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Historic Swedish Cottage on Quiet Lindstrom Lake

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 353 m²
Property type house


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 10+ Sleeps

Vacation in this never before available, historic home on Quiet South Lindstrom Lake. Built in 1898, this home is on the National Historic Record of Homes, but features all the amenities of a new home including a master suite with gas fireplace, an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and an exercise room with treadmill, recumbent bike, television and weight machine. Wrap around porches and a huge deck cantilevered over the hill above the lake make for great views and relaxation rain or shine. With over 3800 square feet of living space, even the largest family or group can find privacy. PLEASE CLICK ON RATES AND AVAILABILITY - VIEW ALL RENTAL RATES - FOR SEASONAL PRICING.

The Huge Great Room is great for gatherings, yet intimate for quiet reflection around the brick fireplace. Lots of privacy as the house is setback 200 feet from the street. You're just steps to the sand beach and dock. There's great fishing and lots of lake to explore as we are connected to neighboring Chisago Lake.

Responsible Dog owners are welcome and will love the fenced back yard! Send us an email inquiry and we will send you our 26 page HomeBook with floor plans, photos and details about every single room and the surrounding area.

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Jim Casey
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017

About Jim Casey

Caryn and Jim Casey have been married for 33 years (as of 2015). We have two grown daughters, a small dog and two grand-dogs. We love Lindstrom and being at the lake as a contrast to our busy lives in Burbank, CA. Jim has a background in architecture and sells real estate in California.

Jim Casey purchased this house in 1999

Why Jim Casey chose Minnesota

It was love at first sight. We found the house quite by accident. Jim was doing research comparing different real estate websites back in 1999 for a seminar he was giving to a real estate board in Florida. Jim was an internationally recognized technology speaker and trainer in the real estate industry just as the internet and digital technology was changing the real estate business. Our dream house scenario was an older home with wrap around porches on a lake and within 45 minutes of the Twin Cities. Fridhem popped up on his computer screen and the family jumped in the car and drove to the property more out of curiosity than anything else. When we walked up the front sidewalk we were captivated. Because of the original condition of the home and the unfinished attic we knew we could make this a special home for our family and for our retirement (you can live entirely on the first floor if necessary). That same year our two daughters announced their dreams of acting so we packed them up and took them to Burbank to attend school and audition for television and film. Jim spent over a year remodeling the home and commuting back and forth to California until the whole family returned for summer vacation. We never imagined we'd be turning the house into a vacation rental, but it has been a wonderful experience for us sharing the house and still getting to enjoy it throughout the year.

What makes this house unique

Walk to downtown on our tree lined street and enjoy privacy and incredible views of the lake from our large deck. The house is large and yet features lots of little, intimate spaces to congregate or enjoy some alone time. Live in a historic home with all the amenities you'd expect from a 5 star hotel including an exercise room, free WIFI and a smart TV for your Netflix and Amazon Prime viewing pleasure. With a local winery, many restaurants, antique shopping, nearby trails, tennis courts and golf, not to mention the wonderful lake and trophy fishing, everyone can find something to pass the time. Fridhem is a local treasure which everyone in the community has heard stories about in its over 100 year history. We purposely do NOT rent the house for large events like weddings because we feel it is best for family get togethers and quiet vacations. Our friendly neighbors are there when you need them, but will give you your privacy. We hope you will treat them with the same friendly respect!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were in Schaefer, MN for our son's wedding. It was a beautiful weekend and staying at the cottage made it even more memorable. The cottage provided everything we needed. There was plenty of space for all to enjoy. The outdoor areas where great for relaxing and enjoying the lake. We would definitely look to stay here again.
May 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Lindstrom

