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Historic ~A~.Charles Weiss Home...only 3 blocks away from Lakewalk!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

6 Bedroom, 6 Bath ~ a perfect family getaway! (additional space available)

UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP as of July 2017.

Built in 1895 and beautifully restored, this grand Victorian home is the perfect family or group getaway. The home is located close to Downtown Duluth and only 3 blocks from Duluth's Lakewalk and 1.7 miles from Canal Park. The second floor hosts 5 bedrooms, each with its own bath. King Suite has an attached bedroom with a queen sofa sleeper. The main floor boasts a grand dining room, parlor, library, billiard room, music room, and an eat-in kitchen. Whether you're enjoying a classic novel in the library, watching cars roll by on the front porch, or preparing a gourmet meal in the eat-in kitchen, this home has it all. Each room brags its very own detail right down to its individual woodwork and style. This is truly a must see. Please ask about our additional available amenities... Murder Mystery Weekends, Live Music Entertainment, Catered dinners, etc.

Bryan & Gina
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Bryan & Gina

Bryan & Gina Bortnem

Bryan & Gina purchased this house in 2017

Why Bryan & Gina chose Duluth

We began making regular visits to Duluth years ago and fell in love with the landscape, city and all there is to do here - from hiking, sailing, camping and skiing to simply enjoying the sounds of the waves and ships. Our kids fell in love with Duluth on our many adventures here over the years as well and now attend UMD. We knew that someday we would have to eventually call this place home. While maintaining our current home and this home in Duluth we are finally making it happen.

What makes this house unique

When staying at A Charles Weiss Home, the original woodwork throughout the home, along with the antique furniture and decor give you a sense that you have been transported back in time. If you have an old soul, this place is for you!


Endion House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , 1/2 Bath on Main Level
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Adjoining jacuzzi bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Suite facing lake side of home. Sleeps up to 4 people.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 3/4 bath adjoing
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 3/4 bath adjoining
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sofa sleeper - located in king 2-room suite
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Check-in 4:00 pm (sorry, no earlier without prior authorization) Check-out 11:00 am This allows our cleaning staff only 5 hours to prepare for the next guests. Its a very large house...thanks in advance for your understanding. Additional fees will apply for late check-out (after 11:00am and addition $50.00 charge will be assessed automatically) $100/hour for every hour after. Early check-in and check-out requests must be pre-authorized by property manager. The maximum allowed amount of people is 12...this includes children. The house is not to be used as a party house. Absolutely no smoking. We reserve the right to retain guests cleaning fee if the home is smoked in. During the winter months, the windows are to remain closed (additional fees may be assessed for open windows). Please be respectful of our beautifully restored home. We reserve the right to cancel reservations and return any deposit.


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Historic ~A~.Charles Weiss Home...only 3 blocks away from Lakewalk!
average rating of 4.5 based on 60 reviews

Great rental

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much! The house is amazing and close to everything in Duluth. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Wedding in Duluth

  • 5 of 5

There were 12 adult family members and 1 baby at the Charles Weiss house. It met all of our needs and we were able to spend time together in the house in between wedding events. The house itself was so much fun to look through, lots of antiques and memorabilia. The beds were comfortable and bathrooms all worked out for the 6 couples. We never did figure out the tv but we were too busy to use it. Some were disappointed there was no wifi, but we managed without it. The pool room was really fun. We couldn't all gather in any one room, but there were 12 of us.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gail for the wonderful review! We are very happy that the house accommodated all of your needs! As for the Wi-Fi; we do have Wi-Fi in the home and the password was provided in the Welcome email that was sent to you prior to your stay. It is also in the information book on the hospitality desk. However, knowing that it may be easily missed, going forward we will make sure that it is displayed more prominently. Thank you again and we hope you find your way back here soon!
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This house is a great 1970s-1980s home that has not moved beyond 1970. what u see is not what u get

  • 1 of 5


1. Very old house with rustic feel. If you want to experience history 1950s house with 1980s comfort. its your right choice.

2. The owner was very responsive since beginning. my interaction with property owner was very smooth

2. no hassle. Property owner repaid the full security deposit without any follow-ups.

