Walk down to the lake, the vast horizon is shared with clouds and Purple Martins -- nice time to reflect with a beverage of choice.

*this is a shared space
Lake Studio, private level, south facing w/nature!
Lake Studio, private level, south facing w/nature!
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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Upscale studio on a beautifully landscaped lot. The lower level is all yours! Close to both downtowns, adjacent to acres of open space + ample paved paths.

View panoramic sunrises and sunsets from the dock, beach, overlook... surrounded by fresh air and tall trees. Enjoy spacious, free, private parking & super fast Wi-Fi!

Solo traveler? No problem! Shoreview is rated one of the safest cities in the state. And Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes ... wouldn't you like to be on one?

The space

This lakeside studio is perfectly situated just outside downtown. It sits on beautiful acres of lakeshore in Minnesota. You have a private entrance into this lower level studio, next door is abundant nature and walkable trails.

There is a dining prep area, sitting area, and bedroom. As well as a full bath, and a separate room for getting ready - complete with mirror and dressing room lights.

Sip coffee and look out to the lake through a wall of glass. Or, bring it down to the water. The property is located on the north shore of Snail Lake. We have a dock and many lake activities available, including kayaks, SUP paddle boards, a canoe and a paddle boat. These are seasonal, please inquire!

Enjoy several areas on our property that are nice to relax with a glass of wine or a good book. We even had a gentleman propose to his girlfriend this summer -- right on the large swing. You will notice a lot of our property has been designed to maximize beautiful outdoor lighting and portrait scenes, we hope you enjoy!

Guest access

You will have the entire lower level of our home to yourself.  This is not a shared space, and it is yours to live in during your stay.  The entire outdoor outside property is shared ground. With a variety of sitting areas you can move around depending on the time of day and privacy you desire. There are a handful of water-type activities and toys -- if you are interested... please let us know as they are seasonal. Let's chat prior to booking!

Interaction with guests

We enjoy meeting all of our guests, but we respect their privacy and space as well.  We've personally been hosted by Airbnb from Africa to Asia and met a lot of awesome people. Please feel free to interact with us as much, or as little as you’d like!

Other things to note

We've operated a high-end portrait studio for 30 years in this location and landscaped to facilitate beautiful images. While our sessions are limited, you may see us photographing a client (family, high school graduate) no later than 6pm. Feel free to message us if you need something!

We do have two other listings that might be helpful in the event of multiple families or friends wanting to stay nearby + still have their independent space. The other two options are:
Lake Lodge : https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15335892
Lake Cottage : https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17405561

Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet
Laptop friendly workspace

Extra people €22 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee €35
Security Deposit €87
Weekly Discount: 3%
Weekend Price €101 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 king beds
Common spaces
1 couch

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with keypad

• Check-in time is 3pm or later, check-out time is 11am - (although, depending on the calendar, late checkout can be arranged prior to arrival!)
• Quiet hours are 10:30pm to 8:00am. Please, no noise after 10:30pm, we want to respect our awesome neighbors!
• No smoking on the premises.
• Strict rule : this is a cool spot but absolutely no (zero) parties as this accommodation is for our guests, not for them to host others. Only guests in the reservation are to be on the property.
• This is a recreational lake, fishing is catch and release only. No eating, please!
• Water activities are seasonal, for the summer only.
• No photo shoots, all special requests must please be pre-approved prior to booking.
• Shoes left at the entrance is a good idea to avoid tracking sand inside, it's for your benefit!
• Please note, there is no daily housekeeping service. Bedding, bath towels and basic bathroom supplies are included. Longer stays will adjust accordingly, of course please ask if you have questions :)
• Please turn off the lights and stop all appliances when you leave home. We like to think of making less waste // being sustainable where possible. Please wash dirty dishes.
• We are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the property. We are not responsible for any loss of your personal belongings or valuables. By accepting the reservation, you undertake that all guests are expressly assuming the risk for any harm arising from their use of the property. Should you participate in any awesome experiences while staying at our listing (swim in the lake, have a bonfire, use any of the water toys (including the new SUP paddle boards!), the following guest release & waiver will be assumed upon booking, please view these details here: https://www.airbnb.com/terms/experiences_guest_waiver : this is for your protection and ours, we want to be able to offer great things to our guests!

You must also acknowledge
Some spaces are shared - Extensive yard & lake space and spots to view the sunset - Lake Cottage overhang & deck are private!