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 353 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main Floor - toilet , shower enclosure , Large Shower is handicap accessible with seat and handrail
    Main Floor Powder/Laundry - toilet , Toilet and sink. Perfect for coming in from the lake
    Upstairs Main - toilet , bath with shower , Serves the two upstairs guest bedrooms
    Master Bath - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , Private Master Bath with jetted tub and separate shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master - 1 extra lg. double bed , Huge Master Suite has room for Baby Crib in sitting room
    Main Floor Guest - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot , adjacent Full Bath - Hdcp accessible shower with seat
    Second Floor Guest - 1 double bed , Sleeps two
    Second Floor Guest - 1 double bed , Sleeps two
    Second Floor Sitting Area - 1 sofa bed/futon , Large Sofa and raised sleeping area for kids - sleeping bags
    Main Floor Office - 1 large double bed , We provide blow-up Queen Air Mattress and Linens
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Upstairs enjoy the master suite with private bath (double sinks, whirlpool tub and separate shower) and sitting area with fireplace, a separate sitting area with sofa, two bedrooms and a full bath with tub/shower. Downstairs enjoy the Great Room with fireplace, a huge guest bedroom, a full bath, exercise room, office with high speed wireless Internet and printer, a formal dining room, family room, laundry room with half-bath and eat-in kitchen. There is cable television in all 4 bedrooms, the family room, kitchen and exercise room. New Smart TV in Family room for Internet, Netflix and Amazon Prime viewing. The 50' dock will hold your boat(s) or rent a pontoon or fishing boat from Frankie's Marina. A swim raft and a two-seat kayak are included at no charge for your enjoyment. A stainless steel gas grill, glass table and chairs with umbrella and plenty of built-in seating Make the large deck a great place to relax and enjoy the sunsets. Firewood is supplied for firepit and fireplace


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(32 traveller reviews)

Historic Swedish Cottage on Quiet Lindstrom Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 105 reviews

Great Time

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with another couple and a friend spent a few days here in late April to celebrate our friend's anniversary. We loved this place. The "cottage" was very large but cozy and well cared for. We spent most of our time in the kitchen/family room area - it overlooked the lovely Lindstrom Lake where we saw loons several times. The weather was rather rainy and quite cold so we were unable to use the back yard but there was a lovely deck back there that would have been enjoyable in warm weather. We also enjoyed being so close to the things we came to the area to see - i.e. Stillwater, which we loved, and the Interstate State Parks in WI and MN. We found great restaurants as well! The owner had an excellent booklet prepared to tell all about the cottage as well as the area. The only problem we had was wheelchair accessibility - it was very difficult getting my husband's wheelchair in and out of the house and we were not able to use the grab bar in the bathroom. But this didn't mar the trip and we had an absolutely wonderful time. The neighborhood was very quiet and peaceful and Lindstrom is a cute town. Highly recommend!!

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cottage for one night as a staff retreat, and we couldn't have been more impressed! Everything was set up so well, and had a beautiful view of the lake! It really was the perfect getaway for us. The renters made it so easy for us to get the house, and the town was very accommodating! We would highly recommend a stay here!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Up north feel, less than an hour from the cities!

  • 5 of 5

We had a friends weekend and stayed at the cabin with ten people. It was great space for the 10 of us and was very comfortable for us to relax in! We walked a couple blocks to play bingo Saturday afternoon and took a nice stroll around town. The house is located on a beautiful lake so would be a wonderful spot for a summer trip as well! And we were all back home within an hour so we didn't feel like we spent half our weekend driving to get the cabin feel!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Mother's 72nd Birthday Celebration with Family

  • 5 of 5

We had my Mother's 72nd birthday party celebration over the weekend and it was wonderful!! There was plenty of room for everyone and it is such a beautiful place. The family enjoyed visiting and grilling on the deck that overlooked the lake. The whole family had a blast, made great memories and my Father was excited to catch a big fish! We look forward to booking our another trip soon at the Fridhem! Thanks Jim!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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family Christmas weekend

  • 5 of 5

We just had our family Christmas gathering at Fridhem and it was all fabulous! There was plenty of room in the house for the 9 of us and we thoroughly enjoyed the weekend! It is close to Taylor's Falls so our entire family (sons, daughter-in-laws, grandkids) went skiing and snowboarding! What a great place! Thank you Jim!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kris, so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you back again. Happy Holidays! - Jim & Caryn
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A Great Choice For Us!

