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Vintage Lakeside Cabin on Sugar Lake, Just an Hour NW of Mpls.

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Maple Lake - The Hermantage

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

This completely furnished cabin has been in our family for over 50 years. It is located on a scenic peninsula, Sunset Point, on Sugar Lake. Water is visible from both sides of the cabin which faces west and features beautiful sunsets. Some elevation (with steps down to the lake and dock) provides cool breezes, and a spacious three-season porch gives you great, protected views of the lake.

If you like to fish, Sugar Lake is well stocked with bluegill, large mouth bass, muskie, northern and Wall-eye pike. If you like to swim, the water is clear and the lake bottom is firm in front of the cabin. There is a dock and 12 ft. aluminum rowboat provided and pontoon boats/ jet-skis can be rented nearby.

The interior of the cabin is all knotty-pine, and the kitchen has everything you need to cook that fish you catch. A charcoal grill and portable firepit are also available outside.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Nancy Herman
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
5 June, 2016

About Nancy Herman

I am an artist/potter living in North Carolina. I grew up in Minneapolis and this was the beloved family lake cabin where our family spent many happy summers.

I now live in Asheville, North Carolina and my partner Steve and I come to the cabin every summer. My son, Hayden, a glassblower also lives in Asheville and loves the cabin. We hope you do too.

Nancy Herman purchased this cottage in 1955

Why Nancy Herman chose Minnesota

I suppose we hold onto this inherited family cabin for sentimental reasons and also because the lake is so beautiful, clean and well maintained and we love the neighbors, most of whom live at the lake year round and some of whom are second generation owners like myself.

What makes this cottage unique

The cabin is rustic, kind of like the good old days of cabin living....a peaceful retreat from modern life....

I t is also such an easy drive on Interstate 94 from Minneapolis, my favorite city, home of the Walker Art Center, the Guthrie Theater, lakes, beaches, shopping, bike paths, culture and nature.

And nearby Annandale is a quaint village on a lake with fun antique stores, a great coffee house, a brand new bistro/restaurant and regular free celebrations on the lake.

Guestbook comments from the owner

First I want to say Nancy the cabin owner is wonderful, she was very helpful and cares about us, as renters, and the property. The sunsets at night were amazing, and there are plenty of windows facing the lake to get a good view. We spent a lot of time with my young kids fishing for sunny's off the dock and had a blast! We even caught a few bass and good size Northern. We did swim and float around the dock. The bottom of the lake is a bit rocky, so we got some water shoes and everything was great! The temperature was in the 80s while we were there, so we did not need to use the window AC unit that was there, but kept the windows open and the breeze kept us plenty cool. There is a little TV with a DVD player that works fine, but we only used it to watch a movie once. We had plenty to do to keep us occupied. The cabin is older, which is what we were looking for. While it has everything you may need, there is nothing fancy about this cabin. The furniture is classic 70's and very comfortable. Plenty of dishes, pots, pans etc... Had to relearn how to grill on charcoal, which was fun. Hot water, nice big fridge, Stove top, microwave all worked great. Comfortable beds. Plenty of towels etc... One bonus was we ended up meeting the nice couple across the street, and for a few cupcakes they let the kids play on their nice sandy beach. Over all we had a great time.
Jul 2014
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based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

Vintage Lakeside Cabin on Sugar Lake, Just an Hour NW of Mpls.
average rating of 4.8 based on 6 reviews

Best lake for fishing and swimming with the best Sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

This is truly a special spot, and reminiscent of simpler times. From the beautiful rural landscape leading to the lake, as soon as we turned on the dirt road, and the cool lake breeze, I felt a wave of relaxation. I loved the vintage cabin and how Loons could be heard from inside because its literally on the edge of the Lake. The water is so clear and clean - we couldn't believe the size of the Muskie in the lake passing below the dock. The grocery store is not far and the kitchen had everything necessary for meals. Checkout Gringo Taco in town for an easy lunch or dinner. We had so much fun catching small and large mouth bass, muskie and pickerel . Local bait shops have it all and also enjoyed the local hardware store. Small town charm and convenient beautiful lake access at its best.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sugar Lake is, indeed, a great lake for fishing and swimming, well maintained, clear water, good weed control.... Bring your small 2 horse motor and battery and attach it to our 12 foot aluminum rowboat....all you need to fish up a storm. And the loons are constantly visible as well as audible out front!
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Vintage Cabin with a stunning lake view

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the cabin. It is a 70 lake cabin. The lake view from the cabin was simple amazing. We even had several Loons swimming by everyday. The lake is clean and has good fishing. Everything worked well and was just as described by the owner. it was a charming place and we had wonderful weather and had a great time we would definitely go back again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, CA

Great hangout spot!

  • 5 of 5

I booked this cabin for my groomsmen and me the week before my wedding. They were a bunch of California boys who had never been to Minnesota, but they loved this place! The view is beautiful and the lake is very calm. We had many great nights of BBQ and sitting around the fire pit. Battling mosquitoes was the only drawback here, but it didn't stop our fun!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Eric, I'm glad you had a great pre-wedding celebration with the "California boys". Sorry about the mosquitoes.....important for everyone to know they go with Minnesota cabin territory. It's good to bring mosquito repellent!
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Awesome Way to End Summer

  • 5 of 5

My family rented this vintage 1970s cabin and spent 3 days waterskiing. The water was warm, the lake was mostly empty and a great time was had by all. The cabin worked perfectly for us and the location can't be beat. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, this is a great lake for waterskiing and you can rent a boat from Bremmer's in Maple Lake(listed on line). They will deliver it to the public boat landing. My brother and I (and my son) both learned to waterski on this lake and have many happy cabin memories.
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Great place to make memories

  • 5 of 5

This was the cabin experience friends and I were seeking. Quiet, private, clear beautiful lake, and sunsets beyond compare. The cabin is fully equipped, comfortable, and the perfect location for rest and relaxation. Working with the owner and the caretaker easy and comfortable. Proximity to the twin cities is awesome. Love this place and ready to rebook for next year, as well as tell all my friends about it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Chris, I'm glad you and your friends had a great time even though the weather was not perfect. I look forward to booking your rental again next summer. Communication with you was easy and informative which made it so satisfying for me, as the property owner. Thanks for being great renters! Nancy
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Up the Creek Grill and Bar
Cafe Jules
Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Up A Creek in Silver Creek
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amtrak in St. Cloud
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 94
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Cafe Jules
Car: necessary

There is a wonderful 'swap meet' every Saturday near Annandale with food, antiques, etc. There's also a farmer's market Saturday AM in the center of Annandale. Minneapolis is only an hour away with the Guthrie Theater, the Walker Art Museum, great restaurants and many lakes within the city.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Maple Lake, Minnesota

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Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £287

Single payment ($900) is due six weeks before arrival. Damage deposit ($350) is due immediately to reserve rental. Damage deposit will be returned within a week after departure. Any damages or extra expenses will be deducted from the damage deposit.
Prospective renters must note that I have holding tanks (2000 + gallons) as a septic system. Every drop of water used goes into these tanks. Therefore I appreciate judicious use of water. When the tank is nearly full, an alarm goes off in the basement and a button on the ceiling rafter must be pushed to stop it. Then contact me and I will call the pumper to come pump. There are about 65 gallons remaining when this alarm goes off.
I just want everyone to know about this so that there are no surprises!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Maple Lake, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • two are in the main cabin and one is off the porch. Two face the lake
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Pontoon boats, speed boats can be rented from Bremmer's in Maple Lake who will deliver boat to Public boat landing for a small charge.

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