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RATHBUN area Log Home Spectacular Lake Views 50' SAND Private Beach $250/nt wkda

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About the property

4br3ba 4000SF sleep 16to30 max lakefront has 230' shoreline & new private beach

WELCOME TO OUR PARADISE: 450 Acres Private Lake and your own Private Beach Area by dock to complete your getaway. Home offers western exposure for the perfect sunset over lake.

Private dock w bench Beach w/ 4 chairs

• 2 balconies, 1 deck and walkout patio w fire pit

• Double-burner gas grill with built-in gas line

• 3 TVs: one 50' flat screen w DTV receiver for each, one 42' w DTV receiver, 28' TV w/ receiver and DVD Player

• SS appliances

Central Air Upgraded Everything Throughout Including Granite Everywhere


Master BR upstairs has a Queen Bed


BR#3 has a Queen and twin bunk bed

BR Downstairs has 2 queens

sunroom has full futon

Walkout great room has full leather euro bed, couch and mattress Blowup available

Full Kitchen Including Pots and Pans Coffee Maker & Keurig coffee maker, slow cooker and blender

Towels and Linens Are Available and Need To Be Washed and Folded At End of Your Stay.

Take Your Garbage with you or leave them in plastic container outside and top of driveway only on Wednesday night for Thurs am pickup with $15 Tip and Cleaning team Can Take It For You.

Outdoors has benches on decks and patio has chairs and log seating by fire-pit. Bring your own firewood or purchase it locally...


DIRECTV Ultimate programs


RESERVATION: There is also a $100 booking fee via Paypal or Credit Card via phone

I end up using that 100$ money toward cleaning when you leave. IF for some reason, a renter decides to cancel, the 100$ end up helping toward the rent's loss due to cancellation and the headache involved holding date for you.

SO BASICALLY THE $100 deposit to hold your week will go toward cleaning if you stay and if you decide to cancel, you will forfeit the deposit.

$200 refundable security deposit DUE before or at same time as rental

TWO NONE DEMAND Payment Plan Up to 50% of rental is due 2 weeks from booking and balance due 2-3 weeks prior to arrival. YOu are responsible for initiating the payments. Failure to pay when due will release the date back to available. Text me if you need Paypal request or call you to take credit card.

Cancellation: 120 days advance notice for full refund. 30-119 cancel will receive credit TO exchange date, less than 30 days nonrefundable period.

Pontoon rental include tube, gas, kayak and canoe for free, 2 day min last two days of stay

2 days: $425+50$gas=475$

3 days: $500+75$gas=575$

4 days: $575+75$gas=650$

5 days: $625+75$gas=700$

6 days: $675+75$gas=750$

7 days: $720+75$gas=795$

Rate are payable in advance.

RULE: absolutely NO FISHING FR BOAT period

You can only fish fr our dock and/or our shoreline

fish must be thrown back so don't keep fish


violators can get charged $100/per occurrence

You can bring your own boats but can only use it at Lake Rathbun under 15 min west of us, but not lake Sundown as it is a private lake NO OUTSIDE BOATS are allowed no exception.

Although the home can host up to 20 people, there are extra people charge over 8.

There is a $15 per night/per person fee for more than 8 guests regardless of age or 50$/1 week only rate per person over 8...Some discounts allowed for weekly stay and depending on # of people in party. Call owner if you have over 5 extra people for discounts

Trinh cell 515-778-6680

Breaking down the sleeping arrangements:

5 queen beds = 10 persons

2 twin bunks = 2 persons

1 futon in sunroom= 2 persons

1 fold out FULL sofa bed in basement = 2 persons

2 blow up beds= 4 persons

total 20 people

All pets allow if crated and for a fee & permission only: no exception

Small pets are under 20 pounds and cost is $10/day

Pets between 21-40 pounds $15/day or same as extra guests

large pets 20$-30$/day depending on sz

Please cleanup after your pets and pick up pet wastes etc


Remove all your food items that you brought from fridges

You will need to strip and wash and dry your beddings and towels...

