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Charming Renovated Log Cabin on Deep Crystal-Clear Lake

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House and cabin = altogether 6 en suite Bedrooms, (Sleeps 12); Media Room

Our family house is a totally-renovated, 1928, chinked-log cabin on clear, turquoise-blue, secluded Deer Lake. We kept the charm, the funk, and antiques, but added all the amenities including wireless internet and free long-distance telephone service.

The chinked log part of the house has two en suite bedrooms. The log living room has floor-to-ceiling shelves of books, a piano, stone fireplace, a filled board-game closet and oriental rugs on wood floors. There is another bathroom with shower off the living room. All the rooms have ceiling fans, but no airconditioning. French doors lead from the living room to the deck where an enormous wood picnic table with umbrella and Adirondack chairs overlook the lake.

On the lake side of the house, the newer addition includes a large, gourmet kitchen/dining/living room (with two dishwashers, Jenn-aire cook top, extensive equipment including a cuisinart, Kitchenaid mixer, ice-maker, etc. and china, cedar walls, tile counters, and pine table that seats 12), an en suite master bedroom (king-size Tempurpedic bed) with cable TV and private deck and an en suite queen-bed bedroom. Another cabin across the yard has two en suite bedrooms and will be unlocked if you have twelve paying guests. Each bedroom in the cabin is an additional $500 for the week. There are magnificent views of the lake, filtered through Norway pines.

The downstairs media room has cable and a big screen TV. It opens to a lower deck. There is also a volleyball grass court. A winding, cedar-chip path leads to a lower fire pit with log benches and then to a lakeside deck where there is a cedar umbrella table and chairs, a sauna and private, outdoor hot-and-cold soft-water shower. A large separate screen house is next to the main house fully furnished (swing, wicker chairs and poker table) with electricity and wireless internet. The house comes with four kayaks and two standup paddle boards. Most of our tenants bring their own boats.

Keywords: Renovated Antique Log Cabin

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Alison Teal
Member since: 2001
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2017

About Alison Teal

This is a photo of me and my family, taken at the end of our dock. My children have come to Deer Lake every summer of their lives, even when they lived in Vienna, Austria. Our house was not designed or furnished as a rental, but as a family house/compound. However we don't get to the lake as often as we did when the children were young, so we began renting twelve years ago. My husband and I now live in Aspen, Colorado. Our children live in New York City, Boston and Seattle, but they still get to the lake every year.

Why Alison Teal chose Minnesota

We love the midwest, though we are definitely coastal people during the bulk of the year. There is no place better for a family gathering than a lake. The variety of activities draw us to fresh water. There is something wonderfully enegizing about experiencing wilderness each year.

What makes this house unique

This is the ultimate 'Up North' lake experience with gorgeous sunsets, the haunting call of loons and eagles flying overhead. My husband's family has been going to this lake for over 60 years. Deer is one of the cleanest lakes in Minnesota, spring fed and very deep. The lake in front of the house drops off very gently and is approached by a deck and dock. There is no beach. At the end of the dock, the water is waist high and the bottom is all sand; perfect for water games. We enjoy fires cooking all together in the large kitchen overlooking the lake, playing volleyball, bocce and croquet, sitting in the screen house playing poker and reading, or sitting in front of the inside or outside fires playing charades and singing. The beds are extremely comfortable and there is an endless supply of books and games. All you have to do is get here. You will feel like it has been your family house for years.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Deer River in Itasca County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , two sinks
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet
    Bathroom 8 - Outdoor Shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with en suite double sink bathroom and tempurpedic matress
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , En suite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , En suite bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , en suite bathroom in a cabin 10 yards from main house
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite bathroom in cabin 10 yards from main house
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite bathroom with bathtub
  • King size beds (1), Queen Beds (2) Twin or Single Beds (6) Two en suite bedrooms on the main floor have two single beds each; One en suite bedroom on the main floor has a queen and the other en suite bedroom a king. A cabin about 10 yards from the main house has two en suite bedrooms; one with a queen and one with twin beds
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
High-speed wireless Internet, 4 Kayaks, 2 standup paddle boards, 2 Cable TVs, fully stocked kitchen, Kitchenaid Mixer, Cuisinart, Two Dishwashers, Double oven, Jenn-Aire, New Refrigerator, Utensils and China, Linens (all-cotton sheets, down pillows, towels), Private Outdoor Shower with Lakeside View and hot and cold soft water, Three Umbrella Cedar tables with chairs, Volleyball, Ping-pong, Poker table, bocce, Stocked board-game closet, over 1,000 books. NO JET SKIS ALLOWED.


