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The Contented Acres - Relaxing retreat near Duluth, Esko

Family-friendly Esko vacation home with kitchen and patio

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Esko, MN, United States of America
  • House was very clean. Lots of sleeping for our big group. Close to Duluth. Will…

    Nov. 24, 2021

  • the property is just as expected in the photos, Spacious and cozy. We all enjoyed the…

    Jun. 19, 2021

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • 16 guests
  • 7 bedrooms
  • 10 beds
  • 5 bathrooms
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Onsite parking
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • In a rural location
  • Dining area

What’s around

  • Jay Cooke State Park - 6.5 mi / 10.4 km
  • Pinehurst Park - 6.8 mi / 10.9 km
  • Proctor Dirt Floor Arena - 8.2 mi / 13.2 km
  • Saint Louis River - 8.4 mi / 13.5 km
  • Thompson Hill Information Center - 9.1 mi / 14.7 km
  • Black Bear Casino - 10.8 mi / 17.4 km

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1

1 Double Bed

Bedroom 2

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 3

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 4

4 Twin Beds

Bedroom 5

1 King Bed

Bedroom 6

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 7

1 King Bed

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About this home

Welcome to Contented Acres! This exquisite custom-built home is nestled in a peaceful 14 acres just minutes from Duluth, Jay Cooke, Munger Trail, & Spirit Mountain. Recent updates include (but are not limited to) new paint, mattresses, linens, & furniture. We are new owners & can't wait to share our home with you - we know you’ll love it as much as we do!


Contented Acres is located 20 minutes south of Duluth on 14 secluded, peaceful acres. The home started as a classic one-room Finnish log cabin homesteaded in 1910 and has been transformed into a custom-built lodge-style home that today can comfortably sleep 16. Recently updated to create an intimate, relaxing, modern space with upscale and comfort features, it is ideal for couples, families, and friends looking for a secluded getaway without being far from the area attractions! Whether you're hoping to kick back and enjoy the sounds of nature while sipping coffee or a glass of wine on the porch, or you're eager to hit the slopes at Spirit Mountain or bike nearby Munger Trail, we have everything you need to relax, unwind, and reset.

At over 5,600 square feet, our home features three levels with 7 bedrooms (including a built-in bunk room with playhouse), as well as 4.5 bathrooms equipped with clean towels and toiletries. Traveling with a small child? A Pack n’ Play portable crib is provided (please note that pack n' play sheets are not provided).

+ Master Suite with King Bed, Master Bath with Jacuzzi tub and Walk-In Shower

+ Second Master Suite with King Bed

+ Two Upstairs Bedrooms with Queen Beds

+ Upstairs Built-In Bunk Bed Room with 4 Twin Beds, a Playhouse, & attached Playroom stocked with a children’s library, toys, and games

+ Upstairs Full Bathroom

+ Office area with Futon (full-sized mattress) & Portable Pack n’ Play Crib

+ Main floor Half Bathroom

+ Two downstairs full bathrooms, each with two Walk-In Showers

+ Downstairs Bedroom with Queen Bed

The large kitchen is fully equipped with all the basic cooking essentials including a commercial stainless steel refrigerator/freezer, 6-burner gas stove with griddle, double oven (including a convection oven), microwave, and dishwasher to make hosting large groups a breeze. The kitchen includes soapstone countertops and an island with plenty of entertaining and prep space.

Everyone can enjoy shared meals and laughter in the dining area, which is comprised of the original log home’s hand hewn horizontal log structure. Walk right out of the dining area to the private backyard and enjoy playing yard games (croquet, bag toss, and ladder golf provided), grilling up some burgers, or time together roasting marshmallows around the fire pit!

In the 1,200 square foot Great Room with its custom-built soap stone masonry fireplace and reading nook, you can get cozy with one of the provided books, enjoy great conversation with friends, or start a board game.

From the walkout basement, you can view the incredible display of stars or experience the 15 acres full of fields and woods.

During cold months, Contented Acres provides a cozy environment to relax or connect with friends and family. From the extensive variety of books and games, to the ping pong and foosball tables, there is plenty of space and options to have fun and unwind while staying in.

Throughout the home are amenities galore, including:

+ Coffee maker with complementary coffee,

filters, cream & sugar
+ Charcoal grill (please note, charcoal is not provided at this time)

+ Fire pit with firewood provided

+ Central air

+ Toilet paper, paper towels, linens, shampoo & conditioner, hair dryer, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, hand soap, salt & pepper and olive oil

+ 2 TVs. The Great Room TV is connected to a surround sound system and complementary satellite TV is provided on both TVs

+ Smart door locks for keyless entry and exit

+WiFi - PLEASE NOTE: Due to single source provider in the area, WiFi speeds can be limited.