  • 5 of 5

Our family very much enjoyed our week at Fridhem. It had the charm and interest of a historic home yet was modern and could be lived in easily. The many rooms are large and the furniture comfortable, and the air conditioning came in handy. We lacked for nothing. We loved having the boat dock so we could get out on the lake, and fishing was fun even from shore. The kids enjoyed playing in the shallow water. Lindstrom is close to many interesting places, from a state park to the twin cities to other small towns. A new restaurant just opened nearby and was excellent. Food at the cheese shop also looked good. But we also cooked in the well-stocked kitchen. Jim, the owner, was very responsive--and quick--to respond, from our first contact until we left. We're happy that we found Fridhem.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Sounds like you took advantage of all of our amenities and activities in the area. Please come back again!
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Lindstrom Municipal
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Chisago Lakes Public Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 8
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Meredee's Bistro
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Wild Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Public Beach
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Antique Shopping.

* Fishing.

* Sailing.

* Water Skiing.

* Boating.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Swimming.

* Fishing.

* Sailing.

* Water Skiing.

* Biking and Hiking.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Boating.

* S'mores over the fire.

* Golf.

* Sight Seeing.

* Antique Shopping.

Swim off the dock out to the swim raft or take the little ones a block down the street to the town beach with swingsets and playground.

The Dinnerbel Restaurant (now Meredee's) and Bar is a block from the house and features inside and outside dining and live music on weekends. Dairy Queen is a short walk through downtown Lindstrom. Forest Lake is only 11 miles west and features chain restaurants, Cub Foods and a movie theater. There's plenty of pizza places, chinese food and grocery stores in the immediate area.

Fishing licenses, rods and live bait are available just a few minutes away at Frankie's Bait and Marine in Chisago City.

Jump in the car and go 11 miles east to Taylors Falls for more restaurants, quaint shops and a Scenic Paddleboat ride down the St. Croix River. There's plenty of hiking and scenic views on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the St. Croix river. On your way to or from Taylors Falls make sure to check out the live Buffalo at Eichten's Cheese & Bison Store and the Franconia Sculpture Garden.

The area features miles of bike trails and hiking as well as a waterslide and Go Karts at Wild Mountain Resort about 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. Downhill and Cross Country Skiing make this a hot spot in the winter months too!

Golfers! There's "18 Holes of Pure Playable Fun" just 2 minutes from the house at The Chisago Lakes Public Golf Course.

More restaurants and antique shopping are 27 miles south in historic Stillwater. You'll love all the little shops and candy store.

Don't forget the Mall of America (50 miles) and all the attractions of Downtown Minneapolis (40 miles) and St. Paul (37 miles) less than an hour away. The Minneapolis Airport (MSP) is 45 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Lindstrom

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$66.89
Refundable Damage Deposit A$401.34
Tax Rate 6.87%


Nightly Rate: $366 - $500 (single night stay weekdays only Sun.-Thur.)

Weekly Rate: $2250 - $3250 (Summer)

Monthly Rate: $9000 - $12000 (summer)

June-August Weekly Rentals Only: $3250
September - May: $2250 per week, $1100 for 3 nights, $800 for two nights
September - May: Single Nights Midweek (not Fri or Sat) $500
Major Holiday Weekends: $1500 for 3 nights (Easter/Memorial/4thJuly/Labor/Thksg/Xmas/NewYears)
6.88% MN Sales Tax on Rental Rate
Cleaning Fee: $100 for 2-3 nights, $125 per week
Damage Deposit: $300 - Refundable
We do not accept payments through the payment system. We will send you a rental agreement and rules and regulations and will arrange for payments directly with us. We take Credit Cards and checks. Call if you have ANY questions: 818-641-9050. We have a spotless reputation (see reviews) for handling payments and promise prompt return of your damage deposit after the home is cleaned and condition confirmed.
No Weddings Please!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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