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40 Acre Wooded Retreat Overlooking Lake Pepin with Lakefront

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 204 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 13)

"Lion Downe" cottage, the perfect get-away with all the extras (new large hot tub, free WIFI, satellite, firewood, etc.) , located in the heart of the Rush River Valley, along the scenic Mississippi corridor with brand new large hot tub and expanded deck with unparalleled views of Lake Pepin and the surrounding majestic bluffs.

Stunning log home, as featured in Log Home Living Magazine, is nestled in the bluffs, with breathtaking views of Lake Pepin from every room in the house, and from the large deck. The serenity and cozy feeling is accentuated from the surrounding 40 acres of private majestic hard wood forest. 660 foot of lake frontage, easily accessible from the lake (but not from cottage up in bluffs), with variable sandy beach depending on the season. Located 13 miles downriver of Red Wing, near the Wisconsin Villages of Maiden Rock, Stockholm and Pepin. Just 60 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul international airport.

Fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, bird watching and relaxation right out side your back door. Shopping, fine restaurants, and quaint small towns with antiques, arts, crafts, and frequent festivals all within a short, pleasant drive along the lake shore.

Keywords: Cabin, Cottage, Sanctuary, house, home, lake home, hot tub, secluded, private, lakefront, riverfront, view, flat

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Rob Weinmann
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Rob Weinmann

I someday hope to retire at Lion Downe Cottage with my wonderful wife, Heather. In the mean time we both work in the Twin Cities and get down to visit as often as possible with our family.

Rob Weinmann purchased this cabin in 2001

Why Rob Weinmann chose Wisconsin

We chose to purchase Lion Downe Cottage as it is very close to the Twin Cities, has wonderful quaint towns nearby, great wildlife, fantastic restaurants, countless festivals, and is still one of the best kept secrets for a vacation!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for a great weekend! We loved the place even more than we expected after looking at all of the pics online! Hope to come back and visit again soon!!
Mar 2011
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Maiden Rock Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 204 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • King size beds (1) New King Bed in lower level suite!, Queen size Beds (3) Two Queens in upstairs suite bedroom (one in small space off main room) and sofabed in Great Room (see convertible bed section for more detail). , Double Beds (1) New Double Memory Foam Mattress in loft., Twin or Single Beds (3) Extra long twin new Memory Foam mattress in downstairs bedroom. Two extra long twin Memory Foam Mattresses in new loft., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Very comfortable Queen bed with springs and adjustable air from the new leather sofa.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Japanese soaking tub, Jacuzzi bath, new shower in upstairs suite, outdoor hot tub, incredible views, ultimate in serenity and privacy with 40 acres of surrounding forest, free firewood!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(93 traveler reviews)


Quiet and Romantic Retreat

  • 5 of 5


My wife and I snuck out of town for a short weekend to celebrate our anniversary. We were hoping for a quiet setting where we could enjoy eachothers company, a bottle of wine and a cozy fire. The cabin provided everything were were looking for and much more. Matter of fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much we contacted the property owner and arranged to stay an additional night.

The cabin was stunning, it reminded me of a gingerbread house, strategically located on the ridge of the bluff top with a perfect view of the Mississippi River/Lake Pepin.

It was very clean and tastefully decorated. We easily found all of the items we needed for our stay and took advantage of a few of the extras we stumbled across like the sound system on the main floor. The large stone fireplace became the focal point of our stay. I like the fact that it was easy to start and there was plenty of dry wood within close reach.

The spring leafless trees provided a panoramic view of water from nearly every window. We took advantage of the warm weather and walked the upper property strolling through the heavily wooded lot, taking in nature at its best. The long driveway and lightly traveled access road were great for taking a walk any time of day- the views of the Rush River Valley were specatular. We caught sight of a few eagles as they made their way around the river valley, soaring in the sky and even landing in a tree very close to the cabin, it was quite the spectacle.

I would recommend this property for a romantic get away, a girls weekend or a guys weekend. There are many great golf courses in the area, fishing, boating or simply sharing time together.

Thanks Rob for sharing this wonderful property, we'll definitely be coming back.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW- Thanks for the wonderful review! We pride ourselves in making everything as enjoyable as possible for your stay with us at Lion Downe Cottage.
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Amazing fairy tale cabin with an incredible view

  • 5 of 5

A long-time friend from California was visiting me for the first time with his family. As you know, impressing Californians in the Midwest is not that easy! (weather, ocean, luxury, etc.) So, I got the task to find the most unique and incredible cabin. This was by far the most magical location possible. Nested in 40 acres of woods, with the most amazing view of lake Pepin, with a breathtaking view from the hot tub. With every single detail of the house extremely well planned and maintained. This place is incredible!! highly recommended for anyone wanting a relaxing weekend, for family gatherings... it is a fun place!!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible craftsmanship throughout, this place is a hidden gem!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow. This place is amazing. Beautifully crafted and incredibly comfortable. Masonry work is crazy impressive and the screened porch with custom arched windows and door left us a little speechless. Great views from beautiful paned windows throughout. Our 8 year old son absolutely loved the lofted reading nook with two twin beds. Wish we could have stayed longer, we felt completely at home. Perfect distance from Minneapolis, cannot wait to return. Thanks Rob and Heather:)

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! We truly enjoy sharing Lion Downe with others that appreciate her as much as we do!
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Beautiful home and views but there is only one bedroom and a loft.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the Lion Down Cottage. The hot tub is extra special with lots of special jet options. It is a really beautiful home and it seemed to have everything we needed. There are some really unique and fun sleeping arrangements - especially for kids.

The fact that there was only one bedroom was a bit challenging for our group. We had a toddler and 3 other kids. As soon as one person is awake, the whole house is awake except for the people in the bedroom. It is a completely open set up where all of the beds are right near and open to the kitchen and main living space. There are also no shades on any windows so the whole place is bright when the sun comes up. We feel that the price is a little high considering it is technically a one bedroom place.

We had an issue with the hot tub and the owner answered the phone and talked us through changing the filters right away and we were up and running again in about an hour.


  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Very comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

It was a beautiful cabin with great scenery and very comforatable beds. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we look forward to hosting you again sometime!
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Great once we got past the panic of not having the lock box code.

  • 5 of 5


1. Left thermostat at 66.

2. Metal rim loose on luggage cart.

3. Window shades in lower bedroom seem to be broken.

4. Not sure about settings on hot tub when turning it off.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the five stars! We have a new luggage cart and have taken care of the window shade. Thanks for the heads up!
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak 2017
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Late 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates are for 2 guests; add $25 per night/guest for each additional guest regardless of age. Cash, Check, secure online payment via echeck, Visa , MC or Discover accepted. *Website calculated rate is not always accurate. There is a $100 cleaning fee regardless of length of stay or number of guests. We occasionally will rent for one night and make exceptions to our no pet policy, please inquire.

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