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Waterfront Cottage on Magnificent Rainy Lake

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Vintage, 3-bdrm cottage is just steps from Ranier Beach, dining & pubs

This rustic cottage right on the shore of Rainy Lake in the village of Ranier is the perfect basecamp for exploring the natural wonders of Northern Minnesota and Voyageur's National Park--or just kicking back, unplugging and hanging out with the locals.

In the Davis family for nearly 100 years, this waterfront cabin features knotty pine paneling and huge windows overlooking the lake in both the living room and porch. A deck that opens off the porch will be your new favorite spot for catching spectacular Sand Bay sunsets from spring to fall. A wide lawn runs down to the breakwater, where you can swim in the cold, clear water of the Rainy, or sit around the fire pit right on the shoreline.

The Davis House is a great place to relax and spend time with your family, fish the Rainy (no dock on the property, but we can help you find one if you need it), snowmobile (there's a groomed trail just one block away that you can sled to right from the house) or rent long-term for local area work.

Kids love the beach--just steps away--and swimming off the breakwater. A Grumman canoe, paddles, life-preservers and other water toys are yours to use at the house, as well as a picnic table, garage (perfect for our winter guests), two vintage Schwinns and almost anything else you'll need to enjoy your stay in the Borderland.

The friendly municipal liquor store (the Ranier Muni) is just a three-block walk away. There's an ice cream parlor just down the shoreline at Tara's Wharf, along with fresh-brewed beer at Loony's Brew, a boat-launch ramp, and dining at the Rainy Lake Grill.

The entire expanse of Rainy Lake--with its thousands of islands, Voyageur's National Park, renowned walleye and bass fishing--is right outside your door. And if you just want solitude or a quiet place to write your memoirs, Ranier has long been a haven for writers and painters and artists of every kind.

More Details

Phillomena Davis
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

About Phillomena Davis

Mike and Phillomena Davis are currently managing the Davis homestead for the family. We live in the Twin Cities but have many friends and relatives throughout the area.

Why Phillomena Davis chose Ranier

This property has been in the family for almost 100 years. The location, with its proximity to both Rainy River and Rainy Lake and Canada right across the bay, has been a historic gathering spot for native Americans, fur traders and adventurers for hundreds of years. From this point you can travel by boat more than 30 miles into the Canadian wilderness in three different directions or head up to Kettle Falls on the U.S. side 40 miles more. There is really no other lake in Minnesota that has so many unique features. You can spend a lifetime exploring it, and many have done just that.

What makes this cottage unique

This is not your typical Minnesota "piney woods cabin." It is truly a rustic lake home and part of the fascinating culture of the village of Ranier. Yes, the lake is there with all of its attractions. But this location has so much more that keeps us coming back year after year.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Ranier around the Rainy Lake

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No checking work emails.
  • No complaining about the weather.
  • Three hugs every day!
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • It's a little small--sorry!--and annoyingly placed off one of the bedrooms, but it gets the job done! New shower tiles in 2017!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Lakeside Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    The One with the Bathroom - 1 Double Bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Waterfront Cottage on Magnificent Rainy Lake
average rating of 4.8 based on 25 reviews

Great getaway in charming lake cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time and enjoyed everything the cottage had to offer from the views, to the stocked kitchen to a few forays with the canoe. We would definitely come back!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous views

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay. The views are amazing. The location is perfect. The cabin is slightly outdated, it could use new carpets (70’s) shag went out of style a long time ago. The cabin was very clean and provided everything we needed. We spent most of our time outdoors as the weather was just perfect. Every night we built a fire at the pit and the family gathered around. Loved our vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week. I really appreciated the quick response time to questions and we could tell that the owners wanted us to have a positive experience at their property. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect accommodations for a great vacation.

  • 5 of 5

A week on Rainy Lake was just what we wanted.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cozy place.

  • 5 of 5

It's nice that much of it hasn't been undated. Kind of takes you back to your youth. Everything is in good working order. The lake and the area are wonderful!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad your family enjoyed the cottage, John! We are trying to preserve as much of its vintage character as we can, while working in the updates that our family members and guests expect. Hope to see you again!
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  • 5 of 5

Great place!! Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage, Ann, and good luck on your continuing adventures wherever they take you next!
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
International Falls
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Looney's Brew
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Falls Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Rainy Lake Grill
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Giant's Ridge
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Ranier Beach
Car: necessary

Beautiful Voyageur's National Park is within a short boat or car ride. Several resorts dot the shoreline, including the must-see Sha-Sha on Black Bay. The area is, of course, a well-known fisherman's paradise, with numerous guiding opportunities to those without their own boats or gear. Grouse and

duck hunting is popular in September and October, deer hunting in November and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing in winter.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage around the Ranier,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn on the Rainy
4 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
The Great White
1 Dec 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Northern Spring
1 Apr 2019 - 24 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Ahh, Summer (2019)
25 May 2019 - 2 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £75.36
Refundable Damage Deposit £226.08
Pet Fee £18.84

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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