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River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Two bedroom, three bath home overlooking the St. Croix River

Maison sans Chèvres, our charming Craftsman style home, has two stories, both with great windows overlooking the St. Croix River.

The main level features a granite countertop kitchen with stainless steel appliances made for enjoying cooking and eating, a dining area that can accommodate 8-10 people; an inviting parlour with a gas fireplace, windows overlooking the river and a queen sized sleep sofa; a guest bathroom, and a master bedroom suite with jacuzzi tub and separate shower stall.

The lower level features a cozy TV nook with a queen sized sleep sofa, a sitting area around a gas fireplace, a unique bathroom and a bedroom with a window overlooking the river.

The upper level walks out onto a spacious, wrap around deck. The lower level walks out to a patio with a river cabin feel. Both outdoor areas have furniture for enjoying the sights and sounds of the river and for eating. There is a gas grill on the deck.

As we live only a 10 minute drive away, we will be at the house to welcome you upon your arrival and we will be available by phone if you need questions answered or assistance during your stay.

More Details

Christine Maefsky
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Christine Maefsky

We have been farming in the St. Croix Valley for over 40 years. If you know anything about farming, you know that there is no 'getting away from work'. You're there 24/7, with all the joys and worries that brings. We never had a vacation home until we bought the river house in 2012. We

purchased it with the intent of allowing us a perfect way to 'get away'. It only takes us 10 minutes to drive there from our farm, allowing us

to get away frequently and easily. You may be curious about the name 'Maison sans Chèvres'. Our farm is a large, commercial Grade A dairy goat farm. The river house is our 'home without goats.' We've stated the name in French to honor the river's name and the French voyageurs who explored it.

Christine Maefsky purchased this house in 2012

Why Christine Maefsky chose Marine on St. Croix

In the 44 years we've lived in this area, we've come to love the St. Croix River and the very unique town of Marine on St. Croix. When we were lucky enough to be able to get this architectural gem of a house - not only on the river but also in the village of Marine on St. Croix - we were thrilled. It is the perfect vacation home for us. As we're not able to use it full time, we enjoy sharing it with others.

What makes this house unique

The Maison sans Chèvres is a peaceful, warm, welcoming house. It has an incredible amount of character. Being right on the river allows for a unique connection to nature and the river towns north and south of us.

Marine on St. Croix is an historic town whose residents take a great deal of pride in their history, their natural surroundings, and the creative energy of people. There are numerous cultural events that occur here throughout the year: concerts in the historic Marine Village Hall, art fairs and exhibitions - from Fourth of July celebrations to the Christmas Market, taking enjoyment from life is an ongoing theme here.

Being in this warm, small town setting but still so close to busier life in the larger towns nearby and even close to the Twin Cities (St. Paul is only a 40 minute easy drive away), gives visitors an opportunity to experience a range of Minnesota life.

As for the house itself, remodeling, updating and furnishing this house was a labor of love for us. We think the results of our efforts reflect our appreciation for quality and for history.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Marine on St. Croix

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , Lower level bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Half Bath for guests on main level.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , Master Suite Bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Master Bedroom Suite with Master Bath adjoining
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Lower Level Bedroom with River View Window
  • In addition, Queen sleep sofa on main level and Queen sleep sofa on lower level
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
Contact owner if you have questions about amenities not described here.


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River Home in the Historic Village of Marine on St. Croix
average rating of 4.935484 based on 31 reviews

Perfect for family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Everyone in our group enjoyed the stay at this comfortable river home. We were in the area for a family memorial and picked the perfect place to stay. Christine met us when we arrived and gave us a tour of her home and made us feel welcome. (The goat cheese was delicious.) With 7of us we had room to spread out and not feel crowded. The large dining room table with a great river view, the parlour that can be closed off into a separate room, the “morning coffee deck”, the copper kitchen sink and the separate bar area, the games for the kids, the fairly short drive into Stillwater...these are just a few things that make this house special. We walked to the general store and found everything we needed for a couple dinners—so convenient. Some of us enjoyed the walking tour of Marine, and others went to Wm O’Brien State park to swim. It was nice to have the house to relax in when we returned from our activities. We would definitely stay here again if we were in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 07/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary, Thank you for taking such good care of our home while you were there, and for leaving us two such beautiful bouquets which graced the house for days afterward. Glad you enjoyed your time at the house and in the community. Hope we'll see you again. Christine
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Beautiful and memorable spring stay at this lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

Definitely the highlight of Spring. Spent the weekend with high school girlfriends in this lovely home. Had everything we needed plus more. Plenty of sleeping space, beautiful kitchen and we so enjoyed sitting out on the deck and welcoming in the first warm days of spring. Thank you Christine and family for everything you did for us and all the nice little extra amenities. Will be coming back again!

