|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Light and airy home sleeps 4. Three bedrooms feature 1 queen, 1 double and 2 twin beds. A fourth sleeping area has a lake-facing double futon. Eat on the screened porch or in the dining area off the well-stocked kitchen. Lounge on the lakeside deck, veranda or the dock. A canoe and kayak are provided or use the public launch for your own boat. WiFi, garage storage, washing machine and dryer, towels and linens are provided for you. Holly Lake, at 55 acres, is very quiet but there are 5 larger lakes just minutes away. Fish, bike and swim in the summer and enjoy the area's cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in winter. The property is located right on a snowmobile trail, and still, it is quiet.
The picture above is me shopping for a Christmas tree with my grandsons. I am in my early 60's and have spent my career working in government and non-profits in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Right now, my work is meaningful and my schedule is flexible which means that I can provide excellent services to my guests.
Lois Gunderson purchased this cottage in 2000
In the winter of 2000, there was no cross-country skiing to be had where I lived in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, but an internet search indicated there was indeed snow cover in the Hayward area. I am a Wisconsin native but had never been to this area. I loved it. I thought I could live here and by July 2000, I did. For over 10 years, I traveled back and forth to Minneapolis for work and came home every weekend--because it was worth it!
As my primary residence for 15 years, this is a well-loved house. It is decorated with a carefully chosen blend of antiques and purchased items, most of which remain for visitors to enjoy. Abundant natural light, the natural setting and the privacy make it the kind of place that makes stress melt away. All my guests say I am lucky to have it, and I know they are so right.
My husband and I wanted to get away and relax, and 'Holly House' was just perfect for us. The description is accurate and it's even better than the photos show, with the view from enormous windows in the living room taking your breath away as soon as you enter. Holly House is beautifully arranged, well-provided, charmingly decorated, clean, and comfortable. The dock was just a short walk down a path with inset wooden stairs (the house is very close to the lake, but higher than the level of the water) and we both spent a lot of time just sitting there and gazing. It felt very private; there are a few other homes on the same small lake but we never saw anyone else on the water. We also loved the porch swing on the veranda and the large hammock on the main deck... This house was designed by an architect; it shows. We both want to go back and so yes, we would recommend it to others. (The only small advice I'd give is to either bring a flashlight with you if you're going to spend time at night at the firepit or plan in advance and put on the outside deck light: it's very dark on the return. We later bought a flashlight, couldn't find one in an otherwise well-stocked home (may have missed it, there's lots of storage.))
We were the guests that didn't want to leave...The home is gorgeous, with delightful touches to make you feel so warm and welcome. The design of the home worked so well, we were not on top of each other. The beautiful view out every window, not to mention the view of the lake! The lake is nice, very calm with little boat traffic. We had a great time fishing and with the kayak, canoe, provided, not to mention the campfires. We enjoyed sitting on the proch swing with coffee in the morning, afternoon naps on the hammock. We made ourselves completely at home. This lake home is absolutely the perfect setup....great spacious, just awesome! We hope to return again next year!! We completely enjoyed our stay in this wonderful home!! Thanks so much!!
I simply have to respond to the owners answer to my review. Again, damage deposits are for just that - damage!! Any broken items? - No. Walls dented in? - No. Items missing - No. Garbage heaped up in corners? - No. We only rearranged the couch to take advantage of the lovely view - we're talking about furniture rearrangement - NOT DAMAGE! I reiterate, we tidied up as much as we felt we were due. General cleanup, which includes vacuuming, wiping out the frig., laundry, etc. should be covered with a cleaning fee stated up front. The claim that we broke glasses is simply untrue - not one thing did we break.
