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We spent a week at this house with our adult children, their spouses and 6 month old grand daughter (8 adults). We loved everything about the house, except the lack of central air conditioning (there were two wall units). Fortunately the weather was relatively cool while we were there. We didn't use the upstairs bedroom with western sun exposure during our stay as it was very hard to cool that space in the afternoon and evening. Having a crib, pack & play and a high chair in the house was especially nice with our grand daughter there. Although, the regular sized bed in the room with the crib was a bit cramped for two adults.
The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of dishes, silverware, pots and pans. They even had Rubbermaid storage and lidded bowls to store leftovers along with large serving platters. The kitchen was much better stocked than previous VRBO's we had stayed in. The second refrigerator in the garage was perfect for keeping extra beverages cool. There were plenty of mature trees to provide shade through the afternoon for those who wanted to avoid sunburn. We were surprised at how quiet it was on the lake (probably because our stay was so close to the beginning of the school year). There were only a handful of boats in use and we enjoyed the peacefulness. My daughters-in-law appreciated the short drive to Detroit Lakes with quite an impressive shopping district for such a small town. Plenty of nice restaurant options as well.
The hot tub, fire pit and play ground were nice features, although we didn't use them as much as I thought we might, it was still nice to have the option. The lack of a beach area for swimming may impact our decision to return to Pickeral Lake. The adults were able to access the water on float toys or from the private dock, but the rocky shore would prevent small children from playing in the lake.
The house itself is beautiful with plenty of space for relaxing. The check in/out process was simple and Jenny was attentive to our needs. The lake is gorgeous with crystal clear water. The fishing was poor with only a few Bass and lots of Blue Gills and Perch to steal your crawlers. We enjoyed several long walks on the rural roads and the car traffic is very minimal around the lake.
I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for solitude and beautiful surroundings. The house is well maintained and very welcoming to visitors. Sharon
We are a multi-generational family of 10 who enjoy spending a week at "the lake" each summer. This house is one of the best we've ever rented! It was clean with plenty of room for everyone. We loved hanging out on the deck that was in the shade from early afternoon on. For most of the week, we had the lake to ourselves for tubing and skiing. It's a nice deep lake with clear water at the perfect temperature for a refreshing swim. The fishing was good too! The owners are easy to work with and quick to respond. We are grateful they were willing to share their home with us.