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Luxury Lake Superior Home with Private Beach, Amazing Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and designed and built by Lutsen architect Bruce Carmen, Grey Havens sits on 250 feet of private Lake Superior shoreline.

The house is furnished in mission style for a luxurious yet comfortable feel. Art scattered throughout the home, much of it by local artists, reflects the wilderness surrounding you. The open floor plan allows for cooking, dining and relaxing all with amazing Lake Superior views.

The main living area has a Carlton Peak rock fireplace and a 50' flat screen t.v. with both dvd and vcr players for evening movies. The stereo system includes a plug-in for your iPod. The home also has internet, so you can connect and even download movies, if you have that service. Two comfortable swivel recliners in the bay window let you nap while being lulled by the waves crashing on the shore.

Up a spiral stairs and overlooking the living area is a loft full of books, dvd and vcr movies, and a couch. Up another spiral stairs and you arrive in the turret with spectacular views of the lake and a reflecting telescope. From there you step out onto the rooftop deck which is perfect for star-gazing and watching the Northern Lights.

Or maybe you prefer to wander down to the lake to skip stones on your own private beach or fish off the ledgerock shore. Hot dogs and s'mores at the waterfront fire pit creates fun and memories for all ages.

You can create your own gourmet meals in the fully equipped kitchen using the JennAire stove with grill and other amenities. Or grill outside on the Weber!

The master bedroom is a special retreat with two walls of windows for stunning lake views. The attached bathroom has its own soaking tub and separate shower.

The first guest bedroom reflects the voyageur heritage of the North Shore. It's attached bathroom has whimsical wall art of spruce trees, bringing the surrounding forest inside. The second guest bedroom focuses on the art of Bev Doolittle with her portrayals of the hidden denizens of the birch forests. In the attached bathroom look out the window to find the trees which posed for the birch wall paintings!

Grey Havens is only minutes from Lutsen Ski Resort, with downhill skiing, snowboarding, and in summer, the Alpine Slide. Even closer is the 27 hole Lutsen National Golf Course. Miles of cross country ski trails start just across the road. Hiking in the beautiful state parks along Highway 61 is spectacular whatever the season. Just 20 minutes to the East is Grand Marais, an artist colony and charming town full of shops and restaurants to keep you entertained whatever the weather.

Grey Havens was a harbor for the highest and most powerful of the Elves in Tolkien's story of the Middle Kingdom. It was from Grey Havens that the Elves set sail for other enchanted lands. A place of magic and beauty, Grey Havens was a refuge for the Fellowship of the Ring and is our refuge for the soul.

Keywords: Lutsen, vacation home, cabin, private house

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2017

About The Owner

We are city dwellers who have always loved the outdoors. When our children were young, we went camping and traveled all over the country. Once they were grown and we had four granddaughters, we decided a place where we could all be together and celebrate family events was important. We now split our time between Minneapolis and Lutsen, so we get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

The Owner purchased this house in 1993

Why The Owner chose Minnesota

We fell in love with the North Shore the very first time we visited. After years of renting other people’s homes, we decided we wanted our own piece of paradise. We purchased 1.5 acres right on Lake Superior in Lutsen and built our home with local architect and builder Bruce Carman.

We love the many faces of the Lake, from smooth as glass to the powerful winter storms. The surrounding forest is full of wonderful birch and spruce trees not to mention the abundant wildlife -- deer, chipmunks, eagles, owls, and the occasional bear or wolf.

What makes this house unique

We are avid hikers and have been all over the wonderful state parks that line Highway 61. Trips into Canada to Fort William and Thunder Bay or up into the Boundary Waters at Ely always are adventures of discovery.

As well as hiking, we love to eat! When not making gourmet meals in our own kitchen, we have found numerous, sometimes hidden, restaurants serving everything from venison to burgers to four star cuisine.

As amateur astronomers, we built our house with a turret and rooftop deck. There is nothing more awe inspiring than lying on the deck looking at the Milky Way or finding the North Star or identifying constellations on a warm summer night. Or bundling up and watching the shimmering Northern Lights on a fall or winter evening.

There simply is no better place to relax and enjoy Nature in all her glory than our retreat on the North Shore.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lutsen in West Cook

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Each bedroom has it's own en suite bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

Luxury Lake Superior Home with Private Beach, Amazing Views
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews
Minneapolis, MN

Everything it says it is

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully furnished, architecturally interesting, perfect for six people. We wer a group that likes to cook for ourselves, and we turned out some great dinners with the full kitchen. Enough space for a quiet afternoon of reading on a rainy day for all six of us. Convenient to all the hiking and canoeing we wanted to do, quick access to Lutsen store. I'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a good time, even with a rainy afternoon! You'll be happy to hear we are upgrading the kitchen and appliances this fall to provide an even better cooking experience.
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Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Grey Havens twice in the past few years and were delighted by the accommodations, views, COMPLETE privacy, wonderful beach area, and all the great nooks and crannies of this house on both visits! The owners are wonderful and easy to work with and everything you need to know is spelled out in the agreement. Like a previous reviewer, I too am have rented numerous VRBOs and I have to say this one is as good or BETTER than the others. Cleanliness of the home was not an issue at all. And, on our second trip we were surprised to find WiFi and cell phone service at the house! I can't recommend this property enough. It's the perfect North Shore get away!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the glowing review! We are as surprised as anyone that internet finally got connected after 2 years of waiting. You've been great return renters, and we hope you continue to enjoy Gray Havens!
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Minneapolis MN

Successful birthday!

