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Hidden gem on Lake just 35 min from St Louis

Bedrooms 1
Space 780 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


About the property

Summer is booking fast!

This charming 1950's Cedar Log Cabin is the perfect spot to get away from it all and still be able to enjoy the attractions of St Louis. Beautiful drive through State Conservation Areas take you to a 20+ acre lake and this little country jewel. Darcie's little cabin has been referred to as "A Little Slice of Heaven" by many of her guests. All of the vintage treasures that you'll find throughout the cabin will help transport you to a simpler time when recreation and relaxation were a way of life.

Great for small families who want to spend quality time together and get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Take the kayaks out on the lake or just hang out on the private dock and observe nature. Fishing poles are available if you want to fish for catfish, blue gill, crappy or small-mouth bass.

Also perfect for couples looking for a quiet, romantic get-away. Very comfy queen bed with a view of the lake features soft linens and vintage quilts. You'll enjoy cooking together in the cute, vintage kitchen with the original sink and faucet. (Yes, it leaks a little, but that's part of the charm). You'll find everything you need to cook a delicious meal that you can enjoy on the picnic table overlooking the lake. Anything that you find in the stocked pantry is your's to use.

Start a fire in the big stone fireplace. Firewood and all the fixings for S'mores are provided free of charge! There is also a fire pit out by the lake. It's fun to sit by the lake around a fire and listen to the big bull frogs!

One of my favorite spots at the cabin is the front porch. You'll find two twin daybeds which are very comfortable. It's a great place to curl up with a book and look out over the lake. It is not heated or cooled, tho, so if you're using it for sleeping, you may feel a little warm in the summer or cold in the winter. On this porch you'll find a corn hole game, life jackets (mostly kids sizes), fishing poles, and extra lawn chairs.

At night, the living room can be transformed into your own private movie theater! A fabric screen can be lowered from the ceiling and the Epson Movie Mate projector will play DVDs (nice selection to choose from) or you can stream movies from the ROKU player. The Roku has a Netflix account and other types of programming for you to enjoy free of charge. There is also wifi so you can check email or browse the internet.

You'll also find lots of board games and books and magazines to read as well as Lincoln Logs and Legos for the kids. My kids have generously donated the use of their Wii as well! There is a tv that can be hooked up to either the Wii or the Roku if you want to use it instead of the movie screen. I do not have cable tv, however, because I want to encourage my kids to turn the TV OFF. (Hint: sometimes I unhook the wifi too, and "pretend" that it's not working. If you do this, though, please remember to turn it back on before you leave).

Another great convenience is the washer and dryer located in the kitchen area. There is also detergent provided.

I'm happy to allow you to bring your pet as long as it's potty trained. There is a non-refundable pet fee of $50.

More Details

Darcie Sheehan
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Darcie Sheehan

I'm a mom of two great kids, a realtor and a decorator who lives in Saint Louis. It has always been a dream of mine to own a lake house. When I found this sweet little log cabin, I couldn't resist buying it. I filled it with everything I love and try to spend as much time there as I can.

It has always brought me a lot of joy to share my cabin with my friends and family. About a year ago, I decided to share it beyond my circle of family and friends and offer it for rent to others. I love reading the reviews that people write in my guest book.

Darcie Sheehan purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Darcie Sheehan chose Missouri

I love this property for so many reasons, but the reason that I bought it was because it was close enough to St Louis, where I live full-time, that I could actually envision really getting to use the cabin even when my kid's schedules and clients keep me busy.

I love the location of the cabin on this little lake. It's very near the spillway, so if the lake is high enough, it creates a little waterfall that can be heard from my cabin, especially after a heavy rain.

I love that the kitchen still has the original metal cabinets and the old sink. It leaks a little but I kind of think that's part of the charm!

I grew up in a small town in Iowa. I love that my cabin is part of the rural communities of Pacific and Eureka, where people aren't too busy to chat with you.

I wanted to give my kids a little slice of the kind of life I had when I was growing up in Iowa. I have been able to give them some incredible memories because of this little cabin:

Easter Egg hunts by the lake, swimming off the dock in the middle of the lake on a hot summer day, opening Christmas presents by our little tree with a toasty fire in the fireplace, watching movies on our projector while we all snuggle up on the pull-out sofa, catching turtles by the waterfall, fishing off the dock.

I've made lots of amazing memories out here with my friends, too: making margaritas in my little kitchen, kayaking with my friend out on the lake, girls weekends with bbq, music and roasting marshmallows in front of the fire pit.

What makes this cabin unique

It's really quiet out here. You may sleep better here than anywhere else in the world!

Bull frogs, crickets and hoot owls will lull you to sleep. Have your morning coffee out on the dock while you watch the ducks float by.

I've included many vintage touches throughout the cabin: old quilts, hand-hooked rugs, English stoneware dishes, old photographs. In fact, there is an entire wall in the kitchen which is made up of vintage paint-by-number paintings. I want my guests to feel like they're transported to an era where things were slower and people took the time to watch a sunrise or just listen to the sounds of nature. I've also made sure to include modern amenities like wi-fi, a projector, Roku and an automatic coffee maker.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Pacific in St. Louis County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 780 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • There is a bathroom with a tub/shower combination. The hot water heater is not very big
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom features a queen size brass bed with nice linens and vintage quilt. Two closets for storing clothing and lines. A dresser with drawers available for you to unpack your clothing. A hand-hooked vintage rug, stained glass chandelier, an alarm clock, lamps and lots of vintage touches. There is a queen-sized sofa sleeper in the living room. There are sheets, blankets and pillows provided for the sleeper in the bedroom closet. This is a great spot to watch a movie on the projector. Just pull out the sofa sleeper and snuggle up for a movie!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
The cabin is located about 10-15 minutes away from Six Flags Amusement Park. There are also two Conservation areas nearby where you can hike and fish. St Louis is about a 35 min drive away. I provide the fixings for S'mores for all my guests! Also provide fire wood for the fireplace and the fire pit. Cabin includes a small washer and dryer so you can do your laundry!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)

