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Sue Forseth

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Whimsical Cottage On The Lake

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minnesota Cottage Rental Photos and Description

This lake home is located in the W Meadowbrook area on the MN side of Big Stone Lake. It features a 30' glassed in porch, 3 sleeping areas, stone fireplace and 2 additional guest cottages. It has been redone and designed with an eye toward cottage style. Hand painted Scandinavian art by Gold Medalist Rosemaller Karen Jensen is featured throughout.

Walk up to the french doors and see all the way through to the water. A rosemalled staircase, and striking wood interiors (incl bullnose) make for an inviting place for family gatherings. Shaker style kitchen cabinets and a claw foot tub in the main bathroom lend a vintage feel.

The open floor plan conveys a sense of ease and sophistication and the character of this home is emphasized by the quality and style of furnishings.

An outdoor bathhouse/bathroom provides a whimsical spot to shower after swimming.

So if you are looking for a great place for your whole family to come and make memories, share a meal, take a nap or just sit and enjoy the breeze in the porch, this may be the getaway for you.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Sue Forseth (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Enjoyed our family celebration weekend at the lake so much! Plenty of room for extended family, while not being on top of each other. Creek and lakeshore beach, volleyball, swimming, fishing, scrabble, campfire, outdoor shower/bathroom (perfect for after swimming), kayaking, local farm produce (Lismore Farms is well worth the trip), golf and a local swimming pool that is full of small town fun. We'll be back, for sure!!!
Aug 2012
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based on 20 traveler reviews

Whimsical Cottage On The Lake
average rating of 4.45 based on 21 reviews
Duluth area

Mary from Duluth area

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home and setting—just as pictured and more! Our stay was brief, but early morning coffee at the end of the dock and feeling the sun's warmth was beyond description. A place I’d love to be every morning! I brought my book along, but was too captured by the beauty of the place, the cozy accommodations, the wildlife, and the many changing panoramas of the lake to read it! The serenity of the place is “just what the doctor ordered” if you are looking for beauty, peace and quiet and great accomodations.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this beautiful cabin - and it's so much more than a cabin. It is on a large lot with a small creek running through. The beach area is great. The outdoor shower/bathroom is adorable and such a good idea for a lake home. Wonderful for bird watching - hummingbirds were fluttering around from morning to night, finches, chickadees, gulls, cranes, and pelicans. There were deer tracks on the beach and we saw many deer on our drives. Lots of frogs hopping around. Great sleeping weather - loved sleeping in the windowed room facing the lake with the breeze coming through. Quick trip into town for groceries. Rented a pontoon from Lakeshore RV Park for 1/2 a day. Had a wonderful dinner at Lakewood Supper Club. Very friendly neighbors. There were many things we planned to do in the area but it was so peaceful and relaxing at the cabin we didn't venture out much, and we did not want to leave at the end of our stay. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 2 year old daughter and our Boston Terrier just got back from a great weekend getaway at the whimsical cottage. We spent 3 days fishing from the dock, swimming, paddle boating, BBQing and catching frogs. We can't wait to go back! The decor was perfect and the surroundings were serene. Just want we needed. Great place for a quite family getaway or a large gathering. Plenty of space to go around.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ortonville, MM

Ideal place for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

We did an overnight at this cabin and had a fabulous time. What an ideal spot for locals! So close, and a great place to get away from the normal demands of life and relax in a peaceful setting. Plenty of room to spread out and more than one area to gather when you want to be together. It is so nice to have it ready to go when we arrive. The rosemaling (Norwegian decorative painting) throughout the cabin is absolutely stunning. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to stay in the Big Stone area.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy But Spacious for a Womens Retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

Nice get away for a women's retreat! Upon arrival the cabin was warmed up for us and in perfect order. They have lots of places to sleep so we each got our own bed. The room upstairs was so spacious and the bunk beds were awesome. It has two full bathrooms which made it so nice especially having one of them upstairs. They have a nice new large stainless stove which made baking easy. There was a wonderful view of the lake from the sun room, we did not go outside but the beach looks great. They have a nice little sitting area which made it cozy for all of us visit and hang out. They have everything you need for a wonderful stay. So glad we got to stay here would recommend this place to anyone!!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excited for my next stay at The Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

I drove up with my girlfriend and kiddos for a get-away-from-it-all weekend. Such a nice and easy drive from the Twin Cities. WOW...What a beautiful place upon walking in, and all throughout! The kids loved their own bathroom, beds and space upstairs, and I loved waking up to the most beautiful view of the lake from my room. My GF enjoyed the quiet and comfort of the master bedroom. I personally loved the rosemaling details throughout, as my mom used to do rosemaling herself. The cottage was clean and had more than enough space to cook, share meals on the huge table overlooking the lake, play board games at night, morning coffee and breakfast, and sprawling out to read and relax. We arrived the first week of October while the Art Meander was going on. Such talented local artists, great people, fun town to explore! I cannot wait to come back in the summer when I can use the outdoor shower, lay by the beautiful beach, play in the water and spend more than a weekend in this sweet home. Next time I will bring all of my kids and for a longer stay. Much thanks to the owners for providing such a lovely, clean, peaceful and relaxing adventure.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ortonville City Public Library
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Pizza Ranch
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Sodak Shores (Sodak Park Supper Club
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Lakewood Supper Club

Wildlife preserve and State Park nearby, new bike trail, community pool 22nd Annual Oak Tree Classic at Ortonville Golf Course Saturday, September 7, 2013. Arts Meander: Upper Minnestota River Art Crawl October 4,5,6, 2013. MEA break October 17,18, 2013. Fall Folliage Trip. Hunting/Fishing/Ice Fishing.


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Minnesota Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1) 1, Double Beds (1) 2, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 4, Bunk Beds (1) 6 7' bunks
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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