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RIVER HOME IN THE HISTORIC VILLAGE OF MARINE ON ST. CROIX

Christine Maefsky

Advertiser since 2013
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Christine Maefsky

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RIVER HOME IN THE HISTORIC VILLAGE OF MARINE ON ST. CROIX

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Forest Lake - Maison sans Chèvres

Two bedroom, three bath home overlooking the St. Croix River

Maison sans Chèvres, our charming Craftsman style home, has two stories, both with great windows overlooking the St. Croix River.

The main level features a granite countertop kitchen with stainless steel appliances made for enjoying cooking and eating, a dining area that can accommodate 8-10 people; an inviting parlour with a gas fireplace, windows overlooking the river and a queen sized sleep sofa; a guest bathroom, and a master bedroom suite with jacuzzi tub and separate shower stall.

The lower level features a cozy TV nook with a queen sized sleep sofa, a fireplace sitting area, a unique bathroom and a bedroom with a window overlooking the river.

The upper level walks out onto a spacious, wrap around deck. The lower level walks out to a patio with a river cabin feel. Both outdoor areas have furniture for enjoying the sights and sounds of the river and for eating. There is a gas grill on the deck.

As we live only a 10 minute drive away, we will be at the house to welcome you upon your arrival and we will be available by phone if you need questions answered or assistance during your stay.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Christine Maefsky (Owner)
Advertiser since 2013
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About Christine Maefsky

We have been farming in the St. Croix Valley for over 40 years. If you know anything about farming, you know that there is no 'getting away from work'. You're there 24/7, with all the joys and worries that brings. We never had a vacation home until we bought the river house last year. We

purchased it with the intent of allowing us a perfect way to 'get away'. It only takes us 10 minutes to drive there from our farm, allowing us

to get away frequently and easily. You may be curious about the name 'Maison sans Chèvres'. Our farm is a large, commercial Grade A dairy goat farm. The river house is our 'home without goats.' We've stated the name in French to honor the river's name and the French voyageurs who explored it. (We originally called the house 'Chateau', but decided to change its name to 'Maison' to more accurately reflect its cottage-like character).

Christine Maefsky purchased this house in 2012

Why Christine Maefsky chose Forest Lake

In the 42 years we've lived in this area, we've come to love the St. Croix River and the very unique town of Marine on St. Croix. When we were lucky enough to be able to get this architectural gem of a house - not only on the river but also in the village of Marine on St. Croix - we were thrilled. It is the perfect vacation home for us. As we're not able to use it full time, we enjoy sharing it with others.

What makes this house unique

The Maison sans Chèvres is a peaceful, warm, welcoming house. It has an incredible amount of character. Being right on the river allows for a unique connection to nature and the river towns north and south of us.

Marine on St. Croix is an historic town whose residents take a great deal of pride in their history, their natural surroundings, and the creative energy of people. There are numerous cultural events that occur here throughout the year: concerts in the historic Marine Village Hall, art fairs and exhibitions - from Fourth of July celebrations to the Christmas Market, taking enjoyment from life is an ongoing theme here.

Being in this warm, small town setting but still so close to busier life in the larger towns nearby and even close to the Twin Cities (St. Paul is only a 40 minute easy drive away), gives visitors an opportunity to experience a range of Minnesota life.

As for the house itself, remodeling, updating and furnishing this house has been a labor of love for us. We think the results of our efforts reflect our appreciation for quality and for history.

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

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River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
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River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p466324vb
-651-470-8052
Forest Lake Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
5

Great House!

  • 5 out of 5
Super nice, well decorated house on the St Croix river. Like some of the other reviewers stated, the house is much better in person than as depicted in the pictures. Great location with the small downtown a few blocks away and a short drive to Stillwater and Taylors falls. Perfect if you are looking for a quiet getaway. Owner was easy to work with and we have no complaints. Would book again in the future.
  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We were happy to have you as guests. Glad you got to enjoy our area: the Franconia Outdoor Sculpture Garden, the paddle boat tour out of Taylors Falls, Interstate Park and Stillwater. Hope we'll see you again.
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River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p466324vb
-651-470-8052
Forest Lake Minnesota
5

Amazing & Relaxing!

Amazing & Relaxing!
  • 5 out of 5
This was the perfect setting for our girls reunion getaway! There was plenty of room for the seven of us and the place is immaculate! We utilized the large kitchen (equip with every you need for cooking, prep etc) & the beautiful deck area for making our meals, relaxing, laughing & playing games. Christine & her family were very helpful, patient & accommodating to our needs.
Marine on St. Croix is a charming, quiet village - you can easily walk around the area for shopping or grabbing a bite to eat (including delicious ice cream!) And everyone is extremely friendly. We made the easy, short drive to Stillwater for nightlife one evening.
I would highly recommend this property - it is home away from home!
  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Heidi. We're so glad you enjoyed our home, the village and our proximity to Stillwater. Thanks too for taking such good care of things. Hope to see you again.
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River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p466324vb
-651-470-8052
Forest Lake Minnesota
Inver Grove Heights, MN
5

Beautiful River Home

  • 5 out of 5
We had my sisters Bachelorette party here and it was amazing. The house was absolutely perfect. We had all the accomadations we needed and more! We were able to relax during the day on the deck and then close enough to Stillwater to have a night on the town. All the details in the house were spectacular, along with the view from the dock! I highly recommend staying here if you are near the area, it is more than I could have ever imagined.
  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to have you, your family and friends as our guests Lauren. I'm glad the house worked out so well for you. Hope we'll see you again. Happy wedding!
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River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p466324vb
-651-470-8052
Forest Lake Minnesota
Stillwater, MN
5

