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Large Lakefront Cabin on Shell Lake -450' Frontage / Very Private

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10), PONTOON Included in rental

Our lake home is a beautiful year round home with a cabin feel but all of the amenities of a home. The home features knotty pine interior with wood floors and a large natural stone fireplace in the center of the cabin. The great room is 2 stories with a wall of windows facing the lake. The outside of the cabin is log.

There is a 55" TV with surround sound speakers in the great room. We have Internet, Direct TV and many DVDs. There is a second flat screen TV in the master bedroom. The great room has a large L shaped couch that seats up to 8 people and more seating and a game table. The sun room on the main level offers additional seating for relaxing.

The kitchen was recently remodeled with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. There are 4 barstools along the kitchen center island. The table in the kitchen seats up to 8.

Inside there are 4 bedrooms with the master bedroom (King) and guest room (2 twins) on opposite sides of the main level. Upstairs there are 2 more bedrooms, one with a queen log bed and the second 'kids' room with 2 twin beds, a trundle & full bed . The kids room is filled with games, toys and books. The loft area is open for extra sleeping (with a pull-out full bed) or relaxing. There are 2 bathrooms in the cabin. The main floor bath has a walk in shower and the 2nd floor bath has a tub/bath combination. We also have central air conditioning for those hot summer days.

We have a huge front deck overlooking the lake. There are 2 dining tables on the deck with seating for 10. Additional comfortable seating across the front of the deck for relaxing with a cup of coffee in the AM or a book in the PM.

A gazebo is located off the side of the deck with a couch, chairs and table. This is a great space for quiet naps or for the kids to play games in.

The property is very private with a rare 450' of lake shore frontage with a huge sand beach in front of the cabin. The water is crystal clear all summer and the elevation is very gradual so it's ideal for children. We have a long dock that can be used for fishing or just sunning. There is also a fire pit on the beach with chairs to enjoy the evenings outdoors. We do spray for both mosquitos and ticks.

We have a 20' pontoon boat (seats 10) and 2 kayaks which are included in the rental. We also have beach toys and bikes for our renters to use.

There is a second refrigerator in the garage for overflow.

Shell Lake is a 2600 acre lake known for it's clean water & sandy beaches. All of the usual lake activities are available. There is a public landing in town so you can bring your boat along. There are bike trails around the lake and we have bikes and helmets for your use.

Please note that the City of Shell Lake recently passed an ordinance limiting the maximum # of occupants in a rental home to 10 so we cannot accommodate any groups larger than 10.

Keywords: Lakefront Cabin, beach, large families, pontoon, log, private, beach, pontoon

More Details

May Swenson
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2018

About May Swenson

Our family built this cabin for our personal use in 1990. We have 2 girls and they enjoyed spending their summer weekends 'at the lake'. Since they are now grown and we no longer have the time to spend as much time there, we decided to share our lake home with others.

May Swenson purchased this cabin in 1990

Why May Swenson chose Shell Lake

We built on Shell Lake because it was within 2 hours of the Twin Cities and had crystal clear water with sandy beaches. We like the 'up north' feeling of the area and the local towns & attractions.

What makes this cabin unique

We have 2 extra lots on either side of the cabin so there is a lot of privacy. We try to stock the cabin so that all our guests need to bring is their clothes & food. We provide everything else. We hope that our guests will treat our cabin as they do their own homes. We have many returning families each year as we have become their summer vacation home.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin around the Shell Lake around the Washburn County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Maximum of 4 cars allowed on property per City Regulation. Renter will be responsible for any fines.
  • No Fireworks of any kind permitted for VRBO rentals regulated by the City. Renter will be responsible for any fines.
  • Always check boat for proper # of life jackets before using boat. Renter will be responsible for any fines.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Shower only in 1st floor bath. Bathtub + shower in 2nd level bath.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2) Queen Beds in 2 Bedrooms, one up & one down, Twin or Single Beds (5) 2 Twin Beds in 1st floor bedroom and 2 Twin beds with a trundle in 2nd floor bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Twin Convertible Beds in Sunroom
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Large sand beach, long fishing dock, fire pit, stone fireplace, firewood, huge deck with furniture,attached gazebo, fish from dock, 450' of lake shore frontage, small airport on lake


