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Unique Handmade Log Cabin, Peaceful Lake, Recreation Amenities Galore

Unique Handmade Log Cabin, Peaceful Lake, Recreation Amenities Galore


Property Details

Updated: Mar 30, 2015
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 11

Buckhorn Lake Cabin is a beautiful, new log cabin built by my husband, and surrounded by pine trees and large wrap-around deck with view of Buckhorn Lake, a quiet, no-wake lake. The cabin is officially designated a no-stress zone. The 2,200-foot cabin sleeps 11, and has two full baths. It’s heritage living, but with all the amenities of home including dishwasher, microwave, jacuzzi, stone fireplace, heat, and air conditioning. The perfect place to get reacquainted with family, friends, nature and you. So grab some floats and tubes and jump into the lake, sunbathe, read on the deck, play music and board games in front of the stone fireplace, engage in a ping-pong tournament in the family room, create a great meal and enjoy one another, relax by the fire pit and roast some marshmallows, ice fish, cross country ski or take a walk and look at the stars or the wildlife.

Offically Designated No Stress Zone: The cabin is perfect for a romantic weekend, family gatherings, women’s or men’s get-togethers and spiritual or business retreats. Or come for a solo retreat and stoke-up your batteries. Located one mile from Hatfield, Wisconsin and 11 miles from Black River Falls, Wisconsin, the area looks like the “North Woods,” just closer! The cabin is approximately 2 1/2 hrs. from Minneapolis and Saint Paul, 3 hrs. from Milwaukee, 4 1/2 hrs. from Chicago, 2 hrs. from Madison, 1 hr and 15 minutes from the Dells. One mile away is Lake Arbutus, an 839-acre lake with boat and jet-ski rentals, boat ramps, picnic areas, beaches and playgrounds and an indoor roller skating ring. Discover treasures at the local Flea Market/Craft Show.

Great recreation on site or near by: There are loads of recreational activities available during all four seasons without ever having to get into your car. Just walk out the front door. Buckhorn Lake is across our road and is connected to a canal, linked to other lakes and the Black River. You can canoe, kayak, swim, fish, bike (we have a canoe, two-person kayak and bikes on site) and cross country ski or snowshoe for hours without ever having to get in your car. So throw your car keys away for a while and technology (if you can) and get to know your spouse, family and/or friends or even yourself better.

Don't worry about bad weather: Majestic Pines Casino is nearby, as is a affordable movie theater and antiquing and an affordable fitness center which includes a swimming pool/whirlpool and dry sauna; fitness room ,gymnasium 2 racquetball courts, and a 125 meter suspended walking/running track available. An indoor and outdoor water park is just 1/2 hr away.

More Details
  • Sleeps 11
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

My husband, with a little help from me, my son and some friends, built our log cabin over a two- year period. We bought the ten-inch logs from a local man who builds log cabins and owns a lumberyard. The logs were harvested from this man’s sustainable forest. We tried to incorporate recycled and reused materials as well as new green products, such as radiant-heat bamboo flooring. We are just starting to rent the cabin. We hope to find vacationers that will respect and appreciate all the hard work that went into creating the log cabin. We are told by family and friends that the place has wonderful karma. I am a writer and over a one-month period, I wrote a book at the cabin, which will be published shortly. My husband renovates old properties and sells or rents them and is an energy auditor.

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56 Reviews

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Unique Handmade Log Cabin, Peaceful Lake, Recreation Amenities Galore
+1 -4142381577
Black River Falls Central Wisconsin

spring break success

  • 5 of 5
We had a truly wonderful 5 day vacation here. Everyone had their own room to sleep in and lots of private space for my college aged son and his friend who came on the train from Minneapolis. We picked them up in Tomah, just 45 minutes from the cabin. We cross country skied from the cabin on 10 inches of fresh snow. A REALLY nice kitchen. Every aspect of the cabin was as described in the website. Beds very comfortable. The cabin was well stocked with board games and books and I loved that there was no TV! Leah was incredibly helpful will all of my questions before and during our stay. We will go back again for spring break and bring more friends next time!
  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Unique Handmade Log Cabin, Peaceful Lake, Recreation Amenities Galore
+1 -4142381577
Black River Falls Central Wisconsin
Wisconsin, USA

Awesome winter get away for family

  • 5 of 5
The setting was beautiful for our January weekend. The owner had sent us complete driving directions from different points because we had family gathering from MN, IA, and WI. In addition, their handout on what they recommend for things to do in the area was very helpful. Thought this was a nice touch to make us feel welcome to the area.

We found the cabin very clean and comfortable to handle our family of 10. The fireplace kept us warm once we got the fire going where the fan would kick in. The temperature outside was near zero with minus eight in the p.m. so we enjoyed the fireplace for a cozy, warm fire for the first floor. Downstairs was warm immediately with the floor heat. The oak wood was long burning wood, but hard to start without some kindling strips for people who are not used to using a fireplace. Then the temperature improved outside for rest of weekend and all was splendid inside and the outdoors was a winter picturesque setting.

