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Historic Swedish Cottage on Quiet Lindstrom Lake

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 3,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 10+ Sleeps

Vacation in this never before available, historic home on Quiet South Lindstrom Lake. Built in 1898, this home is on the National Historic Record of Homes, but features all the amenities of a new home including a master suite with gas fireplace, an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and an exercise room with treadmill, recumbent bike, television and weight machine. Wrap around porches and a huge deck cantilevered over the hill above the lake make for great views and relaxation rain or shine. With over 3800 square feet of living space, even the largest family or group can find privacy. PLEASE CLICK ON RATES AND AVAILABILITY - VIEW ALL RENTAL RATES - FOR SEASONAL PRICING.

The Huge Great Room is great for gatherings, yet intimate for quiet reflection around the brick fireplace. Lots of privacy as the house is setback 200 feet from the street. You're just steps to the sand beach and dock. There's great fishing and lots of lake to explore as we are connected to neighboring Chisago Lake.

Responsible Dog owners are welcome and will love the fenced back yard! Send us an email inquiry and we will send you our 26 page HomeBook with floor plans, photos and details about every single room and the surrounding area.

More Details

Jim Casey
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Jim Casey

Caryn and Jim Casey have been married for 33 years (as of 2015). We have two grown daughters, a small dog and two grand-dogs. We love Lindstrom and being at the lake as a contrast to our busy lives in Burbank, CA. Jim has a background in architecture and sells real estate in California.

Jim Casey purchased this house in 1999

Why Jim Casey chose Lindstrom

It was love at first sight. We found the house quite by accident. Jim was doing research comparing different real estate websites back in 1999 for a seminar he was giving to a real estate board in Florida. Jim was an internationally recognized technology speaker and trainer in the real estate industry just as the internet and digital technology was changing the real estate business. Our dream house scenario was an older home with wrap around porches on a lake and within 45 minutes of the Twin Cities. Fridhem popped up on his computer screen and the family jumped in the car and drove to the property more out of curiosity than anything else. When we walked up the front sidewalk we were captivated. Because of the original condition of the home and the unfinished attic we knew we could make this a special home for our family and for our retirement (you can live entirely on the first floor if necessary). That same year our two daughters announced their dreams of acting so we packed them up and took them to Burbank to attend school and audition for television and film. Jim spent over a year remodeling the home and commuting back and forth to California until the whole family returned for summer vacation. We never imagined we'd be turning the house into a vacation rental, but it has been a wonderful experience for us sharing the house and still getting to enjoy it throughout the year.

What makes this house unique

Walk to downtown on our tree lined street and enjoy privacy and incredible views of the lake from our large deck. The house is large and yet features lots of little, intimate spaces to congregate or enjoy some alone time. Live in a historic home with all the amenities you'd expect from a 5 star hotel including an exercise room, free WIFI and a smart TV for your Netflix and Amazon Prime viewing pleasure. With a local winery, many restaurants, antique shopping, nearby trails, tennis courts and golf, not to mention the wonderful lake and trophy fishing, everyone can find something to pass the time. Fridhem is a local treasure which everyone in the community has heard stories about in its over 100 year history. We purposely do NOT rent the house for large events like weddings because we feel it is best for family get togethers and quiet vacations. Our friendly neighbors are there when you need them, but will give you your privacy. We hope you will treat them with the same friendly respect!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Very comfortable and lots of room so that everyone had their own space. The location is perfect and so close to 2 parks and the beach, which came in handy with our five little ones. Spent some time browsing the shops of downtown. and how convenient to be a block away. Can't say enough good things about the property itself, and especially the owner for allowing my standard poodle to be a part of it all. Overall, a perfect getaway for our family and if things work out and hoping to be booking with you again!
Aug 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lindstrom in Chisago Lake Township

