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Beautiful Star Lake Retreat Log Home

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 278 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 9 Sleeps

On a low ridge, overlooking the 1200 acre Star Lake, and the Highland State Forest, sits one of the most unique and beautiful log homes ever built, the Star Lake Retreat.

Located in northern Wisconsin’s Vilas County just south of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it’s 10 miles northwest of Eagle River, WI.

Star Lake is almost entirely surrounded by state owned forest preserve, and land, with an abundance of natural beauty and the trail systems to see it.

There are numerous maintained trails for hiking in the spring,summer and fall and for cross-country skiing in the winter.

A great North Woods experience, the Star Lake Retreat was constructed in 1995 of 250 year old hemlock pines felled by a tornado. Situated on a ridge, this log home has a fieldstone base and stone terraced lawns. It’s truly a work of art. The three bedroom, year round vacation rental property has three levels with large windows facing the lake and woods, a balcony off the master bedroom.

Beneath the balcony is a large picnic area overlooking Star Lake, with an octagonal cedar picnic table, charcoal grill and large fire pit forcampfires.

The home has Norwegian touches with pine floors,

a huge stone fireplace and glider rockers to relax in.

A nearby sandy

beach and boat launch providesaccess for guests to enjoy the pristine and peaceful lake.

Living Room - Enjoy the fieldstone fireplace, black slate and wood floors with stencil painted designs, hand-crafted 250 year old logs and cedar doors with leaded glass. Picture windows provide beautiful views of the lake and forest. SAT tv, Blue-Ray DVD, flat screen tv w/sound bar w/Ipod dock. Stereo CD AM/FM w/Ipod dock. CD and DVD libraries.

Patio area has an octagonal picnic table with umbrella, Weber grill and fire pit for your campfire.

Kitchen/Dining Area - Island cooking area in center with ample counter space and four stools. Jenn-Air grill, gas range and oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, glassware, dishes, pots and

pans, toaster and coffee-maker are all provided. Enjoy your meals in the spacious dining area surrounded by three picture windows overlooking the lake.

Bedrooms - Enjoy the master bedroom with a king-size bed and a porch with outdoor furniture so you can enjoy the northern Wisconsin starry nights. There are two other bedrooms, one with two twin beds, the other with a double bed and one single bed. Bedrooms sleep a total of seven. Sheets, blankets and spreads are provided for all beds.

Bathrooms - There is one on the main floor off the foyer. On the second floor, the main bathroom has two sinks, tub and shower with heat lamp, ample drawers and storage space. Separate modern walk in shower area off laudry room

Lower Level – A large area on the lower level is arranged as a family room with entertainment center and rec room with full size foosball table. It is an extra living area, children's play area, a storage place for skis and outdoor equipment, or a place for the kids to ‘campout’. It can also be used as a workshop or conference space. Large windows with lake view,double entry doors, wood paneling and beautiful fieldstone walls make this an extraordinary space.

The laundry room is enclosed with entry off rec room. The main wall is fieldstone, the floor, slate. There is a separate area with modern walk in shower and sitting area area, The area has a door which can be locked for privacy.

More Details

Owner
CHARLES RYCHNER
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 7, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Left Sep 20, 2016, on Trip Advisor, for a stay in August 2016

This cabin is just AMAZING. Very secluded but with everything you need. The place itself is a piece of art, there are a few reviews wich say pictures don't do justice to the beauty of the place and is absolutely right. Place is so cozy but incredibly comfortable at the same time. We were a party of 5 adults a 6 years old and a dog and never feel even close to crowded. Cabin has 3 bedrooms upstairs a large full bathroom, great kitchen, with dinning area, half bathroom and living room with tv on it on main floor and a very nice basement with couches, a foos table, stereo (with a very nice music selection) and a tv. There are so many things to highlight. The area itself is sooooo beautiful and peaceful. Lake, store an bote rental just across street. In regards to cabin it's not only pretty, cozy and very well maintained, it has everything you can think of. Table games, toys for the kids, markers and coloring books, dvds, music, books (for kids and adults) very well equipped kitchen, fire pit, grill I mean you name it. On top of all, it is pet friendly, could not ask for more. I wish we would have stay longer, 4 days feels way to short to enjoy all this beauty and nature. If you love hiking, this is the place to go. Trails every where, if you like fishing you have a lot to choose from, if you are like us who likes a little bit of all you'll feel in heaven. Highly but highly recommended. Can't wait to go again next year and stay longer.

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Aug 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Rhinelander, WI
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
The lake has 3 beaches. Closest is ten minute walk
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Eagle River Golf course. Exceptional.

* Festivals, winter fest,Klondike days, Cranberry Fest.

* See a new movie in a historical theater.

* National Winter snow mobile races.

* Winter Park dedicated to xcountry skiing.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Three Free water ski shows within 15 miles.

* Rent a motor boat from the general store explore lakes islands.

* Hike to and picnic/swim at site among 300 yr old pines.

* Visit beautiful series of large waterfalls 30 minute drive.

