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Lakefront Cabin on Big Spirit Lake

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cabin in Orleans - The Southside Cabin

Updated 3 bedroom, 2 Bath Seasonal Cottage

Our cabin is a 1200 square foot cabin that sleeps 10-11 people. We offer wireless internet, a 50 inch LED HD Smart TV with sound bar and subwoofer on the main floor. The sound bar is bluetooth capable so you can listen to your favorite songs off your smart phone or tablet. There is another 32 inch flat screen TV upstairs with a DVD player. We offer a fully furnished kitchen with a stove, fridge with ice maker, microwave, and a washer and dryer are available for your use. Every room has air conditioning and heat for your comfort. There is a large deck next to the lake with sun umbrellas, a gas grill and a fire ring. At the end of the dock there is an electric boat hoist with cover for boats 22 feet and smaller. You may reserve the hoist for your stay for an extra $125 per stay. Boat rentals are available through Great Lakes Marine Service. You may call 712-336-3822 to rent a boat or look them up online at http://www.greatlakesmarineservice.biz/index.html.

The cabin was remodeled during the winter of 2012-2013. We made improvements in the kitchen, the dining area, the downstairs bathroom, the living room, and then the upstairs bedrooms were insulated for comfort. New carpet was installed upstairs during the spring of 2015. The upstairs bathroom was remodeled during the winter of 2015/2016. Sleeping accommodations include 4 double beds, 2 single beds and a pull out couch. There is full bathroom on the main floor and a full bathroom upstairs. If you stay on the lower level, there are no large steps to overcome.

Pets are negotiable. We do not allow pets that shed inside the dwelling because of family allergies. We have had hunters and their dogs come and stay with us. The hunting dogs then stayed in their kennel at night in the garage. We maybe open to non shedding, hyper allergenic pets in the house. Contact the owner for more information.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

John Olson
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2016
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About John Olson

We have been in and around the Iowa Great Lakes since the early 1980's. Our family is involved in education, business, accounting, construction, remodeling and property management.

John Olson purchased this cabin in 2006

Why John Olson chose Iowa

Location, Location, Location! Living on the south shore of Big Spirit Lake allows quick and easy access to town, restaurants, a shopping mall and all the amenities the Iowa Great Lakes has to offer. There is a drive inn 1/8 mile to the east and a family dining establishment called Gingham Inn 1/4 mile to the west.

What makes this cabin unique

Our cabin is simple, clean, affordable, right on the water and close to the public beach, boat ramp and dining establishments.


based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

Lakefront Cabin on Big Spirit Lake
average rating of 4.625 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I am late in posting this but did want to say that my family was very pleased with this place. It was a very relaxing weekend for us. Areas close by to do things with our two granddaughters. Washing machine was definitely a plus. Two bathrooms was definitely a plus also with 7 adults and 2 small children. Would definitely do it again if it works out for us. John was so nice and very easy to work with and very understanding.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden Treasure!

  • 5 of 5

The listing for this property was accurate. The pictures provided give you a small glimpse of the beauty that awaits you. The patio, dock and view are exceptional. The house has all the amenities you could ask for to make your stay easy. The family room was wonderful and so comfortable!! Very homey! The only thing we missed was our queen size bed but we really enjoyed the upstairs rooms, very quaint and cozy. The bathrooms were very nice and we liked having two, made getting ready so much easier. The area was wonderful and had many great places to explore. There were also many tasty places to share a meal. John was great to work with and so accommodating and worked hard to meet all of our needs. This is truly a hidden treasure and we can't wait to stay there again! We would highly recommend a stay!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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new visitor

  • 3 of 5

We spent 4 nights at the property. The house is older but in usable condition. Nothing fancy but for the area the price was okay. Very nice view of Spirit Lake and close to two different park areas. We left the house cleaner than we found it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elkhorn, NE

Great house for our family

  • 5 of 5

Great location - close to everything we needed or wanted to do. The house was perfect for our family of 6 adults and 2 children. Plenty of sleeping space and two bathrooms a plus. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals. I didn't realize how nice the washer and dryer was until I got home and didn't have any laundry to do. I liked being within walking distance to the playground and beach! We enjoyed the peaceful lake views from the deck. We didn't have a boat but still found some fishing hot spots. The owner is great to work with, always assisted us promptly with any questions we had. This is a great vacation spot.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas Center Iowa

A little slice of paradise in northern Iowa

  • 5 of 5

We just had our 3rd stay in three years and it just gets better every year. We only take one family vacation a year and it is always our kids consensus that we come back here next year. We love the ability to fish and swim till our hearts content. We love the ability to be close to shops, restaurants and Arnold's park. We never run out of things to do. We also love being able to just stay at the cabin and cook our own meals and have the use of kitchen items and the grill. I think our absolute favorite is the patio and dock. Beautiful views that we could sit and watch hours on end. The owner is awesome to work with and very hands. Great neighbors too. If you are looking for quiet, picturesque, fun, relaxing place to rent....this is it. My only wish is that we could come twice a year:) You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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arvada, colorado/ rockymountain west

great place for family memories

  • 4 of 5

being able to get up in the morning and get in the boat and go. The great view of the lake from the deck. This would be a place that all of my family would come back to.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Gingham Inn and Lounge
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Gingham Inn and Lounge or Spillway Drive Inn
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Orleans Public Beach and Boat Ramp


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Orleans, Iowa

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jun 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
18 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £48

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 cabin in Orleans, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs bathroom.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Upstairs bathroom added to cabin in 2008.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Bedroom with closet, close to first floor bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Sleeping area upstairs next to upstairs bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Double Bed , Secluded in west side of upstairs sleeping area.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • Miniature golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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