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Premier cabin and views of Elbow Lake. Great for families.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Sleeps 8 in beds, large living room and kitchen with a panoramic view.

The Ashbach Cabin at Elbow Lake was our private cabin and home for 2 decades when we owned Elbow Lake Lodge. It is a premier cabin at the end of the road. It has 3 bedrooms plus a bunkhouse that will sleep 8 in beds. There are two full baths plus an outdoor shower. Enjoy a wood burning sauna, a large fireplace, kitchen, and living room with a wrap around deck and screen porch. Great for multiple families.

Chris Ashbach
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2018

About Chris Ashbach

We are a multi-generational family that has loved this cabin for decades. We used to own the resort that is just down the road. We love the hunting, fishing, beach, and wildlife at Elbow Lake. Make sure to get out on the lake and enjoy the great fishing too. We also own Creekside cabin (VRBO # 720264) just down the road.

Chris Ashbach purchased this house in 1988

Why Chris Ashbach chose Cook

This property is at the end of the road. It is a wilderness destination and has awesome views of the lake. Built as a year round home, it has everything you need to relax and have a great vacation. Hike in the back, fish in the front, and enjoy the privacy of being the last cabin on the road. Enjoy easement access to the beautiful beach at Elbow Lake Lodge.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Cook

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main Bath - toilet , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
    Kid Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bunkhouse - 2 twin/ single
    Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • The cabin has three bedrooms plus a bunkhouse.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming


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Premier cabin and views of Elbow Lake. Great for families.
average rating of 3.857143 based on 7 reviews

Great space on a wonderful lake!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful week-long vacation at the End-of-the-Road Cabin on Elbow Lake. The deck is the perfect spot to watch the lake, the clouds, the stars, and the Northern Lights, if you're lucky! We had a comfortable stay with four couples and a toddler, though we did coordinate shower schedules. The dock worked well for our boat and an inflatable island, and we spent the days at the Elbow Lake Lodge beach or exploring the lake in our boat. In the evenings, we played board games in the great room and enjoyed the stone fireplace on cool nights.

Recommendations for guests:

-If you need specific pans/dishware for meals, you may want to bring them with you. There is a variety of courtesy cookware, but it's a bit piecemeal.

-Elbow Lake Lodge is very cute and convenient. We loved having drinks at the sandy beach, then getting ice cream for the walk back to the cabin.

-Cell service is spotty, but much better on the deck overlooking the lake.

-Chris was very responsive via phone and text when we had a few immediate needs. He handled things quickly when we reached out, however the Homeaway/VRBO messaging system was glitchy.

-The cabin is great, but it is managed remotely, and there were a few minor maintenance suggestions we passed along. As I said, anything major was handled quickly.

  • Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Disappointing

  • 1 of 5

From the beginning I was disappointed. I have rented numerous properties via VRBO and this was by far the worst. Directions to the property were lacking. I had to go into the office at Elbow Lake Lodge to ask directions to this home which is NOT a part of Elbow Lake Lodge. The listing is inaccurate claiming to have 2 full baths when in fact there is 1 full bath and the master has a half bath (toilet & sink). The full bath has a spacious shower, but the entire 6-8 inches at the bottom of the shower curtain was moldy. The fireplace is unsafe, having billowed smoke into the living quarters even though the flu WAS OPEN all the way. The electrical wiring is most definitely NOT installed by an electrician. The microwave powers on/off by a switch on the wall, the dishwasher did not work, the ceiling lights in the kitchen can not be on simultaneous with the deck/porch lights, and the light over the dining table has it's cord stapled to the ceiling/wall to reach the outlet by the floor. With a boat in tow, we enjoyed that there was a dock at the property to tie to, but we were charged by Elbow Lake Lodge to use their boat ramp. The screens on the screened in porch were busted, the blinds on the master bedroom windows are bent and broken, and the grounds surrounding the house and the boat dock are NOT well kept.

