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Magical Handcrafted Cabin on 20 Acres Featured in book and magazine

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,210 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

**Excellent Spot for Romantic Large or Small Island Wedding*!* (Event Fee Required for any party, reunion, or wedding large or small),

Featured in the coffee table book, 'Madeline Island Summer Homes' by Linda Mack, featured in MSP magazine 'Home and Design,' and also chosen as the site for many weddings, this unique cabin has been called 'wood poetry.' Nestled in the woods 2 miles from the wonderful beach of Big Bay (considered the best on the island), 'Billy Bunkhouse' is a charming and unique cabin built from century-old barn wood that was transported across the winter ice road to Madeline Island in a horse trailer. Set on 20 acres (with horses sometimes grazing about), the rustic cabin is a warm mix of log home craftsmanship in the American tradition (Courtesy of Douglas Construction, the owner's local construction company) and a bright and beachy aesthetic with white-washed pickled walls and stylish antiques accents.

Billy's Bunkhouse features 'relaxation spots' throughout the cabin and property with three cozy lofts with feather down bed covers, a balcony off the master bedroom, a swing on the front porch by a spouting pond, a fire pit (bring your own fold out chairs and wood), and sunlit wooded meadows to picnic or camp in. Sitting by the pond is a perfect place to watch deer graze in the field, and the antique claw foot bathtub with a glass of wine is the perfect end to a hard day at the beach. On cooler nights, watch the fire in the wood stove and listen to the island crickets or frogs chirp 'goodbye mainland....'

Much like Madeline Island herself, this cabin is one-of-a-kind-unique, elegant yet rustic, peaceful, and full of personality. Once a guest here, you'll have had a true island experience.... (a.k.a, nit-pickers not welcome)... this is a country cabin on an island, not a Condo or hotel room or The Hamptons... outside there may be horses, bugs, and big beautiful moons... inside, there are antiques and an aesthetic design captured in a coffee-table book and design magazine. But be clear when booking... while clean, if you want sterile, this is NOT the vacation for you. Also, while the cabin has heat, it was built using 'passive solar' construction meaning that the house uses natural convection between rooms to help efficiently heat and cool the cabin. So while the rooms are visually private, the cabin does not offer total sound privacy between rooms to assist natural airflow. The upper lofts which are up ladder-stairs are not sound-proof, so if you are a group don't expect a total sound barrier.

Also, the owners often camp on the back acreage of the property, so you may have neighbors during the summer. There are always 8 front acres that are private, but the barn in the back does sometimes house owners.

Frequently Asked Questions:

-The cabin is about 1 miles from the beach (Big Bay) and 7 miles from town. It's located on Benjamin Blvd. For sleeping arrangements there are 3 bedrooms: one queen, one full, and one twin with a pull-out trundle bed and also a twin loft above (so it does sleep 7 if needed), but the rental fee is for 6 people MAX, additional people, regardless of age, is $30 extra per person. No one under 21 can rent. Pets are $30 each. Folks can pitch a tent in the yard, but it is again, $30 extra per person.

For a fee, guests can use the pool, spa, and sauna at the Inn on Madeline Island in town. There is a full bathroom and an outdoor shower (the hot tub behind the cabin is not for guest use, emptied).

-Wedding, parties and events are not FREE and guests who attempt to have uncontracted events will immediatly be asked to leave. The "Flash" wedding or event has been a new trend on island rentals, and only the max number of guests you have paid for are allowed on the property. Any additional guests or events must be discuss with owners. All weddings and events must be approved by owners, with signed contract and payment to rent property as a venue. This is a bookable wedding venue... flash weddings are illegal tresspassing and a breach of contract.

What to expect: There is sometimes a caretaker on the property staying in the converted barn, workers coming periodically to mow the lawn, take care of the horses, empty the holding tank as is typical on the island.

Please note, the steps to the loft are steep, but there is a bedroom downstairs for small children or elderly. We also have a gate to keep children off the stairs and a big pillow for safety at the bottom.

