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Lovely Home on the Mississippi River, Six Miles from Red Wing

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

You will not forget a weekend spent at Windbeam House, 6 miles from charming Red Wing, Minnesota. Floor-to-ceiling living room windows offer spectacular views of not only Goose Lake but also the bluffs of historic Red Wing across the river. This tree-lined panorama provides breath-taking year round scenery, including miles of the Mississippi's famous fall foliage and ever changing waters. Because the house sits on the edge of the bluff above the lake, it is a perfect spot to sit and relax, watching a wide array of birds and animals, including eagles and flocks of migratory swans and pelicans in season, not to mention trains passing silently along the edge of the lake below.

This four bedroom rambler sleeps 12 with one full bath and two half baths, a family room, full kitchen and dining room. Only one hour from Minneapolis/St.Paul or Rochester, Minnesota, this home offers a retreat for groups from 2-12. And while it is hard not to be mesmerized by the view, it is also within a few miles of shopping, hiking, fishing, golf, snowshoeing and skiing. Not to mention an extensive arts community, restaurants, antique dealers, the Sheldon Theater and Treasure Island Casino.

This peaceful house is pet friendly and comfortably furnished in southwestern style. The master bedroom is equipped with a queen size bed and includes a private half bath. The other three bedrooms have double beds. Downstairs, the family room offers two full futon sofas.

Four generations of our family have come together in this home and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Keywords: bluff country, shopping, hiking, golf, eagles, Twin Cities, girls' weekend, rustic, southwestern furnishings, peaceful,spectacular view, scenery, Great River Road

More Details

Trudi Schaefer
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Trudi Schaefer

We live on a small farm just 6 miles from Windbeam House. We purchased our farm in 1976 when the farmhouse was about to be demolished. Much of our time since then has been spent renovating the house and outbuildings and creating the many gardens that surround Windbeam Farm.

Trudi Schaefer purchased this house in 2000

Why Trudi Schaefer chose Red Wing

We inherited this property from Paul's parents in 2010. Immediately, we saw the potential for furnishing it as a guest house for the many friends and families who visit the Red Wing area. Womens Weekends Away and Fishing tournaments are two of the groups who find Windbeam House the perfect place to stay.

What makes this house unique

Practically every person that comes through the front door of Windbeam House is awed by the lovely view of the Mississippi River and the bluffs of Red Wing that greet them through the wall-to-wall windows of the living room. People tell us they sit in that room for many peaceful hours, watching the river, the birds but especially the eagles who perch in the trees below the house.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Red Wing

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (3), Full size Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Fabulous view of the Wisconsin channel of the Mississippi River.


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average rating of 4.4954953 based on 111 reviews

If I could give this more stars, I absolutely would. Absolutely a 10/10 - I would HIGHLY recommend!

  • 5 of 5

This was hands-down the loveliest home - share I have ever had the pleasure of staying in! Trudi's hospitality, flexibility & attention to detail is absolutely impeccable. The home itself is absolutely beautiful, with a SPECTACULAR view over the bluffs - this alone would be enough to make it a memorable stay, but with the addition of all the little details like brochures for everything you could think of to do in Red Wing, two pairs of binoculars and a bird watching guide book, a multi-page binder full of all the information you would need in order to answer literally any question you might have about your stay, and fully-stocked EVERYTHING (seriously, you need extra blankets? check. forgot to bring shampoo or a blow dryer? check. need any kind of batteries for anything? check. want to have a fire? there's plenty of wood for the outside fire pit as well as dura-logs for the indoor fireplace... I could go on!), we were lacking in absolutely nothing. On top of all of this, Trudi always replied promptly to all communications and was very accommodating with our request to check out a bit later than the listed time.

I cannot stress enough how much we enjoyed our stay here!!! we will definitely be coming back again :)

  • Review Submitted: 09/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: i don't know what to do here. I can barely fit my head through the doorway it has swelled up so much! What a charming couple, what a lovely review. As the season heats up (i.e., if Spring ever arrives) I know that Windbeam House will get busier, the laundry will start to overwhelm me and I'll have to work even harder to make sure the everyone feels like this couple. I'll just have to remember to take a breath, enjoy all the new guests. . . and remember this review. Thank you!
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Very nice!

  • 5 of 5

Nice home- lots of room. Wonderful screened in porch. Trudi was great to work with and very accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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large and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

owner accommodating had 12 adults and had plenty of room would stay again

  • Review Submitted: 13/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our needs

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect spot for 5, 60 plus adults and 2 medium sized dogs to get away for a long weekend. The view from the living room is outstanding and lovely to kick back for cocktail hour. The dining area was ideal for us all to get up at 5 am at request of one of our number to watch this last royal wedding together and have an early breakfast. The location was great and allowed some to nap after the early hour and for others to do day trips: a visit to Red Wing for the pottery and Scandinavian stores; the Ski Jump Museum and pictures in the hotel; to the Eagle Museum down the river where we had lunch at the Grumpy old men place and to Lake Pepin for the Laura Ingall Wilder's museum and the trip back to see a restoration of the House in the Big Woods. The hostess promptly responded to our few messages, but the whole rental was easy with no issues. Thank you Trudi.

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try to keep the house supplied with (almost) everything our guests might want or have forgotten. That includes suggestions about things to do and places to go. It's nice to hear that people do look at what's available and do get out to see the sights in the area. That's after they have enjoyed the living room view of course. Thanks for listing all the things you did. Glad to hear that someone else was up at 5 am for the wedding. We thought it was great fun. Do come again.
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Quiet get away

  • 4 of 5

Perfect place for family wedding in redwing. Rooms very spacious. Was a little musty smelling could use possibly a dehumidifier. Also quite a few coffee cups very stained. Would recommend

  • Review Submitted: 30/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tons of space, amazing views, thoughtful and experienced hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Trudi and Paul's place for the lake Pepin 100 Mile garage sale. Their place is easy to find, and Trudi was a great communicator thought the booking and arrival process.

Their home is an expansive rambler, with huge windows and awesome views out over the river, railroad, and into Red Wing. You can see eagles, woodpeckers, and all kinds of wildlife from the living room, and their binoculars and books are fun to check out. The train is so much quieter here than when we've stated in Pepin.

The house has a bit of a grandparents' house vibe, but cool interesting grandparents. They clearly enjoy opening up their home and hosting, and have shared lots about who they are in how they've decorated the place. They have things well-labeled throughout the house, and anything you may have forgotten they probably have tucked away somewhere, including a flashlight by the front door. They totally respected our space, were available for any needs, and are clearly experienced hosts.

We checked out the drive-in broasted chicken place up the street a piece, and everyone enjoyed it- especially the shakes! We also checked out Chef Shack and they happened to have a guest chef and we had an amazing french meal! Smiling Pelican has been our favorite bakery in the area, and Nelson cheese factory is well worth the trek if you haven't been there before.

Thanks for everything Trudi and Paul! I look forward to coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 06/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Bluffs, Hager City/St. James Hotel, Red Wing
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Mississippi National Golf Links, Red Wing
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Red Wing, MN
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 35
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Red Wing

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2018
1 May 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$54.37 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$271.86

Until booked, all rates are subject to change w/o notice.
Cancellation Policy: A deposit can be refunded if we are notified 30 days before the booking. If less than 30 days than 50% of the deposit will be refunded.
No smoking allowed.
Pets are welcome.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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