The ONLY saving grace for this property was it's stunning sunset view from the deck and the full wall of windows overlooking the lake. Definitely NOT planning to return, NOT planning to recommend. MUST utilize stairs to access not only the dock, but the house. Please do not book this property if you have an unsteady gait!

  • Submitted: 3-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry to see a sad customer. Look at all of our reviews. This is clearly an outlier. Notice on their review the first thing they did was visit my competitor before they even checked in. Other than this review, the worst review we have ever had was 4 stars. 2/3 of these items could have easily been resolved with a phone call during their stay but the first time I found out about them was this review. I have an on-call staff available during every stay. 1: Directions - I have been renting cabins since 1998 and this is the first time I've had a complaint with directions. If you're concerned about directions, I'll be happy to explain them to you. 2. The reviewer claims the listing is inaccurate about the bathrooms. The listing clearly said and still says there is a full bath and a half bath. That is 100% accurate. 3. Regarding the shower - we replace curtains every 1-2 years. First I had heard this. My professional cleaners have checked and didn't report any issue. I have a checklist they must review every time and it includes many items like this. 4. We have a very large fireplace. It is common to have some smoke when you are starting a fire with a large opening. Again, we have inspected it and found it in working order the day after their stay. 5. We are a professional business. We hire electricians and contractors to do all but minor maintenance. If the microwave was on a switched outlet, someone may have unplugged and plugged it back into a different outlet. But it is in working order. Often times, homes install switched outlets to place lights in. 6. The dishwasher was inspected in May; 1 month earlier. The day after checkout, the cleaners used it successfully to wash the dishes. Not sure what the problem stated was. In fact the guests ran it when they left. So they knew this worked. 7. The light over the dining table is a hung lamp with a switch on it's cord. It is a hand-made glass piece of art. That is how it's designed. 8. I'm glad they liked the dock. It is very big and works great. Elbow Lake Lodge is a private marina. There are two public ones that are free. I am happy to give anyone directions to those (one is very close). This information is also available on my website. I send every guest a link to my landing page. There is a lot of great information there. 9. The cabin is in the woods. We don't keep the grounds. It's woods. We try very hard to make guests happy. Most are, return, and give great reviews.
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A Good Time

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was very nice and all ready for us when we arrived there, you could not ask for a better place to be.

  • Submitted: 18-May-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family get-away

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our time at the end of the road. Our highlights were the wood fireplace and sauna. We had both going for 4 days straight. The kitchen is very spacious. The cabins location is very private, beautiful setting - perfect for walks in the woods. We had 3 young boys that loved shooting their B&B-guns right off the deck. We really wished we had a boat available to use for fishing and exploring on the beautiful lake.

  • Submitted: 21-Oct-2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Had a blast during weekend, It's at great location and views are awesome. Surely recommend it to anyone planning for weekend or even longer stay. Thanks Chris for all your Help.

  • Submitted: 30-Sep-2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin Beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

Our family, which includes 3 kids ranging in age from 7 to 16, loved our stay at the End of the Road Cabin. The accommodations were lovely and the home was well equipped. The premier feature of the cabin are the floor to ceiling windows that display a beautiful and unobstructed view of the lake. The lake was very quiet during our stay. While the cabin feels remote, access to the nearby resort allowed for easy access to dining options, a marina and helpful staff. We spent much time fishing off of the dock - the absence of a beach on site was not a downside as there was one within walking distance. The cabin was spacious - we could be together when we wanted for games and other activities but there were also beautiful spaces to retreat for quiet. Chris was a pleasure to work with and made the entire process easy. We would definitely recommend the End of the Road Cabin to our friends and would return ourselves.

  • Submitted: 27-Aug-2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Cook Municipal Airports (KCQM)
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Elbow Lake Lodge
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Cook Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
23 Miles
Hwy 53
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Elbow Lake Lodge
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Easement access to Elbow Lake Lodge Beach
Car: necessary

Cook has a hospital, grocery store, and most other things you may need.

The cabin is 1/4 mile from Elbow Lake Lodge and has easement access to their beautiful beach.

The cabin is at the end of the road.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Cook

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance C$131.36

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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