Northwoods Compass: Butternut Hills Retreat on Long Lake

A Sarona, Wisconsin vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 9
  • Bathrooms - 9.5
  • Sleeps - 18
  • No Pets Allowed
  • On 3300 acre Long Lake
  • WEEKLY ONLY year round

This magnificent property was a former bed and breakfast. It has the best of all that a high end rental experience can offer. It is an 8 BR, 8.5 bath home on 4 levels plus bonus space with 230 ft of shoreline on beautiful Long Lake (3,300 acres) near Hayward. It is located on the first hole of Butternut Hills golf course. You can walk from your front porch to the first tee in 60 seconds. Butternut is an 18 hole course with full bar and restaurant. The home was built in 1999 as a B&B called the First Tee Inn. A private home owner purchased it in 2005 and has meticulously cared for it since. In 2008, it was completely remodeled to its current state. It has been renamed to "Butternut Hills Retreat on Long Lake". 2018 marks the renewal for it being offered as a rental. It is managed by Northwoods Compass, a local property management company with local knowledge of the area and lake.

It is a grand place (9,500 finished sf) with a large front porch, then a spiral stair case that welcomes you inside. There is a huge kitchen with high end appliances on the main level with adjacent living room, DR and deck. There is a luxurious master suite on the main level with access to a small private deck which then connects to a large covered deck that wraps the home on three sides. There is dining seating outside on the deck with a bar which overlooks the lake. The dining area outside is covered so you can sit or dine even when the weather does not cooperate. On the second floor, there is a gathering room with fireplace and frig that overlooks the lake. It serves as a common area for 4 stunning bedrooms that surround it. Each bedroom is unique in its color palate but consistent in style and quality. Each room has a name inspired by its style and colors, all with full private baths. The Tower Room has a queen bed with tower ceiling and shower/tub. The Rose Room is a queen with a huge bath including a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. The Lake Room has grand lake views with a king bed with shower. The Golf Room is a queen that overlooks the golf course with shower. It is perfect for 4 couples that value a bed and breakfast experience but with private living. There is a study on the main level with desk for privacy and WiFi thru the home.

The lower level is a walkout with road access from the lakeside of the home so it is a very private direct access to the lower level from the outside. This level has a large sitting room with complete kitchen, 1 queen bedroom with bath, another bedroom with 2 queens & bath & rec area with bar, pool table, fireplace & TV. The third level is called the Halfway to Heaven room with a cute little kitchen, gas fireplace & 2 kids cove playrooms for sleeping too. This area then leads to another queen bed with full bath, shower.

We are not done yet! For the larger groups, we can open up the bunk room above the garage. It is rustic but adorable with 3 queen beds, a large TV for games, full kitchen & bath.


  • Handicap Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Vehicle and Trailer Parking
  • Board Games
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • ATV/Snowmobile Trail
  • Pier/Dock
  • Deck or Patio
  • Free Firewood Provided
  • WiFi Internet
  • VCR/DVD Player
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Year-round Rental
  • Canoe/Kayak

Unique Features

The home is a special place unique in the rental market. It has that B&B history and flair. It provides that special setting for large families and friends to enjoy each other under the same roof but provides that desired privacy with private bedrooms with on-suites, located on multiple levels with mini kitchens. It is a stunning property with all the home amenities you could ask for. Now place this home on one of the finest lakes in the area, Long Lake. It is 3300 acres in size, 15 miles long with 12 miles of eastern shoreline owned by the Boy Scouts of America so that shore is pristine and undeveloped. It will feel like the Boundary Waters of Minnesota but with convenient access to all the activities in nearby towns, Spooner, Rice Lake, Birchwood, Stone Lake and Hayward. The location is perfect as it is central to all these towns. Long Lake is a full recreational lake with great fishing and many restaurants/bars that you can boat to. It is known as the Walleye Capital of Wisconsin but there is an abundance of bass and pan fish as well.

There is a large flat area in the front of the house for yard games with Adirondack chairs and small fire pit. It is a great area for bocce ball, baseball or soccer. You can also hang out next to the lake where there is a large kettle fire pit and a private dock, pontoon lift and cover and V hull boat lift. Swimming off the shore is very good as it is shallow along the shore with gradual elevation drop then safe for diving at the end of the dock. There is a 25 ft Premier pontoon with 50 HP Honda 4 stroke motor permanently moored at the dock with cover that is available for weekly rental.

Now, lets place this home with convenient access to a golf course, Butternut Hills. The home is nestled in a private area that views the first fairway of Butternut Hills. Its a short walk to the clubhouse or hop in the complimentary golf cart provided. Take the golf cart to the lake as there is a cart path to the water. The property across the lake is owned by the Boy Scouts so your view is uninterrupted forest land. The lower level is unique since it can be accessed from the lakeside via a private drive.

The home has three tv's, master suite, first floor FR and lower level FR that have satellite TV, DVD, Netflix and Amazon Prime. There is a large TV for games/movies only in the bunk room. There is an elliptical bike in the master suite. The home has a unique heating and cooling system. It is geothermal, using cool well water to cool the home or heating the water to provide that pleasant heating environment. Check out the video with this link below! You will have to cut and paste it to view it. Working on a direct link!

Things To Do

Relax, kick back, swim, water ski, tube, fish, golf and enjoy all the activities that the Northwoods of Wisconsin offers. It is a year round home that can offer that special escape amongst the beauty of the woods and lakes of NW Wisconsin. The area towns offer weekend festivals throughout the seasons that include the Spooner Rodeo, Musky Fest, Birkebeiner Ski Race, Fat Tire Race in Hayward, Blue Gill festival in Birchwood and Cranberry Festival in Stone Lake to name a few. You are within 2 hours of Bayfield, the small town on Lake Superior with Apostle Islands adventures in the summer and the Apple Festival in the fall.

There are many great golf courses to play in the area without the sticker shock pricing in larger resort towns. Of course, Butternut Hills Golf is right out your front door. Check out the Chequamegon National Forest, the many trout streams and our growing Elk herd near Cable. Long Lake Bait & Tackle is a very convenient convenience store located only 2 miles from the home. It has bait, tackle, gas, convenience food items, beer, liquor and rental water toys such as paddle boards, kayaks, etc. The home has a detailed Welcome Book for your convenience and provides many local restaurant suggestions.



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Rates & Specials

$700 - $700 night

$5000 - $5000 week

Summer weekly rates are 5,000 based on up to 8 guests. Add $200 for each person above the age of 4 with a max of 18 guests. We prefer rentals from Sunday to Sunday in the summer. We will consider shorter rental periods. Add 5.5% sales tax to all rentals. $1,000 reservation deposit plus credit card on file with Manager. Pontoon rental is $1,000 per week plus tax. Call Manager for Spring,Fall and Winter visits.

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Private small events will be considered on a case by case basis for an extra fee.

Contact Information

N2960 Golf Rd.
Sarona, WI 54870
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715-645-0598 Please mention

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About the Owner/Manager

This has been the owner's home for many years and they managed the complete renovation in 2008 with great care and detail. They would like to share their love of the home. Northwoods Compass, LLC is the property manager. It is owned by Reuben Johnson, who manages 10-15 select properties in the area. Reuben knows and loves Long Lake and owns another smaller log cabin on Long Lake as a rental. Reuben is a licensed WI real estate broker and is available full-time to service this home during your stay.

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