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Twin Spruce Vacation Rental - 115 year old home on beautiful Lake Minnewaska

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 9


Directions from the Twin Cities: Take I-94 west to Sauk Centre, then MN 28 west to Glenwood. At the stoplight turn left on MN 104 and go five miles south. Turn right on Pope county road 18 and go five miles west. Turn right on 275th Ave. and go to the intersection with 215th St and continue straight ahead into the driveway.

Contact Information:

Connie & Neil live in adjacent home on the property, and are usually around to assist you or answer questions.

Charming 3 bedroom/2 bath year round house. Originally built in 1900 as home to the family that farmed the adjacent land. The house is completely updated, and sits on 2 acres, with 150 feet of wooded shoreline on the south side of Lake Minnewaska. This is much more than a cabin, inside and out. Washer and dryer are now available.

With prior written permission, friendly pets are welcome. There will be an additional cleaning fee. Smoking outside only please.

Great for fall pheasant and waterfowl hunting, country getaway retreats, winter ice fishing and snowmobiling. Rates vary by season, but we believe they are always affordable, even for a family on a budget.

Private boat dock with boat bumpers. Weekly slip rental available at the marina next to Hobo Park in Starbuck.

Call for address, directions or any other questions.

More Details

Neil & Connie Lageson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2017


Starbuck House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs 3/4 bath near bedrooms
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , Full size pillow top plus bunk beds with full size bottom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Lake Minnewaska, at 7,110 acres is the 13th largest lake in Minnesota. Excellent for fishing, boating, swimming, etc. We are located on the south side of the lake, approximately 2 1/2 hours northwest of the Twin Cities, 25 miles south of Alexandria. You will have use of the dock, swim raft and paddle boat. There is a large deck, two fire pits and a charcoal grill. Games and movies are available for kids and adults alike. We have a fishing boat and bicycles available for rent. Something fun for all ages.


Good! 3.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Twin Spruce Vacation Rental - 115 year old home on beautiful Lake Minnewaska
average rating of 3.9 based on 10 reviews

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here and it was great. Neal and Connie were very accommodating. We had three boats and had plenty of room to park and convenient access to electric outlets for charging. I would recommend for anyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. We like to hear that what we have to offer here works well for groups like yours. Connie and I enjoyed meeting and hosting you. I think Ziggy (our family dog and greeter) is missing you.
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Nice location, accommodating owners, needs maintenance

  • 2 of 5

We rented this home for 2 weeks, but only stayed 8 days. Neil and Connie are accommodating, but you have to ask for what you need. They are in an attached home on the property, not next door. The space is nice, but needs repair. It sleeps 12, but had only 5 dinner plates. There is one A/C vent for all of upstairs and the overhead fans are very noisy. The best place is the outside deck - however, the A/C unit for the house is right next to the deck and it is noisy. Neil bought a window fan and there is a box fan for upstairs - both noisy and didn't cool all that much. Some of the light fixtures look like they had not been cleaned for a long time and some outlets and lamps did not work. it was only when we asked about the paddleboat that Neil dumped the several inches of rain water out of the boat and it became available. This would be a nice place to spend a week, but needs maintenance and upkeep.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: While we are in a beautiful location and offer a great value for your vacation dollars, we understand that our house is not perfect, and not for everyone. That said, we want everyone who stays here to be happy with their decision. The maintenance issues have all been addressed. This guest told me the motor was bad on a ceiling fan, so I bought a new one. It turned out to be nothing more than a loose set screw on the light fixture. The A/C compressor was noisy, so we had it inspected. There was an issue with the compressor, and a new unit will be installed this week which will be much quieter
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Vancouver, Canada

Week-long vacation

  • 4 of 5

Hi all. Just returned home from 9 days in Minnesota, 7 of which were spent at Twin Spruce Vacation. Some helpful info: Kitchen is very well-equipped (best of all vacation rentals I've been to). Air condition works well downstairs, there isn't a/c in the room that has the best lake view so it was very uncomfortable sleeping when it was hot. The owners home is an add-on to this house (located in front of house nearest to the lake) which is not what we were expecting, as the description makes it sound like a stand-alone home. We had family visiting one of the weekends and were grateful that owners were gone that weekend or we wouldn't have felt as free to take over the yard for grilling or lawn games. Lake is huge! Few weeds was a bonus but had to get water shoes to navigate the large rocks in the shallow water.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfy cabin on beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

Really comfortable cabin

3 bedrooms upstairs - nice beds, great linens, ceiling fans in 2 of the rooms

Central air - we stayed when it was 90-95 outside & the AC was a blessed thing!