I also want to comment on the fact that we purchased wood to be enjoyed by the next guests - a courtesy we were not extended. We purchased an iron (couldn't find one in the house), a kitchen towel and pot holders. The curtain covering the storage closet in the bathroom kept falling down due to the weak extension rod. The folding wooden chairs are something of a hazzard and need to be replaced by weatherproof outdoor chairs. I appreciate that we were reimbursed at least 1/2 of the deposit but that is still too much. A reasonable cleaning fee would be acceptable. Wow, you're keeping track of every spot on your rugs? Your house is charming but for rental purposes the white carpeting and white furniture which, as I stated before were already showing wear/grime before we moved in, are not a good choice for a cabin in the woods, on a lake.
Charging $10.00 to wipe out the refrigerator is outrageous. $50.00 to repair the wooden vanity that was in poor condition upon arrival - unnacceptable! We did do a "once over" before we left and have time-stamped and dated pictures of the house minutes before we left showing a very tidy house.
This is a lovely home/cabin on a quiet lake and my review would be excellent but for one big issue. My three companions and I rented the house for one week. We paid the damage fee with full expections of being reimbursed as we tidied up the place daily, dropped off all garbage and recycled goods, furnished extra fire wood, purchased a few items the cabin was lacking, left some beer mugs we'd purchased for the next occupant's use. On the last day we put everything back in place, washed all dishes, cleaned off counter and stove tops, left the linens on the beds as required. We took a couple of pictures minutes before we left showing a very tidy living room.
We were sent an email regretting that we would only be reimbursed $25.00 of the $250.00 fee due to an itimized list of all we damaged, including broken glasses, stains on carpets, standing water on the wood vanity in bathroom, water rings on a cedar chest and refrigerator wipe out, we had taken everything out of the frig except a full bottle of mustard and lemonade. First of all we didn't break one single thing, the bathroom vanity was already in poor shape which we all tried to mop dry each day, we admited to spilling a bit of wine, cleaned it instantly (this is on a white area rug and white furniture which was already a bit grimy). We left at 10:30am, checkout is at 12:00 and either someone slipped in after we left, the key was missing where we were instructed to leave it OR the damage claims were greatly exaggerated and as paying guests we were expected to clean the place top to bottom for the next guests. We have stayed in many vrbos and never experienced this. We prided ourselves on being concientious, responsible people and have been invited back to the various places we've stayed. My husband and I own a vrbo in Hawaii and tack on a cleaning fee since we don't reside there and have cleaners come in after guests leave. We don't expect our guests to do all the clean up and realize there might be spills, glass breakage or other human related mishaps. We do want guests to take out garbage, personal items and just leave it decent. We would only assess the damage fee if they wantonly broke items, bashed in doors, took something that didn't belong to them, etc. So my advice would be to inspect the house thoroughly, take pictures noting any smuges, stains, missing items, broken whatnots, etc. to protect your damage fee. Otherwise I would recommend the place to anyone.
My husband and I reserved this property for a week of pure R&R and that’s exactly what we got. We found plenty to do in the area but our time at the Holly House was the best! Lois offers everything you need to relax—a comfortable screened porch, a covered porch with a fantastic porch swing, an open deck with a sensational double hammock, fire pit—all overlooking Holly Lake. Holly Lake is small but clear—ideal for swimming and kayaking /canoeing (which are provided). We were lucky to have a pair of loons by us all week.
The house is clean and well taken care of. The kitchen has all the essentials. Lois has a decorating flair with ornate accents throughout the house and grounds. The bedding was awesome and I’ve never known a closet to smell so fresh!
I could elaborate further but I’ll end by saying we have already requested a week for next summer—it’s just that enjoyable!
J & B, Poynette, WI
Stone Lake is located 15 miles from Hayward, a major tourism destination and a city built on logging. Between the two cities, there seems to be a festival of some sort every weekend. The Lumberjack Show and Wilderness Walk are always popular with families. In winter, the cross country skiing and snowmobiling are excellent. Or just stay at the cottage, enjoy, relax and re-charge.
Damage and cleaning deposit (refundable 15 days following check out day) in the amount of $250.00is due immediately after booking. One half of the rental fee is due 60 days prior to occupancy. The balance is due before occupancy begins. Credit cards are not accepted.