Private entrance in lower walkout level. Hosts live upstairs. Private entrance and access to screen porch.

Entire home/flat

4 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds

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Private apartment in walkout downstairs on Big Marine Lake! Hosts live upstairs. Canoe, paddles and life jackets available for on site use with access to lake . Refrigerator, coffee maker, sink, toaster oven, microwave, and crockpot. Private bathroom with shower. Queen size bed and a sleeper sofa (3" foam topper available). Indoor wood stove, wood provided, small outdoor portable fire pit, gas grill with grilling tools, small charcoal grill/bring charcoal and access to a screen porch.

The space

This is a beautiful and relaxing place with privacy. You have your own separate entrance and living space. Your hosts live upstairs, so you might hear a few footsteps. The Queen size bed is a comfortable Ikea latex/memory foam mattress. We use organic cotton sheets. A three inch memory foam pad is available for the sleeper couch. You can enjoy Big Marine Lake and the call of the loons, hike on quiet roads, in the winter snowshoe, x-c ski, ice fish on Big Marine Lake or relax by the wood burning fireplace. William O'Brien and Interstate State Park are nearby as well as Franconia Sculpture Garden and Scandia's Swedish gardens and historical houses! Great bike trails nearby too! Or just enjoy a quiet retreat and a bug free evening in the screen porch.
You will have access to Big Marine Lake and our canoe to get out on the water. We have a screened-in porch where you can enjoy a bug-free evening.

Your hosts, Jane and Dave live upstairs and will greet you upon your arrival. You will have as much privacy as you want. You will have your own separate entrance.

We live in the countryside with great privacy from our neighbors. We share our boat launch area & 1000 feet of shoreline with 4 other families. We have beautiful wildflower gardens, privacy and live on a wonderful quiet street for great walks along the lake. Fantastic biking in the area too - quiet roads and bike trails or snowshoe or x-c ski out on the lake or in nearby woods or at Wm O'Brien State Park and Interstate State Park .

You will need a car to explore the area. We are 50 minutes from the Minneapolis airport.

Minimum 1 night maximum 4 nights.

Guest access

You will have access to Big Marine Lake with our canoe or you can bring a non-motorized watercraft to get out on the water. You can fish from our dock too! We have a screened-in porch you can enjoy as well as outdoor chairs near entrance to apartment. Great swimming and fishing on Big Marine Lake.

Interaction with guests

You will have your own private entrance. We hope to greet you upon your arrival. We live upstairs.

Other things to note

We have a wide variety of books to read, a few dvd's and cd's to play. Feel free to take a fiction book that you haven't finished during your stay.
If you are planning your wedding, we have beautiful gardens and a quiet space. Talk to us about the possibility of having your wedding ceremony at our home.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 1PM
Check Out: 11AM
Property type: Other
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: 20 / night after 2 guests
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 1PM

No smoking. No parties. Please consult with us about bringing your dog, no cats or other animals besides a well behaved dog. Please bring a dog kennel or dog bed if bringing your dog. Your dog needs to be on a leash when outside. We live upstairs so we ask that you do not play loud music and quiet after 10 p.m.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

73 Reviews

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Kathy User Profile
July 2017
Dave and Jane have a wonderful spot on the lake! Comfortable, super clean, and close to the state parks along the Wisconsin/Minnesota border. Dave was very kind and helpful upon our arrival, and we visited as though they were old friends. Everything you need, from towels to dishes to wood for your evening fire - it is all there. Such a great place for a quiet get away!

Ashley User Profile
July 2017
Dave and Jane's basement apartment was a perfect place for us (couple in our thirties + our dog) to get away from the Saint Louis heat for a few days. It was very private, and we loved that we were a quick walk away from the lake and could use their canoe.

Kiley User Profile
July 2017
Dave's place was beautiful and clean. It sat right next to the lake with easy access to a small firepit and canoe. Our puppies loved running around the property that was filled with grass and flowers. Will definitely stay again!

Olivia User Profile
July 2017
Another wonderful Summer trip to Big Marine Lake! This was our 2nd year in a row staying at Dave & Jane's place, and we just love it there. The accommodations are snuggly and clean, and the location is a wonderful escape from city life. Great fishing!! We also explored a bit more around Scandia, MN and it's such a cute little town. We'll be back next Summer :)

Nat User Profile
July 2017
This place is great! A man after my own heart, it is furnished with a nice sound system, blu-ray player and flatscreen TV in addition to the abundant other features described in the listing. Dave was friendly and knowledgeable and I would not hesitate to stay here with my wife again. We hope you have a great (and filled with guests!) summer, Dave!

Ab User Profile
July 2017
Great location close to Big Marine Lake fun. Cute and comfortable downstairs apartment with private screen porch and all the amenities you'll need (coffee, tea, breakfast , full kitchen, bathroom) with plenty of space.

Clara User Profile
June 2017
It was a great stay, our favorite part was using the canoe out on the lake! I also loved how they had coffee and tea provided.

Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota, United StatesJoined in August 2014
Dave User ProfileDave is a superhost.

My wife and I have lived in our home for 25 years. We are both retired. I was an Administrator at the Science Museum of Minnesota and my wife was a Naturalist for a local Park District. We enjoy our natural surroundings, the St Croix river Valley is a special place and we want to share it with others. We enjoy friends and family, music, reading, making pottery, gardening, biking, canoeing on the lake, snowshoeing, skiing and travel.

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