  • 5 of 5

We just spent an extra long weekend at Grey Havens celebrating our daughter's 15th birthday. The weather was hit & miss. Rained at night, foggy during the day, but you can't control that. Many games were played indoors. We went fishing & rock scouting down on the beach. Had a trip into Grand Marais where we dined at Angry Trout. Too wet for hiking, but we had an excellent trip anyway!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views BUT........

  • 2 of 5

This review is being submitted by four seasoned VRBO users. All of us frequently use

the website for vacation rentals and highly depend on the opinions of the property


Let us begin by saying the views from this property are spectacular! The pictures on the

website accurately portray the inside and outside of the home. It is well located

geographically; a short drive to Lutsen (for dining and skiing) and Grand Marais. You

will de?nitely hear road noise as it is close to Hwy 61.

However, compared to the dozens of VRBOs we have all rented, we were collectively

very disappointed in the cleanliness of the home itself and took pictures to send to the

owner, whose response was equally disappointing and defensive. This would not have

been a 1/2 hour job or covered by a “once over” by any of our standards and none of us

felt like putting up with a cleaning crew when one couple had driven 6 hours to get

there. Be aware that “television” (listed as an amenity) means you can watch a DVD,

no news or football games. There is no cable. Also, you have to bus your garbage

across the road and pay to have it disposed of before you leave or you will be ?ned.

There is no use of the washer/dryer and you are allowed one set of towels for 3 days.

Lastly, let me say that NONE of us have ever found it necessary to write a negative

review of the many properties we have rented. There are a lot of options on the North

Shore for $369/night; we recommend you look further.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We specifically ask all our guests to immediately contact our cleaning/maintenance group upon arrival at our home if anything is not to their liking. These renters did not inform us of their concerns until after they left, so we had no opportunity to correct the cleaning conditions they complained about. I apologized to them and immediately notified the cleaners to correct the conditions. The pictures I was sent showed dust under the microwave and under a lamp in a bedroom, a spider web, and three dead insects. Our home is in the middle of the woods and particularly in the Fall, critters try to get in somewhere warm for the winter. The house had been cleaned the day before they arrived, but every time you open a door, bugs can get in. In the cooler months, we do have a problem with dead flies since they make persistent efforts to get inside. From the pictures they sent, it would have taken very little time for our cleaners to correct the problems, probably less than half an hour. In our listing of amenities, we do not list cable TV since it is not available in Lutsen. We do not list a washer/dryer being available. A full set of towels is provided for each guest and had they asked for more, our cleaning crew would have provided them. The disposal of garbage is clearly spelled out in the Rental Agreement we have all guests sign before confirming their reservation. We are unhappy these guests had an unpleasant experience renting our home. By notifying us in a timely manner, we could have made their experience a happy one, our goal with all our guests.
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Beautiful and Private

  • 5 of 5

This property is gorgeous inside and out and the privacy is amazing - both at the house and down at the lake - not a soul or structure in sight! Wonderful amenities! Owner was easy and polite for correspondence or questions. No washer/dryer and no cell service nor WiFi - but unplug and enjoy! Some highway noise from 61, but that's hard to get away from on the North Shore.... Overall, a very wonderful location and highly recommended for couples or families.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted you loved our place! Internet may be coming via local electric company, but like all things North Shore, that may take a while!
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Twin Cities

Not sure what else you could need

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property with an exceptional shoreline. Very private at the end of a road, the privacy is also exceptional inside as there are guest bedrooms and baths down a hallway quite separate from the master. You won't be bothered by the noise of night owls or early risers. Gorgeous views and the icing on the cake is the observatory complete with telescope for the astronomy lovers. Spacious and very well designed. If you are looking for privacy, beauty, and comfort it's there.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lutsen, USA

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Off Season
1 Apr - 7 May
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £467.42
Tax Rate 12.38%

Return renters please contact owner for reduced rates.

1/2 of rental to reserve dates.
1/2 of rental plus taxes plus damage deposit 30 days prior to first rental date.
Payments by personal check more than 30 days prior to beginning rental date; otherwise by cashiers' check, money order or credit card (an additional 3.5% is added to entire payment for this option).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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