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The Lorelei Cabins 'Not Just a Place, But an Experience!' The Edelweiss

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

The Lorelei Cabins are located in Dubuque, Iowa, near Swiss Valley Park. The beautifully decorated cabins, The Edelweiss and The Aster, and our newest property, The Homestead, are perfect for any getaway. The cabins and the house are secluded in an area with over 400 acres of land, yet close enough to the city of Dubuque to enjoy the restaurants, shopping, and other amenities a city has to offer.

A perfect place for a family gathering, reunion, wedding or a romantic getaway. Each season has it's own unique offerings, with the vibrant leaves in the fall, the snow activities in the winter, and the relaxing tranquility of the ponds and Catfish Creek in the spring and summer.

The sunsets are abundant, and the lights of the city are a beautiful back drop to this area. Viewing the wild life and various scenes of nature are an experience everyone can appreciate. Walking in the woods, having a picnic or bird watching, is also recommended.

Call us and create your own getaway!

No pets allowed.

Keywords: Cabins (2 available), and The Homestead

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 February, 2017

About Laura

Laura is originally from Dubuque, Iowa, and Jim is originally from Milwaukee. They have been married 28 years and have three grown 'children'. Both have human service back grounds. Jim is a motivational speaker/educator and owns Creative Education Services as well as Lorelei Cabins with Laura. The best part of owning the cabins has been the great people they get to meet all of the time, and the events in people's lives they are able to share.

Laura purchased this cabin in 2009

Why Laura chose Dubuque

This property has been family owned since 1930. The Edelweiss Cabin and the Aster Cabin were built in 2009 and 2010. The idea was to offer beautiful upscale cabins, on this property so others can enjoy the area and all of the natural beauty has to offer. There are over 400 acres to hike, snow shoe, bird watch, picnic or even fish. Enjoy the water with our paddle boat and canoe. My home is a hillside away from the cabin, so we are available to take care of any problems or to help your stay be complete. This cabin, the Edelweiss and the Aster Cabin are a perfect pairing for family reunions or other events.

What makes this cabin unique

WE offer hot tubs all year round, and beautiful scenery all seasons. Our kitchens are fully equipped so you never have to leave to go out to eat unless you want to. We are honoring my mother, Sally von Carlowitz with this endeavor, as it wouldn't have happened unless she convinced us to follow through in providing this magical experience. We all loved the Sound of Music, which is why the cabins are named as they are, and Lorelei is named after myself, Laura, and my sister, Lisa. Unfortunately, my mother passed away suddenly in 2010 before the second cabin was finished. I believe she is watching over us and happy with how everything turned out and really happy at how busy all of this has been keeping me!

Guestbook comments from the manager

As soon as we walked into the cabin we felt at home, and then we met you and Jim and we felt even more at home, almost like we had known you both forever. Lovely people, lovely cabin! We could not have stayed at a more beautiful place and more peaceful surrounding. We will certainly spread the word to our friends and family about this "best kept secret"!! And you can be certain we will certainly be returning!! Thank you so much for your hospitality!
Jun 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Downtown in Iowa

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The first floor bathroom has a spa bath tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Pull out couch on lower level.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
The scenery is breathtaking. We have two ponds for fishing and other water activities, and we use the ponds for ice skating in the winter. We are close to Dubuque, but the feel is country living at it's best. Most people come to the cabins, and they do not want to leave to go eat or do anything but relax, or do outside activities. Great for reunions, family gatherings, weddings, or any other opportunity to get away! We have lots of space, and a party barn, with more games and areas to explore. We also have fire pits, for a bon fire!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveller reviews)

The Lorelei Cabins 'Not Just a Place, But an Experience!' The Edelweiss
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews

Beautiful cabin! So peaceful & relaxing! Already planning our next trip back.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin came with everything you could need! It was clean & well maintained.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Such a great cabin! Very clean and well appointed. We all enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub. The kids enjoyed playing horse and ping pong in the party barn. Close to downtown Dubuque, yet seemed like you were so far away from it all when you turned down the lane. Quick drive to shops in Galena too. We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. We appreciate your choosing to stay at our cabin. You were great guests and we hope you will be back again! Laura and Jim
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A Relaxing and Romantic Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Let us add our glowing review to the dozens of positive reviews that others have already written here. We recently spent two wonderful days and nights at the Edelweiss cabin to celebrate our anniversary, and we could have not asked for a more peaceful and romantic experience. The cabin is very clean and well furnished with most anything you might need for your stay. The view from the screened-in porch is amazing—we saw deer playing in the open meadow behind the house, wild turkeys strutting in the open areas, and all manner of birds and other wildlife. We enjoyed the hot tub and fire pit each night as we gazed at the stars, and we also made use of the kayaks and paddleboat that are provided.

Even more than the comfortable and well-maintained cabin and property, however, you will soon come to appreciate the glorious privacy and the sense of peace and tranquility that make this such an amazing experience. We were just a few minutes drive to all of the historic sites in Dubuque, yet when we settled in at the Edelweiss cabin, we felt that we were a world away from the noise and commotion of a busy city.

