We invite you to see our cottage located about 60 miles northeast of the Twin Cities between Centuria and Balsam
Lake, Wisconsin. The cottage was built in 2003 and is a place to enjoy a quiet retreat. You can enjoy the watching the loons and eagles, great fishing, and water sports. We enjoy reading which influenced the name we chose for the cottage - Turning Leaf Cottage. We turn a lot of pages....pull a book off the shelf and relax.
Refections of end of a season - County Boards and cleaning
We just finished our fourth rental season. It is amazing to meet so many wonderful people in the world- literally! It has been a pleasure to share our cabin with others. For years we had one daughter who lived in Manila, Phillipines, and the other gal was in Edinburgh, Scotland. Therefore, the cabin sat unused. We are glad to share with others, who for a variety of reasons don't have their own cabin and desire an old-fashioned "week at the lake."
It sometimes takes a lot of trust to have strangers use our home. However, when we have traveled abroad, we make it our practice to rent homes and apartments of people in England, Scotland, etc. We try to treat their homes as we would our own.
That being said it is also obvious that every family has their own set of values and priorities. The guests that we seek to rent our home to are those who will respect the property, will not disturb the neighbors, and enjoy the outdoors.
Polk County Board Ordinance
Polk County Board put in an ordinance in 2008 for limiting private cottage rentals to smaller, quiet groups. This means no unsupervised campfires. Quiet hours between 11 p.m and 7 a.m. Limited cars parked on the property. In other words, we are seeking quiet groups that will not jeapordize our rental licensure.
We try to make the cabin rental as affordable as possible. One way we have tried to help groups save money is by asking that they do light cleaning before they leave the cabin. This also helps the group to go over the property to ensure they have collected all their possessions.
For the coming season we are taking a slightly different approach. We will charge you a $100 cleaning fee up front with the cabin rental fee. If you leave the cabin as you found it, we will refund the fee. The items we would ask you do are as follows: empty wastebaskets, strip sheets from beds, start a load or so of laundry, vacuum and sweep floors, clean out frig.
The shoreline and beach
Here's what the shoreline looks like
Firepit, picnic table, paddleboat for your use
Golf Courses near the cabin
There are several good golf courses near to Turning Leaf Cottage. One of our guests, who came in the fall for a golf week end with several other couples, summarized it this way in the guest book:
"Luck Golf Course- great layout and very challenging. Amery Golf Course - good layout and very enjoyable to play. St. Croix National - a must play for above average golfer, great views, and challenging. Spooner - okay course but the others were much nicer."
Other activities there group enjoyed was the boat cruise at Taylor's Falls and several restuarants in the area.
Fishing at the cottage!
The fishing is great at Long Lake. There are lots of panfish that can be caught off the dock...fun for the kids. The paddleboat also works to get out away from the shoreline. The lake has good bass fishing. No walleyes in the lake, but the bass and Northerns make up for that. Be sure you have a Wisconsin fishing license. The DNR actively checks the lake.