Important in this day-and-age! There is no T.V or video, you just have the island to listen to and watch. There is Wifi but, like much on the island, it comes and goes with Lake Superior Winds it seems. So do prepare to 'unplug.' Cell phones don't work at the cabin (you have a phone for local calls only so bring a phone card if you will need to make long distance calls, you can receive calls), but you can use your cell phones in town where you can always get internet at the best library in the whole wide world!

And as mentioned above, there may be a lovely herd of horses grazing the 20 acres, so bring carrots or apples if you wish to interact with them... Otherwise, you can roam the 20 wooded acres.

'Billy's Bunkhouse' is considered one of the best spots on the island... Please love it with all the love that went into creating it....

-Sarah & Bob

Keywords: Cabin, Wedding

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks english, french, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

About Sarah

Sarah Luck Pearson and Bob Douglas built their dream cabin and lived on the island for 5 years before moving to California to be closer to Sarah's parents. They miss much about the island-- the great blue waters, the fine sand, the wonderful air coming across the ferry, the fun at Tommy's Burned Down Cafe-- but mostly cooking big dinners for friends and sitting around the campfire. Built entirely by friends and family, 'Billy's Bunkhouse' has a lot of love in it. Guests have noted that this feeling becomes a part of their vacation too.

Sarah purchased this cabin in 1998

Why Sarah chose La Pointe

We didn't buy this vacation home, we built it! The wonderful part of that was enacting our dreams. Bob would say, how bout a balcony?! And we'd do it. I would say, why not a pond off the front porch?! And we'd do it. Or an outdoor shower? And there it is! The result is a cabin that is customized for comfort and fun.

What makes this cabin unique

As for unique benefits of the house, the top loft is literally in the apex of the cabin, the bed in the top triangle of the ceiling. It's been called the Tree House or the Princess Bed as laying up there is so cozy and romantic, a place for enchanted dreams. At night, laying there with the windows open to a warm summer breeze, there is nothing better than to be lullabyed by the hundreds of 'Peepers' (frogs) that live in the nearby wetlands. It is also wonderful to just hop on your bicycle and peddle over in 5 minutes to Big Bay Town Park for a swim or a walk across the lagoon bridge to the forest boardwalk. With 20 acres surrounding the cabin, you feel great privacy and peace. And yet in 10 minutes you can be eating an ice cream in the village of La Pointe or dancing under the stars at Tommy's Burned Down Cafe.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in La Pointe

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1210 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Events, parties, weddings, reunions, bond fires are an extra fee. Contact owner for details.
  • Moving furniture will result in some loss of your deposit.
  • No one under the age of 21 can rent this property.
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower , Antique sink and clawfoot bath tub and shower
  • Bathroom has an antique clawfoot tub with shower. There is an antique sink as well.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Twin with loft bunk above and trundle below (sleeps 3)
  • (1) Queen size Bed in master room loft with balcony, (1)Double Bed (1) in upstairs bedroom, (1) twin bed downstairs bedroom First floor and above it (1) large twin bunk and twin trundle bed below
  • CD Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Outdoor Shower, and twenty acres to explore with horses sometimes grazing...


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(47 traveler reviews)

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Magical Handcrafted Cabin on 20 Acres Featured in book and magazine
average rating of 4.574468 based on 47 reviews

Brings out the Child in all of us!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can not even begin to put into words how I felt about this quaint property. Our family of 7 gathered on Madeline Island for a must needed getaway together. Everything was just about perfect. From the beautiful 10 acre parcel in the woods to the home filled with well thought out touches at every turn. The 2 little ones had a hard time deciding where they should sleep, from the lofted bunk to the upstairs bedroom that made them feel like they were in a tree house. Although this was perfect for us, it might not be for some. The "stairs" which are more like ladders could be steep for some. The only thing that went wrong on our vacation is that the time away at this property brought the kid out in my 75 year old mother and she decided to play leap frog with the small children and lets just say we had to take an unexpected trip to the ER which required a ferry ride and a 35 minute drive each way.

