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5000+ Sq Ft Secluded Riverfront Home on 2 Acres of Woodland

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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft + Office, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-12)

This luxurious 5000+ square foot river-front southern-style home sits on two acres of a beautiful wooded land. We’re situated in the very quiet part of the Flambeau River where the river is shallow and the flow is gentle, making it perfect for canoeing, tubing, and kayaking. It’s secluded and private, and there are 1000 undeveloped acres across the road. This home provides easy access to over 2000 acres of ATV and snowmobile trails and is four short miles away from the Chippewa River and Lake Holcombe landing.

We have 235 feet of river frontage, and from the wrap-around balcony that offers a sweeping view of the river, you can watch bald eagles soar and dive for fish as you sip your morning coffee. Dangle your feet off the new dock and fish for muskie, sturgeon, bass, northern pike, catfish, and yes, the occasional annoying sucker fish, or take the flat-bottomed fishing boat out to explore fishing opportunities further out. Alternatively, you can take the canoe and imagine what it was like to be a Native American canoeing this same river a couple hundred years ago.

In the evening, enjoy a mixed drink made at the festive outdoor tiki bar and watch the beautiful sunsets over the river. Fire up the gas grill and prepare your catch of the day, and after dark, gather around the fire pit on the natural log seating and roast marshmallows around the fire.

Tearing yourself away from the outdoors will be difficult, but when you do, you’ll be greeted by a warm, cheerful home and a 3-foot porcelain pig offering apples on a platter. You’ll find whimsical things like this throughout the home as this is a haven for fun and relaxation. You’ll want for nothing as far as kitchen appliances are concerned. Make use of a coffee pot, microwave, crock pot, 3-pot crock pot buffet server, griddle, waffle iron, pizza oven, deep fryer, blender, mixer, toaster, several sets of dishes, margarita set, bake ware, cookware, wine glasses, and drink glasses. The large pantry has all the basics

– sugar, flour, spices, etc. Just make sure to replace the stuff you finish so that the next person can enjoy the conveniences of home, too!

There is a large master bedroom with a luxurious queen bed and attached master bath. On the main floor, two comfortable bedrooms (one with a full bed and the other with two twin beds) and a full bath on the lower level. Also on the lower level is an office/bedroom and a large laundry room for all of your laundry needs. The 400 square foot loft up above the main floor can accommodate several queen air beds (there are three for your use). My grandchildren love to have slumber parties in the loft, and all ten of them can easily fit with room to spare!

The home has beautiful hand-stained cherry wood cathedral ceilings, a cozy gas fireplace, central air, geothermal heating, Wi-Fi, and DirectTV for your convenience. Bed linens and towels are provided, and there are a few beach towels, too.

And last, but certainly not least, there’s a HUGE finished 3+ car heated garage with a marble-topped wine bar. We often use this garage as a gathering place for our extended family on holidays. Complete with a fun palm tree adorned with lights, we love to have holiday meals in there and can easily fit a dozen people. There are also tables that can be used for scrapbooking, quilting, jewelry-making, and other crafting get-togethers.

If you feel the need to leave this amazing property, there are two golf courses nearby, or you can drive to the nearby town of Ladysmith for all of your shopping and antiquing desires. Ski slopes are about a hour away.

Seriously, though, I love this property, and I’m sure you will, too. I’m excited to share it with you!

Keywords: large, Flambeau, lakefront, waterfront, north woods, hunting, fishing, Holcombe Flowage, wildlife, Ladysmith, 4-wheeling, scrapbooking, quilting, jewelry-making, crafters

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Ann Nelsen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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About Ann Nelsen

I fell in love with this house the first time that I saw it. Unfortunately, I'm not able to be there full time so I decided to share it with others that enjoy beauty and the outdoors. I have three children, nine grandchildren and one little great granddaughter and they all love it here. I enjoy sharing this unique and peaceful home and have had wonderful guests.

Ann Nelsen purchased this house in 2006

Why Ann Nelsen chose Wisconsin

I decided to purchase this property before I ever walked into it - a case of love at first sight. It has a plantation type feeling, two acres of land, a balcony overlooking the river and a great eco system. This home is secluded, the river is quiet, and it's a wonderful place to renew your spirit before you return to the 'real' world.

What makes this house unique

I love sitting on my balcony with a warm cup of coffee in the mornings while I watch the eagles swoop and dive for fish. I also love sitting around the fire pit with my grandkids while we sing silly songs, tell tall tales, and make smores. The river's shallow enough on the near side that the kids can wade into it right off the shore, and it's deep enough on the far side that they can take the canoe or the fishing boat out and fish the deeper waters. My grandson's largest Sturgeon so far is over 50 inches meanwhile my great granddaughter loves picking the blackberries - and my flowers but what can you say to a cute three year old that brings you a bouquet of petunia's and weeds? You put them in a vase and love them!


based on 24 traveler reviews

5000+ Sq Ft Secluded Riverfront Home on 2 Acres of Woodland
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
Green Bay, WI

Beautiful Property!

