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The Octagon: Surrounded by trees, 5 Minutes To Town, garage

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

4 Bedroom Octagonal House Near Town And Golf/ Well-Behaved Pets Welcome

This modern, spacious split-entry octagonal house has three bedrooms and a loft that can comfortably sleep 8.

This home features a large kitchen with full amenities (microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster oven, griddle, and everything a chef could desire). The main floor features an open living area with a cozy gas fireplace, a sunny breakfast nook, and a full dining room with a table that extends to feed up to ten. (Broadband internet and Direct TV are included.)

Stools at the kitchen counter make it easy to chat with the chef during food prep while the rest of your group relaxes on the Danish modern living room couches and leather chairs.

The main floor master bedroom has a king-size bed, while the two downstairs bedrooms have queens. The fourth bedroom is a third-floor cupola, also octagonal, with a double futon and plenty of space to spread out. The main floor bath has a tub/shower, and the downstairs bath has a shower stall.

A den on the main floor leads to a spacious screened porch,where in the summer you can enjoy an evening glass of wine or dinner on the 55-year-old fiberglassed picnic table. Feel free to grill on the gas grill tucked beneath the porch.

Though this home is surrounded by trees, it sits on the Gunflint Trail across from the Gunflint Hills Golf Course, a challenging 9-hole course (par 34). We defy you to complete this 3,030 yard course with the same ball you started with.

Since Cook County often gets a lot of snow, you'll have the use of a two-car garage to protect your vehicles. The PincushionTrails are just a mile away, great for cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking.

A one-mile hike up the road behind the house brings you to the picturesque Maple Hill Church and Graveyard, a segway into local history.

It’s just a five-minute drive down the hill to Grand Marais and its picturesque Lake Superior Harbor. Enjoy a walk out to Artist’s Point or meander through town to browse the many gift shops and art galleries. On the main street you’ll find the famous dry goods store, Joynes Ben Franklin. Grand Marais also boasts a host of fine restaurants, though the most well-known are The World’s Best Donuts and Sven and Ole’s Pizza. Go figure!

More Details

Property Manager
Tim Scannell
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 January, 2017

About Tim Scannell

My deceased father lived in this house every summer for nearly thirty years, and it brought he and his wife endless joy. My husband and I lived in the house for 9 months while we built a new house, and we loved it here. Dad was an electrical engineer, and you'll see evidence of his penchant for organization in this house, right down to his catalogued music albums, which you're welcome to play on the stereo system. Enjoy the trees and the morning sunshine, bask on the screen porch, and be sure to visit the Johnson Heritage Post, the art gallery in town where Dad volunteered for over 20 years.

Tim Scannell purchased this house in 1987

Why Tim Scannell chose Minnesota

Dad bought this house after Mom died because he enjoyed the north woods and wanted to live part of the year in the north woods. He loved spending time here. The octagonal design of the house intrigued him, and he enjoyed the open layout of the main floor. Grand Marais has a lot to offer, from hiking and biking to music and theater. Of course, the nearby golf course was a great draw for him, though he never mastered that darned course!

What makes this house unique

There's nothing like sitting in the sun-filled living room with a cup of coffee in the morning, heading off to the golf course for a game with friends and family, then sharing a meal on the porch as the summer sun sets behind the trees. This house is sheer heaven.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is a new listing, and I'm happy to share my impressions.

Actually, I'm Dick's daughter, and I lived in his house all winter while my fiance and I prepared to build a new home on Devil Track Lake. Though I've visited Dad and Eileen often over the years, I had no idea what a bright, pleasant house it is to wake to each morning. Its open layout is freeing, and the Danish modern decor (rosewood furniture) brings me back 50 years to my childhood. I've loved the quick access to town, the lovely hike up to the Maple Hill Church behind the house, and the spacious screened porch. The community offers endless entertainment, and you can find a weekly schedule at http://northshoreartscene.com. You'll be amazed. In addition to fabulous restaurants, Cook County often has up to 20 live music venues in a weekend. Jerry calls me a "Grand Marais-ophile," and I am. It's no surprise that Grand Marais was voted "The Best Small Town in America" by Budget Travel.
Apr 2015
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

The Octagon: Surrounded by trees, 5 Minutes To Town, garage
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 19 reviews

Awesome location, convenient to all the attractions around Grand Marais and the Gun Flint trail

  • 5 of 5

The Octagon was a great gathering space, especially the deck, screen porch and the great room!

