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Experience the Northwood Lakes on a 1917 Arts and Crafts Estate

Bedrooms 7
Space 8,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Century Old Estate with 2,500 feet of shoreline on Lake Osswinnamakee

Sitting on 25 acres of private shoreline in northern Minnesota's leading vacation destination, this Arts & Crafts lakefront estate home built by the descendants of Frank Lloyd Wright is truly magnificent. Abutting the Crow Wing State Forest, this stunning property provides a high degree of privacy on one of the nation's cleanest lakes. The main lodge, modeled after the style of renowned architects Greene & Greene, was built in 2003 and won that year’s national award for Best New Residence, as well as being featured in a number of publications. The history of the property dates back to 1917, when the original cottage was constructed for use as a family retreat. Refurbished in 2003, the cottage now serves as a caretaker's house.

The property is rich in both Native American history and sublime natural beauty. Located on the shores of Muskie Bay, the estate is situated on Lake Ossawinnamakee, considered one of the best bass fishing lakes in the state, and is within a short drive from the country's largest Native American reservations. Reflective of the region’s history, the site was the center of the 1799 war between the Ojibwa and Dakota tribes, and the home is appropriately decorated with many pieces of Native American artifacts from both traditions.

In addition to the main lodge, caretakers quarters and sauna there are two docks. The property is located in close proximity to many activities in the area, including world-class golf courses, water sports, fishing and hunting. Available for additional rates are a cook, massage therapist, and yoga instructor, all of whom are committed to making your holiday relaxing, effortless and fun. We also rent out the Pontoon. Canoes are free to use.

More Details

John A Wright
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, german, italian, mandarin, Japanese
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About John A Wright

John Wright is the former editor of The Wall Street Journal in Asia and makes Hong Kong and New York his home. A native of Minnesota, Mr. Wright Is the founder of American Est ate Villas, a company dedicated to luxury accommodations in key American cultural and heritage destinations.

John A Wright purchased this estate in 1917

Why John A Wright chose Pequot Lakes

This secluded property is rarely available to vacationers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

July 9-13 2017 stay. 2 couples, no kids. Tremendous property, even better people. Hard to imagine wanting more from a vacation. The property exudes retro-class. The grounds are gorgeous while remaining true to area. The Lake is well-suited for all activities, and may very well be the cleanest water one has experienced. This place has all the customary vacation amenities, and the hosts continuously ensure all needs are met. Our only request is that future guests treat this place, and these hosts, with the respect they deserve, so that we all may continue to experience this slice of heaven in Northern MN.
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate rental in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , This bathroom has a steam room.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , jacuzzi
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , 2 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double bed , Room in guesthouse
    Bedroom 5 - 2 single bed , Room in separate guesthouse
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sofa bed/futon , Sleeper sofa on guesthouse porch
  • Guesthouse is charged at separate rate.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Experience the Northwood Lakes on a 1917 Arts and Crafts Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Rochester, MN

Beautiful home on an exquisite spot

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property to host our mother and father's 50th wedding anniversary. Our party included 3 families for a total of 11 people, ranging in age from 16 to 72. The place swallowed us up with no problem and left room for extended family to visit us on the weekend. We had 26 for dinner on Saturday Night. We still didn't run out of space.

The kitchen is so well equipped, I think it has two of everything anyone would need. There are dishes, flatware, and glasses galore. The refrigerator swallowed up all our food for the week with room to store beverages as well. There is a commercial grade ice machine which kept up with our demands pretty well -- only on the hottest days did we need a run to town for a bag or two of ice. The dining table that easily accommodated us with some spillover to the porch when extra folks were there.

There are plenty of beds, bedrooms, bathrooms, towels, blankets, books to read, and games to play. And this is BEFORE going outdoors. The place is large enough that if you need to get away from the commotion, you can, but small enough that you are never far from the fun.

Outside you will find so many options of things to do you will never run out of options. There are docks on each side of the peninsula, one accommodating the pontoon and ski boat, the other just out over the water on the other side. I brought my fishing boat along and moored it here for easy access. Was convenient to plug my battery charger in the little boathouse that houses a sauna. There are hiking trails, a wide open space for lawn games, landscaping that is well maintained and beautiful. There are canoes and paddles available for your enjoyment, and the owner's son took several members of our party on a 3 hour canoe trip which they thoroughly enjoyed!

Speaking of that, the hosts (Owner's son and family) were incredible and ensured we had everything we needed, without being in the way or hovering. They were there when and if they were needed, and their entire focus was on making us feel welcome and accommodated. They were truly a blessing to our stay and became good friends by the end of the week. They also did a fantastic job with the weather, which was PERFECT the whole week of our stay.

In summary, I really can't say enough about this property. It is a high quality place, well worth the money paid. It is ideal for family get togethers and relaxing. We have discussed going back, it's that good!

