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Lakefront Home on Big Spirit Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 Bath Lake House

Our new house is a 1300 square foot home that is being built in the fall of 2018 on the same site as our 1920 cabin. Our year round home will sleep 8 people. We offer wireless internet, smart TV's in the living areas and bedrooms. The sound bar in the living room is bluetooth capable so you can listen to your favorite songs off your smart phone or tablet. We offer a fully furnished kitchen with a stove, fridge with ice maker, microwave, and dishwasher. A washer and dryer are available for your use just off the kitchen. Sheets and pillow cases are provided. Personal items are not. If you choose to stay with us, there are no large steps to overcome and that is great for anyone with mobility issues. To exit and enter the house you will only have couple steps to deal with.

There is a concrete patio between the lake and the house with sun umbrellas, a gas grill and a fire ring. At the end of the dock there is an electric boat hoist with cover for boats 21 feet and smaller. You may reserve the hoist for your stay for an extra $125 per stay. Boat rentals are available through Great Lakes Marine Service. You may call 712-336-3822 to rent a boat or look them up online at

Pets are negotiable. We do not allow pets that shed inside the dwelling because of family allergies. We have had hunters and their dogs come and stay with us. The hunting dogs then stayed in their kennel at night in the garage. We maybe open to non shedding, hyper allergenic pets in the house. Contact the owner for more information.

More Details

John Olson
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 September, 2018

About John Olson

We have been in and around the Iowa Great Lakes since the early 1980's. Our family is involved in education, business, accounting, construction, remodeling and property management. We have several rental properties in the area we manage. We share our lake house with others when we are not using the house.

John Olson purchased this house in 2006

Why John Olson chose Spirit Lake

Location, Location, Location! Living on the south shore of Big Spirit Lake allows quick and easy access to town, restaurants, shopping and all the amenities the Iowa Great Lakes has to offer. There is a public sand beach, park, boat ramp and drive inn 1/8 mile to the east, a bike trail across the road to the south and the fish hatchery is 1/4 mile to the east as well.

What makes this house unique

Our home is new for 2019. Someday we hope to live there full time. It is right on the water and close to public beaches, boat ramp and town.

We live on the quite lake in Okoboji. No matter what the holiday weekend or where the wind is from, you can always find a quiet stretch of water to relax and play in. You will love the sunsets and flashing lights of the windmills at night 10 miles to the north.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Spirit Lake

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Downstairs bathroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Upstairs bathroom added to cabin in 2008.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed , Bedroom with closet, close to first floor bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 2 single bed , Sleeping area upstairs next to upstairs bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double bed , Secluded in west side of upstairs sleeping area.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Lakefront Home on Big Spirit Lake
average rating of 4.5 based on 12 reviews

Just what we wanted!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the mornings with coffee on the deck, right on the lake, just relaxing. Beautiful spot. The cabin is cozy and comfortable and unique in many ways. With just the two of us, it worked out great, I slept in the upstairs and my girlfriend slept downstairs and we each had our own bath. We did not do any cooking, as eating out was our vacation treat, but the kitchen seemed to we well supplied with anything you would need. We really enjoyed the fire pit in the evenings and did cook hot dogs over the open fire ... nice treat!! We had a minor problem with the sliding screen door to the deck, which I reported to John the day that we left, he was very cordial and thanked me for relaying that to him. Overall, it was just a very nice place to get away, be by the lake and relax. I would highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 14/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Criss, Thanks for the kind words! We are glad you enjoyed the cabin. Thanks for the heads up on the patio screen door. It was an easy fix. Thanks again! John
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Perfect location for lakefront access!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this property! The lake house is is true to its name as far as vintage, but that is what we were looking for! The property is very clean as well as nicely maintained! The view alone is worth every penny! Boating, swimming & fishing access is easy and owners are also wonderful to work with! It’s been a perfect 2018 family vacation! We’ll be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 14/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. We look forward to having your family back!
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  • 3 of 5

They are doing a good job remodeling but love the deck the best. The lake is beautiful. Would love to come again with a boat but it,s a little too pricey for my pocketbook with the extra charge for use of the dock. Was really relaxing there and enjoyed my time and the owners are very nice

  • Review Submitted: 29/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is a little dated. Front porch needs work.

  • 4 of 5

The property is very clean. We enjoyed being on the lake. We would rent again. The owner was very professional and easy to work with.

  • Review Submitted: 10/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leanne, Thanks for the kind words! : ) Yes, you are correct. The porch needs attention. The boards on the inside the porch don't hold paint what so ever and so we quit painting the inside of the porch by the screens. The screen door needs replaced. We had plans to bulldoze the cabin down and build a new house on our lot this fall and so we kept putting that task off. Sadly, things did not fall into place for us for us to build this fall and we will have to replace the screen door later this fall or in the spring. Thanks so much for renting from us! You were a wonderful guest and took great care of the place. John
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  • 5 of 5

I am late in posting this but did want to say that my family was very pleased with this place. It was a very relaxing weekend for us. Areas close by to do things with our two granddaughters. Washing machine was definitely a plus. Two bathrooms was definitely a plus also with 7 adults and 2 small children. Would definitely do it again if it works out for us. John was so nice and very easy to work with and very understanding.

  • Review Submitted: 30/11/2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden Treasure!

  • 5 of 5

The listing for this property was accurate. The pictures provided give you a small glimpse of the beauty that awaits you. The patio, dock and view are exceptional. The house has all the amenities you could ask for to make your stay easy. The family room was wonderful and so comfortable!! Very homey! The only thing we missed was our queen size bed but we really enjoyed the upstairs rooms, very quaint and cozy. The bathrooms were very nice and we liked having two, made getting ready so much easier. The area was wonderful and had many great places to explore. There were also many tasty places to share a meal. John was great to work with and so accommodating and worked hard to meet all of our needs. This is truly a hidden treasure and we can't wait to stay there again! We would highly recommend a stay!

  • Review Submitted: 26/10/2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Gingham Inn and Lounge
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Gingham Inn and Lounge or Spillway Drive Inn
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Orleans Public Beach and Boat Ramp


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.