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~A~ Piece of Heaven on Earth

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Property
cabin
People
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
4 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cabin in Battle Lake - West Wing on Blanche

Rustic, renovated-2 bedrooms, Great room (2 beds), sun room, new bathroom

A peaceful and picturesque retreat awaits you at the West Wing on Blanche. We are on the north shore and enjoy southern exposure overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Blanche. Across these waters you will find undeveloped shorelines and secluded sandy beaches in the wilderness environment bordering Glendalough State Park. This peaceful shoreline is located on some of the most remote parts of the park. It's a wonderful, inspiring place to beachcomb, kayak or just kick back at the water’s edge. You can relax, watch eagles fly overhead, see fish jumping, catch a glimpse of a deer coming down for a cool drink, enjoy the sweet smell of honeysuckle and listen to loons sing out to each other as the sunset colors fill the sky. The West Wing on Blanche is the perfect place to slow life’s pace while you reconnect with yourself, loved ones or enjoy a rejuvenating couple’s get away.

The West Wing on Blanche is committed to providing a wholesome, mellow environment that leaves guests with a memorable experience. The 'West Wing' is on the west side of a large lakeside retreat which spans three lake lots and is closed off from the other side; much like a beautiful twin-home at the lake. The other side is not available for rent which further enhances your experience and sense of privacy during your stay. The West Wing does not lend itself to a resort-type environment with rental cabins and constant turnover of strangers all around. Crowds of visitors, loud parties or other disruptive activities that interfere with the tranquil experience the West Wing on Blanche was created for are not allowed. These high standards, maximum of six guests (four of which may be adults-renters/visitors combined), the rustic ambiance of our accommodations and all the beauty the West Wing offers lends itself to an elite level vacation experience at a very affordable price.

Our lake country retreat overlooks the lake and has been newly renovated while holding on to it's rustic charm of bygone years. The West Wing has a fully equipped kitchen with new appliances, furnishings and plenty of modern amenities to enhance your stay.

The West Wing is a rustic setting that has maintained the lake cabin feel with style and modern ameneties. We have a large open floor plan for the living area, dining and kitchen. The great room area also has two very comortable fold-out futons. Step up into the sunroom overlooking the lake. From there you enter the master suite which is finished off in natural colors, wood, and rustic decor.

We have a maximum limit of 6 guests (four of which may be adults-renters/visitors combined) at the West Wing at any given time. Though some resorts have higher limits, often with less square footage, we wish to provide an elite style stay at an affordable price for people that wish to avoid the crowds and relax in style. It is for this reason that we provide a mellow place free of crowds, loud parties and groups of non-guests who come and go. So kick back and enjoy your stay!

You'll instantly feel relaxed at the West Wing in our clean, comfortable lake home setting. We provide bath towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, utensils, dishes, pots and pans — all the amenities you need for a relaxing retreat.

Some features:

•Queen size memory foam bed in the master bedroom

•Large bedroom 2 has many windows, new furniture and queen bed.

•Two very nice fold out futons (each double bed size) in the great room

•Full kitchen with refrigerator, freezer, microwave, range, coffee maker, toaster

•Indoor fireplace (for ambiance only to avoid smoke odors) & outdoor fire pit

•Dining table and a 2 person nook in the sun room overlooking the lake

•TV, stereo and DVD player

•and more

The West Wing on Blanche offers the perfect base from which to explore the great outdoors. Let the birdsong wash away all the stresses of daily life.

Take advantage of these great outdoor attractions:

•Golf, Golf, Golf...

•Patio with barbecue grill

•Outdoor fire pit

•Hiking and biking trails

•Fishing is great on Blanche

•Great hunting

•Kayaking

•Sailing

•Glendalough State Park

•Inspiration Peak

•Horse riding stables

•and much, much more!

Or for those wanting to stay close to home, just hang out at the West Wing's large lake side yard for some yard games, picnic or play along the 140 feet of private lake shore.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Tim Sporre
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
11 October, 2016

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

~A~ Piece of Heaven on Earth
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
Kansas City
5

Perfect Spot for a Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th consecutive summer vacation to Western Minnesota lake country. We love the lake life, and we've enjoyed every place we've stayed including a couple other VRBO lake houses and one resort. But none of them was so compelling we wanted to come back. Until NOW. We have found our spot, and we can't wait to return.

