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Quaint Family Friendly Cottage with a Beautiful Lake View

Bedrooms 4
Space 148 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

multi bedroom 1 bath spacious cottage with all the amenities and a lake view!

Year round cottage with 2 bedrooms on the main level and 2 sleeping areas in the basement. Large main area living room with working dinning area and large fully equipped kitchen (microwave, full fridge and freezer, oven, cook-top, and all dishes and cookware included) Comes with main level TV and wifi, outdoor patio with grill and fenced in back yard. Easy access to the lake, mountain biking, beach, bike/skateboard park, softball fields, basketball court and huge multi-level playground.

Mark and Kristin Backlund
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Mark and Kristin Backlund

Kristin grew up in Crosby and her parents still own the family home next door. 3 years ago this property became available and we decided to purchase it as we knew we would eventually make it back to Crosby to retire. Now married to Mark and living in Columbia Heights, MN, we make it back as much as we can, however with three active children we find it difficult to make it back as much as we want. We decided to let others experience the quaintness of the community and our home.

Mark and Kristin Backlund purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Mark and Kristin Backlund chose Crosby

Crosby has always been home to Kristin and she still refers to it as her home. She has worked hard to make this property unique to her personality. Due to all of the outdoor activities in close proximity and the downtown area only a few blocks away, you really can have it all. A quiet day sunning in the private back yard, relaxing in the lake or on a beach, fishing the dozens of lakes nearby, sipping coffee at the local diner or coffee shop, great shopping in Crosby and the surrounding little towns within a 20 mile radius really gives you a feeling of getting away. What's best is it's only 2 hours from the Twin Cities.

What makes this cottage unique

The big bay windows face west and there's nothing like sitting out front facing the lake and watching the sunset with a cool breeze coming off the lake. Great outdoor up north setting with all of the comforts of home!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our days in Crosby were all we hoped for - and more! The cottage at Serpent Lake was DELIGHTFUL in every way. There was generous living space for dining, games, sleeping, relaxing and enjoying the great backyard. The location across the street from an amazing city park, playground, and beach were over the top! It couldn't have been a better location for our multi-generational vacation days at the Lake. We would definitely like to come again!

Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers

My Response

Thank you for your wonderful review as we strive for everyone who stays at the Cottage to have this experience. Mark and Kristin
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Crosby, Minnesota

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 148 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
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  • Stove ...
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  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • 1 full bath upstairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Master (double bed) and 2nd bedroom (single bunk beds) upstairs. 1 full and 2 twin beds in the basement and 2 separate rooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Quaint Family Friendly Cottage with a Beautiful Lake View
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 43 reviews

Cute family home close to everything

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have visited Crosby quite a few times, mainly for mountain biking. I think we've found our new home base. On this trip, we came up with another couple. The kitchen is spacious, the backyard was perfect for our dogs, and the proximity to everything in town is hard to beat.

The one suggestion I would make is that the full sized bed and some of the twin beds be replaced with more queen beds.

  • Submitted: 8-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Nice, clean place to stay.

  • Submitted: 4-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome! Cute house

  • 5 of 5

The house is set next to the cutest lake. There is a great park for the kids to play in just next door. The house is nicely decorated. And has everything you may want or need for your stay. I will definitely stay again and recommend it to anyone who wants to stay in the area.

  • Submitted: 4-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

This is the third stay. Great place and will book again thanks.

  • Submitted: 16-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good location for two guys who like to fish on lots of lakes.

  • 5 of 5

Loved the place. Worked out perfectly for us. Two guys who like to fish and cook. Large kitchen worked out great. Would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was the best home/location for our Crosby get-away. It was easy to get to, very clean, had everything you would need for a short or long vacation. We can't wait to come back with our whole family.

  • Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Crosby Bar
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Deerwood Country Club
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Serepent Lake
Car: necessary

Huge multi level playground, bike and skateboard park, basketball court, softball fields, camp area, boat launch, fishing pier, and long beach.

Well known for fishing as well as mountain biking in the mining pits.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Crosby, Minnesota

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Nightly Rate
Jun 29 2018 - Jun 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$44.84
Tax Rate 6.88%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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