3,600+ sq. ft, 6 bedroom, 3 bathroom, home with a 22 foot tall stone fireplace.
About Alex Elkins
We own two lake front vacation rental properties in the area and have been renting out houses to people since 2001.
Alex Elkins purchased this House in 2005
Why Alex Elkins chose Mercer
This property has a real north woods or up north feeling to it. It has much more privacy than most lakefront properties and with 6 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms it can handle up to 13 guests without anyone sleeping on couches, or waiting in line for a bathroom. The setting and view of the lake are truly beautiful. We do not allow people to sleep on couches, so please do not book it if you have more than 13 people including all kids.
What makes this House unique
Massive stone fireplace in a room with a 22' tall cathedral ceiling. Also a large rec room for rainy days. Directly on the ATV and snowmobile trail. Walking distance to the Beaver Lodge where you can order a pizza or eat dinner.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Property was exactly as advertised
A perfect Northwoods setting. The game room was a nice addition. The location is close to many of our favorite winter activities. Our family of 8 had more than enough beds and bedrooms which allowed for privacy while being all together under one roof. Perfect for a large group of people.
Good location and lots of room.
A group of 11 stayed for our annual snowmobiling trip. The house had plenty of room and is located right next to the trail. Nice little bar and grill next door as well. The cabin was well suited for our trip.
Great place to stay in northern WI
My family of 8 had an amazing week at this cabin. It was so spacious and had all the amenities you could want for a family get away. We enjoyed every aspect of the Big Bear Family Cabin, from the basement with pool and air hockey, to the lake which was perfect for fishing and swimming. The cabin had everything available you could want. It was so peaceful and secluded, yet there was the convenience of being close to town and having a lodge nearby for a quick meal. Alex was very helpful. We had a wonderful vacation.
Awesome clean cabin with plenty of space and a real up north feel (Great veiws). Loved it!
Really cool place! I really like the look and feel of this house. Even though it's not a log cabin, it has a similar feel, especially inside with wide cedar boards and huge stone fireplace. They have an antique wooden canoe in the living room and up against the fireplace wall. It's huge, how did they get it in there? Really cool.
Great living room and view of the lake. Nice not having other houses near it and having a yard that feels like your up North. Caught some nice fish, had fun on the trails and swimming, loved the whole experience. My kids loved it. Owners were nice and keep this place in good shape. They left us alone until I called for something and then they had someone come. Then it was back to having the place feel like it was mine again. The lake was quite and I felt like I was the only one there. I like it that they don't show up to check on things, but instead left us alone until we called them, which is much more relaxing. One of the better rental experiences I have ever had and I have gone up North every year for 24 years.
D.L. Madison WI
Not as described!
This cabin is very dated, the kitchen and bathrooms especially. It snowed twice during our stay and we had to shovel our own paths, make sure you have a 4x4 if going in the winter. The basement is a frozen tundra, there was a space heater down there, but it didn't even make a dent. Customer service from the owner may be some of the worst I have ever experienced. I go up to northern Wisconsin quite often, and I have stayed at many cabins through the vrbo, but I will not be staying at this particular cabin ever again.
Response to the review above:
My wife and I are owner/members of this business and L.L.C. and have rented it to many families in the last 10+ years. We are new to VRBO's site. In 10 years of renting it, we have only had to ask for part of a security deposit 3 times. There have been damages to our place more than 3 times, but we understand that accidents can happen, so we dismissed them. We have dismissed some fairly expensive things, like a large window that a guest broke by accident. That renter proactively told us they broke the window..
One of the reviews we have on VRBO is from a guest who created very odd and significant damages to our property. They denied causing the damages. I had personally prepared the cabin for their stay. I inspected the damages after their stay. I did this before any other renters were allowed into our place. I did this at the request of our cleaning professional who called us and asked us to look at the damages before she did any cleaning. With my wife and I, there are 5 people who evaluated the damages, Three are unrelated to us. One is a doctor, one is a nurse, and one is a professional cleaner. Each person stated the items were ruined.
The renter paid for the cost to replace the items, then went on VRBO, and wrote the review above. They told us multiple times that they did this to get back at us. They also stated multiple times that they are going to have many of their friends go onto VRBO and submit horrible reviews.
While we usually ignore damages that cost $135, in this case the reason for the damages can't be overlooked. We did not ask them to pay for the time we spent fixing the problem, or the travel time and cost to drive 70 miles round trip to purchase the items before the next guests arrived.
Ultimately, I hope all readers of reviews on VRBO factor in that some of the reviews may be written by past renters who are upset about having to pay for damages and so they use the review as a tool to harm property owners who request money for damages. In an effort to allow fair speech and full disclosure, VRBO won't take these postings off. It is important to allow free speech. Allowing free speech and yet protecting owners from malicious acts, is a hard puzzle to solve.
We are new to VRBO but we have families that have rented our place year after year for many years. They love it, and we love letting them enjoy our place. If you want more pictures of our property, please let us know.
Alex and Jean
We love this place!!
We have been coming to this cabin with our family for summer vacations for 5 years. We absolutely love it! The cabin is always very neat and clean. None of that musty old cabin smell that you find other places. The furnishings are very nice, comfortable and up to date. It has beautiful "Up North" decor - the long canoe, the fireplace, the details all throughout the house. The property is well kept, in great shape. It's wonderful to have a place that fits our whole group so well. The lower level with the game room gets a lot of use when we are there. We use the lower bedroom as the kids room, the cousins love to bunk together for the week. All the rooms are spacious and comfortable. The lake is beautiful. So nice that boats are included in the rental. We have a few serious fishermen and they enjoy their time on the lake. We all have fun taking a canoe or paddle boat ride. The kids like to swim off the dock. We have campfires in the fire ring, lunch on the deck, and the kids really like the big swings. Our grand children love being at the cabin. They talk about it all year. "The Cabin" is on their list of favorite things to do. We all enjoy our time in the Mercer area and look forward to returning again. Alex and Jean (the owners) have been very friendly, handling any questions we have had promptly. We have never had any complaints or problems. Big Bear Cabin is a great spot for families to spend some time together.
This area has great fishing and snowmobiling. The Turtle Flambeau is a massive lake with some of the best Walleye and Musky fishing in the Midwest. You can be on the Flowage within 10 minutes of our house, or one of the 50+ lakes within 10 miles, or fish the lake we are on for huge Musky's, Northern Pike, Bass, and lots of Bluegills. There are snowmobile and ATV trails all over the area and our place is directly connected to the trail. If waterfalls and beach's are what you want, there are many (15+) gorgeous waterfalls within a 20-40 minute drive. Lake Superior is only 25 miles away and has some of the nicest beach's to walk along anywhere in the world. The Lake Superior beach's closest to Mercer are lined with beautiful quartz pebbles that people come to collect. Mercer is in the true North woods with lots of loons to listen to at night and less people to deal with.