4 bedrooms, 2 baths, large gathering area, open kitchen, living room, sunroom
About Lynn Selness
I'm Lynn. My childhood was spent in New Jersey and next I landed in the midwest where I married, had 7 children and lived for 25 years. In 1999 we all (13 of us then) moved to CA to run a bamboo nursery where the whole family could work together. We had a bunch of teens and early 20's kids by then, and we rented out our MN home. This went rough on my MN house so I reclaimed it and have been restoring it for some years now. Our CA experience was tough and I lost my husband, so I have been supporting my 2 youngest children, Forest and Meadow, for the last 15 years. I established a goat dairy in the Santa Cruz Mountains where I still reside. I was so happy to be able to return to my MN home, I was always homesick for it in CA and now love coming back whenever I can escape the farmwork. Now I have 6 precious grandchildren in CA and a great-granddaughter so I treasure my time there also.
Lynn Selness purchased this House in 1985
Why Lynn Selness chose Caledonia
Building our home was my heart's desire, to live in this scenic valley, the same wilderness valley I had first moved to in the state in 1976. I had lived near the source of West Beaver Creek surrounded by wooded hills with my baby Willow. Years later we had 5 children and bought 5 acres, cleared the house site and milled the oaks for our home in the “big woods”. I loved gathering limestone rock to terrace the hillside, build the steps, even the entry floor. From pouring the footings to shingling the roof, it was a creative work of joy with help from many friends. My last 2 children were born here and 2 grand daughters. We homesteaded for many years, raised the 7 children with our gardens, chickens and goats.
What makes this House unique
I hope you sense the tranquility and beauty of nature all around you here. The fragrances of the valley, the earthy dampness cooling the summer evenings, the magic of fireflies twinkling in the deepening woods shadows, the call of the whippoorwill, owls hoot to each other, the coyotes yelp, a lone cry of a wolf, all are spellbinding. Every season here is rich for me. I find God's voice speaking to me and refreshing my spirit in this place. I love the friendly small town feeling of this community. They celebrate their Norwegian heritage with colorful holidays like Nordic Fest in Decorah, IA, Syttende Mai in Spring Grove, and their farm life with harvest festivals, Steam-engine Days, horse and tractor pulls. I love the cultural aspects, Shakespeare Festivals in WInona, La Crosse's Art and Music Festival, Riverfest, Lanesboro's plays, and my favorite, Spring Grove's outdoor Black Barn plays. I love visiting the Amish farms with their produce stands, maple syrup, furniture and basket shops and bakeries. My family have always enjoyed the outdoor activities, bike trails, canoeing the Upper Iowa and the Root River, the Mississippi backwaters around the islands. There's a bird sanctuary near Alma where during migrations, swans, pelicans, Canada geese and Snow Geese gather in noisy flocks. There are little towns up and down the Mississippi for shopping, music, great restaurants, wine-tasting. My kids loved the caves near Harmony, where you climb deep into the earth, a little too deep for some of us! We never run out of fun things to do!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please leave shoes in the entry. Sort your garbage into paper, recycle, trash and compost pail. Strip beds of sheets and throw in laundry basket with dirty towels when leave. Leave kitchen clean and dishes done.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Trout Fishing Getaway
A wonderful, quiet, and starlit experience.
Rustic, let very clean, easy, and comfortable. I’m sure we’ll rotate through this beautiful area in the near future.
Nice stay in rustic country home
We had no surprises based on reading prior reviews and we had a lovely stay. The house had very nice shared spaces. The kids loved the outdoor space and the cows at the nearby mill were a big hit. The owner was super easy to work with. They also loved visiting the owls at the nearby town.
The bedrooms require that you're friendly with everyone in your party. The hall twin is at the very top of the stairs. The queen room has a door. The king/queen room is at the end of the hall with no door. The twin room is inside the king/queen room and is more like an alcove. It worked out perfectly for our party but would have been cozy with additional families.
The kitchen was well equipped – no microwave or dishwasher (not a problem, just awareness). Trash also has to be sorted because you’re in the middle of the country.
We had a lovely getaway for a long weekend.
Thanks for the clarity with your descriptions of the bedrooms for other guests. The ""alcove bedroom" is a small bedroom with a door that closes. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit! Lynn
Family weekend getaway
We had a wonderful time!
