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Lakefront Cabin on Big Spirit Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 Bath Lake House

Our cabin is a 1200 square foot cabin that sleeps 10-11 people. We offer wireless internet, a 50 inch LED HD Smart TV with sound bar and subwoofer on the main floor. The sound bar is bluetooth capable so you can listen to your favorite songs off your smart phone or tablet. There is another 32 inch flat screen TV upstairs with a DVD player. We offer a fully furnished kitchen with a stove, fridge with ice maker, microwave, and a washer and dryer are available for your use. Every room has air conditioning and heat for your comfort. There is a large deck next to the lake with sun umbrellas, a gas grill and a fire ring. At the end of the dock there is an electric boat hoist with cover for boats 22 feet and smaller. You may reserve the hoist for your stay for an extra $125 per stay. Boat rentals are available through Great Lakes Marine Service. You may call 712-336-3822 to rent a boat or look them up online at

The cabin was remodeled during the winter of 2012-2013. We made improvements in the kitchen, the dining area, the downstairs bathroom, the living room, and then the upstairs bedrooms were insulated for comfort. New carpet was installed upstairs during the spring of 2015. The upstairs bathroom was remodeled during the winter of 2015/2016. Sleeping accommodations include 4 double beds, 2 single beds and a pull out couch. There is full bathroom on the main floor and a full bathroom upstairs. If you stay on the lower level, there are no large steps to overcome and that is great for anyone with mobility issues.

Pets are negotiable. We do not allow pets that shed inside the dwelling because of family allergies. We have had hunters and their dogs come and stay with us. The hunting dogs then stayed in their kennel at night in the garage. We maybe open to non shedding, hyper allergenic pets in the house. Contact the owner for more information.

This will be the last summer we will rent the existing 1920's cabin. A new year round house will replace the cabin during the fall of 2018. We will continue to rent the new lake house when we are not using it. Price and sleeping accommodations for 2019 TBD.

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John Olson
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About John Olson

We have been in and around the Iowa Great Lakes since the early 1980's. Our family is involved in education, business, accounting, construction, remodeling and property management. We have several rental properties in the area we manage. We share our lake house with others when we are not using the house.

John Olson purchased this house in 2006

Why John Olson chose Spirit Lake

Location, Location, Location! Living on the south shore of Big Spirit Lake allows quick and easy access to town, restaurants, shopping and all the amenities the Iowa Great Lakes has to offer. There is a public sand beach, park, boat ramp and drive inn 1/8 mile to the east, a bike trail across the road to the south and the fish hatchery is 1/4 mile to the east as well.

What makes this house unique

Our cabin is simple, clean, affordable, right on the water and close to the public beach, boat ramp and dining establishments.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Spirit Lake

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs bathroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs bathroom added to cabin in 2008.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Bedroom with closet, close to first floor bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Sleeping area upstairs next to upstairs bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Secluded in west side of upstairs sleeping area.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Lakefront Cabin on Big Spirit Lake
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

Just what we wanted!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the mornings with coffee on the deck, right on the lake, just relaxing. Beautiful spot. The cabin is cozy and comfortable and unique in many ways. With just the two of us, it worked out great, I slept in the upstairs and my girlfriend slept downstairs and we each had our own bath. We did not do any cooking, as eating out was our vacation treat, but the kitchen seemed to we well supplied with anything you would need. We really enjoyed the fire pit in the evenings and did cook hot dogs over the open fire ... nice treat!! We had a minor problem with the sliding screen door to the deck, which I reported to John the day that we left, he was very cordial and thanked me for relaying that to him. Overall, it was just a very nice place to get away, be by the lake and relax. I would highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: 14-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Criss, Thanks for the kind words! We are glad you enjoyed the cabin. Thanks for the heads up on the patio screen door. It was an easy fix. Thanks again! John
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The property is a little dated. Front porch needs work.

  • 4 of 5

The property is very clean. We enjoyed being on the lake. We would rent again. The owner was very professional and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leanne, Thanks for the kind words! : ) Yes, you are correct. The porch needs attention. The boards on the inside the porch don't hold paint what so ever and so we quit painting the inside of the porch by the screens. The screen door needs replaced. We had plans to bulldoze the cabin down and build a new house on our lot this fall and so we kept putting that task off. Sadly, things did not fall into place for us for us to build this fall and we will have to replace the screen door later this fall or in the spring. Thanks so much for renting from us! You were a wonderful guest and took great care of the place. John
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  • 5 of 5

I am late in posting this but did want to say that my family was very pleased with this place. It was a very relaxing weekend for us. Areas close by to do things with our two granddaughters. Washing machine was definitely a plus. Two bathrooms was definitely a plus also with 7 adults and 2 small children. Would definitely do it again if it works out for us. John was so nice and very easy to work with and very understanding.

  • Submitted: 30-Nov-2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden Treasure!

  • 5 of 5

The listing for this property was accurate. The pictures provided give you a small glimpse of the beauty that awaits you. The patio, dock and view are exceptional. The house has all the amenities you could ask for to make your stay easy. The family room was wonderful and so comfortable!! Very homey! The only thing we missed was our queen size bed but we really enjoyed the upstairs rooms, very quaint and cozy. The bathrooms were very nice and we liked having two, made getting ready so much easier. The area was wonderful and had many great places to explore. There were also many tasty places to share a meal. John was great to work with and so accommodating and worked hard to meet all of our needs. This is truly a hidden treasure and we can't wait to stay there again! We would highly recommend a stay!

  • Submitted: 26-Oct-2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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new visitor

  • 3 of 5

We spent 4 nights at the property. The house is older but in usable condition. Nothing fancy but for the area the price was okay. Very nice view of Spirit Lake and close to two different park areas. We left the house cleaner than we found it.

  • Submitted: 4-Sep-2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for our family

  • 5 of 5

Great location - close to everything we needed or wanted to do. The house was perfect for our family of 6 adults and 2 children. Plenty of sleeping space and two bathrooms a plus. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals. I didn't realize how nice the washer and dryer was until I got home and didn't have any laundry to do. I liked being within walking distance to the playground and beach! We enjoyed the peaceful lake views from the deck. We didn't have a boat but still found some fishing hot spots. The owner is great to work with, always assisted us promptly with any questions we had. This is a great vacation spot.

  • Submitted: 18-Jul-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Gingham Inn and Lounge
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Gingham Inn and Lounge or Spillway Drive Inn
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Orleans Public Beach and Boat Ramp


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Spirit Lake

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 25 2018 - Sep 16 2018
4 night minimum stay
Sep 17 2018 - Oct 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit C$382.83

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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