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Extraordinary Home on the River Bluff Directly Across from Stillwater, Minn.

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Unique cozy log home with 4BR and 3BA. Spectacular views!

Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, a great place to stay for a nearby wedding or other special occasion, or a girl's weekend away, you'll find "Lift Bridge Hideaway" your perfect home-away-from-home. From the moment you wind your way back along the river and enter the passcode to open the locked gate, you will discover a magical destination. The unique layout of the property provides majestic views both up and down river, as well as over the historic lift bridge to picturesque Stillwater, Minnesota. In fact, many of the professional photos you see of Stillwater are taken from the back yard of this home.

The wooded lot includes a log home with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and many unique amenities. (The 4th bedroom -- a.k.a., the "secret" room -- is described later.) The kitchen includes all Jenn-Air appliances and a gas/charcoal combination grill is available for your use on the back patio. The pantry is well stocked with spices, oils, and condiments, and guests are welcome to a bottle of wine from the underground wine cellar. In addition to the open kitchen/dining area, living/game room with a fireplace, bedrooms, and bathrooms, the home includes two large "dojos" that can be used for weight lifting, yoga, meditation, or martial arts. The property also offers unique hiking opportunities. Our more adventurist guests will want to explore the decades-old logging path down to the river. Internet and Wi-Fi access is included.

The master bedroom has a king-sized bed and sitting area, while the other two bedrooms have full-sized beds, and all include ample closet space. One of the bedrooms includes a balcony overlooking the backyard and river. The master bathroom includes an iron two-person waterfall tub/shower, and both of the other bathrooms include showers. The living room includes a game table and several board games, a TV, desk, and reading area. The dining room table seats six comfortably, or eight if you don't mind being cozy. The kitchen island provides additional seating. Laundry facilities are available for your use in the completely-finished basement.

The fourth bedroom, should you need it, is the "secret" room at the far end of the home. It is connected to the house by the dojos and a mysteriously moving bookcase. The secret room includes a full-sized sofa/pullout bed (with a very comfy mattress topper), and a fireplace. A circular staircase leads to a 360-degree windowed massage room, and then another stairway brings you to a rooftop lookout tower. The tower provides exquisite views and a peaceful place for reading, observing the lift bridge and boats on the river, or just enjoying life. We also have a twin pull-out sofa bed in the upper dojo.

Stillwater is right across the river and boasts many unique shops, restaurants, night spots with music, breweries, wineries, and festivals. You can take tours, hike, bike, or rent a boat. Hudson, Wisconsin, is seven miles south and is offers many fun river town activities. Other nearby popular destinations include Willow River State Park (7 miles); several golf courses within 15 miles, St. Paul/Minneapolis (20-30 miles), and the Mall of America (35 miles).

Non-smoking guests only please. We do allow a single pet with an additional $100 pet charge.

More Details

Kit & Gary Elert
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Kit & Gary Elert

Gary & I both grew up in Wisconsin and love the beauty of the St. Croix River Valley. Since our kids are grown and because we can work remotely, we spend much of our time traveling. Because of that, we'd like to share our home with others who appreciate its uniqueness and beauty.

Kit & Gary Elert purchased this house in 2001

Why Kit & Gary Elert chose Stillwater

When we bought the property 16 years ago, it was quite run down. We saw the potential and knew that it could become an exquisite home.

What makes this house unique

We fell in love with the spectacular views and knew that we could make this home special. Gary's vision and playful nature enticed us to incorporate many unique features such as a secret room, a lookout tower, a waterfall pond, and a massage room.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Stillwater in St. Joseph

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • First Floor Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Includes 5X make-up mirror
    Second Floor Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Jacuzzi , Two-person iron waterfall tub with shower
    Lower-Level Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Lower-level Bathroom -- Extra large Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Ceiling fan, dresser, and armoire
    Tanzania Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Closet, Dresser, Tanzanian Decor, River View
    Stillwater Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Closet, Balcony, Monitor/Office Chair, River View
    "Secret" Room - 1 Double Bed , "Secret" access, Comfy Pull-out Sofa, Fireplace.
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Massage room with massage bed available on site. Owners can put you in touch with local massage therapists.


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Extraordinary Home on the River Bluff Directly Across from Stillwater, Minn.
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Unique house

  • 5 of 5

Unique, clean, well maintained house. You will not be disappointed. Great communication from owner.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views!!

  • 5 of 5

The views are amazing! The property is well cared for and they have stocked lots of little extras. The owners were very responsive and even left us a thank you note. There was also a binder to answer specific questions you may have. We rented the house for a 40th Birthday and everyone had a great time. We surprised the birthday girl by not giving her any details so pulling up to the huge gate was extra fun. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, immaculate, unique and overall incredible!!!

  • 5 of 5

WOW! I am blown away by our stay at Kit & Gary’s beautiful home! Their home and grounds are gorgeous and the views are out of this world. Very clean and well organized. No detail was overlooked. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!!!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Views & Comfortable Interior

  • 5 of 5

I set up a moms’ weekend for a bunch of us friends to get away to Stillwater. The weather was cold and snowy (even in April) but this home was fabulous!!! The owners have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable. It was extremely clean. The set-up is unique—a luxurious home attached to a private dojo and martial arts work-out studio. Kit was very responsive and kind to work with. All the ladies loved it! And we are hoping to come back in warmer weather.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you and your friends enjoyed your stay, Helen! Happy to hear that the cold weather didn't stop you from having a fabulous time! We hope to see you back again soon!
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Amazing Property and Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the property with my business partners and we used the home for a planning retreat. The house had amazing views of Stillwater and the property itself was warm, comfortable, and in immaculate condition. We enjoyed the comfortable decor and got plenty of use out of the amazing kitchen. We were able to utilize the Dojo as a co-working space to collaborate in.

Stillwater, MN and Hudson, WI are only a short drive away and are full of wonderful restaurants.

This is an amazing property and I highly recommend it as the place to stay if you are in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your home. It was a very cold Christmas weekend, upon our arrival the house was toasty warm the heat all ready turned up and a lovely note and Poinsettia plant welcomed us. Exploring the home was fun. Stillwater is lovely at night and the View is spectacular from the house. Definitely will be back. Rick and Lu Ann

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay Rick and Lu Ann! We do our best to make your stay special!
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Marx Wine Bar and Grill
The Green Room
Lolo American Kitchen
Pub 112
Pier 500
Smilin Moose Lodge Bar & Grill
Dock Cafe
The Tilted Tiki
Main Cafe
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several in downtown Stillwater
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Oak Glen (MN); White Eagle (WI)
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Amtrack - Union Depot, St. Paul
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 36/64
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several in downtown Stillwater MN
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Afton Alps
Car: recommended

Both Stillwater and Hudson provide a variety of restaurants, shops, waterfront dining, and site-seeing!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Stillwater, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £39 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £74.45
Refundable Damage Deposit £372.25
Cleaning fee £111.68

Our standard base rate is $385/night for up to four people. We charge an additional $50/person per night for each guest over four up to our maximum of nine guests. (There are some dates (e.g., SuperBowl) with a higher base rate.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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