About the property
- Bungalow620 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4 adults maximum) best suited for adults.
Lake Blackwell...where you can create memories to last a lifetime!
Our vacation rental on Blackwell Lake will offer you spectacular second story views any time of the year! Landscaped steps and beautiful flower gardens lead you to our two bedroom bungalow, which is located 10 miles west of Alexandria. It's quaint, cozy and offers all of the comforts of home. The master bedroom has a queen bed, 6ft. closet and a restful decor. The second bedroom is small with a comfortable fold out bed. The kitchen and living room are open to each other and offer a homey feel.
Out the front door is a private deck with an umbrella table and gas grill. A 4 person hot tub rests on a lower deck for you to relax in anytime of the day or night.
Down the hill at the beach you may swim, sail, kayak and canoe or just float! Fishing off the docks or boat is a wonderful way to fritter away the day. A late night dip in the lake followed by a campfire, s’mores and star gazing is a great way to call it a night.
During the winter months, feel free to bring your ice fishing equipment, snow shoes and cross country skis. Please leave your snowmobiles at home since we offer a quiet retreat and our neighbors are non snowmobilers. This is billed as a quaint, quiet retreat.
Keywords: lake, woods, quaint, sailing, swimming, kayaking, fire ring, hot tub, canoeing, fishing, country, quiet, cross country ski trails, ice fishing, private deck, downhill skiing nearby, newly redecorated, electric fireplace, biking, lakeside deck, wireless internet, second story cottage, bungalow, apartment, gardens, beach, swimming raft, near village, near organic strawberry farm, Runestone Park the birth place of America
Glenaris and Barry Arvold
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 2018
About Glenaris and Barry Arvold
Barry and I have been married 43 years. We built our rustic home and raised our 4 great children here. Now, we have 9 grandchildren who are our pride and joy. We are a family that loves to travel and experience different cultures. We've been blessed to visit China, Peru, New Zealand, Mexico & more, but our favorite place on earth is HOME!
Glenaris and Barry Arvold purchased this Bungalow in 1982
Why Glenaris and Barry Arvold chose Holmes City
We are 10 min. off of I-94, 120 miles from the Twin Cities and 100 miles from Fargo, ND. Alexandria is in the heart of lake country and as our area motto says, 'Easy to get to, hard to leave!'
What makes this Bungalow unique
Our peaceful little lake will offer hours of fun. We have boats of all kinds for you to use during your stay at no extra charge. The tipi in the woods is sure to enchant. Bird watching, deer sightings, wild turkey parades and the distant howel of a lone coyote or the hoot of an owl are not uncommon occurances. Our favorite outdoor sounds involve the laughter of our resident loons. We are near Andes Tower Hills ski resort, Kennsington Ruinstone Park, Golf courses, Antique and Boutique shopping in Alexandria and in season, you can pick your own organic strawberries less than a half mile away! Alexandria offers small town entertainment such as bike trails, bowling, mini golf, go carts, many restaurants, movie, summer stock and community theatre. You'll have check out Big Ole and the Runestone Museum and our Maritime Museum to catch up on some local history. Did you know that Alexandria is the birthplace of America?!
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Nice quiet getaway!
This was perfect for my husband and I. Nice view, cozy with a well furnished kitchen. Very nice owners. Would recommend to a friend!
Thanks for choosing to stay with us! We look forward to your return!
I planned a surprise trip here for my husband for our 5 year anniversary and to celebrate him finishing his degree. It was the first time we’ve been able to get away since our honeymoon since we have a medically fragile 4 year old who’s always in the hospital and a 2 year old that make it impossible to get a way. It took a lot of coordinating to be able to come 7hours away but it seemed worth it to get away alone and spend a lot of time on the lake with the kayaks and boats that came with the rental. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed! We were almost to the bungalow before receiving any instructions on how to get in which was stressful. When we arrived there weren’t any instructions on where the kayaks and boats were stored, how to get a demonstration of building a fire in the tipi (which was required before starting one), or how to operate the hot tub which seemed to be broken. We were able to easily get ahold of the owners who were very nice and gave us instructions on how to fix the hot tub and offered to send a technician on Monday if we couldn’t get it ourselves (which we did) and gave us the instructions for the tipi campfire. However, we were informed that the kayaks and boats advertised with the rental would not be available until after Memorial Day. We were so disappointed as that was the main selling point of this rental for us. We tried to find somewhere nearby that rented them out but most of them were booked through our vacation because everyone was out on the lakes. We still had a nice time being being alone without the kids; we sat on the dock, went on walks, had a bonfire, played some games, and sat in the hot tub but if that’s all we wanted, we could’ve stayed closer to home and saved a lot of driving time and money. I’d also like to add that the shower didn’t have much pressure at all so showering took forever! Overall, the owners and their grandson (who was staying in the main house) were nice but the bungalow without the kayaks and boats was not worth it to us and had we known we wouldn’t have access to them, we would have stayed elsewhere.
Sorry that you were dissapointed with your stay. Unfortunately, the ice recently went out on the lake and its very typical that boats, docks, swimming rafts are not in the water in Minnesota until after Memorial weekend because of the unsafe water temperatures.
Its unfortunate that the breaker switch flipped off on the hot tub. Im glad you were able to switch it on and enjoy many of the other early spring activities such as bonfires, walks in a peaceful rural environment around the lake and all that Alexandria has to offer tourists.
Kind regards, I wish we had been present on the property
to offer more assistance.
Barry and Glenaris Arvold
Amazing! Perfect honeymoon get away for me and my husband!
Great home away from home!
We had such an awesome time at this cute little get away. The bungalow is so cute and comfy. We felt so at home. The view is beautiful and right by the lake which made it really easy for us to go ice fish and snow shoe! The location is perfect for a romantic weekend away. The hot tub was a great addition to an already amazing place. Glen was such a sweetheart and her grandson Josh was so great at welcoming us. Nice family, great vacation. Planning on coming back next year!!
Thanks for the great review! We appreciate guests like you!
Cute cozy get away
We were looking for a nice stay away from the city and found just that! This place has beautiful views of the lake and the hot tub was always steaming hot. Took all of our cares away for a few days.
Stay here and very year for deer hunting and will continue too! The Arvold’s are great.
Beautiful State Park and County park nearby.
Kensington Runestone Museum; Lakes Boat Museum - the nicest in the Midwest! Carlos Creek Winery - tastings, tours, music; Free music concerts weekly during summer. Summer-stock theater. NASCAR race track
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
May through September are our peak rental season months. We open the Bungalow to the public two weeks out of every month throughout the Summer season for $650.00 per week. Our off season is October thru April. Weekly rentals are $350.00 per week