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Lodge open year round. Sleeps 9 comfortably.

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday cabin in Marcell - The Lodge On Caribou

Charming cabin on water's edge surrounded by majestic pines on quiet lake.

This part of Minnesota is a very well kept secret. If you are interested in a peaceful setting with unbelievable natural beauty, then your search has ended.

A stunning private property in the middle of the Chippewa National Forest, surrounded by 80-100 foot pines on 340 feet of lake shore on beautiful Caribou Lake. The lake is crystal clear with 45 foot clarity and 160 feet deep. Famous Caribou Lake boasts great fishing for Lake Trout, Bass and pan fish with trails for hiking. A row boat (with electric trolling motor), a sunfish sailboat, and kayak are all included with your rental. There are 2 private docks, one you can dock your boat at should you choose to bring one and another even more private swimming dock. The lake is typically glassy in the evening and is big enough to ski and tube on. Pass your playground love for tether ball on to your kids/grandkids or set up a family olympics of sorts with events such as bean bags, kuub (Swedish lawn game), croquet, ping pong, pool, and foos ball (all available on site).

What originally was an old lodge has recently undergone major updates and improvements including a new bathroom, kitchen, roof, furnace and windows. The walkout basement offers a super fun game room (pool, ping pong & foos ball) for rainy day fun or evening activities. Washer and dryer are also in the basement. Fresh linens and towels are provided for your stay. This cabin sleeps 8 comfortably with room for up to 10+ October-May. June through September rent the old lodge plus the seasonal guest cabin which is just steps away. The guest cabin boasts a new kitchen, new bathroom, 2 bedrooms, lake facing living room and a wonderful screened in porch. This is a perfect option for grandparents vacationing with their kids and families or larger groups. This cabin sleeps 6 comfortably.

Ample cross country skiing in the surrounding nature reserves or on the lake, snowmobile trails accessible from the driveway, fall color trails down the road and excellent ice fishing opportunities abound. Nearby Suomi Hills offers miles of groomed cross country ski trails suited for all levels. For a beautiful hike, simply head out the door.

Experience a part of Minnesota history that has all but disappeared. The state used to have ma & pa resorts at every turn. As new owners we are trying to hold on to a little bit of that history and share it with others who share a love and respect for the charm of a simpler time by restoring and preserving what used to be the center of one such place. So far we have restored what used to be the old lodge where guests would come for meals, games, and socializing. Now stay in the lodge with your family. We also have restored one of 2 seasonal guest cabins (cabin 2)..

They do not make cabins like this anymore and they couldn't if they tried. The old lodge and guest cabin are situated on close to 4 acres of land on 340 feet of private lake shore on pristine Caribou Lake. Quiet and relaxing for those seeking a real up north experience. This is the land of sky blue waters. There is wireless (but you don't have to tell the kids if you don't want to), but no t.v.. Playing board games, building forts, swimming, boating, roaming, card games, making s'mores fireside, napping, puzzles, catching frogs & minnows all become the new norm. We have updated the cabin and made this the perfect balance of comfort, history, charm and enjoyment. Once you visit you will be coming back often. We have absolutely fallen in love with Caribou Lake and the old Buckhorn property, we would love to share it with those that have a similar passion for the outdoors, appreciation of history, and love for charming old cottages and all that they encompass.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Katie Archbold
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
21 September, 2016
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About Katie Archbold

We are a married couple with 3 school aged children living in the Twin Cities. Like the original owners of Buckhorn (this property), I grew up in Chicago. My husband is from southwestern Minnesota and we attended the University of St. John's and the College of St. Benedict. The original guest books are filled with visitors from all over, but Chicagoland and St. Paul more than anywhere else. If our lives weren't "rich" with hockey and volleyball we wouldn't miss a weekend up at the lake, regardless what time of year! We are passionate about the outdoors and about preserving a part of Minnesota's past.

Katie Archbold purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Katie Archbold chose Minnesota

We rented this place and liked it so much we bought the place. The lodge reminds you of a different time in history when kids didn't sit on video games and television and enjoyed the beauty of nature. The original guest book from the 40's is still in the lodge and you can imagine the great times guests from the 40's and 50's had in this place. We hope you enjoy this place as much as we do, it is a hard place to leave when it comes time to go back to the real world. Our family has created some of the best memories ever at the Lodge, we hope you also enjoy.