+ Private gas fireplace in the Master Suite

+ Bluetooth speaker

+ Private jacuzzi tub in the Master Suite

+ Stacked washer and dryer with laundry soap

+ And more

In the neighboring communities of Duluth, Esko, Cloquet, and Carlton, you will find a variety of year-round activities to enjoy. Some of the main Duluth attractions and events include Grandma’s Marathon, Bentleyville Christmas lights exhibit, and Bayfront Blues Festival. Cloquet’s own Gordy’s Hi-Hat Restaurant is famous for their burgers, fish, and malts and was featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Enjoy professionally guided Whitewater Rafting on the nearby St. Louis River, chase the fall colors on Minnesota’s North Shore, or enjoy a day of skiing on the slopes of Spirit Mountain. Nearby Jay Cooke State Park offers over 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.


+ Duluth: 10.1 mi

+ Jay Cooke State Park: 7.5 mi

+ Munger Trail Trailhead: 9.8 mi

+ Spirit Mountain Recreation Area: 9.2 mi

+ Minnesota Whitewater Rafting: 6.0 mi

+ Cloquet: 5.6 mi

+ Black Bear Casino Resort: 10.6 mi

+ Endurance Kennels LLC (dog sledding): 35.4 mi

+ Two Harbors: 43.8 mi

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The entire home and 15 acres is yours to enjoy while you stay with us!

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There is ample free parking on site. Please note that motorized vehicles are NOT permitted at this time for insurance and liability purposes.


+ NO EARLY CHECK-INS - due to the size of the home, this policy is to allow our housekeeping staff ample time to prepare the home between guests

+ The stove and oven in the kitchen are gas - please keep our home beautiful by ensuring that the fan above the stove is turned on while in use!

+ There are exterior security cameras on site.


+ Minimum renter age 26 - copy of ID is required prior to stay along with a signed rental agreement.

+ Absolutely no smoking or vaping - extra fees will apply if there is evidence of smoking.

+ No outdoor shoes in the house. Please remove upon entry and utilize the provided shoe mats next to the coat hangers.

+ Additional guests outside of the reservation must be cleared in advance.

+ *****Use of the wood stove in the kitchen and the masonry fireplace in the Great Room are strictly prohibited per our renter’s insurance policy. The security deposit will be withheld if there is any evidence of use or tampering.

+ Please Note: This is NOT a party house - Large events and parties are strictly prohibited and are grounds for immediate dismissal from the property.

+ Please keep noise at a reasonable level during the day. Quiet hours are 10pm-7am - we would like to

be respectful of our neighbors.

+ No check-ins or checkouts on Thanksgiving or Christmas day.

+ No candles/open flames.

+ Please report any damages immediately.

+ Please limit parking to the driveway to maintain the property for all to enjoy.

+ Please respect our neighbors.

+ Exterior security cameras on site for the protection of our guests and property - ***Turning off or tampering with cameras will result in immediate termination of reservation without refund.

+ PET POLICY: Only fully house-trained dogs greater than 1 year of age allowed on a case-by-case basis, non-refundable pet fee $100 for first dog, $50 for additional dog. Maximum 2 dogs. Dogs are NOT allowed on any furniture. Must be completely cleaned up after (including dog waste, fur, and accidents), both inside and outdoors - dog poo bags are provided. Must be on a leash at all times when outdoors and must be crated indoors if guests leave the property. Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations and receive monthly flea and tick preventative. You will be responsible for any damage your pet(s) cause and additional cleaning fees will be charged if not cleaned up after. No cats allowed.

+ Please leave the place like you found it!

What’s around


  • Jay Cooke State Park - 6.5 mi / 10.4 km
  • Pinehurst Park - 6.8 mi / 10.9 km
  • Proctor Dirt Floor Arena - 8.2 mi / 13.2 km
  • Saint Louis River - 8.4 mi / 13.5 km
  • Thompson Hill Information Center - 9.1 mi / 14.7 km
  • Black Bear Casino - 10.8 mi / 17.4 km
  • Spirit Mountain - 11.3 mi / 18.1 km
  • Lake Superior Zoo - 12.4 mi / 20 km
  • Miller Hill Mall - 14.3 mi / 23 km
  • Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad Historic Train Ride - 12.3 mi / 19.7 km

Getting around

  • Duluth, MN (DLH-Duluth Intl.) - 27 min drive
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Esko, MN, United States of America

The home

Key facts

  • Onsite parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Washing machine
  • Pets allowed


