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Cottage on the Big Lake - Twelve Mile Rock - A Beachfront Lake Superior Home

Bedrooms 2
Space 97 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 full bath accepting rentals for 2017 season, May 30-Oct 22, 2017

This charming cottage is located on a secluded Lake Superior pebble beach. Enjoy the beautiful Big Lake from your panoramic beach or from the deck overlooking it. This cozy retreat is just a short drive east from Grand Marais near Judge Magney State Park. You can walk two miles west without seeing another home. Gorgeous in any season, this home sparkles from Spring to Fall with a variety of gorgeous flowers and stunning foliage. Enjoy a peaceful, soul-renewing stay among the graceful northern pines, soaring eagles and a sky full of stars. 2 bedroom, 1 bath for 4 (possibly 5) guests .

Steve & Mary Steele - Twelve Mile Rock 507-280-5815
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2017

About Steve & Mary Steele - Twelve Mile Rock 507-280-5815

You can call 507-280-5815 to discuss. We love Minnesota for its many opportunities to enjoy nature. We find being in the outdoors renews the spirit and feel very blessed to be able to share this home with others who also appreciate the outstanding beauty of Lake Superior.

"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.: -John Muir

Steve & Mary Steele - Twelve Mile Rock 507-280-5815 purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Steve & Mary Steele - Twelve Mile Rock 507-280-5815 chose Minnesota

We were amazed at the simple, stark beauty of this property, the pebble peach and its relative privacy. Every time we are here we feel renewed. It makes us happy to read the many comments in our guest book and find that others experience that same kind of renewal here.

What makes this cottage unique

We have enjoyed lovingly caring for this cottage. We have added cozy amenities, books, games, quilts, cross-stitch samplers, warm throws and pillows to hopefully make you feel right at home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I had the most amazing week at 12-Mile Rock. The cabin was absolutely perfect and the views of the lake are stunning. It is the perfect distance from Grand Marais restaurants and shops. We will absolutely come again.
Oct 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Grand Marais

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 97 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , towels provided
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Queen bed, comfy reading chair, desk, cozy lighting
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Double bed, comfy reading chair, desk, cozy lighting
  • Bedrooms equipped with ceiling fans
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
Cottage with the best beach around located on the quiet side of Grand Marais. This is a great location for you and your loved ones to enjoy time at the beach or walking west for agate hunting and exploring. You'll also enjoy lounging on the deck, grilling out, or if it happens to rain, enjoying a book overlooking the lake, playing a game or cooking a nice meal together. This cottage is a great "base camp" location for many adventures in and surrounding Grand Marais. Among the recreational choices in this beautiful area you will find: * Superior Hiking Trail * North House Folk School * Grand Marais Art Colony * Pincushion Mountains hiking and bike trails * Judge Magney State Park * Naniboujou Lodge * Lutsen Mountains * Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center * Gunflint Trail * BWCA Boundary Waters Canoe Area * Grand Portage Monument * Numerous Art, Music and Cultural festivals throughout the seasons.


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Cottage on the Big Lake - Twelve Mile Rock - A Beachfront Lake Superior Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Awesome Stay at 12 Mile Rock!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 nights at 12 Mile Rock and completely enjoyed our stay. It's remote yet close enough to town to make the drive for dinner. There are a number of state parks to explore with lots of waterfalls and views. The house was very clean and comfortable and the WiFi was very handy. We didn't have a single issue with the house. The beach in front of the house was beautiful. We had fires there every night and the stars were spectacular. Would definitely recommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the cottage was wonderful! The location right on the pebble beach is ideal and very private--very few hikers came through during our week there. The place is very clean and comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed for cooking some meals at home. We highly recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This place is great and has become a tradition for our family. You can completely unplug. The adjacent public land is beautiful for walks on the beach.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have stayed at 12 Mile Rock four times and we can’t wait to return. The beach is beautiful for walks—my wife found a handful of agates. We’ve seen eagles, a bear cub, deer, an otter, and two fox. Grand Marais and many waterfalls are just a short drive. The owners seem to have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and fun. The cottage is furnished with many books and games for evenings when you feel like staying inside although I prefer to sit and enjoy the spectacular view of the lake. There are even coats in the hall closet in case a cool evening catches you by surprise. We’ve stayed in many homes around Lake Superior and this is by far our favorite.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! We got quick responses to our questions while planning. The home was clean and comfortable and the view could not have been better. We brought our two dogs who loved running around. The quiet stretch of pebble beach along Superior was beautiful, a little challenging for the dogs paws but it only slightly slowed them down. We hiked to the Pincushion Mountains and along the Superior Hiking Trail. In Grand Marais, we rented a canoe and paddled around Two Island Lake a little ways up the Gun Flint Trail. We also tried to paddle Superior but those waves can get a little dicey at times!

A great place if you want to travel with your dogs! There were crates available for when we went out to eat in Grand Marais, and plenty of room for them to run on a very quiet 1/4 mile stretch of beach (we didnt see anyone while there). It was a nice getaway and hope to return someday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed playing at our favorite shore! Thanks for staying with us at Twelve Mile Rock.
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We love Grand Marais

  • 5 of 5

The location of this cabin is close to town, but also on a secluded shore of Lake Superior where you can walk right to the Superior Hiking Trail. Owners are very responsive, and even returned a lost item we didn't know we forgot!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Thunder Bay (44 mi) or Duluth, 120 miles
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Many to choose from in Grand Marais
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Grand Marais Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Naniboujou 2 miles away and many others in GM
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Lutsen Mountains
Car: necessary

Cottage offers one of the most exceptional pebble beaches in the area where you can walk right down to the water. At this Lake Superior beach you can spend your day at the water's edge listening to the surf and beach-combing and you can explore and walk to the west nearly 2 miles before encountering another home. We want you to be comfortable in our cottage and we've added many personal touches for you that we hope you enjoy.

The Grand Marais area is a renowned for offering a variety of festivals throughout the season. You will also find cultural attractions and museums, the Gunflint Trail, the North House Folk School, Naniboujou Lodge, the doorway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), the Superior Hiking Trail, Pincushion Mountain overlook over the Bay of Grand Marais, Judge Magney State Park and opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, boating and sailing. There are many shops and restaurants in Grand Marais to suit your taste.

Our cottage is located amidst the towering pines of the Pat Bayle State Forest area where you will find waterfalls, flowers, foliage, agate hunting, amazing star-filled night skies, and if you are really fortunate - the Northern Lights.

The sky is constantly changing over Gitche Gumee and is truly a sight to behold. Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes of North America and it's ever changing moods create a different experience every day. The fish that inhabit these waters include Walleye, Whitefish and a variety of trout.

Our cottage, your home away from home, is situated directly on Lake Superior approximately 12 miles east of Grand Marais, MN


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee A$31.53 per person per night
Pet Fee A$94.58
Damage Deposit A$252.22

Please note $25.00 per night for each additional guest beyond two. We are happy to have you enjoy bringing your well-behaved dog/s, but we do require that you do not ever leave them unattended and unkenneled in our home. We also have a minimum pet fee of $75 per pet per stay..
We thank you for enjoying and respecting our home while you are our guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.