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Beautiful Star Lake Retreat Log Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

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

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2017


3/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)


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  • 3 of 5

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: The facts are; 1) On the Saturday these guests arrived, our housekeeper, for our Star Lake home, called us Said mainfloor toilet flush was slow and needed a plumber. Called several area plumbers getting voicemails and left msg's for callbacks This is a very busy time of year for contractors up there. 2) We called the guests, spoke to the husband. Advised him of the problem. He flushed the toilet to test, said it was slow flushing. I expressed concern re: their coping with the situation during their stay, told him we were calling for a plumber and would keep trying to get one there. The husband stated he did not forsee a problem and that they would be fine. There is a full shower/bath bathroom on the second floor and the problem toilet accepted liquid 3) Monday a.m. spoke to several plumbing contractors. They all wanted to schedule us for the following weeks. Finally, Muskyland Plumbing of Eagle River said they had a plumber on assignment near Star Lake Wednesday He would call us after assignment finished Meanwhile we caled two handymen we use for the property intent on asking them to plumber's "snake" the toilet drain Got vm. Left msgs Found out one was engaged in plumbing project and no time that week 4) We called the guests, told husband of arrangement. Promised to contact him before plumber arrival. He stated they were fine with current situation and there was no need to rush. 5) On Wednesday the plumber called. I called guests. Guests not at the Retreat but secured their permission, from the 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 when install a new one. He said call his office next a.m. 6) Thurs a.m. the plumbing contractor told us new toilet & next plumber would be ready the following Monday. I set the appointment and called the guests. Spoke to the husband who said they were doing fine and the situation was acceptable to him 7) Spoke to guest Friday. Thanked husband for their patience. Told him I would deduct $200.00 off their next stay. He said he wanted $200.00 now. I was surprised by his claim of a problem, given his week of statements assuring me they were fine and no problems ""Elderly neighbor" noted in guest review was handyman I called before, who showed up Friday " Dog smell " was from mouse who expired under furnace during week Found by housekeeper during cleaning. If guests tell us of " smells ", we send housekeeper
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb 11 2017 - Mar 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 23 2017 - May 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 25 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 30 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall Color
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 23 2017 - Dec 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Plum Lake Room Tax 4.5% $4 + Tax
State Sales Tax 5.5% $6 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
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.
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Star Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - shower , Enclosed laundry room, full walk in shower, slate floors
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • 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
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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