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Beautiful Level Lot, Sandy Beach-Gradual Depth, Firepit, Dock

Bedrooms 4
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

4 Bedrooms, all-season Porch, 2 Baths

Charming lake cabin near McGregor, MN on Big Sandy Lake. Premier location on the 7,500 acre lake...sit and relax watching the fire in the firepit and take in specaluar sunsets. Fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing, crafting-fun for all seasons. Enjoy the boathouse with ping pong/pool table, kayaks and beach toys. Accessible flat lot with 150 feet of private lakeshore. Just 2 hours north of the Twin Cities.

Cabin-2,200 square feet- sleeps 6+ 4 bedrooms four season porch, 2 baths. Large living room for gathering and warming by the gas fireplace or watching Direct TV. Stocked kitchen and three large dining tables allow for group meals, quilting and crafting or enjoying fun from the game cabinet. Deck with gas and charcoal grills for summer picnics. New large capacity washer and dryer.

Bring your own boat and tie up at our seventy foot dock with 8 x 12 section, bench and ladder. For rent: Older twenty-six (26) foot pontoon boat with newer 40 hpr motor available for $300 per week. Four (4) kayaks $100 each per week. or $50 each if 3 or more rented. Free use of 14 foot fishing boat with oars (six hp motor available $100/wk).

One hour from Duluth and the Northshore. Also 45 minutes from Black Bear Casino. New 27 hole golf course just ten minutes away.

Gas, fine dining, restaurants, groceries, and up north bar all near or on the lake.

Keywords: Lake Cabin, Minnesota, Retreat, Big Sandy, beach, family reunion, quilt, scrapbook, fish, hunt, snowmobile, sunsets.

More Details

Darby Walbon
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 December, 2016

About Darby Walbon

I, along with my brothers, purchased this lake home from a friend in 1991 as a family cabin. As time went on, I bought out my brothers and began to rent it out. Many improvements have been made. I am in my 60s and hope to retire in time and live part time in the lake home. I have been in the trucking business since I bought a truck at age 21. I have 3 grown kids and live in Florida and the Twin Cites. I ride peddle bikes and my Harley for fun and exercise.

Darby Walbon purchased this cabin in 1991

Why Darby Walbon chose Minnesota

The cabin sits on a level over-size lot with a sandy beach where my children enjoyed playing when they were young. The cabin is roomy and dressed in 12' knotty pine. With a kitchen, diningroom, livingroom and all season porch on the main level there is plenty of room for large groups to socialize. I have always found it to be a perfect relaxing get-away.

What makes this cabin unique

The 4 seasons are so distinctive! It's great to experience the change of seasons at the lake. It's like a new place 4 times a year. The cabin faces west so each night a new and different sunset awaits you.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Beautiful Level Lot, Sandy Beach-Gradual Depth, Firepit, Dock
average rating of 4.375 based on 8 reviews
Rose Creek,Minnesota


  • 2 of 5

We stayed there 2 years in a row.

First year no game room in the boat house and a limited dock for mooring our boats.

Second year no electricity to charge our boats. No boat house use again.

The gas grille was locked up in the garage.

The unbelievable kicker was the dock had been pulled except for one section.

They took our money without providing services that were supposed to come with the rental.

We had been staying for 3 nights at the end of September.

Also on the second year the cleaning lady wanted us out a day early and we had it rented for a third night.

It took me a while to write this but the other 7 guys said I had to.

Sorry but there is no way that we could recommend this place.

It was clean but their obligation to provide what was to come with the cabin is misleading.

Would never give a recommendation to stay there.

Pretty hard to tie up 3 boats.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Game room was accessable even if sliding door locked.Lake side door accessable. electric plug ins were available outside on deck charcoal grill was on deck. Gas grill was not. dock sections were partly removed as said. 24 feet available and 150 foot of flat lake shore. Sorry if you stay did not work out. Had no notice of issues till nearly a year after stay. cleaning lady simply had the wrong day. no harm done
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July Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We arrived and the housekeeper was just finishing up and was very helpful with where to get groceries and fishing license and bait. The cabin was just as described. With the open windows and fans the cabin was very comfortable throughout the day with the lake breeze.

