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Lynnhaven, Country Retreat nestled in wooded valley by state park, trout stream

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Caledonia - Lynnhaven

4 bedrooms, 2 baths, large gathering area, open kitchen, living room, sunroom

This spacious home is nestled in a wooded clearing, giving you privacy and delight in the life of the forest surrounding you. We offer all the comforts of home since we also come here for our haven getaway. We have collected art, antiques and nature treasures. Enjoy reading my son's journal of the beavers living in the valley with maps of the dams and lodges!

Red Oak post and beam construction have created an open kitchen, dining room and comfortable living room. A separate family room offers an extensive library and entertainment center plus another sleeping area for 2 with use of downstairs bathroom. Large windows and a sun room give views of perennial gardens, bird traffic to the bird feeder and bath, cheeky chipmunks and squirrels running on the garden fence and silent deer. Sunlight warms the golden hues of the oak floors, wainscoting, furniture and butternut cabinets.

3 bedrooms upstairs and a hall space have beds for 8, dressers and closets. An upstairs bathroom has a claw foot tub for a cozy soak.

Because we are opening our home to you with so many personal touches, we ask that you don't come here for a drinking party weekend. We have had one unpleasant experience where lots of damage was done by inebriated guests. We almost stopped renting at that point!

The yard offers a picnic table and lawn chairs, a badminton net, a stone fire pit for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs and relaxing by the fire's glow in the dark forest with its night sounds. There is a small charcoal grill. In season, the garden may have tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers, peppers. The yard and grassy clearings in the woods have scrumptious wild berries to pick; red raspberries, strawberries, black caps mid summer and big blackberries in August and September. You can see eagles and hawks soaring above and in the spring and fall, flocks of geese pass over with their plaintive honks.

Explore West Beaver Valley. Hike dry runs for crystal rocks, fossils and hidden waterfalls cut deep in the rock. Climb the bluffs to rock outcroppings with caves and wild inhabitants! Follow West Beaver Creek, rich with rare songbirds, herons, kingfishers, a mallard hiding her ducklings in the weeds, a beaver may slap the water to warn of you! Wade or be brave and swim in a deep pool, refreshing! Take a tour of Schech's Mill and buy some stone-ground cornmeal. Enjoy the beauty of the mowed trails in Beaver Creek Park and watch or fish the trout under the bridge, all within a mile!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lynn Selness
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2016
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About Lynn Selness

I'm Lynn. My childhood was spent in New Jersey and next I landed in the midwest where I married, had 7 children and lived for 25 years. In 1999 we all (13 of us then) moved to CA to run a bamboo nursery where the whole family could work together. We had a bunch of teens and early 20's kids by then, and we rented out our MN home. This went rough on my MN house so I reclaimed it and have been restoring it for some years now. Our CA experience was tough and I lost my husband, so I have been supporting my 2 youngest children, Forest and Meadow, for the last 15 years. I established a goat dairy in the Santa Cruz Mountains where I still reside. I was so happy to be able to return to my MN home, I was always homesick for it in CA and now love coming back whenever I can escape the farmwork. Now I have 6 precious grandchildren in CA and a great-granddaughter so I treasure my time there also.

Lynn Selness purchased this house in 1985

Why Lynn Selness chose Minnesota

Building our home was my heart's desire, to live in this scenic valley, the same wilderness valley I had first moved to in the state in 1976. I had lived near the source of West Beaver Creek surrounded by wooded hills with my baby Willow. Years later we had 5 children and bought 5 acres, cleared the house site and milled the oaks for our home in the “big woods”. I loved gathering limestone rock to terrace the hillside, build the steps, even the entry floor. From pouring the footings to shingling the roof, it was a creative work of joy with help from many friends. My last 2 children were born here and 2 grand daughters. We homesteaded for many years, raised the 7 children with our gardens, chickens and goats.

What makes this house unique

I hope you sense the tranquility and beauty of nature all around you here. The fragrances of the valley, the earthy dampness cooling the summer evenings, the magic of fireflies twinkling in the deepening woods shadows, the call of the whippoorwill, owls hoot to each other, the coyotes yelp, a lone cry of a wolf, all are spellbinding. Every season here is rich for me. I find God's voice speaking to me and refreshing my spirit in this place.

I love the friendly small town feeling of this community. They celebrate their Norwegian heritage with colorful holidays like Nordic Fest in Decorah, IA, Syttende Mai in Spring Grove, and their farm life with harvest festivals, Steam-engine Days, horse and tractor pulls. I love the cultural aspects, Shakespeare Festivals in WInona, La Crosse's Art and Music Festival, Riverfest, Lanesboro's plays, and my favorite, Spring Grove's outdoor Black Barn plays. I love visiting the Amish farms with their produce stands, maple syrup, furniture and basket shops and bakeries.

My family have always enjoyed the outdoor activities, bike trails, canoeing the Upper Iowa and the Root River, the Mississippi backwaters around the islands. There's a bird sanctuary near Alma where during migrations, swans, pelicans, Canada geese and Snow Geese gather in noisy flocks. There are little towns up and down the Mississippi for shopping, music, great restaurants, wine-tasting. My kids loved the caves near Harmony, where you climb deep into the earth, a little too deep for some of us! We never run out of fun things to do!


based on 15 holidaymaker reviews

Lynnhaven, Country Retreat nestled in wooded valley by state park, trout stream
average rating of 4.6 based on 15 reviews

Perfect location with some issues

  • 2 of 5

The house was in a beautiful, rustic area and the owner was very nice. There are a lot of birds around the property which were very pretty to watch.

