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Relaxing Cabin Escape on Peaceful Schoolhouse Lake

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom/ Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Classic northwoods cabin located just 10 miles south of downtown Hayward, on peaceful Schoolhouse Lake. Enjoy relaxing on the dock, fishing, getting out on the pontoon, paddleboat or canoe. Marvel at the stunning lake view from the spaciaous deck with a firepit, gas grill, picnic and patio table and sun embrella. The cabin is surrounded by tall pines and gardens. You may see an occasional deer stroll passed the deck or eagles cruising above the trees. Enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine as you listen to the birds and loon's call while enjoying the scenic view. The Summer months are beautiful. Fall brings the blazing color of the Northwoods of Wisconsin, to your doorstep. Enjoy a cozy winter getaway or stay during the American Birkebeiner, cozied up to the fireplace.

Fully stocked kitchen and all linens provided.

Get away from the hustle and stress of everyday life and unwind in the laid back and inviting atmosphere of Wisconsin Northwoods.

Keywords: Cabin

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Nancy McCutcheon
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

About Nancy McCutcheon

I grew up in Northcentral Wisconsin and have always enjoyed woodland and lake life. I bought this property for to enjoy with my two children, who are now away at school, which is why I have opened my home up to others who enjoy a great North woods adventure and escape.

Nancy McCutcheon purchased this house in 2004

Why Nancy McCutcheon chose Hayward

Hayward is a great place to relax but also offers great restaurants, golf, mini-golf, go carting, old fashioned candy shop, nature center, petting zoo and other great activities for the whole family.

What makes this house unique

The cabin is on a wooded property just steps from the water. If you enjoy going on long walks you can go for miles, exploring all that Northern WI has to offer. Angler's Haven is a fun bar/restaurant one mile from the cabin. It is on beautiful Lac Courte Oreilles and has a great menu and activities for kids of all ages.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Hayward, Wisconsin

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • cell phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Outdoor fire pit, indoor wood burning stove, deck mobile fireplace


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Relaxing Cabin Escape on Peaceful Schoolhouse Lake
average rating of 4.83871 based on 31 reviews

Quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

Love this beautiful cabin. This was our 5th time staying here and once again everything was great. It's a well decorated retreat with everything you need. Also n easy drive to Hayward. Good communication with owner. Thanks for sharing your wonderful cabin!

  • Submitted: 3-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Nancy, for your kind words. It is always a treat having you as a guest. I look forward to your next visit. Hopefully there will be more snow for the Birkebeiner in 2018!
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Private and quiet get-away.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at this quaint lakeside cottage. If you are looking for a place that is private and relaxing, this is it. We especially enjoyed spending time on the spacious deck and comfortable desk furniture. The view from the deck overlooks the quiet lake. We spent time on the pontoon and enjoyed catching many panfish from both the dock and the boat. This is a very quiet lake, many times we were the only ones on it. The kitchen is well equipped to cook your own meals if you choose. The loft bedroom upstairs has a queen and full size bed. We found the queen bed to be very comfortable. On rainy days, we enjoyed visiting Hayward which was minutes away. We enjoyed watching a few movies on the DVD player. The television is antenna only and we found only two channels, so we would suggest bringing some movies with you OR enjoy some of the movies from the owner's library. We found communication with the owner, Nancy, to be very responsive and accommodating.

  • Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Becky. It was great having you back. Come again soon.
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Elgin, Il 60124 (out in the country)


  • 4 of 5

My husband and I had a delightful time at this lovely cottage. The deck and patio were very nice and the gardens were beautiful. The cottage was sweet and comfortable. The pontoon enhanced our visit and the owner Nancy was responsive to questions. In our case there was only one issue which might not bother others...the one bedroom is in the upstairs loft and the 1 bathroom is in the if you have to go to the bathroom at night, it means a trek downstairs. We are in our 70's, so that was an especially unwelcome idea! Otherwise, thanks Nancy!

