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Owner Trinh Nguyen

Member since: 2011
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RATHBUN area Log Home Spectacular Lake Views 50' SAND Private Beach $250/nt wkda

56 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Moravia holiday house

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
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner Trinh Nguyen (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english

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


based on 56 traveller reviews

RATHBUN area Log Home Spectacular Lake Views 50' SAND Private Beach $250/nt wkda
average rating of 4.517857 based on 56 reviews

Beautiful Lake view from the Sundown rental

  • 4 of 5

Family enjoyed our time together at the Sundown Lake home. Thanks for sharing your house. Appreciated all the help and visiting with you throughout our stay regarding gas, boat, etc. Beautiful, quiet lake and awesome sunsets...Thanks again, Linda and Jim

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Lake House needs work!

  • 2 of 5

Just returned from a week long family vacation. We had a wonderful time and loved the lake, however the pictures posted above are very deceiving! Tiles falling off the outside of the house, mold in all the showers, holes in the bedroom walls, grill was dirty my brother n law spent 45 minutes cleaning the grill. No beach front as pictured. We rented a pontoon which was good but the seats were ripped the boat was dirty and not well kept.

We had fun as a family but will not return to this house unless the owner does some serious renovation.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So sorry;( The slate tiles are not too hardy they do flake and need resealed. I will have our guy do the baths: see below fr housekeeper she also apologized: My fault on grill. Boat was swept/vacuumed. Baths: It's the seals/caulk that is stained mildew. Iv tried a bunch of stuff to clean but prob need someone reseal.
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Awesome vacation for our large family!!!

  • 5 of 5

This home has a spectacular view and provided a wonderful space for our family to enjoy a family vacation. The kids and adults alike had a perfect time. Our grandchildren loved playing on the beach and the boats were lots of fun. It's close enough to Honey Creek Resort that we enjoyed an evening at the waterpark. Trinh and her husband couldn't have been more accommodating!!!

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, amazing views, and fantastic owner!

  • 5 of 5

Great house, amazing views, and fantastic owner!

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lot of space for the money

  • 5 of 5

We just had a wonderful stay. For a 5 Bdrm cabin with the space that it has the pricing is competitive. The view is wonderful and we got lots of use of the fireplace during the cold Feb nights. Trinh was a pleasure to work with, very easy. I would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved the place, the driveway not so much

  • 3 of 5

Everything was great except the driveway was not cleared again for the second year in a row. We had to park clear up the hill and carry everything down. I will need a guarantee that the drive will be cleared if we rent it again next year. Other than that it was great, a lot of fun.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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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
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$132
cleaning to book A$132
Pet Fee A$20

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