About

The Historic Frank Stout Estate ~ Gardeners House

Located on a Nostalgic and rustic setting, with beautiful gardens surrounding the house. There’s nothing like sitting on the Gazebo overhanging the lake, coffee in hand, watching a stunning sunrise over the lake or a loon glide by.


Stout’s Island, where the Chicago lumber baron Frank Stout constructed a lavish summer compound for his family and friends in 1912, is straight out from our lakeshore Gazebo. The island is now a resort with cabins and entertainment.


Your get-a-way or family gathering will take place in the very comfortable Gardeners House, which, while updated, remains a nostalgic setting with a hint of rustic atmosphere that leaves you with the feeling of time slowing down.  Our lake home is surrounded by both floral and vegetable gardens that include some favorite herbs!  

Pines At The Lake is filled with all the comforts of home, plenty of indoor and outdoor space, plenty of places to “hide away” when you need to, and plenty of entertainment options for all ranges of interest!


A very large and beautiful yard surrounds the house, including a horseshoe court, a stand-alone cabin (Bailey’s Cottage) with a ½ bath and its own private dock area and an outside seating area. The 200’ +  lakeshore includes a Gazebo and dock area with a variety of water toys standing by:  Canoes, Kayaks, Paddle boards, a Paddleboat, as well as lawn chairs, picnic tables and a fire pit for your evening wind-down and storytelling.

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Surrounding Area

Helpful Tips & Day Trip Ideas

Stout Island is typically private for guests, however public dining is available Sunday through Thursday with reservations seven days in advance.

  • Tagalong Golf Course – East side of Red Cedar Lake (18 holes)
    • Visit the 100-year-old Pump House for a refreshing beverage
    • Cheers Bar & Grill – offering a full menu for dining and live music
  • And fishing isn’t over… even after the boats are off the lake! 
    Ice fishing is extremely popular on Red Cedar Lake.
    (Pines At The Lake has gear available too!)
Off-site Attractions
  • Tuscobia State Trail – 65 miles of off-road trails include:
    • ATV trails – Over 100 miles of trails in Barron and Washburn counties
    • Snowmobile trails – 250 Miles of trails in Barron county
    • Cross-country skiing & Snowshoeing
    • Hunting and Trapping
  • Fall Colors on Red Cedar Lake are spectacular, and on-the-road routes too
    (Pines At The Lake is open for lodging year-round!)

Questions you might have may be answered with our FAQs HERE or use the CONTACT page if you prefer. A stay at the Gardeners House is a comfortable and relaxing retreat with lots of fun and exciting activities to suit your every whim.


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