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Main Floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large Shower is handicap accessible with seat and handrail
    Main Floor Powder/Laundry - Toilet , Toilet and sink. Perfect for coming in from the lake
    Upstairs Main - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Serves the two upstairs guest bedrooms
    Master Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Private Master Bath with jetted tub and separate shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Huge Master Suite has room for Baby Crib in sitting room
    Main Floor Guest - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , adjacent Full Bath - Hdcp accessible shower with seat
    Second Floor Guest - 1 Double Bed , Sleeps two
    Second Floor Guest - 1 Double Bed , Sleeps two
    Second Floor Sitting Area - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Large Sofa and raised sleeping area for kids - sleeping bags
    Main Floor Office - 1 Large Double Bed , We provide blow-up Queen Air Mattress and Linens
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Upstairs enjoy the master suite with private bath (double sinks, whirlpool tub and separate shower) and sitting area with fireplace, a separate sitting area with sofa, two bedrooms and a full bath with tub/shower. Downstairs enjoy the Great Room with fireplace, a huge guest bedroom, a full bath, exercise room, office with high speed wireless Internet and printer, a formal dining room, family room, laundry room with half-bath and eat-in kitchen. There is cable television in all 4 bedrooms, the family room, kitchen and exercise room. New Smart TV in Family room for Internet, Netflix and Amazon Prime viewing. The 50' dock will hold your boat(s) or rent a pontoon or fishing boat locally. A swim raft, canoe and a two-seat kayak are included at no charge for your enjoyment. A stainless steel gas grill, glass table and chairs with umbrella and plenty of built-in seating Make the large deck a great place to relax and enjoy the sunsets. Firewood is supplied for firepit and fireplace


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Historic Swedish Cottage on Quiet Lindstrom Lake
average rating of 4.9534883 based on 119 reviews

Wonderful and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We, a group of 7, stayed here extremely comfortably. There were no concerns. Everything was well laid out and even labeled. Everything one could need was provided. It was comfortable, cozy and clean also very spacious.

We went on a boat ride down the Sioux River? in Taylor Falls, went to a winery, and a local coffee shop. It was a great weekend. Thank you for sharing your home. The owner was extremely responsive and easy to work with. We will definitely return with our children to enjoy the lake and out doors activities on the lake.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Abby, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit! The boat ride was down the St. Croix River. Looks like you took in a lot in just a few days. Please come back and explore more of what the area has to offer!
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Comfortable, cottage home for fun family times

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was the perfect setting for our family reunion. So great to have three families and a grandmother all in one place, for meals, games, movie-watching, dog walks and conversation.

We enjoyed our stay and would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and Location

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and great location! We enjoyed our stay and explored the surrounding area of Lindstrom and St. Croix Falls, etc. Jim was very thorough and easy to work with. We would recommend this quaint house for anyone looking for a relaxing getaway!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your weekend. Please stay with us again! Jim & Caryn
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Fun area. Lots of shops to browse through

  • 5 of 5

Very accommodating people. House has history and books and crannies to explore. Plenty of room to spread out. Love it!!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place and view, great for a family

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place and very clean. It was lots of room for a family and dogs. Lots to do around town from hiking, shopping, apple archards pumpkin patches. We would rent the house again. Thanks again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed yourselves and took advantage of all the wonderful things our community has to offer. Please stay with us again!
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Lovely but old vacation home for 8 adults max.