To start, the home itself is lovely. It feels more like a primary residence than a vacation rental. It is designed and appointed with quality and care. There was more than enough space for our family of 4 + grandpa. We made several meals in the big open kitchen, although whenever possible, we cooked on the gas grill ate outside on the patio.

Speaking of the patio, that was our happy spot. Sitting at the table with a coffee in the morning, or glass of wine in the evening, enjoying the breeze off the lake, watching the boats go by, and hanging out with Tim's amazing hunting dogs Duke and Jet. Oh Duke and Jet, my daughter (6) still talks about them like old friends. We don't have dogs, so this was a new experience for her, and these dogs are so well trained and mild mannered that she couldn't get enough.

Blanche is a great lake. With half of it bordered by Glendalough State Park it was generally not too busy, which was perefect. We used the kayaks several times and rented the fishing boat for the week and went fishing at least once a day and caught lots of fish. And the location is ideal for heading to Zorbas on Ottertail, going to turtle races in Perham or shopping/dining in Battle Lake. Not to mention Glendalough (where we had a great bike ride). Can't beat it!

But what really makes the West Wing special is the host. Tim is a super congenial guy with loads of great stories and helpful tips. He went out of his way to make sure we were not just comfortable, but having a great time. His advice on spots to fish, places to go, things to see was super helpful. But he really went above and beyond. One night he took us on a pontoon tour around the lake, which was epic. And when he found out my son (10) is a speed demon, he borrowed a friends tube and took him tubing. My son will never forget it!

The West Wing was perfect for our family getaway, and I can't recommend it more highly.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

West Wing YES!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Had a fabulous time on Lake Blanche. This was a very cozy, relaxing place. Tim was a fabulous host who was always available if needed. Totally enjoyed the peaceful, beautiful lake and accommodations. Would highly recommend to anyone!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, relaxing, fun!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 4 nights at "A Piece of Heaven on Earth," and it was a wonderful vacation. The cottage is charming and comfortable. We had friends stay with us two of the nights which worked out well with the two nicely furnished bedrooms, and we made the one bath work, although we would suggest another bath be added to make the stay even more over the top.

Tim is delightful and made sure we had all we needed. The lawn and gardens are beautiful and the patio and view of the lake is perfect. We rented the fishing boat and had great luck fishing (caught fish on 99% of the casts!). Tim was helpful in showing us the best places to fish. Make sure you have him show you how to start the boat motor. We also enjoyed the kayaks and the nearby golf course. We would highly recommend this fabulous property on Blanche Lake!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful property, spacious living area

  • 5 of 5

Tim was very welcoming. he introduced us to a clean, beautifully maintained hide away. It was just what I needed at the time...a quiet little paradise; yet it was equipped to give any family with children the activities of beach fun, kayaking and fishing.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful cabin and hosts

  • 5 of 5

We would like to thank Tim and Kathy for a wonderful stay on Blanche Lake. The cabin was extremely clean and very roomy for the 5 of us. We were supplied with towels and all paper and cleaning products. Our vacations are always focused on fishing and your cabin and lake were the perfect location. Not to say that we didn't have an afternoon enjoying swimming in the lake as well. Tim was the perfect host and made us feel very welcome. We loved all your amazing stories. Thank you so much for a great week!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the West Wing on Blanche. We are very happy that you and your family have joined the ranks of the quests that experienced the magical rejuvenation and special memories the West Wing on Blanche always seems to offer. It is easy to tell fishing stories to fellow fishermen and I always like to tell a few to help get them excited at the beginning of their stay. However, you all didn't need much of a boost judging from the piles of BIG fish you all caught!!! :-) Have a wonderful summer and until next time, take care!
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4