  • Review Submitted: 24/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our great pleasure to host you for such an important family event and hope you'll come see us in one of our many other properties. John Wright, owner, American Estate Villas.
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending five days at this beautiful home for a recent family vacation. We have four children age 16-24 and they all had a terrific time. The main house is immaculate and stocked with all the conveniences that make the stay here easy and stress free. There are beautiful views of the lake from every angle, a boat house with sauna which we enjoyed on several occasions, fishing gear and poles, two very fast jet skis that seat two each, a powerful pontoon boat, and a wake board boat that Ryan, the caretaker, would pilot for us all to enjoy wake/surf boarding. There is a large yard that accommodates yard games, as well as a large gas grill and outside fire pit. As a note, the caretaker lives on site, which was not an issue for us. He was available to drive the boat and made sure the jet skis were filled with gas. It made the stay so much easier and stress free! Our family agreed that this was one of the best family trips the we have had!

  • Review Submitted: 22/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Ultimate Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our entire family spent five amazing days at this place to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary, and we did not want to leave. One would have to write a book to adequately describe all of its beautiful features. The design of the house, the attention to detail, and the high quality construction are the work of a true artist. The antiques and Native American treasures used as decor are comparable to many museum displays.

But that is only part of the appeal. The location is peaceful, relaxing, private and absolutely gorgeous. For our family, the best part was the opportunity to enjoy fishing and water sports with all the included equipment. The owner and staff have thought of absolutely everything needed for a memorable experience. The price seems high at first, but actually turns out to be a bargain when all the extras are factored in. One of our grandsons said the place rivaled Orlando!

We also appreciated the efforts of John, the owner, and the caretakers, Bella and Boy, in making us feel welcome. One evening we all ate together at the nearby Norway Ridge Restaurant, which was recommended by Bella. We were very pleased with the food and service there as well. This magnificent estate and its staff are worthy of our highest recommendation!

  • Review Submitted: 14/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Overland Park, Kansas

A Magnificent Gem of the Highest Quality

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home is located on the point with Muskie bay on one side and Lake Ossawinnamakee on the other. Outstanding lake views abound in all directions. The home belongs in a magazine and in fact has made at least three publications. The home takes the best of the old great lodges, adds modern day luxuries and comforts and then celebrates Native American history with artifacts befitting a museum. The homeowner and the house staff haven't missed a detail in providing the ultimate in vacation experiences. This is truly one of the best. As a large extended family we all had hearts of gratitude for our wonderful week. We hope to return soon :) Thank you John, Bela and Boy for being such wonderful hosts. Simply outstanding :)

  • Review Submitted: 08/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a glowing review. We loved having you and your family with us and look forward to seeing you here or at another of our properties soon. Safe travels, John
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London, UK

The perfect place to unwind at the lake. Exceptional value.

  • 5 of 5

We selected this property for a small family reunion to celebrate my parents' 50th anniversary. A bit of a gamble given we had people in age from 10 to 78 years old. $1,250 a night based on 6 photos on the internet? What would we really find? People came from great distances. Money was spent; anxieties were present.

Most of us were raised in Minnesota, so our expectations for a week at a lake were high. To say that the entire family thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Wright retreat would be a great understatement. It was spectacular. It proved to be the perfect location to gather, relax, share memories and make new ones. The property is appealing for its thoughtful and spacious architecture, landscaping, and amenities. There were comfortable chairs in gorgeous shady spaces for some, and jet skis and a (very luxurious) pontoon boat for others. Parents took kids fishing. Grandfathers took grandkids kayaking (with our own kayaks). Days melted by.

The whole property works together to relax, bring people into community, and enjoy each others' company. I have a lot of respect for the owner who chose not to design an another cliche a-frame "lake at the cabin." The Arts & Crafts-stype home is spectacular. Its furnishings and treasures inside reflect a respect for history and native american artistry and craftsmanship. The property sits on a quiet point with water on three sides with relaxing views in all directions, along with the privacy we were hoping for. All of this was complemented by two skilled, kind and generous property managers that attended to the smallest of details. They could not have made our stay more comfortable. Between them and Mocha, the on-site dog (soon the most beloved "new"member of the family) we felt like we had family around.

In the end: My parent's were ecstatic. The kids were thrilled. Everyone was pleased. Lots of pictures capture the love of family and a celebration of my parents' 50 years. The stage that made this possible was this unique property. This rental was an exceptional value: for the price of a rental night you get the home, large piece of land, privacy and quiet, shady trees, the boats, skis, fishing equipment, property managers. As another reviewer said it well, "You get what you pay for."

Our family is already planning our return visit next summer.

  • Review Submitted: 06/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wright Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The inviting custom architecture; interior design highlighting local native American history; zen native landscape architecture; the variety of watercraft available (property manager is required to operate the high-performance ski boat); location on a quiet, high water quality lake; family history of the property; and services available by on-site property managers made this an especially interesting and appealing property. We appreciated details included in the cost, like spraying the site for mosquitoes, daily housekeeping service, and the efforts of the managers and owner to ensure that our visit was pleasant. Rental included main house (4 bd) only. Great place for those who appreciate architectural design, water sports, historical context, personalized services availability, and quiet natural surroundings. Expensive, but you get what you pay for.

  • Review Submitted: 24/06/2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Deacon's Lodge
Nearest Train
115 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Minnesota 25
Car: recommended

Five miles to Crosslake town center and 9 miles to Pequot Lakes town center.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$338.63
Damage Insurance AU$134.1

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made

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