• There are tons of extension cords plugged into extension cords running thru walls and up and across walls so fire safety was a concern.

• The front steps are stacked stone and uneven so our elderly guests had difficulty on them and bring supplies in and out was tricky.

• Minimal privacy upstairs as the large bedroom area has no door and one room with a door is only accessible by walking thru the open bedroom.

• We had to stock our own tissues and toilet paper.

• The first time we used the oven there was a lot of smoke when it warmed up and it set off the smoke alarms. The owner did not list the code so by the time we were able to contact her to get the code they had already dispatched the fire department which will cost us a significant amount.

• There was no air conditioning which was hard for guests with allergies.

• There were large spiders in the windows which made some of our party feel creepy. Maybe just power wash those away in the summer months would help.

• There is a fire pit area but it was pretty unkempt and the wood available was not cut to be used and was all pretty wet.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry my guests had unpleasant issues. I try to make my home comfortable and lovely! I'm going to address a few items mentioned: I have one ceiling light with a cord stapled along the wood beam to an outlet to plug in. I will add a switch to the cord instead. I hand picked the limestone rocks to build my steps and as you can see on my site, they are natural and uneven. My bathrooms have baskets fully stocked with toilet paper and tissues. My nearly new oven was scoured spotless by me before my guests came. After my guests left I discovered the oven was covered with black burnt-on meat splatters which explains the smoke alarm incident and It was a lot of work for me to scour! So I took this for a learning experience and the code is clearly presented in my welcome book now! I love my fire pit, with a big rock circle around it and mowed lawn area in the magical wild woods clearing. I stopped stocking firewood this fall with the excessive rains and did let guests know they needed to bring thier own dry wood.
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Minneapolis, MN

Peaceful getaway, family friendly

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed here on a long weekend with my husband, 1.5 year old son, and two of our close friends. The property is very secluded and quiet, surrounded by beautiful woods and a picturesque yard with gardens and birds of all kinds. The house is beautiful, with a unique and inviting layout, perfect for hanging out and relaxing. From the open kitchen I could watch my son playing in the living room while we cooked. The owner Lynn was so kind as to leave out some toys for him, which he loved. We found all equipment needed for cooking all our meals. I loved the vintage and antique kitchen implements hanging around. And when it came time for babe to go to bed, we tucked him in the small upstairs bedroom right off the master bedroom area (note that there is no door to the master, it's open to the upstairs hallway.) There are so many good hangout spots in this house! We could go outside, or the sunroom (my favorite), or play games in the family room without disturbing the little one while he slept! We hiked a couple of dry runs near the property, and found some nice rocks for our collection. It's such a beautiful place, we never felt the need to leave! This place exudes warmth and "home". We all absolutely loved staying here and are already talking about a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and comfortable retreat.

  • 4 of 5

We appreciated all the info about the area. The bed was very comfortable and we enjoyed playing the piano. Everything you need is here; it would have been great to have a microwave, but you can live without it. Loved the locally sourced eggs that we found in the fridge as a gift from the owner!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Experience Wilderness from the comfort of home

  • 5 of 5

WOW....that's the first thing everyone said as we drove through the woods and saw Lynn's home at first.

A very well maintained,clean home with all the basic amenities - including WiFi..that's 'basic', nowadays.

Lynn has gone over and beyond in terms of providing all the information in her beautifully handwritten 'primer' including maps of the surrounding areas.

They don't have microwave, but we never missed that, but would be helpful if it is there. Same thing is air-conditioning, again you won't miss it.

We will definitely come back in winter...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orlando, FL

A True Get-Away!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of adult children all converged on this beautiful house in the woods for seven days. It was wonderful! The house was so perfect for a family vacation together. Besides relaxing at the home, we went on some hikes, visited the nearby running mill (don't miss it!), visited some of the Amish farms nearby, and even made a short day-trip to the quaint town of Decorah, Iowa also visiting the Seed Exchange on the way. What a beautiful part of Minnesota! Loved our experience immensely. Thanks so much, Lynn.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you had a great time! You found the Seed Savers farm, there are so many interesting things to do here I forgot to mention that to my guests! Good find!
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Chicago IL

a bit of Heaven in a Peaceful valley

  • 5 of 5

I spent so much time admiring the decorating touches in Lynn's cozy home. And even after a week I discovered adorable touches I'd overlooked.

There's so much to say about how comfortable I was in this home, from the kitchen to the bedrooms, everything was planned for a gracious guest experience. It is a remarkable house to begin with - the "welcome book" has tons of hints on how to enjoy your stay. We cooked our meals, watched movies,and very much enjoyed the opportunity to relax in a quiet environment. The "rest of the world" is nearby but never encroaches.

I would love to return with family members and hope to someday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Caledonia, MN
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Caledonia, MN
Car: necessary


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Prices for this holiday house in Caledonia, Minnesota

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2 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £48
Refundable Damage Deposit £164

Families with children under 6, no additional fee for the children

If you would prefer not to purchase the insurance, (for $59), I will have to increase your refundable damage deposit to $1,000. Let me know and I can adjust your quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Caledonia, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Meadow's Room-bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Jesse's Room- bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Sewing Niche (in hallway) - 1 Single Bed
    Master Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Cot , There is a baby crib and a cradle for an infant
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
I have a masseuse who will come to the home and give massages if scheduled ahead.

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