Cons - Not sure where to start

1. The house advertises 6000 sq ft.. hardly 2000 is accessible.. lot of closed rooms.

2. The 3rd floor of the house.. from where we expected a glimpse of Lake superior is not accessible from the house. It was completely close out.

3. The backyard of the house if not accessible. It seems to be rented out. Consequently out of the 5 parking lots only 3 is accessible as the renter always double parks

4. If water comes in one bathroom it will reduce pressure in another bathroom.. so you will have fun taking bath

5. None of the bathrooms have a lock :) - so you will need to sing

6. Most of the lights do not work. Its a crystal maze to identify which switch is for which light

7. Owner could have replaced some of the old and broken furniture. Few of the dining chairs are totally unusable

8. overall the house was not clean. including bedding, kitchen utensils, mittens and dish rags. The rugs and upholstery were so dirty we literally had to keep the kids off them. This I believe contributed to the unpleasant smell every time we entered the house. Would recommend to have your bedding handy.

9. The bedding is really bad and screams 1980s all the time. The comforters are totally not usable. Would recommend to have your bedding handy.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry the house did not meet your expectations & would like to address each of your concerns. *You are correct it isn’t 6000sqft. According to the appraisal, inspector and insurance company the entire home is over 6000sqft. Had you rented the 3rd floor in addition to the 2 floors you did rent, access to everything except a few locked closets is possible. *We strive to provide our guests with as much privacy as possible and reserve the small backyard for personal use so we do not interrupt your stay. Guests can use 4 of 6 parking spaces. During your stay, we left one vehicle in the parking lot while we were away for the weekend. If we had double parked, you would still have had 4 spots. The lot is viewable on Google maps if you would like to look at it again. The ”X” is one of the 6 spots. *A hot, full pressured shower is great, we agree! 8 bathrooms throughout a 120yr old home and several people trying to bath at the same time is a large demand and can impact water pressure. Still, we do marvel at how well our water heaters keep up. *Since each bedroom has its own bathroom, having a lock hasn’t been a concern. We will certainly consider adding some locks to the bathrooms. *Most light switches are easy to find, but given the home’s age, finding some of them can be an adventure! It’s so neat to use light switches used 120yrs ago & even more amazing that many of them are original. *The home is filled with authentic antique, vintage furniture & décor. We appreciate when guests let us know if a piece is broken or needs repair. Except for a leg on a dining rm chair that needed tightening, we are unsure what furniture you are referring to. *We take extreme pride on the cleanliness of the home and wash & disinfect ALL the bedding & towels, scrub ALL the floors & ensure each room meets our high standards between guest stays. Had you notified us immediately that something was missed, we would have been happy to remedy it. *The “bedding screams 80s” is not the era we strive to replicate. I'll seek options to make it an even older look & feel for an old Victorian home. Speaking of old homes, it isn't stuck in the 60s-70s. The pictures of our property represent exactly what you get; a beautifully maintained, elegant, turn-of-the-century Victorian Mansion. Again, we are sorry it was not what you expected; yet feel we provide beautiful accommodations for people that appreciate this kind of home. Best of luck!
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It was fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful Beautiful Clean home.

Lots of room and bathrooms. Fully stocked with everything you'll need. Wonderful owners who respond immediately and respectfully to any concerns. I would stay here again!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kathy for staying in our home during your time in Duluth and thank you for the wonderful review! We hope it was everything you expected and more! Please come again soon!
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Family Wedding