Laundry option is not available in summer when next party checking in is 3 hrs apart back to back

If it is available then charge is $50 but you still need to get a load started

Both coffee maker and Keurig coffee brewer available

Propane gas grill connected to home line



Between the two, Honey Creek Resort and Lake SUNDOWN, offering something for everybody: private BEACH,golfing, boating, Kayaking and canoeing, swimming, hunting, snowmobiling, cooking or just relaxing... Come and see what southern Iowa's best kept secret has to offer!

Payment can be via PAYPAL, Check, CREDIT CARD

Some EXACT COMMENTS Fr Guests taken from HOUSE DIARY/Journal:

Feb 10th – 12th 2012

To best describe our experience….

“This is The Life We Ordered”

My husband and I have been researching various options around the Midwest to take our extended family for a vacation and this place offers the entire package!

We are so glad we took the opportunity to visit and check this place out for a weekend. We feel as though we stumbled upon one of Iowa’s Best Kept Secrets in Vacation Spots.

The Log Home is Amazing – The views are Amazing – the feeling one gets to think about returning for future visits is amazing.

Kevin and Deb Kacena, Vinton Iowa

John B from June 25-July 3 2011

This home is a lovely place to spend time. The view is fantastic and the home welcoming. Our family, minus one son and plus one future daughter-in-law, spent a week laughing, eating, swimming and laughing. The pontoon was a great addition and there was lots of space in the house to spread out or congregate together. Thanks for letting us rent your beautiful home for our annual vacation!

John Keri B

Matt, Anna , Danielle and Sara

Milan IL

More comments on VRBO [#367643]

SAMPLE REVIEWS: 'This place will take your breath away, one of the nicest places I have ever been. Lots of room on a rainy day for the kids to play inside if needed. Has everything you need for a week on a great lake, even the teenagers have a blast since they can still connect with friends via internet. If you have not booked a week here yet I would jump on it. I would give it 10 out of 10. Hope to go back very soon. '

Jun 28, 2011 - Todd Heck

Sept 23rd to 25th 2011


This is a GORGEOUS house and the view is amazing! It was a much-needed weekend for relaxing. It was so peaceful and such a fun time with great friends! Las night the fire-pit was a great with childfree conversation. Thank you for a beautiful place to disconnect from life for a while.

Mark & Heather M, Johnston, IA

I've come away with so many great memories this week. The fishing, swimming and walks were great. What a beautiful home with a $1,000,0000 view. Thanks for letting us stay.


More Details

Owner Trinh Nguyen
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
28 February, 2017

About Owner Trinh Nguyen

2013 is our 3rd summer renting see our reviews

Owner Trinh Nguyen purchased this house in 2007

Why Owner Trinh Nguyen chose Iowa

Full Log home on shoreline with 180 degrees view of 450 acres lake. Near Rathbun lake and 12 min from one of Iowa's best golfing at Honey Creek Resort


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RATHBUN area Log Home Spectacular Lake Views 50' SAND Private Beach $250/nt wkda
average rating of 4.4920635 based on 63 reviews
Des Moines, IA

Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our weekend getaway was excellent. The property is spacious and had a beautiful view. The owner was very helpful in answering my questions. Overall, great experience for our group of friends. We are definitely planning to go back in the summer.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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Beautiful place, everyone loved it

  • 4 of 5

We had a awesome time. This is our 3rd year we have stayed there and we will be back next year. Great family get away.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
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Des Moines, Iowa

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was the best vacation we have ever had. The house was so beautiful and worked great for our big family. We made so many wonderful memories there. All the children loved the outdoors and the lake!! We couldn't have asked for a better place to start our family tradition vacations. Thank you so much for letting us rent your home!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Christmas

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location. Spacious open floor plan. We had 11 people and we could find plenty of room for personal space if needed but great design for our group gathering , playing games and enjoying good food. The fireplace was a perfect spot to cozy up with a book. The kitchen has plenty of plates glasses and silverware for a crowd but if you're planning a soup supper you might want to bring some bowls. There are a few maintenance issues like ceiling fans that don't work and we couldn't find batteries for the DVD remote but sure didn't ruin our family time.