Nice kitchen - well-stocked, spacious, handy

Good tv for late night watching - welcome surprise!

Nice deck for late afternoon cards, etc.

Good firepit

Convenient location - 5 minutes from Starbuck for gas, groceries, bait

Great lake! In my opinion, one of the best in the state.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear that the house, location, and lake lived up to your expectations. We have created a place and space that we really like, in the hopes that our guests will enjoy it as much as we do. The place seems to be an especially good fit for families. The nicer sheets and new kitchen utensils can be credited to Connie. I work to keep up the house, yard, fire pit, etc. because the outdoor experience is important to me. We enjoyed meeting you all, and the occasional chats were fun for us. Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review.
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Nice trip!

  • 4 of 5

Our family (me, my husband and our seven-year-old son) enjoyed staying here on a trip back for my husband's high school reunion. All features were exactly as described. The home was clean and comfortable. Neil and Connie were very nice and easily accessed for questions. The property had a very private, quiet feel. Short drive to Starbuck for groceries and laundry facilities.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. We enjoyed hosting you, and hope to see you back here some time.
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Prior Lake, MN USA

Nice Stay at the Lake

  • 4 of 5

We take a trip to Lake Minnewaska every summer to visit my wife's family in Starbuck and have rented a place on or near the lake each time. This year we found and stayed at the Twin Spruce rental and had a great stay. As advertised, the house sits up on the hill from the lake and has a nice classic feel.

Upon arriving Neil & Connie (owners) greeted us and immediately made us feel welcomed, they are very friendly and made sure we were up to speed on everything. Even though they live on the property as well, we still felt like we had the place to ourselves. They were around if we needed them or had a question, but otherwise we did not see much of them.

The place is perfect for those who are interested in an easy going and relaxing place to spend some time. The house is comfortable and has a welcoming charm. We found the beds to be comfortable and there were windows in the one upstairs bedroom that overlook the lake - a beautiful view to wake up to each morning!

My 5 year old son had his first fishing experience on the dock at this house and caught his first fish ever - a 7" Blue Gill. He proceeded to catch a dozen or so of them that day and we had a great time "just fishin".

We had a great stay and would highly recommend the Twin Spruce property to anyone looking to stay in this area.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Water's Edge
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nutcracker Cafe
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Starbuck Beach
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:.....

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Swimming beaches.

* Historical museum....

Top Thing to do in Family:.....

Restaurants on the lake include the Water's Edge, Captains Bar & Grill (fka Torgy's), and the Lakeside, all accessible by boat or car. Several golf courses less than a half hour away. The public beach in Starbuck has lifeguards and gently sloping sand bottom. The Pope County Historical Museum has free admission all summer, and a number of our guests have commented on how much their family enjoyed a visit there.

Community events include Heritage Days and Waterama in July, and Dragon Boat Festival in August. Those are the big events, but there are many events throughout the year, like Lefse Dagen in May, and the Terrace Fiddlers Festival in September.


Rates & Availability

Starbuck House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 17
Apr 2 2017 - May 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.88%

Our weeks run Sunday to Sunday. $400-1100 per week, depending on season and number of guests. Most summer weeks are $1000 per week (plus tax) for up to 6 guests, and run Sunday to Sunday. We can make exceptions during the off season, or any time when adjacent weeks don't fill up. Additional nights, when available, will be quoted at a nightly rate.

The full amount is due at check-in. Personal checks or cash accepted. Paypal accepted for advance payments. (There is a fee only if you use a credit card).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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