Laura was a pleasure to work with, and we enjoyed the freshly baked cookies when we arrived. The Edelweiss cabin is perfect for one or two couples, but with the other cabin just a short walk away, this setting would be perfect for a small family get-together as well. We will no doubt return for another relaxing stay, and we have already told some of our friends about the cabins.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Elk Grove Village, IL

All good

  • 5 of 5

Place is great. Property expansive, great for letting the kids roam. You do share pond with other cabin but fishing, hiking, hanging out all very good. All that space yet grocery 5 min and Galena 20 min away. Our experience all good and we will be back. If they could only control the weather it would be perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoy Dubuque's wildlife with more comforts than you can imagine!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Edelweiss cabin and plan to return again and again! The owners of the Lorelei Cabins take great pride in their property. They were warm and welcoming- even leaving cookies for our arrival. The grounds are gorgeous and well maintained as are the cabins which are immaculate. Everything you need for your stay can be found in the cabin, including flashlights for an evening hike, napkins for taking on a picnic, and shampoo for a relaxing shower at the end of a full day. There is a fire pit for making s'mores right by one of the ponds and hiking trails. There is also a three season porch, grill, hot tub, and balcony with a picnic table. To top it off, there is even a "Party Barn" up the hill complete with a basketball hoop and ping pong table. We enjoyed an early morning hike with memorable, breathtaking vistas and wildlife (deer, birds, turkeys). However, if weather keeps you inside, there is a fireplace, jacuzzi, and collection of DVDs/CDs to use.

My husband asked me what I wanted for my 40th birthday and I told him the best gift he could give me would be a return trip to the Lorelei Cabins!

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dubuque Ia. 52001


  • 5 of 5

OMG-you must see to believe!! If you think the pictures are beautiful, then you must take the time & book your reservation so you can enjoy this MUST see, breath taking experience. You will never see this amount of "God's creation" all in one place. From acres & I mean acres of green grass, trees (mercy, oh mercy, the sizes of these you must see) animals & much more that you will never find any where else but here. I challenge you to try. I have been to South Dakota, Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Georgia, Ohio,Tennessee, Nebraska,Texas & Trinidad. All nice places but nothing close to the beauty & relaxation you will find here at the cabins.

My brother Craig chose a cabin to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife Lisa & daughter's Sara 21st birthday. Our family has grown, so from the oldest being my parents of 80 & 81 to the youngest of 6 weeks & too many to count of relatives in between. He wanted it to be special & therefore looked for a place where everyone of all ages would enjoy & remember their special occasions. Jim, Laura & son Michael were awesome in welcoming every single one of us. The place is "spic and span clean." All you need to do is bring your own food & drink, everything else you can imagine is there. You literally would not have to leave once you arrive here. Isn't that what makes get away's hectic, stressful & tiresome, just when you want to sit back & relax someone decides it's time to start running. Not here, in fact if you do leave you are missing time away from this awesome place to relax & enjoy.

Thank you to my brother Craig for organizing an awesome day for our entire family to enjoy together. Laura, Jim & Michael thank you also for being so genuine in welcoming all of us!! I can not wait until Fall to hopefully organize a get together with some of my closer friends. How beautiful the trees will be changing colors. Then there is our cold Iowa winters, what an awesome time to relax around the fire place after ice skating. Good child hood memories coming back already & winter isn't even here yet!

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Lisa-life long resident of Dubuque Iowa

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Dubuque Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Downtown Dubuque
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Lansing, Iowa
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Galesburg, Illinois
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many choices Downtown Dubuque!
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Sundown Mountain, Dubuque, Iowa
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Mississippi River
Car: necessary

On site, with over 400 acres to hike, snowshoe, fish in the Catfish Creek and in the newly built ponds. Many beautiful places and overlooks to enjoy picnics and sunsets. Wildlife is abundant, including deer, turkeys, eagles and red tailed hawks. Close to Sundown Mountain for winter skiing, cross country skiing is available on site, or at The Swiss Valley Park. Snow shoeing is available with snow shoes available. Only 8 minutes to the city of Dubuque. Many great places to visit in Dubuque: casino, hockey, theatre, ballet, ice skating, the Mississippi River Museum, river walk, shopping,wineries and much more. The 4th St. elevator is a great experience in the spring, summer and fall. There are many great restaurants such as L'May, and Woodfire. Close to Galena, Illinois., which offers many shops, antiques and great restaurants.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Downtown, Iowa

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High Season
1 May 2017 - 10 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Standard pricing
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £183
Tax Rate 5.0%

Rates are subject to change. Cleaning fees may be charged depending on the booking. Different rates apply to events held at the barn, or the cabins. We are open to hosting parties, retreats, weddings or showers.
13 yrs and younger stay free. If not available, please contact owner for other listings.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Partner Offers

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