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Charming Renovated Log Cabin on Deep Crystal-Clear Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
Minneapolis MN


  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this Deer Lake home for a number of years and have absolutely fallen in love with the place. I agree with the other reviewer who said it feels like their own home. With its mix of rooms and amenities, indoor and out, it works well for families with children, or groups of adults, individually or in couples. The main house includes four separate bedrooms with bath suites, three of which have newly remodeled baths. And the owners have just added a brand new guest house with two additional bed/bath suites, each with separate entrance. In the main house, there is a good- sized living room with timber framing, high ceiling and stone fireplace. But the heart of the house is the kitchen-dining room with its large bay of windows overlooking the lake. The kitchen has great appliances (two dishwashers!) and is well stocked with cookware and utensils and an array of new and antique tableware. (In fact, the entire house is filled with a collection of antiques that is a treat all on its own.) The kitchen/dining room is one of those comfortable big rooms where you can prepare and serve a meal that feels right for only two people or for a dozen or more (or for dancing while cooking; yes, we actually find ourselves doing this). Right outside the kitchen is a large deck with a big table and umbrella (again, suitable for 2 to 12 people) overlooking the lake. On the other side of the deck is a screen house that provides a great place for daytime lounging or evening activities sans mosquitoes. The house also has a yard, fire pit (with hose nearby), several other decks, and down on the lakefront a sauna, outdoor shower (it is fabulous: I think I have yet to take a shower inside the house) and long dock with a boat lift and THE LAKE. If the house is great, the lake is an absolute marvel. They call Deer Lake the “lake of changing colors.” That sounds like one of those cheesy 1950’s promotional slogans. But in this case it is actually true. Depending on wind and time of day, the surface of the lake does actually alternate between shades of bright blue and luminous turquoise. The water is cool and crystal clear, the bottom sandy; there are bays and islands with deep woods and eagles nests; you can see fish go by below you as you swim. I could go on and on. Bottom line: This is a fabulous home from which to enjoy a fabulous lake.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Wonderful time w/ so much activity for all ages

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely adored our time at the Deer Lake cabin!

It's a beautiful spacious home with several sleeping areas -- including a (we believe brand new) addition with two queen bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms which is quiet and separate from the home. The additional is a perfect space if you have small kids!

Somehow, even with all this space and airy, open areas in the kitchen, the house is still cozy and warm and truly a comfortable cabin for cards, books, fires, and private space to spread out from the rest of the gang. What we loved most is that the space felt truly like our own -- a bit eclectic, full of everything you could possibly want in the kitchen, toys for all ages for the lake, places to read in the shade and lawn games for the sun. It felt like a cabin that had been in our own family for years. What a complete joy -- thank you for this!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Paul, MN

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Deer Lake cabin! The large kitchen was a natural gathering spot for the family and there was plenty of space to branch out when we had a couple of rainy days. We found plenty of large serve-ware for our big group.

The king-size bed in the master bedroom was heavenly, very comfortable. The teenage boys enjoyed having their own space in the basement with a separate entrance and the girls loved the bunk beds with privacy curtain. All the bedrooms had reading lights, perfect for snuggling in with a book before bed.

With a hose set up right next to the campfire, and a shower outside behind the sauna, much of the work normally attributed to cabin-time was removed. Perfect for larger groups!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to have other families share the fun our family has had with this house over the years.
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Princeton, New Jersey

Summer home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We have so loved our time at the lake --- we are very happy returning each year to this wonderful house which is so full of history, beautifully and appropriately furnished for a Northwoods lakeside place, and exceptionally well-equipped. We think of it as our own! And the owners make us comfortable with that. Whether on the lake, on the decks by the lake, enjoying a quiet moment on the upper decks, or having a bunch for dinner in the lovely open plan kitchen, it is just terrific. The living room is cosy for tv, but with plenty of space for various games (bridge, anyone?) or piano singalongs. And the kids can do their own thing in the summer screened house a few yards away. Hope to be back in 2014!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Wonderful, Relaxing place to spend either lazy or more ambitious time

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here several times over the years for periods of a week and more, including 2013. It is totally charming and cozy, with all the necessary amenities, including an immense supply of board games. I was particularly happy to see how well-stocked the kitchen is with silver and plates suitable for having a large group for meals, all sorts of utensils, and especially even spices, since it is a total pain to have to go out and buy condiments that you might use only once in a few weeks vacation. The setting in general and the lake especially is lovely. Swimming is fine, and you can take short trips with the kayaks to little islands or just cruise around. The town of Grand Rapids is a few miles away, where, if you're so inclined, you can visit the Judy Garland museum (she was born and her father ran a theater there). Another local trip we liked was the lumber camp set up as it was in the early twentieth century, with people playing their roles as if they came from those times. So many things to do, if you want, and so much beauty to cool out in, if you don't.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Great vacation spot...so relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

I've spent parts of two summers at this house and each has been fantastic. Regardless of the daily plan, excellent memories appeared out of nowhere. I distinctly remember boating to an island in the middle of the lake for a quick stroll and stumbling upon a Bald Eagle and eaglet nesting peacefully 30 feet above the beach. Rainy day? Pull everyone into the large kitchen to help cook dinner. Then sit at the huge dining room table surrounded by windows.

The lake is also plenty big for water skiers of all skill levels. I can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2003
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Hibbing, MN
Nearest Beach
Front of house
Car: necessary

Croquet, Bowling, Casino, Forest History Center, volley ball court, Bocci


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Deer River, USA

Rental Basis:
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Damage deposit £771.3
Refundable Damage Deposit £771.3
Pet Fee £38.57
Dog damage deposit £154.26
Dog charge £38.57

The house which sleeps 8 maximum is $3,500 for a week. If you need additional space, there are two en suite bedroom cabins each for an additional $500 that can be unlocked. Saturday changeover; departure at 10:00 a.m.; arrival at 3:00 p.m. On the departure day please vacate the house by 10:00 for cleaning. However, you can leave your bags in the screen house and stay until 3:00 p.m. Rent includes 3 kayaks.

$1000 deposit refundable up to 60 days prior to rental; balance due 60 days in advance as well as a damage deposit. Pay by check.

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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