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Charming Cottage in Historic District of Old Frontenac


Property Details

Updated: Oct 7, 2016
3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 8, fully stocked kitchen, cable TV

This cedar shake cottage is located in the Historic District of Old Frontenac. You can’t help but relax as you enter this historic village that remains as cozy and quaint today as it was 150 years ago. Walk or bike through this beautiful setting and you will enjoy scenic views of Lake Pepin, historic homes and park like yards. The cottage itself features hardwood floors, custom maple trim work and a floor to ceiling field stone fireplace. It has found the perfect balance of modern convenience nestled against a historic back drop.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

We have been in the rental business for five years and enjoy sharing this beautiful area with others.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

This well-stocked cottage is a real gem!

Our family of 6 adults decided to gather here for a weekend-long Christmas celebration. We found the clean, comfortable space perfect for relaxing, reading, preparing all our meals, sitting by the fire, playing games, etc.

Chuck was easy to work with and quick to answer questions and make recommendations leading up to our stay.

As for area attractions, we'd highly recommend a trip to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha...
Nov 2009
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37 Reviews

based on 37 traveler reviews


Wonderful Cottage Get A Way

  • 5 of 5

Cottage lived up to it's description and then some. We three long time friends found it to be spacious and cozy at the same time, modern and quaint, very nicely decorated, well equipped, very clean and in a great park like setting. The kitchen is bright and airy, sun room was great for morning coffee, deck and fire pit looked nice but due to weather and mosquitoes we settled for fire in beautiful stone fireplace. Much attention has been paid to making the most of the space while providing all the comforts of home. Bathrooms were well stocked, modern and roomy with plenty of hot "shower power".

The surrounding area is great for exploring, every small town had something going on to enjoy. We wished we had planned an extra day or two, but it was a great get away for relaxing and catching up. We had breakfast at at Wild Chickadee in Lake City and ended our day back there at Nosh for dinner. Both excellent!

Chuck was very easy to work with, provided directions to cottage, which is off the beaten path, and "fact sheet" for using facilities. We experienced a little trouble with door key lock but resolved that quickly. The only suggestion we would make is to provide a fire extinguisher and we did not see a smoke alarm.Otherwise we would highly recommend and would return!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Golf trip

  • 5 of 5

The cottage worked perfect for our group. Plenty of space and amenities. The grill worked great and there is plenty of space for yard games. Also there is a nice firepit. The cottage is 10 to 15 min from multiple nice golf courses in both lake city and red wing. Additionally it is close to both the Welch and Zumbro falls tubing/canoeing rivers as well as lake Pepin. The cottage was clean and the beds were comfortable. No complaints.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Welcoming and Comfy

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time in Frontenac! The cottage and was welcoming, comfy and well stocked with thoughtful amenities. Loved the artwork and homey touches. The area is beautiful, historic and scenic in every direction. Perfect in every way. Spent time with friends I see rarely and every one of us was thrilled and wants to go back. Would recommend!! Kathy

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful & serene!

  • 4 of 5

What a great place for a girls-get-away! Wonderfully appointed, clean, couldn't need a thing! We dined in Lake City @ Port 104, Nosh's, and enjoyed the family style brunch ( "all you can eat") on Sunday at The Chickadee Cottage Cafe.

Redwing ... Veranda, Oliver's and of course visited the famous bakery there.

Crossed to WI for more shopping and scenes ... Maiden Rock, Stockholm, Pepin ... lovely people and unique artisans. (Another good bakery in Maiden Rock!)

Beautiful Winery in Pepin ... The weather was hot ( AC worked! ) and stormy ...

but it didn't rain on our annual gathering and we'd do it again for sure!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet cottage in serene Old Frontenac

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time here. Thankful that we had the cottage as the weather was initially inclement. We were quite surprised with how quiet it was this past weekend as testament to the "off the beaten track" that is Frontenac. The cottage slept the 7 of us with room to spare. Grill worked great to cook outside and the patio furniture was a welcome option once the weather cleared. The dining table was cozy but adequate. Nice to have wifi and a television when the game playing slowed down. Family all came away wishing our time was not at an end. Thanks to the owners for making this a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what a comfy, homey, beautiful place. We had a fantastic girl's weekend (4 of us) and fell in love with the cottage and Frontenac after only a few days. Thank you, Chuck, for all your helpful information and your quick response to all of my questions. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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From the Owner

Both my wife and I grew up in south eastern Minnesota and where very familiar with the area. When the time was right to purchase a vacation property we only looked in one area. The cottage is located in the Historic District of Old Frontenac. Nestled amongst the river bluffs you can’t help but relax as you enter this historic village that remains as cozy and quaint today as it was 150 years ago. Walk or bike through this beautiful setting and you will enjoy scenic views of Lake Pepin, historic homes and park like yards.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Minneapolis at 60 Miles Nearest Golf : The Jewel at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Red Wing at 10 Miles Nearest Ski : Welch Village at 15 Miles Nearest Beach : Old Frontenac

The historic district of Old Frontenac is located on Lake Pepin and is nestled in the bluffs of south eastern Minnesota. This area features golf, boating, antiquing, hiking and bird watching in the spring and summer and is nationally recognized as one of the best places in America to view fall colors. Winter provides both downhill and cross country skiing as well as snowshoeing and snowmobiling in Frontenac State Park, which is located adjacent to the district. There are numerous art festivals throughout the year and both fine and casual dining are only minutes away.

Golf: This area features 144 holes of golf within 20 minutes drive including the famous Jewel Golf Course designed by Hale Irwin.


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2 night minimum stay

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Cleaning Fee $30
Refundable damage deposit $250
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1300 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • The first bathroom is on the main floor, the second is upstairs.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Convertible Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The master bedroom is located on the main floor and features a antique mahogany sleigh bed. The other two bedrooms are located upstairs and share a bath.


  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck


  • Guests provide their own meals

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