What makes this cabin unique

You can't find this anywhere else. You will feel like you have been transported back in time but with the benefits of a new bathroom, new beds and new kitchen. Unlike some of the other beautiful more well known lakes in Minnesota, Caribou has only a handful of cabins on the lake. If 3 boats are on the lake at one time it is considered crazy busy. There is a dock to tie up a boat to should you bring one. Caribou is a quiet lake, we do not allow jet skis.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I could hardly tell that Tim and his group were in the cabin. The easiest guests ever.
Oct 2015
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based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Lodge open year round. Sleeps 9 comfortably.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

There are no adequate words....

  • 5 of 5

But I'll try! First, you need to know that Katie is incredible to work with; she and her family made ours feel like we've known one another for years. I cannot say enough about the amenities, comfort, and beauty that is Buckhorn.

Our family of nine had a week of (mostly) disconnected bliss that ended much too soon. The lodge and cabin are inspiring, cozy, and large enough for nine people to spread out and read, snooze, or play an intense game of ping pong--while still feeling like the family is spending quality time together. I don't think anyone even noticed there wasn't a TV until our fifth night there...and there were no complaints about it, even then. The lake is beautiful, kayaks and canoe super fun, and the fire pit absolutely perfect for roasting marshmallows and hanging out at night.

The game room in the basement was pure heaven for three teenagers and a five-year-old. Okay, and the adults. We made great memories organizing both ping pong and bean bag tournaments.

Again, my words don't do justice. Buckhorn is incredible--unlike anything you'll find out there. We were so lucky to find this location on Homeaway and are looking forward to returning. Thank you so much for your careful renovation of such a wonderful place!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous adorable vintage perfection.

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing and harkens back to days long past when mom and pop lodges and resorts dotted the landscape all over Minnesota. Coming to Buckhorn Lodge is like walking back in time only to find it blissfully more luxurious.

Katie and Pat are preserving something precious here and you can feel it. From the giddy inducing down comforters to the Scandinavian hand towels Buckhorn is the perfect homecoming for cozy, joy-inspired, love drenched goodness.

You should probably stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sara, It was our absolute pleasure to host you and your family and friends at Buckhorn! It is super gratifying to hear from guests that appreciate and "get" what we are trying to accomplish by attempting to bring this old place back to life. We hope you will continue to be a part of our journey and return to see the improvements and restoration that is planned for the future. Without people like you it would/will not be possible. We are so grateful for your kind review! Thank you!!!!!!! Best, Katie & Pat
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Perfect nostalgic lake cabin experience

  • 5 of 5

The Old Buckhorn Lodge on Caribou Lake is alive and well, brimming with charm, class and remembrance of bygone days. The 5 sisters in my family enjoyed our weeklong stay interspersed with visits from nieces and grand nieces. The lodge and extra guest cabin provided a perfect venue for multiple guests with many rooms and spaces and activities to keep everyone happy ,active , and relaxed. The beds and linens and towels made us all feel a little pampered and the master suite was amazing, we called it the queen for a day room. The kitchen was well equipped for everything we cooked and it was large and friendly. The long table provided a perfect spot for stories and laughter. It rained one afternoon and the main room sparkled in the firelight while we played cards and worked puzzles. Caribou lake was magnificent. Deep and cool, clear and refreshing. It came complete with a small island, fantastic sunsets, and two pairs of Loons to make the music. We spent the week messing with boats and swimming, playing games in the rec room and making memories of a lifetime. Would highly recommend this spot for anyone who loves the Northwoods and wants to recall how beautiful it is. Wonderful hosts, the Archibolds went the extra mile to ensure our perfect vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wow- the houses had EVERYTHING fun games, great cooking utensils, comfortable beds and linens, every detail was attended to. Katie was incredibly responsive and helpful in every way. Best swimming lake we have ever been to, you can see straight to the bottom. Perfect vacation spot.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julie, Thank you so much for the lovely review! Pat & I are so glad the you all enjoyed your time at Buckhorn. It was so nice to meet you and your mom and family. Sharing Buckhorn with groups that include grandparents, kids and grandchildren is what we love most. Thank you for treating the place as if it were your own, we could not have asked for it to have been left in better shape. We hope a return trip will be planned,! Winter is spectacular in a completely different snow blanketed and cozy way. Kind regards, Katie
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A Slice of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just spent three days at Katie and Pat's cabin and cannot say enough how much we loved it. The cabin itself was perfect, there wasn't one thing that we "needed" and didn't have. They have thought of everything when it comes to making sure their guests are comfortable. Both Katie and Pat were very helpful and prompt in communicating prior to our stay. When we arrived the light was on, the cabin was warm and we immediately felt like we were at home.