The kitchen was well stocked for pans, utensils, and dishes and we enjoyed all our meals there for family of 10 for our weekend stay. Extra chairs and table were available which made for comfortable and relaxed surroundings. The dishwasher is very helpful for a large group.

Very comfortable beds and did not lack supply of blankets and towels. Owners made sure all accommodations were complete and well supplied. Our family had a very nice time for our Christmas together and would definitely like to return for a winter get away or a summer vacation. Definitely recommend this vacation home.
  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Unique Handmade Log Cabin, Peaceful Lake, Recreation Amenities Galore
+1 -4142381577
Black River Falls Central Wisconsin

Perfect Christmas Getaway

  • 5 of 5
The cabin was perfect for our family Christmas. Everything was clean, Leah was helpful, instructions were clear, the area is beautiful, and the price is reasonable.
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Unique Handmade Log Cabin, Peaceful Lake, Recreation Amenities Galore
+1 -4142381577
Black River Falls Central Wisconsin

Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5
We were looking for a new place for Girls Weekend -- and we have found it! Very comfortable and relaxing accommodations and Leah/Tim were easy to work with. Quick responses to questions. We were hoping that it would be as nice as the pictures showed and we were not disappointed -- it was even better. Lots of room and never felt crowded, in fact, at times we weren't sure where some friends had disappeared to. Gorgeous wood work and attention to detail. They have a book showing the cabin being built which was cool to see. Ping pong table was an added bonus (we even held a ping pong tournament. Lots of reading materials and games in case the weather is bad. Didn't use the kitchen much (after all, it was girls weekend and we were not cooking!), but it appeared fully equipped for cooking. We will definitely be back next year -- just need to confirm dates will all the girls.
  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Unique Handmade Log Cabin, Peaceful Lake, Recreation Amenities Galore
+1 -4142381577
Black River Falls Central Wisconsin
Southern WI

Girl's Weekend

Girl's Weekend
  • 4 of 5
Enjoyed a wonderful weekend with friends at the cabin. All rooms were as described; comfortable with nice beds and plenty of blankets. The kitchen had everything we needed which was awesome as we brought food along for several meals. The fireplace heated well and there was plenty of dry wood provided. A perfect location for our group of friends and we would consider it again in the future! Black River Falls is a cute town and just about 15 minutes away from the cabin. Leah and Tim were extremely helpful and very responsive. Thank-you for helping to make time with friends so enjoyable!
  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Unique Handmade Log Cabin, Peaceful Lake, Recreation Amenities Galore
+1 -4142381577
Black River Falls Central Wisconsin

Fishing Vacation at Log Cabin at a DRY LAKE!!

  • 3 of 5
The cabin is exactly as the pictures and the description say it is. The loft room upstairs is very neat. The ping pong table in the basement was fun to play on. Bikes were provided to ride around on. We didn't use the firepit but it was an nice private area to have a fire in. The bath takes quite a while to fill because its very deep. The jets were enjoyable. The kitchen has everything you would need to make any meal that you want.

A book of local things to do is provided and includes some maps of the area so you can find other activities and restaurants which is helpful when you aren't from the area.

The property was pretty clean - Little dusty with spider webs in some corners. Outside there is a lot of wood for indoor/outdoor fires and it's covered up to keep it cleaner.

This place would comfortably sleep 8-9 - The bed in the loft was uncomfortable and small more fit for a child but the living room had a futon which was nice.

We started planning our vacation in December 2013. Paid half of the balance upfront and then the rest about 30 days prior to our date of arrival. We found out (after paying the balance) that the lake we were planning swimming, fishing, and canoeing in was going to low. Well when we got there it was completely dry. We were disappointed to find this out especially after doing some research and seeing that it had been planned a little over 2 months prior to our vacation and we found out 3 weeks before. We felt that was information that had been withheld from us until after paying the balance and no discount was given.

There are a few other lakes and rivers nearby that we went to: Lake Arbutus, Trow Lake, Black River, and Wazee. The fishing was terrible at all of them. Wazee would have been good for canoeing but we canoed at Lake Arbutus.

We went to the Cranberry Museum in Warrins - They had wine sampling and icecream at the end. It was nice. If you have a big enough group and schedule ahead of time you can go out to the marshes which would be interesting to see.

Overall the cabin is exactly what it says it is but the name is a little deceiving because the lake is dry - it will be filled at the end of october.
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you took advantage of the many the wonderful resources in the area and enjoyed our cabin. A North American Hydro representative, the company that owns the local dam, apologized to us for not notifying us about their plans to do maintenance work on the canal this summer, which affected our lake, but not Lake Arbutus, one mile away. We live 3 ½ hours away.

We found out recently from a neighbor about the water going down on our lake. This is a temporary situation and even though it is completely out of our control, we did offer you a discount that we hope you will take advantage of when the water levels come back up this Autumn. Lake Arbutus, the Black River (also one mile away) and Lake Wazee, do have great swimming, canoeing and kayaking and yes fishing, even though you had bad luck on your visit.