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

20 Reviews

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Tiffany User Profile
October 2017
This property is truly a hidden gem! Beautiful, quiet and very centrally located to everything. If your looking for a place that you can relax, kick back and enjoy the fruits of nature, this is definitely the place to stay. Lance and his family are wonderful hosts and very nice people, making our stay truly enjoyable. The perfect place to build memories. Had a blast being able to go fishing with my 89 year old granfather, I know he won't forget it. Thanks again Lance cant wait for our next trip out!
Lance User ProfileLance is a superhost.
Response from Lance:
Fun to connect with a fellow professional 'creative'. You both were a treat to host. So glad you enjoyed your stay! Come back again when you schedule allows.
October 2017

Jake User Profile
September 2017
Beautiful property. Glorious sun set. My bed was very comfortable, the water pressure was great, and the house was very welcoming.
Lance User ProfileLance is a superhost.
Response from Lance:
Hey Jake, glad your group had a good time!
September 2017

Nathan User Profile
September 2017
Lance and Ceil have a great house right by Snail Lake. This Airbnb is not out of the way - the entire Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area is very travelable if you have a car and it doesn't take more than 20-30 minutes (if that) to get from place to place A special bonus is the lake items - you'll be able to use kayaks, canoes and more! During our stay, we went on the lake a few times and it was easily the highlight of our trip Finally, they are great hosts and are nearby in case you run in to any issues. We didn't, but it was good to know that we had somebody we could call if something happened!

Daryl User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful spot, quiet.
Lance User ProfileLance is a superhost.
Response from Lance:
Glad you could join us for a little visit, come back again when you have more time!
August 2017

Aimee User Profile
August 2017
Loved staying at Lance and Cecile's! It's a little oasis that is still close to the cities, which makes it the best of both worlds. The studio is more than enough space for 1-2 guests. And the amenities of the outdoors make this a steal--the new lookout Lance built is a great spot to have a glass of wine and catch the sunset (my nightly routine while there). Lance and Cecile didn't miss a beat with communication which made it even more comfortable than your average Airbnb. Can't say enough good things!
Lance User ProfileLance is a superhost.
Response from Lance:
So glad you enjoyed the west shore 'Lookout', it was great having you on the lake! Hope you make it back when your schedule allows.
August 2017

Jimmy User Profile
August 2017
Lance & Ceciles lake studio was a great spot to rent out for my family's weekend get away trip. I stayed there with my family and we felt very comfortable and safe the entire time. Lance and Cecile were very nice and were always making sure we had everything we needed. Very easy to reach and responsive through texting. I've never met another Airbnb that was this responsive and helpful.. so thank you. Their set up in their studio was more than enough though! Their backyard was extremely nice to go out to during the stay. The lake was beautiful. I would definitely recommend this spot if you are visiting St. Paul and if you're in a need of a nice and quiet spot to stay. It wasn't so far from shops and stores either, which was extremely nice. Thanks for everything, Lance & Cecile! My family truly enjoyed our stay and it was all thanks to you guys! Best, Jimmy
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Response from Lance:
Thanks for taking the time to share in detail Jimmy! It was a treat getting to meet your family and your sister is adorable, please pass that along, such a sweetheart acting as our 'interpreter', so to speak. Your folks were too!
August 2017

Susan User Profile
August 2017
This was a second stay for us at this site and the second rental unit was just as comfortable and clean as the first; though short on time, we still got to enjoy the lakefront views and quiet nights; this larger unit was more than adequate for three of us. It really is a relaxing, welcoming place and the hosts were very attentive to our needs.
Lance User ProfileLance is a superhost.
Response from Lance:
We were happy to have you back Susan! Hope you can make it for more enjoyable lakeside downtime sometime! Appreciate your comments and revisit!
August 2017

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United StatesJoined in October 2014
Lance User ProfileLance is a superhost.

I have spent 40 years together with an amazing wife (took her to 3 proms!), she's also been my business partner running - a high end portrait studio on a lake in Minnesota. Our travels to date include Mexico, Europe, Thailand/South Korea & Africa. We're both certified Scuba and love experiencing different cultures and lifestyles. We have 3 grown daughters whom we love to spend time with. Previous to starting our own business I worked at the YMCA for 9 years. My travel bug bit hard right out of high school when a trip to Europe backpacking resulted in 4 months and 18 countries creating memories to last a lifetime. Whether hosting or as a guest, I try to bring a positive perspective to the table. Whenever possible, I say "yes!" to life's opportunities and adventures - I realized at a younger age, life feels better on a lake -- so here we are!

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Response time: within an hour

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