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Featured in the Midwest Home magazine (NOV 2017)

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin with 5 Bedrooms: Luxury Lakeshore property

From the moment you walk in the door you will feel completely at home at the barn at Madeline Island.

Sleeps 16 in beds/featured in both Martha Stewart Weddings, Linda Mack's new book about Madeline Island homes and featured on the Discovery Channel (Great Retreats).

Our home is located on over 900' of private lakeshore (18 acres) surrounded by beautiful white pine, maple and birch forest. The 3000 square foot home was built in 2003 from a 200 year old Vermont hay barn we had disassembled, transported and painstakingly reassembled into a luxury vacation home. The hand hewn beams inside are up to 20' in diameter and the walls are original barn board.

Enjoy our over-sized dock at sunset. Stand Up Paddle Boards and Kayaks are waiting for you at the lake... You and your kids will love swimming at the shore.

A charming treehouse for the kids and a handmade bonfire area to enjoy marshmallows and cocktails.

You will feel warm and comfortable from the moment you step inside to find a gourmet kitchen with Viking range and all of the amenities needed to relax and or entertain in grand style. Sit on the huge deck with family or friends and watch the sun set over the islands.

A perfect retreat for a couple, a wedding, a reunion or a larger group of friends looking to experience peace and quiet on Madeline Island.

We've hosted gorgeous weddings, family retreats, reunions and honeymoons. We take extra pains to make sure your needs are met. (caretakers are down the road!)

The Barn is truly a work of art that needs to be seen to be fully appreciated.

We are 7 miles from the town of LaPointe where you'll find restaurants, bars, ice cream and souvenir shopping. There are tennis courts available as well as a Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course. Moped, kayak and bicycle rental also available. Take the ferry over to Bayfield for a day trip of shopping and dinner out.

Available for weekly (7 night minimum) rentals during July and August or shorter periods in fall, winter and spring (3 night minimum).

This review sums up your future experience at our home:

"The home was BEAUTIFUL. It was decorated lovely, with a warm and cozy feeling. It was spacious, clean, very comfortable and the view to Lake Superior breathtaking. The home had all the amenities we needed and the gourmet kitchen was fabulous. We spent a lot of time on the huge deck, which had comfortable seating for all. The dock was large and awesome where we spent a lot of time sunbathing, taking a dip in Lake Superior to cool off and trying our skills on the paddleboard. We had a lovely time and we all agreed that it was one of our best vacations. We also want to thank the owner for calling us to make sure we had everything we needed. That's customer service at it's finest. "


More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

What makes this house unique

The barn at Madeline Island is actually a 200 year old hay barn that was lovingly moved from Vermont to its new home at Madeline Island where it was turned in to a breathtaking luxury home. Featured on the Discovery Channel, Martha Stewart Weddings and the upcoming book 'Madeline Island Summer Houses' by Linda Mack.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sanders and family - A HUGE thank you for renting us your home

on Madeline Island for K&L's wedding weekend.

Here is a link to a few pictures chosen by the photographer

to post on his website:

We thought that you might enjoy seeing these, because we all read the

framed article about your wedding and it looks like K+L were

married on the same spot!

We had a wonderful meal catered by Good Thyme and amazing flowers

all grown on the Island and arranged by Cynthia Davell of Sylvan Island Events.

Your home was the perfect spot and exactly what K + L had hoped for

when they thought about their wedding day - close to nature and very, very special.

We tried to leave your property as clean as the day we walked in. (And it

was very clean on that day!)

Thanks again for providing us the contact information for your caretaker. He was a great help by coming to pick up the extra

trash and getting the septic company to come and pump. We all felt

better knowing he was so close.

Best always,


PS - Also had a lot of fun on the kayaks (we have some at home, too!)

and LOVED the paddleboard, the dock in general and the tree house!
Jun 2013
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Ashland County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • cell phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1st floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    2nd floor - toilet , shower
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • main floor: Hermit Island room - 1 queen , private bedroom with shared bath
    main floor: Basswood Island room - 1 king , private BR with hanging closet, large dresser and share bath
    upstairs: Hermit Island room - 2 twin/ single , private loft BR with shared bath
    basement: Sand Island room - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , 2 murphy bed , private room with shared main floor bathroom
    upstairs: Raspberry Island room - 1 queen , private bedroom with shared bathroom.
    basement: Stockton - 1 king , semi-private room with shared main floor bathroom
    upstairs: Eagle Island loft - 2 twin/ single , semi-private loft with shared bathroom
  • first floor Master: antique king bed, linens and duvet are Sundance catalogue products. Master BR also has a Large dresser and full hanging closet with shelving. two twin trundle beds in basement bedroom Leave the pack and play at home, we have a Graco brand pack and play waiting for you. There is an amazing screened in porch with an oversized twin couch/daybed. This is the best room in the house for those wanting the beauty of the lake and outdoors without the bugs!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
If we don't have it, ask us and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs...