  • Submitted: 7-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind review, Nancy. I'm glad you had a nice time. I actually hope to add a second bath upstairs where the large close is. Great feedback!
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Comfortable cottage on a quiet lake

  • 4 of 5

My wife, I and two teenage sons enjoyed a week here. Most of my comments are similar to other reviews. The cottage is modern, clean and well equipped. Plenty of storage. The owner was quick to replay to our questions / comments, both before and during our stay. There was enough material in the owner's library for us to watch a new movie each night without opening my sons' stash, and for my wife to read a couple of their novels. Cottage is centrally located, rural enough yet within a few minutes of the towns of Hayward and Stone Lake, and of Windigo, Grindstone and LCO (and multiple other) lakes. We took full advantage of the furnished pedalboat, kayak and two paddleboards. We brought our 17 foot fishing boat; public launch at attached Durphee Lake is fully improved, with parking for four truck/trailer combos. Channel between Schoolhouse/Durphee is short and clear but small, would not be able to get a pontoon boat through. Fishing was fair; caught several nice panfish and a few small northern before trying other lakes.

Did have a few fairly minor "cons", some of which may not apply to everyone:

1) Bring your bug spray. Because the cottage is on the isthmus between two lakes, the road and cottage are near lake level, and there was a lot of standing water near the road. Mosquito population was quite high, but mostly only on calmer afternoons / evenings.

2) The "bedroom/loft" is two beds in a loft area. The loft is roomy, the beds are comfortable and the is a closet and dresser for storage; however, there are no walls or doors to make this a "bedroom". On principle, I have no problem with this, but in a family with two consistent heavy snorers, it would be nice to isolate the beds from the comfortable couches downstairs.

3) There is room to park two vehicles off the road, but not really a driveway; I could not find a way to turn our boat trailer around without using her neighbor's driveway, and I try to avoid invading their privacy.

Overall, we will definitely consider returning.

  • Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ron, for the kind review. This was a particularly bad month for mosquitos with all the rain we've had. There are citronella candles and tiki torches around the deck and some fog spray for those nights when they become a nuisance. It sounds like you and your family really enjoyed your time on the water fishing, paddleboarding, pedal biking and all. We hope to see you back again! Nancy
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  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice time. The owner was very helpful and accommodating. Perfect for a quiet couple getaway.

  • Submitted: 4-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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southwest Wisconsin

great return stay at Schoolhouse Lake

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Schoolhouse Lake house for a second time in two years. It's so peaceful, clean, and relaxing. We enjoy watching the herons, eagles, turtles, fish, deer, and other wildlife. We appreciate having so many different items to use on the water. We don't rent the pontoon but use everything else. Fires on the deck were great. The house was very clean--even inside the cupboards--and the queen bed is comfortable. It's great to have so many games, books, magazines, and videos to use at the house. If you don't want them, they are tucked away. Nancy is very helpful and easy to work with. The water level in the lake was higher than the last time we were there, almost to the bottom of the pier. The heron was fishing from the pier. We got some good photos. One thing that the house photos do not show is that the main level floor is pebbles in cement. Nancy has carpets strategically placed, so you don't have to have something on your feet. It's just nice to be aware of it for tender feet. The environment is as pictured. We'll definitely rent from Nancy again.

The house is away from town but offers such a great environment that if you are looking for a serene place to relax and renew, this is it. It's easy to drive ten minutes to Hayward or five minutes to Stone Lake. We weren't able to eat at Angler's Haven, but the food looked and smelled great. We had the Friday night fish fry at Trailways Inn, which was very good. We can't recommend Angler's Bar in Hayward. The food was mediocre at best, and we've tried it a couple of times over the years. The folks at the Hayward Visitors Center are extremely helpful every time we are in the area. The new Birkie museum is interesting. We like the area because it is close enough to do day trips to Ashland, Bayfield, Superior, and the north shore area. The numerous state parks are fun to explore as well. You can't beat the beauty of Wisconsin.

  • Submitted: 17-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Angler's Haven
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Big Fish Golf, Hayward Golf & Tennis
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 27. Hwy 63
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Angler's Haven and Waterfront Restaurant
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
American Birkebeiner; Cable, WI Mt. Telemark
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Lac Courte Oreilles

Lumberjack competition every summer in Hayward. Rodeo every summer in Spooner.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Hayward, Wisconsin

Rental Basis:
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$77.9
Cleaning fee C$118.84
Pontoon boat rental C$495.15

Daily rate is $250/night
Pontoon rental is available for $450/week.
You may pay by credit card or check.
Checks should be made out and mailed to:
Nancy McCutcheon
2848 Sunset Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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