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John Swailes

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english, spanish

Cozy Cottage is Small Enough to be Romantic and Large Enough for a Family!

32 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Backus holiday cottage

Completely updated! Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 6-9)

Reserve now for fall/winter of 2016 and winter, spring, summer, and fall of 2017!!!

This property has availability in May and June and mid August 2017. It is booked full in all of July, and first half of August, all of September, and most of October 2017. Please check the calendar before initiating an inquiry.

Non-summer weekends and weeks are filling fast and many are reserved weeks, months, or even years in advance. This is a great value. Try it! You will like it.

Delightful 3 bedroom - 2 bath year around home. Updated every year.

Two tiled bathrooms and full separate laundry area

Exterior fire pit and interior gas fireplace.

Relaxing recreational location

Large commercial grade kitchen special for family meal prep and relaxed gourmet meals or just serving a family reunion crowd.

Nearby access to Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails for great bicycling, inline skating, X-C skiing, and snowmobiling.

Great bass fishing ( 1 lb to 5 lb) from dock. Good walleye and northern lake trolling shallows and sand bars

Quiet, calm, and weed free lake good for canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and recreational boating. Ultra clear and clean spring fed lake with a sandy bottom

Loons live here. You should see/hear them every day/night.

Private dock with 3000 lb covered boat lift.

Supplied with Old Town Canoe and Lund 14' fishing boat. Outboard motor not supplied but available for rent at nearby commercial locations

Property has a security system including (24 hr X 365 day) exterior video surveillance.

CAN SLEEP UP TO TEN PERSONS IN A LARGE FAMILY. THIS MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR 8, 9, OR 10 ADULTS EACH REQUIRING PRIVACY. BEST SUITED FOR 3 OR FEWER ADULT COUPLES. EXTRA CHARGES FOR MORE THAN SIX PERSONS. See bedrooms discussion in website AMENITIES section for further explanation/clarification.

Not fully handicap accesible: Most of the house is on one level. One step up at entrance. One step down between most of the house and just a portion of the living area. 10 steps down to lake in front of house. The interior doors are generally 30 in. width. No ramps are provided. The lawn is gently sloped to the lake shore. Lake can be accessed from the lawn easily as well as the steps.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
John Swailes (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish

About John Swailes

Nuclear Engineer. Reside in MD part time, and in MN part time.

Like to sail, swim, waterski, snow ski, hike, mountaineer, bicycle, XC ski, digital communications, and amateur radio

Own house in MN on lake, and condo in MD on Chesapeake Bay.

John Swailes purchased this cottage in 1993

Why John Swailes chose Minnesota

Lived on this lake every summer for 65 years. Family on this lake for 95 years. Love it summer or winter! Family owns house next door to the north and the lot between the two houses.

My grandfather bought the property next door to the north shortly after he returned from World War I about 1919 and then built the first house on this lake in 1921. The original rustic log cabin was replaced by the current existing next door house in 1946, right after World War II. My parents honeymooned at that home in 1947. I visited this lake for the first time in the summer of 1950 two weeks after I was born. I have been here numerous times in each year between then and now.

I bought the property where my current home resides in 1993. It was the fourth time that the property had been for sale since a small frame home had been built upon it in 1926 by an aging German bachelor who was also a master carpenter. The carpenter retired to this property in the 1930's. I knew this gentleman very well. I hunted and fished with he and my grandfather on and around the lake. He owned the property and lived there most of the time until his death in 1965. He left the property to his cousin. The cousin eventually sold the property and a sequence of owners enjoyed the lake and that same original house until 1993. I bought the property in 1993 and modestly improved and remodeled the original house several times. That sequence of efforts evolved over years into the net very substantial upgrade that is this current home.

My grandfather passed away in 1962. My grandmother passed in 1988. My mother passed in 1992. My father passed in 2011.

The property to the north remains today in the hands of my brothers. Between us all we have 9 children all of whom routinely visit and stay at our homes on Horseshoe Lake. My brothers and I have planned for and hope to pass these wonderful living spots along to our children and are now well prepared to do so, when the time is appropriate

What makes this cottage unique

Small lake. Pristine spring fed water. Low boating traffic on the lake nearly all of the time as compared to White Fish Chain, Gull Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, etc. More suitable for families in some ways. More suitable for children venturing out on their own. Better wake boarding and water skiing due to low wave height and quiet boating condiitions. Many bays on the lake. Always a calm spot for trick skiing and trick wakeboarding.

Generally good fishing. Great bass fishing. Good walleye fishing.

House is all new in 2013. Roomy 3 bedroom and two bath cottage. Full laundry. Full living area with separate kitchen and dining spaces. Beautiful bright sunroom sitting area overlooking the lake and beach immediately in front of the house. Spaces flow comfortably together so no one is left out but there are lots of nooks for quiet reading or work. Thoughtfully designed and highly functional house with top quality commerical grade gourmet kitchen. Natural sunlight throughout with plentiful glass for view out to the lake as well as surrounding woodlands. Bedrooms have full closets and dressers. Master bedroom has ensuite bathroom. Sleeping loft has areas for children or adult guests. Spent four years designing and preparing to build this. Corrected all of the flaws in the previous home and then some.

Reviews

5
based on 32 traveller reviews

Cozy Cottage is Small Enough to be Romantic and Large Enough for a Family!
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews
5

Thanksgiving Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic cabin in a great location. The gourmet kitchen was well stocked with everything needed to prepare a complete Thanksgiving meal with ample room for the leftovers. Enjoyed the time spent with family, in a central location where we could all meet. The local hardware/grocery even had all the last minute items we forgot to pack with us. If ever the need arises for additional rest and relaxation, this would be our number #1 choice. Thank you John for sharing your home with our family. Best regards, Mark

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at John's cabin for 5 nights in November 2016. Everything was as he advertised and everything was top notch. We loved it. John was always available if we needed something or had a question, great service. We highly recommend this place to anyone. We didn't do much as we were stormed in for 3 days and we were there to relax anyway. We did go out to eat a few times and all the restaraunts closeby were good. We especially loved the breakfast place in Hackensack called Viddles & Joe. Great atmosphere and great food.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Place I have Ever Rented!