* Day trip to 300+ yr old forest/ state park on Lake Superior.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Swimming from 3 beaches.

* Fishing on 5 nearby lakes Boats available.

* Have dinner on patio and have large campfire in firepit.

* Hiking on very special nearby nature trail created by state.

* Pontoon boat on 1200 acre peaceful Star Lake,swim in clean water.

The Star Lake Retreat is perched on a ridge overlooking Star Lake.

There is a paved DNR boat launching facility with a large parking lot only a few minutes away.

A sandy flat bottom beach for swimming is on the state land in front of Star Lake Retreat. There is also a large fishing pier on this beautiful area of the lake

The nearby Star Lake General Store, built in 1935, has canoes, kyaks, boats w/motors and pontoon boat for rent and everything from applications for fishing/hunting licenses to Yellow Tail wine

Deb Errington, the owner, takes good care of our guests Tell her your staying at the Retreat

Fishing, swimming beaches, boating, sailing, canoeing, water and snow

tubing,trail and road/trail biking and hundreds of miles of hiking and

cross-country ski trails are all within easy reach. Downhill skiing

in Michigan is about one hour away.

There is shopping and dining to experience nearby in Eagle River,

Minoqua or Boulder Junction. For those that enjoy golfing, the area

boosts several courses. If gambling is more your pace, take a chance

at at nearby Lac Du Flambeau or some of Upper Peninsula Michigan’s

casinos.

Amenities

Star Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 278 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - shower , Enclosed laundry room, full walk in shower, slate floors
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Fireplace area
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Amenities Cooking Island With Built In Jenn-Air Grill And New Electric Range New Large Refrigerator New Dishwasher Three Stereo CD-AM/FM Systems,One W/ Ipod dock. Two Flat Screen TVs/DVD Players , One With Sound Bar, Ipod dock and Blu-ray DVD Lg Weber Grill, Octoganal Cedar Picnic Table, Weber Grill on patio overlooking the bay Nice large,safe firepit next to patio Laundry room with slate floors, new HE washer, electric dryer, separate modern walk in shower area and sitting area Locked door for privacy Washer / Dryer Internet 32 in Flat Screen Stereo TV w/ DVD and 60 Channel Sat Color 26 in TV, DVD, VCR LowerLevel for kids 60 Channel DishNet Sattelite TV Reception Patio With Lake View, Firepit, Weber Grill And Octagonal Cedar Picnic Table Beautiful Rock Fireplace In Family Area / Firewood Supplied Huge Sandbox Swing Under Large Spreading Oak Pets Allowed w/ PERMISSION Dog Kennel

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Though the place itself was beautiful, we received a call the day we arrived from the owner telling us the 2nd toilet was "sluggish" and advised us not to use. There were 5 of us and doing without the 2nd bathroom that we were told the place had was difficult. Long story short, the toilet problem was never solved even though my husband and an elderly neighbor tried cleaning out the trap. Owner offered $200 off our next visit. We asked that amount off this visit. The owner "was taken aback" at our request. Having rented on VRBO before, all properties we've previously rented had someone on call for any such issues. Also, the place allows pets and there is a strong dog odor in the lower level.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mrs K...... On the day of your arrival , our housekeeper called us re mainfloor toilet flush slow, needed plumb....... Called several area plumbers Sat & Sun got vms and left msg's...... Sat. I called Retreat, spoke to your husband....... Told him we were very concerned re: their coping with the situation, told him we calling for a plumber and would keep trying to get one there, day or night....... Your husband stated he did not forsee a problem and that you would be fine....... Finally, Monday a.m. got Muskyland Plumbing, who had plumber working near Star Lake Wednesday...... Called two handymen we use for property, to plumber's "snake" the toilet drain...... One showed up to snake drain.Your husband graciously helped him...... I spoke to your husband re plumber Wed....... Promised to contact him before plumber arrival. He stated you were fine with current situation and there was no need to rush....... On Wednesday the plumber called....... Got permission, from your husband, for the plumber enter house....... The plumber said he could not create improvement, thought the problem was the 4 yr old toilet........ Asked plumber to install a new one....... He said call his office next a.m. resched...... Thurs a.m. the plumbing contractor told us new toilet & next plumber would be ready the following Monday....... I set the appointment & called your husband He again said you all were doing fine...... Friday I told your husband we would deduct $200.00 off your next stay....... He said he wanted $200.00 now because toilet serious problem all week....... I was surprised by his new claim of a serious problem, given his week of statements assuring me they were fine and no problems, no rush....... Said I'd have to talk about it with others,since this a family LLC , asked him call me tomorrow...... Conversation ended with goodbye.
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Additional information about rental rates

State Sales Tax 5.5% $5.5 + Tax
Plum Lake Room Tax 4.5% $4.5 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 10.0%

Reservations are confirmed only after we receive your completed and signed reservation agreement form and reservation deposit

Reservation Fees May Be Paid by Personal Check
Damage deposit by bank cashiers check or money order
Damage deposits are not cashed. The check is attached to your reservation form and usually mailed to you the week after your departure

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.