Lovely home w/ nice finishes

  • 4 of 5

My family has been vacationing to Ottertail County for 10+ years now. We have stayed on Rush Lake, Dead Lake, Glendalough, Battle Lake, and Blanche Lake at resorts, in VRBOs, and campsites. Blanche Lake has beautiful clear water and a sandy bottom. The VRBO is located in the bay of Blanche Lake. Tucked back in the bay, the lake is very peaceful. The reeds off shore do an excellent job of calming wakes. However being back in the bay means less current, so there is a slight layer of silt deposited on the sugar sand making it less hard-packed sand than, say, at the public access area. The VRBO is more of a mother-in-law suite than a true stand-alone vacation rental. The VRBO is attached to the main house by way of double locked, sound-proof doors. Also of note, the owners live and work here year round. When checking in, you will be given a detailed tour of the property. The finishes are beautiful—vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans in every room, beautiful cabinets, backsplash, tiling, and flooring. The larger bedroom has a window unit AC and there are 2 box fans in the cabin. There is no access to the thermostat (that I could find) for the rest of the cabin. Dishes, bath towels, pots/pans, and coffee filters are provided, as well as some toilet paper, paper towels, ziplocs/plastic wrap and trash/grocery bags; salt and pepper are provided. Plan to bring your own beach towels. We stayed 9 nights in late July/early August and had a wonderful time. Would recommend for a smaller family retreat.

Some things to note:

-at any given point, only 6 adults are allowed at the VRBO, meaning this is not an idea locale for large family dinners, family reunions, etc…

-there is no clothesline or washer/dryer on site

-the owners keep two large labs (very sweet and well behaved) that frequently wander the property—just something to note if you are afraid of large dogs or very allergic. The dogs are not allowed in the cabin, but one lives outside and roams the property unleashed.

Some suggestions for improvement:

-propane tank was empty on second night of stay, and needed to be changed again on day 4. Perhaps offering a standard charcoal grill would be a better option?

-with the wildlife here, trash is an issue, perhaps your garbage servicer could issue you another can?

-there were no matches/lighters in the house for fires

Note that the owners do live here year round--Saturday morning they mowed the lawn/blew leaves, so plan for the owners to be around.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brittany, Thanks for your kind feedback. We are happy you had such a wonderful time at the West Wing on Blanche. I will clarify a few things that potential guests may take out of context as described in your review. The description of a “mother-in-law suite” may be misleading. As described on the site, the West Wing is nearly 1,200 sq. ft. It has a master suite with new furnishings, hallway storage, tiled bathroom with new glass shower, new toilet and designer sink; sunroom with breakfast nook overlooking the lake; dining/kitchen area with new appliances, living room/great room with fireplace; recreation/meditation room and extra-large second bedroom. There are two patios and a private driveway. It is a classy lake house unto itself, and is attached to another house to the East - much like a .twin home. These two houses rest on three large lake lots sharing 145 ft. of lakeshore. Normally a parcel of land like this would hold three lake homes. Correction: There are not “six adults” allowed at the West Wing. Our guest limit is six total - four which may be adults. This is redundantly expressed on the VRBO site and in the rental agreement. Your group showed up with seven adults, which is inconsistent with the vision for the West Wing. Though there is sleeping room for eight, we created limitations to preserve the magical retreat experience. We created a rustic, yet chic alternative to the loud, frat-house environment of many rentals. This explains our overall five-star rating. There are two laundromats about 10 minutes away that guests have used while visiting local restaurants and quaint shops. We have two highly trained labs; one which stays outside in a designated area during the day. We discuss the dogs with guests before every stay, and guests have loved Duke as expressed in our onsite guestbook. The only way 40 lbs. of propane can be used in a week is if the gas valve is left open. We have never had a problem with garbage and wildlife. My wife and I live in the east house. There has never been a concern related to our occasional presence on the property. In fact, guests have voiced our availability to be a plus. Example: We took 20 minutes for yard cleanup after a severe storm so you could continue to play yard games in a neatly groomed yard. Hopefully the clarifications to your review will help future guests fully understand the special nature of the West Wing and Lake Blanche.
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Location

Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Battle Lake
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Battle Lake
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Balmoral Golf Course
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Detroit Lakes
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Co. Hwy. 128
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Elmer's Texas BBQ
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Andes Tower Hills
Nearest Beach
on property, on Lake Blanche
Car: necessary

A peaceful and picturesque retreat awaits you at this cabin named the West Wing on Blanche. We are on the north shore and enjoy southern exposure overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Blanche. Across these waters you will find undeveloped shorelines and secluded sandy beaches in the wilderness environment bordering Glendalough State Park. This peaceful shoreline is located on some of the most remote parts of the park. It's a wonderful, inspiring place to beachcomb, kayak or just kick back at the water’s edge. You can relax, watch eagles fly overhead, see fish jumping, catch a glimpse of a deer coming down for a cool drink, enjoy the sweet smell of honeysuckle and listen to loons sing out to each other as the sunset colors fill the sky. The West Wing on Blanche is the perfect place to slow life’s pace while you reconnect with yourself, loved ones or enjoy a rejuvenating couple’s get away.

