Xanadu Island Bed & Breakfast and Resort

35484 235th Street , Battle Lake, MN 56515 USA (Show map)


Extraordinary for solitude, peacefulness and beauty. 1920's cedar and shake lodge with three original servants' cabins on a 5 acre privately owned island. Surrounded by the clear, clean water of 189 acre Elbow Lake in the heart of Lake Country in west central Minnesota. Complimentary fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboat, firepit and firewood.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

wonderful, peaceful getaway!

5 on July 15, 2016

We just stayed for 1 night, but had a lovely time.


5 on July 13, 2016

Xanadu is a wonderful, relaxing B&B! Everything is so friendly and comfortable that you feel like you're visiting family! We stayed in the Master Bedroom, and it was very nice. We almost wished the weather was cooler so we could light up the beautiful fireplace in the room and sit in front of it in the comfortable wicker glider-for-two! There are windows on 3 sides and a ceiling fan, so cross ventilation kept the room very comfortable. The bed was great! We slept very well, and awakened in the morning to the peaceful sound of birdsong! Bubba and Margie are wonderful hosts and we felt very welcome and relaxed. Snacks are out 24-hours a day, so if you feel like a slice of that yummy pumpkin bar for a midnight snack, you can do that! Breakfasts are out of this world! Filling and delicious! There are lots of activities available, from paddle boats to fishing boats, skiing and swimming. We sat out by the lakefront and watched the wildlife. So relaxing and peaceful. Wished we could stay longer! We will next time!

Amazing Stay

5 on July 13, 2016

Fabulous Stay! You can't get any better than the beautiful setting of Xanadu Island, the outstanding meals and decadent goodies are plentiful and amazing, Margie and Bubba are the best of hosts and make you feel welcome and at home from arrival to departure. Top notch all around.


5 on July 13, 2016

Xanadu is a wonderful place to stay. We were disappointed that we didn't book for longer! We know better now! The house is just beautiful, and has a very comfortable, homey feel. This feeling is magnified by the proprietors, Bubba and Margie, who are so friendly and welcoming that you feel like you are staying with family! There's plenty to do, lots of water sports equipment available, and the water is crystal clear. The breakfasts were nothing short of spectacular! Delicious and very filling -- we didn't need to eat lunch! Snacks are available 24 hours a day, so if you feel like a slice of the yummy pumpkin bars at midnight, go for it! We stayed in the Master Bedroom, which was as comfortable as it was beautiful! The bed is so comfy, and the morning so peaceful (waking up to the birdsongs is divine!) that you almost want to sleep in, but don't -- you don't want to miss a minute of the day! Just an outstanding experience! I am looking forward to our next visit!

Quiet getaway

5 on June 19, 2016

We were greeted by name, shown around and given free rein of the beautiful property. Margie and Bubba are very kind and gracious hosts. The food was plentiful and excellent.


4.8 on May 25, 2016

I loved staying here

Wonderfully relaxing!

5 on October 13, 2015

My wife and I went to Xanadu on our honeymoon. Margie and Bubba completely outdid themselves. The place is beautiful to begin with, cozy, serene, quiet, and a perfect getaway. That would've been enough, but then you couple it with Margie and Bubba's warm, welcoming personalities and it feels like you're visiting Gramma's house. I cannot recommend this place enough. It sets a standard that few other B&B's can touch.

Natural setting

4.8 on September 03, 2015

We keep coming back for the birds, the wild flowers and the great hospitality.

Beautiful setting

5 on August 25, 2015

My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Xanadu Island. It is a beautiful spot with lots of available outdoor activities. The lodge has an interesting history and it was fun to see how it has changed through the years and yet still kept its original charm. Our room (Lakeside) had an amazing view of the lake. We have stayed at many B & B's through the years, but we both felt that Margie and Bubba were the most welcoming hosts we have met. They went out of their way to visit with everyone and make sure you were comfortable and had everything you needed. We would definitely like to return.

Cottage stay

3.8 on June 21, 2015

We stayed in the Maids cabin for 2 nights. The Innkeepers were very nice and answered property questions and told the history when asked but left us alone when we wanted to be alone. Loved being on the lake and complimentary use of the boats.