  • 4 of 5

The house was perfect for our week. We were in town for our son's wedding. We rented both the main house and the upstairs apartment, and were able to accommodate family and friends comfortably. It's great to have such a large home with lots of rooms to spread out in. The pool table was used all weekend, as was the piano and organ, and the large dining table (for eating, as well as playing games). People gathered on the porch, in the kitchen, the library, and the sitting room for visiting or just reading with coffee. Yard games were played in the backyard. Very clean, and very comfortable. Would have liked to have more cookware available, eating utensils, towels and sheets. Or at least, access to the washer/drier. It's tough to stay 5 nights somewhere and use all the same bedding/wash-cloths/dish-cloths. Had to find our own laundromat. Ran low on toilet paper, and paper towels. Assumed these were standard supplies at a VRBO. But, my expectations may have been too high(?) I don't know all the 'rules'. Overall, Gina was great to work with. And, our family wedding week was greatly enhanced by the beautiful, fun, clean accommodations. Thank you, Gina! Best wishes for your new life in Duluth!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dee Dee for staying at our home for your son's wedding. We are happy you found the home accommodating for your family and many friends, and that it worked out for us give up our personal space to make that happen. Many VRBOs don't supply toilet paper or paper towels, yet we understand that having to purchase those basic necessities can be inconvenient and therefore stock each bathroom with toilet paper before each stay. We are sorry you ran out and could have supplied more if we knew you would be hosting so many visitors throughout the weekend. As for the laundry facilities, our washer and dryer are not accessible to guests. Again, had we known you would have different guests staying in the home each evening we would have been more than happy to leave you sheets to change out the beds. Thank you for the positive review! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your family and we hope that you made a lifetime of memories during your stay.
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Truly a lovely, relaxing, historical, and unique home

  • 5 of 5

We cannot express enough how much we enjoyed our stay. The home was both elegant and comfortable. Everyone in our group from age 8 to age 74 immensely enjoyed our stay.

The location of this home in relation to getting anywhere in the Twin Ports was convenient.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Deborah for your positive review of our home! It's wonderful to know that everyone in your family enjoyed their time here. We hope you will find your way back to Duluth soon and stay again.
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Nearest Airport
6.5 Miles
Duluth International Airport, Duluth
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.7 Miles
Northland Country Club
Nearest Train
1.9 Miles
The Duluth Depot, Duluth
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ski
11.6 Miles
Spirit Mountain, Duluth
Nearest Beach
6.1 Miles
Park Point Beach, Duluth
Car: recommended

You are invited to experience a return to Victorian Duluth at the Historic A. Charles Weiss Home. This 1895 Victorian Colonial is filled with classic decor throughout and heavily adorned with woodwork. The A. Charles Weiss is a stately Victorian home located in Duluth, Minnesota. The Lakewalk, which leads to the charming Canal Park Area, is a short three blocks from the home's front porch.

Duluth is a vibrant city set on the shores of Lake Superior. Home to a busy port and wealth of industry because of its location on the lake, Duluth is also a popular vacation destination. There is beautiful scenery and loads of activities to keep everyone in the family entertained.

Lake Superior is the natural attraction of Duluth. There are many cruises that run throughout the year. You can enjoy lunch, dinner or just relax as you enjoy the view. The Edge is a giant Polynesian-themed water park filled with thrilling water slides and loads of splashy entertainment that even older and adult kids will enjoy. The Timber Twister is unique roller coaster ride that runs through the forest. Sharp hairpin bends and a 3,200-foot descent down the mountain make it a thrilling ride.

Lake Superior Zoo is set on 16 acres of rocky hills covered with tall pine trees. The Kingsbury Creek runs through the zoo, creating a wonderful natural environment in which to view the bears, lions and wide variety of animals. The Great Lakes Aquarium can be found on Duluth's waterfront. This incredible hands-on discovery center allows visitors insight into the underwater realm of the lakes. Daily shows have divers interacting and feeding fish in a giant water tank. There are more than 70 different species of fish, amphibians, mammals and birds housed at the aquarium.

Duluth has a rich cultural heritage and there are many museums, historic homes and estates that are open for public viewing. Historic railway tours make for a fun excursion for the whole family. Learn about the early pioneers, the history of the region, and enjoy the spectacular scenery. There is also an opportunity to spot birds and wildlife in the forest.

In the wintertime, the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area has 22 ski runs, a super pipe for snowboarders, and 22 miles of cross country skiing. A perfect place for both beginner and advanced skiers, the ski runs and lifts are well maintained and the resort is said to have some of the best skiing of the region.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Optional Towel Service $30 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are subject to change until deposit and agreement are made.
INCREASE on rates during HOLIDAYS and CITY WIDE events. Deposit and agreement required to secure reservation. No pets or smoking. Shorter stays possible, depending on schedule & month. We do reserve the right to withhold the cleaning damage deposit if the property is left in unsatisfactory conditions. Additional cleaning fees may apply and are at the owners discretion. Please read in-full the Vacation Stay Checklist for reference. Full refund with cancellation notice of more than 60 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.