The West Wing on Blanche is committed to providing a wholesome, mellow environment that leaves guests with a memorable experience. The 'West Wing' is on the west side of a large lakeside retreat which spans three lake lots and is closed off from the other side; much like a beautiful twin-home at the lake. The other side is not available for rent which further enhances your experience and sense of privacy during your stay. The West Wing does not lend itself to a resort-type environment with rental cabins and constant turnover of strangers all around. Crowds of visitors, loud parties or other disruptive activities that interfere with the tranquil experience the West Wing on Blanche was created for are not allowed. These high standards, the rustic ambiance of our accommodations and all the beauty the West Wing offers lends itself to an elite level vacation experience at a very affordable price.

Visit for yourself and find out why so many people refer to the West Wing on Blanche as a 'piece of heaven on earth.'

Area Attractions for our guests include: Glendalough and Maplewood State Parks, Inspiration Peak, numerous historical attractions, several premium golf courses, Shady Oaks Riding Stables, boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, Red Horse Ranch rodeos and events, A Center for the Arts live musical/theatric performances, Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, mutiple summer community celebrations (Watermelon Days, Chief Wenonga Days, Flekkefest...), WeFest (top stars country music festival), 10,000 Lakes Festival, fishing tournaments, concerts in the park, turtle races, Phelps Mill, river tubing, sailboat lessons and rentals, jet ski rentals, country fairs, and countless other attractions.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Battle Lake, Minnesota

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £315
Tax Rate 6.88%

A rental deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking. Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of the signed rental agreement and 50% rental deposit. Rental balance, sales tax (6.875%) and damage/security deposit are due no later than 14 days prior to your reserved check-in date. Cancellation requires 60 day written notice for 50% of your rental deposit to be refunded.

Maximum guests: 6

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Battle Lake, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1108 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Newly renovated
  • The bathroom has been entirely renovated to include beautifully tiled flooring and walls, new shower, toilet, sink vanity and all the rest. The feel reflects nature.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom- Master - 1 Large Double Bed , Memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , New in 2013 with a meditation area just outside the door
  • The master bedroom has a large window, and is finished in real hand-crafted pine lumber on lower walls and ceiling. It also has 'livable green' colors to add to the sense of rejuvenation after a great night's sleep. The rustic decor, ceiling fan, wall sconces and art further create a feeling of nature's pace. The queen bed is a real jewel as it forms to your body as only a top quality memory foam mattress can do. Bedroom 2 (newly constructed in 2013) has a queen bed, lots of large windows, and rustic lighting, sconces and ceiling fan. The vaulted pine ceiling, merges with the textured livable green walls which transition to hand split stone and pine walls to the floor. It is artful These bedrooms (1&2) also have air conditioning for those hot summer nights. The great room has 2 very nice fold out double-sized futons with extra thick mattresses that are really comfortable. Fitted sheets and bedding is supplied. You won't find all of this in your usual rental or resort
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Lake Blanche is unlike any other lake in the heart of lakes country. Many of the surrounding lakes are nice but Lake Blanche is very special in many ways. We are the first lake down stream from Glendalough State Park. Our water comes from the waters that have been protected in the park for many years. Lake Blanche also is very undeveloped as most of the south shore is remote park lands and an enchanting place to beach comb and soak up the sun. The area was also home to Native Americans and remains home to many treasures from the past (you might find an arrowhead when you're beach-combing). The wildlife, history (American presidents have vacationed in the park), and beauty that surrounds Lake Blanche is beyond words. Our pristine waters, rich history, natural environment, sandy shorelines, lake bottom, and comfort of the West Wing will undoubtedly make you feel 'presidential' in a laid back sort of way!

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