Wonderful retreat in the woods
Our family gathered for a family reunion and memorial for our mother. It was a good convenient location for us. The location, tucked away in the woods, was very beautiful and restful. We enjoyed watching the variety of birds that visited the bird feeder. We toured the nearby water powered flour mill which was very interesting . Overall we found it a nice place to stay.
Not quite what we expected
The property description was glowing but in actuality it was not. The house was a bit musty, dusty, spider webs were everywhere and property overgrown. Felt like the owners may have neglected the house and grounds but the condition may have not been the owners fault but the people responsible for the upkeep as the owner was away. I’m sure that under cleaner circumstances it would have been much better
I'm sorry this guest didn't enjoy my home to the fullest, she did leave a lovely review in my guest book. I'm so glad that I finally did get to return to Lynnhaven 3 days after Fran's visit or I would have been really concerned about my home's condition. The house was a bit musty but MN has had extreme rains so the dampness would cause that without running the dehumidifiers. (I've instructed the housecleaner) I aired out and ran them and it's lovely again. Even so the super growing lawn was mowed nicely, the yard looked lush with brilliant red bee balm and woodland sunflowers blooming in the gardens. We do live in the forest and the deer have been feasting on my hostas. They look a little choppy. But watching the doe and her delicate spotted fawn prancing through the yard made it worth it!
I looked for dust all over but couldn't find any and my bare feet loved the cool smooth clean floors. It was so restful and enchanting to me, truly "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder."
Weekend in the woods
We (4 adults) enjoyed our stay at Lynn's property. The site was beautiful, wooded and restful - we loved watching the variety of birds arriving at the bird feeder outside of the dining room window and the doe and new fawn exploring the yard. The house was clean and pretty much as described, but had a musty odor. The kitchen was nicely equipped but the grill was locked in the garage so we were not able to use that. These concerns are small details because overall, we were quite happy with the property and would book it again if we are ever planning a trip to that area again.
Thanks so much for your review! I'm passing the info right on to my housekeeper and landscaper who locked the garage! Much to my dismay I have been unable to get back to my home since last Autumn and I would have taken care of these details. They are important to me! And how enchanting that you were there to see the new fawn this Spring!
Within a mile of my home on our stream, Beaver Creek, there is an historic water powered mill, with a dam and mill stream. Schech's Mill has interesting tours and hand sifted flours and cornmeal for sale.
The back entrance to Beaver Creek State Park is 1/2 mile up the road from us. There are scenic hiking trails of different lengths, you cross the stream on an old walking bridge. We swim in the creek and there is a spring that flows in so cold up the East Beaver Creek branch. East and west tributaries join by the bridge. We watch big trout swimming under the bridge and phoebes nest above. We like to kayak and canoe on sections of the stream all the way to the Schech's Mill dam. At night we've had beavers slap their tails right next to us and Great Blue Herons take off above us with wings flapping! Deer warn with that strange call through the night air. Great adventure!
There are bike trails along the Root River from our nearby towns and canoe rentals. The Root wanders lazily through cow pastures and woods with lots of wildlife along its banks. You can stop and swim or picnic along the way.
Our favorite canoeing place is the Upper Iowa River where towering rock formations line the river with eagles gliding far above. The scent of the pines along the banks and the lush wildflowers, deep icy springs gush into the river, we stop and stick our paddles deep down in, the canoe bottom gets icy, we explore a side stream dammed by beavers, and fossils are easy to find in the rocks heaped by the storms on islands. All these combine to keep us coming year after year. The wildlife is gorgeous, from turtles to flocks of cedar waxwings that fly in front of you as you canoe...
If you like caves, Harmony area has walks through some deep ones. Also the area for Amish tours and shops, bakeries, basket weaving, furniture, honey, really fun!
Each local town has its festival, Eitzen with 4th of July fireworks, Spring Grove; Syttende Mai and Fall Foliage Festival. Houston has an owl museum, LaCrescent has Apple Fest....I love the local plays each year, Spring Grove in the Black Barn, Lanesboro has a theatre and Father's Day Art in the Park, LaCrosse has RIverfest on the Mississippi and Great River Folk Festival by Labor Day. Winona has a great Shakespeare Festival we never miss at the college. And Decorah, IA has Nordicfest, great Norwegian music and dancing and art, even Viking ships! We have a local country artists gathering Spring and Fall near us, Meadowfest...and many more!