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Great northwoods retreat for snowmobilers, fishermen and vacationers

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Bigfork - Twin Pines

A Year-round Vacation Home In The Heart Of The Chippewa National Forest.

“Twin Pines” is a perfect destination for vacationers who seek beautiful northwoods surroundings to “get away from it all” any time of year. Winter activities include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snow-shoeing or just relaxing in the quiet, majestic pines. Spring and summer activities include fishing at nearby lakes or rivers, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, riding atv, golfing at nearby golf courses in Bigfork or Deer River, or just enjoying a beverage around the fire or on the deck.

The house is clean, newly remodeled, and nestled in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest. It is built on the site of a “turn of the century logging camp” (Camp Five). The property is on a gravel road – just 1 ½ miles off a paved road, highway 14, and just two miles from the Bigfork River. There are thousands of acres of adjoining state and federal land with countless trails and very few neighbors. The circle driveway makes it easy for people to load and unload snowmobiles or atvs. We are pet-friendly with a limit of two well-behaved dogs for a small fee.

The house sleeps from 4 to 12 people. On the main floor there is a kitchen (complete with all the necessary utensils and dinnerware), dining/family room, large master bedroom with a new queen-size bed, small bedroom with double bed, and a three-season porch with a “trundle” bed that sleeps two. There are also two bathrooms on the main floor – one with a bathtub, and one with a shower. Our home also includes a large open upstairs space with two double beds and three twin beds, and plenty of storage space downstairs to store any extra items, air-dry wet clothes from a day out snowmobiling, etc.

Twin pines is fully furnished with all the necessities you will need to enjoy your northwoods vacation including a full kitchen set, outdoor grill, flat screen tv and dvd player, dvd’s, board games, Air Hockey Table, and a large book collection. There is also a campfire pit out back for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.

The house is available for rent by the weekend or weekly from December to August, and during a few select weeks or weekends from September through November. We keep the calendar up to date, so please check availability there first if you have any questions.

Nearby lakes and rivers include:

Bigfork River (Harrison Landing) 2 miles

Clear Lake at Sure Game Resort 5 miles

Holland Lake 2 miles

Trestle Lake 3 miles

Arrowhead Lake 5 miles

Dora Lake 5 miles

Jessie Lake 10 miles

Sand Lake 12 miles

Squaw Lake 16 miles

Round Lake 16 miles

Lake Winnibigoshish 40 miles

Red Lake 60 miles

Nearest towns:

Bigfork 16 miles

Talmoon 17 miles

Marcell 22 miles

Deer River 38 miles

Grand Rapids 50 miles

More Details

Jim and Nancy Shaw
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2016
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About Jim and Nancy Shaw

Owners are Jim and Nancy Shaw. Twin Pines has been in the Shaw family since 1980 when Jim’s parents moved to the area from southern Minnesota and built the house. Our home has been the setting for many wonderful and memorable family events over the years, and we hope that you make some of your own memories while visiting.

Jim and Nancy Shaw purchased this house in 1980

Why Jim and Nancy Shaw chose Minnesota

Wonderful location with a multitude of year-round activities.

What makes this house unique

The house has plenty of space for large families or groups and provides all the comforts that will make our home feel like your own.


based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

Great northwoods retreat for snowmobilers, fishermen and vacationers
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

Country Getaway

  • 4 of 5

The owners were very accommodating in making the reservations and communicating with us. The rental had plenty of very comfortable beds. I wish we could have stayed there longer, but a family reunion kept us busy for the time we were in the area. The rental had a bit of an old house smell, but the open windows provided plenty of fresh air. I would recommend this rental as a comfortable getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great owners! Perfect for our group. Spacious home and private yard/deck. Kitchen very well equipped

  • 5 of 5

We would certainly stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house!

  • 4 of 5

We spent 3 days in the cabin and really enjoyed it.

It's a great house, with a lovely back yard and deck, very well equipped and comfortable.

Has some nice areas to go visit nearby.

Jim and Nancy where very nice and efficent when answering to all of our emails and questions.

Only downside where the bugs and mosquitos. They're a killer.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home!

  • 5 of 5

Another great year of hunting for our crew. Seven of us bagged 24 grouse by Sunday. We've done better, the weather made it tough. Looking forward to coming back in 2015. Great home and accommodations. Tom K.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moorhead, Minnesota

Quiet Retreat in the Forest

  • 5 of 5

Want a neat getaway home for a family or two? Twin Pines is a comfortable and quiet getaway home in the Chippewa National Forest. It's super quiet and we loved sitting on the deck with coffee in the morning and listening to the birds. The nighttime sky is spectacular. Numerous lakes are nearby along with the Big Fork River for canoeing and birding. The wonderful Scenic State Park is about 20 miles east. The house is well furnished with games and books and everything you need for dining in. The upstairs loft has five beds and there are two bedrooms downstairs plus a sofa-bed.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mark & Gretchen--- you were wonderful guests! Hope you can come again.
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Tomball, Texas

Family vacation

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time in the Northwoods. The house is clean and comfortable and fully stocked. We canoed down the Big Fork River, boated, fished, and hiked. Saw some wildlife but not as much as we expected. This is a pretty remote area - no cell service, no internet, no TV except for DVD's. It makes it hard to plan your daily activities and keep in touch. Bring the OFF - the mosquitoes and biting flies were horrible.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. Sorry the bugs were so bad, but as you know, we can't control that. Unfortunately, you were here during mid-summer when they tend to be worse, and this has been a bad year for mosquitoes in Minnesota. We do have a Three-Season Porch to sit in to get away from the bugs. For future reference, there are few bugs outside up here in May, early June, and in the fall, which are all nice times to be outdoors. Regarding no internet or cell, yes our home is in a "remote" area, and we hope to someday have internet service hooked up. That is on our "Wish List", hopefully in the near future. I also want to mention that even though you can't "call" on your cell at the house, you are able to send text messages. Thank you for choosing Twin Pines!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bigfork, Minnesota

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2 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £245
Tax Rate 6.88%

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 house in Bigfork, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Double Bed , 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , Trundle bed with a pull-out bottom which sleeps 2
  • Master Bedroom on first floor has new queen-size bed; Small bedroom on first floor has full-size bed; Large upstairs has two full-size beds and three twin beds; Three Season Porch has 'trundle bed' which can sleep two, but not in winter-time.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming

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