  • Review Submitted: 25/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous, welcoming home

  • 5 of 5

The photos of this home do not do it justice. Christine and Vincent's home is lovely, warm, welcoming, and has everything you need for a home away from home. The view of the river is gorgeous, the home is immaculate and comfortable, and it is just a quick jaunt from the main street of Marine on St. Croix. We loved making meals here as the kitchen and dining room are so inviting and well equipped. Absolutely no qualms about recommending this property to anyone. You would be lucky to stay here!

  • Review Submitted: 22/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed our home and your stay. Thank you for taking such good care of our house. Thanks too for the home grown vegetables you farm women left for us. The carrots and onions are now in the pot for today's slow cooked stew. Hope we'll see you again.
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  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed in Christine and Vincent's beautiful river home! Beautifully decorated, meticulously clean and well equipped. we love the deck too! Christie and Vincent were lovely to work with! will definitely stay again!

Jean, Debbie and Sue

  • Review Submitted: 20/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Mother/daughter weekend and we had a great time in this beautiful home. The setting was quaint and and quiet. The house is clean and roomy and very cozy. Yes I would rent again.

  • Review Submitted: 23/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. Thanks for being such great guests.
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Wonderful setting on the St. Croix River!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the location, home and the river. We brought a boat and paddle boards and used them every day. Swimming off of the sand bars was refreshing. Eagles, Ospreys, Deer, Cardinals, Woodpeckers, chipmunks were all entertaining. Great biking up to Scandia through William O' Brien State Park.Also walked to the Ice Cream Shop in the evening to try to keep our weight up. BIG FUN!!

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and all the wonderful outdoor amenities. Thanks for taking such good care of our home. Hope to see you again.
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul International
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Brookside Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Oak Glen Golf Course, Stillwater
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Marine Landing, Marine Café (seasonal)
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
cross-country, William O'Brien State Park
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
William O'Brien State Park
Car: necessary

• Enjoy this charming Craftsman style house with its many windows facing the river, its sweeping wrap-around deck, its lower patio area, and its mission-style architectural detail.

• Enjoy being part of the charming, historic village of Marine on St. Croix. Once a lumbering town, later a summer residence haven for city dwellers, Marine has maintained the look and feel of its history. Its architecture reflects the New England heritage of its first settlers and the feel of a vacation retreat. Take the short walk to the Marine Landing and Cafe, Marine Café Coffee Shop, the Marine General Store, St. Croix Chocolates, the community library, the Village Hall and Brookside Bar and Grill. Across from Brookside, enjoy looking over the falls rushing down to the river. For a complete look at the village, take the 'Historic Walking Tour' of the village with the guidance of the walking tour map you'll find at the house. From the village center take the short return walk to the Maison sans Chèvres and its sense of seclusion.

• Enjoy the wintertime - cross country skiing and snow shoeing at William O'Brien State Park, 2 miles north.

• Enjoy the spring, summer and fall living along the river. While the house is about 30' up on the riverbank, we have a short flight of deck stairs leading down to the river and our private dock. From our spacious deck you can watch life in its many forms on this quiet river; from Taylors Falls on the north to south of the village of Marine, the river is a 'slow speed zone' ideal for appreciating the unique beauty of the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

•Enjoy Stillwater. Travel 10 miles south to the historic town of Stillwater. Often called the 'Birthplace of Minnesota', Stillwater offers many wonderful antique shops, clothing stores, gift shops, and restaurants, museums, the historic Lift Bridge to Wisconsin, riverboat and gondola rides , and marinas for boat rentals to explore the St. Croix River. Winery and apple orchard nearby.

• Enjoy William O'Brien State Park , just 3 minutes north on Hwy. 95. There you can hike, bike, explore, swim at the Lake Alice beach, rent canoes for local paddling, or in winter cross country ski or snow shoe,

• Enjoy historic Scandia, site of the first Swedish settlement in Minnesota. Scandia boasts Gammelgarden Museum and Hay Lake Schoolhouse Museum, historic sites and shops for antiques and gifts.

• Enjoy Taylors Falls, just 20 minutes north on Hwy 95. Along the way you can take in the free outdoor Franconia Sculpture Garden at the junction of Hwy 95 and Hwy 8. At Taylors Falls you can rent canoes and kayaks, take a riverboat ride or try rock climbing.

• Enjoy other historic nearby towns including Lindstrom in Minesota and St. Croix Falls, Osceola, and Hudson in WI.

• Drive 40 minutes to St. Paul or 45 minutes to Minneapolis for museums, theatres, sporting events and so much more; drive 1 hour to Mall of America for mega shopping


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$135.93

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.