  • 3 of 5

We are a group of professional siblings who rented the cabin for a reunion week in August, and did have a wonderful vacation. Lindstrom is just idyllic for an easy get-together with folks coming from MSP or MN. My sister got married at Panola Gardens, which was a gorgeous venue. We rented nearby Beach Park for a reception afterwards. Pluses: the location (walkable to downtown, 2 blocks from a sandy beach for swimming), the kitchen well-appointed (nice pans, could use a few more; frig is failing, leaking water). Downside: In no way does this place sleep 14. There are 4 bedrooms with 4 beds, and one VERY uncomfortable air mattress. Only one bedroom is on the main floor. Linens and pillows are in sad condition. The air conditioning leaves some rooms freezing and some hot. Finally, it is a very old house that is extremely well used (rented something like 200 times in the last 4-5 years), so shows a lot of wear and tear. The outdoor photos must've been taken 20 years ago, after the last paint job. There were several things that the cleaners noted after our visit that I SWEAR were not our doing, for which the owner wanted to retain our entire damage deposit, so I would certainly advise taking photos of anything that is stained or wobbly or about to break. (Good luck with that -- it's a very well-used house so you expect some marks/wear-and-tear, but if you don't document them you may end up paying.) In order to keep the place from falling apart, there is a list of rules that reads like an OCD-person's-handbook (understandable but a bit funny): NEVER open the windows, NEVER open the blinds, NEVER move a stick of furniture. I would add NEVER be outside after 9 pm (even if you're an alcohol-free respectful group of docs and lawyers) or you'll get reported by the neighbors, who have an ax to grind about this being a rental. Pontoon rentals are no longer available from Frankie's. Overall, still a wonderful vacation, but we had left the house in what I felt was wonderful condition, all towels washed, all food cleared out, etc. etc. and were incredulous when we were told he was keeping our damage deposit. We compromised, but it was quite unpleasant. We've rented a newer bigger place for next year.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nancy, Imagine my surprise seeing this review after the email you sent me the day after your departure: "Hi, Jim. Thanks again for a wonderful vacation at your Lindstrom property... I will post an excellent review once I hear back from you. I won't detail the upkeep issues -- I just wanted you to know these things." I'm sorry that after discovering considerable staining on the carpet and furniture as well as permanent damage to our dining room table we withheld $50 from your damage deposit. We also overlooked the noise complaint we received from our neighbors assuming THEY were being unreasonable. You are only the second group we've received a noise complaint about. Yes our home is approaching its 120 year mark and in keeping with the original wood siding it requires constant and almost surgical repair. As an historical home we also cannot replace windows and siding with more contemporary imitations. We do our best to keep up. Finally, the number of people a home sleeps is recommended by the website based on the number and square footage of the bedrooms NOT the number of beds. Before anyone rents our home we send them our 26 page HomeBook which includes floor plans, photos of every single room and a description of the number and sizes of all the beds. I'm sorry if you missed looking at that. I believe you also missed the updated location for pontoon rentals that we emailed you a month before your arrival. We think after 200 plus rentals and a 5 star rating, the vast majority of our guests have enjoyed their stays and many of them are annual repeat guests. I hope you find another property that suits your group better, Jim
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Lindstrom Municipal
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Chisago Lakes Public Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 8
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Meredee's Bistro
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Wild Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Public Beach
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Antique Shopping.

* Fishing.

* Sailing.

* Water Skiing.

* Boating.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Swimming.

* Fishing.

* Sailing.

* Water Skiing.

* Biking and Hiking.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Boating.

* S'mores over the fire.

* Golf.

* Sight Seeing.

* Antique Shopping.

Swim off the dock out to the swim raft or take the little ones a block down the street to the town beach with swingsets and playground.

There's plenty of pizza places, Chinese food, a Sports Bar and grocery stores in the immediate area. Dairy Queen is a short walk from the house. Forest Lake is only 11 miles west and features chain restaurants, Cub Foods and a movie theater.

Fishing licenses, rods and live bait are available just a few minutes away at Frankie's Bait and Marine in Chisago City.

Jump in the car and go 11 miles east to Taylors Falls for more restaurants, quaint shops and a Scenic Paddleboat ride down the St. Croix River. There's plenty of hiking and scenic views on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the St. Croix river. On your way to or from Taylors Falls make sure to check out the live Buffalo at Eichten's Cheese & Bison Store and the Franconia Sculpture Garden.

The area features miles of bike trails and hiking as well as a waterslide and Go Karts at Wild Mountain Resort about 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. Downhill and Cross Country Skiing make this a hot spot in the winter months too!

Golfers! There's "18 Holes of Pure Playable Fun" just 2 minutes from the house at The Chisago Lakes Public Golf Course.

More restaurants and antique shopping are 27 miles south in historic Stillwater. You'll love all the little shops and candy store.

Don't forget the Mall of America (50 miles) and all the attractions of Downtown Minneapolis (40 miles) and St. Paul (37 miles) less than an hour away. The Minneapolis Airport (MSP) is 45 minutes away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lindstrom, USA

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Fall/Winter wknd
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £37.64
Refundable Damage Deposit £225.87

Nightly Rate: $366 - $500 (single night stay weekdays only Sun.-Thur.)

Weekly Rate: $2500 - $500 (Summer)

Monthly Rate: $9000 - $12000 (summer)

June-August Weekly Rentals Only: $3500
September - May: $2500 per week, $1100 for 3 nights, $800 for two nights
September - May: Single Nights Midweek (not Fri or Sat) $500
Major Holiday Weekends: $1500 for 3 nights (Easter/Memorial/4thJuly/Labor/Thksg/Xmas/NewYears)
6.88% MN Sales Tax on Rental Rate
Cleaning Fee: $125 for 2-3 nights, $150 per week
Damage Deposit: $200 - Refundable

No Weddings Please!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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