100-acre property, including multiple homes and cabins, a small, fish filled lake, river frontage and five miles of trails that cut through the woods. No neighbors, no noise, with lots and lots of wildlife. Property so unique and beautiful, it was written up in the NYTimes:
The structures at Duffy Trails include the original main cabin, a hand-hewn log structure; a guesthouse; a lakeside gazebo; a stone garage with an upstairs apartment; an artist’s studio with a loft-style residential area, and a “kids’ cabin” – a 2,500 square foot building mixing reclaimed timber and mismatched log siding with walls of glass, rusted steel exterior panels, and an earth roof of succulent plants and moss.
The retreat can comfortably accommodate more than 20 people for a weekend in the woods. There’s a sauna, a hot tub, a fishing dock, a tennis court, a basketball court and a horseshoe pit. A lakeside gazebo, screened all around, is a favorite sleeping spot on hot summer nights.
The five miles of 10-foot wide private trails are groomed for x-country skiing and snow shoeing from November until March. Then, after the snow melts, for hiking and biking. The trails climb and swoop under white pines and along the Totagatic River, its brown waters twisting out of sight.
The main, log cabin, the property’s original building, sits above the beach. Inside, under the cedar-shake covered A-frame roof, stained-glass windows refract sunshine into beams, with red and yellow streaking the log walls. Details include built-in shelving, a log staircase leading to a bedroom loft and a stone fireplace with rocks collected by the original owner — a composer — on trips abroad. The downstairs walk-out has a sauna, and a master bath including an extra large whirlpool tub.
The 2,600-square-foot-high art studio cabin has light streaming in from skylights in the 20-foot-high vaulted ceiling.
Walk outside and downhill 200 feet to the kids’ cabin, and the kids in your group can watch cartoons on a plasma TV. Modern touches blend into the cabin’s hybrid North Woods aesthetic, including ceiling-mounted speakers, stainless-steel appliances and a varnished wooden dining table. A stone fireplace hides a staircase heading down to a playroom and bunk beds.
Then there’s the little log cabin – a darling, simple, sleeping quarters for four, including two beds and a log stove – that’s it. No running water.
A quirky perk on this estate is the outhouse – converted from a playhouse. Now it has running water, and a flushing toilet!
The lake is well used, for swimming and fishing (trophy Bass are caught for catch and release, and plenty of pan fish for fish fries,) and if you walk around the lake, where a ski trail loops back, you’ll see the roof lines of the cabins peeking through the trees. Stairs and walkways cut across a hill, connecting cabins.
The lake itself is approximately 15 acres, with a 15' maximum depth. It has a beautiful, sandy swimming beach, and the rest of the lake is terrific for fishing with typical fishing habitat. This is the perfect lake for canoes, kayaks, and an electric pontoon (provided,) but not a lake for motor boats or jet skis.
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4 night minimum stay
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