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Large Lakefront Cabin on Shell Lake -450' Frontage / Very Private
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Family Getaway Perfection

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had been craving a weekend getaway to cure us from the monotony of winters in Minneapolis, and decided to book this cabin with another family. It was an amazing weekend, and the amenities of this cabin had a lot to do with that. We had 6 kids and 4 adults and it never felt crowded or like we were on top of each other. The owners of this cabin truly make it feel family-FRIENDLY--with a closet filled with toys and books and stuffed animals. Everything you could need for a weekend away from home but with all the comforts of your home were there. We cooked almost every meal in the cabin and never felt like we had to 'substitute' for something that wasn't there. From crock-pots to ziplocs, it was all there. We drove into Spooner one morning for a breakfast and had a great little outing. There were lots of things to do outside even in the winter. I can only imagine how fun this spot would be in the summer when you could use the fire-pit and water amenities. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a relaxing getaway. Also of note, we are from the Twin Cities and it was a SUPER easy drive!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! We are so happy that your family had a great weekend and hope you can return in the summer sometime so you can use the beach & lake too.
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Amazing hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home and property. Comfortable beds. Fully loaded house. If they don’t have it, you don’t need it! We loved the pontoon. We will be renting the cabin again.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to hear that you enjoyed our cabin! We try to make sure that you do have everything you need and only have to bring food & clothes. Hope you had some luck with fishing! Thanks for staying with us! May & Lee
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Awesome Cabin Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

The perfect cabin to celebrate a Golden Birthday! Our family of 10 had an awesome time hanging out, laughing, creating memories, chilling on the deck, stargazing, kayaking, taking the pontoon for a ride around the lake ... so much fun! Equipped with everything you need to have a very comfortable stay. We all wish we had one more day, so we will definitely be coming back next year. We went to The Potters Shed in town and painted ceramics and enjoyed hanging out for a few hours - what a fun place. Having owned a cabin for many years, now we opt for the Florida sunshine, but this was the perfect cabin for us. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear that your family enjoyed our cabin! It is a great lake and area to explore. I hope you will come back again for another weekend.
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Everything about this lakehome and area is exceptional!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 8 couldn't have hoped for a better place to make memories. A beautiful lakehome with all the amenities you could ask for! May is so wonderful and accommodating. Our family will be back again!!

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin and short getaway.

  • 5 of 5

A group of us Moms escaped the Twin Cities for a girls weekend and this place was perfect! The cabin had everything we needed and more. Cozy and comfortable accommodations and owner was great. Will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear that you had a great time! Always good to get away for a Moms weekend!
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Perfect for families!

  • 5 of 5

When we booked this weekend, we were a little nervous because we were traveling with 6 kids ages 5 and under (and four adults). We didn't know how it would go but it was just PERFECT!! The layout of the house is absolutely ideal for multiple families and lots of little kids. They even have a closet full of toys from Barbies and legos to board games and Twister. It kept all the little ones busy and happy. We came here in teh winter months so didn't get to enjoy the boating or firepit but the kids loved walking out on the ice covered lake and going on many "exploring walks." The beds were awesome and the kitchen had everything we needed. The ONLY critique I have is that the stairs are a tiny bit steep so if you have a kid who is new to crawling and navigating stairs, you will just need to keep an eye on them or put up a barrier. Other than that, it was an absolutely perfect place to stay. If we can come back after 48 hours with six littles and still feel relaxed and refreshed...ANYONE can!!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review on our cabin! Our children grew up at the cabin & so we try to make sure that families have everything they need when they are there. We want our guests to feel like it's "your" cabin for the time you stay. Hope you can join us in the summer too!
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Shell Lake
Car: necessary

Downtown Shell Lake features Bandstand with evening movies & concerts, large public beach & campground, hospital, grocery store, restaurants, library, nearby town features 24 hour supermarket, fine dining, cinema, train museum & rides, water slide & mini golf & go-cart track, many beautiful golf courses within 15 miles.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £150.72

Summer Rates include use of Pontoon Boat. Please note that many rentals charge extra for a boat. Boat is generally available from 5/15 - 9/15, depending on the weather to put the boat in and take it out for the season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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