  • 5 of 5

Ann, your property is exceptional! We had beautiful days of motorcycling, and when we got back after many hours each day, it was so nice to kick-back by the campfire. You made us feel very at home in your beautiful house. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - I try hard to make this a" home away from home". I truly appreciate you leaving the house in sparkling condition. Isn't this road made for cycle riders with all the gentle curves? I think my grandkids counted 42 curves before the end of the road. The road is also a snowmobile trail if you decide to come back during the winter - the farmers almanac predicts lots of snow this year. Thanks for being guests in my home. Ann
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Great Location And owner

  • 5 of 5

FUn Place. Clean,,,, helpful owner,,,,

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

Ann's home is truly a refuge away from the hurried pace that my husband and I usually live. It is about 25 minutes to the nearest grocery store in Ladysmith. Renters may want to stop at Woodman's in Eau Claire before coming to the cabin, but Gordy's and Walmart in Ladysmith have most things that you will need. The home is beautifully decorated, comfortably furnished and well-stocked. It was roomy and a perfect place to have some quiet down time or to gather with friends/family. I love cooking, bird watching and enjoying quiet music while reading - the home was perfect for all of these. The loft was perfect for watching movies that we had rented at the RedBox at Walmart in Ladysmith. The best antique store that we found in the area was on the main drag in Chetek. While relaxing at home, we saw many deer, Baltimore Orioles and hummingbirds fighting over the nectar at the hummingbird feeders, bald eagles over the river and even an osprey! The only disappointment was that the advertised hot tub is no longer for renter use. Ann was delightful and responsive to our needs. We are grateful that she shared her home with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

"The Birthday Babes" celebrated one of our group of 8's 60th with a surprise kidnapping! It exceeded everyone's expectations! Ann worked with me for a month as 7 of us plotted and planned, she even let me mail her our gift bags then took time to place them on the beds so each lady would feel special when we arrived. Can't say enough about how clean, inviting and well stocked this River house is. We meandered down the wooded Ranch Road and meet a good sized turtle, kayaked, canoed, saw an eagle glide by the dock, driving home one evening a small bear scampered across the road in front of us, we even used the multipurpose garage for a painting night. Beautiful, peaceful, perfect! Thank you to the hostess with the mostess for sharing her beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This group is a hilarious, fun, energetic group and if I lived in your area, I'd want to be a part of the" babes". The idea of "kidnapping" one of your group, feeding her clues for weeks and then driving her to an unknown destination for a weekend is such a neat idea. It was fun playing a minor role in your plans. I hope you return someday with another "victim". Also, thank you for the poop-ouri - I've had some interesting comments about it. Continue to have fun and maybe we'll see you again someday....Ann
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Surprise 60th Birthday Party

  • 5 of 5

We rented this VRBO for my sister's surprise birthday party. We all had a wonderful time and my sister was truly surprised. The house has everything you need for your stay. We had plenty room for our group with room to spare.

We enjoyed the water. We fished, kayaked and canoed. We had campfires every night and enjoyed many yard games in the vast space.

We will recommend this property to others for sure. Great job Ann!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always more fun when you plan a surprise and it actually truly surprises the person. I'm glad that everything worked out for all involved. Thank you for being a guest in my home and I hope we see you again. Ann
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This was a 10!

  • 5 of 5

For the last several years my family has held a "grandma"s retreat" where we get the grandkids together for a few days with grandma. Part of the thrill of the retreat is to stay at a different VRBO and explore the area. This is the first year the kids have all expressed that this house is the new standard! First, the house was exceptionally clean and well stocked. Ann has advised that she tried to make sure her visitors wouldn't have to go out if something was forgotten and she was right (and after you get there, you just don't want to leave!). There was plenty of private sleeping areas to accommodate the 10 of us. In addition to the refrigerator in the house, there was a refrigerator and freezer in the garage, and the pantry held all those extra dishes and odds and ends you could need.

Our family really enjoyed the fact that the waterfront was very private and the yard leading down to the water was big enough to accommodate the lawn games we had brought along. We were treated to a visit by a large turtle and frequent visits by various birds--we even saw a blue bird! While driving into the property we saw a mother turkey and her little ones.

Our retreat was probably the best one we have ever had and we know it was partly due to the wonderful accommodations. If our timing works out, we hope to return in 2017!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Marge, Thank you for the kind words. I'm so glad that your family was able to spend quality time together at the river. I love the woods, river and wild life and am happy to share it with others. I hope to see you again. Ann
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Eau Claire
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Highway 27
Nearest Ski
30 Miles

My house is located on a peaceful area of the Flambeau River. My guests enjoy the quiet setting, the balcony overlooking the river where they can watch the eagles fish, the many different colored hummingbirds, and the indescribable sunsets. The river is shallow enough for kids to wander and play but still deep enough to take the canoe or tubes out. The fishing is great also or if you'd rather, the area has gift shops, art galleries, many restaurants and alot of music in the summer. It's a great place to find peace and/or entertainment ...I personally love the quiet mornings outside, local music on Sunday afternoons and a bonfire by the river at night.


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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 5.5%

Rates include up to eight guests. Additional guests are $25.00 per night. The cleaning charge is $150.00.

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Holcombe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bath has a shower .The lower level bath has a shower and tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Loft + Office - 4 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Office also has a queen bed and the loft holds 4-6 air beds.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
There is a Tiki-Bar (complete with lighted palm trees) and a large gas grill on the deck. There's a wine bar and tables in the garage along with two cafeteria type tables for 'garage gatherings'.

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