  • 5 of 5

John has an amazing cabin with a gorgeous view of the lake. It was the perfect honeymoon. I did not want to leave. Thanks John for sharing your cabin on my wife and I's special trip! We definitely want to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location and property. House is beautiful -- has everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great relaxing Fall weekend here. Was the perfect place to relax, go for hikes (right across the street are some great trails) and make some wonderful meals in an amazing kitchen. Would highly recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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An Excellent place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazingly beautiful. The house itself has everything you could possible need (and then some). The walks through the fall leaves were enjoyed by me, my husband and our three most important family members (our small dogs). As a 24th anniversary trip, it memorable and quite likely the nicest place we've ever stayed (and we have been around). Thanks for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wow!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean! Outstanding kitchen! Beautiful view and right on the lake!!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Brainerd
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Backus
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Pine River
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
MN 87
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Salty Dog
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Ski Gull
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
At house
Nearest Point of Interest
The Swailes Cabin
Nearest Point of Interest
Paul Bunyan Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Paul Bunyan Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Walker Movie Theater
Nearest Point of Interest
Pine River Movie Theater
Nearest Point of Interest
Brainerd Movie Theater
Car: necessary

Supplied with Old Town Canoe and Lund 14' fishing boat. Outboard motor not supplied but available for rent at nearby commercial locations. Easier still, borrow or rent a motor and bring that one with you. 6 HP or less is preferred. Lake view accessible from dining room. Fire ring in terraced area with table and chairs. Picnic out while watching the kids swim and the sun set. Roast marshmellows. Walking trail through woods and ponds just behind house. Two miles distance to 80 miles of the Paul Bunyan bicycle trail. Paul Bunyan Trail provides access to added 70 miles of Heartland Trail.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Backus, Minnesota

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Winter 2016
29 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
A$168
From
A$201
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,074
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday 2 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$269
From
A$336
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,611
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Spring 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$201
From
A$269
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,343
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$201
From
A$269
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,343
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer 2017
13 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$269
From
A$336
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,611
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$2,954
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
9 Sep 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$336
From
A$403
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$2,014
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
9 Oct 2017 - 16 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$201
From
A$269
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,343
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday 1
17 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$269
From
A$336
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,343
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Winter
28 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$134
From
A$201
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,074
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$2,954
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning added, if not weekly rental A$201
Pet Fee A$134

A cleaning fee of $150 will be charged for stays of less than 6 days.

Weekly rentals only in May - September. Prefer Saturday to Saturday Rentals in May. and June. I will occasionally rent by less than a week or other than Saturday to Saturday, if still open on short lead time. Ask, if interested.

Pets, if permitted by owner, will require extra cleaning fee and a refundable damage deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Backus

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • mobile phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • mini-fridge
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , 3/4 - No tub. Granite and Tile. Enter from central hallway
    Master Bath - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Ensuite. Wood, marble, and tile. XL tub and handspray
  • Master Bath with separate tub and shower. Guest bath is three quarter bath with shower only, and no tub. All granite and tile. Custom cabintry and fixtures. Heated floors. Please consider helping my staff, by removing any towels used in the bathrooms and any sheets and pillow cases from the beds used during your stay, just before you depart. Leave those used linens in the first floor laundry room. I do expect you to leave the house in same general state of cleanliness, as that in which you received it. However the remainder of all deeper and detailed cleaning and all linen washing will be done by my home help.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Walk-in closet and ensuite bath. Bath all marble and tile.
    Loft Sleeping Area - 3 single bed , Separable into two semi-private areas (2 twin & 1 twin)
    Sunroom/Kitchen - 1 sofa bed/futon , Full sized sleep sofa. No privacy. Use for families only
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Marble and tiled guest bath access from hallway.
  • NOTE! There are ten spots where a body may sleep. This property may NOT be suitable for 8, 9, or 10 adults (or may NOT be suitable for 4 couples), requiring reasonable privacy. Please note the arrangement of beds and bedrooms to ensure that these accommodations are appropriate for your larger group. Queen size Beds (1) Master Bedroom with private bath, Twin or Single Beds (2) Guest Bedroom two twin beds. Sleeping loft: three twin or single beds, and (1) Full size sleep sofa: In sunroom/kitchen area. Please consider helping my staff, by removing any towels used in the bathrooms and any sheets and pillow cases from the beds used during your stay, just before you depart. Leave those used linens in the first floor laundry room. I do expect you to leave the house in same general state of cleanliness, as that in which you received it. However the remainder of all deeper and detailed cleaning and all linen washing will be done by my home help.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • conservatory
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Due to bed arrangements, this property may not be suitable for 8, 9, or 10 adults requiring privacy. This property may not be suitable for 4 couples. All adults, and in particular parents, are responsible for inspecting this particular property upon arrival and discussing with owner (509-521-1171) any issue that they encounter, so that the adult guests present, and all parents, maintain and exercise their responsibility to safequard the health and welfare of themselves, their children, and their pets. Owner with prior discussion might permit guest to bring a pet. If so, then the renter assumes all responsibility for the health and safety of pet as well as total responsibility for any damage caused by the pet Security system includes onsite exterior video surveillance of property. Renter does not have access to basement or garage. Owner will have full access to, and make use of, the both (from road side) at all times. Renter will not enter, or use items stored in, the basement.