The windows could use a good cleaning but we were here in December so not really window washing season. We would definitely come back here in the summer for a summer retreat.

It is about 12 miles to the nearest town, 8 of those are gravel. We were only here 2 days so we never needed to go after any supplies, we enjoyed the secluded location..

Owner was very prompt with all requests and responses . We didn't have any problem but I think if we had they would have responded promptly also.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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Great Relaxation Weekend!

  • 4 of 5

Our trip was a mini vacation with my wife as we wanted a spot that would be great for relaxation but not too far of a travel. The property was perfect for this and I was very pleased with what we experienced. Initially, I was a little nervous with some of the other reviewers in regards to TLC. After arriving, the view and the home allowed me to easily overlook some of the minor TLC needed.

We were able to use the grill both nights but did have to manually light it. My wife did one of the puzzles provided while enjoying the BEAUTIFUL view. I can't imagine how gorgeous this area is in the fall with all the leaves changing colors. We had a fire & smores one of the nights and that was great fun!

Overall the trip was exactly what we are looking for and I would love to make a trip back in the summer. The property is currently listed for sale so you will notice a sign in the drive-way. If for whatever reason, the house does not sell...I'm sure we will definitely be back. Unfortunately the Pizza & Steak restaurant was not open for lunch in Centerville so we settled for the golf course buffet. Otherwise, we cooked in the magnificent kitchen with the pots/pans that were provided.

Thanks for the great memories!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oconomowoc, WI

Amazing setting - perfect for a big family gathering!

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cabin! This was a long awaited trip that was somewhat of a central meeting spot amongst several families. We had so much fun in the remote setting that was still located close to conveniences like groceries when needed. The home was beautiful, clean, and comfortable, and we so enjoyed exploring the shoreline, as well as going for walks down the gravel roads and exploring the cul-de-sacs and beautiful nature views.The home was clearly built with love with attention to details with a beautiful, large floorplan built for a big family and entertaining. We appreciated that the kitchen was stocked and beds, towels, and linens ready to go. A few games tucked in the cabinet where also a nice surprise. We enjoyed browsing the photo album of the cabin under construction!

As other reviewers and the listing mentioned, yes, the hill is very steep. Our four-wheel-drive had no problem at all in the fall, though other family members did have some concern with their vehicles gripping the gravel. Overall, it all worked out, and we were prepared, at least knowing that there was a hill from reading.

Additionally, as some of the reviews alluded to, it is unfortunate but apparently people are hard on a rental home. There are just little things like patched up walls, flaking drywall tiles, cigarette butts outside and small things that probably could be cleaned up for a better experience overall, but they were easy to overlook and did not get in the way of our enjoyment one bit. Overall, it was clean and very comfortable for us.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
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Car: necessary

Do not depend on GPS house is outskirt of Moravia and Google Lake Sundown Recreation Center major crossroad is 450th but house is on Catfish ct

Other Activities: Rathbun lake recreational and Rathbun Marina

Golf: Honey Creek Resort


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Moravia, Iowa

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
off season non summer
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$20
cleaning to book A$130
Refundable Damage Deposit A$130

4th of July weekend will have an up charge of $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Moravia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , master br #1 bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , main bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , walkout basement bath
    outdoor shower - outdoor shower , outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , MASTER BR #1
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 2 single bed , MAIN BR #2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , MAIN BR #3
    Bedroom 4 - 2 large double bed , BR #4 WALKOUT BASEMENT
  • In addition to all the 5 queen beds and twin bunk, there are 1 full futon 2 sofas and 1 blowup bed comfortable sleeping 14 able to accommodate 16-20 guests
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • deck chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • sand pit
  • Shed
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jacuzzi ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Steep hill down to house so if your renting in winter, please make sure you have a 4 wheel drive Pontoon boat available for rental in summer Kayak and canoe for free w pontoon rental otherwise its $50 rental for duration of your stay