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Historic Swedish Cottage on Quiet Lindstrom Lake

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 10+ Sleeps

Vacation in this never before available, historic home on Quiet South Lindstrom Lake. Built in 1898, this home is on the National Historic Record of Homes, but features all the amenities of a new home including a master suite with gas fireplace, an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and an exercise room with treadmill, recumbent bike, television and weight machine. Wrap around porches and a huge deck cantilevered over the hill above the lake make for great views and relaxation rain or shine. With over 3800 square feet of living space, even the largest family or group can find privacy. PLEASE CLICK ON RATES AND AVAILABILITY - VIEW ALL RENTAL RATES - FOR SEASONAL PRICING.

The Huge Great Room is great for gatherings, yet intimate for quiet reflection around the brick fireplace. Lots of privacy as the house is setback 200 feet from the street. You're just steps to the sand beach and dock. There's great fishing and lots of lake to explore as we are connected to neighboring Chisago Lake.

Responsible Dog owners are welcome and will love the fenced back yard! Send us an email inquiry and we will send you our 26 page HomeBook with floor plans, photos and details about every single room and the surrounding area.

More Details

Jim Casey
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

About Jim Casey

Caryn and Jim Casey have been married for 33 years (as of 2015). We have two grown daughters, a small dog and two grand-dogs. We love Lindstrom and being at the lake as a contrast to our busy lives in Burbank, CA. Jim has a background in architecture and sells real estate in California.

Jim Casey purchased this house in 1999

Why Jim Casey chose Lindstrom

It was love at first sight. We found the house quite by accident. Jim was doing research comparing different real estate websites back in 1999 for a seminar he was giving to a real estate board in Florida. Jim was an internationally recognized technology speaker and trainer in the real estate industry just as the internet and digital technology was changing the real estate business. Our dream house scenario was an older home with wrap around porches on a lake and within 45 minutes of the Twin Cities. Fridhem popped up on his computer screen and the family jumped in the car and drove to the property more out of curiosity than anything else. When we walked up the front sidewalk we were captivated. Because of the original condition of the home and the unfinished attic we knew we could make this a special home for our family and for our retirement (you can live entirely on the first floor if necessary). That same year our two daughters announced their dreams of acting so we packed them up and took them to Burbank to attend school and audition for television and film. Jim spent over a year remodeling the home and commuting back and forth to California until the whole family returned for summer vacation. We never imagined we'd be turning the house into a vacation rental, but it has been a wonderful experience for us sharing the house and still getting to enjoy it throughout the year.

What makes this house unique

Walk to downtown on our tree lined street and enjoy privacy and incredible views of the lake from our large deck. The house is large and yet features lots of little, intimate spaces to congregate or enjoy some alone time. Live in a historic home with all the amenities you'd expect from a 5 star hotel including an exercise room, free WIFI and a smart TV for your Netflix and Amazon Prime viewing pleasure. With a local winery, many restaurants, antique shopping, nearby trails, tennis courts and golf, not to mention the wonderful lake and trophy fishing, everyone can find something to pass the time. Fridhem is a local treasure which everyone in the community has heard stories about in its over 100 year history. We purposely do NOT rent the house for large events like weddings because we feel it is best for family get togethers and quiet vacations. Our friendly neighbors are there when you need them, but will give you your privacy. We hope you will treat them with the same friendly respect!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Very comfortable and lots of room so that everyone had their own space. The location is perfect and so close to 2 parks and the beach, which came in handy with our five little ones. Spent some time browsing the shops of downtown. and how convenient to be a block away. Can't say enough good things about the property itself, and especially the owner for allowing my standard poodle to be a part of it all. Overall, a perfect getaway for our family and if things work out and hoping to be booking with you again!
Aug 2017
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Lindstrom House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main Floor - toilet , shower , Large Shower is handicap accessible with seat and handrail
    Main Floor Powder/Laundry - toilet , Toilet and sink. Perfect for coming in from the lake
    Upstairs Main - toilet , combination tub/shower , Serves the two upstairs guest bedrooms
    Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Private Master Bath with jetted tub and separate shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master - 1 king , Huge Master Suite has room for Baby Crib in sitting room
    Main Floor Guest - 1 king , 1 baby crib , adjacent Full Bath - Hdcp accessible shower with seat
    Second Floor Guest - 1 double , Sleeps two
    Second Floor Guest - 1 double , Sleeps two
    Second Floor Sitting Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large Sofa and raised sleeping area for kids - sleeping bags
    Main Floor Office - 1 queen , We provide blow-up Queen Air Mattress and Linens
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Upstairs enjoy the master suite with private bath (double sinks, whirlpool tub and separate shower) and sitting area with fireplace, a separate sitting area with sofa, two bedrooms and a full bath with tub/shower. Downstairs enjoy the Great Room with fireplace, a huge guest bedroom, a full bath, exercise room, office with high speed wireless Internet and printer, a formal dining room, family room, laundry room with half-bath and eat-in kitchen. There is cable television in all 4 bedrooms, the family room, kitchen and exercise room. New Smart TV in Family room for Internet, Netflix and Amazon Prime viewing. The 50' dock will hold your boat(s) or rent a pontoon or fishing boat locally. A swim raft, canoe and a two-seat kayak are included at no charge for your enjoyment. A stainless steel gas grill, glass table and chairs with umbrella and plenty of built-in seating Make the large deck a great place to relax and enjoy the sunsets. Firewood is supplied for firepit and fireplace


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Historic Swedish Cottage on Quiet Lindstrom Lake
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 122 reviews

Wonderful and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We, a group of 7, stayed here extremely comfortably. There were no concerns. Everything was well laid out and even labeled. Everything one could need was provided. It was comfortable, cozy and clean also very spacious.