COLLEGE REUNION

  • 5 out of 5
Seven old college roommates stayed at this beautiful home and it was just perfect. All we wanted to do was to have some peacefulness and sit and catch up after 40 years and that is exactly what we got. The website pictures don't even come close to showing how beautiful and comfortable this house truly is. The kitchen was big enough for all 7 of us to be in there at the same time cooking - it was stocked well and the owner even donated some cheese and wine which we thoroughly enjoyed. Christine was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend this property.
  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed our home, the village and being on the river. You were great guests. Thanks to you all.
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River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p466324vb
-651-470-8052
Forest Lake Minnesota
Arlington, Texas
5

Loved this house!!

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed here for my sister's bachelorette party, and it was perfect! I planned the party from Texas and Christine was so accommodating of my distance and was amazing to work with. She made sure that we were well taken care of at the house. The house is beautiful and the view is even better! If I ever get up to the Stillwater area again, I am definitely getting ahold of Christine! Thank you again so much for the use of your house!
  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Averi. You all were great guests. Look forward to seeing you again.
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River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p466324vb
-651-470-8052
Forest Lake Minnesota
Delano, Mn.
5

The Perfect Family Getaway!

  • 5 out of 5
What a terrific place! We stayed for a long weekend with my family to celebrate my 50th birthday. It was the perfect home to play games, sit by the fire and enjoy family meals! We loved the goat cheese from their family farm and the wine they left for us to share. It was a warm and cozy weekend and we can't wait to stay again in the summer and enjoy the deck and view of the river.
  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're so glad our home worked so well for your special birthday family celebration. You were great guests. We hope you do come back to enjoy the river in the warmer months. Thanks to your whole family.
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul International
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Brookside Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Oak Glen Golf Course, Stillwater
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Olives Pizza, Marine Landing, Marine Café
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
cross-country, William O'Brien State Park
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
William O'Brien State Park
Car: necessary

• Enjoy this charming Craftsman style house with its many windows facing the river, its sweeping wrap-around deck, its lower patio area, and its mission-style architectural detail.

• Enjoy being part of the charming, historic village of Marine on St. Croix. Once a lumbering town, later a summer residence haven for city dwellers, Marine has maintained the look and feel of its history. Its architecture reflects the New England heritage of its first settlers and the feel of a vacation retreat. Take the short walk to the Marine Landing and Cafe, Marine Café Coffee Shop, the Marine General Store, St. Croix Chocolates, the community library, the Village Hall and Brookside Bar and Grill. Across from Brookside, enjoy looking over the falls rushing down to the river. For a complete look at the village, take the 'Historic Walking Tour' of the village with the guidance of the walking tour map you'll find at the house. From the village center take the short return walk to the Maison sans Chèvres and its sense of seclusion.

• Enjoy the wintertime - cross country skiing and snow shoeing at William O'Brien State Park, 2 miles north.

• Enjoy the spring, summer and fall living along the river. While the house is about 30' up on the riverbank, we have a short flight of deck stairs leading down to the river and our private dock. From our spacious deck you can watch life in its many forms on this quiet river; from Taylors Falls on the north to south of the village of Marine, the river is a 'slow speed zone' ideal for appreciating the unique beauty of the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

•Enjoy Stillwater. Travel 10 miles south to the historic town of Stillwater. Often called the 'Birthplace of Minnesota', Stillwater offers many wonderful antique shops, clothing stores, gift shops, and restaurants, museums, the historic Lift Bridge to Wisconsin, riverboat and gondola rides , and marinas for boat rentals to explore the St. Croix River. Winery and apple orchard nearby.

• Enjoy William O'Brien State Park , just 3 minutes north on Hwy. 95. There you can hike, bike, explore, swim at the Lake Alice beach, rent canoes for local paddling, or in winter cross country ski or snow shoe,

• Enjoy historic Scandia, site of the first Swedish settlement in Minnesota. Scandia boasts Gammelgarden Museum and Hay Lake Schoolhouse Museum, historic sites and shops for antiques and gifts.

• Enjoy Taylors Falls, just 20 minutes north on Hwy 95. Along the way you can take in the free outdoor Franconia Sculpture Garden at the junction of Hwy 95 and Hwy 8. At Taylors Falls you can rent canoes and kayaks, take a riverboat ride or try rock climbing.

• Enjoy other historic nearby towns including Lindstrom in Minesota and St. Croix Falls, Osceola, and Hudson in WI.

• Drive 40 minutes to St. Paul or 45 minutes to Minneapolis for museums, theatres, sporting events and so much more; drive 1 hour to Mall of America for mega shopping

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Forest Lake, Minnesota

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Thanksgiving Week
23 Nov 2014 - 30 Nov 2014
8 night minimum stay
$2,772
 
 
Christmas Week
21 Dec 2014 - 28 Dec 2014
8 night minimum stay
$2,772
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$795
for 2 nights
From
$347
From
$374
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,344
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable Damage Deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.88%
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Forest Lake in Minnesota

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Lower level bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Half Bath for guests on main level.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Master Suite Bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master Bedroom Suite with Master Bath adjoining
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Lower Level Bedroom with River View Window
  • In addition, Queen sleep sofa on main level and Queen sleep sofa on lower level
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Contact owner if you have questions about amenities not described here.
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