We normally don’t allow our kayak and canoe to be taken off the premises in a car, but because of the water situation this summer, we have reversed our position and you can now take the canoe and kayak on to other gorgeous local lakes and rivers, which there are many! We purchased two canoe car carriers, that we left up at the cabin and a canoe/kayak carrier to transport a boats on land for our guests. We hope all our guests take advantage of the beautiful canoeing and kayaking in our area, as you have. May the fish cooperate too!

Interesting fact: We heard that they took out 5,000 fish out of Buckhorn Lake before they began lowering the lake. North American Hydro will restock our lake after they complete their work this autumn.


From the Owner

We bought land here because we wanted a place that we can get to for the weekend that wasn't a long drive, but looked like the North Woods. We have had a camper on the property for a number of years, and have spent wonderful times in the region. We can share information about great hiking trails, where to eat and shop etc. The Black River region is not as well-known as the “North Woods,” but it is closer, less congested and beautiful. My husband loves to come up just to smell the pines and watch the wildlife. We hope you will love the region too!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Black River Falls, at 5 Miles Nearest Barpub : In Hatfield at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Black River falls at 12 Miles Nearest Train : Amtrack at 20 Miles Nearest Motorway : I94 at 11 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Stones Thow Supper Club at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Bruce Mound, Levis Mound at 10 Miles Nearest Beach : Lake Arbutus at 1 Miles Car: necessary

3 Hours from Milwaukee, 4 Hours from Chicago, 2 Hours from Minneapolis, 1hr and 15 mins from the Dells and 2 hrs from Madison There are loads of recreational activities available during all four seasons without ever having to get into your car. On site: Bicycles, water floats and tubes, basket ball hoop, horse shoes, badminton. Kayaking, Canoeing, Boating, Swimming, Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Fishing. Near by: Sailing, Golf, Tennis, Shopping/Antiquing, Sightseeing/Museums, Restaurants, Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, Boating, Water Skiing, Jet Skiing, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Windsurfing, Biking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Downhill/Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Sledding/Tubing, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Fitness Center/Gym, Racquetball, Basketball Court, Old fashion drive-in movie, Pie shop and Diner, Horseback Riding, River tubing, Apple and Berry picking, Outdoor and indoor water park 1/2 hr away and a swimming pool with water slides 15 minutes away..

Golf: Skyline Golf Club, a public club is 15 minutes away.

Ski: There’s also Bruce Mound Winter Recreation Area which offers snow tubing, snow-boarding and downhill skiing only 15 minutes away and a cross country ski center, with groomed trails ten minutes away. There's also the best mountain bikeing in the state (I am told) at Lewis Mound.

Checkin is 4PM and Checkout is 11AM.


From $171 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Non Holiday
Jan 2 2015 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Tax Rate 5.5%

Half the Rental Fee with Signed Rental Agreement Confirms Booking; Balance and refunable $300 damage depposit due no later than 30 days from rental date.

At least one person 25 years of age to rent the cabin. We Accept Pay Pal, or Checks; Dates Available: Year Round. $225/nt during holidays.
On-site three-person canoe for rent. $30 ($31.65 with sales tax) for three day two night visit. $50 ($52.75) for 3-7 night visit.
Two-person kayak for rent. $30 ($31.65) for three day two night visit. $50 ($52.75) for 3-7 night visit. Bikes available for free.

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Updated: Mar 30, 2015


From the Owner

There are so many choices of activities to do without getting in your car. It's so nice to drive-up and stay put. We try to keep the place a no electronic zone, although it is not easy. When we do however, we end-up reading more, playing cards and enjoy quiet thinking time, which is often elusive in our busy lives.

Property Type

  • cabin


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna ...
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Mountain
  • Resort
  • River
  • Rural
  • Ski in/Ski out
  • Town
  • Water View
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 2200 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub
  • Full 2 - toilet, shower
  • Mexican style tile surrounds the extra deep jetted tub on the first floor. Scented bath beads will put you in a state of beautiful deep relaxation.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single, Loft with beautiful view of inside the cabin and lake
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double, 1 twin/ single, Bunkbed with futon on the bottom and single on the top.
  • Plus a living room futon couch next to the fireplace turns into a queen size bed. So enjoy the roaring fire while you fall asleep.


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • We have an extra deep jetted tub large enough for 2 adults. I'm not sure if that is considered a jacuzzi or whirlpool. We also have a stroller, and portable high chair and games and adult and children books galore. There are a few steps to get into the cabin. We have purposefully kept the cabin a no electronic zone to provide an opportunity for both adults and children to have a unique experience. We leave it up to guests if they want to bring anything electronic. There is a portable ipod/CD /tape/radio player and clock radio with a CD player. The cabin is a great place to sing, especially from the loft balcony where you can really belt it out. Musical instruments are great to bring too.

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