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Scenic Overlook Cottage

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Stillwater - Scenic Overlook Cottage

One bedroom, full kitchen & bar, living/dining room, shower bath, outdoor patio

Nestled on a hillside in beautiful Stillwater Minnesota, Scenic Overlook Cottage overlooks one of the most beautiful waterways in the Midwest; the St. Croix River. This cottage is attached to a French Normandy-style house and is a very private, ample 1200 square feet. A European immersion experience will enhance this perfect spot for a getaway. This special and memorable home has been highlighted in Better Homes and Gardens. It is a premium property at a preferred location.

It is located within a comfortable 25-minute walk (will soon be on the new Stillwater City path which will follow the river to town). At the bottom of your cottage driveway is Stillwater’s southern scenic overlook . Take your picnic hamper right out your door and enjoy the life this beautiful river has to offer.

Sweeping French doors into a bedroom, a full kitchen and bar, living and dining room area and a bathroom with shower all on one level makes the cottage easily accessible and livable for short stays or an extended stay. There are a lot of great restaurants, sightseeing and activities within easy reach. Bikers Welcome! The owners are friendly, easily reached and offer prompt service. We look forward to meeting you.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Louise Fenner
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016
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About Louise Fenner

Louise and Martin are both European and their home reflects it. Louise is from England while Martin is from Switzerland. As soon as they found this home set high on the hills overlooking the St. Croix River, Martin felt at home. It was reminiscent of his childhood home in Switzerland. Louise took great joy designing and decorating the home in a style similar to her Grandparents farmhouse in Cheshire, England. Better Homes and Gardens took note when they featured the home in their magazine.

Louise Fenner purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Louise Fenner chose Minnesota

The property is in a preferred location just 8/10 of a mile south of downtown Stillwater. It is an easy drive and just a 25 minute walk. By the end of 2016 it will be on the river walk into town. There has never been a bad review on this property. You will understand when you see the meticulous attention paid to every detail to make it a premier property and a delightful stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a lovely stay! Comfortable, relaxing, peaceful - just what we needed! You have done a great job decorating and preparing those great "extra's" for travelers. The yard is gorgeous. Stillwater is such a beautiful little town. We loved looking through shops downtown, morning coffee and breakfast at Tin Bins, the Paddleboat cruise and even getting to the Mall of America. Thanks again!
Jul 2014
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Scenic Overlook Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

A wonderful charming place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at this beautiful cottage. Each time we returned it was better than we remembered. This place is super clean and it has an amazingly comfortable bed with luxurious sheets. Our hosts Martin and Louise are gracious and welcoming. We are returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property, fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

Louise and Martin were wonderful hosts- they checked on us to see if we needed anything, but we had complete privacy at this lovely cottage. I had a small Memorial for my Mom at the house and it worked for us quite well. The cottage was the perfect size and had everything we needed for our stay. The decor and grounds are simple, clean, beautiful, and relaxing. The location is very, very convenient to Main Street downtown- close to the river, restaurants and shopping. We will definitely stay here if we get up to Stillwater again!

*Hugs to you, Louise! Thank you for the personal touch (Alice the Bee) that will continue to make it a special place for me! :)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Donna, Your family will forever be entwined in the tapestry of this home. Thanks for sharing such a special celebration with us. Take care and much love, Louise
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One if the most beautiful places we ever stayed!

  • 5 of 5

Lots of property, lovely landscaping and a fire pit! Truly a place we will return to! Can't wait until next year! And the design? Louise is a very talented designer and furnished the cottage perfectly! We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice review K and J! It was really nice to meet you and are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you next time. L x
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Cozy and Beautifully Designed

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful stay for my wife and I this winter. It had more than enough space for us to write and work, but felt cozy at the same time. It's clean and put together beautifully. The space was completely remodeled and felt like new. Louise and Martin were the best! Kind and accommodating. Couldn't ask for better hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A and E ~ We were so thrilled to be part of your great adventure! So happy for you both. We will look for the book when it comes out. Hope to see you again next time you are through this way. L x
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Heavenly May Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing 2 weeks in May at the Scenic Overlook Cottage. A perfect peaceful place for the 2 of us ...overlooking the St Croix River and nestled in the beautiful expansive garden of cottage owners, Martin and Louise Fenner. This lovely couple are kind, accommodating and so respectful of clients comfort and privacy. A beautiful patio, housing comfy teak furniture was completed during our stay, not yet pictured at cottage entrance. We hope to visit with Martin and Louise in the fall again when returning to Minn. This cottage is a tribute to redesigners Louise and Martin, in a marriage of cozy, country, antique design with convenient, spacious, functional living all on 1 floor, no stairs, for us oldies!!! Home away from home! Thanks for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda and Peanuts, you were such enjoyable guests. We look forward to seeing you in October! Let's have another glass of wine! L x
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A wonderful place to spend Christmas.

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the Cottage! We intended to spend Christmas vacation visiting friends and family around the Twin Cities and love the Stillwater area, which is why we chose to stay at the Scenic Overlook Cottage. We were amazed at how beautiful the Cottage was, the cottage was everything it promised to be and more! We were even blessed with a white Christmas! What a wonderful place to spend over Christmas!. I know the Scenic Overlook Cottage mustl be even more magical in the Summer. Martin and Louise are wonderful people, we will sure look forward to visiting with them again when we return to Minnesota.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Stillwater Packet Company
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Club Tara
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Afton Alps
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Bayport Beach
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Stillwater, Minnesota

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Crew £70 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.12%

Cancellation policy:
50% Refund if canceled at least 30 days prior to arrival. 100% Refund if canceled at least 60 days prior to arrival.
When booking more than 4 days, you may want to consider booking for a whole week as the weekly price will be automatically applied.
Tax rate: State Tax: 7.125%; Hospitality Tax: 3%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Stillwater, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Full Bedroom Queen Bed Closet, Dresser and Desk.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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