We hope to be back, and my 6 year old nieces quote as we pulled away was "Auntie on our next vacation here maybe we should not play leap frog"!!!


  • Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yeah!!! This is why we LOVE to share our special home!!!
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A lovely cabin on a lovely island

  • 4 of 5

Madeline Island is a lovely place for a vacation. The cabin is secluded and surrounded by woods. We stayed with our 3 kids, and everyone had their own cozy bed. It is less than a mile from Big Bay Town Park, a great place to explore. We also highly recommend the Fat Radish in Bayfield and Cafe Seiche in La Pointe.

  • Submitted: 5-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't do better on Madeline Island

  • 4 of 5

This is a wonderful cabin on a beautiful piece of property. Our family of five had a terrific stay on the peak weekend for fall color. The degree of seclusion was just right for us. We appreciated having a large and private lot for our dog to roam without bothering any neighbors. It's very conveniently located, not too far from La Pointe or the parks. As most of the reviews point out, it's well equipped and charmingly decorated. Only a few minor quibbles about the kitchen (we like to cook and are tough graders here). There were very few mixing or serving bowls, and we had to buy a peeler, dishwasher detergent, and a few other essential items in town. And bring a good knife if you plan to cook (we always do). But these are minor details. The cabin and setting are wonderful, the owner was easy to communicate with, and we would happily return.

  • Submitted: 28-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great 4 days

  • 4 of 5

Very clean when we arrived. Decorated nicely...Water fountain was gurgling and very relaxing to just sit and enjoy the quiet and peace.

Ladder/steps to upstairs beds is quite issue if have any elderly in your party who may need to use the bathroom in the night...really not practical if you need to visit the bathroom in the night and in fact could be a little dangerous...our senior (male) avoided this by taking the downstairs bedroom which worked out ok...there is a very nice vibe to the place and the environment in general...

  • Submitted: 7-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical Cabin Indeed

  • 5 of 5

We love love love this place. You know how you stay somewhere and you think, "I want this place to be mine," and then after a couple days, that wears off and you are ready to go home? Well, not this time. This cabin has a big place in my heart. I loved every minute of our stay here. It is cozy and just has a rustic charm about it, but the kitchen is fully equipped and the beds are comfy and the high ceilings make it feel more spacious than it is. The bathroom is quirky with vintage sink and tub and the water temp is a little tricky to get just right in the shower, but that's not a big deal. It's super quiet and tucked off the road. Being away from it all was perfect, but it's just a quick ten minute drive from restaurants and the ferry. There is a steep (almost a ladder really) to get upstairs, but once up there, it feels like a treehouse. Super charming. I loved it and will definitely return. It feels like home. Thank you for sharing it!!!!

  • Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Honestly this review brought tears to our eyes... This was our home for years and my husband and I built every inch of it in our early years together. It was hammered together with love and when folks get that, it all feels right. It's not for the fussy, but it is a place to love each other and the island. Thank you, Clare, for your kind review. And please do come again and again!
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Lovely home on Madeline Island...

  • 3 of 5

We just stayed at his charming house on Madeline Island and had a terrific time. The only downside is the layout of the house which was hard to tell by the photos. I have a son who is disabled and the stairs going up to the top two bedrooms were very steep and dangerous and so I was never able to totally relax as I couldn't allow him to climb up, which is where the majority of the house and charm lived. But if you are strong and able it is worth staying at as the area is gorgeous and the property very well taken care of. A must stay place for those on the adventurous side for sure!

  • Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Big Bay Town Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry and Downtown La Pointe
Nearest Point of Interest
Swimming Pool

Chartering the surrounding Apostle Islands, Dancing at Tommy's Burned Down Cafe


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in La Pointe

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$660.2
Pet Fee C$39.61 + Tax

$275 is for 6 people max. $30 per person over 6 people, regardless of age.
No one under 21 can rent.

CANCELLATIONS – Cancellations that are made more than 60 days prior to the arrival date are subject to a 5% cancellation fee or $50, whichever is greater. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within 60 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full reservation deposit. Cancellation less than 2 weeks from stay or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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