76 steps to the water level and soak in the sun on our dock.

The home is a spectacular four bedroom, four full bath contemporary with Scandinavian styling, and was formerly operated as a Bed & Breakfast. The huge open family room and dining area boasts an 18-foot high custom ceiling beam, a massive glass wall overlooking the lake, maple floors, skylights, and a loft floored with Wisconsin knotty pine. Spiral staircases are the finishing touch that make this home a one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece.

The main kitchen is well-equipped, with a new refrigerator and microwave, a gas island range, dishwasher, both Keurig and standard coffee makers, and endless cabinets!

All four bedrooms have amazing lake views, and each bedroom has its own full bathroom with shower. The fourth bedroom is a large suite with its own full kitchenette, living area, and loft bedroom - perfect for grandparents who want a little added privacy!

Step outside and you're surrounded by old-growth forest and wildlife. Bald eagles nest nearby, and the deer and songbirds are plentiful. The property has even been visited by an occasional bear and bobcat! The large deck includes a gas grill and generous 8-seat table overlooking the big lake and Basswood Island.

Within ten short minutes, you're in the center of Bayfield, a town honored by national publications for its restaurants, marina, shopping, entertainment, and overall charm. Go on a glass-bottom boat tour and visit nearby shipwrecks, visit the sea caves by kayak, take the ferry to Madeline Island, or experience one of Bayfield's many events such as the famous Apple Festival in October. You won't run out of fun things to do!

Note: Whispering Pines is suitable for children aged 12 and up. Sorry, but we are unable to accommodate pets.

More Details

Keith and Karen Soencksen
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2017

About Keith and Karen Soencksen

Ever since we moved to Minnesota from the east coast in 2002, we have been drawn to Lake Superior. There is simply no other lake like it. Our family loves to visit Duluth and the North Shore of Minnesota, which led us to search for lakefront property. We soon found Bayfield, and the rest is history.

Keith and Karen Soencksen purchased this house in 2015

Why Keith and Karen Soencksen chose Northern Wisconsin

This home was the "Thimbleberry Inn" Bed and Breakfast for over 20 years. The owners designed and built the house, incorporating unique and eye-catching features, not to mention the obvious care and attention to detail that has been poured into the home over the years.


Bayfield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Madeline Suite - toilet , shower
    Oak Room - toilet , shower
    Basswood Room - toilet , shower
    Master - toilet , shower , Two entrances
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king
    Oak Room - 1 king
    Basswood Room - 1 queen
    Madeline Suite - 1 king , Lofted bedroom
  • The Madeline Suite has its own full kitchenette and sitting area with TV.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Your Quiet Sanctuary On the Big Lake!
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Minneapolis, MN

Lovely, comfortable home with wonderful view in a great area

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I enjoyed a long weekend at Whispering Pines; truly a sanctuary. Karen and Keith made every effort to make our stay wonderful. The home worked so well for us! Easy to find, close to Bayfield and absolutely amazing views. Karen and Keith provided everything you could want or need in any home. They also followed up with us on our arrival and before we left; an extra effort that we appreciated. When we return to this area, we already know where we want to stay.

The home was as described and the pictures didn't do it justice. The house was clean and well maintained. We would recommend it to our friends - and actually, we already have. Karen and Keith made the whole process extremely easy.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this home for 10 days in August 2016 and shared the experience with various family members and friends. The home was wonderful. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable. The owners were excellent to deal with. The kitchen was well-stocked. But our favorite of all was the large dock down along the lake. Beautiful, peaceful setting! Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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You will not be disappointed!

  • 5 of 5

Very happy with our choice of this stunning home. Happened to have beautiful weather besides. Needed to ask Karen a couple of things--she was prompt and pleasant with her replies. Well kept-up and clean.

Only drawback was the spiral staircases which might be a real challenge to an older person.

Beautiful furnishings.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable stay for 4 couples. Property is very well maintained and offers each couple privacy of their own bedroom. It was everything we hoped for.

Reasonably priced wne split among 4 couples.

The men enjoyed playing golf at the Apostle Highlands while the women enjoyed the shops and orchards of Bayfield.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic home with beauty, cleanliness and ingenuity. Convienantly located near Bayfield and yet private and tranquil with great view of Lake Superior and Basswood Island. We enjoyed the dock, the deck, the overlooks as well as the home interior for morning coffee and evening card games. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lorved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at "Whispering Pines" for a reunion of college buddies (all "young" women age 55)! The space was perfect for our needs and everything was lovely! Our hosts (Keith and Karen) were very kind and patient with our questions. Our questions were basically about the appliances and heating and cooling. They are all top notch and most of us just have the basics at home, so we needed help. :)

The beds and furniture were comfortable and the surroundings are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! The old growth trees, the way the home is placed - facing Lake Superior, and the comfort, all add up to a fabulous stay. We would recommend this home to any one who needs a place to renew and relax. Thank you Keith and Karen!


Laura, Margie, Julie, Jeanne, Diana and Sarah

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
JFK Memorial Airport (Ashland, WI)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Madeline Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Apostle Highlands Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Mt Ashwabay
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Within ten short minutes, you’re in the center of Bayfield, a town honored by national publications for its restaurants and bars, marina, shopping, entertainment, and overall charm. Go on a glass-bottom boat tour and visit nearby shipwrecks, visit the sea caves by kayak, or take the ferry to Madeline Island. You won’t run out of fun things to do!


Rates & Availability

Bayfield House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Independence Day 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
May 25 2018 - Sep 3 2018
4 night minimum stay
Independence Day 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Fall 2018
Sep 4 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $185 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.5%

Signed rental agreement required. Please, no pets or children under age 12.

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