The only problem we had during the stay was the pontoon boat broke down. Darby was very apologetic and worked with us to make our stay very enjoyable. We were able to continue fishing throughout the week. And the fishing was great.

Lots of room for everybody and the game selection was fantastic. My kids learned how to play cribbage and the men learned how to play apples to apples.

Highly recommend if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful and relaxing vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3 1
East Bethel, MN

Polly & Jim

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in this cozy cabin on many occasions and I can't wait to go back. There's plenty of room for our kids and grandkids to enjoy the fun with us, but it is also a relaxing and romantic getaway. From the amazing sunsets, great fishing and pontoon boat to snowmobiling through the beautiful Savana Park Trails and stopping at the local establishments along the way, we always leave relaxed and refreshed.

The owners, Darby and Karen are great! They always make sure the cabin is clean and well kept and helpful whenever we have needed something. I would recommend this cabin to anyone, especially if you are looking for a place for a family reunion or family getaway on Big Sandy Lake.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 1
Andover, MN

Listen to the Loons

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this beautiful, peaceful property numerous times. I love waking up to the sound of the loons. The sunrises are gorgeous.

The sitting room is spacious and enjoyable for fun conversations with those you love.

We have put several puzzles together while enjoying the lakeview on the enclosed porch. If not in the mood for a puzzle, games are abundant.

The lake is wonderful and inviting to all kinds of activities. A must stay for family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4 1
St Paul

Roomy, comfy place with fun amenities

  • 4 of 5

We organize a skiing and Scrabble weekend here annually -- it's a great place. Darby, the owner is communicative and responsible -- nice guy. The house is clean, nicely but comfortably furnished -- the individual sections recline in the couches! and the fireplace is great -- and has enough space for people to hole up and read while others hang out together. The lake is well populated but very pretty, and the cabin is close to Remote Lake Solitude Area for beautiful cross county. (FYI the ping pong/pool table had been moved outside to the unheated little storage house in the winter last time we were here -- otherwise it'd be 5 stars instead of 4 :)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3 1
N. St., Paul, MN

Mary, N. St. Paul, MN

  • 4 of 5

A comfortable lake home! Very quiet and restful. The pontoon is wonderful for touring the lake and fishing. Lots of games for kids, the TV was great.....we got to watch the Twins! My son and grandson very much enjoyed the pool table/ping pong table! We had a great week!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
McGregor air port
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Prairie River Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
National Golf Course
Nearest Train
63 Miles
Duluth MN
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
hy 65
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Prairie River Bar and Resaurant
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Spirit Mountian, Duluth
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
at cabin = Across lake
Car: necessary

Fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, birding, Savanna State Park 5 miles away.

Coffee House, Groceries, Hardware stores within 5 miles.On site rentals

26 foot older Pontoon with newer 40 HP

2014 16.5 Lund fishing boat.Depth finder/live well/bulge pump/elect start/25 hp tiller steering.steering. Anchor/Lights/3 swivel seats/Kayaks/


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in McGregor, Minnesota

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7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £122
Cleaning Fee £122

Owner'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 cabin in McGregor, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dialup Access ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Sink,
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bathrooms are on main floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Floor Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Also a twin trundle, Room sleeps 4
    Main Floor All Season Porch - 1 Bunk Bed , All Season Porch Sleeps 2
    Upstairs Left Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , 1 day bed. Room sleeps 5.
    Upstairs Center Room - 1 Single Bed , Room sleeps 1.
    Upper Right Bedroom - 2 Large Double Bed , Also metal cot-like bunk best for children. Room sleeps 6.
  • Linen, pillows and towels are provided,
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Public boat landing within one mile north of the cabin.

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