The location was perfect for visiting all the attractions on the Gun Flint and in Grand Marais!

Would definitely stay there again.

Tim was great and even delivered a propane tank for the grill to us during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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  • 4 of 5

My family enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and cooler weather as it was in the 90's in our North Carolina town. We had plenty of room for the 8 of us. It definitely was a wonderful home away from home and all of us enjoyed Grand Marais, a beautiful little town.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Marais is wonderful!

  • 4 of 5

The octagon house worked well for our needs. It could use a bit of updating as it has all of the original appliances and decor.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent, clean, great location, lots of room

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time, it was nice after a day of sightseeing/hiking we had a place to unwind...Thanks

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Nice large house for a family

  • 4 of 5

The octagon house was a perfect home base for our family of 6. We had plenty of room to spread out. Everyone got their own bedroom. We loved the screen porch for eating and playing games. The kitchen was well stocked with everything you could imagine and some things that we had no idea what they were. We played a guessing game and had to do some internet research! :) The furnishings and implements are old, but that adds to the charm. We would definitely choose to stay here again due to the size and the location to Grand Marais.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful time at the Octagon House. Perfect location, quick drive up the Gunflint and secluded wooded area all around the home. Calm, clean, quiet, and a beautiful home. We loved the furniture and it had everything we needed. The screened in porch was the BEST! Kept the bugs at bay. We felt welcome in the home and would highly recommend for a stay.

Thank you for a wonderful family vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Grand Marais/Cook County Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Gunflint Tavern, Legion Club, Birch Terrace
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Gunflint Hills Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
MANY wonderful restaurants in Grand Marais
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Pincushion xc ski trails
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake Superior Harbor (not for swimming)
Car: necessary

Who can say it better than our local tourism folks--here's their message about Cook County:

Encounter Minnesota's most extraordinary place

Life is bigger here in Cook County, MN along legendary Highway 61. Here in the tip of Minnesota’s Arrowhead, amidst the north shore of Lake Superior and the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), you can go bigger, play harder and relax better than anywhere else in the Midwest. 

Enjoy Lake Superior – the world’s largest freshwater lake, visit Minnesota’s tallest mountain peaks and highest waterfall, ski the largest ski resort in the Midwest and enjoy its longest and most scenic biking trails.

Head to Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder to hike the craggy Sawtooth Mountains and Eagle Mountain, Minnesota’s highest peak. Rent bikes and ride the family-friendly Gitchi-Gami State Trail. Or dare our heart-pounding singletrack.

Discover hidden treasures in the artsy harbor town of Grand Marais. Go sailing on Lake Superior. Watch the sunset behind the lighthouse while savoring some of our local artisan cuisine. (Our award-winning eateries have been featured on the Food Network.) And discover why Grand Marais was recently awarded the title of "Coolest Small Town in America!" 

Drive the scenic Gunflint Trail to look for moose (we have over 4,000) or head out on a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) adventure. Escape from it all by sleeping under a blanket of stars.

Follow scenic Highway 61 to Grand Portage where the US and Canada meet and find the tallest waterfall in the state of Minnesota - "High Falls" in Grand Portage State Park. Discover the Ojibwa culture, learn about voyager history and, hopefully, find a little bit of luck.

We’ll leave the northern lights on for you.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Grand Marais, Minnesota

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £80
Tax Rate 11.88%

Manager'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 Grand Marais, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , sliding doors to balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Octagonal cupola room on third floor
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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