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Island Living Adventure on Burntside Lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Welcome to Blueberry Hill, a precious island cabin that has been part of our family for 40 years. Come enjoy a sacred tranquility, morning coffee with the best sunrises on Burntside Lake, nesting loons nearby calling each other across the vastness, & smallmouth bass just a cast away off the dock.

Park on your own mainland private access, bring your own boat or use our small 9HP 14 ft aluminum Lund for a few minutes to peace and adventure that awaits you.

Blueberry Hill sits on a 10 acre peninsula of this 80 acre island, where delectable wild blueberries cover the glacier-made rocks in season, hummingbirds await your arrival, eagles swoop overhead, snapper turtles may show up searching for your leftover fish parts, and the resident marten may greet you. While hiking the 10 acres of low and high ground, you may also encounter various signs of additional animal activity on the island, such as the nearby beaver hut or beaver-chewed driftwood.

Two-story windows of this modified A-Frame face east, where the dock and swimming area are most often calm, sheltered from westerly winds. Rough-hewn cedar inside and out, with an open floor plan. Three bedrooms include two enclosed rooms on the main floor with beds for 6, and an upper open loft with 2 twin beds and 4 additional mattresses. You can even scatter these on the floor as we have done for years to accommodate young friends and family. Pull-out sofa can sleep another 2.

A tiled, rain shower bathroom features locally crafted, unique accents, including sauna door handle, wooden posts, and personally-hewn mirror. Wrap-around decking allows for ease of movement from sauna to lake, from loft to outside forest, from kitchen living room to large outer deck.

Fun and easy activities include swimming, waterskiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, and stand-up paddle boarding, and equipment for some of these are included. A flat, grassy outdoor area can accomodate tenting.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 January, 2018

About The Owner

This home has been a part of our family's culture for decades.

Why The Owner chose Ely

Our family has had a longtime affinity for Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the people and town of Ely, and Burntside Lake. For generations, our family adventures in this area have included first summer jobs, honeymoons, family vacations, portages, hiking and canoe trips. Burntside Lake, in particular, has hosted many of our family activities, and we are now pleased to share our place with others.

What makes this cabin unique

Island living is unique and has special qualities not found when staying at land bound sites. Secluded, you can experience an exclusive, private getaway, surrounded by your own personal wilderness. Boating adventures to refresh your spirit await, crossing the few minutes back and forth from your hideaway to the mainland. Private mainland access ensures your own car is available to visit area attractions or stop into nearby Ely for food, bait, trying on Steger's famous mukluks, or visiting the North American Bear Center or International Wolf Center. Facing a bay that is calmer than the rest of the lake, this unique spot keeps serenity near, and more intense activities at a distance.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Ely in Lake County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Oven ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Updated cedar bathroom with tiled shower, rain shower head, locally handmade wood accents. Sauna entrance is within bathroom, near exterior door leading to outer deck and lake.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Bunk Bed , Two bunk beds (sleeps 4), shelving built-in to glacial rock
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Large loft has two twin beds & 4 addtl mattresses
  • Bedroom #1 with full bed; Bedroom #2 with two bunk beds; Bedroom #3 is open loft with two twin beds & 4 additional mattresses
  • Books
  • Games
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Island Living Adventure on Burntside Lake
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

It was the perfect vacation! Relaxation, adventure, comfort! And private!

  • 5 of 5

From the second we arrive on the island we knew we were someplace special! I celebrated my 60th birthday on day 2 and it was perfect! Hiking, boat rides, dining in Ely and blowing out a well lit cake to an amazing full moon rising over a glass lake! With each day we gained a new level of peace and calm! This property was build to admire the sunrise! I was on the deck by 5:30, or earlier, to make sure I could witness the event...and I'm not a morning person! Brilliant beyond words! Worth the trip alone! The best vacation ever! Thanks Kathleen! We'd love to return...before my 70th!!😎

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Zionsville, IN

Fabulous setting

  • 4 of 5

The setting for this cabin is absolutely fabulous. Given it is on an island and on a very large piece of land one gets complete privacy. A boat, canoe and kayak allow for trips on lake and transportation back to mainland (takes about 5 minutes) as needed. Renters should know decor and kitchen equipment are mostly original, but it is clean and overall very well functioning (the freezer made noise a few times and owner was notified, still worked though). Owner was also super helpful with additional information about the area as needed. Watching the sunrise while sipping coffee on the porch is unbeatable! We would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace & beauty

  • 5 of 5

Our large adult family gathered together for a week of peace, beauty, laughs and love in this fabulous, tranquil setting. The cabin was absolutely lovely, perfectly accomodating all of our needs and more! Our stay was, in large part, without electricity due to a major storm just prior to our arrival. We embraced the entire experience with a joyful, adventuresome spirit! This setting is simply gorgeous with breathtaking views of the lake, amazing sunrises and nighttime glimpses of The Northern Lights! We absolutely treasured our time here and are planning our return!!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Buffalo, MN

Great Place on Burntside Lake

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Blueberry Hill and had a wonderful time. From picking blueberries in our pajamas (for blueberry pancakes) to fishing the lake to watching gorgeous sunrises and moonrises from the expansive deck. The cabin is well maintained, clean, and has everything you need. The dock on shore is not too far from the island, making it quite easy to run into town, when necessary. The island is centrally located in big Burntside Lake, making it easy to get to anyplace on the lake. We loved it, and hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic family fun!

  • 5 of 5

We spent the week at Blueberry Hill with our 3 kids and nephew. The location was wonderful-easy to get to town and great water access for swimming and fishing. Our kids loved to explore the island and swim the day away. We especially loved morning coffee and tea on the deck overlooking beautiful Burntside Lake. The cabin was clean, cared for, and well maintained. It was a wonderful week!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Beautiful, serene island on Burntside Lake

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Amazing property on a beautiful, wild island where there's nothing but you and the loons. We took our family of four up to stay at this wonderful oasis and were not disappointed. The cabin is classic northwoods styling with all the amenities you can possibly need. Fun nights were had baking in the sauna then running in the moonlight to the cool, refreshing waters of Burnstide Lake... we loved our stay! Our boys (10 and 6) headed out every morning to explore the island then would come back to swim and play games in the water, jumping off of the dock and swimming to the nearest rock face- simply heavenly!! Would solidly recommend this to anyone....Owners are informative and very sweet. Don't miss out on this amazing property- it will make your summer magical and create memories for years to come!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Ely, USA

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £361.65
Boat usage £253.16

Visitors can use their own boat, rent our basic 9HP aluminum boat, or contact area boat rental operators for information.

50% deposit upon booking; balance paid 6 weeks before arrival. Security deposit of $500 required, fully refundable within 1 month after departure if no damage has occurred or replacements are needed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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