We highly recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The lake and surrounding area is beautiful and very peaceful, it felt like we had the whole lake to ourselves.

Thanks to both of you for making this treasure of yours available to share with others, we WILL be back!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sasha, It was truly our pleasure to host you and your husband at our cabin. We were so happy that you guys chose our place to spend some rare and valuable time away from the hustle and bustle of family life and pleased to hear that it lived up to your expectations. Finding folks like you who appreciate the simple rustic charm of our cabin is key to helping us continue to restore this old resort. We thank you for choosing to stay with us and for the very sweet review. We really, really hope you will come back for another visit, perhaps with your girls next time! Many thanks, Katie
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A unique opportunity to experience the North Woods as it was a half-century ago...in modern style

  • 5 of 5

We spent a weekend at this spacious lodge with a group of friends, both men and women. The structure is part of an old resort, and it has an unusual degree of character, unlike many of the modern timber lodges that have been build recently in Minnesota's North Woods. I would describe it as robust but also quaint, as if you'd returned to your childhood--a time when daredevils and Lazy Ike's ruled the tackle box, and everyone did jigsaw puzzles and played Parcheesi in the evening while sipping Ovaltine (or Aquavit).

Considering that the temperature dropped to -24 while we were there, we were happy to discover that the lodge is snug rather than drafty. The main room has a huge stone fireplace, and the woodshed is loaded with crisp dry wood. The kitchen is fully equipped with chef-quality knives, pots, and pans, and there's a delightful sitting room nearby that catches the golden afternoon sun.

The basement resembles a bar at a small resort--which it once was. The pool table is level. (We didn't try the ping-pong table.) The lake is just down the hill. There is a network of woodsy walks in the vicinity, and the Suomi Hills ski and wilderness area is only a few miles away. Other nearby attractions include the Edge of the Wilderness visitors' center in Marcel, Scenic State Park, and the Big Fork arts center (I don't recall the name). The landscape is generally hilly, and the forest is full of mature white pines.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John, We were so happy to host you and your friends at our cabin in the north woods. It warms my heart to hear that others also appreciate the rustic charm of the place that is so near and dear to our hearts. We are pleased to hear that despite the subzero temperatures, the cabin remained cozy. We could not have asked for better guests and we hope that you and your friends will come back to experience the cabin and Caribou Lake when the loons are calling and bass are jumping. Many, many thanks for your lovely review! Best, Katie
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Car: necessary

Located in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest, you will be surrounded by the natural and pristine beauty of norther Minnesota. Suomi Hills is just minutes away and offers cross country skiers of all levels miles of groomed trails. Likewise, snow mobile trrails are practically out the backside of the cabin.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Marcell, Minnesota

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £45 per night, per additional guest
26 May 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £45 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £410
Tax Rate 9.88%

Taxes include a 6.875% state tax and a 3% local resort tax we have to pay.

Please note- June-Labor Day weekend there are 2 cabins rented jointly that sleep up to 16+. During these summer months we rent the cabins jointly. Partial weeks are considered, please inquire for pricing. A $500 damage deposit is required when booking for week rentals. We require a 50% deposit upon booking that is non transferrable and non-refundable. 90 days prior to the date of your stay the remaining 50% is due and is also non-transferrable and non-refundable. No smoking and no jet skis allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Marcell, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Cabin 2 bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , In seasonal cabin (summer season only), freshly remodeled.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Brand new powder room added to lodge!
  • Both bathrooms are newly remodeled.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Walk out to deck off of this bedroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , 2 twin beds and one single over full bunk bed.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Double Bed , Bedroom 4 is in smaller seasonal cabin steps from lodge
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , Bedroom 5 is in smaller season cabin right next to the lodge
  • All bedroom have new mattresses and linens. 2 cots are available in addition (best suited for kids). Bedrooms 1, 2, & 3 are in the old lodge. Bedrooms 4 & 5 are just steps away in the smaller seasonal cabin (available June-September only).
  • Books ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Great bait and food store in Marcell, go see Paul at Frontier Sports http://www.frontiersports.net/

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