  • 7 bedrooms
  • Bedroom one - 1 double bed
  • Bedroom two - 1 queen bed
  • Bedroom three -1 queen bed
  • Bedroom four - 4 twin/single beds
  • Bedroom five - 1 king bed
  • Bedroom six - 1 king bed
  • Bedroom seven - 1 queen bed
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Crib/infant bed available


  • 5 bathrooms
  • Full bathroom one - 1 shower and 1 toilet
  • Full bathroom two - 1 shower/tub combination and 1 toilet
  • Full bathroom three - 1 shower and 1 toilet
  • Half bathroom - 1 toilet
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper


  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Kitchen island


  • Separate dining area
  • Dining table

Entertainment and recreation

  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Arcade/game room
  • Table tennis table
  • Foosball table
  • Books
  • Games
  • Children's books
  • Children's toys
  • Sledding nearby
  • Cross-country skiing nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Zoo nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Powerboating nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby
  • Casino nearby
  • Skiing nearby


  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Playground

Other amenities

  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Travel crib

Things to know

House rules

  • Pets allowed
  • Events/parties not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Max. guests: 16
  • Minimum check-in age: 26

Check-in and check-out

  • Check-in after 4:00 PM
  • Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking.

Fees & policies

Required at check-in

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 26

Travelling with others

  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Restrictions apply*


  • This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business.

    For details on pet restrictions, contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

    Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a deadbolt lock on site.

    This property advises that enhanced cleaning measures are currently in place.

    Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Also known as

  • The Contented Acres NEW Listing! Near Duluth
  • The Contented Acres *NEW LISTING!* near Duluth
  • The Contented Acres A Country Retreat Near Duluth
  • The Contented Acres - Relaxing retreat near Duluth Esko


  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, pets are welcome.
  • You can check in starting at 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Eskomo Pies (3.7 mi), Family Tradition (5.4 mi), and Hong Kong Restaurant (5.5 mi).
  • During the winter, enjoy nearby recreation like cross-country skiing and snowboarding, and return when the snow melts for hiking and power boating. Additional recreation nearby includes birdwatching, casino gaming, and ecotours. Enjoy amenities like an arcade and a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    We enjoyed the space for our large family. There was something for everyone.

    We had a terrific experience renting this cabin. Plenty of room for food, meal preparations, and lots of space to spread out!

    Stephanie R., Other trip, Oct. 13, 2021

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great place to gather! Plenty of space!

    The house was a good fit for our large family!! The house was well stocked for making homemade meals including an industrial sized frig/freezer. The beds were comfortable there were plenty of bathrooms and showers for all!! There was a nice stocked coffee bar, toy/playroom for the little kids, and football and ping pong for the older ones! Plenty of firewood provided!! There was also a variety of board games for all. The outdoor fire pit was enjoyable to sit around and visit!! We were close to many outdoor adventures including: Chub Lake to paddle board, Biking and hiking on the Munger Trail, rock climbing at Elys Peak, rafting with Swift Water Adventures, also took time to visited the Buffalo Vintage Store and Kismet candy store! This was a great to have everyone in the family together. The owners were responsive to questions and very accommodating to issues.

    su m., Other trip, Aug. 9, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Quite restful getaway

    The large open layout house and vast property were just the quiet escape we needed from the city.

    Nathan H., Other trip, Jun. 23, 2021

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Nice secluded retreat

    Great family vacation location.

    Jan Z., Other trip, Aug. 3, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Best VRBO for big groups!

    My only hesitation in singing the praises of this house is that then other folks will book up the future weekends my family is hoping to take! But truly, this was the best vrbo for large groups that I stayed at. It was a gorgeous farm style home that was extremely unique, extremely comfortable, very spacious, very clean, and a beautiful lot. We had kids from three months to 10 years old, and they had a blast the whole weekend. The kitchen is huge and accommodated cooking an enormous birthday feast. The location is large enough that everybody felt like they had their own space but we could all come together in the communal areas as well to visit and play games. It felt a little expensive but was worth the money for the wonderful family experience. Will definitely be staying here again!

    Christy B., Other trip, Sep. 19, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Knitting retreat

    We are a group of nine knitters and enjoy a retreat from time to time to just sit and knit. This place was summarized as the best place yet! A large spacious kitchen with a huge refrigerator that housed all our items for our meals. A great, dining room and a wonderful table that gave us lots of room without feeling cramped together. Each of us had our own room and the beds were comfortable. It’s hard to find something we all like, but this place was the best. Communication with the owners was easy and fast. It was all so wonderful!!

    Ann S., Other trip, Oct. 17, 2021

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