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Featured in the Midwest Home magazine (NOV 2017)
average rating of 4.952381 based on 22 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We booked a long weekend at the end of April at the Barn. Our daughter was on break from school, and The Barn was the perfect place to relax, unwind and catch up. Sanders was so wonderful and easy to work with. He provided perfect details and all the needed information about the cabin. When we arrived it was breathtaking. We enjoyed the cabin décor. The cabin was so warm and cozy and we immediately felt right at home. The cabin had everything we needed. Our stay was perfect and we did not want to leave. Thanks for sharing this treasure with our family. We can't wait to come back.

Michele & Jeff

  • Submitted: 6-May-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michele and Jeff, you guys were wonderful guests and I'm so happy that you were able to enjoy Madeline Island and the barn. I sincerely look forward to hearing from you again and hope you have a great summer. Best always, Sanders
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  • 5 of 5

There is something just a bit magical about a stay at The Barn. Within moments you feel relaxed and hope to stay forever. Madeline island has cast a spell on us & we've come for many years, but mostly camping. We've become spoiled by the comfort and ambiance of The Barn and hope to stay many more times in the future. The kitchen is wonderful and has everything you could possibly need. Very organized. Well appointed bedrooms. Our daughter (and myself) LOVED the huge tub in the main bath. Lots of games, art supplies and toys to keep both older and younger children busy for those rainy days. We had Great times at the large kitchen table sharing meals and played games well into the night on the screened in porch. Sanders is always very responsive and easy to work with. Thank you Sanders for sharing your special place with our group once again.

  • Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Barn is a beautiful, creative, quiet retreat on Madeline Island. The host was gracious and communicated well. The house was wonderful and the view of the lake was inspiring. If we had one recommendation, it would be to add a third toilet/sink in the basement so that we didn't have to choreograph our large group quite so carefully. There is access to the lake and a great pier with canoes and kayaks, however it is a challenging path for folks with balance and joint issues. We will take away great memories of the place and hope to return some day.

  • Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location. Awesome views!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time at the Barn House for 5 days. Plenty of space to spread out. Lots of games and puzzles. Kitchen was great. Had a great time at the dock and at Big Bay Town Park. Thanks Sanders!

  • Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great having you as guests and I hope to see you again next year! Best always, Sanders
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Lovely Time at The Barn

  • 5 of 5

We gathered at The Barn for my mother's 70th birthday. This one-of-a-kind property is gorgeous, organized, very spacious and well-maintained. There are a lot of toys, games, and equipment available which is a huge bonus. The screened porch was wonderful for late-night Scrabble games and the view of the lake and evening sunsets can't be beat. Sanders is a very responsive and helpful host. We look forward to coming back and highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: 1-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: happy 70th birthday to your mom!!! And thank you for the wonderful review: we loved hosting you and your family and look forward to seeing you again. Best always, Sanders
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Simply Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

It only took a few minutes at The Barn for me to completely relax. The view of and proximity to the lake are spectacular, the rooms are comfortable and sweet. One of my favourite things about the house itself is that the main action happens in a large shared space: there is cooking happening on the gorgeous stove, games on the long dining table, and a whole range of perfect reading corners. In short: we had a great time unwinding, taking time for ourselves and reconnecting with each other. I'm counting the days until we go back.

  • Submitted: 11-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. We loved hosting you and hope you will make the barn part of your yearly spring travel plans!
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Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
LaPointe town park


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Ashland County

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season 2017/18
Oct 3 2017 - Jun 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$57 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer 2018
Jun 7 2018 - Jun 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$57 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2018
Jun 29 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$57 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer 2018
Sep 4 2018 - Oct 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$57 per night, per additional guest
Low Season 2018
Oct 8 2018 - Jun 6 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$57 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$57 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$63.32 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$633.25
cleaning fee C$443.27 + Tax
dump fee-garbage removal C$126.65 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%


Reservations cancelled before 60 day period receive deposit less $200 handling fee.

*****We have a full calendar and need to strictly enforce our check in time is after 4pm, Check out 11am.
We are charged $150 per hour for early arrivals and or late check outs which will be deducted from your security deposit.
Sorry for this inflexibility, but it is the only way we can manage the time needed to prepare the house for next guests...

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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