Hidden gem on Lake just 35 min from St Louis
average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews

very cute and owner does go out of her way to make things very nice and comfortable

  • 3 of 5

Overall cabin was really nice and relaxing. Whoever does the cleaning though needs to step it up. Coffee pot was not clean and old grounds were still in the coffee maker. Tons of cleaning products next to the furnace made me nervous. Also could not get the stepping stool back into that closet because of the overwhelming amount of supplies. Very easy fix though. Some good organization and purging of non needed supplies that could be placed elsewhere could be done. Also wished the neighbors did not walk through the yard so much. Somewhat intrusive. Dog poop in back yard should be picked up before guests come. Do not let these things keep you from renting though. Like I said, easy fixes and owner is extremely responsive and provides a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review of my cabin. I will let the cleaning lady to be sure to check for grounds in the coffee pot and to give some attention to the mechanical room closet. As for the dog poop... sorry about that. It generally is not a problem but there are some residents who allow their dogs to roam off leash and it's possible that their dogs use my lawn to do their business. Also, there is an easement which allows residents of the community to walk around the entire perimeter of the lake. It's just part of being a part of a community, which is something I mention in my listing. Sorry if this was a problem for you. Thanks again for your feedback! --Darcie
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Perfect Lake Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We needed a break, for a day, moving from Texas to Ohio and we picked this cottage for a little R & R. Everything was perfect. Great decor, quiet relaxing environment, and fun movie projector. A+. Could not think of anyway to improve our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christie, thank you so much for your very sweet review of my cabin! It always makes me so happy to know that others are enjoying my little cabin as much as I do! I look forward to having you back as my guests! --Darcie
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Wonderful home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks to Darcie for providing a great home to share with us! Every comfort you could need was there. It was wonderful to go out sightseeing during the day and then have a comforting home to come back to. My family especially loved swimming in and kayaking on the lake! We are a family of 6 and we fit very well into this home. Thanks Darcie!!! We look forward to coming back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sharon! I look forward to having you back next year! So glad you enjoyed the cabin and the surrounding area. --Darcie
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Family time was amazing

  • 5 of 5

This place was exactly what Darcy said it was. Fun, quaint, exactly what our family needed. After doing things in the city all day, we could not wait to come back to the cabin and relax on the peaceful lake. Our kids loved the Kayaks, the wii as my son called it the "wii wii". Meeting Darcy was a nice surprise as she was in the neighborhood and stopped by to check on us. Any problems that we had she took care of right away. I would totally recommend this place to anyone & can not wait to come back in the fall so that we can use the fire place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Many family memories were made!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to spend some time together as a family before the kids head back to school. It's won't be long before they would rather spend time doing something else then spending it with mom and dad. Our twin boys are 10 and our daughter is 7. We all had an amazing time at the gem on the lake.

This property is really well stocked for a get-a-way. The kitchen comes with everything you may need. There is an amazing (looked new) grill we used often. Plenty of firewood for the fire pit. The owner gives you smore fixings - which our kiddos LoVeD. Which we shared with our next door friend too. The kayaks were a huge hit as well as the dock offering countless hours of fun. I must say having a washer and dryer for a family of 5 is a much appreciated amenity.

Thank you for sharing your gem on the lake with us!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It makes me really happy that I am able to share all the things that I love about my cabin with families like your's! Hope you can come back again soon!
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  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have imagined a better view, it was instantly relaxing and the extra personal touches they provided were very nice indeed. didn't get to do the s'mores but the kids loved the chocolate all the same =). We will definitely be going back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
St Louis Lambert International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Pacific Brew Haus
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Pacific Brew Haus in Pacific

The cabin is located only 10 min away from Six Flags Amusement Park. We are about 20 minutes from Purina Farms in Grey Stone, Mo.

We are 25 mins away from Kirkwood, Mo which is a really cute town that boasts one of the best kid's museums in the country, The Magic House. Kirkwood has a Mayberry feel to it with a cute downtown featuring lots of great shops and restaurants.

It's about a 35 minute drive to just about anything you'd want to do in Saint Louis: The world class Zoo is located in Forest Park which was recently voted the best city park in the U.S.! It's really gorgeous and packed with lots of fun and FREE activities!

Busch Stadium is about 40 mins away if you want to take in a Cardinals game. Scott Trade Center is in the same vicinity, as is the Peabody Opera House--both are great venues to catch a concert.

It's a very pretty, very relaxing drive from the Cabin to the city and I find it to be very enjoyable as long as you aren't trying to commute to and from the city during rush hour. Even during rush hour, it's not as bad as what some cities experience.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Pacific, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
13 May 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £40
Pet Fee £40

Although the cabin can house 6 guests, it is most ideal for a couple or for a small family. I charge a $20 per person fee for each guest after the fourth guest. Also, I ask that you not entertain guests while you are renting the cabin unless the maximum number of people including the members in your party does not exceed six people.
The cabin is in the country in Missouri. It's not the Ritz Carlton. I do try to be very accommodating and considerate of everything you might need to make your stay really enjoyable.

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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