6700 sq. foot custom built log home on one of Iron County's most pristine lakes
About Tammy Waterhouse
Owner Tammy Waterhouse lives in Chetek, WI. Tammy and her late husband spent many summers at their home in Kodiak, Alaska fishing halibut and salmon and hunting moose and sheep in British Columbia, Canada. Tammy is a business owner, special education teacher and a private pilot. Both Tammy and her husband loved spending as much time as they could in northern Wisconsin relaxing by the lake, hiking, hunting for waterfalls, and fishing. For more photos and information visit our website: lastwildernessretreat.com
Tammy Waterhouse purchased this House in 2015
Why Tammy Waterhouse chose Mercer
Tammy and Gary were inspired to purchase this property as it is located in such a pristine untouched part of Northern Wisconsin. Tammy's late father, Rollie Bessett, founder and former owner of Rollie and Helen's Musky Shop in Minocqua, WI spent many years in this area near the Gile Flowage where he retired. Iron County is an outdoor lovers paradise. We are excited to share the Northwoods experience with you from our home.
What makes this House unique
This is the log home up north everyone dreams of!!! This fully furnished home can be used as a place to relax, a romantic getaway, family gatherings, a place for friends to get together, special events, or for recreations such as viewing breathtaking waterfalls, fishing trips, kayaking, biking, hiking, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, ATVing, and snowmobiling. The lodge is in the heart of Iron County snow country where guests can access 500 miles of snowmobile trails (250 miles of ATV trails) leaving right from the driveway. The upper two levels of the home have breathtaking views of a beautiful clear pristine lake. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife with a cup of coffee on the large deck or snuggled in front of one of three fireplaces. This is a very private tranquil setting, a place where you can get away from the hectic everyday life and truly relax and enjoy life's simple pleasures. Guests will want to come back to experience what each season has to offer up here. It's an amazing place!!!
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Up North Vacation
This was our second trip to this beautiful home in a great location. The owner, Tammy, is very accommodating and her communication with us was outstanding. Highly recommended.
This was our second time at the cabin, and it is always fantastic!
Thanks for returning and for taking great care of my home! You are welcome back anytime!
Everything about our experience at the Last Wilderness Retreat was flawless. Tammy was a pleasure to work with. Communication was excellent and prompt. The home itself was beautiful with stunning views of the woods and lake. My family of 5 traveled with my parents and the space was more than ample for our party of 7 and allowed for plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy without ever leaving the home.
We enjoyed quiet mornings on the deck listening to the loons on the pond and watching the squirrels and chipmunks play on and around the deck. Early mornings on the lake yielded many bluegill and bass as well as some bald eagle sightings. The kids and I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of boats provided including paddle boards, a canoe and a kayak. We took the pontoon boat out one day which allowed our entire party to experience all that the lake has to offer. For the duration of our stay, we were the only ones on the lake.
We prepared and ate all but one of our meals at the home. The home is abundantly stocked with dishes, cookware and pantry items. We did travel into Manitowash Waters for dinner one night. Its a quaint little town with miles of bike paths, a cute coffee shop on the lake and a few restaurants.
We often ended our day with more bass fishing, a quiet campfire and playing cards in the game room. We had a raccoon visit the back deck a few nights to snack on the birdseed. He was harmless and didn’t seem the least concerned about our presence. Even allowed us to get close enough to snap a few pics.
If you’re looking for quiet, restful experience with serene views and a variety of outdoor activities, this is the place for you. The home is beyond gorgeous and no detail has been overlooked. My only regret is that we didn’t stay longer.
I can’t thank you and your family enough for taking such great care of my home. I’m so happy to hear you loved all aspects of your vacation. You are most definitely welcome back.
Fabulous place for our family retreat!
The place was beautiful! The lake is very private - it seemed like our own most days; Having the pontoon boat and other water toys was worth the investment. Tammy made the house very welcoming! It is such a lovely place with terrific spaces for viewing the lake, playing games, eating and cooking together. We loved it and would definitely recommend it!
Great place for our family getaway!!
The house was much bigger than we imagined and was perfect for our family get away!! A little of something for everyone and the overall experience was fantastic!! The whole family is already wanting to come back next year!!
A slice of Northwoods heaven!
The Last Wilderness Retreat was the perfect place for our group of 12 (three families with 6 kids, ages 4-15). Tammy’s expansive log home is exceptionally well-built, lovingly cared for and immaculately clean — with all the amenities and thoughtful touches you could ever imagine! It felt like home right away. Photos don’t do it justice. The entire property, landscaped grounds and dock were just picture-perfect. Hewitt Lake is absolutely gorgeous — pristine and tranquil — with spectacular sunsets. The fishing was great and we really enjoyed the pontoon boat. Tammy was a dream to work with — she was always so friendly and responsive. Her place is a slice of heaven and we can’t wait to return!
Thank you for showing such great respect and appreciation for my home! It was a pleasure to be part of making great memories for you and your family. You are welcome back anytime!!!