We went on a boat ride down the Sioux River? in Taylor Falls, went to a winery, and a local coffee shop. It was a great weekend. Thank you for sharing your home. The owner was extremely responsive and easy to work with. We will definitely return with our children to enjoy the lake and out doors activities on the lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Abby, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit! The boat ride was down the St. Croix River. Looks like you took in a lot in just a few days. Please come back and explore more of what the area has to offer!
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Beautiful lake property!

  • 5 of 5

The home was perfect for our family and we had all of the conveniences of home! The historic home was well maintained and immaculate inside. The deck/grill area with the lake view was our favorite spot. The owner's were very helpful and easy to work with. We would definitely stay here again if we're lucky enough to be in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michelle, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We are lucky to be the custodians of "Fridhem" and we enjoy keeping her up and sharing her with groups like yours. Please come again! - Jim & Caryn
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Wonderful Memorial weekend on the lake

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 8 adults, 4 children and two dogs, and we had the best time! It was really hot out the entire weekend and we enjoyed using the kayak and the swimming raft, and fishing off of the dock. The shade on the deck was awesome, and the view was very scenic. The home is lovely! We had everything we needed, and more. There was plenty of room for us all to spread out. Lindstrom is a very cute town and there are so many things to do in the area. We had a wonderful time and would love to come back.Thank you so much for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Colleen, Thanks so much for staying with us. Sounds like you really took advantage of everything the house and the community has to offer. I hope you made some wonderful memories and make plans to stay with us again! Jim & Caryn
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Excellent place for a family to stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the outdoor deck

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, cottage home for fun family times

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was the perfect setting for our family reunion. So great to have three families and a grandmother all in one place, for meals, games, movie-watching, dog walks and conversation.

We enjoyed our stay and would love to return.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and Location

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and great location! We enjoyed our stay and explored the surrounding area of Lindstrom and St. Croix Falls, etc. Jim was very thorough and easy to work with. We would recommend this quaint house for anyone looking for a relaxing getaway!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your weekend. Please stay with us again! Jim & Caryn
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Lindstrom Municipal
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Chisago Lakes Public Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 8
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Meredee's Bistro
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Wild Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Public Beach
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Antique Shopping.

* Fishing.

* Sailing.

* Water Skiing.

* Boating.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Swimming.

* Fishing.

* Sailing.

* Water Skiing.

* Biking and Hiking.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Boating.

* S'mores over the fire.

* Golf.

* Sight Seeing.

* Antique Shopping.

Swim off the dock out to the swim raft or take the little ones a block down the street to the town beach with swingsets and playground.

There's plenty of pizza places, Chinese food, a Sports Bar and grocery stores in the immediate area. Dairy Queen is a short walk from the house. Forest Lake is only 11 miles west and features chain restaurants, Cub Foods and a movie theater.

Fishing licenses, rods and live bait are available just a few minutes away at Frankie's Bait and Marine in Chisago City.

Jump in the car and go 11 miles east to Taylors Falls for more restaurants, quaint shops and a Scenic Paddleboat ride down the St. Croix River. There's plenty of hiking and scenic views on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the St. Croix river. On your way to or from Taylors Falls make sure to check out the live Buffalo at Eichten's Cheese & Bison Store and the Franconia Sculpture Garden.

The area features miles of bike trails and hiking as well as a waterslide and Go Karts at Wild Mountain Resort about 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. Downhill and Cross Country Skiing make this a hot spot in the winter months too!

Golfers! There's "18 Holes of Pure Playable Fun" just 2 minutes from the house at The Chisago Lakes Public Golf Course.

More restaurants and antique shopping are 27 miles south in historic Stillwater. You'll love all the little shops and candy store.

Don't forget the Mall of America (50 miles) and all the attractions of Downtown Minneapolis (40 miles) and St. Paul (37 miles) less than an hour away. The Minneapolis Airport (MSP) is 45 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $50

Nightly Rate: $366 - $500 (single night stay weekdays only Sun.-Thur.)

Weekly Rate: $2500 - $500 (Summer)

Monthly Rate: $9000 - $12000 (summer)

June-August Weekly Rentals Only: $3500
September - May: $2500 per week, $1100 for 3 nights, $800 for two nights
September - May: Single Nights Midweek (not Fri or Sat) $500
Major Holiday Weekends: $1500 for 3 nights (Easter/Memorial/4thJuly/Labor/Thksg/Xmas/NewYears)
6.88% MN Sales Tax on Rental Rate
Cleaning Fee: $125 for 2-3 nights, $150 per week
Damage Deposit: $200 - Refundable

No Weddings Please!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.