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Cozy Minnesota Cabin - Winter Special $175/per night

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,020 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

If you are looking for the 'cabin experience', this quintessential cabin in the pines won't disappoint. The property was originally purchased and built by my grandparents in 1958 and has been in our family ever since; it was completely renovated by my wife and I in 2011. A small but efficient layout, the cabin has a wonderful screen porch, sitting area with gas fireplace, and dining room; all with panoramic views of the lake, which is only steps away. It has one bedroom on the main level (king), and a semi-private loft with two queen size beds. There is one 3/4 bath, and a great outdoor shower with views of the lake for those true Minnesotan's. The inside space flows seamlessly to a large lakeside patio with grill, outdoor dining area, fire pit and coffee sitting area. The rental comes complete with a pontoon boat (2014 Bennington), a 4-person paddleboat, a canoe, and of course a hammock in the yard. For those that can't disconnect, the cabin also includes two high definition TV's with DirecTV (DVD/Blu-Ray on main TV) and free Wi-Fi! And don't worry, you won't be roughing it, the 2011 renovation also brought all new mechanical systems including air conditioning, new appliances, and a new Kinetico softened water system!!

Situated 5 miles east of the town of Crosslake, crystal clear Lake O'Brien is spring fed with a water clarity of 24', the cleanest lake in the entire watershed district. The lake itself is surrounded by mature pines. There is approximately 5 miles of shoreline, of which about a quarter of the lake is undeveloped state owned property. During the summer, this recreational lake is perfect for fishing, skiing, wake boarding canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and all water based activities, including floating on an air mattress!! There is a sandbar where you can walk across the lake which is a favorite gathering spot for 'kids of all ages'!! It's location on a quiet tar township road make it perfect for a morning walk or bike ride. During the winter months the lake is perfect for ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and is a perfect base camp to access the endless miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

Our property is perfect for a family of up to 6 or a few couples. We have a strict limit of 6 due to the size of the cabin and the single bathroom. We do keep our calendar updated and so if you are seeing availability then it's likely available. Upon reservation confirmation you'll receive a complete 'what to bring' list so you are prepared for your time up north. Feel free to inquire with any questions you may have and we’ll be prompt to reply! We pride ourselves on keeping our property and structures/equipment pristine and are certain we'll exceed your expectations in that regard. And further, since we also live on this lake, should any questions or problems arise we can respond quickly. In fact, your only disappointment will be when you have to leave!!

More Details

Jeff Balmer
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018


Crosslake Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1020 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main Level Bath - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Level Bedroom - 1 king
    Loft - 2 queen , Privacy Curtain
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • 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
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Cozy Minnesota Cabin - Winter Special $175/per night
average rating of 4.962264 based on 53 reviews

Excellent Stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay at Jeff & Lindsay's cabin was phenomenal. The cabin was clean, gorgeous, homey and comfortable. Their communication was clear and we felt welcomed and valued. It was evident that they enjoyed making this cabin a place for all to enjoy.

So many details were thought of and the list of supplies at the cabin was so helpful. We cooked almost all of our meals at the cabin and appreciated all of the amenities of home.

Beds were super comfortable and clean and the decor was quaint and cute. We appreciated their collection of books as well. The neighborhood was so quiet and peaceful with many instances of wildlife nearby.

We were thrilled with our stay and are confident that others will have just as great of a stay. We will be back!

Annette Pare

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prior Lake

Cute and cozy

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The cabin is cute and cozy and has everything you’ll need. Owners’ communication was great. They were on vacation when we were using the cabin and they replied to us very timely when we needed them.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this picturesque cabin. There is a great ice rink within an easy walk, close proximity to some great breweries and many outdoor activities.The owners were very helpful and were great hosts.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cabin, nice quiet location!

  • 5 of 5

We came to the cabin as a family for a winter getaway, and the cabin was perfect. The kids loved the loft, the kitchen had basically everything you'd need, and the location was very private. It definitely would be a great place to go in the summer as well!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rochester, MN

Winter Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing time with friends at the cabin! We hiked, went snowshoeing and cross country skiing. We are excited to plan our next trip. Lindsay and Jeff were fabulous to work with and the cabin was perfect.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eden Prairie

Lovely, Cozy, Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Always a pleasure staying here in the summer months and winter was no different. Thank you to the Balmers for the extra holiday touches.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Multiple in Crosslake
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Crosswoods Golf Course - Multiple within 20 miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many great options in Crosslake
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Mount Ski Gull and Tubing- Downhill Skiing
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.38%

50% non-refundable deposit
All full week rentals are Friday to Friday.
Check-in is at 4:00, check out is at 11:00 am.
Please call with any questions or special requests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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