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Rooms & Rates

The Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom is a spacious room with a white queen sized 4-poster bed, classic summer home furnishings, luxurious European linens, soft terry bathrobes, an antique Old Hickory cane and hickory wood glider in front of a field stone fireplace and a private bath with shower. The original French windows provide stunning lake views and gentle breezes from three directions. $149.00

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149

The Blue Room

The Blue Room is an old fashioned room with original fir paneling, a unique wall cabinet and original French casement windows. This cozy room features a white, classic queen metal bed, all blue and white furnishings and view of the back bay of surrounding Elbow Lake. An electric fireplace adds just a bit of ambience on those cool evenings. Soft terry bathrobes. Newly remodeled private bathroom with a shower. $110.00

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $110 - $110

The Fireplace Room

The Fireplace Room is a cozy, country room with an original graystone fireplace. A queen size Toulouse metal bed, antiques, two comfy rattan chairs from which to enjoy the warm fire, a lovely view of the lake and gentle breezes from the South invite you to settle in. Soft terry bath robes. Newly remodeled private bathroom with shower. $120.00

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120

The Lakeside Room

The Lakeside Room is a light, airy upstairs room with pine wainscoting and a wall of windows providing a spectacular view of the lake. A queen size wicker bed, matching furnishings, luxury European linens, ceiling fan circulating lake breezes and a double, heart-shaped Jacuzzi invite you to spend time in your room. Soft terry bathrobes. Private bath with shower. Also enjoy the lovely sitting area just outside your room. $165.00

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $165 - $165

Ella's Room

Ella's Room, named for Margie's grandmother who also rented rooms to boarders, is a soothing yellow with oak wainscoting and perfect for creating sweet dreams. Views of the lake can be enjoyed through the island's pines, maples and oaks from the antique rocker or from the lovely cherry and wrought iron queen bed. A heart-shaped Jacuzzi for two, ceiling fan, private bathroom with shower, and soft terrycloth bathrobes invite self-pampering and relaxation. A cheerful sitting room overlooking the lake and for enjoying quiet time is just down the hall. $145.00

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $145 - $145

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Location Type

Countryside, Island, Lakefront, Small town


St. Cloud, MN (STC-St. Cloud Municipal) 69 miles

Directions to property:

FROM MINNEAPOLIS Xanadu Island is about 2.5 hours driving time from the junction of 94 and 494 in Minneapolis (about 3 1/2 hours from the airport). Drive west on 94 until you are about 25 miles west of Alexandria, then turn (right) north on Highway 78 (Exit 77) . About 24 miles north you will come into Battle Lake. Turn left across from the Dairy Queen onto Holdt Street (County Hwy 83) and go about 3.5 miles. Turn right onto 235th Street when you see the Xanadu Island B&B and Resort sign. Continue about 1/2 mile, turn right again at the second Xanadu Island B&B sign and drive to the end of the road.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Water Park, Miniature Golf, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Birdwatching, Sailing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 P.M.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 A.M/ B&B
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over age 12 in B&B/ ALL AGES in cottages
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Well-behaved dogs may stay w/ cottage guests at $10/day/dog
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: No minimum in B&B rooms/ 3 night minimum in Cottages
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card on file and/or 50% down on two or more nights' stay.
  • Cancellations: B&B reservations may be cancelled 14 days in advance of your stay. If you cancel after this deadline, you will be responsible for the full cost of your scheduled stay. If we, or you, are able to schedule someone else to fulfill your cancelled reservation, then a refund will be issued, minus a 10% administrative fee. Cottage reservations may be cancelled 60 days prior with the same cancellation policy as the B&B.



Bubba & Margie Shivler

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , Cat and dog are outside pets

About the innkeepers

We enjoy fishing, swimming and water sports, hiking, bicycling, canoeing, sailing, reading, sightseeing, gardening, antiquing, traveling, woodworking, architecture, cooking, exploring and our granddaughters.

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  • Time Served: 9:00 A.M.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area